Long term care

Mom and Dad, we need to talk.

Serious illness and loss struck throughout our client base in 2014.  Indeed, we acquired a lifetime of experience in 2014 dealing with serious illnesses among family members. This week we share some of the wisdom acquired. Mom & Dad, we need to talk.  A family discussion on end of life care cannot wait until the

This Week with J. Mark Nickell & Co.- March 6, 2014

My Dad passed away last week from complications of Alzheimer’s disease.  I first wrote of our family’s journey with Alzheimer’s in the August 14 blog [click here] and then again last week [click here].  In this final chapter, I share a few more lessons we have learned in our journey that can be applied universally.

This Week with J. Mark Nickell & Co. – February 26, 2014

My Dad—a retired pastor—has Alzheimer’s disease.  I first wrote about our family’s journey with Alzheimer’s disease in the August 14 blog [click here].  Now, further along the road less traveled, a few lessons have been learned that are worth sharing. 1. Believing the disease is easily managed is wishful thinking.  “Beyond natural reactions to the

This Week with J. Mark Nickell & Co. – August 14, 2013

My Dad—a retired pastor—has Alzheimer’s disease. Last week our family checked him into a long-term care facility. With the disease’s progression, caring for him was wearing out the primary caregiver, my Mother. Anyone who has faced this crossroads knows the anguish. However, the anguish is somewhat more bearable when the family has planned ahead. I am glad my parents have a long-term care insurance policy to help defray the considerable cost of my Dad’s care.