Category Archives: Elder Care Decisions

On Creating Dementia-Friendly Communities

By now, we are all far too familiar with that ubiquitous announcement in airports and train stations: “If you see something, say something.” Of course, we’re all supposed to be on the lookout for suspicious, dangerous behaviors among our fellow … Continue reading

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Is Long Term Care Insurance Worth the Investment?

Getting older is an expensive proposition. With each decade, the risk of living with a chronic disease, some form of dementia, or other disabling condition, increases. Chances are that most of us will need some kind of assistance with daily … Continue reading

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How to Help Your Loved One Survive a Hospital Stay

Your 85-year-old father has Parkinson’s and loses his balance, falling and breaking his hip. Or your 79-year-old mother has congestive heart disease and is hospitalized for shortness of breath. Fill in the blank for the precipitating event: when your aging … Continue reading

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When Elders Keep Guns at Home: Assessing Safety Risks

Gun ownership is not only one of the most politically sensitive topics this election season. It’s also a question that is frequently asked when Aging Life Care Managers™ conduct an assessment of a new client. Unsecured firearms, sometimes combined with … Continue reading

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Nursing Homes Are Not a “Last Resort”

For many adult children, the idea of placing your aging parent in a nursing home can feel like a failure: “That’s where old people go to die.” “You should take care of your mother like she took care of you.” … Continue reading

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