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Is Sr. Citizen Bankruptcy a Good "Why Not" Idea?

My mother is 80 years old and has good credit but wonders if she'll ever use it (or even if anyone would allow her a major purchase that would require a loan/credit, considering her age/income/lack of any savings or assets, which seems unlikely from her experience). Her income is (not much) fixed social security and could qualify her for bankruptcy. She could wipe out $200/month of credit card payments with a BK without affecting her house (she co-owns with a sis), and she could keep (not declare) a credit card for emergencies. Are there possible downsides to BK? Or is it a clear-cut case of more income for her senior years? [more inside]
posted by anonymous on Jul 17, 2014 - 10 answers

Looking for NYC-based activities for recently retired grandmother

My grandmother is 89, and only retired in the last year. Since she's retired, she hasn't been doing much, and I'm worried about how she'll do over the next few years if she doesn't stay busy. I'd like to make a list of things she could be doing in NYC, where she lives, to stay active. She has some very specific needs and interests, though, and can be a bit ornery, so I'm hoping you can help me work within her limitations. [more inside]
posted by violetish on Jun 17, 2014 - 14 answers

HEY! Build your rainbow bridge somewhere else, mister.

My little lady is 16 this month. She's been my best pal since I was 21. But we're hitting a rough patch, and I'm not sure what my course of action should be. [more inside]
posted by mykescipark on Jun 14, 2014 - 23 answers

Please help us get my mom into memory care!

Central Indiana - I need elder care help today! Please help us! [more inside]
posted by Thorzdad on May 31, 2014 - 106 answers

Where to find frontend web development job at the lead/architect level?

I've been doing frontend web development for around 15 years and want to find a new position at the lead/architect level. I know a few sites to look at, and plenty of recruiters contact me, but what else can I do? [more inside]
posted by drjimmy11 on Mar 5, 2014 - 10 answers

Aging Parent Filter: how do your folks get food and transportation?

People with aging parents (not newly retired, but also not ready for home care/retirement home): how are your parents getting food and transportation? [more inside]
posted by cranberryskies on Feb 28, 2014 - 21 answers

Suggestions for online (Mac) computing tutorials

Brushing up...and doing things correctly with my new computer...help out an oldster! [more inside]
posted by naplesyellow on Dec 30, 2013 - 6 answers

Elderly mother's finances. Help.

I've written before about my elderly mom's dementia. This is less about her memory problems (and mine dealing with them) and more about a sticky financial situation she's in, thanks to my stepsister. You are not my lawyer, but legal advice would be welcome. Prepare for flurries, inside. [more inside]
posted by caryatid on Dec 6, 2013 - 6 answers

Ideas for helping elders get access to Internet music

Are there any good resources for helping a low-income senior get Internet access? [more inside]
posted by steinsaltz on Oct 7, 2013 - 4 answers

Recovery expectations from angiogram for 70-year-old?

My mom is in great health and decent shape for a 70-year-old and just completed 3 weeks of travel where she showed great endurance. Then she came back and "flunked" a stress-test :( [more inside]
posted by Anwan on Aug 2, 2013 - 11 answers

So my son wants to enlist...

So my bright, handsome hs senior son wants to enlist in the Marines. I am wrestling with a few things. He has always wanted to join the military so this was not unexpected. What is unexpected is 1) he always wanted to join the Army 2) he always wanted to do ROTC. Now he has been online with some military forums and he has decided he really wants to be on the ground doing engineering stuff (he’s thinking electrical engineering). He’s met with the recruiter, we’ve met with the recruiter and all sounds good. But I am having a hard time as a mom getting over the change of plan, enlisted vs officer, also the Marines vs any other military branch. I think of Marines as the branch that takes the biggest brunt of foreign involvement - as in really dangerous. [more inside]
posted by lasamana on Aug 2, 2013 - 48 answers

Technology aids to help grandma get more out of life?

My grandmother is in her mid-90s now. She's still fairly active, but her eyes bother her, and I've seen that take away two of the basic pleasures of her life. One is reading the newspaper. She can only read the headlines now. The other is mahjong. The combination of light and script on the tiles make her uncomfortable. [more inside]
posted by Borborygmus on Jul 26, 2013 - 7 answers

My mom can't stop buying anti-virus software.

Is there such a thing as a credit card that can only be used in person? My mom needs that, because she'll give it to any website that tells her to. [more inside]
posted by justkevin on May 29, 2013 - 24 answers

Geriatric mental health professionals in Balt/Wash area?

Help me find mental health resources for my dad. [more inside]
posted by Captain Chesapeake on Apr 29, 2013 - 3 answers

Riddle me this.

