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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?

Staying in Touch With Your Loved One in Assisted Living

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assisted livingAfter all the time you’ve spent planning, preparing, 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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5 Ways to Be an Effective Advocate for Your Senior Loved One

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senior advocacyMany of us stumble into the role of advocate without any prior knowledge of the senior care landscape. And because we are not professional advocates or caregivers, it can be difficult to make our voices heard in a setting like a hospital, nursing home, or other senior community. So how can we as adult children (and other family members) make sure our loved ones …Read more ›

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Index Ranks Best Cities for Successful Aging

Madison_WIWhat do the cities of Madison, Wis., and Iowa City, Iowa, have in common? They rank at the top of the Best Cities for Successful Aging, the first-of-its-kind index that measures and ranks U.S. metropolitan areas based on their performance in promoting and enabling successful aging. (more…)

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“Senior Villages” Provide Social Outlets, Not Just Services

“Senior villages”—virtual retirement communities—are known for connecting older people to services that help them keep living in their home as they age. But the financial site explains that these villages also do something else traditional retirement communities do: They provide social activities.

At a senior village that serves a large area in Seattle:

… the village organizes weekly potluck dinners, outings to plays and movies, and even workshops ranging from the …Read more ›

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A Smartphone for Seniors

Smartphones are one of the most popular communications gadgets these days. But for people not well-versed in technology or with poor eyesight, such a device may not be that conducive to communication.

So Samsung has come up with a solution, according to a Reuters: the Samsung Galaxy S4  phone.

The earlier iteration of this phone – the S3 – already had a 5-inch screen that appealed to older users struggling with poor …Read more ›

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How Adult Day Care Can Help Caregivers Stay Healthy

People who care for their elderly parents don’t have a lot of time to take care of themselves. In fact, “there are times when the caregiver’s health is worse than the people they care for,” Susan Warren, director of Elder Day Stay, an adult care facility near Lake Ella, Florida, says in an article at

But services like adult day care and in-home care can give caregivers time to improve …Read more ›

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Aging-in-Place Tip: Pick a Redesigner With a Team

When shopping around for a designer for an aging-in-place remodel, don’t just consider the designers. Consider the other people they can bring to the table, recommends Toronto-based home redesigner Beth Hirshfeld. That way, you hopefully won’t have to have things done twice.

In an interview featured at The Huffington Post, Hirshfeld says:

If you hire a home re-designer, make sure he or she can arrange for qualified contractors and relevant specialists to …Read more ›

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Before an Aging-in-Place Remodel, Make Sure the House Can Support It

If your home doesn’t fit your needs as you age, instead of moving, you might be able to remodel. Widen doorways, add grab bars, address stair concerns. But before deciding on a big remodel like this, make sure your house can take the work, recommends an article at the Washington, D.C., news site

… remodeling experts recommend assessing, first, whether a home is suitable for remodeling. In many instances, poorly …Read more ›

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The Wheelchair-Accessible “Wet Room” Bathroom

When you have to use a wheelchair, bathing can be challenging. Many people find solutions in curbless showers and walk-in tubs. But there’s also the option to basically turn your entire bathroom into a shower, explains an article at the Virginia news website

The result is what is known in the industry as a “wet room”—a completely waterproofed space that includes a curbless level-access shower, conveniently located grab-bars, and counter …Read more ›

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The Flooring Change That Makes Cooking Easier for Seniors

Cooking a healthy meal can be hard on the feet, what with all that standing on a hard floor. So for seniors who are aging in place, Beth Hirshfeld, a certified aging in place specialist in Toronto, has two simple tips: Change what you’re standing on—and how long you have to stand.

In an article at The Huffington Post about designing for aging in place, Hirshfeld says:

If a person has always …Read more ›

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