Monthly Archives: August 2016

How to Convince Your Aging Loved One That Driving Is No Longer Safe

shutterstock_286872473With modern medicine increasing life expectancy, many aging adults outlive their ability to drive at a safe age. Deteriorating health, vision and hearing impairments, and medication interactions can all contribute to unsafe driving conditions, which injure more than five-hundred aging adults each day. Even though many seniors in senior living communities view driving as one of their last tokens of independence, you should encourage your …Read more ›

What to Do When Your Loved One Has a Food Allergy

shutterstock_428777626As we age, our immune systems lose their edge, making us more susceptible to illnesses and reducing our ability to combat allergies. For some, these allergic reactions can result in itchy skin and a runny nose; for others, one bite of a single peanut can send them into anaphylactic shock, a situation with life or death consequences. …Read more ›

How to Celebrate Self-Improvement Month in a Senior Living Community

shutterstock_258815969With people living much longer now than they did generations ago, the retirement phase of life continues to lengthen in duration, making it even more important for seniors to have a happy and fulfilling retirement. Even for those in senior living communities, self-satisfaction and fulfillment come from striving for goals and continuously bettering themselves. September is National Self-Improvement Month, which provides the perfect opportunity for you to …Read more ›

When Your Parent Blames You for Assisted Living

shutterstock_300061223Just because your parent needs Assisted Living, that doesn’t mean they have to like it. They may feel saddened by the loss of independence and angry at you because of it. What can you do when your parent blames you for the move? Clinical psychologist Ann Pearman, Ph.D., offers her insights on navigating complicated family relationships after a move to senior living. …Read more ›

When You Can No Longer Afford Skilled Nursing

shutterstock_70173382Skilled Nursing offers medical solutions for patients with severe physical disabilities such as ALS or neurological disorders such as Alzheimer’s. This type of senior care is typically the most medically centric care your loved one can receive outside of a hospital. Some Skilled Nursing facilities are even located in hospitals with access to their staff and equipment. As a care route for your loved one, few options …Read more ›

When Your Parent Won’t Accept Help

shutterstock_436097281Many adult children of aging parents face a dilemma. Their parents need help due to physical or cognitive decline, but after years of independence and self-sufficiency, those parents resist assistance. “I’ve been living on my own for all these years,” they might say. “And there’s no way I’m going to accept help now.”

If you face this situation, you yourself may need to reach out for help. You …Read more ›

Coordinating a Long-Distance Senior Move

shutterstock_48807916If you have elderly parents or loved ones who live far away, you may decide to relocate them to a senior living community closer to you when the time comes. Moving an elderly parent, especially one who requires a cross-country move, is a challenge. The tips in this guide will help simplify this transition and make things easier on everyone involved. …Read more ›

How to Stay Young

shutterstock_70931032An extremely eye-catching title! Why? Because it touches upon a question that people have tried to answer for millennia. The centuries continue to pass as scientists, explorers, doctors, and entrepreneurs search for the miracle of how to stay young. Let’s talk about the search for eternal youth! (more…)

Signs Your Loved One Needs More Visitors in Their Senior Community

shutterstock_401699068Geriatric depression affects more than six million adults aged sixty-five and older, and many cases commonly go overlooked by those closest to them. Professionals describe this form of depression as a mental and emotional condition characterized by feelings of severe despondency and dejection, often accompanied by a lack of energy, appetite, and sleep. Feelings of isolation from lack of visiting friends and family can cause …Read more ›

Relocating a Loved One to Skilled Nursing

shutterstock_373694485As parents or loved ones age, their health and physical abilities may deteriorate. For those with progressive diseases such as Parkinson’s disease, this makes care increasingly difficult as time passes. Transitioning your parent to a Skilled Nursing community will result in additional one-on-one care. This option helps meet the specific needs of more advanced conditions, including care and/or rehabilitation for those who need Parkinson’s care, …Read more ›

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