How to Assess When Your Aging Loved Ones May Be at Risk?

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There may come a time when the ability to independently walk, dress, cook, or bathe becomes increasingly challenging for an aging loved one. How do you assess if it is safe for them to remain in their home without any assistance? There are some warning signs to watch for in the home that may indicate […]

4 Huge Risks for Seniors Living Alone

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  We all know seniors who are determined to continue to live on their own. Many of them are  capable and successfully independent. For a variety of reasons, there are still many seniors over the age of 65 who continue to be at risk while living alone. Many don’t have the financial means, family, friends, […]

9 Signs That an Aging Parent or Loved One Needs Help

With the holidays quickly approaching, many of us will be visiting parents or aging loved ones or hosting them in your own homes.  If you’ve not seen your loved ones for a period of time,  you may be in for a rude awakening. When my father came to live with me many years ago, I […]

New Assisted Living/Memory Care Facility Opens in New Jersey

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If any of you follow me on Facebook, then you know of the struggles I’ve been having with my Mom and her search for an assisted living facility that both meets her care needs and her aesthetic and personal needs.  She is quite picky and that’s okay.While searching the internet, I came across a new […]

Senior Citizens: 5 Reasons Moving into a Retirement Home is Better for Overall Health

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Today’s retirees are living longer and better lives than at any time in the history of mankind, and retirement residences reflect this trend. However, this lifestyle often falls short of its promises. Following are five reasons why moving into a retirement residence is better for the overall health and happiness of most senior citizens.   […]

Bridging the Gap: How to Help Your Aging Parents Who Aren’t Ready for a Nursing Home Yet

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  The first of the baby boomers reached retirement age in 2011 and according to the AARP, an average of 9,000 boomers join these ranks daily. As many grown children know, transitioning your parent into a nursing home or assisted living is never without its difficulties. Possibly the most difficult situation is when the parent […]

How to Care for an Elder While Respecting Their Independence

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  Growing old is hard. As our elders grow older and become frailer, they may increasingly need help with the tasks of everyday life. But just because they need more help and may become less capable as they age, it doesn’t mean our parents and other elderly loved ones have any less of a need […]

Are Aging Loved Ones Getting Needs Met?

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The reason older adults move to a residential care facility or another form of senior housing is to reduce unmet needs and the feelings of isolation that one experiences at home. Another reason for a move is to alleviate another family member’s stress and concern for their safety when living alone. In a recent article […]

Helping Parents Sail Upwind

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The following is a guest post by Margit Novack of Moving Solutions In sailing, the technique used to move upwind (or against the wind) is called “tacking.” Although tacking is actually a combination of vector mathematics and boat design, to most of us, it refers to the concept of making forward progress by zigzagging rather […]

Caregiving 2.0

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My Mom, who is 90, arrives tomorrow to live with me. And so it begins again. As many of you know, I cared for my father in my home for 4 years until he passed away at the age of 88 so I’m well aware of what it’s like to be a caregiver.    I’m sure […]

Elders and Pet Ownership: A Balance of Love

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Unconditional affection and loyalty, companionship, reasons to live and love…these are the essence of pet ownership.  Many studies have proven the value of pet ownership for senior citizens.  The findings underscore that an older person with a pet is ALMOSTa match made in heaven.   As one ages, new experiences occur which are not always […]

Are You Struggling With an Aging Parent’s Indecision?

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“We are free to choose our actions, but we are not free to choose the consequences of our actions” ~Steven Covey   It’s been a long time since I’ve really written anything personal, so I begin this post with a bit of trepidation.   As many of you know, I cared for my father in my […]

Older Adults: A Shifting Landscape

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In 2011, the first baby boomer turned 65. The number of boomers turning 65 increases dramatically every day. Many of these baby boomers are not only caring for aging parents but they are becoming aging parents. And while 65 certainly is not old, at least not to me, there are some folks of that age […]

The ExtraCare Charitable Trust – a Different Senior Care Concept

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The ExtraCare Charitable Trust – a Different Senior Care Concept We may be living longer but we’re not always living better. There are many reasons for this: decreased availability of monies for health care and senior care programs, families that are spread out across the country and even the world now, and increasing rates of […]

5 Tips for Taking Care of Your Aging Loved Ones

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5 Tips for Taking Care of Your Aging Loved Ones by Moment Moore Caring for an elderly loved one is both challenging and rewarding. There are some things that you can do to prepare for your transition into the role of caregiver. With just a little planning and preparation, you can make the transition as […]

Jazzing It Up: Easy Ways to Personalize a Care Home Room

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Jazzing It Up: Easy Ways to Personalize a Care Home Room by guest writer Ken Stanfield Moving to an assisted living care facility brings many changes; new environment, new faces, new routines and procedures. Personalizing your loved one’s living space gives a sense of the familiar and can ease the transition into a new place […]

Age is Just a Number When it Comes to Love (Video)

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Next week is Valentine’s Day which often conjures up visions of young lovers walking along the beach hand in hand. But love has no boundaries when it comes to age and as this darling video shows, life at the Los Angeles Jewish Home is spicier than you could probably imagine. (I couldn’t help but notice […]

Where the Heart Is: How to Pay For Home Modifications

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Where the Heart Is: How to pay for home modifications By Michelle Seitzer Aging in place (AIP) costs considerably less than assisted living care, but it’s not free. Though funds are dwindling for many senior-related programs (Medicare, Medicaid and Social Security have all spent ample time on the chopping block lately), there are still a […]