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How to Help Parents with Common Aging Fears

 

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How to Cope when Alzheimer’s Changes Your Loved One’s Personality

 

A diagnosis of Alzheimer’s disease ⁠— the magnitude can be overwhelming for the entire family. While you know the disease will affect your loved one’s memory, you may not be aware of how significantly it can impact their personality. We’ll help you learn what to expect and how to cope with changes as the disease progresses.

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6 Ways to Ease Your Parent’s Transition to Senior Living

 

Leaving home is always emotional. Think back to when you first left home to go to college, to get married or to get your first place. You were nervous but looking forward to your first taste of independence right? It can be quite the opposite for mom or dad as they leave home for senior living. They’re nervous too, but one of the biggest fears for seniors is losing independence. Rest assured you can help! Give them confidence and peace of mind with these tips to ease the transition to senior living.

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The Dotted Line: Documents You’ll Need to Move to Senior Living

 

The journey to find the right senior living community has been long, but you’re almost at the finish line. You’ve done your research, you’ve toured, you’ve gotten feedback and you’ve even started the downsizing process. Now all that’s left is signing the paperwork at your community of choice. And there will be a lot of it. Make sure you’re prepared with this list of documents you’ll need to move to senior living.

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3 Biggest Factors Affecting Senior Living Costs

 

One of the biggest concerns for families when they begin to consider senior living is cost. In fact according to Advisory Board’s 2017 report on Consumer Preferences in Post-Acute and Senior Care, when comparing communities the yearly cost is the number one factor affecting choice. While it’s true, senior living doesn’t come cheap; neither does aging in place at home. So before you let the sticker shock deter you from the tremendous benefits, let’s look closer at the biggest factors affecting senior living costs and the value behind those numbers.

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Great Expectations: What To Look For In A Senior Living Community

 

There’s a saying that life is not about the destination, it’s the journey. In senior living, it’s about both. To end up in the best destination — a community that fits your wants and needs, you need careful planning along the journey. In making the decision that it’s time for senior living, you’ve taken an important first step. Next stop, setting your expectations as you begin your search. Here’s what to look for in a senior living community.

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5 Dangers Seniors Face When Living Alone

 

According to the Administration on Aging, approximately 29 percent, or 11.3 million seniors lived alone in 2010. While at the same time, an estimated 12 percent of seniors 65 and older — more than 5 million — also needed assistance to perform daily activities. It’s clear that most seniors want to stay at home as they age. The question may be, should they? Every situation is unique, however if you or your senior loved one is living alone make sure you’re aware of these dangers before you answer.

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7 Signs It’s Time to Look at Assisted Living

 

“How do we know when it’s time?” That’s one of our most asked questions from families who are considering assisted living facilities. It’s also one of the most difficult to answer. Often, you have a gut feeling that it’s time or are having trouble managing your loved one’s care at home. On the other hand, you may be waiting for the “this is it” moment that provides complete clarity on what your next step should be. The reality is that there is rarely that one moment and a decision this complex and emotional is one your family ultimately has to make itself. That doesn’t mean that there aren’t subtle cues that extra support is needed. Here are common signs it’s time to look at assisted living.

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3 Signs It’s Time to Look at Memory Care

 
Memory loss is often seen as a normal part of aging and that’s true to a certain extent. Who hasn’t lost their keys or forgotten an appointment once in a while, at any age? That’s why normal age-related memory loss shouldn’t prevent anyone from enjoying a full life. However, if memory loss has started to affect your loved one’s ability to live independently, to maintain a social life or to care for themselves, it may be time to look closer at the cause, and the three signs it’s time to consider a memory care facility.

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What The Best Senior Living Communities Offer Older Adults

 

If you are a senior, or the adult child of one, you may be thinking it is time to downsize. Many older adults find themselves living in just a few rooms of a large home they have lived in for decades. It’s usually expensive and time-consuming to maintain.

As you start to explore the options for this next chapter in life, you might wonder about the benefits of moving to a senior living community. Many families have only a vague understanding of what senior living communities are and what they have to offer.

From well-balanced meals to a rich variety of events and activities, let’s take a look at what the best senior living communities do to help residents age with success.

