Dementia

Maybe your instincts began to whisper something was happening when your spouse asked you for directions while on a trip the two of you had taken dozens of times through the years.  The forgotten appointments, misplaced keys, and increasing confusion of the last few months suddenly took on a different meaning, and signposts pointing to…

After 22 years of helping seniors downsize, pack and move, I have noticed a disturbing trend. My senior clients are intimidated about asking their children for help when faced with a major move. The problem seems to originate in the hearts and minds of those aging parents. Even when faced with the burdensome cost of…

block calls

It happened again last night at dinnertime. You were just getting ready to sit down when the phone rang. You answered, only to hear a robotic voice tell you about some amazing carpet cleaning deal in your area. Earlier that same day, you got a call from a pushy telemarketer who wanted to sell you…

Jam_Session

Skilled nursing facilities are places where patients go when they need 24/7 medical care from skilled nurses. They generally have beds in rooms that patients share during their time at the facility. The purpose of this type of situation is to have a licensed nurse take care of health care needs that only a skilled…

Man_Hands

If you have a loved one needing the help of a skilled nurse, you may have to place them where they can receive medical assistance on a daily basis. These facilities – once called nursing homes – are now “skilled nursing facilities.” Depending on the type of care your loved one needs, these facilities offer…

senior companion

Caring for an aging parent is no easy task. Life has come full circle and roles have reversed; where once they took care of you—scant more than a squeaking nugget wrapped in a blanket—now you must fill the shoes as age begins to wear them thin. Things once taken for granted, like sleeping, now need…

mental health senior

Mental illnesses do not magically go away as we age, though it may seem that way because there is little discussion about mental illness in seniors. In fact, not only does mental illness not go away but instead, it can actually begin in our later years. Factors For Mental Illness In Seniors As people age,…

home safety tips

Safety is important for everyone, but the need for a comprehensive safety plan is particularly important for a person living with Alzheimer’s or other dementias as the disease progresses. Taking steps to improve safety can prevent injuries and help a person with dementia feel more relaxed, less overwhelmed and maintain his or her independence longer.…

guardianship

The day may come when you’re unable to make important financial, healthcare and other life decisions on your own. If you don’t have a power of attorney or a spouse or child who is able to step in, the courts may appoint a professional guardian to make these decisions for you. This stranger can determine…

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