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Senior Living Strategizing: Top Tips for Family Meetings

: Top Tips for Family Meetings

: Top Tips for Family MeetingsWhen you’re making decisions about moving to a senior living community or hiring home care, it can be a challenge to get family members on the same page. After all, different people tend to have very different opinions when it comes to what’s best for a senior loved one.

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Join #ElderCareChat on June 21, 2017: Making Caregiving a Family Affair

ElderCareChat 6/21/17 with Caregiver Action Network

Each month, join #ElderCareChat, a real-time forum for sharing experiences and expertise in eldercare! Follow @OurParents and @ElderCareChat on Twitter to contribute to the conversation.

ElderCareChat 6/21/17 with Caregiver Action Network

The next #ElderCareChat will be held on Wednesday, June 21, 2017, from 1-2 pm ET with guest panelist Mark Gibbons, director of programs and operations for the …Read more ›

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When Mom and Dad Need Memory Care

When Mom and Dad Need Memory Care

When Mom and Dad Need Memory CareIt’s hard to see someone you love suffering from a decline in memory and cognition—and it’s particularly painful when it happens to your own parents. Fortunately, memory care communities offer specialized treatment that enables seniors with dementia to experience the greatest quality of life for as long as possible.

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Conversation vs. Confrontation: Guidelines for Effective Communication with Your Aging Parents

Conversation vs confrontation

Conversation vs confrontationThe prospect of talking with your parents about senior living may seem daunting, but it doesn’t have to be. With effective, empowering communication strategies, these conversations can actually be a relationship-affirming experience, says David Solie, MS, PA, an author, educator, healthcare provider, and thought leader on the developmental psychology of the second half of life.

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Leaving a Legacy: How It Strengthens and Preserves Family Bonds

leaving a legacy: how it strengthens and preserves family bonds

leaving a legacy: how it strengthens and preserves family bondsWhat does it mean to leave a legacy? For some, it comes down to stuff—the legacy of what you’ve accumulated over a lifetime. But personal historian Judy Shutts challenges that concept with something she deems far more valuable: a legacy of stories.

“Most people think of a legacy as material goods—a business, cars, money, or family heirlooms,” …Read more ›

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Overcoming Objections to Senior Living

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overcoming-objections-to-senior-livingFor many of us, senior living isn’t a consideration until it becomes a necessity. So when senior care is no longer a matter of “if” but “when,” your loved ones may have trouble getting on board with the idea.

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#ElderCareChat 10/5/16: Fall Prevention for Seniors and Caregivers

shutterstock_225478723Falls can happen year-round, but with the new fall season now in full swing, this week’s #ElderCareChat discussion focused on statistics and strategies around fall prevention; Julie Santos of Front Porch Communities lent her expert insights as our featured guest.

Santos is the Project Specialist at Front Porch’s Center for Innovation and Wellbeing. In her role, she coordinates and organizes health education workshops for affordable senior housing communities in the …Read more ›

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#ElderCareChat 9/21/2016: All About Assisted Living

shutterstock_55168558September is National Assisted Living Month (NALM), so this week’s #ElderCareChat discussion was all about this popular level of senior care. Our 24 participants covered topics like what it’s like to visit, volunteer, and advocate in assisted living, among other things.

We were pleased to welcome Lakecia Harper, an LHNA who serves as health care administrator for Blakeford at Green Hills in Nashville (@Blakeford_Inc). Harper is responsible for maintaining resident medical records and …Read more ›

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#ElderCareChat 5/4/16: Family Dynamics in Assisted Living

shutterstock_150772982In the latest installment of #ElderCareChat, 33 participants discussed the family dynamics and changes — both positive and negative — that accompany a move to assisted living. (more…)

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#ElderCareChat 2/3/16: Reframing Aging

shutterstock_180517850For the second #ElderCareChat of 2016, 45 participants talked about some of the toughest issues related to growing older, with the goal of reframing aging in a more positive light.

We were thrilled to welcome long-time supporter and participant Gregory Bator, perhaps better known to our forum as @GracefulAging, to lead us in this thought-provoking discussion. Licensed as an attorney …Read more ›

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