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I Want to Stay Home – What is the Real Truth?

Published: 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

Do I Have to Stay in a Nursing Home?

Published: November 11, 2018

Do I have to stay in a nursing home? I broke my hip several months ago and was sent to a skilled nursing facility (snf) for rehabilitation. I have been receiving physical therapy (P/T) and occupational therapy (O/T) several times a week and am improving. My family says I need to stay here but I… Read More

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

Published: 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

Published: 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

What to Expect with Medicare & Social Security in the Future

Published: August 2, 2018

Ann has been receiving Medicare ever since she turned 65. She depends on the monthly Social Security check that she contributed to for many years before she retired. Ann’s adult children are at an age now that they are beginning to think of their retirement years ahead of them. They see the benefits that Medicare… Read More

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

Published: 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

How Can I Help When I Am So Far Away?

Published: June 5, 2018

Emily Opal lived in the outskirts of Georgia. She was original from Northern California but, moved away thirty years prior to follow the humidity and southern hospitality. With her move, she left behind her mother, father, and younger brother. Emily did keep in touch with her family and visited at least once a year. On… Read More

It Was Just the Other Day

Published: May 2, 2018

It had taken weeks and months of work to get to this point. The decision was agonizing and the self doubt grew by the day. Nevertheless without any fanfare, Elder Options was a new business May 1, 1988. To put it all in perspective, remember President Reagan was running the country. It was the year… Read More

Stroke – What Happens Next?

Published: 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

Are We Ready for Care? Long Term Care?

Published: March 7, 2018

In 2010, 13% of the U.S. population had reached the age of 65. According to 2016 statistics that number has increased to 46 million. Now many of us are over 65 (myself included) and there are times that I resent the implication that I’m part of the growing older population and thus, need help. Although… Read More