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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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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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