Memory care and the epidemic of Alzheimer’s

Alzheimer’s is a chronic neurodegenerative disease typically with a long pre-clinical phase which gradually worsens. Initial symptoms are often mistaken for normal aging and include problems with language, mood swings, disorientation, loss of motivation, poor self-care and behavioral issues. There are no treatments to stop or reverse the disease progression. Alzheimer’s accounts for 60 to 70 [...]

April 4th, 2019|

Estate Planning, Elder Law, What’s the Difference?

The short answer: Both share similar concerns. The longer answer: The differences make all the difference.   The Concerns are Similar No matter what age we’re in, life can deliver some hard knocks. Hope for the best, but plan for the worst. We can get into accidents, especially when we’re young and under the impression that we’ll [...]

April 2nd, 2019|

Family Caregiving: Make It a Job Like Any Other

Doesn’t it make sense for a family member to care for a senior who needs help at home, rather than paying someone else or an agency? Or uprooting the senior into an institution? The family member can pay the bills, balance the checkbook, keep the house clean, shop and make meals, and take the senior [...]

March 14th, 2019|

Live and Learn: ALS and Health Care Powers of Attorney

A strong power of attorney is indeed powerful for a condition like Alzheimer’s. But it may come as a surprise to learn that a good “basic” advance-directive document needs considerable supplementation when it comes to a dreadful illness like ALS – Amyotrophic Lateral Sclerosis, or Lou Gehrig’s disease. Ordinarily, if a patient becomes unable to [...]

March 6th, 2019|

Solo Aging and the Challenges It Brings

For some seniors in the baby boomer generation aging brings with it new challenges in the form of solo aging. A “solo ager” is a senior who has no children and no younger (or healthier) family members to assist them as they age. As in generations before, baby boomers are living longer and healthier lives [...]

March 5th, 2019|