Asking For Help Articles

Asking for help is the first step toward determining the right solution for your aging parent. Senior Living Advisors can help with the difficult decision of moving your parents into a senior living community, and they can help facilitate the steps required. OurParents Senior Living Advisors know how you feel. They have shared your experiences and they understand the role of the senior care professional. Their services are free of charge to you, and they are always just a call away.

Best Podcasts for Retirees Considering Senior Living

shutterstock_317804807Podcasts offer a new and exciting way for seniors and their families to find helpful advice about senior communities. For those who aren’t familiar with podcasts, they are essentially radio programs uploaded to the Internet that can be listened to at any time. You can listen to podcasts on a variety of electronic devices, including desktop computers, laptops, tablets, or smartphones. The following podcasts deal with senior-related …Read more ›

Four Senior Living Amenities That Help Alleviate Stress

shutterstock_16301614The stress caused by transitioning from one environment to another can have serious side effects on your loved one’s health. Stress can elevate their blood pressure, cause physical aches around the body, and impact their mental health and wellbeing. High stress lifestyles become more problematic as we age. (more…)

Ask an SLA: What Type of Care Does My Parent with Parkinson’s Disease Need?

shutterstock_294489461Affecting more than one million people in the United States, Parkinson’s disease is a condition where a person loses nerve cells in the substantia nigra part of the brain. Those with Parkinson’s experience slowed movement, tremors, and gait or balancing issues. As a progressive disease, caring for someone with Parkinson’s becomes increasingly difficult as time passes. Terri Raines, a certified Senior Living Advisor (SLA) and …Read more ›

What to Do When Your Loved One Resists Senior Living

shutterstock_265082102Many aging parents and loved ones resist moving into Assisted Living or Memory Care communities because they fear isolation from their family and friends, a loss of independence, and the financial burden it can put on their monthly income. Fueled by their fears, those resisting elder care can become aggressive, stubborn, and difficult to manage. However, you shouldn’t allow your loved one’s fears of moving …Read more ›

Taking an Assisted Living Test Drive

shutterstock_423588148You wouldn’t buy a car without taking it for a test drive, so why sign up for senior living sight unseen? Fortunately, communities such as Grand Villa in Florida, Parkwood Heights in New York, and Allerton House in Massachusetts, offer test drive programs that allow seniors to rent an apartment for a short-term stay—no long-term commitment required. …Read more ›

How Family Caregivers Can Take Advantage of Respite Care

shutterstock_280357913Between the hectic hours at the office and the responsibilities of home ownership, parceling time and energy to care for senior relatives at home can leave you feeling overworked with little space for a vacation or an hour of personal time. (more…)

The Four Different Types of Dementia You Should Know

shutterstock_262437695As your parent ages, you may notice a change in behavior, memory, and motor skills. While a decline in cognition (or thinking ability) occurs naturally as a part of aging, you should still monitor your loved one for the warning signs of dementia. With dementia, the cognitive decline will exceed the amount due to the normal aging process. According to the World Health Organization, dementia …Read more ›

Diabetes Care in Senior Living

shutterstock_366828323According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, approximately 25 percent of adults sixty-five and older have diabetes. Appropriate medical care becomes increasingly important with aging, and many seniors turn to senior living communities to provide that care. In fact, the prevalence of diabetes in senior living communities ranges from 25-34 percent of the resident population. Managing diabetes in senior housing does not vary …Read more ›

Stories That Explore the Experiences of Seniors with Terminal Illness

shutterstock_397973647A loved one with a terminal illness needs more than assistance with transportation and feeding; they need a specific type of emotional care. (more…)

Caring for Seniors with Hearing Impairments

shutterstock_326820860Hearing loss affects nearly one in four seniors aged sixty-five to seventy-four, according to the National Institute on Deafness and Other Communication Disorders. For seniors seventy-five and older, the rate doubles to 50 percent. Though many consider hearing complications a normal part of aging, that doesn’t mean that seniors lack options. After diagnosing hearing loss, seniors and their families can take steps to treat the …Read more ›

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