How to Plan for the Future as a Baby Boomer Without Children

 July 19, 2018 by Dean Bellefeuille

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Solo agers. It’s the new term being passed around to describe the baby boomer without children. This strong and self-reliant genre faces some unique issues in aging, particularly who to designate as guardian and decision-maker if they become unable to do so themselves. In her book, Essential Retirement Planning for Solo Agers, author Sara Zeff Geber, Ph.D. outlines several options to consider:

  1. Sift through your support system. Usually, a solo ager’s spouse would be the natural option for guardianship and also to make critical decisions related to medical care; however, it’s worthwhile to have at least one and preferably two younger alternative options. Give some thought to siblings and their children, good friends, and neighbors, taking into account whether or not each person holds matching values and is also someone you are able to fully trust to help make decisions according to your wishes.
  2. Hire a qualified professional guardian. Professional guardians, also called private guardians or professional fiduciaries, are becoming increasingly popular for solo agers. If interested in this option, it’s crucial that you interview several candidates to make certain they’ve got the required experience and knowledge, and don’t forget to request references. Check with your attorney for recommendations, or the National Guardianship Association or Professional Fiduciary Association in your state.
  3. Accept a court-appointed guardian. If a solo ager hasn’t already selected a guardian and is suddenly not able to make care-related and/or financial decisions, a probate court will designate a guardian to handle his or her affairs.

If you are checking out potential guardians, collect answers to questions such as:

  • How long have you been in practice?
  • Have you been certified by the National Guardian Association?
  • Are you bonded and insured?
  • What is the succession plan if you predecease me?
  • Are background checks performed on all of your employees?
  • What is your understanding of the specific health conditions I’m facing?
  • What are your fees, and just how often will I be billed?

Once your guardian option is determined, ensure that your attorney updates your existing (or creates a fresh) durable power of attorney or advance medical care directive, will, and durable power of attorney for finances.

For more assistance in planning for long-term care needs, including home care in Syracuse NY, get in touch with the elder care professionals from At Home Independent Living. We are able to partner with seniors to produce a plan of care to ensure that needs are fully met now and can continue to be met effectively as needs change in the future, always in accordance with each individual’s wishes. Contact us at (315) 579-HOME (4663) to find out more.


Syracuse NY Dementia Care Tips: Should You Try Alternative Treatments for Alzheimer’s?

 July 13, 2018 by Dean Bellefeuille

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As the saying goes, if it sounds too good to be true, it probably is. That can easily be applied to the recent increase of corporations touting alternative supplements, dietary programs, and herbal concoctions as a way to cure, or at least lessen the outcomes of Alzheimer’s disease. The Alzheimer’s Association would like to alert us, however, to proceed with caution when exploring treatment ideas for a loved one with dementia – and always seek the doctor’s authorization prior to trying anything new.
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Cognitive Decline After Surgery Not Uncommon Among Seniors

 July 6, 2018 by Dean Bellefeuille

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Undergoing surgery for older adults usually involves some inherent risks, but there is a little-known effect impacting a large number of seniors after medical procedures that we all have to be aware of: POCD (postoperative cognitive dysfunction). POCD takes place in more than 25% of older adults during the days or possibly weeks just after non-cardiac surgery, and may present with a number of symptoms, some that can be almost indiscernible: forgetfulness, loss in concentration and focus, along with other forms of cognitive decline that affect standard of living.

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5 Fall Prevention Exercises Seniors Should Start Doing Now

 June 18, 2018 by Dean Bellefeuille

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Many Syracuse older adults are at a substantial risk for experiencing a fall, and for those who have fallen, the issue is compounded even more by the fear of falling again. Even though the initial reaction may be to decrease physical activity to lower the chance of falling again, this is, interestingly, not wise. It’s essential for seniors to maximize their overall muscle strength and balance, promoting confidence and enhanced overall health and wellbeing.
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Syracuse Elderly Care Tips: Simple Ways to Increase Fall Prevention

 June 11, 2018 by Dean Bellefeuille

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Perhaps you’ve been by a senior loved one’s side at the hospital or doctor’s office and witnessed the medical personnel attaching a brightly colored “FALL RISK” band to his or her wrist. Alerting those providing care to this risk allows extra safety precautions to be taken during medical procedures. But did you know that routine, daily life can pose a fall risk threat to those diagnosed with the following conditions? (more…)


The Latest Phone Scams Trying to Swindle Your Elderly Parents

 May 16, 2018 by Dean Bellefeuille

Protect Seniors from Phone Scams

Telephone cons targeted at older adults aren’t anything new, with an astounding $36 billion lost every year to financial abuse. And the most recent senior fraud scheme circulating is hard for most older adults to detect until it is too late. Center for Elder Law and Justice attorney Nicole K. Parshall explains, “There is always a new variation of a phone scam. Scammers are very good at developing new tactics in order to engage with specific types of individuals.” (more…)


Could Lying Be a Helpful Form of Dementia Support?

 May 11, 2018 by Dean Bellefeuille

Helping Seniors with Dementia

Very early on in life, we learn the story of George Washington’s misadventure with the cherry tree and his bold admittance to his parents, “I cannot tell a lie; I chopped down the cherry tree!” Honesty is integrated within our character, and in many cases telling a tiny white lie can wrack us with guilt. But could it actually be beneficial to fib when we want to communicate and provide dementia support to a loved one with Alzheimer’s? (more…)


Is Moving into Your House the Best Care Option for Your Aging Parents?

 May 7, 2018 by Dean Bellefeuille

Best Care Option for Your Aging Parents

The most commendable and admirable choice adult children can make is to open up their home to their aging parents. Our parents raised and took care of us when we needed assistance, so it seems like a no-brainer to reciprocate when it becomes unsafe for Mom or Dad to live alone. But there are a number of considerations to think about before becoming a family caregiver in your own home. At Home Independent Living outlines some of the key questions to think about: (more…)


Technology Helps Syracuse Seniors Maintain Independence

 March 21, 2018 by Dean Bellefeuille

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For older adults, maintaining independence is a vital aspect of living life on their terms. While the physical limitations of age can make the ability to maintain independence seem challenging, in today’s digital era, it’s actually easier than ever. Technology has changed the ways in which we communicate and take care of the daily tasks of living. Technology has also allowed for innovation in home care for seniors and those who ordinarily might not have been able to manage life on their own. With the multitude of technology, apps and interactive devices available today, maintaining independence is easier than ever, allowing for more enhanced levels of connection, comfort and engagement than ever before. (more…)


At Home Independent Living Encourages Senior Independence

 March 8, 2018 by Dean Bellefeuille

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Dorothy had it right when she said, “There’s no place like home”, and 90 percent of seniors agree, according to AARP. The vast majority of older adults prefer to age in place in their own homes as opposed to moving to a nursing home or assisted living facility. But as increased care is needed, how can senior independence be maintained at home? (more…)