Critter Corner: How to Make a Smart Phone Easier to Read for a Senior

Dear Bebe,   I recently bought my mother a smart phone for her birthday. I figured it would be a great way for her to communicate with the grandchildren, and to have in case of an emergency. There are also some great … [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...]

Critter Corner: Questions to Ask at a Family Meeting

Dear Ernie and Jannette, My wife and I have a family meeting planned where we will be discussing senior housing and end-of–life options for her mother, who is in the initial stage of Alzheimer’s, so now is a good time to figure … [Read more...]

What to Do When a Loved One is Terminally Ill

When Leanne's father was diagnosed with frontotemporal dementia (FTD), his family knew the prognosis was not good. The average survival time for FTD is typically 3-5 years, and Leanne’s father has already had the disease for two … [Read more...]

Can Dementia Symptoms Come and Go?

Q. My husband, my kids, and I visited my mother this year for the holidays. Mom was diagnosed with dementia last year, so I took some of Magic the bunny’s advice from Critter Corner on how best to celebrate the holiday with her. … [Read more...]

Critter Corner: Having a Dementia-Friendly Holiday

Dear Magic, You look so cute in your Christmas tree headband that I thought I would ask you this question. My mom is coming for Christmas and will be at my home for several days. I haven’t seen her for a while, and my brother, … [Read more...]

Should You Talk About Death During the Holidays?

I saw the following quote on Facebook today, and it really resonated with me. It made me think about my own mortality and about my loved ones, who I will be seeing during the holidays: "None of us are getting out of here alive, … [Read more...]

Critter Corner: Including Grandchildren in Caregiving

Dear Magic, My mother moved close by after my father passed away. She suffers from diabetes and has hip problems. My 13-year-old daughter, Bella, and my 9 year old, Rex, want to visit to help with grandmother's caregiving and … [Read more...]

Are Faith Leaders Trained to Talk to About End-of-Life Topics?

My wife and I are over 65, and are both ready to discuss the topic of death and end-of-life planning. We spoke about it amongst ourselves, but need some guidance. We are religious, and would like our religious leader’s advice in … [Read more...]

Have You Prepared for Your Digital Afterlife? Most People Haven’t.

Q. My mother is very tech savvy. She is always on Facebook posting pictures, articles, and recipes.  She uses online bill pay to pay most of her bills, and Microsoft Office 365 to keep a daily diary in Word and her monthly budget … [Read more...]