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Here are the facts about how hospice and palliative care can give your family help and hope when they need it most.

Hospice and palliative care services focus on meeting the physical, emotional and spiritual needs of a person with advanced illness, and also provide support for the patient's loved ones. Care can be provided wherever the patient resides, including the person's home, residential or skilled nursing facility, or assisted living environment.
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Young people need to understand dementia and share their feelings about it. These tips will help the entire family.

Alzheimer's disease can have a big impact on every member of the family, including children. Each child reacts differently to someone who has Alzheimer's. The young people in your life might have questions about what is happening. It's important for you to take the time to answer these questions openly and honestly.

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As mother of the bride or groom, you can stay true to wedding attire tradition, while making a statement all your own.

There's something magical about a wedding -- especially if the bride or groom is a child of yours. It is powerful to experience these two people sharing their love and commitment with you and others who are beloved to them, and observing celebration with basic elements of tradition. The wedding day is an extension of the bride and groom, and the styling (decor and attire) of the event plays a primary role in the couples' self-expression.

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Rent the room or keep the light on?

Q: I'm a mom of three boys and my youngest son graduated from college last year. I'd finally gotten the "empty-nest" syndrome out of my system when my son moved back in after having his first career crisis in the real world. Can you give me some tips for coping?
-- Sammi W., Dana Point, California

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ADVISOR ANSWERS

Q: What is pre-diabetes? How is it different from Type 2 diabetes?
-- Malcolm M. in Boston, Massachusetts

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Plan now for an Advanced Health Care Directive and Power of Attorney, before you and loved ones need to use it.

Several times a month, a call comes into Elder Law and Advocacy's office in San Diego that goes something like this: "Hello, my wife (husband, or parent) has advanced Alzheimer's disease and her doctor told me I need to get power of attorney. Can you help me?"

Misconceptions about creating and using a power of attorney for health care or finances creates problems for many families. Here's what you need to know.

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Long-distance, long-term care

Q: How can I be an effective caregiver from far away? I don't feel comfortable just jumping in.
-- Ed W., San Diego, California

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Don't put off preserving your own family's unique history for generations to come.

My nephew, Connor was working on a project for school and needed to interview my dad about his time in the Army during World War II. As it turns out, my father had a lot to say (but only with much prodding) because he was a young private, 18 years old in 1943, who was shipped off to fight in Italy, wounded in both legs by sniper fire, and back to the United States before he turned 19. And that was only one of his many interesting lives!

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Can't help beeping? Don't let a hip replacement ruin your trip.

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Air travel security can impact some travelers much more than others -- especially certain seniors. But there are things you can do to help a senior traveler be prepared, and things you can do to help the security process. Problems can arise if the traveler can't handle a long airport walk, or the traveler's stuff isn't organized with security in mind, or if the traveler's body contains some metal that will beep.

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Older people are too often the target of financial scams and money-focused manipulation.

We've seen this all too often: Joey wanted to cash a large check from his grandmother's account. A bank employee called his grandmother, Joyce, who said her husband had recently died and that her grandson was helping out. Further review of Joyce's account revealed expenses for electronics, auto accessories, and adult entertainment. Joey was not using the money for his grandmother's benefit.

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