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Well-meaning people often don’t know what to offer, so they say and do nothing. Instead, simply ask your friend if she’d like company. If she wants you to drop by, ask her whether she’d... Read more →


Whether or not November was chosen as National Hospice and Palliative Care Month because of the sad reminders of holiday deaths that Thanksgiving and Christmas bring around each year, I don’t know. But to me, the timing is perfect. Read more →


Our millions of all-important but often-overlooked family caregivers get some recognition in November, too! National Family Caregivers Month is great month for you to honor any caregivers who you may know – and that includes you. ... Read more →


Dear SM: It’s kind of you to think of things that your dad has enjoyed in the past and try to replicate what you can. Obviously, there’s no way that either you or I can predict how he’ll react, Read more →


Dear Scared: This must be not only distressing for you but as your signature tells us, scary. I’m so sorry that you’re going through such a hard time. Your Dad's behavior change could stem from any number of things, but they will all need medical intervention, so you’ll likely want to set up an appointment – by video if that’s necessary – with his doctor. Read more →


Therefore, adult children who seek to change their parents’ environments should understand their elders’ unique needs. Still, most people shouldn’t be left isolated for extended periods. Social interaction has been frequently touted as one way to maintain cognitive and physical health. Read more →


Over time, it’s become apparent that some type of compromise must be found. Isolated older adults, many of whom have some type of dementia such as Alzheimer’s disease, are deteriorating in alarming ways. Read more →


,,,I want to make the point here that if this change had happened after the upheaval in our living situations and the threat of COVID-19, I’d consider that trauma as a contributing factor. It sounds from your letter, though, that this change happened prior to the COVID-19 outbreak. Read more →


Dear KT: This is a frustrating situation that many adult children deal with as caregivers. While everyone is different, I can think of several possible reasons. Read more →


Dear KD: I understand your worry. This situation could reflect a genuine error or even miscommunication about your rights and your expectations. In my opinion, you aren’t out of line as long as you’ve been open about these expectations, and that they have written permission for you to be your mom’s health contact. Read more →