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Before you quit your job

It may be true: Your aging relative needs more and more care. You know you are the best person for the job. But it’s too much to do on top of your own work. Think twice before exiting the workforce, however. There are some stiff financial consequences. For...

Is it Alzheimer’s disease?

When your father struggles to remember a grandchild’s name, should you be concerned? Older adults typically have some memory loss. People with Alzheimer’s disease, however, experience very specific changes in their thinking that go beyond the normal forgetfulness of...

“I don’t need help” – Part 1

It’s a common refrain and the bane of many family members: Your loved one is having trouble, yet he or she refuses outside help. This can put your relative at risk. But if the worst happens and things go south, it also ends up making more work for you. Doubly...

The habit of happiness

Happiness is in our nature. We are born with the ability to be happy. And then life happens. Our life experiences affect our attitude about happiness. They influence how much we believe we deserve happiness or convince us we don’t deserve it. Especially in...

Using long-term care insurance

Your relative may have bought long-term care insurance to cover the expense of care when help is needed. Activating the policy takes some lead time. It’s wise to learn all the steps and definitions so you can be strategic with your timing. Types of care covered...

Travel tips when your loved one is disabled

It’s difficult to know what to anticipate when traveling with a family member who has trouble getting around. Here are tips from experienced, disabled travelers to reduce your road-trip stress this summer. If your travel includes hotel lodging: Talk directly with the...

Accessible National Parks

If the person you care for has trouble getting around, you can still go on a family vacation. Many of our national parks have specific accessibility programs. Our parks are our treasures, and park staff are working to ensure that all Americans have access. To find a...

Is a New Medicare Card in the Mailbox?

Is a New Medicare Card in the Mailbox? Medicare has started sending out new cards to all its members. The mailings will take place in waves. The person you care for may not receive theirs until later in the year. You don’t need to do anything. The new card will...

Make lemonade. Really?

“When life hands you lemons…” Well, you know the rest. While this adage can feel a bit trite, there is a certain grounded wisdom to it. In fact, researchers at the Mayo Clinic have been studying stress and coping strategies. It turns out there are coping...

Aging in Place: A Resource to Begin Your Journey

In my work with older adults, and with the adult children who love them, initial conversations are almost always about Mom or Dad needing more help, and how and where to give them the help and support they need.  Remaining in their own home is, in my experience as an...