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How to Select a Nursing Home in a Crisis

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nursing homeWhat do you do when your parents are in sudden need of a dramatic increase in care?

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#ElderCareChat 12/16/2015: Holiday Safety for Seniors and Caregivers

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For the last #ElderCareChat of 2015, 31 participants talked about the hazardous side of the holidays, sharing practical tips to ensure a safer season. Bright twinkling lights and candles burning, slushy entryways and unsecured throw rugs, the clutter of decorations and young children running about, busy schedules and an absence of the usual structured routines. Extra travel, extra people, extra reminders of those loved ones …Read more ›

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#ElderCareChat 12/2/2015: Starting a Conversation About Downsizing

shutterstock_148501178Linda Hetzer (@downsizinghome) knows all about downsizing. An author, speaker and editor, Linda helped her siblings sort through 50 years’ worth of stuff in her childhood home as they emptied their father’s house in preparation for his move to an apartment — and then co-wrote a book about it, Moving On: A Practical Guide to Downsizing the Family Home, which was followed up with a blog,  …Read more ›

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Portrait of the Urban Senior: The Unique Benefits and Challenges of Aging in the City

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city seniorsCity seniors are a unique breed. Many don’t drive because they’re accustomed to walking everywhere they need to go, and they have come to expect that the people they love will never be more than a bus or train ride away.

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Do You Really Need Long Term Care Coverage?

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long term careFor some seniors, long term care coverage enables them to peacefully age in place. For others, the insurance is a needless expense. Which category do you fall into?

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#ElderCareChat 6/3/15: Equipping Communities for Aging in Place

shutterstock_263064401During Wednesday’s live discussion, 68 new and returning participants generated an hour’s worth of valuable insights, practical tips, and thought-provoking ideas about successful aging in place. Starting with the kitchen and moving out to stores, restaurants and communities as a whole, each attendee offered a range of suggestions from costly, yet worthwhile, home modifications into no-cost, easily integrated alterations that all work to make life …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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#ElderCareChat 7/16/14 Recap: Aging in Place and Universal Design

Review highlights from this week's conversation about what's emerging and what's existing in regards to aging in place and universal design.During Wednesday’s live discussion, 40 new and returning participants discussed aging in place and universal design. In regards to where and how we want to age — and provide care for those who are aging — participants discussed existing and emerging programs, products, services …Read 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 LearnVest.com 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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Seniors Charging Cheap Rent to Younger Roommates, Who Keep House

We’ve talked about seniors moving in together to save money. But Kiplinger’s Personal Finance reports that seniors are also sharing homes with younger generations. And this has certain advantages for both parties.

In an article about aging in place, Kiplinger’s reports:

Another way to stay put and get help with home maintenance, errands and other chores is to share your home with someone who will provide those services in exchange for below-market rent. …Read more ›

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