Monthly Archives: June 2015

5 Ways to Be an Effective Advocate for Your Senior Loved One

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senior advocacyMany of us stumble into the role of advocate without any prior knowledge of the senior care landscape. And because we are not professional advocates or caregivers, it can be difficult to make our voices heard in a setting like a hospital, nursing home, or other senior community. So how can we as adult children (and other family members) make sure our loved ones …Read more ›

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Managing a Senior Health Crisis: What to Ask Before Leaving the Hospital

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discharge planningWhen crisis happens, we’re often caught off guard. Perhaps your mom fell at home and broke her hip, or your uncle suffered a heart attack in the nursing home. They are rushed to the hospital, and then discharged after a few days of acute care. But what happens when they arrive back at home or their senior living community and are unprepared for life …Read more ›

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Protecting Seniors’ Financial Assets for Future Generations

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protect financial assetsMy grandmother is 90 years old and lives in a nursing home. She worked her whole life and amassed a decent amount of wealth, only to have most of it drained away in her years in independent living, then assisted living, and now in a nursing home with dementia care.

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#ElderCareChat 6/17/15: Raising Awareness About Elder Abuse

photo-1428263197823-ce6a8620d1e1During Wednesday’s live discussion, 46 new and returning participants filled the tweet stream with thoughtful answers – and even some tough questions – on a subject of primary importance: preventing, spotting and ending elder abuse. (more…)

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Why You Should Act “FAST” When You See Warning Signs of a Stroke

warningstrokeIt’s appropriate that the FAST acronym is widely used in determining whether an individual is having a stroke. Not only does it serve as an effective mnemonic device for recognizing stroke warning signs, but it also communicates that there is no time to waste in getting medical attention for the stricken individual. …Read more ›

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Natural Ways to Control Cholesterol

controlcholesterolSince unhealthy cholesterol levels tend to rise as we get older, it makes good health sense to do what we can to control it. Often doctors prescribe medications for those with high cholesterol, especially if there is a family or personal history of heart disease and stroke. However, there are also changes you can make in your lifestyle to control cholesterol naturally. …Read more ›

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#ElderCareChat 6/3/15: Equipping Communities for Aging in Place

shutterstock_263064401During Wednesday’s live discussion, 68 new and returning participants generated an hour’s worth of valuable insights, practical tips, and thought-provoking ideas about successful aging in place. Starting with the kitchen and moving out to stores, restaurants and communities as a whole, each attendee offered a range of suggestions from costly, yet worthwhile, home modifications into no-cost, easily integrated alterations that all work to make life …Read more ›

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