 

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How to Research Senior Living Options for a Family Elder

 

Researching senior living communities for a family member can be overwhelming. If you haven’t been through the process before, everything from the terminology to the pricing structure may be tough to decipher. When you are trying to make a good decision on a loved one’s behalf, it can leave you feeling stressed and uncertain.

Fortunately, there are concrete actions you can take to be more confident about your decision.

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How to Avoid Becoming Isolated As You Grow Older

 

Isolation can take a physical and emotional toll on an older adult’s health. So much so, in fact, that medical professionals classify isolation as a health risk for seniors. Depression is a common occurrence among older adults who live alone. Isolated seniors are more likely to develop high blood pressure, diabetes, cognitive decline, and even a shorter life than peers who are actively engaged with their families and communities. If you are a senior living alone, we have a few tips to help you stay connected as you grow older. From the social benefits of senior living communities to volunteering for a charitable organization, here’s what you can do to prevent senior isolation.

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7 Signs It Might Be Time to Consider a Senior Living Community

 

Where you live after retirement can greatly impact your health and happiness. Experts say this is the result of a variety of factors ranging from opportunities for socializing to consuming a healthy diet. If you are a senior wondering if it’s time to move to an independent living or assisted living community, we have a quick checklist that might help you arrive at an answer.

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Home vs. Senior Living Community: A Cost Comparison

There are many factors to consider when sorting through care and housing options for older adults. Lifestyle preferences, socialization, transportation, physical limitations, daily routines—to name a few—can all impact the best choice for your loved one. And though cost is always part of the decision, comparing the various ancillary costs of “aging in place” (or remaining at home) with the inclusive pricing of community living is a complicated process. So, let's break it down... 

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In-Home Care and Safety Modification Tips

Aging in place is a phrase popular in the senior care industry, but it’s one seniors and their families don’t necessarily understand. In the simplest of terms, it refers to a senior remaining in their own home as they grow old. While it’s a solution many people say they prefer, most are unaware of just all that it entails.

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How Nutritional Needs Change After 60

Well-balanced meals contribute to a healthier life at any age. That’s no secret. What isn’t as well known, however, is just how much nutritional needs change after the age of 60. As metabolism slows, older adults require fewer calories each day. Because the body begins to process nutrients differently, the need for more vitamins and minerals might change, too.

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The Health Impact of Isolation on Older Adults


There is growing concern among aging experts about the negative health impact of isolation and loneliness on older adults. Though technically speaking isolation and loneliness are separate conditions, obvious connections exist between the two.

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Supporting an Aging Parent: How to Know When It's Time to Get Help

Caring for an aging parent on your own can be both rewarding and all-consuming. Making medical decisions, managing financial matters, and tending to daily care often become increasingly stressful and exhausting as time goes on.

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Rediscovering Purpose: How Senior Living Makes Life Better

For many older Americans, a senior housing community is more than just a place to live: It’s a place to be alive. For older adults living on their own, a time often comes when they feel they are simply “treading water.” Life may have occasional social engagements, a certain daily rhythm, but it can often lack direction. This is when individuals often seek or wish for a different mode of living that gives life a greater sense of meaning again.

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Step by Step: Tips for Fall Prevention at Home

 

According to the CDC, one in four Americans aged 65 and older falls each year. In fact, every 11 seconds an older adult is treated in the emergency room for a fall, making it the leading cause of fatal and non-fatal trauma-related hospital admissions among this group. What’s even more alarming? Falling once doubles your chances of falling again. But just because falls are common among older adults doesn’t mean it has to happen to you, particularly if you follow these tips for fall prevention at home.

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Funding Your Future: Cost of Senior Living versus Aging at Home

It’s no surprise that the majority of people over age 65 prefer to live at home. One of the key reasons is the perception that staying home is less expensive. With worries of outliving savings, many believe senior living communities are financially out of reach. What may surprise you, however, is that’s often not the case. Let’s take a look at the cost of senior living versus aging at home.

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Senior Downsizing Dos: Tips for a Quick Home Sale

Making the decision to downsize is a big step. Whether the move is for health reasons, financial reasons, for less hassle, to be closer to family or simply to enjoy a new adventure; you’re ready for all the future holds. But can you say the same for your home? Be sure of it with these senior downsizing dos.

