87% of US hospices surveyed had deficiencies, inspector general says

A pair of startling new reports from the U.S. Department of Health and Human ServicesOffice of Inspector General paints a troubling picture of America’s hospice system — with serious deficiencies...

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HIPPA SHMIPPA

HIPAA, the Health Insurance Portability and Accountability Act of 1996 is legislation that provides data privacy and security provisions for safeguarding medical information.  That’s not all it does  . ....

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Do you think you’re ready ? Well, you’re not.

Thank you readers for all your wonderful, validating comments about my very personal article in discussing Mom.  I also want to thank Raquel Garcia, the Associate Editor, for encouraging me...

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Mom goes to nursing home

The hardest thing I ever did was put my 87 year old Mother’s belongings in a 4 X 4 box and admit her to a nursing home.  We had run...

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Hospice Care & Palliative Care – When to use Them

Hospice a word that is synonymous with “end of life” care.  Palliative  – a little more confusing and often confused with ‘end of life’.  The two are very different therapies...

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How to Avoid Falls at Home

A practical guide for seniors and their family members. We would like to provide you with some practical information on how to prevent the fall of older people, who may...

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What did Luke Perry teach us.

What Luke Perry can teach us

LUKE PERRY (90210) SHOWED US HOW TO DIE. Luke Perry suffered a major stroke at 52. Like many in the movie industry, he had a blended family . . ....

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We’ve Grown Up But Not Old

“The trick is growing up without growing old.”   Casey Stengal Most of my 65-and-over friends work – one has a retail store, another (at 80) still does Public Relations for...

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Video: Statistics Don’t Lie. Family are the Biggest Abusers

video: Family are the biggest abusers

Who are the worst exploiters of seniors? Family, Friends, and Trusted Professionals! Watch the video to find out more.

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TECHNOLOGY: HELP DON’T HINDER SENIORS

This past week I was with a client for whom I do legal work.  I adore her, a retired college professor with a great sense of humor!  She has mobility issues...

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PREPLANNING TOOLS

As everyone is aware, the mantra of Parent Your Parents is two-fold – DO NOT EXPLOIT OUR SENIORS and PREPLAN!  Today I want to give you some preplanning tools to...

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Real Senior Exploitation: Buzz Aldrin’s Story

Senior Exploitation - The Buzz Aldrin Story

WHO IS THE WORST EXPLOITERS OF SENIORS – FAMILY!  I WORK CONSTANTLY AT TRYING TO GET MONEY BACK FROM SOLAR POWER COMPANIES WHO SELL SENIORS UNWEILDY 20 YEAR CONTRACTS, BUT...

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The warning signs of financial abuse

stop financial abuse

Following are some signs that financial elder abuse may be occurring: Senior is not allowed to spend money the way the senior wants Senior’s bills are not paid on time...

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9 Symptoms of Alzheimer’s

nine symptoms of alzheimer's

Do you know these basic signs of Alzheimer’s? An Alzheimer’s diagnosis is upsetting but there are positive steps everyone can take to make this as easy as possible for those affected.

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“(Super) Heroes Are Made Not Born!

OMG!! Stan Lee the MAKER of super heroes died!  As most of us know, he was the creative genius behind most of Marvel’s super heroes, BUT his wife Joanie was...

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Senior Exploitation

senior exploitation

THE WORST CRIME OF ALL – SENIOR EXPLOITATION We hear horror stories of nurses and aides murdering seniors by giving them to much medication or basic neglect (like Holly wood...

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Stay Relevant, Smart & Sexy

The past year the news has often included the failure of the Broward County Sheriff’s department to prevent the bloodletting on Valentine’s Day at Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School. And it...

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Resources for Caregiving from Afar

Our resource partner, Claire Wentz http://caringfromafar.com/, wrote this informative article we thought you would enjoy! Sometimes, living close to a senior parent who needs support isn’t an option. Uprooting a family...

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The Pleasures of Old Age

Real Pleasures of Old Age

“Old age has its pleasures, which, though different, are not less than the pleasures of youth.” W. Somerset Maugham.    With maturity comes an ‘ease of being.’   It’s true,...

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WALKING ON THE MOON DOES NOT KEEP YOU FROM AGING

Buzz Aldrin, the second man to walk on the moon, is 88 years old and has met his fourth wife.  The bad news, the kids don’t like her.   Here’s...

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AGING ALONE? PREPLAN!

Teddy Roosevelt once said, “Old age is  like everything else.  To make a success of it you’ve got to start young.”   That is especially true if you plan to...

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Rethinking the “I’m Old” Myth

re-thinking the I'm old myth

Now that I’m a senior advocate and activist, I find that many things that used to be funny are now insulting.  Recently, Julie Andrews did a performance to benefit AARP...

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GROW OLD OR PURSUE YOUR DREAM?

Gabriel García Márquez states it beautifully, “It is not true that people stop pursuing their dreams because they grow old, they grow old because they stop pursuing their dreams.”  ...

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Medicare Supplement Insurance . . . It Can Be Tricky

George, an 85 year old, was surprised when he received a $4000 bill for his pacemaker replacement procedure, after he was told that it would cost him $250.   He’d...

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TREATMENT OPTIONS

Once a family member becomes ill, we seem to go into a reactive mode instead of proactive mode.   Much of this stems from our avoidance  . . . we...

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VIVE LA VIDA BUENA (LIVE THE GOOD LIFE)

From March 6 to April 8 of this year, I experienced five deaths of people I consider part of my life.  Two were wonderful  with whom who I had the...

