ElderCarelink Blog

Is it time to take over an elder’s finances?

by Judy Kirkwood
November 28th, 2011 at 10:05 am

My neighbor, a single mother with an active 5-year-old and a stressful job, is trying to help her 70-something mother with her financial problems. But there is no financial solution. Her mother is obviously unable to handle her financial affairs.

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Is it time to take away your elder’s car keys?

by Carol Bursack
November 15th, 2011 at 10:14 am

One of the toughest battles many caregivers face is convincing their elders to quit driving when it’s no longer safe for them to do so. Even after family members realize their elders should no longer be behind the wheel, they often are at a loss as to how to approach their elder about driving cessation. Adult children and spouses of those with dementia know their loved one depends on driving as evidence–both symbolic and practical–of independence. Who wants to take that privilege away from anyone?

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Four ways to help elders keep their balance

by Dorian Martin
October 31st, 2011 at 10:16 am

My 86-year-old father fell again recently. These missteps are worrisome since falls account for 70% of accidental deaths in people age 75 and older, according to the American Family Physician. Therefore, Dad’s experiences may provide important insights that can help other elders avoid falling.

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Elders and wandering into trouble

by Judy Kirkwood
October 25th, 2011 at 9:28 am

My Dad always checked the locks on the doors every night, making sure everyone was safe. That was his job as a husband and father. It became an obsession as his Alzheimer’s progressed. If he could lock the doors, he could unlock them, and one night he let himself outside. It was dark and cold and he was in his pajamas and robe, and so sensitive to cold that we warmed his blankets in the dryer every night at tuck-in.

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Successful aging: from a parent’s perspective – Part 2

by Kathryn Kilpatrick, M.A. CCC/SLP
October 19th, 2011 at 3:11 pm

This post is Part II of Successful Aging: From a Parent’s Perspective

In the previous blog post, we discussed the difficulties some parents have when discussing the issues related to aging, from future wishes to health care directives. If the time has arrived for serious conversations, putting a plan in place can help reduce any friction or distance between elders and their adult children.

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