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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?

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. (more…)

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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 ›

Music Therapy and a Personalized Music Collection Helps Seniors

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Music Terapy_1_3.1.2016When I was a child my family often drove to Belton, Texas, to visit relatives. We always stopped at the senior care center to visit my great-great-grandmother, “Granny-Allie.” Born in 1877, on one of our final visits, she was just days short of her one-hundredth birthday. Sadly, however, she seemed as unaware of that momentous occasion as she was everything else. My parents were …Read more ›

Family Ties: Minimizing Sibling Conflict over Parental Care

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Family-Support-2.26.2016Deciding that Assisted Living is right for your parent is difficult enough when you’re the only person second-guessing yourself. Adding siblings who disagree into the mix makes the process that much harder. The lack of consensus over the next step can reignite old rivalries, make the sibling who handles the majority of the care feel taken for granted, and even lead to resentment that puts a life-long …Read more ›

Staying in Touch with Your Loved One in Assisted Living

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After all the time you’ve spent planningpreparing, and packing for assisted living, you may think your job is done once the move is complete. But that’s only the beginning. Though your loved ones have moved to assisted living, they still need you in their life.

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Finding Your Passion Later in Life

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senior_artistHere’s an inspiring thought for individuals entering their retirement years: Your most creative, enjoyable and fulfilling pursuits may lie ahead. By starting a new activity or developing a hobby that engages your mind, you will be able to live your later life to its fullest — while also maintaining a healthy brain. (more…)

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