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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Making The Holidays Safe And Memorable For Older Family Members


Your loved one may really appreciate being included in the preparation for those big holiday celebrations.  Some of the best conversations happen while working side by side on a project.  You can also invite them over to help decorate the house and even wrap presents together.  Then at night, venture out and enjoy the holiday...
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How old would you be if you didn’t know?


Studies from the University of Chicago have shown a person’s outlook on life will a­ffect everything from heart health, to how quickly they recover from illness, to life expectancy. Break free of the mental barrier that makes you think of your age first and your identity second. As we age we must replace our fear...
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Flex your brain and keep your mind fit


  There are many ways to remain strong and fit by walking, lifting weights and performing balance and endurance exercises. However, what are you doing to keep your mind fit? Research shows that we need to keep our brains stimulated as we age. In an effort to prevent cognitive decline, here are some tips to help keep...
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What to look for when trying to find a new home


“There’s no place like home.” Over 70 years ago, Dorothy couldn’t have said it any better in the timeless classic, The Wizard of Oz. Home is a pleasant, comfortable, and loving place that can never be replaced. ...
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10 Tips for Maintaining Your Brain


Most of us know the importance of regular exercise to keep the body fit, but how many can say we put equal emphasis on exercising our brains? “It’s more important than you think,” said Beverly Sanborn, LCSW, gerontologist and Belmont Village VP of programs. “Just as we build muscle strength to keep our bodies fit, we...
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The Benefits of Everyday Activities


It is important to remember that those living with memory loss due to Alzheimer’s disease or other forms of dementia do not need to give up beloved activities. Instead, finding a way to modify past hobbies and engaging in stimulating activities can help in many ways. While many senior communities have activities departments in place, it...
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What Can Peanut Butter Tell Us About Alzheimer’s Disease?


According to the Alzheimer’s Association, Alzheimer’s disease affects 5.2 million people in the U.S. and will cost the nation $203 billion in this year alone. So what is being done to address this tragic disease that affects so many? Researchers all over the world are assessing the challenges related to this disease, including accurate and...
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The Dangers of Social Isolation


Lonely feelings can strike anyone, at any life stage. Social isolation, however, is more than shyness or a tendency toward introversion; it is a state of collapsing social networks and connections. It is a spiral of sorts, which, if left unchecked, can jettison one into anti-social patterns and shrinking social networks, leaving seniors, in particular,...
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Gift Suggestions for Seniors


Most senior citizens are starting to downsize and get rid of things.  Or, if they have moved to a retirement community, they have already simplified and given away, donated or held a garage or estate sale to scale down.  It can be hard to come up with creative gift ideas for someone who is in...
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