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Longevity: Do You Really Want It? Hello again, Carolyn and Mikol here. We’re thinking about longevity a lot more when we visit Mikol’s Mom, Alice who is 91. She has friends who are 96 and 98.  Still going.  Is it all that great to live that long?   For Alice, it’s good. She is alert, active, and is able to live independently. She’s having a good time. A lot of her friends are not doing…
By AgingParents.com©2020 By Carolyn Rosenblatt, RN, Attorney, AgingParents.com Cities and counties have educational programs. So do senior centers. Public information about financial elder abuse is offered by AARP.  And yet, we still have a $36B a year problem of money being stolen from elders.  All the efforts to educate seem directed right at seniors. It’s not working very well. Why? There are several reasons we see here at AgingParents.com where we work regularly with…
Alzheimer’s Association – national voluntary organization dedicated to researching the prevention, cures, and treatments of Alzheimer’s Disease. Includes information about the disease and available services. Alzheimer’s Caregiver Support – online education, support, and resources for caregivers. Alzheimer’s Disease Research Center at Johns Hopkins – dedicated to researching the biological basis of Alzheimer’s Disease to advance treatment options, improve the prognosis of patients, and provide support for caregivers. Alzheimer’s Disease Information Sheet – from the National…
Carolyn L. Rosenblatt, RN, Attorney, Consultant, AgingParents.com We generally understand that older people are at greater risk than younger people for becoming ill from COVID-19. But everyone wants to get “back to normal”. That meant a more casual attitude and way of living that was not based on fear of catching a very contagious, potentially deadly disease. For our aging parents, those casual days are probably gone for the foreseeable future. The focus on health…
Carolyn L. Rosenblatt, RN, Attorney, Consultant, AgingParents.com. The most vulnerable among us, our aging loved ones, are still socially isolated in many places. It may be that senior homes with at-risk elders will be the last to have visitors in this pandemic. In counties tracking the statistics of COVID-19 infections in long term care homes, some have things under better control and some do not. The result is that many seniors remain alone. The risk…
By Carolyn L Rosenblatt, RN, Attorney, Consultant, AgingParents.com With daily news of how many new COVID-19 cases we see and reports of how many deaths are happening, it’s a nice break to hear of a sweet and uplifting story. At AgingParents.com, we often focus on elders and their families amidst difficulties. It’s a scary time and we all need good news for a change. When I caught a piece about Capt. Tom Moore in Great…
Carolyn L. Rosenblatt, R.N., Attorney, Consultant, AgingParents.com For months, most of us have been following the quarantine rules, staying at home and respecting the infectious nature of COVID-19. We know that our elders, that is, people over 65 are at greatest risk and that the risk is even higher for those in their 80s and above. How long does this have to go on? When can the grandkids see their beloved grandparents? So far, there…
COVID-19 is particularly dangerous to our nation’s most vulnerable: those living in nursing homes. In some places, a state’s death rate from the disease is about 40-50% of all deaths from this pandemic. According to the Washington Post, the World Health Organization reported that almost half of the deaths from COVID-19 in Europe were in nursing homes. Our nation needs an immediate action plan to stop the disease from spiking further in America’s nursing…
Just about everyone understands that our elders are at greater risk because of the corona virus. The facts are inescapable: risk of serious illness is worse for those over 65, especially with other medical conditions like high blood pressure as one example. Vulnerability to COVID-19 is highest for those 85 and up. What does all this mean for you, a family member? Getting legal paperwork in order is essential now It means a scary emotional…