ElderCarelink Blog

Be prepared to address key concerns

by Kathryn Kilpatrick, M.A. CCC/SLP
July 6th, 2011 at 9:00 am

When an older adult’s abilities gradually change, it may not be obvious that we should be concerned. After all, it is common for individuals as they age to experience changes in vision, some hearing loss, memory lapses and possible mobility issues. However, it usually takes a hospitalization, a move or even the loss of a loved one to shift a person’s perspective on what is occurring.
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Setting the stage for important discussions with elders

by Kathryn Kilpatrick, M.A. CCC/SLP
June 23rd, 2011 at 3:00 pm

How do we bridge the gap when it comes to helping loved ones navigate the road of aging, particularly when health and financial concerns begin to emerge? Have we had any kind of in-depth discussion on the topics of most concern to them at this point in their lives? Based on the patients I have been seeing for decades–unless family members live nearby or have made a point of exploring options for aging loved ones–it is unlikely these conversations have occurred. Even if they have designated their power of attorney, many people live life one day at a time, not necessarily planning for the next decade of their lives.

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Preparing for tomorrow: eldercare discussions

by Kathryn Kilpatrick, M.A. CCC/SLP
June 17th, 2011 at 9:00 am

While some people tend to be proactive and plan ahead when it comes to aging and eldercare, others find themselves in a difficult situation when a crisis occurs. How often do we think it is really time to discuss planning for the future but keep putting it off? Each year, I see hundreds of families who encounter these challenging decision-making situations for the first time. A loved one may need additional care, or personal finances may be dwindling or the primary caregiver may be experiencing health issues in his or her own right.

Indeed, are we ever prepared to deal with these situations?

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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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