ElderCarelink Blog

Elders may miss suspicious signals from scammers

by Dorian Martin
December 19th, 2012 at 10:00 am

You’ve probably heard the saying, “The eyes provide a window to the soul.” We often look into someone’s eyes to determine what their intent is, and we may be able to tell if the person is lying. It’s important to have the ability to gauge someone’s intentions in order to make sure you’re not being conned. However, new studies indicate that elders may not be able to read visual cues such as signs of dishonesty. I’d suggest that as caregivers, we need to be vigilant about making sure that our loved ones are not scammed by dishonest individuals.
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Are there problems with the checkbook?

by Kathryn Kilpatrick, M.A. CCC/SLP
August 15th, 2011 at 11:10 am

Have you noticed your loved one is struggling to pay the bills? Does a checkbook appear unbalanced? Are bills being paid late? Although you may not be involved with the day-to-day financial management of an elder’s life, it is important to pay attention to money. Why? These financial miscues could be red flags for other problems.

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It’s Never Too Late For an Eldercare Plan

by Isabel Fawcett, SPHR
September 24th, 2010 at 12:33 pm

If there is anything caregiving highlights, it is the need to plan. If elders and their caregivers fail to plan, we may as well count on flying by the seat of our pants. While meandering through a Sam’s Club, something immediately caught my eye. It is a hard-copy binder home organizer.

Less than $15, I knew I would never regret purchasing the colorful organizer.

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Feel Like There Is No One on Your Side? Try a Patient Advocate!

by Sue Lanza
August 19th, 2010 at 2:12 am

Do you have the same stacks of papers that I do cluttering up my kitchen table and many other flat surfaces? I’m sure you do. I’m not talking about the routine bills (they take up plenty of their own space) or the pictures of the grandkids, I mean the annoying piles of things erroneously called “explanation of benefits”, “this is not a bill” or “your easy-to- read provider statement”.

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All Things Considered in Eldercare

by Isabel Fawcett, SPHR
July 30th, 2010 at 11:55 am

It was my best care decision bar none. Dad had been dead for several years. After Dad died, Mom was gainfully and happily employed for years. Working helped her transition to independence. Back then, I had no reason to be concerned about Mom’s health or well-being. We lived cross-country from each other.

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