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What are the ongoing needs of your loved ones after they have moved into a senior living community? How can you best assist them when you are no longer the primary caregiver? What can you do to maintain excellent communication and get the best results from visits to the community?

The Lasting Benefits of Art Therapy for Seniors

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shutterstock_451079968More important than the finished products, the process of creating art helps us to express unresolved emotions and relieve accumulated stress. For some seniors, art can play an integral role in addressing mental and physical health. The benefits of art therapy range from a decrease in anxiety and the effects of post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD) to an increase in brain stimulation among dementia patients.

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Fall Allergies and Seniors: Tips for Enduring Allergy Season

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shutterstock_433003087Over 20 percent of Americans suffer from ragweed and mold spore allergies during the fall season. Elderly residents of senior living communities are among those who suffer from the sneezing, watery eyes, and stuffy noses that accompany allergies. However, seniors must take a more cautious approach to treating their symptoms, since they often have to deal with complicating factors such as respiratory problems, chronic diseases, and cardiovascular …Read more ›

Engaging Your Loved One in Memory Care

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shutterstock_341591546Though your loved one has moved to Memory Care, they still need the love and support of their family. Consider these strategies for communicating and connecting at various stages of dementia—from writing notes and addressing your loved one by name to focusing on nonverbal cues and simplifying activities to the sensory level. (more…)

How to Celebrate Self-Improvement Month in a Senior Living Community

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shutterstock_258815969With people living much longer now than they did generations ago, the retirement phase of life continues to lengthen in duration, making it even more important for seniors to have a happy and fulfilling retirement. Even for those in senior living communities, self-satisfaction and fulfillment come from striving for goals and continuously bettering themselves. September is National Self-Improvement Month, which provides the perfect opportunity for you to …Read more ›

When Your Parent Blames You for Assisted Living

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shutterstock_300061223Just because your parent needs Assisted Living, that doesn’t mean they have to like it. They may feel saddened by the loss of independence and angry at you because of it. What can you do when your parent blames you for the move? Clinical psychologist Ann Pearman, Ph.D., offers her insights on navigating complicated family relationships after a move to senior living. (more…)

The Health Benefits of Gardening

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shutterstock_58468507Perhaps the scent of soil and freshly cut grass brings back memories of childhood or the hour of sunshine lifts one’s spirits. Whatever the cause, gardening has always been a go-to activity for residents of senior living communities. (more…)

Celebrating Family Fun Month with Your Loved One in Senior Living

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shutterstock_152523992Every year, families observe Family Fun Month in August. This provides the perfect opportunity to celebrate the end of summer with your parent or loved one in a senior living community. Having fun with your aging parent not only promotes a closer bond, it also improves both mental and emotional health. Use these exciting Family Fun Month activities to get creative and change up your regular routine. …Read more ›

Completing a Bucket List with Your Parent in Assisted Living

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“One day your life will flash before your eyes. Make sure it’s worth watching.” – The Bucket List, 2007

shutterstock_240639418The Bucket List, a touching movie about two seniors realizing lifelong dreams, encourages seniors to continue gaining new experiences despite their age. As a family member of someone in an Assisted Living community, you should communicate with your loved one about their goals and help make them a reality. …Read more ›

Respite Care as an Alternative to Post-Surgery Rehab

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shutterstock_361382867Your body’s ability to heal diminishes with age, increasing the risk of health complications after surgery. For seniors, who comprise 20 percent of all surgical procedures in the U.S., this can mean more time for rehabilitation and the need for greater access to quality care to help aid recovery. Post-surgical rehab can have a significant impact on the budget of many seniors, especially …Read more ›

Helping a Childless Elderly Relative

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shutterstock_410997181Many seniors rely on their adult children for help with caregiving and care decisions, but what about the aunt, uncle, or older sibling who has no children? (more…)

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