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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.

Posted in Elder Care, End of Life, Life lessons, Long Term Care, Personal stuff, Taking Care of Seniors

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.

Posted in Elder Care, End of Life, Life lessons, Long Term Care, Medicaid, Taking Care of Seniors

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

Posted in Elder Care, End of Life, Life lessons, Long Term Care, Taking Care of Seniors

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

Posted in Elder Care, End of Life, Human Nature, Life lessons, Long Term Care, Taking Care of Seniors

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

Posted in Elder Care, End of Life, Human Nature, Life lessons, Long Term Care, Taking Care of Seniors

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

Posted in Elder Care, End of Life, Human Nature, Life lessons, Long Term Care, Taking Care of Seniors

On Heels of New CBO Study, Survey of Aging Experts Offers 5 Tips for Keeping Aging Parents in their Own Homes and Avoiding Premature Nursing Home Placement

As a new Congressional Budget Office (CBO) report predicts a doubling of nursing home and other long term care costs, today the National Association of Professional Geriatric Care Managers (NAPGCM) released the results of a survey of 335 aging experts

Posted in Elder Care, End of Life, Human Nature, Life lessons, Long Term Care, Taking Care of Seniors

The Medicaid Process: so much to know, and so little time

HELP! I need Medicaid and no one knows what they’re doing! Anna’s mother, Betty, had been under hospice care for almost a year when hospice recommended that Anna should have Betty moved to a long term care facility. Anna was

Posted in Long Term Care, Medicaid

Using Your Home Equity for Long Term Care

In my business as a Professional Geriatric Care Manager, many seniors and their families come to me with questions about how to pay for long term care. Most seniors want to stay in their own homes, and some may be

Posted in Elder Care, Long Term Care, Taking Care of Seniors

Planning Ahead for ElderCare

I’ve received more requests than usual recently for assistance with planning ahead for aging parents. This is an indication that more people are seeing what is happening around them with long term care. The general population has no idea what

Posted in Elder Care, Long Term Care, Taking Care of Seniors