Posts in category "Financial and Legal Concerns"

Boomer Caregivers Abound, But Who Will Take Care of the Boomers?

Say what you want about baby boomers being selfish, materialistic, or any number of things critics have said about the attitudes and behaviors of this generation. But don’t you ever say that they don’t take care of those close to them. Don’t you dare. You see, baby boomers have been the glue holding together long-term... Read more »

Legal Issues in Eldercare: Tips for Planning Ahead

When older relatives begin to need more assistance, we often think of practical, day-to-day matters first. How can we make sure that Dad’s medication is taken correctly? Can I take off work to get Mom to the doctor, or do we need to look into other transportation options? Is it okay to leave my spouse... Read more »

Community Care Programs in Illinois are Safe – For Now

I would guess that a slew of caregivers who read this blog know all too well the value of community-based care. If you’re not sure what that is, think of the home health care and adult day care services that have allowed your family member to live at home instead of move into a nursing... Read more »
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When It Comes to Long-Term Care Planning, We’re in Denial

As my husband and I readied ourselves for a 3-mile run this morning, we talked about summer goals. Replace the fence. Get that humongous dog we’ve been talking about for two years. Look into long-term care insurance. Did that last goal surprise you? It sounds really boring and tedious compared to the other two, doesn’t... Read more »

Act Now: Budget Cuts Could Overwhelm Caregivers and Seniors Alike

Being a lifelong student of psychology, I’ve come to a stark conclusion: Elected officials are missing the part of the brain that allows them to see the potential ripple effects of their actions. How did I arrive at this revelation? I believe it was when I started reading about the automatic federal spending cuts set... Read more »

New Advances in Alzheimer’s Diagnosis: The Lowdown on Brain Amyloid Imaging

We’ve all heard the bleak story that the only way to absolutely be sure a person has Alzheimer’s disease is to examine the brain through autopsy. For decades, we’ve waited ever so patiently for a better way. For some people with the disease, a piece of that better way might finally be here. You may... Read more »
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What the Affordable Care Act Means for Caregivers

Is it a coincidence that the Supreme Court decision on the Affordable Care Act (ACA) was announced on what happens to be the hottest day of the year? Perhaps, but I choose to see the steamy outdoor conditions as a portent to the fiery battles that are sure to ensue now that the ACA has... Read more »

Advance Directives: Pathways to Peace for Caregivers

A few weeks ago, I shared with you the important lesson my grandma taught me about dementia. Today, my mind turns to my other grandmother – my mother’s mother – who died eight years ago today from complications of a massive stroke. Grandmother was in her favorite room when the stroke occurred like a bolt... Read more »

How Much Will Elder Care Cost? A Useful Tool for Caregivers

If you are a fan of “all-things-numbers,” this post is for you. If you tingle at the sight of a spreadsheet, you may want to view this in a private room. You see, the MetLife 2011 Market Survey of Long-Term Care Costs has been released, and it is chock-full of data about the cost of... Read more »
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NPR Captures Complex Issues of Caregiving in “Family Matters”

I’ve said before in this blog that caregivers are the real experts regarding caregiving – not me. Caregivers are the only ones who can describe what anthropologists call the “lived experience” of caring for a family member or similar loved one, and they’re the only ones who can really paint for us the many complex... Read more »