Good puzzle book (or series of books) for bright senior mom with mild confusion/dementia? [more inside]
posted by Currer Belfry on Jan 21, 2013 - 3 answers

Romance with old friend

I've recently been through some major life changes and find myself feeling strong romantic feelings for an old friend, former co-worker. I fear acting on my feelings because I don't want to jeopardize our platonic friendship which, at my age (65) is precious. I worry that even talking about my change in feelings for this woman might ruin our friendship. I'm not certain that she has reciprocal feelings for me, although I think she might. We are very compatible in most regards, intellectually, shared interests and activities, etc. And the friendship just as it is is rare and cherished. Should I 'confess' and risk what we have, or accept it for what it is and look elsewhere for the intimacy I seek? As might be obvioius, I have limited experience in physical (sexual) and emotionally-close relationships.
posted by NorthCoastCafe on Dec 3, 2012 - 10 answers

Good cell phone for a senior citizen?

Best simple cell phone for a senior citizen? [more inside]
posted by middleclasstool on Sep 28, 2012 - 8 answers

What are our choices in caring for an infirm uncle?

What alternatives exist to nursing home care for an almost senior citizen with severe epilepsy? Lots of details follow... [more inside]
posted by yellowcandy on Sep 14, 2012 - 7 answers

My older mother needs a very simple but cool camera

Very Simple Camera For Older Person [more inside]
posted by metasav on Aug 28, 2012 - 7 answers

Wednesday in the park with Mom.

I'd like to take my 85-year-old mom to Delaware Water Gap for a picnic on July 4th. Mom has mobility issues (is unsteady on her feet) so our picnic spot and the route to it needs to be as short and flat as possible and preferably paved. But I'd like to get as scenic a picnic spot as I can. Any recommendations? [more inside]
posted by Currer Belfry on Jun 24, 2012 - 3 answers

What is the best phone for an active, mobile senior?

What is the best phone for an active, mobile senior? My mom is 75 and is on the phone all the time when she is at home. What would be the best cell phone for her so that she can keep in touch with people when she's on the go? [more inside]
posted by any portmanteau in a storm on Mar 10, 2012 - 18 answers

Grandma loves her snaps

Grandma needs a new camera and I'd really like to switch her over to a digital camera. But are there any cameras built for seniors? [more inside]
posted by BlahLaLa on Nov 22, 2011 - 15 answers

Email solution for an older person with (minor) dementia.

My grandma has been socially reliant on email for a decade or so now -- she emails her sister, her children, and her grandchildren. She's pretty deaf, so emails have been an especially good way of keeping in touch, as none of us live near her these days. Unfortunately, she's forgetting things now (she's 93), so what used to be possible for her now seems less so. What to do? [more inside]
posted by feckless on Nov 19, 2011 - 10 answers

What's that number again?

CellPhoneFilter: An aging senior executive has moved beyond his Blackberry. Any suggestions for a smartphone that makes looking at email easy and dialing numbers even easier? Specific makes and models wanted. [more inside]
posted by Funmonkey1 on Nov 2, 2011 - 15 answers

How can we reasonably intervene in our Grandpa's plans to remarry?

How can we reasonably intervene in our Grandpa's plans to remarry? [more inside]
posted by angsolom on Oct 4, 2011 - 48 answers

Please help me place my mother's senior dog

Does anyone have experience with giving up a senior dog for adoption? How does the process work? [more inside]
posted by widdershins on Aug 15, 2011 - 18 answers

Hip Help

Scenario: 77 year old mom had hip replaced last week. She has been doing well. Tonight, on the first night we left her to fend for herself, she decided to take her walker into the kitchen and return to bed with a plate of food. She fell. Landed on the new hip. Called me. Back now. Could use a sounding board.... [more inside]
posted by ecorrocio on Jun 27, 2011 - 7 answers

Getting Grandma to Give up the Keys

My grandmother is getting too old to drive. We know it, but she doesn't. Any ideas of how to deal with this? [more inside]
posted by blapst on May 13, 2011 - 23 answers

He's been so much more relaxed since we started shouting at him

Senior dog going deaf. Care of deaf dog: anything I'm overlooking? [more inside]
posted by galadriel on Apr 16, 2011 - 8 answers

Grumpy old grandparents in Houston, not easily impressed.

Houston, Texas filter. My visiting grandfather wants pictures in which he is posing in front of marvels of engineering: complicated highway overpasses, most importantly, as well as bridges and downtown skyscrapers from afar. What are the best places in town from which to take these photos? Also, accessible tourist activities for senior who get tired quickly and don't speak English. [more inside]
posted by halogen on Dec 18, 2010 - 12 answers

What questions should I ask a lawyer to ensure care of my mother's health issues?

