Life

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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Life

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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Life

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.

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Energy

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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Purpose

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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Life

Aging in Place vs. in a 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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Life

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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Energy

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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Life

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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Purpose

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.

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Life

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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Energy

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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Life

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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Purpose

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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Energy

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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Purpose

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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Energy

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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Energy

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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Life

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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Life

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

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Purpose

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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Life Action

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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Energy Research

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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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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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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Energy

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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Life Action

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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Energy Research

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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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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