Monthly Archives: November 2016

How Do Cultural Differences Influence Care Decisions?

How Do Cultural Differences Influence Care Decisions?

How Do Cultural Differences Influence Care Decisions?Conventional wisdom says women are more likely to ask for help than men. Can similar distinctions be made according to race and culture—particularly in the Hispanic community?

We connected with Dr. Yanira Cruz, president and CEO of the National Hispanic Council on Aging (NHCOA), to learn how cultural differences affect the way families ask for help and make senior care …Read more ›

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How to Add Senior Living Conversations to the Table This Holiday Season

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 holiday conversations about senior housingAs families prepare for Thanksgiving, Christmas, and Hanukkah, they’re not just cooking food and decorating their homes—they’re scheduling time to spend together. With everyone present and accounted for, families may use some of their time to talk about senior living options. How can families ensure the experience is positive for everyone involved? …Read more ›

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#ElderCareChat 11/16/16: Brainstorming Topics for 2017

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#ElderCareChat celebrates its sixth yearSince this month marks the 6th year of #ElderCareChat’s existence, we took the time to get feedback from this week’s 15 participants on what topics they’ve enjoyed, what they’d like to revisit, and what new ground we should cover in 2017. Discussion questions are embedded below: (more…)

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What Size Community Is Best for Your Parent?

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the best senior housing for youSmall, medium, or large—which Senior Living community is the right fit for your parent? There is no single “correct” answer to that question. While a big sprawling community with upwards of a thousand residents might feel like home to one person, a more intimate setting that houses less than two dozen residents might be best for another. Some would be perfectly content …Read more ›

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Caring for An Aging Parent When You’re an Only Child

Caring for An Aging Parent When You’re an Only Child

Caring for An Aging Parent When You’re an Only ChildBeing an only child doesn’t mean you have to go it alone when caring for your aging parent. If you have no siblings to share the responsibilities of caring for Mom or Dad, you may find yourself feeling overwhelmed and under-supported. However, don’t let the burdens of caregiving take a toll on your life. The key is to …Read more ›

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The Wealthy Senior: How to Manage Money and Determine Priorities

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wealth management senior livingWith the stock market near record highs and the real estate market rebounding nicely over the last year, your parent may be sitting on a substantial nest egg. If they invested wisely and own their home, their net worth may be situated comfortably in the seven-figure range, and they may also be pulling in a nice monthly income from various …Read more ›

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#ElderCareChat 11/2/16: National Family Caregivers Month Panel

takingcare FBTo kick off National Family Caregivers Month, this week’s 22 #ElderCareChat participants covered the concerns, challenges, conflicts, and comforts of being a family caregiver. We were pleased to welcome a distinctive panel of guests who have all served/are still serving in caregiver roles: Denise Brown (@Caregiving) of Caregiving.com, Chris MacLellan (@TheBowTieGuy), author of “What’s the Deal with Caregiving?”, and Connie Chow (@DailyCaring) of DailyCaring.com. Discussion questions are embedded in this …Read more ›

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Should You Hire a Professional Organizer?

Should You Hire a Professional Organizer

Should You Hire a Professional OrganizerPreparing for a move to senior living takes time, energy, and a lot of organization. It’s no wonder families are turning to professional organizers for help with tasks such as downsizing, packing, unpacking, and coordinating the move.

Of course, professional organizing is not a one-size-fits-all scenario—families can customize the experience by taking advantage of one or all services offered.

“It’s as complex or as …Read more ›

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The Inside Scoop on Independent Living

shutterstock_124272760If you’ve ever wondered what life is really like in a senior living community, just ask Mollee Kruger. The eighty-seven-year-old writer recently published The Swift Seasons, a novel that offers a humorous and unsentimental look at life among aging residents in an Independent Living facility. (more…)

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