20 Questions Every Caregiver Should Ask Themselves Today!

I’m always amazed at the sacrifices caregivers make for their elderly parents. To witness it day in and day out and to be able to help those caregivers is something I’m truly grateful for. All too often, I find my family caregivers (usually daughters) so concerned about their elderly mom or dad that they have […]

5 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?

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 […]

10 Ways to Survive the Holiday Season With Your Elderly Parent!

Do you struggle with your elderly parent during the holidays? There are plenty of ways to ensure you have a calm and peaceful season with your mom or dad, that don’t include pharmacutical interventions (for you or them). This eight week stretch between Thanksgiving and New Years is the most stressful time of the year […]

Are You a Caregiver Worried About Finances? 6 Ways to Ease Your Burden!

Caring for an elderly parent can take a financial toll on baby boomers and put your own retirement at risk.  If you’ve retired early or quit a job to care for your elderly parent you may be starting to feel the financial pinch. Your savings account starts to dwindle and you worry about the future […]

7 Simple Things That Can Make You a Better Caregiver!

Caregivers come in all shapes and sizes… Some are family members; some are not. Some provide care 24 hours a day; some worry from a distance. Some are paid; some are not. Regardless of your shape or size as a caregiver, there are days you feel like you’re at the end of your rope. For […]

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 […]

5 Things to Consider During Medicare Open Enrollment

Each year at this time older adults participating in Medicare drug plans can switch their plan. The open enrollment period lasts between October 15th and December 7th.  Any changes that you make become effective January 1. By now, information from your mom or dad’s current drug plan should have arrived informing them of changes 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 […]

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” […]