A Holiday Faux Pas With Older Parents

nother holiday faux pas—using family time to tell an aging parent that maybe they ought to give up their car keys. Want a real downer? Start talking to a senior about driving and maybe even getting rid of their car. Here’s a stocking stuffer ... just hide their keys and say … [Read more...]

7 Tips To Make Mom’s Move A Breeze

Mom's move can be a daunting task. Whether it's downsizing to make independent living easier, or transitioning to an assisted living facility, you have a crucial role to play. The more you help with planning, logistics and emotional support, the more comfortable the move becomes. … [Read more...]

The Right to Make Bad Decisions

The voice on the other end sounded desperate. "I love my kids, but they're trying to take over my life! Help!" As mediators with a specialty in mediating adult family communication, my partner and I get a lot of calls about aging parents and their kids. More often it's a son … [Read more...]

How to Work with Siblings to Care for an Aging Parent

  Can’t we all just get along? If you’re having trouble working with siblings to care for an aging parent, you may be asking yourself this question. Caring for an elderly parent alone can be complex enough without having to arrive at medical, financial, and practical … [Read more...]

A Wake Up Call for Boomers? This Really Got Me Thinking.

  So many Boomers have transitioned into a time in their lives when they add to their repertoire of experiences the role of caregiver. I think often this time brings on an awakening of sorts; where yet another set of blinders are peeled back and one begins to come to … [Read more...]

26 Thoughtful Gift Ideas for the Holidays

  Yes, you read that right ... 26 gift ideas. The holidays are here, and while you are busy checking things off your list, maybe you paused because you just don’t know what to buy for that special older person in your life. Particularly because he /she says they don't need … [Read more...]

Behind Closed Doors Elderly Care Exposed – Elder Abuse on the BBC

  If you have not seen the Behind Closed Doors Elderly Care Exposed Panorama documentary on the BBC, be warned. It shows elder abuse and neglect, contains strong language and commentary about these terrible acts in caregiving situations. I've heard and read many … [Read more...]