Carolyn Rosenblatt has 40 years of combined experience in nursing and law. She is the author of "The Boomer's Guide to Aging Parents,” which offers practical solutions to legal and health care issues that adult children of aging parents face. She writes about healthy aging, family conflict and mediation of disputes related to aging.

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Take the time to have an honest conversation with adult children about appointing a power of attorney before you lose your ability to make decisions.

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Possibly, depending on your situation. It is perfectly legal for your mother to pay you for getting care she would otherwise have to pay someone else to provide if you didn’t.

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The duties of a guardian, are to oversee the welfare and safety of the person under guardianship, and to attend to the financial needs of the individual, using his or her assets wisely.

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A Do Not Resuscitate (DNR) order is normally a result of a person's healthcare directive, which says that he or she does not want measures to be taken to keep the person alive.

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Elders who have become increasingly dangerous on the road are often in denial about their inability to safely drive a car. Use these 7 tips for discussing unsafe driving with an aging parent.

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Two common scenarios are when a caregiver no longer wishes to be POA and when a family member wants to challenge the legality of a POA’s actions. Changes are dependent on the principal’s competency, how the document is written and the desired outcome.

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Eliminate the issue of potential disagreements about your future care by naming a single individual in the health care directive.

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Identity thieves love to target the elderly because they think they are vulnerable. Protect your elderly parents by teaching them identity theft warning signs.

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Elder abuse can be difficult to detect and investigate, so family members must be attentive to their aging loved ones’ financial health. If you believe a senior is being exploited, act quickly and use the proper channels to file an official report.

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When both elderly parents have dementia it's a very difficult situation. Seek your doctor's advice to find out about new medication that might control their agitation and verbally abusive behavior.

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Getting a durable power of attorney (DPOA or POA) online can be completed for very little cost. However, the importance of this legal document may warrant hiring an elder law attorney.

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A person with Alzheimer's disease is legally responsible for paying their credit card debt or other debt unless you can prove that they were not competent at the time they spent the money.

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After decades of respecting Mom and Dad, it isn’t easy to wrap your head around the idea of parenting your parent. Use these coping strategies to get you through trying times as you and your loved one accept your new roles.

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