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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?

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

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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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Dealing with the Ups and Downs of Dementia

dealing with the ups and downs of dementia

dealing with the ups and downs of dementiaLife can feel like a never-ending roller coaster ride when your loved one has dementia. Some days, she’s happy and responsive; others, she’s agitated and combative. How can you best support your loved one in senior living through the hard days of dementia?

Sue Kruse, director of clinical education at Silverado, offers advice …Read more ›

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Caring for An Aging Parent When You’re an Only Child

Caring for An Aging Parent When You’re an Only Child

Caring for An Aging Parent When You’re an Only ChildBeing an only child doesn’t mean you have to go it alone when caring for your aging parent. If you have no siblings to share the responsibilities of caring for Mom or Dad, you may find yourself feeling overwhelmed and under-supported. However, don’t let the burdens of caregiving take a toll on your life. The key is to …Read more ›

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The Wealthy Senior: How to Manage Money and Determine Priorities

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wealth management senior livingWith the stock market near record highs and the real estate market rebounding nicely over the last year, your parent may be sitting on a substantial nest egg. If they invested wisely and own their home, their net worth may be situated comfortably in the seven-figure range, and they may also be pulling in a nice monthly income from various …Read more ›

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Understanding Senior-Friendly Attire

shutterstock_193629749When it comes to senior fashion, functionality takes precedence over style. Unlike young adults, seniors have a tougher time regulating a consistent body temperature of 98.6°F. As we age, our bodies become less efficient at retaining heat, leading to lower average temperatures the older we get. Thick, knitted sweaters on a breezy afternoon or paper-thin t-shirts during the summertime lower the chances of complications related to …Read more ›

Meeting the Spiritual Needs of Seniors with Dementia

shutterstock_239451376When a loved one lives with dementia, many families choose a senior community to provide assistance with changing care needs. And those needs aren’t limited to the physical and emotional side; seniors with dementia have spiritual needs as well. How can families provide spiritual support for their loved one after a move to Memory Care? Reverend Colette Bachand-Wood, author of Do This, Remembering Me: The …Read more ›

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