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Why Adult Children of CCRC Residents Opt for a CCRC Too

Last week I had the pleasure of speaking to a large group of prospective residents at a life plan community (also called a continuing care retirement community, or CCRC) in Phoenix, Arizona. Following the presentation, a couple from the audience came up and spoke with me. I could see right away that they were considerably [...]

By |2021-04-12T15:18:23-04:00January 28th, 2019|

Contrasting Approaches to Planning for Long-Term Care Needs

In last week’s post, I highlighted a recent article that discussed the advice that caregivers of a family member who has Alzheimer’s disease would share with others who are newly embarking on this labor of love. Much of the advice centered around the emotional and financial challenges that caregiving can present and the need to [...]

By |2021-04-12T15:26:36-04:00December 3rd, 2018|

Firsthand Advice on Caring for Someone with Alzheimer’s

Some journeys you get to pick; others are chosen for you. Such is the case for people who are caring for a loved one who is suffering from a degenerative mental condition like Alzheimer’s disease, which is the most common form of dementia. According to the Alzheimer’s Association, 5.7 million Americans are currently living with [...]

By |2021-04-12T15:27:35-04:00November 26th, 2018|

Financial Caregiving: A Topic No One Wants to Discuss

Money. Even under the best of circumstances, it’s a subject few people want to discuss…even with individuals in their own family. But as people age, it becomes important—and sometimes necessary—that the senior’s adult children or another trusted person has an understanding of their financial situation—what is sometimes referred to as “financial caregiving.” It happens too [...]

By |2021-04-15T13:40:11-04:00September 17th, 2018|

Dealing with the Dementia Communication Barrier

Dementia is not one specific disease. Instead, it’s a general term used to describe a decline in mental capabilities, such as memory issues, that are severe enough to affect activities of daily living (ADLs). Alzheimer's disease is the most common type of dementia, accounting for around 70 percent of diagnoses, but there are other types too, [...]

By |2018-02-19T12:55:53-05:00February 19th, 2018|

Planning for the Future After a Spouse’s Death

The death of a spouse or partner is one of the most difficult experiences people will endure in life, requiring more psychological and behavioral adjustment than just about any other period of life transition. And there is ample research that confirms it. The Changing Lives of Older Couples (CLOC) study, conducted out of the University [...]

By |2018-02-12T12:39:22-05:00February 12th, 2018|

Sibling Rivalry: When Family Members Disagree on Senior Care Options

When it comes to caring for an aging loved one, having family members by your side can be a tremendous help—mentally, physically, and financially. But there are also times when having to consider more than one opinion on an issue can cause great strife between relatives. We often see this challenge come up between adult [...]

By |2018-01-30T09:13:27-05:00January 29th, 2018|

Geriatric Care Managers: “Professional Relatives” to Coordinate Care

In last week’s blog post, I discussed the steps you and your family can take in advance of a healthcare emergency to reduce some of the stress of a difficult situation—what’s referred to as “pre-crisis planning.” From exploring assisted living facilities in your area to working with an experienced financial advisor to prepare your assets, [...]

By |2017-11-13T13:03:31-05:00November 13th, 2017|

Pre-Crisis vs. Post-Crisis Planning: Confronting Life’s Unknowns

“Planning for a crisis”: It almost sounds like an oxymoron. But as we grow older, it becomes a matter of practicality. Yes, we’d all like to think that we will be healthy and able-bodied for the rest of our lives, but unfortunately, that’s not always the case. And that’s where planning for a crisis comes [...]

By |2017-11-07T09:07:37-05:00November 6th, 2017|

The Unexpected Costs of Caring for an Aging Parent

According to data collected by the National Alliance for Caregiving, there are over 66 million family caregivers in the United States. That translates to nearly 40 percent of the U.S. adult population…a stunning statistic. This number includes people who are caring for the sick or disabled, but the majority of these caregivers are assisting an elderly [...]

By |2017-10-31T16:29:50-04:00August 7th, 2017|
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