Tag: Elder Care

New Medicare Cards Will Omit Social Security Number

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Medicare enrollment for 2018 has officially opened, and it’s time to decide to enroll, change your current plan, or make the switch to a Medicare Advantage plan, a healthcare plan offered by private companies contracted with Medicare to provide Part A and B benefits.

5 Key Conversations with Your Parents


Are there conversations you’d like to have with your parents as they age, but you just don’t know how to start?

Easy Cooking Tips for Senior-Friendly Fare


If you’re an adult child or a primary caregiver for an older adult, or if you’re a senior yourself, it can be stressful trying to create nutritious tasty meals. Sad to say, but when “healthy cooking” comes to mind, most people think “boring” or “tasteless.” But it doesn’t need to be that way.

Is Your Parents’ Home Safe?


Is your parents’ home safe to live in? It may seem like a simple question, but it’s actually quite complicated. There are many factors that indicate if a home is a good fit for an older adult and many red flags if it won’t be a good option long-term.

Is Mom Eating Right?


Mother’s Day is this weekend, and it’s time to ask a very important question. Is your mom (or dad for that matter) eating right? Are they getting the nutrition their bodies need? Just like you, older adults need essential nutrients like proteins, carbohydrates, healthy fats, vitamins, minerals and, of course, a lot of water. Many studies show that a healthy diet reduces your risk of developing certain kinds of cancer, high blood pressure, stroke, diabetes, osteoporosis and heart disease.

Home Care vs. Assisted Living: Which is the Right Choice?


For many people, getting older presents unique challenges, and facing it often means decreased mobility and independence.

Consider Downsizing for Both Staying In or Moving Out



Have you ever looked around and realized you have too much stuff? It may be time to downsize. Whether you’re staying in your home or considering a move, it may be time to sort through your prized possessions and find out what you truly can’t live without – and what you can.

The New “Old Age” – How Old Are You Really?

Age is just a number...
Age is just a number…

How old are you?  Loaded question, right?  But the bigger question for many people these days:  How  how old do you feel? The definitions of “old” and “elderly” are shifting, and there is almost a backlash against the terms in both social and scientific circles. When National Public Radio ran a story some time ago about a 71-year-old midwife that they described as “elderly,” readers were irate. Among the comments,  “She’s 71 and delivering babies…There’s nothing elderly about her.”

When It’s Time for the Talk…About Alzheimer’s


Like any good son or daughter, chances are you have worked hard to nurture a loving relationship between your parents and your kids. A child’s bond with a grandparent is both powerful and rewarding. So what happens when the loving grandmother or grandfather no longer recognizes those beautiful grandchildren?lva_portraits_ellen1



Knowing that she can rely on The Lisa Vogel Agency to provide in-home care for her mother, Ellen Yerman can continue to focus her energy on being a great daughter.




Alzheimer’s disease affects family life in so many ways, but for children the impact is particularly unsettling. Sadness, confusion, worry, and anger are only some of the emotions children may feel. Those mixed emotions can play out in the form of physical complaints, poor performance in school, and social isolation from friends.

As with any situation, honesty is always the best policy, especially for those difficult but necessary conversations about the toll Alzheimer’s disease takes on loved ones.  In the simplest of terms, educate your kids about the disease and encourage them to ask questions.  Be sure to respond honestly to whatever concerns they may have, and encourage them to express their feelings.  It can be reassuring for kids to know that a person’s behavior is part of an illness and is not directed at them.

Maria Shriver’s own heartbreak watching her father, Sargent Shriver, suffer from Alzheimer’s led her to write a wonderful children’s book that gently addresses the subject for kids.  “What’s Happening To Grandpa?” highlights the challenges faced by families dealing with Alzheimer’s and how to keep communication open between the generations. The book reinforces the importance of awareness and acceptance among family members and friends. The National Institutes of Health offer a variety of resources to make the conversation easier with kids of all ages.

For many kids and teens, activities that strengthen family ties can help lessen the anxiety they feel about Alzheimer’s disease. Try one of the following:

  • Get outdoors. Go for a walk, garden, or rake leaves together.
  • Look at old photographs and share good memories of family members.
  • Create a scrapbook or photo album about your loved ones.
  • Keep a journal together about your family.

Remember, kids are resilient. Allowed time to process the information, they will come to understand its impact and will continue to shower their elderly relatives with lots of love.

Lisa Vogel is the owner of The Lisa Vogel Agency, a home health care agency providing custodial care on a live-in or hourly basis for clients who require long-term care, rehabilitation care, or hospice care. If you have questions about how home health care providers can work with Alzheimer’s patients in your family, call The Lisa Vogel Agency at 410-363-7770.



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Is it Alzheimer’s? Is it Dementia? Is it Normal?


Welcome to our sixth segment in our sponsored series on elder care, written by expert in the field, Lisa Vogel, who owns and operates The Lisa Vogel Agency.  We’re all living longer, how will you — and your parents — make the most of that extra time?lva_environmental_4421

You may not be to the age where you’ve started worrying about losing your memory, but that angst is just around the corner and could be here for your older family members. It may begin with misplacing car keys more frequently, forgetting ingredients in a much loved recipe, or even confusing the phone number of a best friend.  That’s when the questions begin:  Is it Alzheimer’s?  Is it dementia? Is it normal?

Memory loss and brain aging are a natural part of getting older.  It’s a whole range of additional behaviors that may signal the start of more serious disorders such as Alzheimer’s and dementia. Alzheimer’s and dementia are two very different disorders.