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Doctor Marion Somers is on a mission. After 30 years of professional caregiving experience, she dedicated herself to informing and motivating people who are affected by eldercare. A firm believer in the power of a good laugh, she taps into the strength and wisdom of the elderly to inspire caregivers everywhere.

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Q: Dear Doctor Marion, My mother is taking about 23 different medications. She is having bad reactions to some of these medications. Is there any type of doctor that helps with "medication management"? – Barbara, Oxnard, CA

A: Believe it or not, what you’re going through with your mother is very common. I’m not a medical doctor, and my experience has been that when there are issues surrounding medication, it’s vital for you to consult with a medical doctor who is also a gerontologist. Gerontologists have a better...Read more

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Nutrition for the Picky Eater

Picky eaters have been around forever, and they come in all ages, from one to 101. But even picky eaters have favorite foods. Find out what your loved one likes, and as long as it's nutritious, feed him more of it.

Every family has at least one well-used cookbook. Find an old family favorite and cook it. This may be extra work, but it is well worth the joy it brings to your elder's senses and emotions. Food often brings back positive childhood memories associated with that meal. This allows you to feed the body and soul all at... Read More

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Hire help for the most common tasks such as cleaning the home, handyman work, and taking care of trash disposal. You can hire help on a daily, weekly, or monthly basis, all depending on your needs, financial ability, and your elder’s wishes. Search out community and government services as well as family aides and religious organizations.

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