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What are the ongoing needs of your loved ones after they have moved into a senior living community? How can you best assist them when you are no longer the primary caregiver? What can you do to maintain excellent communication and get the best results from visits to the community?

The Benefits of Virtual Pets for Seniors

The benefits of virtual pets

The benefits of virtual petsMany seniors love their pets for the companionship and comfort they provide. For those who live alone, having a dog or a cat is a way to stave off loneliness. And for those in a senior living environment, it’s a way to have a loving presence with them in their personal space. However, thanks to technological solutions, the pet …Read more ›

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Finding the Humor in Caregiving

Finding the Humor in Caregiving

Finding the Humor in CaregivingBeing a caregiver for your aging parents can be demanding, stressful, and frustrating. Fortunately, it can also be filled with humor—if you’re able to see it.

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Guide to Navigating Holiday Stress

how to navigate holiday stress

how to navigate holiday stressYou may be already dealing with stress as you juggle caring for your parent with family responsibilities and holding down a job. Now that the holidays are here, the extra stress may just put you over the edge. It’s important that you, as a caregiver, take care of yourself during this busy time of year.

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10 Holiday Gift Ideas for Senior Living Residents

10 Holiday Gift Ideas for Senior Living Residents

10 Holiday Gift Ideas for Senior Living ResidentsIt’s the most wonderful time of the year… but it can be the most stressful time of the year, too. Though you’d like to give meaningful holiday gifts, shopping for a loved one in senior living may present a challenge. Where can you find memorable gifts that show you really care?

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5 Survival Tips for Caregiving Around the Clock

5 SurvIval Tips for Caregiving

5 SurvIval Tips for CaregivingNovember is National Family Caregivers Month, a time to recognize and honor family caregivers across the country. Because caregiving is often a 24/7 commitment, the 2017 theme is timely—“Caregiving Around the Clock.”

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Conversation vs. Confrontation: Guidelines for Effective Communication with Your Aging Parents

Conversation vs confrontation

Conversation vs confrontationThe prospect of talking with your parents about senior living may seem daunting, but it doesn’t have to be. With effective, empowering communication strategies, these conversations can actually be a relationship-affirming experience, says David Solie, MS, PA, an author, educator, healthcare provider, and thought leader on the developmental psychology of the second half of life.

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Should You Visit Your Loved One Every Day?

Should You Visit Your Loved One Every Day-

Should You Visit Your Loved One Every Day-When your loved one is living with Alzheimer’s disease or dementia, visits to a care facility can be a challenge, and typical visiting rules won’t always apply. You don’t want to leave her alone, but what can you do if she becomes agitated by your presence?

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Effectively Communicating with Older Adults: Expert Advice Abounds

Effective Communication with Older Adults

Effective Communication with Older AdultsMany adult children have experienced this paradox: At the very time they need to communicate with their aging parent about important issues in their life, the older person begins experiencing impediments that make communication difficult. Many times, it’s a medical problem—i.e., recovery from a stroke, cognitive impairment, diminished hearing or eyesight. Other times, it can be a psychological or emotion issue—such as depression, …Read more ›

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Meeting Senior Transportation Needs

Meeting Senior Transportation Needs

Meeting Senior Transportation NeedsMost of us equate driving with a sense of freedom and independence. As drivers, we’re able to hop into a car and go wherever we want to go, whenever we want to go there. Imagine how radically your life would change if that option were no longer available to you. You might feel trapped,  isolated, and no longer in control. That’s what many older …Read more ›

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Leaving a Legacy: How It Strengthens and Preserves Family Bonds

leaving a legacy: how it strengthens and preserves family bonds

leaving a legacy: how it strengthens and preserves family bondsWhat does it mean to leave a legacy? For some, it comes down to stuff—the legacy of what you’ve accumulated over a lifetime. But personal historian Judy Shutts challenges that concept with something she deems far more valuable: a legacy of stories.

“Most people think of a legacy as material goods—a business, cars, money, or family heirlooms,” …Read more ›

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