Keep Track of Medications with This Worksheet

If an elderly loved one is taking many different medicines as well as over-the-counter medicines, vitamins, or supplements, it can be confusing to keep track of everything! This form can help. Because your loved one's medication regimen may change over time, download and copy the blank form so you will always have a clean copy to use. You'll want to track: Drug or supplement names What the drug is for The date the drug was started The doctor who prescribed it The color and shape of the medicine Dosage and any special instructions Bring this list to every medical appointment and update it any time the regimen changes. Download the form here.

What Not to Say When A Parent Has Dementia

When dementia strikes, you will likely observe many changes with your loved one’s behavior, language, memory, and ability to perform familiar tasks. One of the areas that dementia will impact dramatically is communication. You may notice that your mom or dad struggles to find certain words, doesn’t seem to understand what you say, and can no longer communicate the way they used to be able to. Changes to how a person communicates can be very frustrating and add to the challenges of caregiving. To manage day to day and keep your stress levels down, it will be necessary for you to adjust how you communicate as well. Here are seven phrases to eliminate from your vocabulary, and suggestions for w

Peace of Mind

What does it take to experience real peace of mind about your future as you get older? Attorney Kim Kimbrough explains.

Today is National Healthcare Decisions Day

Have you had "the talk" with loved ones about your end-of-life wishes? Most people haven't. Kimbrough Law is participating in a massive effort to highlight the importance of advance healthcare decision-making—an effort that has culminated in the formal designation of National Healthcare Decisions Day on April 16. National Healthcare Decisions Day is an important day of awareness and education focused on encouraging everyone, including those who are healthy and in the prime of their life, to think about and document care treatment preferences before a crisis. As a result of National Healthcare Decisions Day, fewer families and healthcare providers will have to struggle with making difficult h

Why Join a Caregiver Support Group?

Are you a caregiver to someone with a chronic illness? Do you ever feel alone on your journey? Do you wonder who is there for you? Caregiving can be a difficult, frustrating, and lonely role to be in. Despite the best intentions of friends and families, reaching out to them for support can sometimes leave you feeling like they just don’t care or understand the difficulties that you face every day. One solution is to join a caregiver support group. Many people will be quick to say that a support group is not for them. They don’t like talking in a group, they don’t have time to attend, or there is no point in attending because no one can solve their problems for them. Before you make that deci

Alice Woodard Joins Kimbrough Law

Alice Woodard has joined Kimbrough Law as Elder Care Coordinator, Kimbrough Law founder W.H. “Kim” Kimbrough, Jr. announced today. Alice will be based in the firm’s Gainesville office. “We are delighted to welcome Alice to the team,” said Mr. Kimbrough, whose Athens and Gainesville-based elder law firm provides support to those caring for elderly loved ones. “Her educational background, work experience, and compassionate approach come together to help families respond with confidence to the challenges created by aging, chronic illness, and disability.” Alice holds a Bachelor of Arts degree from Albion College in Michigan. Before joining Kimbrough Law, she, was a Commercial Real Estate Proper

Protect Your Loved Ones from IRS Scams

IRS scams are everywhere. They're so common that the IRS issues a "Dirty Dozen" list of tax scams each year. The list highlights a wide variety of schemes that taxpayers may encounter throughout the year, many of which peak during tax-filing season. If you're caring for an elderly loved one, please remain vigilant about these aggressive and evolving schemes throughout the year. Here are the schemes appearing on the "Dirty Dozen" list that have the most potential to affect the elderly. Phishing Taxpayers should be alert to potential fake emails or websites looking to steal personal information. The IRS will never initiate contact with taxpayers via email about a bill or tax refund. Don’t cli

Advance Directives

April is National Health Care Decision Month and there has never been a better time to document your health care preferences in the event you're unable to make those decisions yourself. It's one of the best gifts you can give to your loved ones. In this video, Elder Care Coordinator Alice Woodard talks about her experience with a family member and an advance directive.

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