Care Options Articles

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.

The Power of Music in Memory Care

shutterstock_149341727Music lifts moods, spurs creativity, and even has the power to transport us to another time and place. These very qualities are what make music the perfect therapeutic interlude for those living with memory impairment. (more…)

Baby Boomers and the Revolution of Senior Living: Trends on the Rise

shutterstock_398360392As the baby-boomer generation reaches retirement age, they are revolutionizing the senior living industry. To meet the demands of this generation, senior living communities have begun reinventing themselves by offering modern features and luxurious amenities. Below are some of the top trends. (more…)

Can Senior Living Help You Exercise Your Way Out of Alzheimer’s?

shutterstock_201202898A new study reveals that a protein in the brain may have the power to slow the progression of Alzheimer’s. Better yet, exercise and social interaction make it possible to boost these protein levels. (more…)

Independent or Assisted Living: Which One Is Right for You?

shutterstock_288271337Many senior citizens increasingly find living alone a stressful and costly experience. Between keeping up with the house and paying the bills on time, the everyday duties of homeownership can strain both one’s body and budget. The home, once a joy to maintain, has become a burden. (more…)

Three Ways to Boost Brain Power in Seniors

shutterstock_285560471Brains age in a process called “cognitive decline,” which leads to forgetfulness, a decrease in problem-solving ability, and an inability to maintain focus and concentration. Collectively, cognitive decline makes performing day-to-day tasks progressively more difficult. But there are ways to help fight the effects of brain aging. Scientists have discovered a variety of strategies that can slow cognitive decline and improve the brain’s ability to think quickly, …Read more ›

Unusual, Special-Focus, and Creative Retirement Options

shutterstock_84882820As a child growing up in Texas in the 1970s, I had a lot of elderly relatives. Most lived by themselves, but some were cared for by their adult children. A few lived in retirement homes, too. Then there was Uncle Martin and Aunt Lady Lee. Martin and Lady Lee were retired, but every winter they’d pack up their RV, leave South Dakota, and explore the …Read more ›

Levels of Care: The Various Types of Senior Living Communities

shutterstock_169012214According to the United States Department of Health and Human Services, 70 percent of Americans who reach the age of sixty-five will need some form of long-term care for an average of three years. The decision to move your loved one into an unfamiliar setting will be easier if you plan ahead and do your research. Various housing options are available to meet the requirements …Read more ›

Benefits of Learning a Second Language as a Senior

shutterstock_11330800Learning a new language is a challenging and time-consuming process. However, the health benefits of becoming bilingual are extremely rewarding. While myths surround the inability of older adults to learn a second language, research shows that no one is ever “too old” to take advantage of the benefits that bilingualism can bring. …Read more ›

Cultural Attitudes toward the Elderly and Global Overview of Care

A Zen parable:

A farmer got so old that he couldn’t work the fields anymore. He had to spend the day just sitting on the porch. His son, still working the farm, looked up from time to time to see his father sitting there. 

“He’s of no use anymore,” the son thought to himself, “He doesn’t do anything!” One day the son got so frustrated that he built a wood coffin, dragged it over to the …Read more ›

Using Hobbies to Adjust to Senior Living

The transition to a senior living community can be difficult. While time and support are the best solutions, finding a hobby or club will help with the adjustment. Here are a few ideas:  (more…)

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