Leaving Well:   A Step by Step Guide to Documenting Your Final Wishes

Leaving Well: A Step by Step Guide to Documenting Your Final Wishes

Contemplating our own death is one of the hardest challenges we will ever have to face. Yet, if we want our dying to be meaningful and merciful, it is imperative that we think about it while we still can. Most of us want to die at home, in a familiar and peaceful...
A Dementia Diagnosis is a Significant Health Challenge

A Dementia Diagnosis is a Significant Health Challenge

Somewhere in the world, every three seconds, someone is being diagnosed with dementia. Dementia is a catchall phrase that refers to many types of neurodegenerative diseases. Neurodegenerative diseases bring about the onset of dementia including but not limited to:...
What You Should Know Before Signing a Nursing Home Contract

What You Should Know Before Signing a Nursing Home Contract

Suppose your mother can no longer make decisions for herself and she now needs nursing-home care. You are stressed and anxious. The nursing home puts a twenty-page, single-spaced contract in front of you. You wish you could flip straight to the last page and sign then...
When Assisted Living is Not Enough

When Assisted Living is Not Enough

Jerry’s mother Jane decided, on her own, that it was time to move into an assisted-living facility. Jane’s arthritis had worsened to the point where she couldn’t dress herself, she struggled to get in and out of the shower, and she was lonely living by herself. Jane...