Category Archives: Elder Care Decisions

How to Increase the Odds of Aging in Place

No one dreams of living in a nursing home someday. The ideal is to live out our lives in the comfort of our own homes. Luck is certainly a factor in realizing the goal of “aging in place” —health risks … Continue reading

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Hospice & Palliative Care: What You Should Know

Deb co-wrote an article in a USA Today supplement about hospice and palliative care, published in September, Getting Holistic, Client-Centered Help When Caring for Aging Adults.  Here’s a link to the supplement, which also includes articles about end-of-life care decisions, how … Continue reading

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Car Talk: How to Have a Caring Conversation About Safe Driving with Your Aging Parent

For teens it’s a given: drive safely or lose the car keys. But if your parents’ driving skills are slipping due to age or infirmity, the conversation can get pretty dicey. Driving is a mark of personal independence, a way … Continue reading

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Should Mom Move In With You? The Answer Isn’t Obvious

For some families, it’s a no-brainer. Mom or Dad can’t live alone anymore. Time to give back for all those years of care and support, and make room for your aging parent in your home. To do otherwise would be … Continue reading

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What to Do When Fighting Over Mom’s Care Threatens to Destroy Your Family

“All happy families are alike; each unhappy family is unhappy in its own way.” So goes the oft-quoted opening sentence of Tolstoy’s classic Russian tragedy, Anna Karenina. Perhaps an oversimplification, but his words capture a basic truth that harmonious families … Continue reading

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