Aging, Depression and Robin Williams! Let’s be honest…

Two thoughts keep tumbling through my head as I reflect on Robin William’s passing. Keep in mind, I don’t know him so I don’t know the demons he fought or the true circumstances of what drove him to despair. He was clearly a genius in a category of his own. I’m not here to pass […]

How To Pay For A Nursing Home!

The nursing home decision is never easy and often times the financial barriers can create stress and chaos for aging families. I know in our local area it’s not uncommon for the care communities to require you have many months, if not years, worth of private funds before they will accept you as a “Medicaid” […]

Know Your Resources; Area Agency on Aging!

Welcome to Aging Parents 101: Community Resources where you’ll learn about the multitude of services both private and public available to help you help your elderly parent. Today we’re going to explore your Area Agency on Aging better known in professional circles as AAA! The Older Americans Act of 1965 helped establish an aging network […]

How To Take The First Step Toward Building Your Senior Care Business!

  With the dramatic increase in the 65+ population, you can practically hear the stampede of entrepreneurs running towards elder care and senior care businesses. I’m often asked for advice on how to get started! My expertise is in the private pay service areas of elder or senior care; geriatric care management, life coach, counselor,  […]

8 Ways to Develop The Courage You Need to Grow Old!

Courage is an amazing thing to witness in someone who’s learning to live with Alzheimer’s Disease. The courage to face the facts and plan for the day you won’t remember your family, how to dress yourself or even recognize the person staring back at you in the mirror. Can you imagine? Courage is what keeps […]

Is It Time To Simplify Your Elderly Parent’s Life? 5 Simple Ways To Do Just That!

Family caregivers spend a significant amount of time each week managing doctor appointments, finances, medicine and running basic errands. This is on top of the many hours a week spent assisting with bathing, dressing and answering the same question a million times over. Maybe you can identify! If you’re struggling to manage your elderly parent’s […]

Cultivate Your Self-Awareness! True Confession Time…

Healthy boundaries are key when it comes to coping and surviving the stress of caring for an elderly parent. Boundaries are also key for “helping professionals” working with aging families and the frustrating world of elder care: nurses, social workers, care managers, therapists etc…. Many times  boundary setting needs to take place inside our head […]

What’s the Difference Between Assisted Living and Skilled Nursing Care? Let’s Talk About It!

As a geriatric care manager, I’m often asked this question. I spend a lot of time assessing, educating and facilitating conversations about which is the best fit for my clients. There are times when it’s very clear which level of care community is the best fit but seldom is this an easy conversation! Is your […]

Has Your Elderly Parent Become Your Midlife Crisis?

Midlife crisis has typically been defined as a period of emotional turmoil in middle age that generally hits around the ages of 40-60. This transitional period is characterized by a strong desire for change. There’s some question as to whether mid-life inevitably equates to a midlfe crisis but we can all agree that in your […]

5 Things You Need to Know About Nursing Homes!

The thought of putting an elderly parent in a nursing home can create a tremendous amount of emotional burden and stress. I’ve watched sons and daughters become consumed with guilt, depression, self doubt, anxiety, fear, anger. The list goes on and on… I’ve spent a lot of time throughout the years working in and visiting […]