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What are the differences between senior living communities? What unique care services are available to your parents? There are many options to review, from Senior Independent Living to Assisted Living or Memory Care. Each community offers different features that will be appealing to your parents, including dining, social activities, and fitness programs.

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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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…)

Telemedicine in Senior Living: The Newest Healthcare Trend

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shutterstock_164722715According to the American Telemedicine Association, telemedicine is “the use of medical information exchanged from one site to another via electronic communications to improve a patient’s clinical health status.” Essentially, it allows medical professionals to provide interactive healthcare to patients by using modern technology and telecommunications. This technology lets patients visit with their physicians live over video for immediate care. As the use of this …Read more ›

Life Satisfaction at Senior Living Communities vs. Home Care

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shutterstock_447859339No matter how much we pamper our loved ones, shower them with attention, and splurge on expensive care options, their health and happiness ultimately determine the effectiveness of their care. (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 ›

Looking for Love in Senior Living

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shutterstock_361632494You’re never too old for love—not according to the Hebrew Home at Riverdale by RiverSpring Health. The Bronx, New York, Skilled Nursing home offers happy hour, prom, and even a dating service called “G-Date” (“Grandparent Date”) to encourage seniors to enjoy one another’s company. (more…)

Festive Fall Activities for Senior Living Communities

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shutterstock_181046156Reminiscent of cooler days, seasonal hues, pumpkins, and football, the fall months offer plenty of festive activities for older adults in senior living communities. Below are a few festive ideas to help seniors stay mentally engaged and physically active while getting into the spirit of the season. (more…)

Using Nostalgic Items in Memory Care Communities

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shutterstock_221241151Reminiscence therapy uses familiar items from the past to enhance the well-being of those suffering from memory loss related to Alzheimer’s and other forms of dementia. This type of treatment alleviates symptoms of depression and agitation, reasserts self-worth and sense of belonging, and increases communication. Taking into account the theory behind reminiscence therapy, a recent trend in the design of Memory Care communities involves utilizing …Read more ›

Ending Elder Isolation through Makeovers?

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shutterstock_66447445Many senior living communities provide on-site beauty services, so seniors can continue to look and feel their best. Some communities are fortunate enough to enjoy the services of GlamourGals, a nonprofit organization that inspires and equips teen volunteers across the country to provide ongoing companionship and complimentary makeovers to women living in senior homes. (more…)

What to Do When Your Loved One Has a Food Allergy

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shutterstock_428777626As we age, our immune systems lose their edge, making us more susceptible to illnesses and reducing our ability to combat allergies. For some, these allergic reactions can result in itchy skin and a runny nose; for others, one bite of a single peanut can send them into anaphylactic shock, a situation with life or death consequences. (more…)

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