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3 Brothers Battle Over Mom's Care and How to Pay for It: Is There A Solution?

This is a real situation, all too common. Three brothers are engaged in pitched battle over their mother's care and how to pay for it.  Mom is severely demented and can't care for herself independently. She had long term care insurance, but she has almost exhausted that benefit.  Her only…
Mikol Davis
April 15, 2014
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Tax Scams and Your Aging Parents: Phone Scams Escalate During Tax Time

A new and fast moving telephone scam is targeting taxpayers across the country.  The Fraud Watch Network sent out a press release detailing how thousands of victims have already lost more than $1million.  Please caution your aging parents and others as well. Older adults are more likely to be victims of…
Mikol Davis
April 1, 2014
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A Loved One's Disastrous Discharge From The Hospital

We hope you are well and that none of you have to go through the experience we just had.   My brother, who had a recent stroke, had to go back to the hospital recently with an infection. They kept him a few days and sent him home. When I…
Carolyn Rosenblatt
March 5, 2014
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The Saga Continues: Should You Support Your Low Income Aging Loved One?

As many of your may know, my brother had a massive stroke and was hospitalized for weeks. He went to a rehab facility (aka nursing home) where he got physical therapy, speech and occupational therapy. When it came time for discharge, a decision had to be made: go to a…
Carolyn Rosenblatt
February 1, 2014
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Can A Dysfunctional Family Come Together To Support A Low Income Loved One?

We've just come back from solving a very stressful family situation that got worked out. We'd like to share the experience with you. After my 63 year old brother, already disabled, had a massive stroke, I wondered.  How could he be cared for long term?  He went from the acute…
Carolyn Rosenblatt
January 4, 2014
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Coping With Difficult Family And Aging Parents At Holidays: 4 Tips From Dr. Davis

Does your family have difficult people in it that you aren't so sure you want to see this season?  Or are your aging parents a problem for you at this time of the year?  Some elderly people can get grouchy, irritable and unpleasant over the stress of a family gathering.  And  you may…
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
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The Smart Way to Resolve Family Fights About Your Aging Parents

We're looking at something we know is painful: family conflicts. Sibling battles.  Arguing with your aging parent. Do you have a dispute going on in your family? As parents age, many problems can crop up among adult siblings and sometimes with the elder himself.  Many of these problems arise from financial…
Mikol Davis
October 14, 2013