Bring Your Mom to Work: On-Site Elder Day Care at Workplaces

  Karen spent many years in school to get her PhD, followed by years of work to become a tenured professor at a university, and eventually a department head. She and her husband delayed starting a family, and when she was … [Read more...]

How to Survive Adult Sibling Conflict Over Elder Care, Inheritances, and More

Q. Last week, my sister, my brother, and I traveled with our families to visit our 82-year old mother for Thanksgiving (I didn't have to go too far, since she lives ten minutes away!). Although mom says she is “just fine,” we … [Read more...]

Hospitals are Required to Train a Family Caregiver Prior to Discharge

  Photo from US News Q. My father, Marty, was in a serious car accident last year, where he broke several bones. During the week that followed his discharge from the hospital, my step-mother, Carolyn, struggled as she … [Read more...]

Critter Corner: When Should I Hire Home Care for a Parent?

Dear Angel, My parents live in a condominium in a senior community, 100 miles away from me. My father had a stroke last year, and is having trouble getting around, bathing, and dressing. My mother has her own issues, having had … [Read more...]

When Loved Ones Aren’t Permitted to Visit

Peter Falk and his daughter, Catherine. (from dalje.com) Jane and Maria are sisters who haven't spoken in ten years due to a disagreement over their mother's care. Jane was a caregiver for her mother, Millie, and served as her … [Read more...]

$10,000 a month! Why don’t they take it seriously?

Q. My parents are in their 70's and I am a caregiver for them, while working part-time and raising a family. My father has had Parkinson's for fifteen years and is no longer mobile. My mother is in the early stages of Alzheimer's. … [Read more...]

Critter Corner: 8 Things You Can Do to Prevent Elder Abuse

Dear Commander Bun Bun, I heard that elder abuse can include physical, financial, emotional, or psychological abuse, or abandonment and neglect, and am alarmed at how common it is. What are some ways to prevent elder abuse in … [Read more...]

Appliances That Speak to Each Other, and Other Incredible Aging-in-Place Technology

Robear Robot When Carol's mother, Eleanor, had a stroke a few years back, she and her husband moved in with her. Eleanor was not very steady on her feet, and surfed the furniture to get around. Carol and her husband were always … [Read more...]

Ask the Expert: VA to Offer One-Stop Website for Veteran’s Benefits

Q. My father, Joe, is a Vietnam veteran. He gets frustrated and confused when he tries to navigate all the veteran's benefits websites and figure out what he may be eligible for. Even the VA Website doesn't have everything he … [Read more...]

PBS Releases “Caring for Mom and Dad” Documentary

Graphic from pbs.org. Chris Olson was recently diagnosed with Alzheimer's, and her husband, Brent, has prostate cancer.  They lived alone, 300 miles away from their nearest daughter, and needed assistance. Their daughter, … [Read more...]