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The Recipe: Tips for Seniors Cooking for One or Two

It goes without saying, nutrition is important to everyone’s health. But for seniors, it’s especially crucial, and often more complicated. As we age, your body needs more of certain nutrients, metabolism slows and requires fewer calories, palate and digestion may change, medications may affect taste, chronic conditions can affect appetite and may require dietary restrictions. Perhaps is why many seniors show signs of malnutrition. In fact, senior malnutrition costs the United States $51.3 billion a year according to the Alliance on Aging Research.

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Four Home Safety Tips for Seniors

According to AARP, nearly 90 percent of seniors want to stay in their own home as they age. However, issues with limited mobility, vision, hearing, balance and even cognitive impairments can raise safety concerns in the home environment. To help keep yourself or your loved one safe consider these home safety tips for seniors.

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Technology to Help Older Adults Stay Engaged & Independent

As the number of older adults in this country continues to soar, so too do the technology products designed to support their independence. From pill containers that send you a text alert at dosage time to progressive transportation solutions, we’ll talk about a few you might want to explore.

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Leaving a Legacy: Capturing Family History for Future Generations

As we grow older, most adults begin to reflect on what their lives have stood for and what history and legacy they will leave behind. For all of us, there is an innate desire to feel as if we have made a difference in the world. For older adults, feeling confident that younger generations are aware of their heritage is also important.

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The Pros and Cons of Moving to Senior Living vs Aging at Home

When older adults first begin to plan for retirement, one question that almost always comes up is where to live. Aging in place at home is one potential solution. Moving to senior living is another.

There are definite pros and cons to consider with each. It’s important to take time to consider both.

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Study: An Active Senior Lifestyle Adds 5 Years to Your Life

For the most part, when it comes to health basics, we know what is bad for us, and we know the implications. But do we know what’s good for us?

Most of us have seen the Surgeon General’s warning on the side of a pack of cigarettes. Older adults have been around long enough to know that smoking, heavy drinking, and overindulging in the wrong foods take a toll on one’s health.

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6 Tips for Caring for a Senior (Who Is Also Your Parent)

It’s a fact of life that those who once cared for us will likely someday need to be taken care of themselves. More than 65 million people provide care for a family member, often an aging parent. Caregivers spend an average of 20 hours a week at the effort, according to the same report by Caregiver Action Network.

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Senior Living and Loving in Victoria, Texas

It’s never too late to begin a new chapter of life. If you’re weighing the benefits of Victoria senior living communities for yourself or a parent, know that the move to senior living isn’t the end of a story. It’s the beginning of something new. Many older adults find new purpose and meaning in their golden years. Consider the recent viral story of a retired teacher who makes cards for soldiers at her Idaho retirement community. Or the many seniors who find love for the first—or second or third—time at a senior living facility.

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Thank You for Being a Friend: The Real Benefit of Senior Living Communities

In elementary school, making a new friend was as simple as sharing a snack at lunch or a ball on the playground. By high school, the politics of friendship—, requiring shared interests, the right attitude, and probably the right clothes—become decidedly more challenging. Even though it might be tough to fit in during adolescence, at least you’re surrounded by potential friends. In adulthood, making new friends may feel downright impossible. Fortunately, senior living communities can help.

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Senior vs. Older Adult: Decoding the Terminology of Senior Living

When it comes to aging, language matters. The words we use to describe and label older members of society reflect our vision of their capabilities as well as their contributions. The descriptors with which we identify our parents and grandparents says a lot not only about them, but about us too.

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Senior Living Game Plan: How to Avoid Choosing in a Crisis

Americans can out-plan just about anyone when we set our minds to it. In fact, NASA plans to land an astronaut on Mars in about 15 years, and preparations are already well under way. Food, fuel, and mental stimulation: Everything is being planned in meticulous detail for the 140-million-mile journey through space.

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11 Questions to Ask When Looking at Senior Living Communities

The decision to move to a senior living community is like choosing a college. But unlike college, you might live at a senior living community for a decade. This chapter should be one of promise and hope for a vibrant future. Finding the right community for your needs can imbue you with a new sense of hope and a plan for the next stage of your life. You have many good choices, but the key lies in choosing the right community for you.

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Assisted Living vs. Nursing Home: What’s The Difference

Not so long ago, there were only two types of “homes”: the family home and the nursing home. Typically, older adults transitioned from the former to the latter when their care needs exceeded the family members' ability to meet them, or when memory issues created unsafe conditions for remaining at home. At that time, people didn't have any other choices.

