Archive for February 2018
Dolls as a Dementia Intervention?
Can a doll really help someone with Alzheimer’s disease? You may be shocked to learn that yes, for many living with dementia, a doll or other soft lovey can be very calming and even provide a sense of purpose and belonging. We were excited to see this article in Today that explored the impact a…Read More
Peace After Death
A clear goal in your estate planning should be peace after death. Being flexible and thoughtful in your estate planning can help avoid family feuds over your possessions – their inheritance. Who gets the pink tablecloth? The latest indications are that your heirs will fight over your estate and perhaps even squander a…Read More
Blue Zone Secrets
Surpassing the global life expectancy average of 71.4 years are five areas, called the Blue Zones, in which life spans have greater longevity. These areas are home to some of the oldest and healthiest people in the world. The five areas are: Sardinia, Italy; Okinawa, Japan; Nicoya, Costa Rica; Loma Linda, California, USA; and Ikaria,…Read More
As Alzheimer’s Progresses…..
Caregivers commonly have feelings of loss and grief as their life is changed by Alzheimer’s. You are entitled to these emotions and may start to experience them as soon as you learn of the diagnosis. Share your feelings and seek support as you go through this process, as it is normal to feel loss when…Read More
Understanding Guardianships: What if there is no guardian available? Won’t DFCS be named as the guardian?
We often hear from healthcare professionals and long-term care providers who are concerned about incapacitated individuals needing a guardian and having no family or friends available to help them. What happens when an adult can no longer make his/her own decisions but there is no one to step in and help them? This situation is…Read More
An IRS Audit
The IRS conducts audits to minimize the “tax gap,” or the difference between what the IRS is owed and what the IRS actually receives. Sometimes audits are random. Here are seven of the biggest red flags likely to land you in the audit hot seat. Making Math Errors –When the IRS starts investigating, “oops”…Read More
Independent Living Myths
There are fears related to independent living communities that are not true, but still remain as myths. Following are a few of these myths: Too Pricey. Once you combine homeowner fees and any medical care or in-home services you may need as you age, independent living communities become more affordable in comparison. The price of…Read More
Understanding Guardianships: Who can file for guardianships? Must an attorney be involved?
In most situations, Georgia requires that two people file for guardianship. This can be any two persons who will swear to the facts in the petition, or any one person along with a physician’s, licensed clinical social worker’s, or psychologist’s affidavit stating that he or she had examined the Proposed Ward within 15 days prior…Read More
Train Yourself for Happiness
Yes, you can train yourself to live a fuller and happier life. First, you have to understand what makes you happy. Behavioral scientists have determined that the quality of relationships is primary; close relationships with both family and friends help keep people happy throughout their lives. Health, creative work and freedom from mind-numbing routine all…Read More
Future Changes in Senior Housing
There are significant changes you’re likely to see in senior housing in the next 10 years or so, based on need, a more assertive generation, and changing societal lifestyles. The baby boomer generation is more demanding and will push to do things in their own way. Retirement and senior living communities will have to respond…Read More