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Month: April 2014

Aging impacts the pocketbook of the FAMILY – not just the senior. Prepare now.

April 25th, 2014

Your father asks you to stop by the grocery store on your way over to pick up a few items.  You have already made him a casserole and some soup to freeze but you are happy to help.  You fill


What is Dementia? Free 13 minute webinar that offers a basic overview of Dementia

April 25th, 2014

When someone that we love is diagnosed with Dementia or one of its many types, such as Alzheimer’s Disease, our first reaction is likely fear. We know that this illness is progressive in nature and at some point we will …


Free 13 minute webinar on Dementia and other cognitive disorders

April 23rd, 2014

When someone that we love is diagnosed with Dementia or one of its many types, such as Alzheimer’s Disease, our first reaction is likely fear. We know that this illness is progressive in nature and at some point we will …


Aging as a family team – How to support seniors as a partner in caregiving

April 15th, 2014

Watching a spouse decline physically and mentally is hard.  After years of perfecting a balance of give and take, division of tasks, and most importantly trust and friendship, a spouse may find it nearly impossible to admit that their wife …


Have compassion for our aging relatives – Aging can be frightening

April 11th, 2014

It has been three years since your father died and your mother is beginning to slow down.  Her eyesight is increasingly poor and she voluntarily stopped driving because she did not feel safe anymore.  She finds it harder to maintain


Early conversations about aging are paramount to Aging as a Family Team

April 10th, 2014

For those of you who follow my blog, you know how often I promote early conversations about aging among families.  As a social worker, I understand first hand how differently families manage the challenges and rewards of aging when they …


How do we determine if someone who has Dementia is competent to make decisions for him or herself?

April 7th, 2014

I saw this news clip about a couple living in Vancouver.  According to the excerpt, they went to the hospital to find a family physician and they were held (against their will), diagnosed with Dementia, and deemed unable to make …


On-line senior driver’s fitness evaluation for family members to complete – FREE tool developed by Univ. of Florida

April 4th, 2014

I recently was told about this FREE on-line screening tool developed in Florida.  It is fantastic!  It allows family members and friends to answer a series of questions about the driving ability of a senior.  The family member can then …


How do you evaluate an assisted or long-term residence? Access free worksheets to assist you in your search

April 4th, 2014

Finding a residence for a loved one is overwhelming and intimidating.  Each residence will impress you with their promise of high quality care, social activities and family involvement in care planning.  Many of these residences are accurate in the services …


Age as a famly team – Create your aging experiences proactively

April 4th, 2014

If we want to prevent aging in isolation, we MUST take steps now to encourage open family communication.  Sit down with your parents and your children and talk about your values, your experiences, and your wishes for how you will …



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