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4 Ways to Avoid the Casey Kasem Nightmare

Posted on 06/12/2014 by |Legal Grounds | Comments

Bulletin Today | Caregiving(Updated June 16) A judge in Los Angeles ruled June 11 that Casey Kasem’s daughter could stop feeding and hydrating the 82-year-old radio legend and allow him to die. The order came after many months of legal battles over who had the right to visit and care for Kasem, who had a form of progressively debilitating dementia. Kasem died on June 15 in Gig Harbor, Wash. See also: Casey Kasem: America’s DJ Did the tumultuous family feud swirling around Kasem make you think …

Nursing Home Hit With $3.3 Million Negligence Verdict

Posted on 06/11/2014 by |Legal Grounds | Comments

Bulletin Today | CaregivingEvery now and then, a jury reaches deep into a defendant’s pockets to punish it for its reprehensible conduct and to deter others from engaging in similar acts. Such was the case in May, when a Colorado jury awarded 83-year-old James Sharon and his family $3.3 million after finding the nursing home entrusted with his care guilty of negligence. Sharon’s injuries included bedsores, skin tears and abrasions, dehydration, malnutrition, and E. coli and urinary tract infections — all because he …

Enticing Dad to Eat When Alzheimer’s Interferes

Posted on 06/3/2014 by |Aging, Home & Family Expert | Comments

CaregivingWhen I was a kid, my sisters and I used to call Dad the “human garbage disposal” because he was happy to finish off anything we had left on our plates. He’s always had a healthy appetite, but since my mom died seven months ago, Alzheimer’s disease has begun to erode many aspects of Dad’s daily functioning, including his hunger and enjoyment of food. When Dad refuses ice cream, true panic fills my heart. If he doesn’t want his favorites, …

Is It More Stressful to Care for a Spouse or a Parent?

Posted on 05/20/2014 by |General News | Comments

Bulletin Today | CaregivingBy Lauran Neergaard and Jennifer Agiesta of the Associated Press WASHINGTON (AP) — More Americans may wind up helping Mom as she gets older, but a new poll shows the most stressful kind of caregiving is for a frail spouse. The population is rapidly aging, but people aren’t doing much to get ready — even though government figures show nearly 7 in 10 Americans will need long-term care at some point after they reach age 65. >> Connect with other …

New Survey: Intergenerational Family Connections Matter

Posted on 05/13/2014 by |Aging, Home & Family Expert | Comments

CaregivingThe Beatles might have gotten by with a little help from their friends, but I couldn’t do it without my family — especially when it comes to caregiving for my parents. Knowing my sisters will help is invaluable, whether I’m having trouble coordinating Dad’s care and my work schedule or I’m simply feeling tired and overwhelmed. We support Dad and each other through this difficult time. I’m not alone in my reliance on family. According to a new report released today …

Web Series ‘My Mom on Movies’ Highlights Dynamic Mother-Son Duo

Posted on 05/9/2014 by |Aging, Home & Family Expert | Comments

CaregivingMost adult children will tell you they think their mothers are superstars, but Pat Seftel really is one — thanks to her film director son, Josh. The two collaborate on a Web series, My Mom on Movies, in which Pat shares her observations about everything from movie stars (she loves Bradley Cooper) to books (she embarrassed herself talking about 50 Shades of Grey) and politics (she says Anthony Weiner is in “deep doo-doo”). It all started when Josh’s father died, …