Many children promise never to put their parents in a nursing home. Unlicensed board and care homes are the 21st century equivalent of poor farms. Nursing homes are often little better: underfunded, understaffed with no privacy, they offer almost no autonomy or attention to personal preferences. Medication errors abound. Even dentures go missing. Can children keep elderly parents out of a nursing home?read more
Texas is one of 14 states that has not expanded Medicaid. Some legislators want to take it to the people for a vote. Should Texans be allowed to vote on Medicaid expansion? Read more in this article by Julie Chang.read more
In 2002 a new medical condition was recognized, Minimally Conscious State. In one study, 41% of people receiving chronic care due to traumatic brain injury were found to be in a Minimally Conscious State. What if your loved one, diagnosed as permanent vegetative state, is actually in a minimally conscious state?read more
Even though “Jenny” exhibited many of the established elder abuse risk factors, she did not become a victim of elder abuse herself. She possessed four qualities that helped her live at home alone, thrive despite disability, and remain abuse-free. Read more for how she was able to live life on her terms.read more
Now that we are living longer, we may wonder whether retiring at a “normal retirement age” of 65 or 66 or 67 is such a good idea. Some of us want to work longer and are able to do so. Some of us want a different kind of job, perhaps something less physically demanding, with shorter hours or less stress.
Read more for 3 online websites that aid the elderly with job searches.
The Texas Senate on Tuesday gave unanimous approval to a bill designed to identify children with mental health needs and direct them to treatment before they can harm themselves and others. Find out more about Texas Senate Bill 10 here.read more
Are you gambling with your future? Planning before cognitive drop is imperative to staying in charge. Read more for information from studies on when you should map out your rocking chair years.read more
Poor hearing and hearing loss is not just inconvenient; it’s an unmistakable health hazard. The impact of hearing loss on quality of life is substantial. Read more about what these studies have revealed in this New York Times’ article: Hearing Loss Threatens Mind, Life and Limb.read more
Why Can’t Dinosaur’s Clap? This riddle usually elicits some head scratching. The answer is simple: dinosaurs can’t clap because they are all dead!
A similar situation arises when there is more than one unprobated estate. Until someone has inherited something, they cannot pass it on – let alone clap.
Read more for ways to handle the unprobated estates.read more
Finding out you have an incurable chronic illness will change your life and the lives of those you love. Tessa Miller shares 5 things she wishes she knew before her chronic illness.read more