What is Guardianship and How Does it Work?

A guardian is someone appointed by the court to control a ward’s assets and make decisions on behalf of the ward. The ward must be declared as incapacitated by the court to be unable to handle his/her own affairs. People who suffer from mental disabilities, including people with dementia and other conditions of old age, may need a guardian if they … [Read more...]

On Behalf of My Parent, Should I Act as Guardian or Attorney-In-Fact?

If your aging parent becomes incapacitated and needs someone to make decisions on his/her behalf, including decisions regarding medical treatments, financial issues, or living arrangements, you have a choice between serving as an attorney-in-fact (agent) if your parent has executed a valid Durable Power of Attorney (POA) appointing you as such, or … [Read more...]

National Caregivers Month

November is National Family Caregiver's Month! There are more than 15 million Alzheimer's and dementia caregivers in the U.S. alone. This month is in place to honor those families and individuals. The Alzheimer's Association's website is honoring caregivers by allowing friends and family to post comments thanking these selfless individuals for … [Read more...]

Caretaker Meltdown

Amy Goyer writes a regular blog for AARP.org that revolves around her troubles and experiences as a caregiver for her parents. Her real-life experiences and she dealt with them are beneficial for any caregiver to read and relate to. The following article addresses how easy it is for a caregiver to become too stressed and overwhelemed in day-to-day … [Read more...]

Have Your Needs Taken the Back-Burner to the Needs of a Loved One?

The beginning of summer is a great time to take a step back, and remind yourself that while caring for your loved one is very important, caring for yourself is equally important. The National Family Caregivers Association published the following tips for family caregivers: Choose to take charge of your life. Don't let your loved one's illness … [Read more...]

Tax Tips for Caregivers

According to IRS Publication 502, caregivers are entitled to the following benefits: Dependents - You can claim your parent or other loved one as a dependent if you provide more than half the support for a relative. This includes nursing home and assisted living expenses if you are helping with financial support. Wheelchair - If your loved … [Read more...]

The Elderly Caregiver Emotions

Most family caregivers are familiar with the range of emotions that result from the all encompassing task. Consider the following very common emotions that most caregivers experience. 1. Caregivers may get angry for reasons both direct (a balky loved one, unfair criticism, one too may mishaps in one day) and indirect (lack of sleep, frustration … [Read more...]

Alzheimer’s and other Dementia Communication Skills

Experts provide the following tips for communication with a person who has Alzheimer's. The tips may or may not apply to an individual depending on the severity of the client's Alzheimer's: Use familiar words and short, simple sentences. Look directly at the person when talking to him or her. Speak slowly. Be patient - give the … [Read more...]