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12 Warning Signs of Dementia to Watch for

There is no denying that the prospect of your loved one developing dementia is overwhelming. Dementia removes a person’s memories and even has the potential of changing personality and habits in unexpected ways.

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Alzheimer's Assisted Living Options: What's Best for Your Loved One

A diagnosis of Alzheimer’s can be scary and overwhelming for families. And if you have a parent or loved one who has Alzheimer’s, the reality is that you and other family members and friends will be making decisions related to the necessary care your loved one’s needs...

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Yoga for Seniors: Mindful Chair Yoga Poses and Coherent Breathing

These are short chair yoga poses and exercises that can be easily completed at home or in a group setting. They combine breathing awareness with yoga exercises that can be done while sitting in a chair or lying down. If possible, you should wear loose clothing, shirt untucked, but any type of clothing is fine. If you experience any pain, simply skip that exercise. All yoga exercises are gentle, never pushing the body. The goal is to feel relaxed and peaceful.

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How to Find Elder Care Options That Don't Feel "Elderly"

Perhaps your parent is starting to struggle with their normal daily tasks and they are beginning to need outside support more often. You have been able to provide love and care as much as you can, but it is now getting to the point in which it’s challenging to keep up on your own.

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Senior Nutrition Tips: How to Make Healthy Eating Easy as Pie

With so many conflicting senior nutrition tips out there, it’s easy to become overwhelmed. One source tells you bread is forbidden, and then your doctor tells you to eat more whole grains. Eggs have been good, bad, and somewhere in between. And then there are all the restrictive diets—no carbs, no gluten, no animal products.

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Senior Resources for Staying Active, Healthy, and Happy

Parents await patiently for a baby’s first step and teenage boys brim with excitement and pride at the first signs of facial hair. In fact, there are many physical changes that we experience throughout our life. As we age, however, the changes are not always as welcome.

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Everything You Need to Know About Moving into Senior Living

No matter who you are, moving into any type of new home is understandably daunting and emotional, not to mention a type of living you’ve never tried before. Adjusting from the full independence of a private home to an assisted living community may make this shift even more stressful for most people making this transition. Knowing what kind of place your family is looking for, what to bring, what will be provided, and the ways you can support your loved one in this move will make all the difference.

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The "Senior Homes" Conversation: Why All the Guilt?

Moving your parent into a senior home or community is not an easy thing to do. However, there is a reason why you are considering it, and it’s important to remember that you are not a bad person for doing so.

Being a caregiver requires a lot of time and attention that you simply may not be capable of if it’s not your full-time job. There are facilities geared specifically toward making this transition in your parent’s life an easy and more enjoyable one.

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Independent Living Community vs. Staying at Home: What to Consider

What does an active retirement mean to you? To 75-year-old Jerry Quill, it means playing ice hockey. For 62-year-old Chuck Melin, the senior years are a fine time for steer-wrestling. A generation ago, the dominant image of seniors was a kindly, old grandmother knitting in her rocker as Grandpa watched TV or took a snooze. This isn’t your grandparents’ retirement. The independent living community of today recognizes that seniors are doing more, growing more, and living longer than ever before.

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Advice for Finding Purpose During Retirement

It’s easier to find purpose in life when you are raising a family and pursuing a career. But what happens after your kids are grown and gone and you leave your career behind to retire? Is purpose still important? And how do you go about finding it?

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Blue Zones, Senior Friendships, and the Importance of the Tribe

Friends can make life more meaningful at any age. Having a close circle of friends impacts your well-being in ways you might not be aware of—especially as you grow older. From influencing health choices to lending a sympathetic ear during difficult times, senior friendships play a role in determining how long and how well we live.

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How to Avoid Sibling Feuds While Caregiving

Working with your siblings to care for an aging parent can be rewarding, challenging, and every emotion in between. For some families, this is a time to reminisce and reconnect. It gives everyone an opportunity to remember the old days in a positive way. Unfortunately, caregiving doesn’t go so smoothly for every family. Sibling feuds are a fairly frequent occurrence when a senior loved one needs more assistance.

