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Transitioning Your Loved One to a Residential Care Home

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shutterstock_435990424Seniors who need specialized care, such as those with Alzheimer’s or Parkinson’s disease, can find assistance with daily tasks in Residential Care Facilities (RCF), also known as Board and Care Homes. Many aging adults and their families prefer RCFs because they are smaller communities with a home-like atmosphere and more one-on-one care, which is often more beneficial for resident health and safety. Typically serving between …Read more ›

A Financial Look at Alzheimer’s Disease Care

shutterstock_389065987Over five million Americans and their families live with Alzheimer’s disease. Between long-term care, medical services, mental care, and hospice, Alzheimer’s disease can rapidly burden families with both emotional and financial stress. In order to help alleviate the financial toll, the Alzheimer’s Association, along with the National Institutes of Health (NIH), annually summarizes the costs families can expect to pay for quality Alzheimer’s …Read more ›

What to Do When Your Male Loved One Refuses Help

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shutterstock_137226314Cleveland Clinic, a nonprofit, multispecialty, academic medical center dedicated to research and education, recently launched an educational campaign called “MENtion It.” As part of this campaign, they conducted a national survey, which found that a majority of men do not discuss their health with their loved ones and do not get annual checkups to discuss health concerns with their primary care physicians.

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Ways to Avoid Elder Fraud & Financial Abuse

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shutterstock_418792501As technology advances, hackers and thieves find new ways to target people of all ages. Senior citizens often find themselves the victims of financial abuses such as exploitation, fraud, pyramid schemes, and other scams. Each year, the elderly lose millions of dollars to scammers with little to no assistance in recovering their lost assets. The National Council on Aging claims the top ten financial scams …Read more ›

Low-Cost Fall Activities and Events for Assisted Living Residents

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shutterstock_398306194With leaves changing colors and temperatures beginning to cool, fall is in the air. Luckily, communities host a variety of fall events for people of all ages to welcome the new season with fun and entertainment. Aging adults in senior living communities can enjoy low-cost fall activities and events in their local community with family, friends, and other community members. Consider spending time with your parent or …Read more ›

Loss of Navigational Skills May Indicate Early Signs of Alzheimer’s

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shutterstock_482413768As the sixth leading cause of death in the United States, more than five million Americans live with Alzheimer’s disease—a number that is increasing rapidly each year. According to the Alzheimer’s Association, approximately 5 percent of those five million Americans experience early-onset Alzheimer’s. Common symptoms of Alzheimer’s and dementia include memory loss, confusion with time and place, difficulty speaking and writing, …Read more ›

Finding the Best Community for a Loved One with Limited Mobility

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shutterstock_297181901Seniors with limited mobility struggle with maneuvering safely through their homes. In addition to creating a safety hazard for your loved one, limited mobility can lead to elderly depression. The Finnish Centre for Interdisciplinary Gerontology found that 34 percent of those with limited mobility expressed moods and behaviors associated with depression, including resentment, guilt, social isolation, reduced or no activity, poor health, and fatigue. However, …Read more ›

Understanding and Discussing Hospice Care

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shutterstock_399389878Once age, chronic diseases, and/or acute illnesses take their toll, hospice care becomes the most viable option for your parent or loved one with six or fewer months to live. Hospice care maximizes the quality of life for people with terminal conditions by providing expert care that relieves suffering, including physical symptoms, psychological distress, and pain. While most senior care communities offer hands-on, around-the-clock care, hospice care …Read more ›

Signs of Elder Care Abuse

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shutterstock_446247823The National Council on Aging (NCOA) reports that approximately five million seniors are abused each year, with only 25 percent of those cases reported to authorities. The NCOA defines elder abuse as physical, financial, emotional, or sexual abuse with signs of exploitation, neglect, and abandonment. While elderly abuse may occur in a care community, the NCOA found that children, spouses, and other family members comprise …Read more ›

How to Convince Your Aging Loved One That Driving Is No Longer Safe

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shutterstock_286872473With modern medicine increasing life expectancy, many aging adults outlive their ability to drive at a safe age. Deteriorating health, vision and hearing impairments, and medication interactions can all contribute to unsafe driving conditions, which injure more than five-hundred aging adults each day. Even though many seniors in senior living communities view driving as one of their last tokens of independence, you should encourage your …Read more ›

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