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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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Why Many Senior Living Residents Are “Blossoming”

Why Many Senior Living Residents Are "Blossoming"

Why Many Senior Living Residents Are "Blossoming"“To plant a garden is to believe in tomorrow.” –Audrey Hepburn

More and more senior living communities are finding that quote to ring true as their residents “blossom,” thanks to unique gardening programs that foster friendship, cultivate confidence, and provide purpose.

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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 11/2/16: National Family Caregivers Month Panel

takingcare FBTo kick off National Family Caregivers Month, this week’s 22 #ElderCareChat participants covered the concerns, challenges, conflicts, and comforts of being a family caregiver. We were pleased to welcome a distinctive panel of guests who have all served/are still serving in caregiver roles: Denise Brown (@Caregiving) of Caregiving.com, Chris MacLellan (@TheBowTieGuy), author of “What’s the Deal with Caregiving?”, and Connie Chow (@DailyCaring) of DailyCaring.com. Discussion questions are embedded in this …Read more ›

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Should You Hire a Professional Organizer?

Should You Hire a Professional Organizer

Should You Hire a Professional OrganizerPreparing for a move to senior living takes time, energy, and a lot of organization. It’s no wonder families are turning to professional organizers for help with tasks such as downsizing, packing, unpacking, and coordinating the move.

Of course, professional organizing is not a one-size-fits-all scenario—families can customize the experience by taking advantage of one or all services offered.

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#ElderCareChat 9/7/16: Senior and Caregiver Nutrition

shutterstock_181913867This week, 25 participants discussed the ways nutrition goes beyond just what we eat, and the unique nutritional needs of seniors—particularly those with cancer.

We were pleased to welcome Cara Tompot from The Mesothelioma Center as our guest expert. Tompot is the Social Media Specialist for The Mesothelioma Center at Asbestos.com and a guest contributor for The Huffington Post. Cancer has always hit close to home for Cara. As a …Read more ›

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#ElderCareChat 8/17/16: The Power of Pets

shutterstock_271076138This week, 28 participants flooded the #ElderCareChat tweet stream with adorable pictures and heartwarming stories about their favorite pets and pet therapy programs, and discussed the tremendous benefits that the love of a pet can bring to seniors and caregivers.

Discussion questions are embedded in this Storify presentation, of which the group’s pet pictures, as you’ll see, are the star. The transcript link is found below …Read more ›

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#ElderCareChat 6/15/16 Recap: Elder Abuse Prevention and Intervention

shutterstock_270444908Our last #ElderCareChat conversation coincided with World Elder Abuse Awareness Day (#WEAAD2016), and our 49 attendees engaged with our guest expert, Peg Horan, a licensed master’s social worker (LMSW) and the NYC Elder Abuse Center’s Elder Abuse Prevention Specialist/Multidisciplinary Team (MDT) Coordinator.

Peg coordinates the Center’s MDTs in Manhattan and Brooklyn, consults on elder abuse cases with government and community-based agencies, and trains on elder abuse identification and intervention. Previously, she …Read more ›

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