What you need to know about Dementia

Dementias are degenerative disorders that develop primarily in the nervous system and selectively damage particular areas of the brain. Some dementias, like Alzheimer’s disease affect all areas of the brain simultaneously, while others, such as frontotemporal dementia, affect the parts of the brain involved in controlling one’s communications and emotions. Still others are caused by […]

Helping Loved Ones with Dementia Cope with the Loss of a Spouse

There are creative and effective ways to help an aging parent, family member or loved one who suffers from Alzheimer’s disease or dementia cope with the loss of their spouse, according to a new survey of aging experts released this week by the National Association of Professional Geriatric Care Managers (NAPGCM). Remembering that there are […]

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Grand Finale or Tragic Ending?

“We’re so lucky.” I kept saying that to my sisters following my 90-year-old father’s passing in early 2013. I’m not sure they appreciated why I kept saying that. I said it because we were lucky he’d lived a great life. We were lucky to have had him so long, especially given my mother had died […]

Earth Day Celebration today at 849 Gardner!!!

Happy Earth Day!!! This afternoon the residents and staff of Raya’s Paradise Board & Care facility at 849 Gardner in West Hollywood will be celebrating Earth Day with the Hollywood Boys and Girls Club. The kids will be sharing fun stories and treats with the residents. Each of the kids will be taking home a […]

When is it time to hire an in-home Caregiver?

Knowing when to hire a Caregiver and even more importantly choosing the right way to go about it can be a very challenging time. Perhaps you or a loved one simply need a ride to a doctor’s appointment or to a family function. Perhaps it has become time to consider full time help. Maybe you […]

Winter Grief

Summer seems to always fly by and before you know it the lush colors and green of summer gives way to the browns and decay of fall, a traditional time of reflection. Then comes winter, cold and lonely especially at the holidays, there seems to be a lot of focus given to winter depression and […]

Do you have compassion fatigue?

There comes a point when you are caring for a loved one, when you have to ask yourself what is the best decision for me as well as for the person I am caring for. Whether you decide to continue to care for your loved one or start to explore other options such as a […]

A Will, A Living Will, A Living Trust…What is the Difference?

Three important legal documents that every adult should have are a will, a living trust and a living will.  Each document defines your decisions for the different areas of your estate and will save your loved ones time, money and stress when you are gone.  These documents are easy to draw up, or you could […]

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Are You Responsible for Your Elderly Parent’s Debt?

Let’s say that your mother has granted you power of attorney over her finances, and she has recently become unable to manage her own affairs due to dementia. Upon looking into her accounts, you discover that she has several thousand dollars worth of debt. Can the creditors come after you personally for this money? No, […]