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How Routines and Structure Helps Those Living with Dementia or Alzheimer's

Posted in Caregiving on November 16, 2020

Alzheimer's or another form of a dementia diagnosis can be devastating, with uncertainty about you or your loved one's future. Whether it's the fear of the unknown, worry about the loss of independence, or concern with how much control one may have going forward — there are ways to help and make life easier for someone struggling with any form of dementia. What is Dementia? Dementia and Alzheimer's often get thrown around interchangeably, and there's Read More »

Speaking with your loved ones about care options

Posted in Caregiving on November 26, 2019

Talking to Aging Parents About Options from ASHA on Vimeo. "Most older people don't want to live with their kids. They don't want to be asked because they don't want to have to say no." Dick Edwards, Retired Mayo Clinic Eldercare Specialist and author of "Mom, Dad... Can We Talk?". Talking with your loved ones about care options can be challenging, but it's a conversation that needs to be had. This video from the American Read More »

Anything Can Be Found on USA.GOV

Posted in Caregiving, Senior Living 101 on October 3, 2019

So that may be a little bit of a stretch – I’m not sure my mom’s chocolate chip recipe is on there.  Nor is the video of my granddaughter’s kindergarten school play.  But nearly everything else is truly there. A public clearinghouse of information, this website searches federal, state and local government websites to bring you official information on a nearly uncountable number of topics.  As an added plus – there are no advertisements! Want Read More »

Care Comes in Many Forms

Posted in Caregiving on October 2, 2019

Being the child of an aging senior can mean that you are responsible for some of their day-to-day tasks. While it can feel like a daunting challenge, there are ways to relieve stress and be helpful to parents in need. First of all, you’re not alone. A 2015 Pew Research study shows that 60% of American grown children have helped a parent with errands, housework or home repair, and/or personal care within the past 12 months. You Read More »

Are You a Helicopter Child?

Posted in Caregiving on October 2, 2019

Keeping a close watch on aging parents is natural and necessary, but hovering too closely can cause problems too. Anne Borrowdale was visiting her parents in Suffolk, England, when a salesman rang the doorbell and her father – a minister in his mid-80s at the time – answered it. After several minutes of chatter, Borrowdale stepped in. “I went to the door and said firmly, ‘He’s told you he’s not interested. Goodbye,’ and shut the door,” Read More »

Senior Living Straight Up

Posted in Caregiving, Lifestyle on October 2, 2019

The facts on your continuum of housing and care options. It’s been said that two things in life are certain: death and taxes. But, a third ‘certainty’ we often hear is that ‘the old folks home’ is no place to end up. We can’t argue with the first two, but the third couldn’t be further from the truth today. Senior living now offers a continuum of housing and care designed to help you age successfully. Read More »

Making the Right Move

Posted in Caregiving, Lifestyle on October 2, 2019

Tips to Finding Senior Care and Housing that Fits. It’s human nature to take the time to find the right fit. You don’t just try on one pair of jeans, test drive one car or tour just one house; you tirelessly explore all your options until you find the one. Why would you do anything less? It’s hard to truly enjoy something or to be comfortable when it doesn’t quite suit you. So why then, Read More »

High Tech Tool Helps People and Families Coping With Dementia

Posted in Caregiving on October 2, 2019

High Tech Tool Helps People and Families Coping With Dementia The Benjamin Rose Institute on Aging has launched a new program that allows early-stage dementia patients to participate in their own care planning, potentially easing the burden for both the person with dementia and their concerned family members. Known as SHARE, the program outlines a care plan for loved ones to follow as the condition progresses. Based on two decades of research by Benjamin Rose, the SHARE toolkit includes an Read More »

Debunking Common Assisted Living Misconceptions

Posted in Caregiving on October 2, 2019

Assisted living can be a feasible option for many families. It gives seniors the opportunity to live their lives as independently as possible in a safe and caring environment, which makes a positive impact on well being. But often families hesitate to explore assisted living as an option for their loved ones, based on assumptions about what assisted living means. In order to put families at ease and help seniors access the support they deserve. Here Read More »

How To Help Alzheimer’s Patients Enjoy Life, Not Just ‘Fade Away’

Posted in Caregiving on October 2, 2019

How To Help Alzheimer’s Patients Enjoy Life, Not Just ‘Fade Away’ By Judith Graham Alzheimer’s disease has an unusual distinction: It’s the illness that Americans fear most — more than cancer, stroke or heart disease. The rhetoric surrounding Alzheimer’s reflects this. People “fade away” and are tragically “robbed of their identities” as this incurable condition progresses, we’re told time and again. Yet, a sizable body of research suggests this Alzheimer’s narrative is mistaken. It finds that people with Read More »