The sandwich generation refers to those caring for their children/grandchildren and elderly parents. The number of families in this category will likely increase as the baby boom generation ages and millennial couples delay starting their own families.
Recently, two large chalkboards were propped against the wall next to Purple Door Coffee in the Five Points neighborhood. The question posed was not typical coffee shop fare. Written across the top, the sentence started, “Before I die I want to….”
A couple months ago, a Fort Collins couple faced felony theft by exploitation accusations in South Dakota. The couple in their 60s allegedly stole funds from an elderly relative.
From an adopted chihuahua to a special cat or bird, pets brighten days for many in various stages of retirement. And in some cases, they may even serve in a support role helping their person through Arrhythmia attacks or other medical conditions.
When a family is spread out across the country with parents in Colorado and children in Boston and San Francisco, who provides additional care for mom and dad? When is it time to investigate assisted living or nursing home options?
Prescribed for a variety of disorders including anxiety, insomnia, restless leg syndrome and depression, one class of drug is contributing to more injuries and deaths among older adults. “Benzos” is the short for a class of benzodiazepines such as Xanax (alprazolam), Ativan (lorazepam) and Valium (diazepam).
Reflections on the extraordinary life of Stephen Hawking have been filling the internet at news of his passing. His life and work changed the way we view disability.
What is the age when more support is required to live independently and safely in a home? What if a loved one is starting to miss things – forgets to take medications or seems confused when you have a weekly phone chat?
Each situation varies, but almost everyone can benefit from a Will and powers of attorney (POA). Then depending on your unique situation, other tools may be added as needed.
We frequently stress that having a simple will does not help loved ones until after you pass away. In the days, weeks or years that you might be unable to make decisions, you need to have proper documents in place to avoid the need for a guardianship.