Category Archives: legal issues

Treating elders as well as dogs in day care- how about webcams for assisted living?

My husband told me recently that some of his coworkers watch their dogs via the internet at “doggie daycare” every so often to check on their status.  We don’t live in a very sophisticated or high-income area of the country, … Continue reading

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Legal guardianship for dementia – worth thousands of dollars?

My mother has been declared legally “incompetent” in our state, permanently, and I’ve been assigned as her guardian.  I was advised to do this due to her unpredictable behaviors, reactions, and requests, several of which meant that she ended up … Continue reading

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Saying no to medical clutter – unnecessary procedures, supplements & meds

Mom and I have been letting go and saying no a lot lately. First, she started refusing her supplements and vitamins.  Somewhere in her brain she still knows what the important pills are.  She’ll never decline her thyroid med if … Continue reading

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First Guardianship Hearing Over

First thing this morning I went to court again for Mom, but in a very different way.  Last time we went a year ago was awful – that summer she’d been hospitalized for complications from an undetected UTI that caused her to perceive … Continue reading

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Advance Directives and DNR orders -Will they be honored in an emergency?

Moving my mother through three different states and their related legislation regarding advance health care directives in the last two years has woken me up to the many obstructions that can keep people’s lives extended against their will when emergencies … Continue reading

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Entering the Daunting World of Funeral Planning

Happy first week of spring!  How strangely ironic that I’m ushering in the crocuses and robins with this intense topic. It’s been a hard week with Mom, but in case this title left you wondering, she didn’t die.   The neurologist … Continue reading

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Why the Wisconsin Protests Matter to You

My mostly politically uninvolved, disabled mother is campaigning for me to get her to the protest this week in a wheelchair.  That says something about how profoundly the current protest movement is inspiring people.  The streets of Madison have been filled not … Continue reading

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