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Funeral or Celebration?

Funeral or Celebration?

When a loved one dies, we look for ways to honor them.  So too, we want to give those left behind ways to say goodbye.  Customarily, society has turned to funeral services that are based on religious or cultural traditions to commemorate one’s passing.  But, times...

Gum Disease and Dementia

Gum Disease and Dementia

For those seniors who are dental-resistant, the information in this article may motivate reconsideration of those check-ups.  Those in the 65+ age category face a higher risk for both dementia and gum disease.  And, now we know they can be linked. Recent research has...

Keep Peace in the Family; Create a Will

Keep Peace in the Family; Create a Will

It is all too common that people think that they can put off creating a will until “later”.  As recent events have shown, things happen we cannot anticipate.  The advent of COVID-19 put many families in a situation they never anticipated – the sudden demise of a...

Aging in Place; Now it is Easier Than Ever

Aging in Place; Now it is Easier Than Ever

Stories about Covid infections in nursing facilities are all too common.  This has expanded the feeling among families (88%) that they would rather find a way to care for relatives in their own homes instead of moving them into a facility.  The deaths of nearly...

Seniors: Doctor Appointment “Dress Rehearsal”

Seniors: Doctor Appointment “Dress Rehearsal”

Seniors generally take one of two approaches to doctor’s appointments.  They either talk too much or say too little.  If you are a caregiver for a senior, you can greatly help with the usefulness of the appointment if you act as a coach. For those who like to share...

TIA (Mini-Strokes): Bad News, but Maybe a Blessing

TIA (Mini-Strokes): Bad News, but Maybe a Blessing

Let’s not bury the lead.  No stroke is good.  TIA’s however, when discovered and treated quickly, can help prevent a major stroke.  In fact, doctors estimate that up to 15 percent of people will have a major stroke within three months of experiencing a mini-stroke....

The Living Will

The Living Will

The living will is one form of Advance Directive that speaks for you when you cannot.  They are generally written, although oral directives, properly witnessed, are legal, too.  They are important should you or a loved-one become incapable of conveying your wishes due...

Treating Seniors: Risks vs. Benefits

Treating Seniors: Risks vs. Benefits

While informed consent policies require health care professionals to make sure that patients or those who are acting on their behalf are comfortable with the suggested course of care. Making medical decisions is a challenging process that entails a thorough assessment...

Things Not to Say to Someone Who is Grieving

Things Not to Say to Someone Who is Grieving

As we age, the loss of family and friends to death occurs with greater frequency.  Knowing what to say – or what not to say – requires skillful communication.  In this article, we deal mainly with the things people commonly say, but shouldn’t. Speaking to a member of...

Who Should Handle Your Estate?

Who Should Handle Your Estate?

Deciding whom should serve as the Executor of your estate is not a decision to be taken lightly.  The person you name will have an impact on your life and family’s future.  Making a cavalier decision about this decision could have a negative outcome later. What Does...