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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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How Assisted Living Addresses the Challenges of the Disabled

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shutterstock_14222041In an Assisted Living environment, older adults get the support they need with the activities of daily living (ADLs). As a result, they can spend their days enjoying activities and interactions with others, rather than becoming frustrated by their physical limitations. For disabled individuals, the ways in which Assisted Living can improve an individual’s quality of life comes even more sharply into focus. (more…)

Strengthening Bonds: Adult Grandchildren Caring for Grandparents

shutterstock_264595055The U.S. Census Bureau reports the number of people reaching ninety has nearly tripled over the past three decades. As the aging population increases longevity, more opportunities abound for adult grandchildren to participate in the care of their grandparents. In so doing, they can bring love and meaning to the grandparent-grandchild relationship and instill memories they will carry forever. (more…)

How to Find Care Options That Fit Your Parent’s Personality

shutterstock_282010337Not all people are the same, and those varying personalities populate senior living homes. Keep these differences in mind when helping your parent select a senior care option. Someone who is extroverted and gregarious may be happier with one type of senior living experience, while someone who is introverted and reserved will prefer a different one. Someone who enjoys books and cerebral discussions may prefer a peaceful …Read more ›

Planning a Day Back Home

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shutterstock_401698972Though your parent lives in a Memory Care community, you may want to bring them to your home for a visit, a holiday, or some other family gathering. For many Assisted Living residents, this presents a fairly straightforward trip to pick them up and bring them home. However, for those living with memory impairments, the trip can cause confusion, anxiety, and even agitation. Your parent’s short-term visit …Read more ›

You Can’t Overprepare for a Move to Senior Living

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shutterstock_369093563Preparation is everything when it comes to planning for a parent’s move to senior living, whether into Independent Living, Assisted Living, Memory Care, or Skilled Nursing. (more…)

Trigger Words and Phrases to Avoid When Discussing Senior Living Options

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shutterstock_305975612When discussing senior living options with your parent, you’ll have plenty of ground to cover. However, your method of approaching the topics can affect the outcome. For instance, certain words, phrases, and topics have the potential to upset your parent, trigger a conflict, or even get construed as disrespectful. (more…)

Seeking Help for Your Aging Parent: Don’t Wait Until It’s Too Late

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shutterstock_129923204The indication that your parent needs the support of a senior community often comes from a build up of little things. You see a bruise on your mother’s arm, which she brushes off with a shrug and a two-word explanation: “I fell.” Or maybe you notice your father has worn the same clothes over and over again without proper laundering. Maybe your parent’s health and hygiene are …Read more ›

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