Bringing the hospital home

July 17, 2023 — Suppose you bring your frail loved one or a relative with dementia to the ER because of trouble breathing. The doctors determine it is pneumonia caused by bits of food being swallowed into the lungs. Rather than stay in the hospital, they suggest your relative use the Hospital at Home (HAH) program. With HAH, your... Read More

Senior bullying and exclusion

July 10, 2023 — About 20% of seniors living in communal settings experience bullying in one form or another. Cliques and power hierarchies seem to be a human tendency. If your loved one is the focus of bullying, you might notice withdrawal from others or depressed mood. Or you might hear them say that a particular person is “mean”... Read More

Meaningful end of life conversations

July 3, 2023 — Hollywood would have us believe that profound deathbed conversations occur just before the last breath is drawn. Not so! The last few weeks of a person’s life are often marked by extreme fatigue, long hours of sleep, and sometimes distracting levels of pain. Conversations require too much energy. If someone you care about has been... Read More

Preparing for a heat wave

June 26, 2023 — Make sure your loved one is ready to “take the heat” this summer. Older bodies are less able to cope with excessive heat, so it’s important to ensure safeguards are in place. Check in with your relative’s doctor. Certain chronic conditions and medications increase an older adult’s risk of heat stroke. Get advice on optimal... Read More

Dementia: Is travel realistic?

June 19, 2023 — If you are considering a trip with your loved one this summer, do yourself a favor and reflect on the realities of travel when a person has dementia. The disease is likely to be a prominent third guest in your plans, requiring consideration every step of the way. The disruption may make this less of... Read More

What is “elder abuse”?

June 12, 2023 — Exploitation of older adults is an issue none of us likes to think about. But it’s a growing problem. One in 10 Americans age 60 or older has experienced some form of elder abuse. It is estimated that up to 5 million elders are abused each year. Elder abuse includes intentional acts of malice. Also,... Read More

Tips for vacationing without Mom

June 5, 2023 — We all need time away from constant responsibility. Sometimes the best way to care for your loved one is to take an extended break and recharge your batteries. If your relative is fairly independent, consider these other services that may be helpful: A daily check-in call from a friend or nearby relative. Or from a... Read More

Cancer screenings covered by Medicare

May 29, 2023 — If found early enough, many cancers can be kept in check. Some even eradicated. To encourage early detection, Medicare pays 100% (in most cases) for screening tests. Your loved one may have a copay and/or Medicare percentage for the doctor’s exam to administer a test. Or a  facility fee for a colonoscopy. To get the... Read More

Tinnitus: Ringing in the ears

May 22, 2023 — Tinnitus is often described as a ringing in the ears. But it can also be more of a clicking sound, a humming sound, or buzzing, hissing, or roaring. Ninety percent of people with the condition also have hearing loss. Tinnitus is not a disease. Instead, it is thought to be the brain’s response to a... Read More

Moving to memory care

May 15, 2023 — Once you decide memory care is the wisest path, the next step is choosing a facility and creating a smooth moving day. Many memory care communities have a “move-in coordinator” or other family liaison. Rely on this professional for guidance. Ease the change with these tips: Involve your loved one in the choice of facility.... Read More