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

What to Expect with Medicare & Social Security in the Future

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

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?

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

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