What to Do When an Aging Loved One Dies

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If and when my parent passes away (which will likely take place in my own home), I wouldn’t know what to do. Most people don’t know what to do. The process itself is overwhelming to think about.

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Include End-Of-Life Planning When Anticipating Long Term Care

A key deficiency in the process of planning for long term care occurs when seniors fail to provide for orderly distribution of assets at death and fail to let their family know what to do when the senior can no longer handle his or her own affairs.

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As Alzheimer’s Awareness Month Begins, NAPGCM Releases New Survey Findings: How to Help Loved Ones with Dementia Cope with the Loss of a Spouse

There are creative and effective ways to help an aging parent, family member or loved one who suffers from Alzheimer’s disease or dementia cope with the loss of their spouse, according to a new survey of aging experts released today

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When is it OK to Lie to Your Aging Parents? NAPGCM Releases Survey Findings on Sensitive Family Topic of the “Fiblet” to Kick Off National Geriatric Care Managers Month

From our earliest days we are taught never to lie, especially never to our mother or father. However, a new survey of aging experts reveals that telling a “fiblet” can actually be therapeutic when adult children are faced with telling

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Financial Abuse of Elderly on the Rise, New Survey by NAPGCM Finds

Financial abuse and exploitation of older Americans is on the rise, according to a new survey released today by the National Association of Professional Geriatric Care Managers (NAPGCM). The survey, which also identified theft of money by family, friends, neighbors

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As a Record Number of Seniors Are Living Alone, Aging Experts Offer 7 Warning Signs to Look for on Thanksgiving Visits to Older Family Members and Friends

As millions of Americans travel this week for Thanksgiving, many adult children will spend time with their aging parents and loved ones. A record number of these older Americans are living alone. A government report found that 11.3 million older

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Lessons Learned: Enjoy This Moment and the Path Before You

In October 2010, I was walking to a restaurant, talking with my husband, my face turned toward him. I didn’t see the curb. I smashed my left great toe into the concrete — and immediately felt a ripping pain left of my belly, shooting through my left hip and lower back.

That pain saved my life

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Leaving This World Alone (Loneliness among the Elderly)

James A. Froude said, “We enter the world alone, we leave the world alone.” There is no feeling more horrible than the loneliness one feels in the unsettling quiet of an empty house. For many elderly, it seems that aging

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HHS OIG Report and Care Manager Survey Show Need for Changes to Medicare Hospital “Observation Status” Rules To Assure Seniors’ Access to Needed Nursing Home Care

A report released today by the HHS Inspector General and a survey of aging experts by the National Association of Professional Geriatric Care Managers (NAPGCM) demonstrate the need to better protect seniors’ access to nursing home care. The NAPGCM survey

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The Accidental Caregiver

You’ve heard people say it and maybe you have even said it yourself. “Don’t worry Mom or Dad, I’ll take care of you in your old age.” This always seems to be a simple loving gesture on your part as

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