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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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Between the Lines of Storytelling Therapy

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storytelling therapyFrom a young age, I was drawn to the power of stories. Between my obsession with the original Nancy Drew mysteries and my love for competing in storytelling contests, stories played a major role in my development.

Of course, stories aren’t just for kids. Storytelling can be engaging and even therapeutic for anyone, with significant benefits for seniors – particularly when the tales are personal.

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Getting Ready for Assisted Living Week

On September 8th, seniors, community members, volunteers, employees and families across the country will celebrate National Assisted Living Week 2013. It’s that time again: on September 8th, seniors, community members, volunteers, employees and families across the country will celebrate National Assisted Living Week 2013. A theme of Homemade Happiness provides the focal point for the week’s events and activities, one that emphasizes the …Read more ›

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How to… Find Your Perfect Retirement Place

To avoid boredom and loneliness in your retirement years, consider these "how to" tips for finding your perfect post-work setting. The days of retirees flocking to Florida are over. Yes, many still head south to the Sunshine State for its warmer temps, but on the whole, boomers and seniors are exploring all their options — both domestic and international — when it comes to …Read more ›

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Why We Need Traditions in Assisted Living

We understand why a family has need of traditions, but have we thought about residents in assisted living?We understand why a family has need of traditions, but have we thought about residents in assisted living? How the establishment of traditions in an assisted living community can make a significant difference in the lives of residents, staff and their …Read more ›

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How to… Choose An Assisted Living Community

Check out our advice for evaluating assisted living communities for a senior loved one.Choosing assisted living for yourself or a loved one: it’s one of the biggest purchases you’ll ever make in life, and not just because of the cost. Though there are similar considerations when buying a home (location, style, affordability), you’re also “buying” assistance with personal care, meals, housekeeping and laundry services, …Read more ›

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Next #ElderCareChat to Focus on Senior Care Myths

On the first and third Wednesday of every month, about 60+ participants gather on Twitter for a common purpose: to engage in a real-time conversation about hot topics in elder care.

Currently in its second year (the forum was founded in November 2010), #ElderCareChat has grown into a supportive community of individuals who are committed to sharing resources, educating the community at large, …Read more ›

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Senior Living Activities 102

Senior Living Activities 102

Senior Living Activities 102In my previous post, Activities 101, I discussed some of the basics in planning activities for senior living community residents (come to think of it, many of these ideas/principles can be applied to the home setting/senior visits too). Here a few ideas, a few more planning tips, and some web resources to peruse… …Read more ›

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