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How to Respond If Your Elderly Parent Refuses Help Dirty dishes piled on the counter. A skipped bath here, a few skipped meals there. Maybe your elderly parent is rapidly losing weight, has stopped going to their monthly bridge club, or their laundry hamper is stuffed to the brim. Signs an aging loved one is...
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What is Home Care? Home care, also known as in-home care, provides services for older adults who wish to live safely at home for as long as possible. Home care can prolong, or even prevent, a move to an assisted living facility or nursing home. In addition to caring for the senior, home care has...
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10 Family Concerns When Dealing with Aging Parents At its best, caring for an elderly parent can have immense rewards. Relationships can heal, bonds can grow stronger, fond memories can be revived. But it isn’t easy. Dealing with an elderly parent encompass everything from day-to-day household matters to potentially life-threatening health crises that require urgent...
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Questions to Ask Caregiving Agencies At first, you may not feel comfortable asking others for help, but it’s best to understand that hiring a caregiving agency does not mean you’re somehow “letting down” your loved one. In fact, the exact opposite is true. Hiring a caregiver shows how much you cherish your elderly loved one...
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Senior Care in 2030: What Trends and Demographics Tell Us About the Future The demographic swell of 76 million people known as the Baby Boom generation has caused significant shifts in the American landscape as it has moved through various life stages.  The Baby Boom generation, now retiring at a rate of 10,000 people per...
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Home for the Holidays: How are Mom and Dad Really Doing? Many of us will be making the trek home to visit family for the holidays.  These holiday excursions represent important opportunities to see how the elders in our families are really doing. They always sound pretty good on the phone, but seeing how they...
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The Secrets They Keep: The Innermost Fears, Facts and Feelings Seniors Don’t Share and How to Address Them The things we worry about, and the secrets we keep, evolve as we move through life’s many stages.  We might like to think that by the time we’ve raised our children, left the world of full-time employment,...
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The Benefits and Drawbacks of Age Segregation: Should Seniors Live Apart from the Rest of Us? Americans tend to live in silos sorted by age.  Young people spend most of their time with other young people or interacting with them on social media, and seniors, similarly, live amongst each other in 55+ communities or facilities, often...
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Fear of Falling: New Frontiers in Senior Fall Prevention Falling and its many consequences are hardly new to the senior age group.  There are a host of reasons seniors fall, some of which can be mitigated, and there are several new technologies that may help make this phenomenon less damaging. Medicare and Medicaid certainly have...
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An Elephant in the Room: Seniors and Alcohol Consumption Happy Hour at an assisted living community tends to be lively, well-attended and a very welcome diversion from the day-to-day routine. In a building filled with adults who have less responsibility than they once did, and who rarely drive or leave the property, having a glass...
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