Can Adult Kids Be Held Legally Responsible for Parental Support? In Some Countries – and Some States – the Answer is Yes

Here at AgingOptions, we feel we’ve seen it all when it comes to relationships between aging parents and adult children. In some cases, these relationships are wonderful models of love, respect and support; in other families, plagued by bitterness and old wounds, parents and kids are barely on speaking terms or are openly antagonistic toward…

Need Help With Long-Term Housing Solutions? It’s Probably Time to Hire a Geriatric Care Manager

It’s a dilemma that almost every family faces sooner or later: an aging parent or spouse can no longer live at home and has to move into a care facility. Sometimes the move into long term care is planned, but often – due to a health crisis, accident, or lack of preparation – it catches…

Before Signing That Divorce Agreement, Make Sure Your Rights to Retirement Savings Will Be Protected

Several months ago we were reading financial columnist Michelle Singletary’s column in the Washington Post when something in the article really grabbed our attention – a reader comment buried far down in the column that set off warning bells. We felt this information needed to be shared once again with our AgingOptions blog readers. Divorce…

“Caring, Reassuring and Sensible” – a Simple Idea to Help Comfort Your Loved Ones with Dementia

We love to run across news stories that point out how the simplest of ideas can have a tremendous impact, and that’s how we felt as we read this heart-warming article published recently on the BBC News website. As we at AgingOptions read this story we thought it would be a good one to share…

AgingOptions Follow-Up: Dying at Home Is Possible, Says Rajiv Nagaich, but People Have to Plan Ahead

Last week here on the AgingOptions blog, we ran this story based on a NextAvenue article describing a damning statistic. According to surveys, roughly 80 percent of Americans say they would prefer to pass away in the familiar comfort of their own home, yet only about 20 percent actually succeed in taking their last breath…

Best of Intentions: If You Want Your Estate to be Distributed Properly, Remember to Update Your Beneficiaries

Here’s a question: if you’ve made it clear in your will which of your heirs should inherit money from your estate, how it is possible that those funds will end up going to someone else? The answer is simple: if you’ve forgotten to update the beneficiary information on a life insurance policy, retirement plan, or…

No Laughing Matter: Hoarding Disrupts Families, Endangers Health, and Costs Thousands to Remedy

Hoarding is one of those little-understood habits that people sometimes laugh about or make light of (or even feature on so-called reality television shows). But you are the adult child of a hoarder, you know the issue is no laughing matter. This article that appeared a few months ago on the NextAvenue website, written by…

Despite Growing Connectedness, Millions of Seniors Face “An Epidemic of Loneliness” During the Holidays and All Year Long

Recently here at the AgingOptions blog we came across yet another reminder of just how lonely people are during the holidays. This recent article from CBS News featured a group interview with a diverse panel of men and women of all ages, with one common thread: they all describe themselves as being lonely. One study…

Kaiser Health News: Feds Order More Weekend Nursing Home Inspections to Uncover Chronic Staffing Shortages

Nursing homes that are operating with unacceptably low weekend staffing are about to get a surprise. An article we just read on the Kaiser Health News website reports that CMS – the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services – has ordered state inspectors to begin conducting more unannounced inspections on weekends, when staffing shortages are…