Check On Your Parents This Holiday Season

The holidays are often the only time of year when the extended family gets together, and those occasions offer you and your siblings an opportunity to check on your parents well-being and discuss your observations together. Do they seem more forgetful or confused? Are they frailer than the last time you saw them? Have they lost too much weight? If you’ve noticed significant changes in their...

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Retirement Planning Should Include the Possibility of Diminished Capacity

Financial fraud among older individuals is responsible for nearly three billions dollars in personal loss each year.  A recent article in the New York Times  confirms that longer lives and increased years of retirements will result in even more financial fraud.  Financial institutions seem to be stepping up to the plate and stressing the importance of having safety nets...

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EmpathiCare Village: New Vision for Patients with Dementia and other Neurocognitive Disorders

You may have read about the recent groundbreaking of the new S. Donald Sussman EmpathiCare Village, a innovative Memory Care Facility on the campus of Miami Jewish Health. After attending a preview there last week, I hesitate to use the word facility because it will be a real home to 99 dementia patients and a community for them and their family members. It’s a very exciting concept...

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Deducting Mom And Dad: Tax Tips For Caregivers

If you're one of the 40 million+ caregivers in the US, then you may know the toll it can take on you financially. But what you may not know that there may be some tax breaks that you can take advantage of.  Here are just a few suggestions for ways to ease the financial burden. Of course, your own accountant or elder law attorney can give you personal advice that will be most pertinent to...

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Medication Management: Creating a Consistent Medication Process

Taking prescribed medicine seems like a no-brainer. The instructions are right on the packaging and you create a habit of taking it at the same time every day- perhaps with a meal. That certainly is manageable for someone who takes one pill daily and needs no reminders. But add multiple prescriptions medications, taken at different times of the day and add cognitive impairment to the mix, and you...

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Introducing SoundPrint: An App That Tells You The Decibel Level of Restaurants

Just last week, my college pals and I reconnected for a reunion over dinner. We picked a restaurant whose menu we knew would please all of our finicky diets. What we didn’t check, however, was the rating of the noise level, which many reviewers now indicate with “noise bomb” icons. This one was off the charts, and even though we are still blessed with good hearing we (and the wait-staff) had to...

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Simple Solutions for Diminishing Anxiety Levels in Dementia Patients

Nearly 90% of dementia cases exhibit behavioral changes such as apathy, agitation, anxiety, delusions, and to a lesser degree hallucinations. Managing these behaviors is difficult and stressful for family members to resolve and heartbreaking to witness. There are many family caregivers in need of and searching for any solution, permanent or temporary, that will help family members with dementia....

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Keeping Your New Year Resolutions With The "New Years Shuffle"

Every year I make New Years' Resolutions, and every year I come back to this 2010 article from The Wall Street Journal on how to keep resolutions.  It never gets old or out of date, so here you go:  _________________   I take the process of making New Years' Resolutions very seriously. Every year I make the resolutions just before December 25--- and spend the final week of the year...

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CHEFS for SENIORS: Let your own personal chef do all the work

Imagine having just the meals you want, prepared just the way you like, without having to do any of the shopping, cooking, or clean-up.  Now, imagine having all this in the convenience of your own home. Sounds too good to be true?  It's not.  Introducing CHEFS for SENIORS, a meal service in South Florida that connects seniors with licensed, professional chefs who prepare high...

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GoGoGrandparent: A Hotline to Uber and Lyft

So many seniors live in areas where there is inadequate public transportation, or they need assistance or special accommodation to get from one place to another.  The resulting isolation and loneliness can contribute to depression and a decline in vitality. Uber and Lyft, on-demand transportation companies are now available in so many metropolitan and suburban areas, are great solutions for...

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Important Questions To Ask When Selecting A Home Care Agency

Selecting a Home Healthcare Agency can be a difficult task. It's not your typical business transaction. We tend to think only about the actual caregiver that will be sent to your home.  But like the caregiver, you must have some "chemistry" with the agency and the way they operate. They will work with you to make sure your parent, spouse, or loved gets the best caregiver for them-and it's...

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How to Start Helping Aging Parents: What You Must Know

How do you know if your parents need help?  Sometimes it's very obvious-- and can begin with a dire medical event such as stroke or fall.  For others it's a more lengthy but clear downward path that may be as a result of an early diagnosis of cognitive impairement. And for many it's not clear and we don't often recognize more subtle signs, and don't recognize that a few seemingly...

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The all powerful RESPITE Care

There's no doubt that while caregiving is a loving responsibility, it can also be incredibly stressful and isolating. That's why t's so important that caregivers take both mental and physical breaks as often as possible. Breaks that are used for exercising, lunching with a friend, or even reading a book and napping have been shown to positively impact the well being of caregivers. However, in...

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Hurricane Season Is Here: Be Ready For The Unexpected.

Hurricane Season officially runs from June 1 through November 30- and stretches from the Florida Keys to the top of Maine.  Putting together a hurricane plan is tedious but vital, especially for aging relatives.  It makes the pre and post storm days more manageable and less stressful.  Now is the time to prepare and stock up. Regardless of where you live, this checklist of...

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Meals Glorious Meals: Marthas Senior Gourmet: A Meal Service That Caters Solely To Seniors

There’s no shortage of gourmet meal delivery services to choose from – they seem to be the new, new thing. But luckily for us, there’s one serving our south Florida area that is exclusively intended for older individuals and it’s called Martha’s Senior Gourmet. I think it’s a brilliant concept – for three reasons. First, the meals are geared to the varied dietary needs and taste buds of seniors....

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Check On Your Parents This Holiday Season

The holidays are often the only time of year when the extended family gets together, and those occasions... Read more


Retirement Planning Should Include the Possibility of Diminished Capacity

Financial fraud among older individuals is responsible for nearly three billions dollars in personal loss... Read more