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…

The Holiday Season is Upon Us – So Don’t Let Hype and Holiday Stress Rob You of Enjoyment

With Thanksgiving just past, the 2018 holiday season is definitely in full swing. If you ask just about anyone you know how they feel about this time of year, you’re bound to get an earful – from the office “Christmas elf” who starts listening to carols in July to the neighborhood Grinch who can’t wait…

Wall Street Journal Report: Financial Institutions are Monitoring Older Customers to Detect Cognitive Decline

If you have an older loved one in your life who is still managing his or her own finances, you’re probably on the lookout constantly for any signs that he or she is “starting to slip” – in other words, that they are suffering from cognitive impairment. If this concern is causing you stress, it…

Time to Have the “Assisted Living Discussion” with Your Parent? Consider These Tips on How to Broach the Subject

One of the hardest discussions an adult child can have with an aging parent involves moving into assisted living. Bringing up the topic of leaving behind a familiar home can trigger an avalanche of emotions ranging from denial to defensiveness to anger. With that in mind, if you feel the time is right to broach…

You’ve Moved a Parent into a Care Facility – What Do You Do When Others Make You Feel Guilty?

This scenario may sound extremely familiar. You’ve been caring for mom or dad for quite a while, but it’s gotten to the point where it’s just not safe for them to keep on living at home. Your parent needs more care than you can provide. After months of vacillation, you finally make up your mind:…

Ride-Share Services Like Lyft and Über Could Help Alleviate Transportation Issues for Many Seniors

It’s interesting to find helpful, aging-related articles in unlikely places. At least, that’s how we reacted when we ran across this article that appeared a year or so ago on the political website Politico. As part of a special report called Aging in America, Politico published an insightful analysis on one possible solution to a…

Keeping the Peace when You’re Resting in Peace: How to Ensure Your Estate Plan Doesn’t Set Off a Family Feud

What’s in your estate plan? At some point as you think ahead about the time after you’re gone, you’ll want to plan carefully how to allocate your assets and possessions to your loved ones. Like most people, you’ve probably envisioned a harmonious future scene in which your family and others closest to you are smiling…

Déjà Vu: Battle over Care of Ailing Comedian Tim Conway Seems Sadly Familiar

He was one of the funniest men on television in his heyday, and his deadpan humor was a staple on the top-rated Carol Burnett Show which premiered on network television in 1967 and ran for 11 seasons. But today, Tim Conway is a sad shell of what he once was. Suffering from dementia, the one-time…