My Parents’ Journey

I haven't written about my parents' journey as much as I have about my professional experience as a senior care adviser.  Yet my life is taking the same path as many of yours - helping aging parents.  And our personal experiences shape who we are as much as our professional ones. I've written posts about my parents in law.  They lived here in San Diego before they both passed in the last year and a [...]

Care for Parent With Dementia

Many of the calls I get are from the adult child of a parent with dementia.  It’s all too common these days.  In some of these cases the parent’s dementia is mild, but they are no longer safe to be home alone. Two of the major concerns for a senior living alone with dementia are medication management and safety. When an elderly person has very limited, or no short term memory, the risk of them […]

Small Assisted Living Homes

Many people don't know about small assisted living homes, also called board and care homes or residential care homes. The reason is these are homes tucked into neighborhoods.  We see large assisted living communities on our streets and in advertisements, so these are the types of structures we're familiar with. Larger assisted living communities are wonderful.  I refer families to them regularly.  And there are thousands of seniors living in assisted living communities throughout San [...]

Assisted Living For A Couple

Locating the best assisted living facility for one person is difficult, but finding assisted living for a couple has unique challenges.  Very often a family looks for assisted living for a couple because one spouse needs care, and the well spouse can no longer provide care for any number of reasons. In San Diego County there are over a hundred assisted living communities.  In addition, there are hundreds of small assisted living care homes.  Locating […]

9 Tips for Communicating When Your Loved One Has Dementia

My mom was diagnosed with Alzheimer’s last year.  She just turned 85.  The disease is still in its very early stages and she’s doing well, so our hope is the dementia will outlive her.  Family has noticed the subtle changes and she’s very aware her memory is getting worse, but to focus on the negative is to lose quality time with our mom, so instead we take every day as it comes and are learning […]