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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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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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Finding the Best Home Care Match

shutterstock_49514230Have your efforts to find home care for your aging parent turned out to be harder than you imagined? (more…)

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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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New Council Seeks to Support Nation’s 44 Million Family Caregivers

family_caregiverWhat if family caregivers could find everything they need for caregiving in one place? With the launch of the National Caregiver Council — elder care leaders coming together to address the needs of the nation’s 44 million family caregivers — that is now a reality. (more…)

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