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...]

Critter Corner: Using Telehealth to Age-in-Place

Dear Ribbit, I am interested in possibly using telehealth instead of visiting the doctor's office. What are the advantages of doing so? Thanks, Em Helth --- Dear Em, Telehealth (sometimes also known as mHealth), is … [Read more...]

Adult Children Seek Guardianship of Their Astronaut Dad, Buzz Aldrin

In July 1969, the first person to set foot on the moon's surface was Neil Armstrong. Nine minutes later, Edwin Eugene "Buzz" Aldrin Jr. touched down. History was made! On the 50th anniversary of Apollo 11 next year, astronaut … [Read more...]

The Biggest Misconceptions About A Power of Attorney

Q. My lifelong friend, Peter, has an aunt who was never married and never had children of her own. Peter was the closest family member she had, but she was not a very trusting person, and didn't trust Peter or anyone, especially … [Read more...]

Critter Corner: Can Dad Still Manage his Finances?

Dear Bebe, My dad has mild cognitive impairment. Sometimes he's completely out of it, while at other times he seems like himself. When he’s out of it, he does silly and sometimes reckless things involving money. What are some … [Read more...]

Critter Corner: Having a Furry Friend May Extend Your Life

Dear Bebe, I am considering getting a cat similar to you for my mother, who lives alone and doesn't get much exercise. I heard pets have been known to promote longevity and social interaction. If it's okay with her and her … [Read more...]

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...]

How to Maintain an Emotional Connection to Someone with Alzheimer’s

Geri Taylor (69) had recently retired from her job in health administration, when she started noticing changes in herself. For some time, she had experienced forgetfulness at work. For instance, when she was leading a staff … [Read more...]

Critter Corner: Driving Safely with Hearing Loss

Dear Ribbit, My father has hearing loss and I fear that it's affecting his driving. He gave me a ride to the airport yesterday, and we almost got into two accidents. Are their things that can be done to help someone with … [Read more...]

Groceries? Air Conditioners? – Extra Benefits for Medicare Advantage Policy Holders

Michelle recently had a discussion with her mother, Rose, about ways to make Rose's house more comfortable and easier-to-navigate. Rose's mobility isn't what it used to be and she can no longer walk, and is unable to drive herself … [Read more...]