Monthly Archives: August 2015

8 Fun Activities to Do With Your Grandchildren

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OP Grandparents' Day  FBMy dad once told me that the best part of being a parent is becoming a grandparent. For the most part, grandparents don’t have to worry about homework problems, bad attitudes, and everyday life with kids. As a grandparent, you can dote on your grandchildren (a.k.a. spoil them rotten) and send them back to their parents at the end …Read more ›

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How to Prepare for a Great Retirement

reitrementYou know that phrase on our cars’ side-view mirrors? “Objects are closer than they appear.” That’s what retirement is like. It may seem like it’s far off in the distance, but then all of a sudden, it creeps up right alongside you. That’s why it’s best to prepare early for your retirement years—financially, physically, and mentally. …Read more ›

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Handhelds for the Elderly: Helping Your Parents Stay Connected With Technology

handheldIf you are considering giving your senior parents a handheld electronic device as a gift but hesitate because of the notion that elderly people are supposedly “bad” at technology, my advice would be this: Put that notion aside and just go for it. You may be pleasantly surprised by how well your parent does with the new technology. I know I was. …Read more ›

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What Does the Geriatrician Medicine Shortage Mean for You?

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geriatrician shortageAccording to the American Geriatrics Society, about 20,000 geriatricians are currently needed to care for the more than 14 million older adults in the United States. But as of 2014, there were only 7,428 certified geriatricians nationwide.

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How to Intervene in Cases of Elder Abuse

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elder abuseWe love to read heartwarming stories about devoted caregivers and thriving seniors. When we look at seniors who are well cared for, we think, “Of course – that’s the way it should be.”

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Grandparents: 5 Ways To Forge Closer Ties With Your Grandchildren

multigenerationalFor many people, one of the most rewarding aspects of becoming a parent is giving their own parents the experience of becoming grandparents. The bond between grandparents and grandchildren is often a special one — not only beneficial for the elder person and child but for the parent in between the generations as well. …Read more ›

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5 Things to Do Before Placing Your Loved One in Assisted Living

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move to assisted livingPlacing your loved one in assisted living is never an easy decision, but when it’s time, it’s important to do everything you can to ease the transition and make the move as seamless as possible.

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Understanding Causes and Preventions of Vascular Dementia

vascularVascular dementia is the second most common form of dementia in the United States, accounting for 20 to 30 percent of all cases. Risk rises with age, but the good news is that those who practice healthy lifestyle habits are less likely to experience the type of vascular event that leads to vascular dementia.

What Is Vascular Dementia?

“Vascular dementia is cognitive impairment …Read more ›

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#ElderCareChat 8/5/15 Recap: Social Isolation Among Seniors and Caregivers

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are you legally responsible for your parents' careDuring Wednesday’s live discussion, 41 tweeps discussed the causes and dangers of social isolation among seniors and caregivers, along with prevention and intervention strategies.  (more…)

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What To Do If Your Parent Is a Hoarder

hoardingOver a lifetime, your parents may have accumulated some treasured possessions and mementoes—photo albums, furniture, fine china, knickknacks, souvenirs, newspaper clippings, and the like. However, when does holding onto prized possessions from the past turn into a troubling hoarding disorder? And what can you, as an adult child, do to help?

Hoarding Definition

“Hoarding is when you are in incapable of discarding things, even things that you …Read more ›

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