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Fall Prevention Tips Family Caregivers Need to Know

The statistics on falls among seniors are startling: one in three older adults experiences a fall every year. Falls are the leading cause of injuries, both fatal and non-fatal, among seniors. Once an older adult experiences a fall, they are two to three times more likely to fall again. For the senior and their loved ones, the dangers associated with falling are downright frightening.

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Is Senior Care Tax Deductible?

A question we hear repeatedly from families during tax season is whether or not senior care expenses qualify for a tax deduction. Sometimes the senior pays the entire cost of care on their own, and other times adult children pitch in to help. While we aren’t tax advisors, we did want to take time to share a few resources that might help you find the answers you need.

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Tech Innovations to Promote Senior Safety

Family caregivers face many challenges each day ranging from how to organize and track a senior’s health information to how to prevent their older loved one from experiencing a debilitating fall. The good news is that technology to support seniors and caregivers offers a variety of reliable and meaningful solutions.

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Hara Hachi Bu: How Blue Zones Use this Practice to Age Well

Have you heard of the Blue Zones? These are places in the world where people live to the age of 100 at ten times the rate of the average population. They live longer and healthier lives.

What secrets do they know that helps them age well?

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What to Look for When You Tour an Assisted Living Community

There are many factors to consider when determining which senior living community is the best fit for a loved one. That means the process can take a little more time than many seniors and their families anticipate.

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What to Consider Before Moving a Parent in with You

If you’ve noticed a shift in demographics in your community lately, you aren’t alone. Experts say that 10,000 baby boomers are retiring every day across the U.S. It’s a trend that is predicted to continue through the next decade. As the population of seniors increases, so does the number of family caregivers.

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What to Know About Senior Driver Safety

Driving plays an important role in maintaining independence. Most of us enjoy the freedom that comes from knowing we can hop in to our car and head out to do some shopping or meet friends for lunch. As we grow older, however, we all experience age-related changes that can make driving a little more difficult.

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Navigating the Maze of Senior Living Options for a Loved One

January is a month when senior care organizations typically receive record numbers of phone calls and questions from worried adult children. In many cases, it’s because they spent time visiting an elder during the holidays and they realize their senior loved one needs a little extra help.

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Story Corps: Documenting the Stories of a Lifetime

As we grow older, most of us wonder what legacy we will leave behind. How will we be remembered by loved ones and friends is a question many ask. Feeling as if we’ve made a difference in the world is important.

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Talking about Senior Living Options during Family Holiday Gatherings

For many adult children, talking with an aging parent about moving to senior living is one of the most difficult conversations they will ever have. Finding the courage to start the conversation can be a struggle. But delaying such an important discussion often means families aren’t prepared if or when a crisis occurs.

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Holiday Blues: Helping an Older Loved One Enjoy the Season

Most people think of the holidays as a fun and festive time of the year. But for older adults, especially those who may have recently experienced a loss, the holidays can be anything but festive. It’s important for family members to learn the signs of the holiday blues and how they can help an older loved one overcome them.

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Celebrating the Season When a Loved One has Dementia

Making the holiday season meaningful and bright for your family when a loved one has dementia might feel a little daunting. The disease can create many challenges that can make a change in schedule more difficult. The key to planning for a happy holiday is to focus on what your loved one can do rather than on the losses created by dementia.

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Preparing a Senior Loved One for a Move to Assisted Living

If you are helping an older loved one find an assisted living community for their next chapter in life, it’s likely crossed your mind that moving might be a bit complicated for them. Many seniors who make this transition are leaving a home they’ve lived in for generations. Cutting the emotional ties to it can be tough. And the uncertainty of a whole new living environment often adds to the stress.

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Funding Solutions Every Family Should Know About

It isn’t uncommon for a senior to want to age at home instead of moving to a senior community. For some it is due to sentimental reasons: they don’t want to give up the house they raised a family in and all the memories attached to it. For others it is due to financial concerns. They believe it is less expensive to age at home because their mortgage is paid off. .

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Can Tai Chi Relieve Arthritis Pain in Seniors?

Autumn is a season of the year where temperatures can fluctuate widely. As the thermometer rises and falls, so too does the barometric pressure. For older adults who have osteoarthritis, these ups and downs can translate to increased pain and swelling in damaged joints. This can seriously limit a senior's ability to carry on their normal daily routine. .

