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Special Needs during COVID-19

Published: September 2, 2020

Caring for a child with special needs can be stressful even during “normal times” but we are now facing the added stress of the COVID-19 global pandemic. Sweeping changes in our routines and cancellation of our normal group therapies and schooling have created some challenges for our children with special needs and parents/caregivers caring for… Read More

My Family Says I Have to Stay

Published: June 26, 2020

Well, here we are officially in summer, still in a pandemic with numbers rising instead of falling while too many older adults are still trying to understand why they’re still confined within nursing homes and assisted living facilities.  The rules vary from location to location, state to state and are stated as “recommendations” or in… Read More

Of Course I Want Choices!

Published: May 20, 2020

It’s been weeks (sometimes feels like months) since I began writing this blog to chronicle my thoughts as an older adult but one who is still working and “in the field” as they say.  Although most states are open to some degree, the show of disgruntled residents making the nightly news along with the growing… Read More

Who Knows? Who to Ask When Help Is Needed?

Published: March 12, 2020

My mother is quickly spending her savings and will not be able to afford her assisted living community. What do we do? My husband requires so much care due to his health that I am exhausted. I want to be able to do it all, but I have my own health issues. What is there… Read More

The Choices are Overwhelming: How Do You Know Who to Trust?

Published: February 7, 2020

Carla Jones and her husband lived a quiet life in their home for the past 60 years. They had four children; however, two live out of the area and the remaining are running around from work to their children’s activities. The Jones children and grandchildren visit frequently, but their parents are doing well and are… Read More

Changing the Conversation: Ageism

Published: January 10, 2020

Free samples allure us often; it might be down the Costco aisle, a popular television commercial, an ad on social media, or at popular events.  At a recent fair I attended, I received a free sample of “anti-aging” products, along with other older adults, who were hooked by the spiel.  Normally I would have declined,… Read More

Long Distance Caregiving: How a Care Manager Can Help

Published: December 2, 2019

Emily Opal lived in the outskirts of Georgia.  She was original from Northern California but moved away thirty years ago to follow her dreams. Emily left behind her mother, father and a younger brother. Emily kept in touch with her family and visited at least once a year.  Emily’s parents were hard working, her father… Read More

Oh No, Not Again – Power Out – Who Does it Affect and How

Published: November 12, 2019

As I write this, it hasn’t rained appreciably for months. The fires of last week around California are being contained and there is no wind. Most of all we have power back on. I would suspect that many of us are holding our breath that the dominant utility company will not decide to withhold the… Read More

End of Life Wishes: How to Start a Difficult Conversation

Published: October 4, 2019

This summer, I had a family member pass away unexpectedly at only 40 years old. Not only was our family shocked, saddened, and forever changed, but it also started disagreements throughout the family; to include heated discussions on the best way to remember our loved one. What was important to our loved one in life… Read More

Bridging the Generation Gap

Published: September 9, 2019

As parents, we feel the pressure of when to allow our children to have cell phones and if/when they can have access to social media. Having 2 girls, let me tell you….the struggle is real and I eventually caved under the pressure. So, now that some of our children have these tools how can they… Read More