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Medications save lives and can improve the quality of life for countless people. However, what's known as polypharmacy can be an issue for older adults, and the responsibility to have the patient's need for certain medication adjustments... Read more →


The responsibility of providing care for an aging or ill loved one is a challenge in its own right. But when a care recipient is domineering about how and when every single task is done, it’s bound to exasperate those who are in charge of their daily care. Read more →


...However, a few quick tasks and offers of help can quickly get out of hand. Your folks need some guidance on their Medicare coverage, so you stop over. Their yard is in desperate need of attention, so you start taking time away from your family to pitch in each week. Read more →


...I’ve worked with doctors and attorneys, and short of gaining guardianship which isn’t likely at this time, there seems to be little I can do. My question is how do I live with this without going down myself? My husband is supportive, but I need more. Read more →


I told my two sisters who’ve always been too busy to help that I need to put mom in a nursing home because I can’t do this anymore. Now, they email me, call me, and text me nasty messages saying that I’m giving up on Mom. I’ve stopped answering them but it hurts so much to have them say these nasty things to me. I’m glad that to have been here for mom, but what do I do now? – HD Read more →