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How to let your elderly parents know you’re worried about their safety

  Several years ago my friend Lucy and her husband, who were in their 50s, left their home and jobs in Chicago and moved to Maine. Not to retire or experience a slower pace of life, but to care for Lucy’s elderly mother.
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Categories: Alzheimer's/Dementia, Blog, and Planning for Retirement and Beyond.

Carbon Monoxide: Cold Weather Safety Tips

We’re barely into winter and Maine has already experienced an ice storm that so far, has left more than 100, 000 people without power. No power means many have probably either hooked up a portable generator or have one that automatically goes on when the power goes off. It’s so important to make sure a generator is used and vented properly to avoid the risk of carbon monoxide (CO) poisoning.
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Categories: Blog and Healthy Living, Safety and Fitness.

Aging in Place: I want to stay in my own home

It’s a funny thing, at least for people who are parents, how as you get older, the tables can turn. The child you lovingly watched over may now be doing the same to you, which can be rather disconcerting at times. Especially if your children are telling you that they don’t think your home is safe anymore and you are determined to stay in it as long as possible — the term used these days is aging in place. Priscilla and Bill Ambrose, who are in their mid-seventies, are perfectly happy in the 200-year-old colonial they’ve lived in for the
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Categories: Blog and Planning for Retirement and Beyond.

When Is It No Longer Safe to Drive?

Imagine for a moment that a well-meaning family member decides it’s no longer safe for you to drive and takes away your keys. You have been driving all of your adult life with no major mishaps. The only issue, as far as you’re concerned, is that you’re not quite as young as you used to be. Chances are you would be quite upset and perhaps a little panic-stricken at the thought of losing your independence. That’s what happened when Becky told her 86-year-old mother she was concerned about her driving.
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Categories: Blog and Planning for Retirement and Beyond.