Carefully assessing your parents care needs at the holidays

Returning home for the holidays is a good time to assess your parents for caregiving needs. Typically you will find that parents aren’t as forthcoming about their needs over the phone or when asked.  Here are some non-confrontational ways to assess how they’re doing;...

Short Days and Our Aging Community

    Fall is A beautiful time of year. The sky is a clear blue, the change in the direction of the sun light casts a lovely yellow hue as leaves are turning color and the air is finally turning cooler. It brings thoughts of young trick or treaters, pumpkins and raking...

Medical Issue Needing Immediate Attention

What if you are diagnosed with something that needs immediate attention? Unless it is imminently life threatening, you need to investigate the urgency, options and risks associated with any treatment or procedure being recommended. It will be necessary to do some...

Preparing Community Seniors for Hurricane Florence in NC

With Hurricane Florence approaching the Carolina coast, it is important to check in with family and friends. This is particularly true of older adults and seniors who may have less opportunity or ability to make preparations. Imagine being in a situation in which you...

Creating Your Aging Care Network

As a society we have long accepted the premise that it takes a village to raise a child. There is a need to adopt the same type of thinking when caring for ourselves and loved ones as we age. With aging typically comes an increase the frequency of interactions with...

Managing a Medical Emergency for a family member or loved one

Scenario: You get a call that a loved one is headed to the emergency room. You are the closest family member. What should you do? What should you expect? First things First   If your loved one is being transported via ambulance, you should be able to find out from the...