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What Not to Say to Your Aging Loved One

Aging can bring happiness, but it’s also rife with tough-to-swallow changes. For many, an aging body and mind means dwindling independence and can feel like a loss of control over important areas of life. It can be hard for worried family members to know what to say in these challenging situations. Luckily for adult children […] Read More


Recognize the Symptoms of Caregiver Burnout

1. A Short Fuse Losing your temper easily or feeling angry toward friends, family members or even the person you’re caring for is one obvious sign of caregiver stress. Frustration may particularly increase when obstacles or challenges come up, whether major or minor. 2. Emotional Outbursts If you find yourself crying or feeling despair unexpectedly […] Read More


A Guide to Financial Power of Attorney

Chances are, you wonder what will happen if your aging parent loses their ability to make health or financial decisions. How can you or others in your friend and family circle help them in that situation, or know what to do? These questions are all part of an ongoing conversation you may already be having […] Read More


The ABCs (and Ds) of Medicare

The first thing that’s important for anyone enrolling in Medicare to understand is that Medicare actually actually refers to four different programs: Part A, B, C and D. Part A coverage is free for qualifying seniors and pays for inpatient hospital care, skilled nursing care, hospice care and some home health care. Seniors may also […] Read More


Common Family Concerns Around Power of Attorney

Who Should Be Chosen as the Agent? Perhaps the largest source of conflict and concern is who is named as the agent, because of the power involved in the position. Obviously, whoever is creating the power of attorney should select only someone they trust to have power of attorney over their financial affairs. But there […] Read More


When to Bring in Help to Deal with Tough Topics

Sometimes difficult conversations can turn into an insurmountable conflict between you and your aging loved one. When this happens it’s probably time to bring in a third party (not the adult child) to facilitate conversation and mediate conflict. This can include additional relatives, friends, geriatric specialists, and even lawyers. “This conversation may need to be […] Read More


Bridging Communication Gaps With Your Aging Loved One

Those of us who are caring for elderly parents are often bewildered by the decisions they make—and by their seemingly stubborn refusal to follow our advice. We shake our heads over their obsession with the past, their caution, and the glacial pace with which they make decisions and move through the world. As much as […] Read More


A Guide to Aging in Place

Chances are, you’ve heard the term “aging in place.” Simply put, aging in place means choosing to remain at home instead of moving to a senior living arrangement. More than three-quarters of Americans age 50 or older want to stay in their own home for as long as possible, even if they will need assistance, […] Read More


Key Signs It May Be Time for Assisted Living

The decision to help an aging adult move out of a current home is a complex one — both emotionally and practically. Above all, you want the person to be safe and well. How can you all feel more confident about whether circumstances suggest that your loved one should no longer be living alone? Although […] Read More


Ways to Pay for Assisted Living

While the cost of assisted living varies drastically and can, at times, seem overwhelming, there are several ways to circumvent the bulk of this financial burden. 1. Veteran’s Benefits Veteran’s benefits cover residential care under multiple circumstances: If your loved one or their spouse has service-related injuries or disabilities, benefits can be applied toward the […] Read More


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