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.

When Driving Becomes a Danger for an Older Parent

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safe_drivingDriving is one way that many of us gauge our sense of independence. When we get behind the wheel, we have the freedom to go wherever we want to go. However, what happens when it’s no longer safe for an older individual to drive? (more…)

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A Timeline of Dementia: What to Know for Each Stage

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dementia stages timelineThough every type of dementia is different and every person who has dementia is different, understanding the basic stages can make a tremendous difference in the life of the senior, says Kim Warchol, president of Dementia Care Specialists, a specialized offering of the Crisis Prevention Institute. “Alzheimer’s disease and the related dementias tend to progress through predictable stages,” she explains. “When …Read more ›

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Managing a Senior Health Crisis: What to Ask Before Leaving the Hospital

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discharge planningWhen crisis happens, we’re often caught off guard. Perhaps your mom fell at home and broke her hip, or your uncle suffered a heart attack in the nursing home. They are rushed to the hospital, and then discharged after a few days of acute care. But what happens when they arrive back at home or their senior living community and are unprepared for life …Read more ›

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Early Signs of Parkinson’s Disease

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parkinsonsMore than 1 million Americans currently have Parkinson’s disease, with an additional 50,000 to 60,000 cases being diagnosed every year. How can you tell if you or a loved one is developing Parkinson’s? Knowing the early signs can help. (more…)

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When Is It Time to Move Your Parents to Assisted Living?

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when to move parents to assisted livingWhen to move your parents to assisted living – it’s a question faced by a growing number of adult children, and it’s not an easy one to answer.

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Getting Ready for Assisted Living Week

On September 8th, seniors, community members, volunteers, employees and families across the country will celebrate National Assisted Living Week 2013. It’s that time again: on September 8th, seniors, community members, volunteers, employees and families across the country will celebrate National Assisted Living Week 2013. A theme of Homemade Happiness provides the focal point for the week’s events and activities, one that emphasizes the …Read more ›

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When You Need Help But Not Home Care: The Village Model

What do you do when your aging parent needs a little help but not enough to warrant in-home care? An article in the New Hampshire Business Review points out senior villages are stepping in to fill that niche.

These organizations—not physical villages but more like “concierge services,” as one person calls them in the article—direct members to volunteers and businesses that can help make it easier for them to continue living in …Read more ›

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Summer Camp for Boomers and Seniors

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summer camp for boomers seniorsIf you’re over 50 with children or grandchildren finishing up the school year, they may be already looking forward to going away for summer camp. As a Girl Scout, I did a couple two-week summer stints at Camp Wakatomika. With the exception of a mouse running over my face in the tent, it was a great time. Hopefully, summer camp is …Read more ›

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How to…Take a Caregiving Break

As a caregiver, a break is possible -- and absolutely necessary. Check out our tips, ideas and resources in this featured post.There’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 …Read more ›

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How to… Know When It’s Time to Start Seeking Home Care

Check out our timing tips and where-to-start resources for making a decision about home care. You’re concerned for a senior loved one who lives at home alone or with a spouse/partner (for whom you may also be concerned). Maybe you’re providing care for a few hours a day or a few hours a week. Maybe you’re checking in …Read more ›

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