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If your parents can’t pay their bills you may have to!

May 28, 2012

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Does your State have a filial support law?  If it does then you may be forced to pay for the nursing home bills of your parents.  It is my understanding that these laws have not been used on a regular basis but with some recent court decisions that may change. I recommend checking out the […]

Having to think about the unthinkable

May 27, 2012

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This article comes from the LA Times so some information is specific to California.  I have posted Texas specific information in another blog.  Most people don’t like to plan for dying, but in our state of denial, we leave ourselves vulnerable to conditions we would never want. Arrangements for the end of life are essential. […]

State of Texas Legal Planning: Questions and Answers

May 27, 2012

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The State of Texas posts this information in relation to Alzheimer’s Disease but I post it for your use as you see fit.  I do recommend using an attorney that understands the issues that are particular to you and links are posted below. via Legal Planning: Questions and Answers. Legal Planning: Questions and Answers Why is advance planning […]

How to Best Help Alzheimer’s Caregivers? Teach Them Mindfulness

May 23, 2012

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For the 15 million in this country who are caring for a loved one with dementia*, this is what life is like — according to the Alzheimer’s Association 2012 Report: 61 percent of dementia caregivers suffer from high emotional stress. 33 percent report symptoms of depression. They experience caregiving strain regarding financial issues (56 percent), […]

Caregiving for your aging parent, spouse or significant other

May 23, 2012

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Nothing can create stress and conflict in our lives like taking care of an aging parent or spouse or a sick child.  Today we will focus on elder care.  On a beautiful spring morning, “Alice” (name changed) rises to catch a ride from her daughter’s home to the local Senior Center to attend the adult […]

Caregiver Humor: Finding Something to Laugh about in Not-So-Funny Situations – San Francisco health and happiness | Examiner.com

May 23, 2012

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by Allen Klein Sometimes a laugh is the only weapon we have. —Roger  Rabbit Several years ago my father-in-law was very ill.  One time, when he came home from the hospital, it was his and my mother-in-law’s wedding anniversary.  I suggested that they invite a few friends over for dinner and I would do the cooking. […]

‘Smart pajamas’ monitor infants wirelessly

May 22, 2012

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Having a sick child means more stress for parents and caregivers and later this year technology will come to the rescue.  I doubt parents of healthy children will pay for these but if you have a child that is chronically ill this could give a significant boost to your confidence that all is well at […]