Answers on Aging

Episode 2 When is it time to step-in? (Part 1 of 2)

By Todd Whatley and Sara Scott


By the end of this episode, you will be prepared to know WHEN and HOW to effectively and efficiently navigate through the weeds of “parenting the parent”.

To prevent crisis-mode planning, avoid tragic accidents/episodes
For parents: Becoming aware of your circumstances and what to try and improveFor caregivers/adult children: Learning what’s important to give special attention to, and what “slight” changes may lead to if not addressed quickly. 

Consider these changes in:*Physical Health (weight, dexterity, appearance, grooming)
*Sleep patterns*Mood/Emotions
*Cognition (missing appts, mis-managing meds, confusion)

Questions answered in this episode include (but are NOT limited to):

(For the Caregivers or Adult Children) What should I look for when deciding if it is time to step-in and help my aging parent?

(For the Aging Individual) When do I allow someone to help me, or when do I know it is time to ask for help?


“Aging Parents: Signs it’s time to step-in-and the best ways to help” By: Lauren Levy, 12/30/2020

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Todd Whatley and Sara Scott

Todd Whatley is a Certified Elder Law Attorney with 20+ years of experience and is past President of the National Elder Law Foundations the governing organization over all Certified Elder Law Attorneys nationally. He has worked with thousands of families helping them plan for the future and get the care they need without losing everything they have to pay for care. Sara Scott is a licensed Nursing Home Administrator, former Director of Social Services and Executive Director of a non-profit Adult Day Program. She also works with families and individuals as an Advocate for Geriatric Care and is a Nursing Home Expert Consultant for law firms throughout the US. Sara has over 10 years of experience working in the Long Term Care field with tons of families and aging individuals.

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