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How to Create an Emergency Care Plan for a Senior You Love

No family member likes to think the worst will happen to a senior loved one. But health emergencies, natural disasters, accidents, and other unexpected events can occur without warning. If you are an adult child involved in the care of a parent, having a plan in place in case of an emergency is vital.

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Can Virtual Reality Engage Adults with Dementia?

If you are the adult child or spouse of a senior with Alzheimer's disease, you know how challenging the days can be. And how unpredictable. The very nature of the disease means an adult with dementia may have a great morning followed by an afternoon fraught with frustration and agitation.

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The Assisted Living Decision: Making the Best Choice on a Short Timeframe


Deciding which assisted living community to move to is a big decision to make under even the best of circumstances. Doing so amidst a crisis can force you to hurry a process that should be slow and deliberate. Unfortunately, many families delay even talking about senior care until an emergency arises. Then a quick decision is often the only option.

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Making a Smooth Transition to a Senior Living Community

The transition from a home you've known for many years to a new senior living community can be emotional. Older adults moving to new surroundings may experience a variety of feelings ranging from excitement to sadness. It’s important to remember that this reaction is perfectly normal.

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Why Doesn't Anyone Want to Move to Assisted Living?

If you're involved in the daily care of an aging parent or another senior loved one, there may come a day when you can no longer meet their needs at home. It is an unfortunate reality many families find themselves in. As a family, you might decide that an assisted living community is the best option for the senior and for you.

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The Benefits of Storytelling for Older Adults with Dementia

Storytelling is an age-old tradition around the world. It can also be a form of therapy for people who have dementia. There are several different types of storytelling and reminiscing, and they all provide similar benefits.

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Dementia and Senior Living Options: Making the Right Move

Admitting a parent is showing signs of what may be dementia can be difficult. It is natural for loved ones to worry about their senior loved one's feelings and about protecting their dignity. These are a few of the reasons families often deny there is a problem until the disease has progressed to the point where it can’t be ignored.

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Moving to a Senior Living Community? Follow These Packing Tips

They say moving is right up there with divorce and taxes on the list of stressful life events. But the truth is, it doesn't have to be.

With the right kind of planning and a good checklist, preparing for a move to a senior living community may be easier than you think!

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Senior Living in Texas: How to Make the Best Decision

Beginnings are always a little scary. You probably felt anxious on your first day of kindergarten, the first time you lived away from your family, and on the first day of your first job. The transition to senior living is no different. When contemplating where you’ll spend the next chapter of your life, it’s easy to feel overwhelmed.

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Older Adults and Pets: Furry Friends with Amazing Benefits

Dogs will listen with seemingly endless patience. They will love unconditionally, and they'll gladly join you for a brisk walk around the block. Is it any wonder scientists are touting canine companionship as a lifestyle enhancer?

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Top Travel Destinations That Are Older-Adult-Friendly

Senior living can be whatever you want—from a quiet chance to reflect or give back to your community to a challenging adventure full of globetrotting. Most older adults, regardless of health or other retirement goals, say they want to travel in retirement. In 2015, AARP found that Baby Boomers planned to take four to five trips the following year.

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The Quick Guide to Financial Planning for Senior Living

When it comes to establishing a vibrant and fulfilling future, a little planning goes a long way.

Senior living is not an inexpensive proposition. Depending on the level of care, costs can run from $45,000 to more than $90,000 a year according to financial services provider Genworth.  While such figures may seem intimidating, there is much an older adult can do to prepare for a secure and satisfying lifestyle, and you may even find that these costs are less than full-time in-home care.

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What Does It Mean to Age Successfully?

Seventy percent of Americans over 30 think the country is “a little or not at all prepared” to address the health and social needs of older adults, according to a study by West Health Institute. And just 10 percent of professionals who work with older Americans feel seniors are “very prepared” to age well, according to the National Institute of Senior Centers.

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Coffee vs. Tea: Why Heart Health Should Factor Into This Question

Most Americans kickstart their day with a burst of energy from a good strong cup of coffee. And afternoon tea is a classic pick-me-up as energy fades later in the day. There are so many conflicting reports about the risks and benefits of caffeine that it can be confusing to understand the impact of caffeine on memory, digestion, and health.

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Assisted Living in Texas: Why It's Time for a Change

 

While Texas is home to a lot of great sources of state pride, the truth is that when it comes to assisted living options for older adults, in many regions, the pickings are pretty slim.

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