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  • Caregiver or Guardian

    As a geriatric care manager, I have the chance to work with all manner of caregivers and the elders or others with special needs for whom they care.  Sometimes a caregiver becomes significantly more than the person who may...

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  • Making a List for the Unexpected

    It is the season where we hear about “making a list…and checking it twice.”  My kids think I get a little too carried away making lists, but having the right list at the right time can save the day...

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  • Identity Theft and Fraud Target Elders and Others with Special Needs

    One of my geriatric care clients, an 80-year old widow who lives in an independent living center, came to me with what she felt to be an embarrassing story.  Since it is about fraud, I offer it now during...

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  • Where There is a Will You Still Need an Advance Directive

    About 50% to 70% of Americans will die without a will.  So, you can imagine that the percentage without a “living will” or other type of “advance directive” is even larger.  I attended a program last month in which...

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  • Becoming Educated about Elder Resources

    Making decisions on behalf of a loved one is not always easy.  Yet the challenge can be eased with information.  The most common questions I get as a geriatric care manager revolve around: 1. What should a caregiver do to...

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  • You Can Plan for Unexpected Geriatric Care Needs

    It isn’t always a surprise or a “bolt out of the blue”. It can be a gradual awareness that “things aren’t quite right” or “something is off” with your older loved one. Trust your instincts. Follow the “little voice”...

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  • Geriatric Care and Managing Drug Store Meds

    Acetaminophen (Tylenol) is everywhere within mainstream medicine these days.  It is used by itself for fever or pain as well as in combination with other medicines for flu, moderate to severe pain, cold symptoms or insomnia.  But acetaminophen and...

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  • Alzheimer’s as a Woman’s Disease?

    I talked about Alzheimer’s disease in my last posting.  Maria Shriver, the First Lady of California has experienced Alzheimer’s close up with her father, and she worked closely with the Alzheimer’s Foundation to produce an important report.  With the release...

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