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Is Suicide a “Rational” Option for Seniors?

Robert Shoots was a retired house painter who was happily remarried and enjoyed good health. He went fishing and played golf often, showing no signs of depression or other mental illness. Yet, Shoots took his own life, and he … [Read more...]

Critter Corner: The Power of the Purr

  Dear BeBe,   I am completely stressed out caregiving for my father who has Alzheimer's, although I admit it's a labor of love. I think my lack of life balance is affecting my health. My brother told me that the … [Read more...]

Do You Have an Advocate to Speak on Your Behalf?

Q. My sister, Penny, has advanced Parkinson’s and is beginning to experience symptoms of dementia. She’s been in the hospital several times over the past year for aspiration pneumonia, falls, and urinary tract infections. Although … [Read more...]

Can They Kick Her Out of Assisted Living? 

Jeff Regan received a shocking phone call from Atria Assisted Living to inform him that his aunt, Marilou Jones, 94, who has dementia, was being evicted. The family was informed by the nurse who phoned them that Marilou can't … [Read more...]

Hospitals Must Tell Medicare Patients If Care Is ‘Observation’ Only

Q. My father was in the hospital last month due to a fall in the stairwell at my parent’s split-level home. My mother wasn't able to lift him herself, so the ambulance came to assist her. They thought he seemed weak and out of … [Read more...]

Falls Aren’t Just a Normal Part of Aging — They Are Preventable!

It’s fall -- an ideal time to put on a light sweater, take a walk in the crisp air, and watch the green leaves being replaced by dazzling amber, maroon, gold, and bronze hues. Besides the rustic colors, crunchy leaves beneath … [Read more...]

Changes to Veterans Pension Rules Are Looming — Plan Now!

Q. I’ve been an avid reader of your newsletter for many years. A couple of years ago, you published an article indicating that the Department of Veterans Affairs (VA) was proposing significant changes to needs-based benefit … [Read more...]