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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.

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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What Should Be on Your Moving Packing List for Assisted Living?

packing_alWhen a senior is preparing to move into assisted living, no question looms larger than what to pack and bring to the new living space. (more…)

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Group Therapy Activities for Adults With Mental Illness or Dementia

grouptherapyFor elderly individuals with mental illness or dementia, group therapy activities can produce positive effects. Everything from music to art to storytelling can engage a group of older adults, providing much-needed socialization to counter negative mental conditions. (more…)

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What You Need to Know About VA Nursing Homes

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VA nursing homesWhen you’ve given years of your life in service to your country, you hope your country will return the favor when you need it most. Though quality services are available to veterans who require skilled nursing care, demand often outstrips supply. The key, says Mark D. Miller, CEO of @home approach, is to start the process well before the need arises.

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Assisted Living Grants: HUD Senior Housing Made Affordable

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assisted living grantsNavigating the landscape of low-income senior housing can be overwhelming, to say the least. Thankfully, there are resources available to help seniors in their search.

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Dementia and Mental Illness: Is Dementia a Psychiatric Disorder?

dementia_mentalAngry outbursts, paranoia, hallucinations—any or all these behaviors may be indicative of mental illness, but they also may manifest themselves in individuals who have dementia. While symptoms may be similar, dementia should not be treated as a mental illness but rather as a distinct condition that has separate causes and treatments.

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