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Dear LD: I sympathize with you and your brother. My sister, Beth, and I have been through this with several elders so I do understand how emotional this is. Read more →


Dear KC: I’m glad that you wrote. Enduring verbal abuse from your wonderful dad has to be wrenching for you both and you have my heartfelt sympathy. Even though you know that his behavior is caused by his disease, understanding with your head doesn’t prevent hurt in your heart. Read more →


You, along with most adult children, want to see your mother stay safe. Unfortunately, this logical and understandable viewpoint is running head-on into your mother’s also-understandable need to remain independent. So, what can you do? Read more →


Dear LW: I’m sorry to hear that your mom is going through this. You, too, have a lot to handle and I’m impressed with the way that you are handling a situation for which there are no absolute answers. 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 →


Often, the safety of both the care receiver and the caregiver is the ultimate decider. If you’ve reached a point that you can no longer transfer your loved one to bed... Read more →


I try to talk with her and ask her what she wants but she ignores me when I do. I think that we need to move her to assisted living, but I don’t know how to physically get her there. – LE Read more →


Nearly everyone who enters a nursing home to live goes through a period of adjustment. Why wouldn't they? They've had to leave their home, or at least their most recent one. Read more →


Having been through this, I’ll provide some suggestions that can make this discussion, or better yet, series of discussions, easier. However, before we move to general suggestions, let me present you with one fundamental rule — the one that underlies everything that you do or say: Read more →