Tag Archives: family

Five Creative Ways to Celebrate Father’s Day

Regardless of social distancing, limited get-togethers at restaurants, and all-around new realities of COVID-19, Father’s Day is a special time to recognize those important people in your life: dads, grandfathers, uncles, partners, friends, that person who made you feel safe and that taught life lessons to you as a child. It is fun to get […]

Mother’s Day Activities

Mother’s Day celebrations this year may be much different for many families than past years. How can we honor and remember our mothers, grandmothers and the other special women in our lives during COVID-19? We’ll need to look for ways to be creative and loving while practicing social distancing to keep our aging loved ones […]

Adult children home for the holidays

Adult children home for the holidays, like me, are back to our own daily routines with new worries and concerns. It was fun to see brothers, sisters, nieces, nephews, Mom and Dad BUT. It was disconcerting to see how much older our parents seem this year. Their house, OMG, well – you can tell that […]

Social Security 2017

Social Security benefits for more than 60 million recipients will go up next year by a mere 0.3 percent, the Social Security Administration announced Tuesday.

Memorabilia

Memorabilia: the tools, tchotchke and every day items from the decades of our lives. As the holiday season arrives, sooner every year, this gift for loved ones with dementia is a winner. The entire family can help with collecting items to create a meaningful activity that will spark conversation and joy when shared. A few […]

Daughters as family caregivers need help sometimes

Daughters are awesome family caregivers. Daughters are skilled at multi-tasking and juggling many balls at once. Even super-daughters need help sometimes to help with difficult plans and decisions for aging parents. As a certified geriatric care manager I partner with an amazing daughter. She has always worked hard to make informed decisions about her parents […]

Moving to be closer to family

Moving yourself or an aging loved one to a new home to be closer to family? This is a major life change. It may be an exciting adventure or a time of sadness. For most it is a time of mixed emotions. Living close to loved ones offers so many benefits. The transition from one home to another […]

Why Care Management?

Care management is best understood from a client’s perspective. Melanie Mattingly created Preferred Living Solutions Care Management after navigating a fragmented path of finding, selecting and supervising reliable support for her own aging family members. Melanie knew she wanted to share the knowledge she had gained through her own experience. Her goal, shared by the four […]

Care partner leisure time

Care partner, according to Dr. Bill Thomas, an expert in the field of dementia care, includes family, friends, neighbors, volunteers, home health professionals, and the elder herself.  Effective care partnerships result from meaningful and purpose-filled days. All human beings want to feel useful and engaged regardless of age, disabilities, and life challenges. Dr. Thomas offers a […]

Medicare and Medicaid Benefits for Aging Adults

Will Medicare and Medicaid pay for long-term assisted living or a skilled nursing home? This is one of the most frequently questions aging families ask when they meet with our care managers. We wish we could give a simple answer, however, a complete explanation about federal and state benefits is a usually more complicated. Medicare is health […]