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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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