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Wednesday, January 18, 2017

A big part of my life is devoted to educating people. My mantra for 2016 was about the need for everyone to appoint an advocate. When you get sick, you can't fend for yourself. HIPAA laws require that you put your choice in writing so...

 

Wednesday, November 30, 2016

Between Thanksgiving and Christmas, most of us have gifts on our minds. In 2014, I wrote about the nature of gifts and how my view of them had evolved in light of my mother’s decline. I was recently quoted in this Gifts of...

 

Friday, September 30, 2016

Caring For Alzheimer's Patients

 

Saturday, March 26, 2016

Imagine waking to a ringing phone in the middle of the night. A nurse from a hospital is calling. She found your number in an older gentleman’s wallet. She believes he may be your father, and he is unable to speak. They need to...

 

Saturday, February 13, 2016

Intellectually, we know everyone dies. But HOW we die, left to chance, can be monumentally painful, expensive and not what we want. Here’s a really good clip talking about how to plan for the best possible end:

 

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Tuesday, September 29, 2015

We are thrilled and proud to announce that our Charter Partner, Jessica Robinson, and her company, The PurePoint International, led a 120 person team to secure the safety of everyone at Arthur Ashe Stadium during the US Open! To read...

 

Saturday, August 8, 2015

By Kimberly Paton Esq., Attorney and GFP Charter Partner The good news is that August 21 is Senior Citizens Day. This gives us a chance to recognize all the contributions seniors make to our lives, families and communities. The bad...

 

Friday, May 8, 2015

We’re proud of Patty’s accomplishments. Read more here.

 

Thursday, April 16, 2015

Mrs. Rosalind LawrenceJanuary 24, 1929 – April 14, 2015 Rosalind Lawrence, 86, of Montclair NJ passed away on Tuesday, April 14th, 2015 after a long battle with dementia. It was her 64th wedding anniversary. The youngest of four...

 

Wednesday, February 25, 2015

By Kimberly Paton, Esq.Used by permission Don’t be fooled: anyone who calls claiming to be from the IRS is lying. If someone contacts you, call us. It’s tax time, and there is a new scam going around that you need to know...

 

Saturday, February 14, 2015

Our culture has changed a lot since I was a little kid. When he was about 6, my brother and his friend once got busy with chalk and wrote the worst four letter word (the “f”un one) all over the front of our Brooklyn row...

 

Saturday, February 7, 2015

People procrastinate. Worse yet, they tend to look the other way when they know all too well that something is about to come down on them. We’ve all heard the metaphor of the frog in a pot of water, right? Drop a frog in boiling...

 

Friday, January 30, 2015

At lunch with a friend who has a child with special needs, I was given a window into a new world. Not having children myself, I could only imagine the challenges my friend faces. Grand Family Planning seeks to address the needs of all...

 

Friday, December 26, 2014

Classic denial: what shark? In the spectrum of family dynamics, there are two kinds of people: those who face problems, and those who try to outrun them. Those who are brave enough to recognize the truth of a situation are often...

 

Saturday, December 6, 2014

Growing up, I was often disappointed by my parents’ lack of attention to my needs. We were not at all wealthy, and my folks had other things on their minds. The baby doll I had to have; the cool watch I really wanted for my...

 

Wednesday, October 22, 2014

As we struggle to manage all the details of our busy lives, many of us compose lengthy “to-do” lists. And of course stuff always happens. So the items on our lists get reshuffled and we do what’s most urgent. Or most...

 

Sunday, October 5, 2014

By Tracey Lawrence, Founder, Grand Family Planning When the topic of Long Term Care Insurance is broached, common knee-jerk reactions include glib allusions to “ending it all” should the need arise. Laughing derisively amid...

 

Tuesday, August 26, 2014

When considering your family’s health and well-being, there are a number of areas where one might immediately focus. Of course, for your children, you think “pediatrician.” We all need doctors we trust. There are a...