Living

Communicating about Assisted Living during a Crisis


By Tim Hodge, CSA Ideally, we have conversations with our parents while they are still young and healthy. The two references can help improve your chances of having those difficult conversations. We’ve seen several examples where families were unsuccessful in having important conversations with their aging loved ones in advance of needing to make decisions. The unfortunate...
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How to Love Your Parents As They Age


Aging parents. It’s a life stage we always know will come, but never really know what it will look like or how to prepare. The Bible calls us to honor our parents, but the command isn’t just for children under 18. God intends us to honor, love and serve our parents throughout our lives and theirs....
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Senior Superfoods


What is a superfood? Is it something, like Superman, that changes identity in order to save the world? Well, not exactly. Spinach was introduced in the 1950s as the first Superfood (remember Popeye?). The Superfoods that are emerging today don’t have a whole cartoon series to promote them, but many of them are getting lots of cheerleading from different areas. And sometimes...
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Financial Exploitation of the Elderly: Trusted Individuals Often Culprits


By Michael Gill, CSA®, CFE Helping seniors isn’t my only passion; I’m also a Certified Fraud Examiner (CFE). As such, I’ve studied issues about financial exploitation of the elderly. It’s heartbreaking when vulnerable seniors are defrauded, yet we’ve all seen it happen. The question of who commits these fraudulent acts is one that I’d like to...
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Recognizing and Preventing Dehydration


Seniors can become highly susceptible to the effects of dehydration often without even noticing. As our bodies age, the brain doesn’t always transmit signals to let us know that we are needing hydration as often as necessary. As every cell, organ and tissue requires water to function properly, dehydration can pose a particular problem in...
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Types of Assisted Living


When choosing an assisted living community, it’s important to know which type of assisted living is most appropriate. Two of the common types of assisted living communities include type A and B. The licensure type is based on the capability of the residents to evacuate, types of services the community provides, or both. In a type...
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Where to Live with Alzheimer’s


Someone with dementia can no longer live at home when 1) they are a danger to themselves because they wander, can’t take medications safely, or are prone to dangerous activities like leaving the stove on; 2) when they would be healthier by receiving better nutrition, mental stimulus or consistent medications; or 3) when there are...
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Why Do People Avoid a Move to a Safer Environment as They Age?


By: Peggy Garrett – Senior Advocate There are as many reasons as there are people in the age group that is facing this dilemma: Fear of Change (the unknown is frightening) Overwhelmed Task of Selling a House you have lived in for 30+ years. What to take with you, the “S.T.U.F.F.” Superfluous Things Underfoot Forever! ...
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Helping Residents with Dementia Reconnect through the Power of Music


Extensive research has been conducted to support findings that music can positively affect the brain activity and memory of the elderly, ailing, and patients with dementia. A recent study shows that dementia and Alzheimer’s patients can recall memories and emotions, and have enhanced mental performance after listening to music. Patients who have been studied have been...
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What Are You Forgetting?


Most of us have moments when we struggle to remember. It’s not unusual to worry, or to be concerned when a family member is grappling with memory issues, but lots of things can make you forgetful. Stress and multi-tasking are major culprits. Research has also shown that sheer volume of information attained over a lifetime...
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