Taking Over Your Parent’s Checkbook: One Fortunate Solution

I posted a story several weeks ago which examined the question of when is it time to take over the finances of a parent? (For the previous story click here.) My 88-year-old mother Ginny had been exhibiting behavior from putting the wrong checks into the wrong utility envelopes, pulling out checkbook pages and writing out … More Taking Over Your Parent’s Checkbook: One Fortunate Solution

Is It Time Now? A Story About Decision-Making for an Aging Parent

Today started with a surprise phone call from Betsy. Betsy is my sister-in-law who has taken on the part-time job of driving my mom to appointments, the library, the grocery store etc. every week. She lives 15 minutes from my 88-year-old mother Ginny and my mother adores her. She’s been our godsend for about two … More Is It Time Now? A Story About Decision-Making for an Aging Parent

Sudden Insights: Finding Mother-Daughter Answers

I was online one morning, when I came across an interesting article titled “Handling Controlling Elderly Parents.” “Ha!” I thought half-jokingly. “Here’s my breakthrough guide to fix all of my control issues with my 89-year-old mother Ginny.” Very quickly, however, I wasn’t laughing. I was thinking. Hard. With some parents, an overly critical, authoritarian parenting … More Sudden Insights: Finding Mother-Daughter Answers

How Do You Control the Spending Habits of an Aging Parent?

This story begins three years ago, when my then 86-year-old mother Ginny called, quite excited. “Have you seen anything on the news?” “About what exactly mom?” I respond. “Well, I think I’m a finalist and will win a lot of money!” she shared. “What are you talking about? What money?” I ask, my heart beating … More How Do You Control the Spending Habits of an Aging Parent?