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Blog Posts in 2019

  • Commonly prescribed drugs are tied to nearly 50% higher dementia risk in older adults, study says

    Take a look at this article posted by CNN in June. It discusses a link between commonly prescribed prescription drugs and dementia. https://www.cnn.com/2019/06/24/health/dementia-risk-drug-study/index.html
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  • Caregiver Holiday Tips

    These tips may come in handy when planning for the holiday season! Please read and share them with your friends, loved ones and fellow caregivers. https://www.alzheimersla.org/holiday-tips/
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  • Holiday Scams Targeting the Elderly

    The holiday season brings out the bad guys in force. Scams targeting the elderly ramp up this time of year because con artists know that seniors are both more vulnerable and more charitable with Christmas around the corner. Seniors can take steps to ensure they aren’t being ripped off, and adult children can be vigilant of their parents’ finances and interactions to hopefully catch potential scams ...
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  • EVERYONE HAS A STORY

    EVERYONE HAS A STORY I came across this post from The Conversation Project , over Thanksgiving weekend. It serves as a wonderful reminder that even festive occasions are a good place to talk about your wishes. As we gather with friends and family this holiday season, take the time to find out what is really important to those we love. Could there be a better gift? Maureen Jennings gathered family ...
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  • Caregiver Tips Video 10: Warning Signs

    Differentiating between normal forgetfulness due to aging or a more serious disease is complicated… https://youtu.be/4-IpfsWhWcU
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  • Transgender Day of Remembrance

    Transgender Day of Remembrance honors the memory of the transgender people whose lives were lost in acts of anti-transgender violence. Learn how you can get involved. #TDOR http://glaad.org/tdor https://www.glaad.org/blog/how-observe-transgender-day-remembrance
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  • Caregiver Tips Video 9: Hallucinations

    Caregiver Tips Video 9: Hallucinations Your loved one is showing signs of paranoia and unusual thoughts… How do you deal with this new and alarming behavior? https://youtu.be/bLtTUxuLycE
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  • Caregiver Tips - Video 8: 'New Diagnosis'

    Alzheimer's LA Caregiver Tips - Ep. 8 'New Diagnosis' You’ve received devastating news and, even if you were expecting it, figuring out how to move forward can seem challenging. https://youtu.be/2uvy1N4b0tc
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  • Are our Veteran's at Higher Risk?

    Today is a special day in the U.S., set aside to honor our Veteran's. Parades and pride, prayers, and somber moments of silence to honor the fallen. Much of our attention can be lured to the past. But what about the future? America's brave service men and women are at risk and may not event know it. This article posted by Military.com brings our attention the the very real connection between our ...
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  • Caregiver Tips Video 7: Legal Planning

    Getting your dad’s affairs in order can encompass many things, so where do you start? The latest video in the Caregiver Tips video series from Alzheimer's LA discusses a subject near and dear to our heart. https://youtu.be/XvkKHNUKIw4
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  • Caregiver Tips Video 6: Guilt

    Dividing your time between so many major responsibilities is draining. How do you manage feeling guilty when your best doesn’t feel like enough? https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=zMqaspvBT_c&feature=youtu.be
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  • Caregiver Tips Video 5: Bathing

    The challenge to maintain good hygiene is faced by many caregivers. You want to know how to make this a less stressful routine. https://youtu.be/9d79YgDyOxM
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  • Caregiver Tips Video 4: Anger, Frustration & Fighting

    You want to offer the best support to your loved one and keep everyone safe, including yourself. How can you make this situation with your grandmother more positive? https://youtu.be/3ylokN-4a5M
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  • Nobel Prize = Exercise Your Brain

    The Noble Prize winnings announced today are epic! Not just because the recipients have changed our world, but because all three are over the age of 70! The oldest is John Goodenough , a 97 year old scientist! John Goodenough is still active and doing research at the University of Texas. NINETY SEVEN! ...
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  • Caregiver Tips Video 3: Therapeutic Fibs

    Have you ever heard the phrase “Therapeutic Fibs?” What exactly does this mean and how can you use this approach yourself? https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=UZnwvJloD9E#action=share
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  • 9 Pieces Of Advice From Dying People About Love, Family & Vices

    "...Kerry spends her time with people, both young and old, who have found themselves in the last days of their lives....What do they wish they'd done differently? Who do they wish they'd spent more time with? And how can we take their end-of-life contemplations and apply them to our lives for the better?" https://www.refinery29.com/en-gb/dying-people-life-lessons?fbclid=IwAR2vv6sPwjGK_t8WbQ9siStuw ...
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  • Wandering - Caregiver Tips Ep. 2

    The fear that your mom could one day wander off is real…how do you keep her safe? https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=azZNFlNCAJk#action=share
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  • World Alzheimer's Day Wasn't a Thing in the 80's...

