Category Archives: making a plan

Caregiving and Alzheimer’s: Asking the Right Questions

A frustrated friend called me for help while visiting her mother. Her mother’s Alzheimer’s was progressing and she was exhibiting some, let’s say, wearisome behaviors (to my friend that is). It had been over a week and her mother refused … Continue reading

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Coping with Loss during the Holidays

The Hallmark movies always conclude with some type of Christmas miracle and joy for the characters in the story, however; in real life many people are experiencing unimaginable grief and loss during this holiday season. The journey of grief seems … Continue reading

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Caregiving and Alzheimer’s: Asking the Right Questions

A frustrated friend called me for help while visiting her mother. Her mother’s Alzheimer’s was progressing and she was exhibiting some, let’s say, wearisome behaviors (to my friend that is). It had been over a week and her mother refused … Continue reading

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Advocate and Empower

My sister and I have become the dynamic duo of caregiving, with her brains (she is the smartest person I know) and my health care background our family members have come to rely on us when it comes to making … Continue reading

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Eternally 12 Syndrome

My friend Colleen and I are both national speakers on issues related to caregiving and aging. While in Washington D.C. to speak at the Aging In America conference we shared a similar challenge in our family dynamics. Though both of … Continue reading

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Snow Days

Remember the excitement you felt as a kid when you got a snow day?!  Your imagination went wild as you fantasized of the snow fort you would make next to your perfect snow man. Unfortunately as we age, snow days … Continue reading

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FYI about POA

Medical Power of Attorney (POA) is something each of us, no matter our age, should have. Frequently, people grant POA to their spouse, children or siblings. POA goes into effect only if you are not able to make competent decisions. … Continue reading

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Mission Critical

I recently attended a luncheon where they discussed the importance of having a plan in place for a disruptive event.  They were referring to a disruptive event in a company’s computer processing and systems, however; it occurred to me that … Continue reading

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One Word Can Change Your Life

“It’s Cancer”, my sister and I tried to compose ourselves and comprehend the significance of what we had just heard the doctor say. Did he just say that our mom has cancer? Having worked in hospice for many years, I knew … Continue reading

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Fall is Here…Let the Chaos Begin!

Summer is usually a slower time for most of us.  Though it may seem like there is a lot going on, it is mostly fun focused activities.  The weather is nice and the days are long. The summer is a … Continue reading

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Wrinkles, Memory Loss and Erectile Dysfunction

Every time I turn on the TV I see a commercial for yet another thing I need to be concerned about as I age.  Wrinkles, weight gain, memory loss, chaotic hormones and even thinning eyelashes (not to mention the distressing … Continue reading

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Permission to Fail

A few years ago I was part of an expert panel discussion on “How to care for yourself while caregiving” through WEGO Health and one of the other panelist, Ben Murphy (@athletdad) shared a great point.  He said that one … Continue reading

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10 Things To Do When a Love One Passes Away

Whether a millionaire (or hundredaire), after the death of a loved one, caregivers must tend to their estate. Here are some of the initial things to focus on after the death of a loved one: Contact the funeral home – if no … Continue reading

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CaregiverLife Radio – What You Need to Know About Elder Law

Click here to join me tomorrow morning for CaregiverLife Radio from 10-11am (CST) Topic : Elder Law Guest: Rick Law from Law Elder Law About Rick: “World class” is defined by Webster’s Dictionary as “being of the highest caliber in the … Continue reading

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Family Vs. Stuff

Recently an acquaintance of mine, Joe, shared that he was “stuck” in his grief. Upon asking some probing questions I found out that shortly before her death his mother gave some jewelry, which Joe referred to as “family heirlooms”, to … Continue reading

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Managing Difficult Conversations

Last year one of my family members, due to a prescription happy physician, was on several medications that had changed her personality from friendly to flat, as well as challenged her decision-making skills leading  to 2 car accidents (she had … Continue reading

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Changing Your Mind Can Change Your Life

A great story with a good message: A 92-year-old, petite, well-poised and elderly woman moved into a nursing home. Though legally blind, the woman is always fully dressed each morning by eight o’clock in bright-colored clothes and makes sure that … Continue reading

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Guest Post: BECOME A PARTNER WITH YOUR PHYSICIAN

When I worked in hospitals, I noticed many patients had trouble becoming an active participant in their healthcare, for various reasons. To address this concern, I spoke to Dr. Nancy Snyderman, Chief Medical Editor of NBC News and my colleague … Continue reading

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Helpful Tips for Medication Management

The Thanksgiving episode of the CBS drama Blue Bloods, involved the grandfather having a heart attack the day before Thanksgiving.  Though he lives with his widowed son, the New York Police Chief played by Tom Selek, when the family arrives … Continue reading

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Disgruntled grandchildren and Trouble – the millionaire pooch

A millionaire heiress died at age 12 in December, and we’re just now finding out about it? To me, this seems like a missed opportunity for a reality show. I’m talking of course about Trouble Helmsley, the dog known as … Continue reading

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