Telemedicine in Senior Living: The Newest Healthcare Trend

shutterstock_164722715According to the American Telemedicine Association, telemedicine is “the use of medical information exchanged from one site to another via electronic communications to improve a patient’s clinical health status.” Essentially, it allows medical professionals to provide interactive healthcare to patients by using modern technology and telecommunications. This technology lets patients visit with their physicians live over video for immediate care. As the use of this …Read more ›

Long-Distance Families: Recognizing Signs Your Parent Needs More Care

shutterstock_138990563The National Institute on Aging estimates that over three million Americans fit the definition of long-distance caregivers. Whether you live an hour away or in a different state, caregiving for aging loved ones at a distance presents very real challenges. For example, parents may not share health issues with their children who live far away from home because they don’t want to worry them. However, …Read more ›

Observing Breast Cancer Awareness Month in Senior Living

shutterstock_489814927October is National Breast Cancer Awareness month, an annual campaign that aims to increase awareness of the disease. The risk of developing breast cancer increases dramatically with age, making seniors the most likely age group to develop it. In fact, approximately 24 percent of breast cancer cases in the United States are diagnosed in women aged seventy to eighty-four years old. For this reason, many …Read more ›

How a Senior Living Advisor Helped Our Family

shutterstock_458728948After my grandfather died in 2011, my sixty-year-old, diabetic uncle moved in with my eighty-year-old grandmother. Neither of them was in the best health. They could hardly care for themselves, let alone care for one another. However, having my uncle around at least meant that my grandmother didn’t have to drive as much. Her driving had steadily become worse and she had plenty of dents in her …Read more ›

Moving to a Senior Living Community before Selling Your Home

shutterstock_223086898Some older adults may need to move to a senior living community before they know what to do with their home. In fact, moving your parent or loved one to a new space before asking them to make a decision about their house is often the best option. Moving is difficult enough without factoring in a realtor who expects to show the house to prospective buyers all …Read more ›

Fall Allergies and Seniors: Tips for Enduring Allergy Season

shutterstock_433003087Over 20 percent of Americans suffer from ragweed and mold spore allergies during the fall season. Elderly residents of senior living communities are among those who suffer from the sneezing, watery eyes, and stuffy noses that accompany allergies. However, seniors must take a more cautious approach to treating their symptoms, since they often have to deal with complicating factors such as respiratory problems, chronic diseases, and cardiovascular …Read more ›

Festive Fall Activities for Senior Living Communities

shutterstock_181046156Reminiscent of cooler days, seasonal hues, pumpkins, and football, the fall months offer plenty of festive activities for older adults in senior living communities. Below are a few festive ideas to help seniors stay mentally engaged and physically active while getting into the spirit of the season. (more…)

Using Nostalgic Items in Memory Care Communities

shutterstock_221241151Reminiscence therapy uses familiar items from the past to enhance the well-being of those suffering from memory loss related to Alzheimer’s and other forms of dementia. This type of treatment alleviates symptoms of depression and agitation, reasserts self-worth and sense of belonging, and increases communication. Taking into account the theory behind reminiscence therapy, a recent trend in the design of Memory Care communities involves utilizing …Read more ›

The Sharing Economy: How It Can Help You Pay for Senior Care

shutterstock_357428216The sharing economy, also known as “collaborative consumption” or the “peer economy,” allows individuals to make money from underused assets. According to market analysis by the company PwC, 19 percent of U.S. adults have participated in the sharing economy and one in four are over fifty-five. This socio-economic ecosystem can help generate supplemental income for retirees to assist with future senior living expenses. Below are …Read more ›

Using a Senior Move Manager: What You Need to Know

shutterstock_154243622A unique set of emotions and challenges accompanies moving a parent or loved one out of their home and into a senior living community. The physical and organizational tasks associated with planning such a complicated move often overwhelm everyone involved. For this reason, many families now turn to a senior move manager (SMM) for assistance during this transition. Discover what you need to know about these experienced …Read more ›

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