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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.

A Healthier, More Satisfying Old Age: Integrating Preschool Children with Seniors

Care Options_2.24.2016As boys, my friends and I played football on a makeshift field that ran the length of several front yards in our neighborhood. My yard, at the end of the block, marked one end zone. The other end zone was four houses away in Roger Longo’s yard. Occasionally, an exuberant kickoff or errant toss sent the ball skittering into the grass on the other side of …Read more ›

Visiting Your Loved One in Assisted Living or a Nursing Home

visitingFamily members are often uncertain about the protocol for visiting their loved ones at an assisted living community or skilled nursing facility. They may wonder when, how long and how often should they visit, and what they should do when there. Every situation is different, but these tips and guidelines can help make the time spent visiting a loved one as pleasant and worthwhile as possible. …Read more ›

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Not All Senior Communities Are the Same

senior_livingWhen you hear the term “senior living,” what comes to mind? Do you think of carefree seniors enjoying themselves on a golf course or in a water aerobics class? Do you picture older adults playing cards or watching movies together? Do you think of a memory-impaired individual being assisted by a specially trained staff member — or a physically impaired individual receiving the care of a …Read more ›

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Is Snowbirding Right for You?

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snowbirdSnowbirding is attractive for obvious reasons – most notably, getting out of the cold and into a more comfortable environment. But the decision to snowbird is not always an easy one, particularly if you have strong personal connections in your current location. So how do you choose between staying near family full-time and enjoying a better locale in your retirement?

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Looking Ahead at Assisted Living in 2016

assisted_livingSenior living facilities are not what they used to be…and that’s actually a good thing. An increasing number of assisted living providers are replacing outdated notions of “an old folks’ home,” where residents passively live out their remaining years, with communities that offer more positive feelings of socialization and active engagement. (more…)

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The Best Pets for Seniors

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pets for seniorsWhether you’re a dog person or a cat person, a bird person or a fish person, there’s a pet for every personality. Pets can be an excellent investment for people of all ages — particularly for seniors seeking companionship.

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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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Music Therapy Activities for Adults

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music therapy activities for adultsMy grandmother has dementia, and though she can no longer remember her loved ones, she perks up whenever she hears music playing.

I have a similar kind of music memory – I can’t remember the details of a conversation I had last week, but I can still recite every word of “Parents Just Don’t Understand” by DJ Jazzy Jeff and …Read more ›

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The Benefits of Art Therapy for Seniors

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art therapy for seniorsThe arts are well known for their life-giving, soul-restoring, undeniably therapeutic effects for people of all ages. That’s why the findings of the landmark “Creativity and Aging Study” should come as no surprise – that professionally conducted arts programs have a significant impact on the well-being of older adults.

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