Category Archives: Senior Care

Your Plan for Senior Care

Published August 17, 2012
United Methodist Foundation for the Tennessee and Memphis Conferences

Planning for retirement and senior care is a very important activity. The activities of daily living for a senior person include eating, dressing, bathing, and walking or moving. At some point you will likely need assistance in one or more areas.

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Identifying and Avoiding Caregiver Burnout

By: Henry C. Weatherby, Esq., CLU, ChFC, CEBS

Many of our clients are caring for or being cared for by a loved one. More than 65 million Americans care for family members who need assistance due to chronic conditions, disabilities, disease, or the frailties of old age. These millions of family caregivers may include spouses, parents, or children of the person receiving care. Even when family members are not providing direct care themselves, they are often still the ones who arrange for and manage the care their loved ones need. These people are still part of the caregiving team and share in the emotional and financial stresses that can result from being a caregiver. Caregivers are often so focused on the needs of the person for whom they are caring that they forget to care for themselves. This puts them at risk for caregiver burnout.

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Long-Term Care Insurance Now Available Through Harwell & Plant

Paul B. Plant
Harwell & Plant
National Academy of Elder Law Attorneys

When I first started practicing law about 40 years ago, my late father-in-law and senior partner, Judge W. A. “Bud” Harwell offered Mike Bottoms and me a lot of good advice. Possibly the best advice he ever offered to us was that no matter how hard we tried we would be unable to do all things for all people. He did tell us, however, that that if we worked hard and conducted ourselves as the professionals he wanted us to be, we could create a network of relationships that would offer us services and skill sets far beyond what we could acquire on our own.

I am most gratified to say that throughout my career as a practicing attorney, I have done my best to create those relationships. I’ve been blessed with a vast number of friends and colleagues in and around the legal profession on whom I have called any number of times to assist me in meeting the needs of my clients. I am pleased to say I believe I have done that once more.

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Tips to Manage Caregiver Stress

A colleague in Chicago, Robert Stelletello, Owner of Right at Home Oak Park / Chicago, has shared these thoughts in an ElderCare Matters piece recently:

It starts with your Father needing help monitoring his daily medications.

Not too much later he needs regular at-home care.

If you are a primary family caregiver, you understand the tough sacrifices and joys of helping your elderly loved one with daily routines such as bathing, dressing and eating, or making medical and financial decisions. Yet, without realizing it, your efforts to comfort and support your loved one may be eroding your own health by contributing to elevated risk of high blood pressure, stroke, diabetes, and anxiety. Stress from caring for an aging loved one can also increase the likelihood of headaches, disrupt your sleep, and cause depression.

To help, try the following caregiver stress relievers:

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