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Sue’s Favorite Things: You Get A Gift, You Get A Gift, & You Get A Gift!

Every year Oprah Winfrey announces a list of her favorite things for the holidays. Usually, the items on the list are beautiful super-expensive items that make us all think that we need these things too! In fact, this year’s list has 107 items! Do we really need all of this stuff and would our lives [...]

Death and Taxes!

Benjamin Franklin was famous for saying “in this world nothing can be said to be certain, except death and taxes.” If we can’t escape death, then why do we cringe when asked if we have planned for our final ending? On Valentine’s Day, 2007, my father passed away during a record-breaking snow and ice storm. [...]

Have you ever considered a retirement community?

A few weeks ago I wrote about meeting with a new client who lived in a continuing care retirement community. She selected this type of living community because her husband had passed away, she doesn’t have any children, and she doesn’t want to be a burden to her remaining nieces and nephews if her health [...]

Are you going home for the holidays?

As we approach the holiday season, many adult children are planning on taking some time to visit their parents. Although these visits usually involve a large family meal and celebration, it is also a good time to see how well your parents are aging. If your mom or dad had a sudden serious illness, life-threatening [...]

Aging Alone: How To Plan For Your Future Medical Care

Ask yourself these questions… do you live alone? Are you among the 22% of people in the US who are 65 and older? If you answered YES, then you just might be in the “elder orphan” category. An elder orphan is described as an older individual without a spouse or children to depend on in [...]

Sharing The Love: Tips For Siblings Caring For Aging Parents

Are you overwhelmed with the challenge of caring for your aging parents while raising a family while your younger brother Joe, who happens to be single, hasn’t offered to help? Well, you’re not alone, and here’s why. Cultural norms have lead to the expectation that women should shoulder the majority of caregiving responsibilities. For example, [...]

Should You Hire In-Home Care?

One of the main reasons I started my Health Advocacy business was to share what I learned through becoming a caregiver for both of my parents. During this experience, I learned a lot of things to do and not to do, and I knew there we many people struggling with similar caregiving responsibilities themselves. If [...]

Giving With Their Hearts~n~Hands

I recently had the exciting opportunity to spend a Saturday morning with the Hearts~n~Hands Sertoma Club of Mechanicsburg, PA. The club asked me to stop by and give them an overview of what my responsibilities are as a Health Advocate. I am truly honored to have met such a wonderful group of volunteers who have [...]

How to Better Communicate with a Person with Dementia

Occasionally in the early evening, my phone will ring with my mom asking if I can take her home. These occurrences seem quite strange because she is at her home, the same home that she has been living in for the last 65 years. Each of these phone calls consists of my mother insisting that [...]

Getting Sick Can Worsen Dementia

Over a year ago, my mother’s dementia dramatically worsened after back to back illnesses. She developed a cold but recovered in about two weeks. A few days later, I found her extremely weak, confused, and short of breath. Thinking she may have pneumonia, I decided we needed to seek emergency attention through an ER evaluation. [...]