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Should You Move Your Senior Mom Directly from Hospital or Rehab to Assisted Living?

When it comes to your senior parents, the choice to move them at any time can be a difficult one. So when your senior loved one has had a hospital or rehab stay, is it time to move them directly into assisted living, or should you wait? Continue reading

Changes in Mom’s Sense of Humor Can Be Early Signs of Dementia

Often, with diseases like Alzheimer’s and dementia, the first signs and symptoms are subtle and are confused with normal signs of aging. So the diseases go unnoticed for many years. A recent study hopes to shed some light on one of the early signs of Alzheimer’s and dementia, one that sometimes emerges years before any other symptoms: changes in a person’s sense of humor. Continue reading

Selecting the Right Nursing Home for a Loved One

Selecting a nursing home for a loved one is one of the most important and difficult decisions that you may be asked to make. This decision is usually made during a time of crisis, frequently when a family member is ready to leave the hospital after a serious illness or operation. It would be easier on everyone if this decision could be planned for. However this is usually not the case. Just remember, be nice to your kids… they are going to pick out your nursing home. The first issue to decide is whether or not you really need a nursing home (often referred to as Skilled Nursing Facilities or SNFs). Would some type of home services be adequate? This issue should be discussed with your physician, as well as other healthcare providers. 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

Vacation Check List

1. Pack swim suit 2. Stop the mail for the week. 3. Ask neighbors to water the flowers. 4. Review estate plan. – – – – Say What? Truthfully, all of us are aware that increased travel brings with it increased risk. Travel accidents occur every day, and we would not be doing our family justice should we neglect to insure that our affairs are in order before leaving for that long awaited vacation. Some concerns: Continue reading