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The Only Child of an Only Child Nancy calls about once each year. She struggles to care for herself and her adult disabled son. John is 6’2 and weighs 220 pounds. Nancy is about 5’2” and in her 70s. The physical task of tending to his needs is very nearly beyond her capabilities. Nancy acknowledges...
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Used and Abused: The Many Faces of Financial Exploitation As Baby Boomers retire at a rate of 10,000 people per day and the proportion of seniors in the American populace grows at an incredible rate, there is concern that financial exploitation will increase, as well. Financial exploiters, after all, seem to find seniors an incredibly...
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The Senior Experience: What We Think It Is, What It Really Is and How We Can Make It Better Think of advanced age as a foreign country. If we’re lucky, we will all eventually live there.  Many of our clients and loved ones have moved there and had remarkably mixed experiences.  And yet we tend...
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Very Old and Very Healthy: The Characteristics and Habits that Seem to Drive Longevity People are living quite a bit longer than they used to, and both scientists and laypeople have taken an interest in identifying the key factors driving this trend.  Above and beyond improvements in medical treatment, it is widely believed that certain...
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Helping Seniors Accept In-Home Care What can you do when seniors refuse to accept the care they need? These tips empower you to understand their fears and help them take action to avoid resistance. Your elderly client has been caring for her husband with Alzheimer’s round the clock. She’s physically exhausted and emotionally drained. Yet...
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It’s a Sign: How Your Clients are Showing You They Need More Help Many of us have the good fortune of serving clients over a span of years.  We live through various life events with them and, in many cases, we ride the long wave of decline with them as they age, endure setbacks, stage...
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Informal Caregiving: The Real Costs, Risks and Considerations The role of “caregiver” can sneak up on us.  It’s not necessarily something we plan to do. But when a parent grows old and needful, a spouse has a sudden health setback, or a friend/neighbor is visibly struggling, it’s both easy and natural to offer support.  It...
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Looking For Friends In All The Wrong Places: The Fine Line Between Incompetence And Poor Judgment Eleanor proudly told us she lived alone, but that wasn’t entirely true. In the night, people came and went through the door she left unlocked. During the day, people also came and went, most of whom were on the...
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The Adult Child/Aging Parent Relationship: Minefields, Misunderstandings And Methods For Improvement Tensions are often introduced into adult child/aging parent relationships as both parties attempt to manage an older parent’s encroaching change in status. It may come as no surprise that the two generations tend to view the situation from entirely different angles.  While the adult...
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Considering a Geriatric Care Manager? What You Need to Know. Are you feeling overwhelmed by the difficult challenges associated with aging? Is your responsibility to care for a loved one becoming unmanageable? You are not alone, as it is normal to encounter medical, legal, financial, and psychological complications related to aging that eventually points you...
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