Blog: 2014

The Best Gift to Give Your Aging Loved Ones This Holiday Season

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The Best Gift to Give Your Aging Loved Ones This Holiday Season By Julianne DeChaineFamily festivities this time of year, anticipated with joy, may still be a taxing experience for your aging family members. Thinking ahead about how you can help your loved one may be the best gift you offer, when carried out with good humor and dignity.

Last December, JuliAnne, our Regional Director in Los Angeles, worked with the younger sisters of Norman, a 78-year-old widower. He had been very socially active until undergoing two back surgeries within the past year. In preparation for their traditional holiday visit, JuliAnne encouraged the sisters to express their appreciation for the things their brother had always done for the family and create opportunities for him to participate in the holiday activities he enjoys. JuliAnne emphasized the importance of asking for their brother’s direction in regards to meal preparation, decorating, and the holiday schedule, in order to affirm his continued value and show respect while in his home. The sisters could then suggest that their brother deserved a break after his surgery.  

Maintaining the Family Home and Treasures

Maintaining Peace, Restoring Dignity By Diane LansingThe upcoming festivities of the holiday season can be a good opportunity to spruce up the family home, furnishings and collectibles. But for many seniors, cleaning, clearing and repairing can be especially daunting:

  • The prospect of chaos, mess and plaster dust can be strong deterrents to people accustomed to calm and routine.
  • Seniors with diminished vision may not see the early signs of water damage, peeling paint, or fraying fabrics.
  • They may also not notice safety hazards, such as chipped or uneven floors, frayed electrical cords, rugs that are curling at the edge, or sagging bookshelves.
  • People with increasing mobility issues may no longer be able to bend or stoop to care for family treasures.

The Ugly Truth About Elder Financial Abuse & Fraud

Elder financial abuse and fraud is one of the largest growing changes in the care of seniors.

There are eight major sources of fraud: family members (including the result of sibling rivalry); unscrupulous businesses; caregivers; trusted professionals; transients; neighbors; “friends”; and what are called “sweetheart scammers."

“Sweetheart Scammers,” both domestic and foreign, ask seniors for money for a sick relative or an emotionally-compelling emergency that tugs at the heartstrings.

Synergy: Enhancing the Work of a Team Already in Place

Synergy: Enhancing the Work of a Team Already in Place By Eddy & ScheinWhen a client has a team of healthcare, financial or administrative professionals, there sometimes needs to be a liaison between the client and the professionals, or between the different professionals. 

A daily money manager/financial organizer can do that.

Enriching a Life by Restoring the Past to Build the Future

Enriching a Life by Restoring the Past to Build the FutureWhen illness and aging cause seniors to minimize their activities, finding creative solutions to help them enhance their lives is critical.

Case Study:

George is a man in his late 80s who led an independent life until he developed cancer, experienced severe macular degeneration, and a lifelong stutter got worse. He was very aware of not appearing the way he used to, and was extremely self-conscious.

At our initial assessment in George’s apartment, there were 2 lawyers, 2 bankers and us. It was quite a crowd, and it was obvious a working relationship was already in place.

While Rebecca spoke with George and the others to identify the specific needs for which Eddy & Schein had been invited to join the team, I went into the bathroom. There, I found little placards with funny French remarks. So, I came out and started speaking fluent French to George. The rest was history. There was virtually no one else in the room except the two of us -- communicating gracefully in another language.

From then on, my goal was to restore George to his previous life.

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