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Guest blogger Michael LaMagna, Esq., specializes in elder care issues, and discusses below the implications in raising the Medicare eligibility requirement by two years. 

The Granny Pod Alternative – PALS Built Modular Home Additions


True multi-generational living rather than a Med Cottage “Granny Pod”

The term Granny Pod has made its way into mainstream media this week thanks to a company called MedCottage. The concept has even been fodder for late night comedians. PALS Built was also mentioned in these articles but there were a few inaccuracies which need to be addressed. Our company was founded on the belief that the best living situation for every generation is multi-generational living – under one roof.


5 Signs That Your Aging Parents May Need Help
 your aging parents for the holidays after not having seen them for a while can be eye-opening.  You might notice some changes – confusion when they’re relaying a story,  less agility when they’re getting out of a chair – but there also could be some serious red flags that your parents might need the help of a caregiver or a different living situation.

Here are some things to look for:

Personal stories from Hurricane Sandy – The elderly are the most vulnerable


I live in an area of Connecticut that was one of the hardest hit by Hurricane Sandy but I’m grateful – it was nothing compared to what some people in New York and New Jersey are still going through as I write this. 

PALS Built multigenerational living handicap-accessible modular home additions allow elderly to age in place

Farmington PALS

Multigenerational living may be somewhat new to our culture and generation but, in reality what’s old is new again.  What we used to think of as “the in-law suite” (also known as “The Granny Pod”)  has become a viable solution for Americans who want to provide a private residence within an adult child or other caregiver’s home for one, two or even three elderly family members.

Wig Channel Ruth and Erica Depict The Changing Dynamics of the Parent-Child Relationship


When the Child Becomes the Caregiver

Paula Spahn wrote yesterday about a new show, “Ruth and Erica,” that is aired  exclusively on the Wig Channel on  YouTube, centered on a grown woman who is beginning to face the reality  that her aging parents may not be so self-sufficient anymore (her father fell  asleep at a stop sign – “Once!” her mother protests – while behind the wheel of  his car).  To make matters more  complicated, her parents are in total denial of their fading capabilities and  her mother, in particular, seems determined to deflect any implication that she  and her husband are starting to show signs of decline: when presented with  rotting food in her fridge, she tells her daughter, “I’m going to make  something with that!” to which her daughter replies, “What are they? Seriously  identify the fruit and I’ll put them back.”

World Alzheimer’s Month and National Grandparent’s Month

Safety Mom's Father

September is World Alzheimer’s Month and National Grandparent’s Month


While I was well aware that September is World Alzheimer’s Month and tomorrow is Alzheimer’s Action Day, until today I didn’t realize that it’s also National Grandparent’s Month.  I’m wondering if it was planned that way given that one in eight older Americans has Alzheimer’s and 70 million Americans are grandparents.  There’s a big overlap I’m sure.  My father, in fact, is one person who is in both groups.

Caring for a Parent with Alzheimer’s


As is the case with many bloggers, I find writing about my personal situations is not only cathartic but often times will help one of my readers who is facing a similar situation.  Currently my topic du jour is being an adult child caring for a parent with Alzheimer’s .  As a national family safety and wellness expert, I’ve frequently focused on child and teen issues.  But my career has consistently followed my
life path and now I’m becoming well versed in the issues facing aging parents.

I’m not sure what’s been harder, watching my dad decline and succumb to this horrific affliction or standing by as my mom tries to deny the situation and handle it herself.  Actually that’s not true – it’s been much harder dealing with my mom.  Truth be told, my father and I were never very close.  There has always been an emotional dis-attachment between the two of us.  My mother, on the other hand, has been my best friend forever.   I’ve watched her age before my eyes.  Nurses and social workers have all commented about the incredible care she provides my dad.  Her love for him is endless and, as a result, she has lost herself in becoming a 24/7 caregiver for her husband.

Elder Care Issues and the Presidential Election


 Why Elder Care Should Concern the Baby Boomers


Why the ranch style homes of the 60’s are making a come back


Ranch Style homes were extremely popular in the 1960s and now, as Boomers are looking for more accessible living design, are regaining their popularity due to the range of benefits that ranch style homes offer families. Defined by a long, typically one story, spacious and open house plan, these homes offer floor easier access for the elderly and disabled.

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