Monthly Archives: March 2016

Unusual, Special-Focus, and Creative Retirement Options

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shutterstock_84882820As a child growing up in Texas in the 1970s, I had a lot of elderly relatives. Most lived by themselves, but some were cared for by their adult children. A few lived in retirement homes, too. Then there was Uncle Martin and Aunt Lady Lee. Martin and Lady Lee were retired, but every winter they’d pack up their RV, leave South Dakota, and explore the …Read more ›

Smartphone Apps to Help Seniors Communicate with Family Members

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shutterstock_114732826Consistent communication with friends and family members plays a critical role in preserving cognitive health for seniors who live alone. Studies published in The American Journal of Public Health even indicate that social integration minimizes the effects of memory loss. (more…)

Levels of Care: The Various Types of Senior Living Communities

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shutterstock_169012214According to the United States Department of Health and Human Services, 70 percent of Americans who reach the age of sixty-five will need some form of long-term care for an average of three years. The decision to move your loved one into an unfamiliar setting will be easier if you plan ahead and do your research. Various housing options are available to meet the requirements …Read more ›

How to Choose a Senior Community: Property Tour Checklist

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Checklist 3.28.2016The search for the right Assisted Living community involves a great deal of time and effort. Once you’ve compiled a list of communities that you like, tour them in person before making any decisions. Use this checklist to help evaluate each community’s location, amenities, medical care, and other important factors. (more…)

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#ElderCareChat 3/16/16 Recap: The Challenges of Long-Distance Caregiving

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shutterstock_242439211In the latest installment of #ElderCareChat, 47 participants discussed the challenges unique to long-distance caregiving. We were thrilled to welcome the wonderful Kanesha Baynard of @ItsAFullNest, who has been an enthusiastic participant and engaged supporter since the early days of our real-time forum. Besides discussing the challenges of long-distance caregiving, we spent the live hour suggesting strategies for easing the burden that separating miles creates.  …Read more ›

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Assisted Living for Seniors in Need of Memory Care

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shutterstock_169807310Though you may anticipate difficulty, moving a loved one with Alzheimer’s, dementia, or different memory impairment may be simpler than you think. During this process, remember that you are making a transition that is in your loved one’s best interest. For instance, Assisted Living environments are social places – and most individuals with memory impairment do better in the company of others. A …Read more ›

Benefits of Learning a Second Language as a Senior

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shutterstock_11330800Learning a new language is a challenging and time-consuming process. However, the health benefits of becoming bilingual are extremely rewarding. While myths surround the inability of older adults to learn a second language, research shows that no one is ever “too old” to take advantage of the benefits that bilingualism can bring. (more…)

Eight Ways to Maximize Space in an Assisted Living Apartment

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shutterstock_157063094After deciding that Assisted Living is right for your loved one, you must plan for the big move to the new, often smaller apartment. As you help sort through items, do so with a focus on consolidation and which items will take up too much space or prevent your loved one from moving around easily. Use these eight tips to maximize space and efficiency in an Assisted …Read more ›

The Best Way to Discuss Assisted Living with Your Loved One

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Talking to loved ones about Assisted Living is an emotional conversation. This blog will provide tips on the best approaches to the discussion as you plan for your loved one’s future. (more…)

Getting to Know Your Senior Living Advisor

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shutterstock_39878656April G. is a Senior Living Advisor and Team Mentor for OurParents, a free service that provides unbiased senior care advice. For over three years, she has been helping families with aging parents locate the best senior care solution that meets their loved one’s unique needs. This interview gives readers an inside look into her personal experiences as a Senior Living Advisor. (more…)

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