Your mom or dad just fell and you find yourself in the hospital emergency room waiting for them to receive treatment. The hospital social worker introduces herself and asks for your parent’s health care power of attorney and living will. What are these two documents? As the only social worker in the area to be […]

You can’t help it. But, you worry about your elderly parents. You’re happy that they continue to maintain their independence by spending time with friends, traveling, or even driving, but you worry about their safety. How can you get that piece of mind without infringing on their territory? How about talking to your parents about […]

As caregiver children, we have been labeled the “sandwich generation,” as we attempt to balance our caregiving responsibilities for our elderly parents and our own children. But, how about the needs of our parents who are helping to raise our children, either on a full or part-time basis? Devise a caregiving schedule that accommodates both […]

Why Retire?

February 19, 2008 Blog, Caregiver

During the last few weeks, I’ve discussed the anxiety and fear that accompanies this new stage of life for your elderly loved ones. I shared the benefits of individual therapy and counseling, and the conversations that needed to occur if your parent(s) were no longer safe in their home. Who could blame your parents for […]

As many of you know, our firm’s Geriatric Care Coordinator, Janie Deleon-Male, M.S.S., LSW, authors a weekly column on caregiving, titled “Coping With Care,” in the Camden Courier-Post. Since its inception in May 2007, the column has appeared on Tuesdays in the “My Generation” section of the Courier-Post. We are pleased to announce that effective […]

Oftentimes, I get questions from caregiver children as to when they should approach their elderly parents about downsizing. It’s a huge decision to consider for your loved one. You may be asking them to give up the only home and neighborhood with which they’re familiar. But, it appears that their safety is now compromised. Below […]

Often times, many people think that counseling for older adults is a waste of time. “You can’t teach them anything new. They’re set in their ways.” As a geriatric social worker, I get angry when people assume that older adults wouldn’t benefit from any type of supportive counseling or talk therapy. Think about it. Your […]

“Aging in place” is the new buzz word in aging services today. Who can blame our parents for wanting to live in the comfort of their own home for as long as possible? Your mom, dad, or elderly loved one deserves that chance. But in order to ensure one’s safety, dignity, and independence within the […]

After the Loss

January 15, 2008 Blog, Caregiver

Sometimes, it hits you when you’re driving. Sometimes, it hits you when you’re at work and you feel as if you’re spinning your wheels. Sometimes, it hits you when get up in the morning before your alarm clock buzzes. What is it? It is the many faces of grief. For the last few weeks, I’ve […]

Last week, I shared with you the overwhelming deluge of emotions that overtook me as I faced the death of my 88 year-old grandfather. But, with family tragedy also comes family drama, and no family is immune – even my own. Tensions rise whenever you gather a large group of people together, and families can’t […]

“Rent” and Teaching the Value of Giving Back Posted by: Jerold E. Rothkoff Posted Date: Sunday, January 6, 2008 21:29 On Sunday, January 6, 2008, my mom, my two nine year old twin daughters, and I spent the afternoon at the Academy of Music in Philadelphia.  The Broadway show Rent was playing at the Academy. […]

Several weeks ago, I shared my own current caregiving experiences with you. I was caring for my 88 year-old grandfather, who had been diagnosed with terminal cancer. On Friday, December 28, 2007, he passed away, peacefully, at his home with several of my family members by his side. In the weeks leading up to his […]

Your mom, dad, or elderly loved one takes numerous medications. They’re living in their own home, and you want to help them maintain their independence for as long as possible, while ensuring their safety. But, as the caregiver, you’re running around trying to balance several responsibilities at the same time. Therefore, you’re not always there […]

A recent report in USA Today from December 3, 2007 cited transportation needs for the senior population as a growing concern in a country heavily dependent on automobiles. You know that it’s not safe for mom or dad to drive, and you have already used up all of your vacation or personal days at work. […]

During one of my previous columns in the “My Generation” section of the Courier Post, I talked about a few strategies that could help you to balance your caregiving responsibilities. One of them was to leverage the support of family members who may be in town for the holiday season. But what if you needed […]