Monthly Archives: May 2015

Veterans Benefits For Seniors

VA_benefitsKnowing the full range of veterans benefits is important not only for elderly veterans who need care but also for the family members who provide care. Elderly veterans may be eligible for healthcare, disability compensation and pensions, while eligible caregivers can find assistance through the U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs’ Caregiver Support Program. (more…)

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What Are the Symptoms of Social Isolation?

social_isolationAn unfortunate reality of aging is that there are often diminishing opportunities for social interaction. Older adults who have raised their children, retired from their jobs, and possibly experienced the loss of their spouse are likely to find themselves routinely alone. This may lead to social isolation, which can manifest itself in a number of ways that reduce the older adult’s quality of life.

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Between the Lines of Storytelling Therapy

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storytelling therapyFrom a young age, I was drawn to the power of stories. Between my obsession with the original Nancy Drew mysteries and my love for competing in storytelling contests, stories played a major role in my development.

Of course, stories aren’t just for kids. Storytelling can be engaging and even therapeutic for anyone, with significant benefits for seniors – particularly when the tales are personal.

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#ElderCareChat 5/20/15 Recap: Brain Fitness and Healthy Aging

shutterstock_250050313During Wednesday’s live discussion, 35 new and returning participants learned brain fitness and healthy aging strategies, studies, techniques and more from our guest expert, Dr. Hicham Siouty, a medical director for Silverado Care Senior Living. As usual, a number of great discussion threads related to the topic emerged during our hour-long conversation. …Read more ›

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Music Therapy Activities for Adults

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music therapy activities for adultsMy grandmother has dementia, and though she can no longer remember her loved ones, she perks up whenever she hears music playing.

I have a similar kind of music memory – I can’t remember the details of a conversation I had last week, but I can still recite every word of “Parents Just Don’t Understand” by DJ Jazzy Jeff and …Read more ›

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The Benefits of Art Therapy for Seniors

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art therapy for seniorsThe arts are well known for their life-giving, soul-restoring, undeniably therapeutic effects for people of all ages. That’s why the findings of the landmark “Creativity and Aging Study” should come as no surprise – that professionally conducted arts programs have a significant impact on the well-being of older adults.

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What Should Be on Your Moving Packing List for Assisted Living?

packing_alWhen a senior is preparing to move into assisted living, no question looms larger than what to pack and bring to the new living space. (more…)

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#ElderCareChat 5/6/15 Recap: Stressful Caregiving Scenarios and Solutions

shutterstock_130607537During Wednesday’s live discussion, 40 new and returning participants were presented with several common conundrums that can make the already challenging work of day-to-day caregiving even more stressful. Instead of simply discussing those scenarios, attendees presented several solutions for each — many of the answers originating from the real-life experiences of those who have been, or are currently, caregivers. …Read more ›

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Top 3 Tech Tools for Lonely Seniors: Helping the Elderly Stay Connected

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seniors and technologySeniors often become isolated and lonely when they can’t easily go out and see family or friends. With today’s fast-paced lifestyle, it can be difficult for family to stay in touch in traditional ways.

To help seniors stay connected and prevent loneliness, try these three easy-to-use tech tools. …Read more ›

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