Toni Patillo – Santa Monica and Palisades Real Estate Agent

Category Archives: Above 50 market

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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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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When the Elderly Abuse the Caregivers Who Care For Them

Have you ever heard the expression “it’s easier to hurt the ones you love”? Unfortunately, this is a cruel truth. Think about it. At what point did you stop taking your parents for granted? Do you still? Anyway, consider that it’s easy to expect more from those who selflessly give you the most. A lot of people never even realize they’re doing it. So what happens when the elderly take their caregivers for granted? Abuse.

Families First

So you’re taking care of your parents. Are they acting out?   Does it go as far as abuse? Maybe they’re frustrated that...

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Indications That An Elder Loved One Needs Help

Life is busy. Too busy to worry about our elder loved ones. You know how it goes.  You wake up, get the kids fed, dressed and ready for school. Maybe you drop them off at school, maybe they take the bus and you head straight to work.   It’s a long, stressful day. You come home to a loud house, make dinner and/or help with homework get the kids fed, bathed and into bed. God willing, you get an hour to watch your favorite show or snuggle with your honey, before you crash. I’m exhausted just thinking about it.

Who has the...

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Are Dug Prescriptions Killing Your Parents? Eldercare Gone Awry:

When was the last time you went rummaging through your parents medicine cabinet? I know, they like their privacy. Fair enough…until you accidentally get a glimpse of the pharmacy they keep in there. Now the fact that they’re engaged with their own health is a good thing as long as everyone is on the same page. Here’s why?

Side Effects

Medications have side effects. How many times have you watched a drug commercial and thought, “My God, the side effects are worse than...

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Safely Assisting An Aging Loved One Up After A Fall

Let me be clear here. You should only attempt to help an aging adult up if they have NOT been injured.   In the event they have been hurt, call 911 immediately. That being said, let’s assume they have NOT been injured, to all my loving caregivers I say BEWARE. In this challenging situation you must take care that they, or you, are not injured during the process of helping them to their feet.

Below are some general guidelines that can help keep both you and your loved one safe and injury free.

Steps for Helping An Aging Loved One After A...

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Keep Your Aging Loved One Connected: Technology in the Above 50 Market

Why, why, why do I push technology on you and your aging loved ones? Well, the fact is that staying connected can provide a much higher quality of life for those in the above 50 aging market.  Think about it. What if he or she had access to pre-loaded apps for diet and exercise monitoring or alerts for taking their medication? Would that improve their health? How about social media? Do you think that they might feel more connected to family members when they can see pictures and trade messages with them?

The truth is that our population is getting older...

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