Penmanship Predicament

After the legal document blog post, I’ve frequently been asked how one should handle a situation in which an elderly loved one has a difficult time signing important paperwork. While most blog posts consist of me recapping recent antics, compliments of my parents, this excerpt is more of an educational awareness for how to deal with a situation like legal document signing. First and foremost, your loved one should only sign a legal document if they are fully aware of what they are actually signing and understand the content within. That being said, I know I haven’t always read word for word everything I’ve signed in my life, and can only hope that because of my oversight I haven’t signed...

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Be “Shure” That Your Senior Can Take The Step!- Falling Fiasco

It’s been a hectic couple of weeks to say the least. Of course, what week isn’t an adventure with my parents, right? “Geeze dad, you look like you’ve been hit by a truck… multiple times perhaps…,” that’s what I wanted to say, as I inspected the bruise on his face and the several accompanying bruises along his arms. But if my parent’s… well mom taught me anything in life, it was the adage, “if you don’t have anything nice to say, don’t say it at all. My dad never got that memo in life, but it didn’t mean I had to lack sympathy for him right now. “Well, it could be worse…,” I decided to voice instead, because well, it...

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Senior Parent/ Family Memories- Kindred Keepsakes

Nostalgia is one of those feelings in life that I have a tough time understanding, yet unintended triggers can have the ability to bring you back to a memory you haven’t thought about in years. I often will get a hint of the feeling when listening to an old song or when seeing a re-run of an old show I used to watch at a time when they were still considered new shows. Oftentimes the feeling is only momentary, and goes just as quick as the onset. But that one moment can have the power to incite a variety of emotions, even embarrassment. I tend to have a lot of those. But seeing the feeling of nostalgia hit another individual...

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Senior Nutrition: Diabetes Debacle

We’ve all experienced a time in our life when people made the decisions for us about what foods we ate. Whether or not our parents reminded us that we needed to finish the food on our plate so we could grow “big and strong,” or that we needed to eat all of our carrots for the sake of our eyesight (which by the way is a total myth; you’d need to eat a heck of a lot of carrots to enhance your vision ability to superhero level), it was, and is, one of the awesome powers of a parent. So, the fact that as an adult, I have the final say on whether I order that dessert after dinner and...

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Senior Financing: Plumbing Panic

Fixed income or not, life has a tendency to throw a wrench in an otherwise calm situation. But when life throws a sledgehammer into an already slightly chaotic dilemma, it can create quite the catastrophe. And well… currently, life has thrown a sledgehammer into an old leaky pipe, and now the walls are bursting at the seams. Okay… well maybe that’s a slight exaggeration since the walls are still intact. But the wall is currently weeping right along with me, all over the wood floor in my parent’s guest room in their house. “About five thousand dollars,” he said. “Unless of course your foundation is compromised, then you’re looking to spend quite a bit more, but that’s just worst-case scenario.”...

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