Senior Care

Senior Care: Identifying Symptoms of Mental Disorders

When it comes to dealing with emotional health, seniors are at a disadvantage. Over 20% of adults age 60+ suffer from mental or neurological disorders, the most common of which are dementia and depression.  
While some seniors may have been dealing with mental health issues for years, many will not develop these problems until later in life. Because the stigma surrounding mental illness makes people reluctant to seek help, the issues may go unidentified. This is dangerous, not only because of the risk of suicide but because mental and physical health are inextricably linked. Older adults with longstanding physical health conditions are more likely to become depressed, and untreated depression can negatively affect the outcome of a physical disease.

Unbeknownst to Many, Curmudgeons Day is January 29th!

Start every day off with a smile and get it over with.” - W.C. Fields

Curmudgeon’s Day commemorates the birth of renowned curmudgeon W.C. Fields, who built his career on the hardships of his (mostly fictional) past, presented through comedic grumpiness and acerbic wit.

If at first you don’t succeed, try, try again. Then quit. There’s no point in being a damn fool about it.” - W.C. Fields

The word curmudgeon itself does not always have the most positive associations, due largely to a demeanor sometimes identified as “ill-tempered.” Definitions often Include words like bad-tempered, difficult, and cantankerous.

In our work with an aging population, we have met our share of curmudgeons and discovered the caring and fun-loving person underneath. Curmudgeons are often stubborn, independent thinkers, who aren’t afraid to ruffle a few feathers in order to live life by their own terms. They may not have much regard for authority, but they do enforce their own rules and standards.  This can make them difficult, but passionate; often passionately difficult.

Caring for Seniors: Don’t Go It Alone

Caring for Seniors: Don’t Go It Alone By Eddy & Schein

Sometimes seniors or their families do not know enough about senior issues. This was the case for Lillian and her neighbor.

Lillian’s neighbor contacted us because she was very worried about Lillian’s situation in a nursing home. Lillian was confused and in deteriorating physical health and developing bad bedsores. The food and care was inadequate. Nursing home staff had impatiently pushed her toward her bed, she fell and broke her leg. The nursing home staff was also abusing Lillian financially - applying for Medicaid and petitioning for guardianship to gain control of her income and assets, as well as declaring themselves representative payees and redirecting her Social Security to themselves.

Eddy & Schein Expands to California!

Eddy & Schein is Expanding to California! By Rebecca Eddy and Gideon ScheinOur clientele is growing, and so are we! We are pleased to announce the addition of a Los Angeles office and the hiring of three new client managers:

  • JuliAnne DeChaine is Regional Director of our Los Angeles office.

  • Diane Lansing and Anastasia Saterson were hired in response to increasing demand for our services in New York.

JuliAnne, Diane and Anastasia bring with them a wealth of experience and expertise in all of the services we offer — organizing and managing personal, financial, legal and health insurance matters.

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