Assisted Living Myths

As anyone with aging loved ones knows, no two seniors’ needs are identical. That said, retirement living can be helpful to older adults with a range of varying health and physical requirements. Do you know how your friend or relative might benefit from a senior community? There are some misconceptions floating about that may prevent you from considering the option.  (more…)

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How to Handle Long-Distance Caregiving

If your loved one lives in a long-term care facility over an hour away from your home, it can be tricky to be the caregiver you had in mind. This is especially true if the rest of your family also lives far away. Determining when you’re needed and the best times to visit your loved one can be extremely difficult, as he or she may not admit to wanting extra support or may even feel guilty for your efforts to attend to him or her.

However, there are several ways that you can make long-distance caregiving less stressful and more rewarding for both you and your loved one. Keep these tips in mind to help you successfully care for him or her from miles away. (more…)

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How to Start Socializing in Your Retirement Center

It can be difficult to socially transition into a retirement center, particularly if friends or family aren’t nearby. Seniors are faced with numerous physical, psychological and social role changes that challenge their sense of self and capacity to live happily. Therefore, remaining social is vital to limiting psychological stress and improving overall health during the aging process. (more…)

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How to Talk About End-of-Life Care

While end-of-life conversations are never easy, the earlier you can discuss the subject with your aging parents, the better off you’ll be. In the event that an emergency happens before you’re able to have the talk, you could be faced with obstacles that prevent you from properly caring for their health or estate. Although it may seem premature, it’s best to have a plan in place before your loved one enters an assisted care community. Follow these tips to set yourself up for a sensitive, productive conversation with your family. (more…)

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Is Independent Living right for you?

For many older adults, the idea of moving into a retirement community may seem to represent a loss of independence. Not only is this concept untrue, but the mindset can hold people back from discovering housing options that provide them with more freedom as they age. If you or a loved one are considering making the move to retirement living and have some hesitations, it might be helpful to consider these questions: (more…)

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Long-Term Care Insurance

Even with the help of Medicare or Medicaid, assisted living costs can run well into the thousands for individuals who are considering such facilities. When personal funds and government assistance don’t cover the complete price tag, however, there may be additional options.

A large percentage of seniors may find themselves struggling financially after funding only a single year of assisted living. For many, the costs are higher than they had anticipated, due to physical or mental needs that require specialized care. Studies suggest that in 2012, the price tag for a year of assisted living with a private room averaged $83,950. (more…)

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Moving to Retirement Living?

Make a checklist for the transition.

Deciding to move comes with a number of responsibilities that must be completed if a person wants to be prepared for a new home and ready to leave an old one. For seniors planning to move into retirement living, this is no less true. (more…)

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Moving your loved one to senior care

Moving is never an easy process, but helping a loved one transition to a retirement community or assisted living center can be especially emotional.  Older people often have been living in the same place for decades.  They may have raised their children and made countless other memories there.  There’s also likely a collection of personal belongings that has grown over the years for you to sort through together. Additionally, moving a loved one to senior care could mean less independence in your loved one’s eyes.

One sign that it’s time to consider moving to a care home is if you notice they are forgetting things, such as taking medication or stocking the refrigerator with food.  Additionally, they may have recently suffered a fall or injury that makes it difficult for them to continue living alone. (more…)

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The Benefits of Assisted Living

Assisted living centers are an ideal housing arrangement for elderly people who are in a transitional stage of aging.  Often residents of assisted living facilities make the change if living alone entails too much work or when help is required for daily activities but constant supervision or care isn’t necessary.  The difference between assisted living and nursing homes is the autonomy and control residents have in their day-to-day lives. (more…)

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The Role of Exercise in Aging

Exercise in aging is a key part of a healthy lifestyle in your senior years. It helps decrease the risk for health conditions such as coronary artery disease and cancer. Staying fit also helps manage illnesses such as diabetes, depression, autoimmune disorders, and arthritis. Getting regular exercise can also help you build a stronger immune system. For seniors, there are even more benefits. (more…)

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Tips for Keeping Joints Healthy

Keeping your body moving as you age helps you stay healthy in a variety of ways. One of them is by keeping your joints strong. Joint health relies on a combination of strength training, exercise and a healthy lifestyle. If you are a family caregiver, it also includes protecting your back and neck while you are helping your aging family member. (more…)

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Understanding the Costs of Retirement Living

There are many factors that play into an older adult’s decision about which retirement community to choose. One of the most influential, however, is the cost of housing. Depending on individual savings and retirement funds, people have different budgetary allowances and therefore varied possibilities for housing.

Do you know what the standard costs for retirement living are? Having a baseline understanding can help you determine what option is best for you, and whether you should investigate external funding. (more…)

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What’s the difference between senior living options?

Once you know that your loved one is in need of support, a care home is the next step. Although there are many reliable senior living options available, it can be confusing when it comes to the different types of care they offer. There are assisted living facilities, independent living centers and retirement centers.
It’s crucial that you know the difference between each of these options in order to choose the right living arrangement for your loved one. Each senior living option offers something different that you should be aware of. (more…)

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