Caring for Someone with Alzheimer’s

Caring for Someone with Alzheimer’s Chances are you probably know somebody suffering from Alzheimer’s disease. According to the Alzheimer’s Association, 5.8 million Americans are currently living with this neurodegenerative disease. As the population of older Americans continues to grow, so will those diagnosed with the disease. It is projected that by the year 2050, 13.8 […]

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Celebrating Jill Shoffner During National Social Work Month

ELET Social Worker, Jill Shoffner Jill Shoffner isn’t necessarily the first person you notice when you walk into a room. Her presence and personality don’t jump out and grab you; she’s comfortable sitting in the background and listening to the buzz of conversation around her, absorbing others’ thoughts and weighing their perspectives. But when the […]

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Advocacy Tips:  Moving a Loved One into a Long-term Care Facility

Helping your parent, grandparent, spouse, or other loved one move into long-term care at an assisted living or nursing home can be stressful. Not only are emotions heightened due to the unwanted change, but you may receive confusing and even conflicting information from different sources. You may feel like you are drowning in a river […]

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Paying In-home Caregivers: What You Need to Know About the Fair Labor Standards Act

Your mom, dad, or spouse are living at home, but their health is starting to decline.  They need some help with daily activities like cooking, dressing, or bathing or to prevent them from wandering.  You want to keep them in the comfort of their own home as long as possible, so you start looking for […]

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Cure vs. Care

American culture is very cure-centric.  When someone we know is diagnosed with a serious condition like cancer, we promote a message of hope for a cure: “I’m sure you can beat this!” “You’re so strong and positive, you’ll be okay!” “New cures are discovered every day!”  In many circumstances this is a fantastic approach, motivating […]

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Has Your Family Planned for Pets of Aging Elders?

We know that the title of this blog may inspire more than a few eye-rolls.  “Pets?  Really?  Mom has dementia and dad can’t take care of her any more, and you want to talk about cats and dogs?” We absolutely get it.  Your aging (human) loved one is almost certainly your top priority, and we’re […]

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Conversations with a Loved One with Dementia

This week is National Better Conversations Week.  It’s celebrated every year on Thanksgiving week, as friends and family come together around their tables and enjoy each other’s company.  It’s a time expected to be warm and uplifting.  But when someone at the table is affected by cognitive decline brought on by dementia, that warmth may […]

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What is Long-term Care?

Long-term care is a term that describes a wide range of care needs and ways of providing that care. It includes services that meet medical and non-medical requirements for people who cannot fully care for themselves for long durations of time. Long-term care is typically very individualized and may be provided formally by a professional, […]

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What is a Care Coordinator?

Mom is starting to fall frequently.  Dad’s Alzheimer’s has progressed, and he is beginning to wander out of the home.  Grandma has suffered a stroke and needs rehab – or may need long-term care.  Grandpa is overwhelmed by the Medicaid assessment process.  You want to pick up the phone and call for help – but […]

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“I’ve Never Done This Before!” – How to Plan for Age-related Unknowns

During a recent intake call with our firm, one of our prospective clients – a successful, intelligent, well-organized middle-aged woman – sounded as though she had reached the end of her rope.  She found herself in a caregiving role for her mother, and despite all her accumulated life experiences and wisdom, she had no idea […]

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