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Your Pre-New Year Retirement Countdown

Your Pre-New Year Retirement Countdown

Your Pre-New Year Retirement CountdownAs you prepare to count down to a new year, have you also considered your retirement readiness?

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Guide to Navigating Holiday Stress

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how to navigate holiday stressYou may be already dealing with stress as you juggle caring for your parent with family responsibilities and holding down a job. Now that the holidays are here, the extra stress may just put you over the edge. It’s important that you, as a caregiver, take care of yourself during this busy time of year.

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10 Holiday Gift Ideas for Senior Living Residents

10 Holiday Gift Ideas for Senior Living Residents

10 Holiday Gift Ideas for Senior Living ResidentsIt’s the most wonderful time of the year… but it can be the most stressful time of the year, too. Though you’d like to give meaningful holiday gifts, shopping for a loved one in senior living may present a challenge. Where can you find memorable gifts that show you really care?

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Adapting Holiday Traditions in Senior Living

Adapting Holiday Traditions in Senior Living

Adapting Holiday Traditions in Senior LivingThe holiday season is upon us. It’s time to get ready for Thanksgiving, Christmas, Hanukkah, Kwanzaa, New Year’s Eve—whatever holidays that you celebrate. If your parent has moved into senior living over the past year, how might that affect your holiday celebration and your long-standing family traditions? (more…)

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Tips for Peaceful Intergenerational Family Holidays

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intergenerational familyThe holidays are a wonderful time to bring family together, but they can also be a hotbed of conflict and stress. How can young and old push past political, religious, and generational divisions to find common ground and enjoy each other’s company this holiday season?

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Holiday Gift Ideas for Mom and Dad

ChristmasFor many of us, our parents are the most difficult-to-buy-for people on our holiday shopping list. It’s hard to come up with Christmas gift ideas for parents who have everything. Or in some cases, because of physical and cognitive impairments, they may have certain limitations that curtail the gifts they can use and enjoy. …Read more ›

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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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Community Luminarias Lit to Help Less Fortunate

Community Lights 1,200 Luminarias to Help Less Fortunate

Community Lights 1,200 Luminarias to Help Less FortunateIn a holiday season marked by world-wide fear, anger, and uncertainty, it’s nice to hear about the charitable efforts made by people with goodwill in their hearts. A 55+ community in Bethlehem, PA came together on December 13th to light more than 1,000 luminarias at their homes to support New Bethany Ministries’ “Luminaria Night of 2014.” This is the …Read more ›

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Christmas Confusion: When a Parent Has Dementia, “Enter Their Reality”

Merry Christmas!

We hope you’re having a wonderful holiday season. Here’s a quick tip to hopefully help today go smoother: If a loved one with dementia is included in your festivities and things get confusing for the person, just go with the flow—their flow, advises Boca Home Care Services in South Florida. From the agency’s blog:

All the activity is stimulating for everyone, even more so for many elderly. If you have …Read more ›

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Holidays in the Kitchen: Spending Time With Someone With Alzheimer’s

The gathering place for so much of the holidays is in the kitchen. That’s where many Christmas memories may be for people with Alzheimer’s. Laura Wayman, author of A Loving Approach to Dementia Care, has tips on how to tap into that for someone you care for. Her advice, which CNN.com shares in an article about Thanksgiving, includes:

  • Fill your home with pleasant, traditional, soothing aromas. Put a couple of teaspoons …Read more ›
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