What is the Difference Between Hospice and Palliative Care?

Penny's father was being discharged from the hospital after his latest fainting spell from low blood pressure. Having suffered from Parkinson's for more than 20 years, he regressed during his stay, and he was having serious … [Read more...]

Do CCRCs (Life Plan Communities) Have a Capitalization Problem?

By Jack Cumming Starting a senior housing enterprise or opening a new facility requires sizable investments in real estate, planning, building, and marketing. It is capital intensive. It is also a trust business in which aging … [Read more...]

Government Raises the Bar on Nursing Home Ratings

Q. My father has dementia and will need skilled nursing care in the near future. There are so many nursing homes in this area to consider, and I have heard differing opinions from friends and family. How can we really know which … [Read more...]

Caring for Caregivers

Taking care of an older or ill family member can be enormously rewarding — but it can be physically and emotionally draining. And with the number of Americans age 65-plus projected to double by 2030, caregiving demands will only … [Read more...]

Don’t Wait to Make Critical Decisions

Anyone who knew Hal five years ago, when he was 66, would describe him as sharp, clever, and quick-witted. He had a knack for trivia and always answered more questions on Jeopardy than anyone else in the room. He always handled … [Read more...]

Can Being Cynical Cause Dementia?

Q. I am in my mid 60’s and I admit that I am generally quite negative-thinking and cynical. I have constant nagging back pain even though the doctors say there’s nothing wrong with my back.  My grandchildren live 1,000 miles away … [Read more...]

Nine Things NOT to Say to a Parent of a Special Needs Child

Q. Recently, my friend Anna called and informed me that her 6-year-old son, Jeremy, was diagnosed with an autism spectrum disorder (ASD). She told me about some of his symptoms, including temper tantrums, outbursts, and the … [Read more...]

Better Care Coordination Will Save Tax Payers Billions

After experiencing discomfort, 75-year-old Stan visited his doctor and was ultimately rushed to the hospital and into surgery to remove a blockage from his large intestine. After a short time, he was transferred to a nearby … [Read more...]

Intergenerational Care and the Magic of Girl Scout Cookies

Q. Five years ago my friend Jennifer, who is 91, met ten-year-old Emma when Emma was selling Girl Scout Cookies door-to-door. Emma never knew her own grandparents, and Jennifer’s family lives 1,000 miles away. They had the most … [Read more...]

Honoring Our Veterans: An Underused Benefit

Memorial Day is a U.S. federal holiday where we take time to remember the men and women who died while serving in the United States military. The holiday, which is celebrated every year on the final Monday of May, was formerly … [Read more...]