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 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… 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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Advocating for a Senior Loved One’s Care

Advocating for quality care often falls to the primary caregiver. But what does that really mean? And how does one advocate effectively? Find out here. When an aging parent or other senior loved one is in the hospital, at the doctor’s office, in assisted living, or receiving services at home, the responsibility of advocating for quality care often falls on the primary caregiver. But …Read more ›

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Tip to Get a Reluctant Parent to Try Assisted Living

If your parent needs to move to an assisted living community but is reluctant to step foot through the door, perhaps a temporary respite stay would help, suggests elder law attorney Dave Nesbit in Pennsylvania’s The Sentinel. One way to push forward the need for such a stay is to plan what’s probably a much-needed break for yourself.

Maybe you should plan a winter getaway that you “really need and would …Read more ›

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Early Hospice Helps Some Patients Take a Vacation

At the end of our lives, pain and nausea—from a disease or treatment—can make living miserable. But there is something that can help change that: hospice.

Hospice helps control symptoms and side effects, changing the way we die these days, reports the Post-Crescent, a newspaper in Wisconsin. In fact, it can help you do the things you’ve been meaning to—like take a vacation.

Hospice workers are trained to help …Read more ›

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Alzheimer’s: 3 Signs It Might Be Time for Hospice

If you care for someone who has advanced Alzheimer’s, the thought of hospice may have crossed your mind. But how do you know when it’s time?

Gregg Warshaw, M.D., director of geriatric medicine at the University of Cincinnati, tells The Huffington Post that there are certain signs you can look for to give you clues. Consider asking the doctor whether it might be time, he says, if your loved one experiences …Read more ›

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Moving Mom to Hospice Is Not Giving Up

Mary says her mom’s Alzheimer’s disease has progressed. Mom doesn’t want to do much—even eat or drink. Mary tries to keep her active. An aide suggested hospice, but Mary’s afraid of giving up. What would you tell her?

Another Mary, registered nurse Mary C. Fridley, answers this question in her column Caregivers’ Corner. Her response: Moving your mom into hospice care isn’t giving up. It’s moving her to another care level. …Read more ›

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Hospice: Advice on How to Know When It’s Time

You may already know that hospice can improve people’s quality of life when they have a terminal illness. But how do you know when someone’s ready for it?

That’s what a reader in Idaho asked her local paper, the Times-News, about her mother. A hospice manager answers:

First, you would want to talk with your mother and see what she is comfortable doing.

If your mother wants to continue to do treatments for her …Read more ›

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Are You Legally Responsible for Your Parents’ Care?

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are you legally responsible for your parents'  careThere will come a day when your aging parent may need someone to handle his or her care, and that someone will very likely be you. In fact, many adult children expect that such a day will come when they must assume responsibility for their parents’ well being. After all, that’s the circle of life, and morally …Read more ›

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