What questions should I ask a lawyer to ensure care of my mother's health issues? [more inside]
posted by anonymous on Dec 1, 2010 - 2 answers

Picture phone for elderly/senior products in Los Angeles

Picture phones for the elderly and places to buy them in Los Angles? [more inside]
posted by sdis on Aug 14, 2010 - 1 answer

How does a US senior citizen deal with insurance and health care while living in Canada?

My 83-year-old mom is thinking of moving to BC to be near me, which I would love. She's a US citizen. (I'm a US citizen, too, but I'm a Permanent Resident of Canada) Does anyone know how my mother would deal with issues such as insurance and health care? I don't think she'll ever be eligible for health care in Canada, so she would have to have something to fall back on if/when she needs health care.
posted by otfence on Jul 29, 2010 - 8 answers

Grandfather's first laptop

I'm looking for recommendations on setting up a new laptop for my 92 year old grandfather. He is essentially a "first timer" to modern computers, having never used a computer with a modern operating system and internet access, so any ideas to make it simpler and safer for him are welcome. [more inside]
posted by XcentricOrbit on Nov 21, 2009 - 19 answers

Assisted living? Retirement home? Help!

Assisted living? Retirement home? Help! [more inside]
posted by Raze2k on Nov 16, 2009 - 13 answers

Humana Medicare Supplemental Insurance--is it any good?

Has anyone here had any experiences with Humana's Medicare Supplemental Health Insurance for seniors? [more inside]
posted by I'm Brian and so's my wife! on Nov 8, 2009 - 5 answers

Buying a Home from Grandma... Legal issues?

We are looking at buying my wife's grandmother's home from her before she goes into a senior living facility. What sort of implications could arise for her if we can all come to an agrement on us purchasing the home? Would the house still be considered an asset of hers if it was sold to us at less than fair-market-value? [more inside]
posted by ganzhimself on Jul 29, 2009 - 8 answers

What do 80-year-olds want for their birthday?

Gift ideas for an 80-year-old who's virtually a stranger? [more inside]
posted by Work to Live on Jun 10, 2009 - 12 answers

A class in L.A. to help my mom stop worrying and learn to love Excel and Word?

Please recommend beginning MS Excel and Word classes (offline) in Los Angeles for a computer-antagonistic but somewhat -knowledgeable almost-senior. [more inside]
posted by tyrantkitty on May 22, 2009 - 3 answers

Exit, stage...center?

What are the next steps for a Theater major going into her Senior year of College? [more inside]
posted by thankyoumuchly on Apr 30, 2009 - 18 answers

Alaskan Cruise Travel Tips?

Heading on an Alaskan cruise with my 2-year old son, my husband and my 64-year old mother who just finished chemo/radiation for lung cancer. Suggestions, tips, thoughts on making sure everyone enjoys the time? [more inside]
posted by cyniczny on Apr 29, 2009 - 8 answers

Yet another question about parents, finances, and roommates after college.

CollegeTransitionFilter: Help a sad little CS student deal with figuring out where to live, what he can expect in this economy, and how to deal with an unexpected surprise for his besieged parents. [more inside]
posted by anonymous on Mar 11, 2009 - 14 answers

How do I not get taken advantage of ?

What is the best approach for me to take and continue helping my senior neighbor out without being taken advantage of by her and/or her children? [more inside]
posted by Taurid on Mar 6, 2009 - 12 answers

Why season matte enamel?

Why does my Ikea SENIOR casserole, which has a "matte enamel interior", come with instructions for seasoning? [more inside]
posted by Kemayo on Jan 24, 2009 - 6 answers

yes, I'm in denial

What would my mother be using KY Jelly for other than the obvious? [more inside]
posted by randomstriker on Oct 26, 2008 - 37 answers

How to succeed in AP English Literature?

Help a high school senior make the most out of AP English Literature. [more inside]
posted by zenja72 on Aug 27, 2008 - 21 answers

First Day Advice

First day of work at new job, tips please... [more inside]
posted by trashcan on Aug 24, 2007 - 17 answers

Cellular Panic Buttons?

Does anyone know if there is a medical alarm service (like LifeFone or MedicAlert) that works on a cellular network instead of old copper wire land-lines? [more inside]
posted by lucidreamstate on Jun 3, 2007 - 4 answers

What do you do for drug-induced depression? Well, it's more complicated than that...

My mom-in-law is suffering from 1) a new life in a nursing home 2) diabetes 3) Myasthenia gravis 4) the prednisone that is controlling the Myasthenia 5) her other son who rarely visits and pretty much cuts her out of his life. What can I do to help? [more inside]
posted by Sallysings on Mar 21, 2007 - 9 answers

Help me get a clue on my future options.

I'm about to graduate and have no clue about the options for my future, and no one to talk to about it. Help me get a clue. [more inside]
posted by Ash3000 on Jan 3, 2007 - 13 answers

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