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Your parent may be hiding money!

Your parent may be hiding money!

Three young adults in New Paltz, New York (120 kilometres north of New York City) found $40,000 hidden in a sofa they had purchased from the Salvation Army for $55.  The money belonged to a 91 year old widow whose children donated the sofa while their mother was having some health problems.  Luckily the money was found and returned to […]

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Hoarding, Aging and Finances

Hoarding, Aging and Finances

Television shows have certainly increased our awareness of hoarding.  At an extreme, hoarding can have a negative effect on property values and pose a health and hazard risk.  Hoarders themselves can also encounter all sorts of financial issues.  Some hoarding occurs because of hyper-consumerism placing personal finances under pressure.  Some hoarding may occur through obsessive retention of items such as mail, […]

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By |September 11th, 2013|Dementia|0 Comments

Gerontologiphobia and other things in ‘Never Say Die’

Gerontologiphobia and other things in 'Never Say Die'

A new word to try out on your friends and colleagues – gerontologiphobia (1).  It refers to the fear of getting older, or a dislike for becoming older.  Our society does not make it easy to age.  Older people talk about becoming invisible as they age.  They are overlooked, undervalued and even discriminated against.  It’s ironic considering the rapid aging […]

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Book Review: Never Say Die – by Susan Jacoby

Book Review:  Never Say Die - by Susan Jacoby

One of the best books I’ve read on aging is the 2011 book from Susan Jacoby – Never Say Die (Random House Inc.).   Ms. Jacoby covers incredible territory related to the realities of aging.  Weaving in historical references, her own life story, medical and social information and a realistic and even blunt perspective makes this well worth the read.  It is time that […]

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Gifting – Question #5 – Ownership of Assets

Gifting - Question #5 - Ownership of Assets

Some people feel that once a person is older they no longer require their assets.  This mislead viewpoint thinks it is fine to being to use the older person’s assets because they will pass away before the assets are required.  Often this perspective is held by individuals who will inherit the remaining assets.  They feel that their current need for […]

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Caregiving and then ‘Suddenly they’re all gone’

Caregiving and then 'Suddenly they're all gone'

Carol Mithers’ piece, “Suddenly they’re all gone” in The New York Times is beautifully written (1).  It is about her experience caring for aging relatives and her feelings after their death.  Mithers experienced back-to-back caregiving as aging relatives reached a point where her help was needed.  Much of it took place at a distance.  The exhaustion is relentless as described in this excerpt: […]

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