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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?

When Senior Living Separates Your Parents

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shutterstock_299057864 Your parents planned to grow old together, but differing care needs have forced them to live apart. One parent moving to a senior living community without his or her spouse involves a difficult transition for both partners.

How can couples maintain their relationship and health when senior living separates them, and how can their children support them in this new phase of life? Here, we offer a …Read more ›

Ensuring Your Loved One Maintains a Fitness Regimen

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bicycle FBEven though most aging adults have no interest in becoming bodybuilders, maintaining a weekly fitness regimen can still contribute to the long-term cardiovascular, mental, and physical health of seniors. (more…)

Practical Gifts for Assisted Living Residents

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shutterstock_296430281You may have trouble coming up with gift ideas for a loved one in an Assisted Living community. You want to avoid crowding their living space while still gifting something that they’ll find useful. Keeping these parameters in mind, consider the following gift ideas for your parent or loved one on their next birthday, holiday, or special celebration. (more…)

Preparing for a New Relationship with Your Parent

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shutterstock_100664785Each family member will struggle with an Assisted Living transition in their own way. For seniors making the move, giving up their previous home, familiar routines, and some aspect of their independence commonly elicits an emotional response. Family members, especially full-time caregivers, may experience some emotional upheaval as well, as they, too, must adjust to a new routine and may find themselves relating to their parent …Read more ›

Managing Caregiver Grief after a Move to Assisted Living

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shutterstock_323823368After growing accustomed to caring for an aging parent, you may experience feelings of grief and loss when they finally make the move to Assisted Living. Even if your parent is healthy, the move can trigger the kind of grief you once thought reserved for the dying process because this major change requires caregivers to adjust to a completely new way of life. (more…)

Helping a Loved One in Assisted Living Maintain a Healthy Diet

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shutterstock_177352682A well-balanced diet maintains cognitive awareness, a strong immune system, and a healthy heart. At-home caregivers recognize that taking care of a loved one’s diet is a major priority. (more…)

#ElderCareChat 5/4/16: Family Dynamics in Assisted Living

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shutterstock_150772982In the latest installment of #ElderCareChat, 33 participants discussed the family dynamics and changes — both positive and negative — that accompany a move to assisted living.

Discussion questions are embedded in this Storify presentation. Be sure to review all the insights shared via the transcript link, found below the visual recap:

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Can Senior Living Boost Your Love Life?

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shutterstock_387245197Does our need for intimacy change as we age? That’s the question posed by The Age of Love, a documentary that’s smashing stereotypes and empowering single seniors to seek companionship. The film follows the adventures of a group of Rochester, New York, seniors who participated in a one-of-a-kind, speed-dating event for those between the ages of seventy and ninety. (more…)

Coping with the Guilt Associated with Assisted Living Transitions

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shutterstock_184467086Choosing to transition your loved one to an Assisted Living community can be a difficult decision. Many children feel overwhelmingly guilty for changing their parents’ lives, even if an Assisted Living community improves their health and safety. Often, guilt triggers anxiety, stress, depression, and other negative feelings. Here are five tips to help you eliminate guilty feelings and reduce stress.

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Eight Ways to Maximize Space in an Assisted Living Apartment

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shutterstock_157063094After deciding that Assisted Living is right for your loved one, you must plan for the big move to the new, often smaller apartment. As you help sort through items, do so with a focus on consolidation and which items will take up too much space or prevent your loved one from moving around easily. Use these eight tips to maximize space and efficiency in an Assisted …Read more ›

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