    In the late 1980’s my grandpa was diagnosed with Alzheimer’s. We didn’t really know that much about it and NO ONE talked about it easily. There were no support groups around. My grandpa lived with this in total secrecy. I don’t even think he talked about it with my grandma. She had no one to talk to except my mom and me but I was a teenager so I probably wasn’t very helpful, although I did help ...
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  • Alzheimer's LA Caregiver Tips - EP. 1 'Caregiver Stress'

    Our friends at AlzLA.org have created this beautiful video series. I hope you will watch and share with those who need it! Caring for a person who has dementia can be very stressful. But your well-being is just as important as your loved ones’. https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ml08i2sDRF4#action=share
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  • Remembering the LGBT victims and heroes of 9/11

    September 11th is a day met with more emotions than almost any other in our history as Americans. It is difficult to even pick one, deal with it and then move on to the next. For many of us they just come in a confusing flood, the result, at least for me, is usually tears. This year, I decided it was time to really discuss that day with my 10 year old son. To tell him the truth about what ...
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  • How is Assisted Living Different?

    "Are you familiar with what assisted living covers and how it differs from other types of senior care communities?" Even though it differs from state to state, this blog post from A Place for Mom sheds some light on assisted living communities and what they provide to families and residents. https://www.aplaceformom.com/blog/things-you-didnt-know-about-assisted-living-2-19-2012/
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  • Elder Abuse is Becoming a World Crisis

    Take a peek at the US News article from this spring bringing awareness to Elder Abuse... think about those in your life that are reaching "old age." Are you ready to be an advocate for your person? https://www.usnews.com/news/health-news/articles/2019-04-04/elder-abuse-on-the-rise-in-america #eldercare #loveyourpeople #elderabuse #usnews #preventelderabuse
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  • Column: After my mother’s disastrous hospice experience, we filed a state complaint. It came to nothing

    This is the latest article in the series by Steve Lopez, of the LA Times, documenting experiences with hospice. Please read this article (and our previous posts here and here ) for awareness on pitfalls and how to advocate for your loved ones. "My purpose in writing about this is not to air a personal grievance, so I’m not naming the hospice agency involved. My objective is to use what I’ve ...
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  • Happy Birthday to the ADA!

    The ADA: Celebrating 29 Years of Increased Inclusion By the CDE Team This week marks 29 years since the signing of the Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA)—landmark legislation that works to open doors for people with disabilities in all aspects of community life, including employment. Every day, the ADA helps make a more inclusive American workforce, one where people with disabilities have more ...
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  • Even Superheroes are at Risk for Elder Abuse

    The 50th Anniversary of Apollo landing on the moon is certainly a milestone that many American's look to with pride and patriotism. It is a day in American history that our parents remember well and many have stories of where they were and what they were doing when the giant "Leap" took place! Of course at Goldfarb and Luu it also makes us ponder the country's elderly population and that in fewer ...
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  • Independence Doesn't Mean Going it Alone

    Love this quick read from The National Council on Aging! "Doing things for ourselves makes us proud. For our whole lives, we’re told to work hard, try new things, and stay busy. This is all part of how we demonstrate our personal independence. But as we age, our bodies (and budgets) change. Our understanding of independence must change along with them." https://www.ncoa.org/blog/independence-doesn ...
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  • Keep Your Seniors Safe While You Celebrate!

    Happy Birthday America! Have a great day celebrating July 4th, but as with any celebration, don't forget to look after the seniors in your life! Here are a few tips to keep in mind while you head out for the evening... https://www.senioradvice.com/blog/general/senior-safety-tips-4th-july/
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  • Growing Up and Growing Old LGBTQ

    This article from the NY Times sheds light on the unique experience aging members of the LGBTQ community face and the importance of mentorship... Aging is a challenge for any population, but the L.G.B.T.Q. community faces a special set of obstacles. Gay and lesbian elders are less likely to have children who can care for them in older age, according to Ilan H. Meyer , a scholar at the Williams ...
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  • LGBTQ Pride Month

    June is LGBTQ Pride Month, and whether you are just starting out as a couple or approaching a golden anniversary, you have every reason to be proud. You have fought for numerous rights and succeeded on many levels, including the right to marry. Celebrate your union in June by tackling another – often overlooked – milestone as a couple: your estate plan. UMMM? If you are young and still building ...
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  • "Dad, Let's Talk..." Advice on How to Start the Conversation

    Father’s Day is upon us and it always gets us thinking... Sure, Father’s Day is about celebrating and appreciating the father figures in our lives. After all, many of us wouldn’t be who we are today without them. But it can also be a day to consider the future, talk, plan, and prepare. What happens if dad gets ill or has an accident? Does he have an estate plan ? Is our family prepared to make the ...
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  • June 15th is World Elder Abuse Awareness Day

