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Five Ways Nursing Homes Can Stop The Tragic Spread Of COVID-19

COVID-19 is particularly dangerous to our nation’s most vulnerable: those living in nursing homes. In some places, a state’s death rate from the disease is about 40-50% of all deaths from this pandemic. According to the Washington Post, the World Health Organization reported that almost half of the deaths from…
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Vulnerable Aging Parents? Help Them With Legal Paperwork Now

Just about everyone understands that our elders are at greater risk because of the corona virus. The facts are inescapable: risk of serious illness is worse for those over 65, especially with other medical conditions like high blood pressure as one example. Vulnerability to COVID-19 is highest for those 85…
Carolyn Rosenblatt
March 30, 2020
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What Can You Say To An Aging Parent Who Is Dying?

Carolyn L. Rosenblatt, RN, Elder Law Attorney Alice Davis 96 years Death and dying are almost taboo to talk about. Since most folks avoid this topic altogether, we at AgingParents.com thought it deserved some attention. We personally had to face a conversation about it during the last part of my…
Carolyn Rosenblatt
March 16, 2019
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Is It Ever OK To Assist An Elder To Commit Suicide?

In a small county in central California, an 86 year old retired firefighter was sentenced to two days in jail and probation for assisting his wife to commit suicide. The Tribune News in San Luis Obispo reported the story with little detail, but did report that George Taylor was convicted…
Mikol Davis
March 7, 2014
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Shocking True Story: The Nurse Who Refused to Give CPR to an Elder: Elder Then Died

Hello again, Carolyn and Mikol here. As a nurse and attorney, I can tell you I really had a problem reading about a nurse who refused to give CPR to a dying resident in the seniors' community where she worked. I got a sick feeling in my stomach.  But there…
Mikol Davis
February 25, 2014
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Are Health Care Directives Worth The Paper They're Written On?

Are Health Care Directives Worth The Paper They're Written On?  HEALTHCARE DIRECTIVES ONLY WORK IF YOU KNOW HOW TO USE THEM    1. What is a healthcare directive anyway?   It is a legal document that a person signs, specifying his or her wishes if the person becomes incapacitated and…
Mikol Davis
November 27, 2013
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It's Not Just Our Elderly Parents We Worry About: What I Learned From My Brother's Health Crisis

Hello, again Carolyn and Mikol here. We've just returned from an exhausting emergency that began with a phone call. When I picked up, the caller identified herself as a nurse at a familiar hospital. It felt as if my heart stopped when she said that my brother was in ICU…
Carolyn Rosenblatt
November 4, 2013