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 […]

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 […]

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 […]

3 Ways to Help Your Elderly Parent Navigate the Health Care System! Start Today…

  Health Care Navigation and how best to help our elderly parents traverse the confusing world of health care is an issue we all have to deal with eventually. Like it or not! We don’t usually worry about health care navigation until we get that call from the hospital emergency room or we’re setting in […]

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 […]