Tag Archives: Behavior

5 Signs Your Senior Parent Should Not Be Living Alone

Making the decision that it’s time for your senior parent to stop living alone can be difficult. The signs that there is a problem can be very subtle at first. If your senior parent is starting to exhibit any of the following behaviors, it might be time to talk to them about not living alone anymore. Continue reading

The Stages of Alzheimer’s

It’s instinctive to want a map. Where’s the next turn? It’s a human thought pattern. After we find out that a loved one has Alzheimer’s disease it’s only natural to research it. The National Alzheimer’s Association has developed a very useful tool, or “staging system,” to use as a frame of reference when coping with Alzheimer’s disease. The organization will be the first to tell you that people are not programmed to follow these stages in a direct line. With that in mind, we’ll look at the stages as presented by the National Alzheimer’s Association. Continue reading

Balancing A Career and Caregiving, You Can’t Go It Alone

Hollywood can be a great platform to provide mass exposure to many of the issues and challenges that plague society. It’s like the cliché, “art imitates life.” For example, the film Still Alice portrays some of the challenges families endure when one family member suffers from the Alzheimer’s disease. The success of the film, and the awards won by its leading lady, Julianne Moore, have brought awareness of these trials to the forefront of society. However, when the lights of the theatre dissipate and the box office numbers dwindle, the real-life caregivers and their challenges with their Alzheimer’s patients continue. Continue reading

Why Your Ill Parent Fools the Doctor & What to Do About IT

Carol Bradley Bursack, with AgingCare.com, shares this

A  frequent problem expressed among adult children is that their parents aren’t truthful with their doctors. While the parent may complain at home of pain, exhibit memory problems and accuse family of theft when he or she can’t locate a commonly used item, the moment the parent faces their doctor a change occurs. Like an actor on stage, the person sitting in front of the doctor becomes animated and charming. My mom was a supreme example. She fell in her apartment—often more than once a week. She had memory problems. She was taken advantage of by telemarketers. She had digestive issues. However, when I took her to her doctor, what I called her “hostess personality” took over. While she may have complained of pain in the car during our drive, the minute she had a chance to tell her doctor how terrible she felt she was perkiness personified. Continue reading

Financial Planning

Atlanta CPA, E. Dennis Bridges, Answers Today’s Question about Family Finances

Question:  Help – we need to get on the right financial path before it is too late! My husband and I are in our early 60s and find ourselves wrestling with a host of financial issues, including elder care and estate planning as well as retirement planning. Can you provide us with some financial tips? Continue reading