Monthly Archives: April 2011

Choosing Home Health-Care? Watch Out for Braggers, Says Blogger

Looking for a home-health aide for your elderly parent? Want advice from someone who’s been there, done that? Don’t miss a recent post from the dementia-care blog My Father Doesn’t Know Me Anymore.

The author, Lucy Parker Watkins, says she’s been through her share of bad caregivers. Her father has three forms of dementia—none of them Alzheimer’s. She offers some surprising advice about dementia-care aides:

The more they toot their professional horns, the more closely you …Read more ›

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Generation Alzheimer’s

This year, the first wave of baby boomers are turning 65 – and with increased age comes increased risk of developing Alzheimer’s disease. The Alzheimer’s Association has put out a new report, “Generation Alzheimer’s: The Defining Disease of the Baby Boomers,” which sheds light on a crisis that is no longer emerging – but here.

Some facts:

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Need Aid and Attendance Pension? Get Ready for Bureaucracy

Thinking of applying for Aid and Attendance? You may not want to wait until the last minute.

Aid and Attendance is a pension benefit for certain veterans who need senior care. The money is a welcome and much-needed help for many, but the application is an ordeal to get through, according to The Washington Post.

A&A applicants must mail the forms, copies of service records, marriage certificates, proof of insurance and medical records …Read more ›

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Washington Clamps Down on Eldercare Referral Companies

It’s time for full disclosure, Washington State is telling its eldercare referral companies. Reveal your commissions and your inspection dates—and we’ll be watching.

The Seattle Times reports, “Washington will become the first state to clamp down on the unregulated, explosive growth of elder-care referral businesses.”

Most adult homes and elder-care facilities pay hefty commissions to placement services in order to fill empty beds. Many families, without knowing it, have been steered to places that pay the highest …Read more ›

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People With Criminal Backgrounds Advertising as In-Home Caregivers

A theft conviction isn’t on most people’s dream resume for an in-home caregiver. But it just might be there anyway.

A report from the California Senate found that people who had been convicted for meth trafficking and major theft had advertised on Craigslist as in-home caregivers, says the investigative-reporting organization California Watch.

But you don’t need to worry about that if you’re going through an agency, right? Well, according to the article:

Many in-home care agencies …Read more ›

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Women and Aging 2011: Policy Implications for an Aging Population

The United States is bracing for a dramatic cultural and economic shift sparked by our rapidly-aging population.  Women over 60 make up a rapidly growing percentage of those retired or entering retirement.  As this trend continues, the need for a national dialogue on the future of America’s aging women is more urgent than ever before.

Volunteers of America is excited to announce its third-annual discussion on women and aging on May 10, …Read more ›

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What to Do When You Have an Abusive Elderly Parent

If you’re caring for an abusive aging parent and you can’t take it any more, leave, says eldercare consultant Carolyn Rosenblatt. Leave the situation, leave the responsibility, and leave the guilt.

“Legal advice can help you to follow what your state requires in terms of legal responsibility, the legal documents that may name you, and how you ‘pass the torch’ to another,” Rosenblatt says on her Forbes blog Aging Parents. One of her clients passed the …Read more ›

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Elderly Parents Die in Home Elevator

This is not an easy one to read.

Courthouse News Service reports that an elderly couple in Georgia died in their home elevator. The adult children allege that the elevator was repaired improperly. The phone inside was also not working, they say. “The couple, who were 90 and 88, were stuck in the elevator for days before they were found.”

This a reminder to make sure aging-in-place technology is working properly. It also brings to mind …Read more ›

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Help for Tired Caregiving Spouses: Adult Day Services

Caregiving is hard enough when you’re the adult child. What if you’re a senior yourself?

In The MetroWest Daily News, the “Senior Savvy” column has a tip for caregiving wives and husbands: Consider adult day services. They provide socialization, and “some offer transportation, medication management, meals, activities and even assistance with personal care.”

Also called adult day-care, “attendance at these programs does not need to be five days a week and may be started with just …Read more ›

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Reverse-Mortgage Counseling Fees “Could Double” This Fall, Says Industry Spokesman

Higher counseling fees for reverse mortgages may be on the way, warn industry insiders.

WashingtonPost.com reports that the recent government budget deal slashed funding for housing counseling. This includes the required counseling seniors must get before taking out a reverse mortgage. In addition:

HUD used to cap the permissible fees charged at $125 a session, but recently it allowed the counseling firms to charge higher fees if they could justify the cost, [said Peter …Read more ›

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