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 […]

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 […]

Overwhelmed With Worry? 5 Tips to Sanity!

Ever feel so much worry for your elderly parent that you want to cry? Do the multiple road blocks you face leave you feeling like your head is going to explode? Are you at the end of your rope? It’s VITALLY important that as helpers and caregivers we learn to deal with the demands of […]

5 Ways to Stop Sacrificing Too Much For Your Elderly Parents

Whether you are a 24 hour caregiver or cheering your elderly parent on from a distance, sacrifices will be made to see that they receive the help they need. Sacrifices in and of themselves are certainly not a bad thing. HOWEVER, when we sacrifice too much and it creates burnout and resentment it’s time to […]

Aging Parents and Tough Love; You Can Do This!

Adult children of aging parents often struggle when the time comes to step in and assist with decision-making. The moment you realize your roles have reversed and you need to provide your aging parent with the support and care they need versus what they want.  Sometimes this happens gradually; sometimes the hospital is asking where […]

Transition to Senior Living Not Going Well? Don’t Give Up!

I wrote earlier this week about how difficult it can be adjusting to a senior living community and being the old new kid on the block. As a geriatric care manager, families often turn to me for help with this issue so I want to share with you the professional resources I turn to for […]