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“I don’t need help” – Part 3

It’s not easy to lose abilities and admit you need help. The reluctant elder in your life is more likely to ease into acceptance if you provide good listening, compassion, and a commitment to working together. In this third installment of our series, we look at...

“I don’t need help” – Part 2

When a loved one obviously needs help at home but refuses to allow it, it’s frustrating! Below are two common concerns, with suggestions for ways to problem solve together.   Cost is a very practical barrier Many older adults feel particularly vulnerable...

Before you quit your job

It may be true: Your aging relative needs more and more care. You know you are the best person for the job. But it’s too much to do on top of your own work. Think twice before exiting the workforce, however. There are some stiff financial consequences. For...

Using long-term care insurance

Your relative may have bought long-term care insurance to cover the expense of care when help is needed. Activating the policy takes some lead time. It’s wise to learn all the steps and definitions so you can be strategic with your timing. Types of care covered...

Boomers Having More Fun

This week there was a story on NPR about single baby boomers forming group homes.  It was a good story, and a good idea as well.  Here is the link to the audio.  The comments are a good read too.