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Grief versus Depression: When to Seek Professional Advice

May 10, 2019 — —Jennifer Miller, MA Mr. Smith has been feeling really down recently. It is not without cause. He recently lost his wife to a long battle with cancer and is in the process of downsizing his home to move into a smaller, more manageable apartment. On top of that, his children have approached him with concerns... Read More

Emergency Preparedness – Let’s Strike up the Conversation!

April 8, 2019 —  —Frankie Sherwood, CSUS Gerontology Intern with Elder Options Last December, my grandmother was evacuated from her assisted living facility during the Rye Fire in Saugus, CA. Residents and staff were forced to spend a total of 12 days away from the senior living community. Staff and volunteers from the community worked to safely evacuate a... Read More

The Evolution Into Downsizing

February 19, 2019 — My career is to advocate, find resources, referrals, and support individuals whose life has suddenly changed due to dynamics of aging. Lately, the time has come to realize that the next journey of life is to morph into a world of changes. This ah ha moment came to me when I had a recent dental... Read More

Ask a Care Manager: I Want to Stay Home – What is the Real Truth?

December 11, 2018 — Marie is 88 years old and lives alone in her home. A new Assisted Living Facility just opened in her community and she’s feeling pressure to move in. How can she and her family decide what’s best for her ? To add to the discussion, Marie fell at home a few weeks ago and broke... Read More

A Senior? An Elder? An Older Adult? Who Are They? Who Are You?

October 12, 2018 — I recently saw a banner proclaiming “Hug a Senior” flying over a much traveled street. I don’t know about you but I’m particular about who I want a hug from. Do I want a hug from you? And for that matter, what makes me a senior? Is this statement ageism? A recent article in Aging... Read More

Parkinson’s Disease: Moving Forward After Diagnosis

September 7, 2018 — Recently, there have been numerous celebrities in the media diagnosed with Parkinson’s disease. Some include Michael J. Fox, and Muhammad Ali, who was diagnosed at age 42. Yet, recently we have had announcements from older adults, Alan Alda, 82, and Neil Diamond, 77, being recently diagnosed with the disease. The symptoms that led up to... Read More

Housing Options for Older Adults: How to Make Sense of It All

July 11, 2018 — With so many housing options for older adults, looking at all the choices might feel overwhelming. To narrow the list of housing options that will work for your situation it’s important to think about how much help you need each day and what you can afford. Then focus on the one or two types of... Read More

Stroke – What Happens Next?

April 10, 2018 — A friend called recently and wanted my thoughts or suggestions about the care of her husband, who recently suffered a TIA (Transient Ischemic Attack) or stroke. It was not a major stroke, but has affected his speech and mobility on his left side. Normally when I speak to clients or at presentations, I will refer... Read More

Parkinson’s Disease: How to Move Forward After Diagnosis

February 5, 2018 — Mr. and Mrs. Jones are both retired and avid travelers. On a recent trip to New York, Mrs. Jones noticed her husband had a slight shuffle to his walk, which she hadn’t noticed before. Mr. Jones stated that he felt fine; however, his joints were feeling a bit stiff. Mr. Jones attributed it to his... Read More

The Best Gift

December 15, 2017 — People, places and things are gearing up for holiday shopping! If the person you’re thinking of is considered an “Older Adult” by AARP, Medicare, or some other entity responsible for the category, you may want to consider “the best gift.” If you are an older person yourself or others consider you “older,” you, like me,... Read More