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#ElderCareChat 11/18/2015: Senior Living Search 101

shutterstock_226249162-2Fact: 47 participants + 711 total tweets + 5,576,413 impressions = one hour chock full of resources for anyone considering a senior living search now or in the future. (more…)

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#ElderCareChat 11/4/2015: What to Know About Elder Exploitation

shutterstock_270444908During Wednesday’s live discussion, 39 #ElderCareChat attendees — both first-time and returning — discussed how to spot, stop and prevent elder exploitation, as well as how to intervene in cases of abuse. Joining and guiding us in the conversation was guest William Henry, who has been a professional writer for more than 40 years. He became interested in issues involving exploitation of elders, and the dynamics of family caregiving, following an …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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Protecting Seniors’ Financial Assets for Future Generations

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protect financial assetsMy grandmother is 90 years old and lives in a nursing home. She worked her whole life and amassed a decent amount of wealth, only to have most of it drained away in her years in independent living, then assisted living, and now in a nursing home with dementia care.

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#ElderCareChat 5/6/15 Recap: Stressful Caregiving Scenarios and Solutions

shutterstock_130607537During Wednesday’s live discussion, 40 new and returning participants were presented with several common conundrums that can make the already challenging work of day-to-day caregiving even more stressful. Instead of simply discussing those scenarios, attendees presented several solutions for each — many of the answers originating from the real-life experiences of those who have been, or are currently, caregivers. …Read 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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What to Do When You Have an Abusive Elderly Parent

If you’re caring for an abusive aging parent and you can’t take it any more, leave, says eldercare consultant Carolyn Rosenblatt. Leave the situation, leave the responsibility, and leave the guilt.

“Legal advice can help you to follow what your state requires in terms of legal responsibility, the legal documents that may name you, and how you ‘pass the torch’ to another,” Rosenblatt says on her Forbes blog Aging Parents. One of her clients passed the …Read more ›

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Help for Tired Caregiving Spouses: Adult Day Services

Caregiving is hard enough when you’re the adult child. What if you’re a senior yourself?

In The MetroWest Daily News, the “Senior Savvy” column has a tip for caregiving wives and husbands: Consider adult day services. They provide socialization, and “some offer transportation, medication management, meals, activities and even assistance with personal care.”

Also called adult day-care, “attendance at these programs does not need to be five days a week and may be started with just …Read more ›

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Have Wealthy Aging Parents? Why You Should Talk Finances Anyway

Even wealthy parents can run out of money when senior-care costs kick in, warns eldercare consultant Carolyn Rosenblatt. At her Forbes blog Aging Parents, she tells the story of one man who assumed he’d get an inheritance but ended up having to give his parents money.

“If this could be you, it’s time to meet with your parents and their financial advisor,” Rosenblatt writes. “Plans need to include the possibility of long term care.” She …Read more ›

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Tip to Keep Your Aging Parent Home Longer: Take Breaks

Experts urge people caring for their aging parents to take breaks. Getting overwhelmed is detrimental for everyone.

Your local agency on aging is one of the places that can help you find respite care. Liz Stachow, who works with the Oneida County Office for Aging and Continuing Care in New York, has seen proof that taking breaks isn’t only for your own peace of mind. From the Observer-Dispatch in Utica:

“When people come to me or …Read more ›

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