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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Providing Long-term Care? You May Need Respite!

When a person needs long-term care due to illness, special needs, or old age, family members are often the first line of defense for providing the care that person requires.  Typically the goal is to keep the person at home as long as possible rather than transitioning them to an assisted living or nursing home.  […]

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Essential Planning After Dementia Symptoms Develop

When a spouse or parent begins showing signs of dementia – such as forgetfulness, uncharacteristic behavior, irrational thinking, or confusion – meeting that person’s care needs and keeping them safe is usually the first concern.  Family members may pitch in as caregivers so the person isn’t left alone and unsafe.  They may schedule medical evaluations […]

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Protecting Older Adults Against Identity Theft

Major data breaches in recent months have illustrated that all of us, regardless of age, are susceptible to identity theft. But older adults can be even more vulnerable to identity theft than others. Identity theft involves a criminal stealing personal identifying information to create a new identity or to steal money from the victim. Older […]

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Adapting to Chaos

Have you ever been so deeply immersed in a situation that you couldn’t recognize how bad it was until after the fact?  Think about past jobs or relationships that ended.  Did you find yourself months or even years later thinking, “How could I have ever imagined that would work out?” “Why didn’t I listen to […]

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You’ve Got Mail – So Check It Often!

It may seem obvious that it’s important to check mail often and to respond when needed, but in the age of e-mail and online forms, sometimes so-called “snailmail” may be misplaced or forgotten – especially by those who have had to take over the task of checking the mailbox for a loved one.  At ELET, […]

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