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FLORIDA ADDS MORE MONEY FOR SENIOR CARE

As we all now know, after Hurricane  Irma fourteen elderly souls died because the nursing home in which they resided did not have a electricity after the storm.  As a...

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Emergency Preparedness for Seniors

The article below was published by Nursing Home Law News.  It was written by Jonathoan Rosenfeld who is the publisher and an attorney.  The best part of this article is...

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THE PERILS OF HOSPITALS

HOSPITALS — once synonymous with a place to go when you’re REALLY sick is now the last place you want to be unless it’s prescheduled surgery with a doctor you...

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Elder Rage: How to Survive Caring for Aging Parents

We at Parent Your Parents think this is a terrific “true experience” article authored by Jacqueline Marcell.  Jacqueline is also the Author of Elder Rage @www.ElderRage.com.  Check it out!   Jacqueline...

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SENIORS SHOULD NEVER SUFFER . . . BUT THEY DO

This is an editorial to the Miami Herald written by H. Frances Reaves, Esq., President of Parent Your Parents,  in October of 2017.  This was written after Hurricane Harvey and...

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NOT ALL HOSPICE IS CREATED EQUAL

What is Hospice?  First, it is a type of care and philosophy that focuses on the palliation of a chronically ill, terminally ill or seriously ill patient’s pain and symptoms,...

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FINANCIAL TRANSPARENCY

As I’ve discussed in several articles the discussion of money is a must but can also be a monster rearing its ugly head.   We’ve discussed having  Powers of Attorney...

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NURSING HOMES – HOW TO FIND A GOOD ONE

I am confident most of you heard the news about the  fourteen seniors who died from overheating.  They were all in a licensed “nursing home” in Hollywood Hills.   ‘Nursing...

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The Expected is Still Unexpected

On July 28th, at 1:00 am in the morning my phone rang, it was the hospice nurse informing me that Mom had died at 12:28 a And yes, our hospice...

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Nursing Homes – Often the End Game

I am confident most of you heard the news about the eight seniors who died from overheating.  They were all in a licensed “nursing home” in Hollywood Hills.   ‘Nursing...

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Tough Love – Parenting Your Parents

It’s not easy to parent your parents — it’s not a pleasant role — it means Mom, Dad or both are getting weaker and none of us want to admit...

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Observations After a Disaster

If you haven’t seen the video of the residents of a nursing home in Houston, Texas sitting in waist high water simply search “video of seniors in waist high water”...

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LAST RITES OR LAST RIGHTS?

My nephew was getting married — everyone in our family was thrilled — we love his wife, love him and love that they found each other.  The wedding was in...

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THE BEGINNING OF THE END, HOSPICE CARE

Well, the call finally came, “Ms. Reaves, we’d like to re-evaluate your Mother.  She has lost more of her core function and we think she might be a candidate for...

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BEST CARE OPTIONS

During the journey many of us will take with an older family member there will come the juncture of whether to have in-home care, a move to a smaller place...

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IN HOME CARE – BE WARY, BE INFORMED

It’s a good news/bad news scenario.  The good news, you have enough money to have in-home care.  The bad news, it’s implementation time — finding the right company or person. ...

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Boring But Useful: Medicare/Medicaid – They Sound Alike But Are Very Different

BORING BUT USEFUL: MEDICARE – MEDICAID — THEY SOUND ALIKE BUT ARE VERY DIFFERENT Many of us think if we’re eligible for Medicare then we’re also eligible for Medicaid —...

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Monitoring the Monitors – Assisted Living Centers

That dreaded phone call — the one where you don’t know the person at the other end of the line and he or she says, “we’re calling about your Mother.”...

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The Airport Wheelchair – How to Navigate the System

THE AIRPORT WHEELCHAIR – HOW TO NAVIGATE THE SYSTEM The other day, while running in Crandon Park, I came across my friend, Lilian, whose elderly Mom is in pretty good...

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The Big Event – Travel Plans with Aging Parents

This occasion has been in the making for over a year . . . family is coming together and it’s a happy, happy occasion. The entire time your parents have...

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The Search Begins – First Steps for Choosing An Assisted Living Center

You walk into the lobby and take a deep breath. How did you get here? Why is this necessary? How did my very competent ‘elders’ all of a sudden need...

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The Emotional Toll

NOTHING prepares you for your parents aging. Our company can assist with the financial scams and pitfalls but you’re the one who has to watch Mom, Dad, Grandma or Grandad...

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Hospital to Rehab – The Great Medicare Scam

    This is one of my all time favorites — the “Hospital to Rehab” scam. Here’s how it works: A medicare, assisted living center client needs to go to...

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Hospitals – How to Manage Your Loved One’s Care in the Hospital

HOSPITALS — once synonymous with a place to go when you’re REALLY sick is now the last place you want to be unless it’s prescheduled surgery with a doctor you...

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The Long Term Care Insurance Dilemma

Long Term Care Insurance (LTC) is, without a doubt, the most complicated to collect. This is intentional — they do not want to give up any of the money you...

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Choosing Good Care Within the Medicare System

When I think of an insurance scams I think of companies who profess to assist in “sex addiction” (whose not addicted to sex?), eating disorders (really — Karen Carpenter still...

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The Big Move – From the Family Home and Living Alone to the Next Chapter

By way of introduction, I became an advisor to families dealing with “aging parents or grandparents” after dealing with my own. The amount of legal work, CPA work, and residential...

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