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Nursing Homes in America

  From the moment we're born, our parents have the responsibility to watch over and care for us. For most of the first two decades of our life, their objective is to nourish, cloth and keep us safe and warm. Yet, for a growing number of families, there comes... more


A rock and a hard place: A family caregiver's account of her mother's final months

Caught between my dying mother and my teenaged son, I felt as if I couldn’t do anything right. Or could I? It was not the best of days. I’d driven home from the airport, exhausted, and had just sunk down into my couch, when my 17-year-old son banged down the... more


Hospice care at home: 3 questions to consider before choosing it

More than half of all hospice care takes place at home, according to the National Hospice and Palliative Care Organization (NHPCO). There are benefits to this approach: You’re in the comfort of your own familiar environment, with family and other loved ones. It’s also less expensive. But it’s not for... more


Watch out for these financial scams targeting seniors — and tips to avoid them

Unfortunately, there’s no shortage of con artists waiting to take advantage of the elderly. Scams aimed at seniors can happen via the telephone, email, online, snail mail or right in their homes. Older adults can be attractive targets because they often have cash from retirement funds and Social Security. Loneliness... more


Vacationing with senior parents: 5 tips for a successful family trip

So you’ve decided to book a family vacation that includes your aging parents. Now you’re wondering how you can make sure the memories you create on the trip are the kind you’ll remember fondly, and not the ones you’ll want to forget. The answer, according to adult children who have... more


What to do if your senior care aide isn’t the right fit

When you hire a caregiver for your senior relative, you always hope for the best. But sometimes it just doesn’t work out that way. Alex S. hired two caregivers to stay with his elderly father, who can’t drive anymore and was having an increasingly difficult time getting around his two-bedroom... more


Top 11 caregiver duties to know

Caregiver duties are wide-ranging. One moment a caregiver may be shopping for meals or cleaning the carpet and the next they could be discussing medication dosage with the pharmacist, or arranging transportation for a specialist appointment. The caregiver, whether a professional or a family member, is responsible for ensuring continuity... more


Power of attorney and guardianship: What’s the difference?

At first glance, durable power of attorney and guardianship might seem interchangeable. But while both are important legal roles that give one person decision-making power over another’s financial, medical and personal matters, there are important distinctions between the two. First, let’s go over the definitions: Guardian/conservator: A guardian or... more