The Importance of Planning for Elder Care
May20

The Importance of Planning for Elder Care

Few expectant parents would dare wait until mom’s water breaks to start thinking about accommodations for the baby. Yet, when it comes to elder care planning, too many of us sit in denial about the needs of aging parents or other loved ones. The middle of a crisis – when it’s clear that mom or granddaddy or auntie needs help – is the worst time to try to put together a care plan. Everybody’s emotions are high. Maybe your loved one is...

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Prep for Doctor’s Appointment With These Tips
Dec28

Prep for Doctor’s Appointment With These Tips

Make a resolution to get your elderly loved one to the doctor early this year, but don’t go unprepared. The Mayo Clinic has great suggestions for how you can make the most of those appointments such as information you should provide to the doctor as well as questions you should take with you. Make sure you schedule appointments when your elder is generally at her or his best. Remember, many elders have a more difficult time as...

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Culture is Key in Dementia Care
Nov01

Culture is Key in Dementia Care

Culture is important when it comes to dementia care. Elderly people seem to do better when familiar songs or rituals from their past are incorporated into memory care and wellness. This report from the BBC shows how care-givers there are helping Britons of Caribbean descent with music and dance from their youth.

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Do You Need a Senior Advisor?
Nov01

Do You Need a Senior Advisor?

When I’m around my contemporary friends or colleagues, the conversation often turns to elder care. We are that age when parents and grandparents need extra help with every day living. A friend recently recounted on Facebook how devastated she was when she learned her elderly mother was the victim of multiple scams. Another friend told about the struggle the family had trying to make decisions for her father-in-law when he was battling...

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10 Questions For Elderly Loved Ones
Sep21

10 Questions For Elderly Loved Ones

If you had to suddenly step in to help an aging parent after a stroke or heart attack that might leave her unable to speak or think clearly, would you know what to do to help? What if he were in a coma? What would you do first? Would you know her end-of-life wishes or where he keeps the deed to the house? Many grown children – whether out of respect or fear — haven’t raised those issues with their elderly parents and that not...

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Glen Campbell’s Long Good-bye
Jun23

Glen Campbell’s Long Good-bye

Those of us who grew up before MTV enjoyed a lot of different types of music because we were exposed to a lot of different artists. With four television channels and a few pop radio stations, you could listen to James Brown, Ray Charles, Tom Jones, the Beatles and Glen Campbell all in the same day. Campbell was always on somebody’s variety show. He would be cutting it up with Flip Wilson or welcoming the Supremes on his own...

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