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Leaving a Legacy: How It Strengthens and Preserves Family Bonds

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leaving a legacy: how it strengthens and preserves family bondsWhat does it mean to leave a legacy? For some, it comes down to stuff—the legacy of what you’ve accumulated over a lifetime. But personal historian Judy Shutts challenges that concept with something she deems far more valuable: a legacy of stories.

“Most people think of a legacy as material goods—a business, cars, money, or family heirlooms,” …Read more ›

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Overcoming Objections to Senior Living

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overcoming-objections-to-senior-livingFor many of us, senior living isn’t a consideration until it becomes a necessity. So when senior care is no longer a matter of “if” but “when,” your loved ones may have trouble getting on board with the idea.

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Dealing with the Ups and Downs of Dementia

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dealing with the ups and downs of dementiaLife can feel like a never-ending roller coaster ride when your loved one has dementia. Some days, she’s happy and responsive; others, she’s agitated and combative. How can you best support your loved one in senior living through the hard days of dementia?

Sue Kruse, director of clinical education at Silverado, offers advice for caregivers on …Read more ›

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What’s Ahead for Senior Care: Expert Predictions

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senior care trendsTen thousand Baby Boomers are turning 65 every single day—which means older adults will comprise 18 percent of the U.S. population by 2030. Of course, with the growth of the aging population comes increased demand for appropriate housing and care. How will we meet this demand and support the precious elders in our communities in the weeks, months, and year ahead?

We connected with various experts …Read more ›

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How Do Cultural Differences Influence Care Decisions?

How Do Cultural Differences Influence Care Decisions?

How Do Cultural Differences Influence Care Decisions?Conventional wisdom says women are more likely to ask for help than men. Can similar distinctions be made according to race and culture—particularly in the Hispanic community?

We connected with Dr. Yanira Cruz, president and CEO of the National Hispanic Council on Aging (NHCOA), to learn how cultural differences affect the way families ask for help and make senior care …Read more ›

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How to Add Senior Living Conversations to the Table This Holiday Season

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 holiday conversations about senior housingAs families prepare for Thanksgiving, Christmas, and Hanukkah, they’re not just cooking food and decorating their homes—they’re scheduling time to spend together. With everyone present and accounted for, families may use some of their time to talk about senior living options. How can families ensure the experience is positive for everyone involved? (more…)

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Should You Hire a Professional Organizer?

Should You Hire a Professional Organizer

Should You Hire a Professional OrganizerPreparing for a move to senior living takes time, energy, and a lot of organization. It’s no wonder families are turning to professional organizers for help with tasks such as downsizing, packing, unpacking, and coordinating the move.

Of course, professional organizing is not a one-size-fits-all scenario—families can customize the experience by taking advantage of one or all services offered.

“It’s as complex or as …Read more ›

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The Inside Scoop on Independent Living

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shutterstock_124272760If you’ve ever wondered what life is really like in a senior living community, just ask Mollee Kruger. The eighty-seven-year-old writer recently published The Swift Seasons, a novel that offers a humorous and unsentimental look at life among aging residents in an Independent Living facility. (more…)

Meeting the Spiritual Needs of Seniors with Dementia

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shutterstock_239451376When a loved one lives with dementia, many families choose a senior community to provide assistance with changing care needs. And those needs aren’t limited to the physical and emotional side; seniors with dementia have spiritual needs as well. How can families provide spiritual support for their loved one after a move to Memory Care? Reverend Colette Bachand-Wood, author of Do This, Remembering Me: The …Read more ›

Should You Hire an Elder Mediator?

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shutterstock_98488145When the conversation turns to senior living, many families have trouble seeing eye to eye. If your family cannot reach a mutually agreeable solution, you may feel like you have nowhere to turn. In these situations, an elder mediator—a trained, impartial third party—can help. (more…)

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