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How to Overcome a Parent’s Resistance about Assisted Living

How to Overcome a Parent’s Resistance about Assisted Living

Dear Donna: My mom has been living alone since my father passed away almost 5 years ago. She’s recently experienced a few falls and fractured her arm. After her last fall, Mom’s primary care doctor suggested we visit some assisted living communities. He told us we...

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Tips for Hosting an Estate Sale

Tips for Hosting an Estate Sale

Dear Donna: We are preparing to move my parents to an assisted living community. They’ve lived in their current home for decades. It’s a large house with several outdoor buildings. We are a bit daunted at the idea of making all of this happen. The downsizing alone...

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How to Help a Senior Find Purpose After the Loss of a Loved One

How to Help a Senior Find Purpose After the Loss of a Loved One

Dear Donna: We lost my dad after a long battle with cancer early last year. It’s been tough trying to process this loss and support my mom in her grief. They were married almost sixty years, and she was his very devoted caregiver for over six years. Because my mom’s...

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How Senior Living Communities Are Different Than You Think

How Senior Living Communities Are Different Than You Think

Where you live greatly impacts how well you live as you grow older. Research shows that environment plays an important role in healthy aging. Everything from physical activity, socialization, and nutrition is affected by the place you choose to call home during...

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Safety Tips for Alzheimer’s Caregivers

Safety Tips for Alzheimer’s Caregivers

After being diagnosed with Alzheimer’s disease or another form of dementia, some senior parents move in with their adult child. While many know it’s likely a short-term solution, it can give family members more time to explore options and create a plan of care they...

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How to Ask for Help When You Are a Family Caregiver

How to Ask for Help When You Are a Family Caregiver

Dear Donna: I’m the primary caregiver for my parents. They only live about 15 minutes from my husband, son, and me. While my siblings don’t live very far away, I am the oldest daughter and our parents’ care has fallen to me. In the early days, taking care of my mom...

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Intergenerational Summer Vacations

Intergenerational Summer Vacations

After the COVID-19 pandemic kept some families separated the last few years, many are looking forward to summer. It might be a great time to take an intergenerational vacation. With thoughtful planning, you can make it a memorable experience for everyone. Car travel...

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Healthy Food Options for Adults with Alzheimer’s

Healthy Food Options for Adults with Alzheimer’s

Dear Donna: I’m the primary caregiver for my husband, who has Alzheimer’s. Among the many challenges the disease presents is eating. He struggles to manipulate utensils but gets upset if I try to help him. I need to come up with some foods that are nutritious but easy...

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Questions to Ask on the First Call to Assisted Living

Questions to Ask on the First Call to Assisted Living

Dear Donna: Last weekend, my brother and I talked with our mother about moving to an assisted living community. It was just a preliminary conversation to gauge how receptive she would—or wouldn’t—be to this idea. Mom gave up driving a few months ago and we feel like...

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What Is Parkinson’s Dementia?

What Is Parkinson’s Dementia?

There are many types of dementia. Alzheimer’s is the most common and well-known type. Alzheimer’s is estimated to account for up to 80% of all cases of dementia. Like Alzheimer’s, Parkinson’s disease (PD) is classified as a neurodegenerative disease. It occurs when...

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