When Caregiving Turns into Self Neglect

Q. I am concerned about my mother, Sharon. She is a caregiver for my 92-year-old grandmother, who lives with her and my father, who is not in the best of health himself. I saw my mother the other day when I stopped by for a visit. … [Read more...]

Critter Corner: Do Caregivers Have a Higher Life-Expectancy?

Dear Magic, I read somewhere that caregivers have a higher life-expectancy than non-caregivers. With all of the stress that goes into caregiving, how can this be true? Thanks for your help! Liv Longer  --- Dear … [Read more...]

When Your Adult Child Distances Themselves

Carla, age 38, is a helpful and caring adult daughter. She lives five miles from her parents and assists her mother with caregiving for her father, who suffers from early-onset Alzheimer’s disease. She scaled back her hours at … [Read more...]

Caregiving for Veterans — There’s a Map for That

John was an Army officer who was struck by a bomb blast that threw him 20 feet from where he was standing while on a patrol. After a few months of recovery, John’s family realized something was very wrong. He began having spells … [Read more...]

Yikes! Our Top 10 Scariest Articles of 2018

Believe it or not, in Elder Law, Estate Planning, and Special Needs Planning, there are some news stories that sound more like the scary plots of horror movies than real life. The topics can be so horrifying that suddenly, you … [Read more...]

Can Your Spouse Get Paid for Being Your Caregiver?

Joseph quit his full-time job to provide full-time care for his wife, Stephanie, who is suffering from early-onset dementia. He bathes and dresses her, prepares her meals, takes her blood pressure, gives her prescribed medications … [Read more...]

Can Caregiving Lead to PTSD?

Q. I was a caregiver for my father-in-law two decades ago, and I experienced a terrible scare. I took him into my home when he developed fronto-temporal dementia and he lived with my family. He would get angry at me a lot and … [Read more...]

I’m Finally Taking a Vacation — What to Do About Caregiving Duties

Caroline's sister and her family live in sunny Tampa, Florida. She's been wanting to visit for three years now, ever since her sister's family bought their house near the beach. But it has been tough to get away, since Caroline is … [Read more...]

Am I a Helicopter Child, and If So, Why is That a Bad Thing?

Q. I heard my sister and brother talking about my mother's care the other day when they thought I couldn't hear them. I distinctly remember them mentioning the term "helicopter child," and they were referring to me! I have … [Read more...]

Critter Corner: Mistakes Adult Siblings Make When Caregiving for a Parent

Dear Bebe, When I was growing up, I was the organized one who was responsible and did what he was told, and my sister was also pretty on-top of things. My brother--not so much. Now, we are at a point where we need to work … [Read more...]