Monthly Archives: December 2015

Looking Ahead at Assisted Living in 2016

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assisted_livingSenior living facilities are not what they used to be…and that’s actually a good thing. An increasing number of assisted living providers are replacing outdated notions of “an old folks’ home,” where residents passively live out their remaining years, with communities that offer more positive feelings of socialization and active engagement. (more…)

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Finding the Best Home Care Match

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shutterstock_49514230Have your efforts to find home care for your aging parent turned out to be harder than you imagined? (more…)

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Living with Lewy Body Dementia

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lewy body dementiaRobin Williams’s widow recently revealed what she believes led to her husband’s suicide — the unbearable symptoms of Lewy body dementia (LBD).

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5 Traits of Healthy Seniors

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healthy seniorsWhy are some 80-year-olds in better health than some 60-year-olds? Genetics play a part, but caregivers have also identified specific traits that can make a significant difference in seniors’ well-being.

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Tips for Peaceful Intergenerational Family Holidays

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intergenerational familyThe holidays are a wonderful time to bring family together, but they can also be a hotbed of conflict and stress. How can young and old push past political, religious, and generational divisions to find common ground and enjoy each other’s company this holiday season?

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#ElderCareChat 12/16/2015: Holiday Safety for Seniors and Caregivers

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For the last #ElderCareChat of 2015, 31 participants talked about the hazardous side of the holidays, sharing practical tips to ensure a safer season. Bright twinkling lights and candles burning, slushy entryways and unsecured throw rugs, the clutter of decorations and young children running about, busy schedules and an absence of the usual structured routines. Extra travel, extra people, extra reminders of those loved ones …Read more ›

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How to Enjoy Life After Retirement

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retirementSome people approach retirement with a sense of happiness and relief: Good-bye to daily commutes and 40-hour workweeks! Hello, golf courses and matinee movies! Others feel more anxious about what their retirement years may bring. What will I do with all of my spare time? Will we have enough money to live as comfortably as we’d like? (more…)

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Holiday Gift Ideas for Mom and Dad

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ChristmasFor many of us, our parents are the most difficult-to-buy-for people on our holiday shopping list. It’s hard to come up with Christmas gift ideas for parents who have everything. Or in some cases, because of physical and cognitive impairments, they may have certain limitations that curtail the gifts they can use and enjoy. (more…)

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#ElderCareChat 12/2/2015: Starting a Conversation About Downsizing

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shutterstock_148501178Linda Hetzer (@downsizinghome) knows all about downsizing. An author, speaker and editor, Linda helped her siblings sort through 50 years’ worth of stuff in her childhood home as they emptied their father’s house in preparation for his move to an apartment — and then co-wrote a book about it, Moving On: A Practical Guide to Downsizing the Family Home, which was followed up with a blog,  …Read more ›

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Is Your Parent Abusing Prescription Drugs?

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prescription_drugsAdults over 65 years use prescription drugs in disproportionately higher numbers than the rest of the population. Accompanying a more prevalent use comes a greater likelihood of prescription drug abuse. Adult children whose parents take multiple prescription drugs should know the signs of abuse and also inform themselves about the solutions to this dangerous, and potentially lethal, problem. (more…)

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