Family Caregivers, I Need Your Input!

As a family caregiver of an older adult, you will interact with physicians, nurses, social workers, psychologists, pharmacists, physical and occupational therapists, direct care workers and others. You will serve as the key information source for your loved one. Social histories, medications, previous treatments and surgeries, care routines, advanced directives, day to day needs, dementia […]

What to Do if You’re Worried About Your Elderly Parent Driving!

If you’re reading this, chances are you’re worried about an elderly parent driving. The worry is enough to keep you up at night and question your own sanity. The decision to hand over the car keys is one of the most difficult decisions and transitions an aging family will make. It’s the one day to […]

How to Assess Your Elderly Parent’s Daily Needs!

Are you starting to worry about your elderly parent? Are you a full time caregiver being told by others it’s time for a transition to assisted living? Are you and your siblings at odds about the best course of action for your elderly parent? Regardless of your particular situation, explore specific areas of your mom […]

Use The Power of Empathy to Transform Your Caregiving Experience

8 Habits of Empathetic Caregivers

The power of empathy can transform the way we care for elders and the way we ourselves experience our role as caregivers. Caregiving whether professionally or for a family member can be the toughest yet most rewarding experience on earth. It’s also frustrating and exhausting. It can push you to the edge and back again. […]

6 Things to Consider Before You Quit Your Job to Care for an Elderly Parent!

When you notice for the first time that your elderly parent needs help, your natural instincts are to be there for them not matter what. Perhaps the missed work and the stress of balancing it all has you fantasizing about becoming their full time caregiver. If so, I recommend you take a deep breath and […]

Are You a Caregiver Dealing with a Narcissistic Elderly Parent? 7 Ways to Survive!

Do you cringe every time the phone rings for fear it’s your elderly parent? Does your elderly parent refuse to accept the fact they need help; despite the evidence piling up around them? Worse yet, do they create unrealistic expectations that send you on a guilt trip, when you “let them down”. If so, you […]

Consider this Before Moving Your Elderly Parent Across Country!

When you live long distance from your elderly parents, the miles keep you from helping and the worry keeps you up at night. For many aging families,  moving elders closer to adult children can be a tremendous relief. This is a trend I’m seeing more and more in my geriatric care management practice here in […]

Vulnerability and Aging; What You Need to Know!

We all have that moment of staring in to our elderly parent’s eyes and seeing them as old for the first time. For me, it was a couple of years ago when I got the call that my dad was in the intensive care unit suffering from acute renal failure. I flew half way across […]

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 […]

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 […]