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...]

More Untrained Caregivers Performing Medical Tasks

At 49 years old, Emily is an accomplished accountant. She worked her way up in a prominent firm, but recently took a leave of absence to care for her father, Sid. She is married to her college sweetheart but doesn’t have any … [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...]

Sign Language Gives People with Dementia a Way to Speak

John “Alec” Stephenson, an administrator at the Silverado Aspen Park memory care community in Salt Lake City, raised a son with a hearing impairment. As many parents of children who are hearing impaired, the family embraced sign … [Read more...]

When Caregiver Stress Becomes Extreme

Q. My aunt Rae, 84, was the primary caregiver for my Uncle Leo, who suffers from dementia. Leo would wander, so Rae couldn't leave him alone, and she missed the conversations she and Leo used to have. Rae became resentful and … [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...]

The Ecosystem of Family Caregiving

Q. My family is new to caregiving, and we're trying to figure out how to best support each other, but it seems like a tangled web. For instance, I am divorced, but I have a son who can help with practical responsibilities as I … [Read more...]