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Navigating the Time Change When a Senior Has Dementia

Navigating the Time Change When a Senior Has Dementia

Dear Donna: My mom was diagnosed with Alzheimer’s disease a few years ago. Over the last year or so she has started experiencing sundowner’s syndrome. It has gotten worse recently, and she often tries to exit our house on her own when she is agitated. When we changed...

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Everyday Ideas for Staying Physically Fit in Retirement

Everyday Ideas for Staying Physically Fit in Retirement

Retirement is a time when most older adults have more free time than ever before. Some choose to travel extensively, while others might explore new hobbies. No matter how you choose to spend your retirement, it’s important to make fitness a regular part of your life....

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Coping with Family Caregiver Fear and Guilt

Coping with Family Caregiver Fear and Guilt

Dear Donna: My great-aunt had a bad fall a few months ago that left her with some pretty significant injuries. She’s recently been discharged from a rehabilitation center and is staying with me. I am her only relative and love her dearly. The role of caregiver is...

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Important Questions to Ask on an Assisted Living Tour

Important Questions to Ask on an Assisted Living Tour

If you are searching for an assisted living community for a senior in the family, an important part of the process is taking a tour. Plan to visit once or twice so you can meet some of the staff and residents and get a firsthand look at community life. Before you...

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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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