Monthly Archives: April 2017

Conversation vs. Confrontation: Guidelines for Effective Communication with Your Aging Parents

Conversation vs confrontation

Conversation vs confrontationThe prospect of talking with your parents about senior living may seem daunting, but it doesn’t have to be. With effective, empowering communication strategies, these conversations can actually be a relationship-affirming experience, says David Solie, MS, PA, an author, educator, healthcare provider, and thought leader on the developmental psychology of the second half of life.

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Should You Visit Your Loved One Every Day?

Should You Visit Your Loved One Every Day-

Should You Visit Your Loved One Every Day-When your loved one is living with Alzheimer’s disease or dementia, visits to a care facility can be a challenge, and typical visiting rules won’t always apply. You don’t want to leave her alone, but what can you do if she becomes agitated by your presence?

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Helping Your Parents Sell Their Home

helping your parents sell their home

helping your parents sell their homeIt’s not easy helping your parent move from the home where she’s accumulated so many memories—and so much stuff! I speak from experience, as my sister and I just helped my mother sell the home where she had lived nearly half her life. (more…)

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Join #ElderCareChat on May 17, 2017: Self-Care for Caregivers

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Each month, join #ElderCareChat, a real-time forum for sharing experiences and expertise in eldercare! Follow @OurParents and @ElderCareChat on Twitter to contribute to the conversation.


The next #ElderCareChat, which will focus on Self-Care for Caregivers, will be held on Wednesday, May 17, 2017, from 1-2 pm ET with guest panelists Barry J. Jacobs, Psy.D., clinical psychologist, family therapist, and the director of Behavioral Sciences for the Crozer-Keystone Family …Read more ›

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How to Save Money in Senior Living

How to Save Money in Senior Living

How to Save Money in Senior LivingOne of the objections that families encounter when broaching the subject of senior living is: It’s too expensive. But is it really? While you need to give ample consideration to the cost of senior living before making a decision, the surprising fact is that it may not be much more than your parent’s current living expenses. And in some cases, it …Read more ›

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What If Your Loved One Is Too Shy for Assisted Living?

What if your loved one is too shy for assisted living?

What if your loved one is too shy for assisted living?You just know your mom or dad would get more out of assisted living if they would just come out of their shell. Their new assisted living community has so many great activities, and everyone else seems to be enjoying themselves. Why does your parent seem reluctant to join in? …Read more ›

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#ElderCareChat 4/12/17 Recap: How to Prepare for Aging

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We were honored to welcome Amy Cameron O’Rourke, current president of the Aging Life Care Association (formerly known as the National Association of Professional Geriatric Care Managers), as our expert panelist for this month’s #ElderCareChat. O’Rourke led 40 participants in a lively Twitter conversation about how families can prepare for aging versus reacting to a crisis. …Read more ›

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Effectively Communicating with Older Adults: Expert Advice Abounds

Effective Communication with Older Adults

Effective Communication with Older AdultsMany adult children have experienced this paradox: At the very time they need to communicate with their aging parent about important issues in their life, the older person begins experiencing impediments that make communication difficult. Many times, it’s a medical problem—i.e., recovery from a stroke, cognitive impairment, diminished hearing or eyesight. Other times, it can be a psychological or emotion issue—such as depression, …Read more ›

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Meeting Senior Transportation Needs

Meeting Senior Transportation Needs

Meeting Senior Transportation NeedsMost of us equate driving with a sense of freedom and independence. As drivers, we’re able to hop into a car and go wherever we want to go, whenever we want to go there. Imagine how radically your life would change if that option were no longer available to you. You might feel trapped,  isolated, and no longer in control. That’s what many older …Read more ›

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Why Many Senior Living Residents Are “Blossoming”

Why Many Senior Living Residents Are "Blossoming"

Why Many Senior Living Residents Are "Blossoming"“To plant a garden is to believe in tomorrow.” –Audrey Hepburn

More and more senior living communities are finding that quote to ring true as their residents “blossom,” thanks to unique gardening programs that foster friendship, cultivate confidence, and provide purpose.

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