Timing Articles

When is the right time to move your parents into to a senior living community? What are some of the warning signs that indicate it is not safe for your parents to live alone? Choosing the right type of care for your loved ones—and choosing it early enough—may ensure prevention of a life-threatening crisis.

Is It Time for Hospice Care?

It Time for Hospice Care?

It Time for Hospice Care?After receiving hospice care at home for the last six weeks of her life, my aunt died of renal cancer at age 44.

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How to Take a Caregiving Break

How to take a caregiving break

How to take a caregiving breakThere’s no way I can take a break from caregiving!

If that’s what you’re thinking upon first glance at this post, KEEP READING. A break is possible — and absolutely necessary. Check out our tips, ideas and resources on how to take a break from the hard work of providing care:

First, think of rest as a requirement, not a reward. Caregivers often feel …Read more ›

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When You Need to Find Senior Living In a Hurry

finding senior care in an emergency

finding senior care in an emergencyPlanning ahead is an important guideline for locating the best senior living option for your parent, but in the case of an unexpected medical crisis—such as your father has a stroke or your mother suffers a serious fall—you may be suddenly be in a position where you need to find senior living in a hurry. …Read more ›

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Life Hacks for the Busy Caregiver

life hacks for the busy caregiver

life hacks for the busy caregiverLife hacks are a way to save time and sanity, and family caregivers certainly can use more of both. In many cases, caregivers are not only devoting many hours to helping their aging parents but they also have obligations to spouses and school-age children. So, life hacks for the busy caregiver are just what they need. …Read more ›

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Long-Distance Families: Recognizing Signs Your Parent Needs More Care

shutterstock_138990563The National Institute on Aging estimates that over three million Americans fit the definition of long-distance caregivers. Whether you live an hour away or in a different state, caregiving for aging loved ones at a distance presents very real challenges. For example, parents may not share health issues with their children who live far away from home because they don’t want to worry them. However, …Read more ›

Buyer’s Remorse and Scam Victimization May Indicate Cognitive Decline

shutterstock_337113455As your loved one ages, they may begin to make unnecessary or overly expensive purchases. Even worse, they could fall victim to scams. Such incidents may not be due to individually poor shopping habits or gullibility, but a sign of declining cognitive function. A MetLife study estimated that seniors lose approximately $2.6 billion per year, and the problem is growing worse with time. Unscrupulous salespeople …Read more ›

Loss of Navigational Skills May Indicate Early Signs of Alzheimer’s

shutterstock_482413768As the sixth leading cause of death in the United States, more than five million Americans live with Alzheimer’s disease—a number that is increasing rapidly each year. According to the Alzheimer’s Association, approximately 5 percent of those five million Americans experience early-onset Alzheimer’s. Common symptoms of Alzheimer’s and dementia include memory loss, confusion with time and place, difficulty speaking and writing, …Read more ›

Is It Too Soon for Memory Care?

shutterstock_170444147As your loved one develops symptoms of memory loss, you will likely research Assisted Living and Memory Care communities to prepare for the future. However, you may also feel reluctant to move your parent or spouse to a community where the other residents suffer from much more severe cognitive decline. When is a move to Memory Care proactive, and when is it jumping the gun? …Read more ›

Signs of Elder Care Abuse

shutterstock_446247823The National Council on Aging (NCOA) reports that approximately five million seniors are abused each year, with only 25 percent of those cases reported to authorities. The NCOA defines elder abuse as physical, financial, emotional, or sexual abuse with signs of exploitation, neglect, and abandonment. While elderly abuse may occur in a care community, the NCOA found that children, spouses, and other family members comprise …Read more ›

Signs Your Loved One Needs More Visitors in Their Senior Community

shutterstock_401699068Geriatric depression affects more than six million adults aged sixty-five and older, and many cases commonly go overlooked by those closest to them. Professionals describe this form of depression as a mental and emotional condition characterized by feelings of severe despondency and dejection, often accompanied by a lack of energy, appetite, and sleep. Feelings of isolation from lack of visiting friends and family can cause …Read more ›

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