Tag Archives: parent care

What Makes Someone a Senior Citizen?

by: Lynn Dorman, Ph.D. Good question! Developmental Psychologists have long used either ages or stages to define segments of the population. Many developmental textbooks are divided into chapters based on one or the other of these definitions. (more…)
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Elderly Home Care – The Advantages and Disadvantages

by Bob Kohut In many ways we are now experiencing a “perfect storm” which is making elderly home care the only viable choice for taking care of many our seniors.  With declining incomes coupled with rising expenses and a rapidly aging population, retirement communities and assisted living centers are being priced beyond the reach of…
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Is a Doctor of Osteopathy (D.O.) Right For Me?

By Shelley Webb Having worked in the health care industry for almost 30 years, I can tell you that there is a definite hierarchy in the way that medical titles are perceived within the health care community.  For instance, RNs are perceived better than LPNs (or LVNs); 4 year RN grads are perceived better than 2 year…
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Watch Out for Caregiver Anger

Dad had briefed me on my most important caregiver duty.  "What ever you do, don't let mom lose the keys to the mail box."  Returning home after a long day at the hospital while my father was having surgery, mom and I were exhausted.  Before I realized what was happening, we were arguing at the…
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Make a Smooth Senior Care Transition to Medicaid

Your careful planning can make for a smooth transition from your parents paying their care costs to using Medicaid.  Medicaid begins paying long term care costs when your parent has "spent down" his own money to the Medicaid asset caps. It can be hard to face that money is running out.  Caregiving is so time…
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Is Clutter Blocking Your Parent Care Efforts?

I stopped by to tackle my latest parent care responsibility of paying my parents' bills. Was it just my imagination or were things getting messier at my parents' house?  I'm not a neat freak but finding folded paper towels, unpaid bills and an unopened brokerage statement in a stack was upsetting.  In my case, the…
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Guilty Feelings Come with Caregiving

Sometimes I think guilt is the caregivers' natural state.  Parent care is a huge responsibility. It can feel like you are not doing enough.  Sometimes guilt can get out of control. I knew as a caregiver that when I started feeling guilty over disagreements that I had with my mother when I was a teenager…
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Dementia Caregiving and Antipsychotic Drugs

Her caregiving experience reached a new low, when a phone call woke her out of a sound sleep.  "We're having a problem with your dad, can you come right away?"  My friend rushed to her dad's assisted living community in the middle of night.  Her father, with Parkinson's related dementia, was threatening the staff with…
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Dealing with Aging Parents

During the last century the number of Americans living beyond age 65 has doubled. This astounding increase in seniors is starting to put a strain on some baby-boomers. Today more than ever middle aged Americans are facing the task of caring for elderly parents. The baby-boomers will be the first generation to care for their…
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