Communication Articles

Critical conversations need to be had with your parents prior to the move to a senior living community. Difficult discussions may also be required between family members who have different opinions about the best way to care for your parents. Good communication is always crucial to a successful move.

How to Add Senior Living Conversations to the Table This Holiday Season

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 holiday conversations about senior housingAs families prepare for Thanksgiving, Christmas, and Hanukkah, they’re not just cooking food and decorating their homes—they’re scheduling time to spend together. With everyone present and accounted for, families may use some of their time to talk about senior living options. How can families ensure the experience is positive for everyone involved? (more…)

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How to Support with a Senior Loved One Suffering from Food Insecurity

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shutterstock_127409051Food insecurity has become a growing concern in America with 15.8 million households affected in 2015. Factors such as poverty, unemployment, and limited access to grocery stores all contribute to the growing issue of food insecurity, a state in which a family has limited access to affordable and healthy food and suffers from prolonged hunger. Seniors are among the millions of Americans affected by this …Read more ›

Should You Hire an Elder Mediator?

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shutterstock_98488145When the conversation turns to senior living, many families have trouble seeing eye to eye. If your family cannot reach a mutually agreeable solution, you may feel like you have nowhere to turn. In these situations, an elder mediator—a trained, impartial third party—can help. (more…)

How to Talk to a Loved One about Drug Dependency

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shutterstock_291363302When we talk about drug abuse, we often center the discussion on illegal drugs and young adults. However, licit drug use (legal drugs such as opioids and stimulants) among the elderly is not only a major problem but a problem expected to increase over the coming years. (more…)

How to Talk to a Loved One with Unhealthy Weight Gain or Loss

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shutterstock_147927137Rapid weight loss or weight gain among seniors may indicate more serious health conditions. Sudden weight loss or gain may occur for a variety of reasons. Seniors suffering from unhealthy weight fluctuations may experience symptoms such as hindered physical mobility, and these fluctuations “ associated with increased morbidity and mortality,” according to a study published by the American Academy of Family Physicians. It is crucial, …Read more ›

Trigger Words and Phrases to Avoid When Discussing Senior Living Options

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shutterstock_305975612When discussing senior living options with your parent, you’ll have plenty of ground to cover. However, your method of approaching the topics can affect the outcome. For instance, certain words, phrases, and topics have the potential to upset your parent, trigger a conflict, or even get construed as disrespectful. (more…)

Understanding and Discussing Hospice Care

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shutterstock_399389878Once age, chronic diseases, and/or acute illnesses take their toll, hospice care becomes the most viable option for your parent or loved one with six or fewer months to live. Hospice care maximizes the quality of life for people with terminal conditions by providing expert care that relieves suffering, including physical symptoms, psychological distress, and pain. While most senior care communities offer hands-on, around-the-clock care, hospice care …Read more ›

How to Convince Your Aging Loved One That Driving Is No Longer Safe

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shutterstock_286872473With modern medicine increasing life expectancy, many aging adults outlive their ability to drive at a safe age. Deteriorating health, vision and hearing impairments, and medication interactions can all contribute to unsafe driving conditions, which injure more than five-hundred aging adults each day. Even though many seniors in senior living communities view driving as one of their last tokens of independence, you should encourage your …Read more ›

The Power of Language in Aging

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shutterstock_11366608When families discuss their loved ones’ health and need for senior care, the words they use hold tremendous weight. Adverse terminology like “disabled,” “incompetent,” and even “suffer” create fear, isolation, and an inability to see seniors for what they can still do, says Stephanie Erickson, a family caregiving expert and host of the Caregivers’ Circle radio program. (more…)

Challenges of the Young Caregiver

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shutterstock_370595594Providing care for an elderly parent is challenging at any age, but for young caregivers—those in their twenties or thirties—the challenges are especially acute.  (more…)

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