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Defining Senior Living Terms for Family Members

Defining Senior Living Terms for Family Members

Many families are beginning the search for a senior living solution for a loved one online. It allows them to self-educate and gain valuable insight before calling a community. While it is convenient, it has its own challenges. One is the often-confusing language and...

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Tips for Celebrating Senior Loved Ones on Grandparents Day

Tips for Celebrating Senior Loved Ones on Grandparents Day

Grandparents play an important role in most families. They can be a confidant to their grandchildren, a cheerleader and source of unconditional love, and a resource for learning and exploring the world. Whatever the role, the support of a grandparent is invaluable....

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Tips for Connecting with a Loved One Who Has Alzheimer’s

Tips for Connecting with a Loved One Who Has Alzheimer’s

Dear Donna: My grandmother was diagnosed with Alzheimer’s disease several years ago. At first the changes were small and easy to navigate. She was a little forgetful, so we learned to write everything down for her. She also had trouble with tasks like writing checks...

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What Will My Role Be After My Dad Moves to Assisted Living?

What Will My Role Be After My Dad Moves to Assisted Living?

Dear Donna: After much thought and many conversations, my dad has decided to move to an assisted living community. For almost four years, my husband and I have been trying to help him remain in his own home. However, this past year has been a real challenge. He’s...

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Addressing Common Myths about Alzheimer’s

Addressing Common Myths about Alzheimer’s

Most people have heard of Alzheimer’s, but many only know that it causes memory loss. While memory is impacted by this disease, it’s much more complex than that. It can cause a variety of challenges, including behaviors like wandering that can put a senior’s safety at...

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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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