Honor Thy Mother and Father

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My flight landed in Raleigh, NC on Saturday, February 6, 2016.  I had planned a week’s vacation to spend time with my parents.  On the agenda, was an appointment with an elder law attorney to get their estate planning documents in order.  Dad is 84 and has multiple chronic illnesses.  Mom is 74 and in […]

Finding a Nursing Home

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Millions of older Americans need help meeting their care needs. This may include assistance with fundamental tasks like bathing, dressing, using the toilet, incontinence, transferring to or from a bed or chair, and eating. These tasks are commonly referred to as “activities of daily living.” Many people who need help with activities of daily living […]

Depression in the Elderly

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Depression in the general population is much more prevalent than we as a society care to acknowledge. There is a stigma in the United States that surrounds mental health issues which oftentimes prevents those afflicted by depression from discussing or seeking treatment for their disorder. In addition, many studies show that depression in the elderly […]

Caring for Mom from Far Away

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My mother in law fell recently. A fall can be a devastating event for an older adult. One out of five falls causes a serious injury such as broken bones or a head injury. Each year, 2.5 million older people are treated in emergency departments for fall injuries. A widow, my mother in law (who […]