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Steps You Can Take To Prevent An Aging Loved One From A Fall – Part 2

Welcome back for part 2 and thank you for sticking with me. If you didn’t read the part 1 of this series, I do recommend you take a look at the information there at some point. Today we’re going to talk about ways to actively reduce the chance of a fall.

Reducing the Risk

  • Get a check-up – Frequent check-ups will do more to prevent a fall than anything. If you are alerted to a potential risk, you will be much more able to avoid the fall.   Generally a doctor will assess your overall health, but make sure your doctors...
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Steps You Can Take To Prevent An Aging Loved One From Falls – Part 1

Did you know that falls are the single largest cause of death and injuries in older adults? Falls are the most common cause of traumatic brain, hip, shoulder, ankle and arm injury in the elderly. Believe me, I know about traumatic injury and it’s no fun. I’ve personally gone through the pain of back surgery and recovery. The older I get the more dramatic the pain. Luckily, I consider my health to be a #1 priority, so I take care of myself and have excellent physicians looking after me. This is frequently not the case with aging adults and so...

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Why We All Should Want An Advanced Directive

Ughhh, I get it. Who wants to talk about advanced directives? The answer is nobody, which is exactly why I want to talk with you about it today.   So many of us avoid the conversation completely. If the legal documents are for you, then you’re stuck thinking about your own mortality, if they’re for your parents, then you have to think about losing mom and dad. I’m honestly not sure which is worse. Here’s why it’s so important to have an advanced directive and the steps you can take to make the process a little easier.

Questions To Answer

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Why Your Home Is Not Selling: Real Estate Problem Solving

Let me guess, your home (or your client’s home) has been on the market for a few months. You’ve made some upgrades, held open houses and still it sits on the market. Maybe you’ve gotten a few offers, but they were underwhelming to say the least. Your home is not selling.  What the heck is going on?

Pricing 

Well, here’s the biggie. The biggest challenge I see happens when the market is hot. Sellers expect to get over top dollar for their property. See if this sounds familiar, a bunch of people tell you that now’s the time to Read more

Checklist: Questions You Should Ask An Assisted Living Community

We’ve all heard the nightmare stories. You pay money to put your parent into an assisted living community. You think you are doing the best that you can for mom or dad. Then there is neglect. One day you show up and the sheets are dirty, mom hasn’t taken her medication or dad hasn’t bathed in days.   You scream bloody murder at the attendees, but it lands on deaf ears. This is elder abuse and worse you’re paying for it.

It would be so much better if there were a checklist of questions you could ask to help you choose the...

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Let’s Exercise: Safe and Simple Exercises For Mom and Dad

I’ve watched people in my life get lazy, get unhealthy, get sick and pass on. There are no words to describe the frustration. You want to scream at your loved one “take care of yourself!” but there’s nothing you can do.  The challenge is that once someone gets to a certain age and/or lack of mobility, it feels impossible to start an exercise fitness program. Well, it’s not.

Here are some tips that can help an aging loved one feel more secure and optimistic as they take on the world of health and wellness.

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Find the Best, Fire the Rest: A Path To Your Perfect Coach

Perhaps you’ve noticed the incredible amount of business and life coaches available these days. They sell their services online, through social media, at seminars etc. ad al ad nauseam. After all, I am a business and life coach. It’s why I take this particular topic so seriously. So today let’s talk about how to find the right coach for you.

Don’t get me wrong; a lot of the coaches out there do great work. The challenge is that it’s not just about finding a qualified coach, it’s also crucial to find one that vibes with you on a personal level. This...

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Unburden Your Family, Plan For Long-Term Care Before You Need It

I’ve ben working in the Above 50 market for many years and I love it. I love helping clients through a difficult time of transition and I love training other professionals to do the same. So here’s a bit of clarity I had while I was driving to an appointment yesterday. Without exception, no one wants to be a burden on their family when their health declines. In fact, the stress of not being prepared in advance can actually speed the decline when it begins. I’m serious, I’ve seen it.   That’s why today I want to talk about how to...

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So You’re The Executor of Your Parent’s Estate

First things first, you should know in advance if you are named as the executor of any estate. Sounds obvious doesn’t it? You’d be surprised how little thought is given to something so simple. So, ask your parents whom they are naming. If they haven’t thought about it, initiate the conversation.   Then decide if you want the responsibility.

What does an Executor Do? 

An Executor is legally responsible for protecting the assets of the decedent, or deceased, until the probate process is completed and the assets are disbursed. This is a good news bad news kind of thing. The good...

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How To Avoid The Problems Of Inheriting Wealth

It’s the worst time to talk about finances. You’ve lost a loved one. You’re grieving, you’re consoling other family members and there are arrangements to be made. The last thing you want to deal with is what you may or may not be inheriting. Especially because you know it could lead to conflict if it’s not properly spelled out.

It get’s even worse. Are you inheriting your parent’s house or other properties? Well prepare yourself for things to get incredibly complicated. The fact is Boomers are expected to inherit $8.4 trillion with a large portion being in Read more