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How to Intervene in Cases of Elder Abuse

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elder abuseWe love to read heartwarming stories about devoted caregivers and thriving seniors. When we look at seniors who are well cared for, we think, “Of course – that’s the way it should be.”

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5 Things to Do Before Placing Your Loved One in Assisted Living

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move to assisted livingPlacing your loved one in assisted living is never an easy decision, but when it’s time, it’s important to do everything you can to ease the transition and make the move as seamless as possible.

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New Approaches to Dementia Care

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approaches to dementia careOnce upon a time, seniors with dementia were defined by what they could no longer do. Today, however, many caregivers are focusing on the abilities that remain rather than on those that have been lost.

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Will Brain Games Make You Smarter?

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brain games for seniorsThere’s no shortage of brain games for seniors, particularly online. Reputable organizations like AARP offer free online brain games so you can have fun testing your memory, attention, and language skills. Word games are designed to help you improve your vocabulary, crossword puzzles are geared toward enhancing your problem-solving abilities, and shape and color games aim to boost …Read more ›

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When Should I Hire a Professional Elder Care Advocate?

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elder care advocateLast month, I shared tips from IKOR International’s founder and chief innovation officer, Patricia Maisano, on how to be an effective advocate for your senior loved one.

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Diminished Eyesight Among Seniors: What to Know and How to Respond

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low visionWhen your eyesight begins to fail as a result of age-related conditions, it’s tempting to feel like all hope is lost for your vision. But Dr. Donald C. Fletcher, medical director of the Envision Vision Rehabilitation Center in Wichita, Kansas, challenges that negative outlook.

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A Timeline of Dementia: What to Know for Each Stage

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dementia stages timelineThough every type of dementia is different and every person who has dementia is different, understanding the basic stages can make a tremendous difference in the life of the senior, says Kim Warchol, president of Dementia Care Specialists, a specialized offering of the Crisis Prevention Institute. “Alzheimer’s disease and the related dementias tend to progress through predictable stages,” she …Read more ›

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5 Ways to Be an Effective Advocate for Your Senior Loved One

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senior advocacyMany of us stumble into the role of advocate without any prior knowledge of the senior care landscape. And because we are not professional advocates or caregivers, it can be difficult to make our voices heard in a setting like a hospital, nursing home, or other senior community. So how can we as adult children (and other family members) make sure our loved ones …Read more ›

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Managing a Senior Health Crisis: What to Ask Before Leaving the Hospital

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discharge planningWhen crisis happens, we’re often caught off guard. Perhaps your mom fell at home and broke her hip, or your uncle suffered a heart attack in the nursing home. They are rushed to the hospital, and then discharged after a few days of acute care. But what happens when they arrive back at home or their senior living community and are unprepared for life …Read more ›

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Protecting Seniors’ Financial Assets for Future Generations

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protect financial assetsMy grandmother is 90 years old and lives in a nursing home. She worked her whole life and amassed a decent amount of wealth, only to have most of it drained away in her years in independent living, then assisted living, and now in a nursing home with dementia care.

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