Monthly Archives: December 2012

Your Top-10 Posts of 2012: Granny Pods and Walk-in Tubs

We hope you had a good year and are looking forward to a fulfilling 2013. And with the end of the year comes—ta-da!—our annual best-of update: the most popular posts of 2012.

This year, nontraditional forms of senior care caught your eye. Granny pods made the list three times. A dementia village, an artist retirement community and DIY backyard in-law suites also made appearances. Products claimed three other spots—specifically, things that help seniors stay independent.

So, …Read more ›

Aging-in-Place Remodel: Sometimes Cheaper Than Assisted Living

Want to save money in years to come? Spend some in 2013. So suggests a Bloomberg article, which cites a research paper that found that spending $10,000 remodeling for aging in place can pay you back in about 14 months if you compare it to moving into an assisted living community.

Yet most people wait until the last minute to do such a project, according to the article. And if you …Read more ›

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Why Not to Be on Your Parent’s Bank Account

Want to help mom pay the bills? Getting yourself added to her bank account seems like a simple solution. But that’s not always a good idea, says Walt Romatowski, a certified financial planner with Castellan Financial Advisors in Roseville, CA.

  • The money in the shared account is considered an asset of that child, which means the child’s creditors can lay claim to those accounts.
  • Putting an adult child’s name on an account might trigger gift tax issues, …Read more ›

When Medicare Will Pay for Home Care

Now that the holidays are over and you’ve perhaps spent a bit of them with your aging parents, it may be time to reflect on how things are going at their house. If one of your parents cares for the other, is the caregiving taking a toll on the “healthy” parent? If so, home care is one solution to consider.

If a parent needs medical care, Medicare may pay for some home health-care, …Read more ›

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Christmas Confusion: When a Parent Has Dementia, “Enter Their Reality”

Merry Christmas!

We hope you’re having a wonderful holiday season. Here’s a quick tip to hopefully help today go smoother: If a loved one with dementia is included in your festivities and things get confusing for the person, just go with the flow—their flow, advises Boca Home Care Services in South Florida. From the agency’s blog:

All the activity is stimulating for everyone, even more so for many elderly. If you have …Read more ›

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Holidays in the Kitchen: Spending Time With Someone With Alzheimer’s

The gathering place for so much of the holidays is in the kitchen. That’s where many Christmas memories may be for people with Alzheimer’s. Laura Wayman, author of A Loving Approach to Dementia Care, has tips on how to tap into that for someone you care for. Her advice, which shares in an article about Thanksgiving, includes:

  • Fill your home with pleasant, traditional, soothing aromas. Put a couple of teaspoons …Read more ›
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#ElderCareChat 12/19/12 Recap: The Gifts of Caregiving Help

This Wednesday, 33 participants gathered for our bi-monthly #ElderCareChat on Twitter to discuss the programs, tools and information available to caregivers, and perhaps more importantly, how to help them access these valuable resources. We also brainstormed about ways to involve the media in raising awareness of caregivers’ needs, as well as broadcasting the local and national support services available. This topic was suggested by …Read more ›

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How to Support a Person Who’s Grieving During the Holidays

The holidays are traditionally such a joyful time. And that makes them that much sadder for people who have lost a loved one recently.

At their website, the National Hospice Foundation and the National Hospice and Palliative Care Organization share 12 tips for how to support someone who’s grieving, including:

1. Be supportive of the way the person chooses to handle the holidays. Some may wish to follow traditions; others may choose to …Read more ›

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Visiting Someone With Alzheimer’s? 3 Tips for a Better Trip.

If your Christmas activities this year include a visit with someone who has Alzheimer’s and lives with a caregiver, whatever you do, don’t drop by unannounced, advises the New York Chapter of the Alzheimer’s Association. You probably wouldn’t do that anyway—even if no one had dementia—but with this disease, that bit of etiquette becomes even more important.

The organization’s tips are shared in an article at the website for WFUV, Fordham …Read more ›

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Adult Day-Care Centers: A Break for Elderly Parents Too

With all the hustle and bustle and extra responsibilities, Christmastime can be overwhelming for anyone. On the other hand, caring for a frail parent or spouse can be overwhelming any time of year. Put the two together—caregiving while preparing for Christmas—and you’ve probably just about maxed out your stress level.

Thank goodness for respite care. At the website for the Florida newspaper Tallahassee Democrat, internist Donald Loucks, MD, makes a good …Read more ›

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