Entries by Derrick Y. McDaniel


According to the the National Alliance for Caregiving and AARP (2012), 65.7 million caregivers make up 29 percent of the US adult population and provide care to someone who is ill, disabled, or aged. Eighty percent of the care provided to the elderly in the United States is still provided exclusively by family members (2011 […]


The importance of remembering to, and prioritizing caring for yourself – especially when caring for others – cannot be overstated. You must make your own well-being a high priority. Even though caring for yourself may seem like one more thing on an already overcrowded to-do list, it may become the single most important thing on that […]

How Adult Daycare Saved My Family

  Dear Mr. Eldercare101: Thank you for the work you do. You helped save my family. About 5 years ago my grandmother, who is 80, starting showing signs that something was wrong. My parents took her to a few doctors and seemed more depressed every time they came home. One day at dinner dad told […]

7 Ways To Tell If Mom Or Dad Is Starting To Need Help

Today everyone is “over-scheduled”. This is especially true when you have young kids, older parents or both-which is the situation for almost 50% of caregivers to the elderly. Between work, kids, social/civic obligations etc. most people struggle to keep track of what day it is and where they need to be for their next appointment. […]

Having the “Care is Needed” Conversation

By DERRICK MCDANIEL July 1, 2013 at 6:23 PM One of the most difficult and anxiety provoking aspects of caring for an elderly loved one is the initial conversation about whether they need care.  These conversations are so difficult because emotions and passions are involved as well as traditional familial roles and history.  Normally, the […]

Derrick Y. McDaniel

DERRICK Y. McDANIEL (“Mr. Eldercare 101”) 4 South Orange Ave. Office: 973-532-2713 x 706 South Orange, NJ 07079 e-mail: derrick@MrEldercare101.com Derrick McDaniel works with caregivers to help them provide the best care possible to their loved ones while simultaneously caring for themselves, their finances, and their careers. He is a recognized expert in the field […]

Who Cares?

Some people will become caregivers gradually which can begin by running errands or accompanying a parent to doctor’s appointments. Most will become caregivers as a result of a crisis situation (heart attack, stroke, severe fall, etc.). The better informed you are, the better you will care for your loved one and yourself. Being a caregiver […]