Monthly Archives: November 2017

When It’s Not Dementia

When It's Not Dementia...

When It's Not Dementia...Family members are understandably concerned when their aging parent begins experiencing memory loss or confusion. Their first thought may be that their parent has Alzheimer’s disease or another form of dementia. However, there are several physical conditions that could be associated with those symptoms, including thyroid disease, nutritional deficiencies, adverse reactions to medications, depression—even a brain tumor. …Read more ›

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Adapting Holiday Traditions in Senior Living

Adapting Holiday Traditions in Senior Living

Adapting Holiday Traditions in Senior LivingThe holiday season is upon us. It’s time to get ready for Thanksgiving, Christmas, Hanukkah, Kwanzaa, New Year’s Eve—whatever holidays that you celebrate. If your parent has moved into senior living over the past year, how might that affect your holiday celebration and your long-standing family traditions? (more…)

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Join the December 13, 2017 #ElderCareChat: Age-Friendly Communities

#ElderCareChat recap - OurParents.com

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 will be held on Wednesday, December 13, 2017, from 1-2 pm ET, with guest panelist Gail Kohn, coordinator of the World Health Organization Age-Friendly DC. Via the Age-Friendly DC Twitter account ( …Read more ›

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Giving Thanks for Senior Living

Giving thanks for senior living

Giving thanks for senior livingCounting your blessings is a healthy practice, and the Thanksgiving season is a perfect time to cultivate gratitude. This year, why not include senior living on your list of things to be thankful for?

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Is It Time for Home Care?

Is it time for home care?

Is it time for home care?Your parents are determined to continue living at home, but you’ve begun to wonder if it’s safe for them to do so. Are your regular visits enough? When is it appropriate to seek outside help?

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5 Survival Tips for Caregiving Around the Clock

5 SurvIval Tips for Caregiving

5 SurvIval Tips for CaregivingNovember is National Family Caregivers Month, a time to recognize and honor family caregivers across the country. Because caregiving is often a 24/7 commitment, the 2017 theme is timely—“Caregiving Around the Clock.”

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Making New Friends at Senior Living

Making New Friends at Senior Living

Making New Friends at Senior Living“Make new friends and keep the old.”

Many former Girl Scouts will recognize that phrase from their days as a troop member or adult volunteer. This phrase also applies to senior living. Residents will look forward to receiving visits from their long-time friends, but it’s also important for them to make new friends so they can enjoy their day-to-day life in their …Read more ›

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Family Caregivers: Coping With Transition

Family caregivers: Coping with transition

Family caregivers: Coping with transitionThe transition from home to senior living can be difficult for an aging parent. But what about family caregivers? They have to adapt to the new situation as well. Relinquishing the day-to-day caregiving of a parent to an assisted living, memory care, or skilled nursing staff is easier said than done. Many family caregivers  find themselves grappling with feelings …Read more ›

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Aging and Your Teeth: What’s Normal, What’s Not

Aging and Your Teeth: What's Normal, What's Not

Aging and Your Teeth: What's Normal, What's NotEven if you missed the fact that October was National Dental Hygiene Month, it’s never too late to renew your commitment to oral health. After all, just because you’re getting older doesn’t mean issues like dry mouth and diminished taste are unavoidable.

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What Does It Mean to Be an Age-Friendly Community?

What Does It Mean to Be an Age-Friendly Community?

Learn more about and discuss this topic at length—
join the next #ElderCareChat on 12/13/17: DETAILS HERE

What Does It Mean to Be an Age-Friendly Community?As you grow older, will your city or community be able to accommodate your needs? Will you be able to walk to a park, maneuver the sidewalks, find appropriate housing and …Read more ›

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