It Was Just the Other Day

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?

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?

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

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

Protecting Your Savings: A Look into Popular Scams

February 5, 2018 — Mrs. Jameson lived alone. All of her children lived out of state and visited several times a year. Mrs. Jameson values her independence; however, she is suffering from mild memory impairment. Once, while shopping at a local grocery store, she was approached by a well dressed gentlemen. The man stated that her car appeared to... 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

What is Long Term Care Insurance?

November 9, 2017 — My parents purchased a long term care insurance policy some years back. My father is in the hospital and my mother is worried about being able to care for him. I know Medicare will help with physical therapy, nurses’ visits, occupational therapy, speech therapy and/or a social worker for several weeks after discharge but know... Read More

Unlocking Memories: The Use of Reminiscence Therapy

October 6, 2017 — Have you ever noticed that a particular scent could bring forth a rush of vivid memories? The smell of cookies baking might remind you of spending time at your grandmother’s house when you were a small child or a piece of jeweler given to you by a loved one evokes feel-good memories every time you... Read More

Starting the Conversation: Caring for Your Loved Ones

September 11, 2017 — When I was growing up my mom always said “you need to make a lot of money so you can take care of me when I’m old.” As a child, it went in one ear and out the other. I now understand and one day might be telling my children the same. Within our line... Read More

Medicaid at Risk – Should I Care?

July 26, 2017 — When Margaret fell for the second time in two years breaking her other hip, she was unable at 86 to remain at home any longer. Her ability to walk, get up or down and take care of her every day needs was so diminished that once she completed the rehabilitation in the skilled nursing facility,... Read More