    Every year, on June 15 th , the world recognizes World Elder Abuse Awareness Day (WEAAD). As its name implies, it’s not a day of celebration. Rather, it’s a day to bring awareness to a growing and concerning worldwide problem. We strongly believe that we ALL have an obligation to care for our elders. Here, we’ll highlight the issue of elder abuse , discuss what it means, and offer safeguards and ...
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  • Older American's Month

    May was a busy month for us as we moved our office and added new team members to our Goldfarb & Luu family. However, it was also an important month for seniors, as it was Older American's Month . So here is our post, albeit a little late. May has long been set aside as a time to celebrate senior citizens and focus on their unique needs, which becomes increasingly relevant as the Baby Boomers take ...
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  • Helping from a Distance

    June is Alzheimer's and Brain Awareness month so I have been spending time reading Alz blogs. Today I came across this one from our neighbors, here in Los Angeles (Alzheimer's LA). The "Ask Miriam" column is always a quick read, but filled with insightful tips and heartfelt advice. This month's entry is no exception! Her reader is asking how to help a loved one from afar and the response came with ...
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  • Consider the Conversation...

    Having tough discussions is something that many of us avoid. I mean, of course! No one likes to talk about becoming ill and the fragility of life. It's scary to ponder our mortality. But what about letting a loved one know that you've noticed they may have a problem? That their memory seems to be failing or that they are mixing up their words when they talk? This article posted by the Alzheimer's ...
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  • Your Family Deserves Better Than This...

    If you have been following entertainment news recently you probably know that John Singleton passed away, at the very young age of 51, in late April. He’s celebrated a long list of achievements since his Academy Award nomination for best director, Boyz n the Hood , in 1991. Sadly, an accomplishment that never made it to the list was AN UPDATED ESTATE PLAN ! Singleton suffered a massive stroke ...
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  • How Much Do You Love Mom?

    Mother's Day is here and you’re probably still looking for the perfect gift. Flowers and cards are always appreciated, but maybe this year, you can get her something different: the peace of mind that comes with an estate plan . Wait, what? We know it’s not pretty or poetic but hear us out. An estate plan can be the perfect gift for mothers of any age or stage of life. For Moms with Grown Kids If ...
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  • Reclaim the Art of Letter Writing

    Letter writing has been described as an art form of the past. A personal touch that future generations will never know. Can we change that? Letters are therapy. They are a way to communicate your feelings along with the ability to edit yourself in the process. Letters offer the opportunity to pour our feelings, needs and desires onto a page. And then go back to read and reread our words to make ...
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  • When hospice care goes wrong, where can you turn?

    As the Nation's largest living adult population, Baby Boomers, age, how prepared are they for the final chapter? According to AARP , Boomers will turn 65 at a rate of 10,000 a day over the next 18 years. Is the country ready for this? Are the systems we have in place for aging and end of life care working and can it support such an influx? It is definitely cause for concern according to some ...
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  • National Healthcare Decision Day – Even Young People Have Accidents and Unexpected Illnesses

    National Healthcare Decision Day – Even Young People Have Accidents and Unexpected Illnesses Estate planning is for rich old people, right? Wrong! (I mean, we get it but you’re still wrong.) Everyone over 18 needs some level of estate planning. That magical age when your parents are no longer allowed to make your doctor appointments or handle your savings account for you because you’re legally ...
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  • If we can humanely euthanize our pets, why can’t we do it for ourselves?

    If we can humanely euthanize our pets, why can’t we do it for ourselves? CA passed a death with dignity bill as of 2015 called the California End of Life Option Act. Every client who wants to be able to end their life should they get dementia learns of the limitations of this Act, namely, you must have mental capacity and be expected to die within 6 months in order for it to work. Until our laws ...
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  • Women's History Month: Make Your Own Legacy

    An Advance Health Care Directive , like other estate planning documents, is like Imodium: by the time you need one, it’s already too late to run out and get it. Planning for the unexpected (and sometimes unpleasant) is important! As women, we are all too often called upon to be the ones to plan ahead. Why should what happens to us when we are no longer able to care for ourselves or after we leave ...
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  • A "Happi" Hospice Story

    We have been following LA Times writer, Steve Lopez as he journals his encounter and research through the hospice system. Last week we posted about his regrets with the hospice care his mother, Grace received in her final days. Both that experience and this uplifting story serve as a good reminder to plan ahead for aging loved ones before it is too late. Know your resources and what may be ...
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  • To Grace Lopez with love — and apologies that your end wasn’t better - by Steve Lopez

    "In our rapidly aging country, more than a million older Americans receive hospice care each year. It’s covered by Medicare, and hospitals often recommend it when they know death is near and have nothing left to offer. In retrospect, we could have done some advance research, but like a lot of families, we hadn’t and so had to scramble, making quick decisions at a time we were already overwhelmed ...
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  • RIP Luke Perry

    Rest in Peace Luke Perry. WAKE UP GEN X. Planning for the inevitable isn't just for your Grandparents. https://www.today.com/health/luke-perry-s-death-generation-x-s-wake-call-t149917
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