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Long-Term Care For Aging Parents And Their Four Legged Friends

Most of us understand how pets bring joy to people and why they are important. This is particularly true for older folks who may have lost loved ones and who have also lost regular human companionship. A dog or cat

Should You Hire A Care Manager for Your Aging Parents?

By Carolyn Rosenblatt, RN, Elder Law Attorney Many of us are probably unfamiliar with the concept of care managers. That may be because geriatric care management is not a clear-cut, licensed profession like nursing or social work. Further, they now

Holidays And Aging Parents: Look For These 5 Red Flags

Visits with your aging parents often are a wake-up call this time of year. Perhaps you haven’t seen your loved ones for some time and when you do, it’s startling. Aging can be a gradual process for some but for

Avoid These Three Retirement Mistakes That Can Make A Mess For Your Family

Retirement talk is on a roll. With 10,000 Boomers turning 65 every day, no wonder. But besides advice on how to “live the life of your dreams” and have a “secure retirement” there’s some important information too few are taking

The Millennial Caregiver

Last week I was fortunate to have the opportunity to spend 4 days with my 94-year-old grandmother, Alice, in Southern California. She has recently moved into independent living in a senior community in Los Angeles, after living in Palm Springs for

Four Ways Aging Parents (And You) Can Outsmart Scammers In 2017

Every major news outlet runs stories from time to time about the latest scams. The news stories somehow don’t seem to penetrate the problem very well. A study by TrueLink tells us that over $36 billion is stolen from elders

Putting The Fun In Aging

In this society, we don’t usually think of aging as a fun time, but there are plenty of seniors who see things differently. Yes, they may have their physical limitations that came on later in life. Yes, there are things

3 Things Everyone Should Know About Home Care Workers

  It starts innocently enough. The watchful adult child, usually the daughter notes that her mother is having more trouble with walking and caring for herself. She thinks some help a few days a week would allow mom more independence.

Seniors’ Desperation: A Perfect Tool For Elder Abuse

Can you think of anything that makes a person more desperate than being in pain?  You can’t stand it. Maybe you’ll fall for anything that promises to end your pain. My mother in law, Alice, now in her 90’s, was

Are You Worried That You May Have To Be Financially Responsible For Your Aging Parents?

*FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE Are You Worried That You May Have To Be Financially Responsible For Your Aging Parents? If you don’t know what to expect as your parents grow older and you’ve never thought about what can go wrong, you

5 Success Tips In Caring For Difficult Parents

First, we do have to put ourselves first sometimes.  What’s best for us, best for our own families and our own peace of mind must be a serious consideration.  Sacrificing our sanity for the sake of caregiving is not the

Distance Caregiving Part 1 (Long Distance Caregiving – You Can Do It!)

Distance Caregiving Part I – Long Distance Caregiving – You Can Do It! 9:33 Many of us live hundreds or thousands of miles away from our aging parents. The distance makes caregiving more complex and difficult but it can be

Distance Caregiving Part 2 (Long Distance Caregiving – Building A Support Network)

Part II – Long Distance Caregiving – Building A Support Network 4:49 How do you create a support network in your parent’s home community? A support network extends your capabilities to help your parents. This program will give you several

Distance Caregiving Part 3 (Long Distance Caregiving – Rural Caregiving)

Part III – Long Distance Caregiving – Rural caregiving 3:40 What do you do when your parent lives in a rural area? Rural living may be wonderful but when you need caregiving services for a parent you have new challenges.

Distance Caregiving Part 4 (Long Distance Caregiving – Knowing When To Go)

Part IV – Long Distance Caregiving – Knowing when to go 2:51 Sometimes you just have to go visit your parent to see for yourself what is happening with them? But how do you know if you MUST travel? If

How Do You Know if Your Aging Loved One Should Stop Driving?

Hello again. Carolyn here.  Living in Marin County, with a large aging population, I frequently see news reports about accidents and tragedies involving elderly drivers.  In recent cases, older drivers have crashed into plate glass storefronts, hit pedestrians, driven into a

Swiss Daughter Sends Elderly Mother To Thailand For Care

Hello again,  Carolyn here.  Just wanted you to hear about this shocking story. An article in the BBC news, Exporting Grandma to care homes abroad http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/health-25438325, describes how a middle aged daughter in Switzerland chose to send her 91 year old mother

Is It Time For Your Aging Parent to Move?

We’ve been asking ourselves this question. Would Mom be better off in a different community? My mother in law Alice, is now 91.  She lives alone in a 2700 square foot home that she enjoys. It’s in a retirement community

Is It Ever OK To Assist An Elder To Commit Suicide?

In a small county in central California, an 86 year old retired firefighter was sentenced to two days in jail and probation for assisting his wife to commit suicide. The Tribune News in San Luis Obispo reported the story with

A Loved One’s Disastrous Discharge From The Hospital

We hope you are well and that none of you have to go through the experience we just had.   My brother, who had a recent stroke, had to go back to the hospital recently with an infection. They kept

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  • Start The New Year Right With Your Aging Loved Ones January 6, 2020
    Here’s a New Year’s resolution you can adopt—keep closer tabs on your aging parents. If they’re generally doing ok, you may not think they need close monitoring. But aging is sneaky and can rob a person of the alertness needed…Read more ›
    Carolyn Rosenblatt
  • The Case of the Dangerous Driving Mom and Her Daughter December 9, 2019
    Here at AgingParents.com we offer expert advice for those who have aging loved ones. Usually it’s the adult child who contacts us to set up an appointment. A woman called with this concern:  “I’m worried about my mom’s driving” she…Read more ›
    Carolyn Rosenblatt
  • For Aging Parents: Will End Of Money Come Before End Of Life? November 27, 2019
    Everyone wants our money to last as long as we live. That’s a plan financial advisors offer when they can. But it may not work out that way when long-term illness creates a demand for long-term caregiving. In one case…Read more ›
    Mikol Davis
  • What Rights Does An Aging Parent With Dementia Have To Make Decisions? November 21, 2019
    When an aging parent is diagnosed with dementia of any kind, it can be devastating and confusing to the family. For some, there is denial: ”it’s not that bad, I don’t see anything wrong with her, and let’s just let…Read more ›
    Mikol Davis
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