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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Chronic Disease Management


A chronic disease diagnosis can be life changing. Treatment is used to reduce severity of the symptoms and frequency of the discomfort associated with the disease. Examples of chronic disease are diabetes, COPD, heart disease and stroke. Understanding and managing your disease is the most effective approach. The development of the following coping skills for living...
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Healthy Sleep Tips for Seniors From Poet’s Walk San Antonio


Capturing the illusive good night’s sleep is something that everyone tries to do. According to the National Heart, Lung and Blood Institute, getting the right amount of quality sleep can help with mental and physical health as well as quality of life. Whether for a special day the next day or for deeper health reasons,...
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National Assisted Living Week® Sept. 10-16: Assisted Living Locators Provides Tips on How to Choose A Senior Assisted Living Community


A weeklong celebration kicks off Sunday, September 10 through Saturday, September 16. It is National Assisted Living Week®. Established by the National Center for Assisted Living (NCAL) in 1995, National Assisted Living Week® provides a unique opportunity for residents, their loved ones, staff, volunteers, and the surrounding communities to recognize the role of assisted living in...
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Time to Cherish Our Elders


As more people than ever before reach and surpass the age of 65, more needs to be done to dispel the misconceptions about older adults. It is important to foster a greater appreciation among younger generations for their wisdom and knowledge which seniors have to offer the rest of us. In her book “60 On...
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Veterans Aid & Attendance Overview


Are you a veteran burdened by the high cost of long-term care? Paying for assisted living facilities, adult daycare or skilled nursing can be an expensive endeavor. The Veterans Aid and Attendance benefit could provide some assistance. Wartime veterans or their surviving spouse with a limited income may be eligible to receive a pension. There...
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Can I Keep My Independence if I Move into an Assisted Living Community?


High on our list of things we want to keep through life is “independence” and many people perceive that assisted living communities take that away from us. Let me ask, “How independent are you when you are confined to your home, eating leftovers or TV dinners, and being socially isolated?” How does assisted living empower someone...
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The Benefits of Retirement Living


As the years go by, we start thinking about retirement, and we start asking ourselves, “when is it time to move to a retirement community?” Here are some questions you need to ask yourself: Do I feel safe when I shower? Will someone help if I fall? Is my neighborhood safe and friendly as it use...
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Baby Boomers Redefine Senior Living


According to the Administration on Aging, the population of adults 65 and older is experiencing one of the biggest increases in history. Between 2010 and 2050 the number of seniors is expected to more than double. As a result, service providers are responding to this growing population by changing and adapting to their needs. “Each day,...
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Using Art Therapy in the Battle of Dementia


Communication is typically lost early in a person’s battle with dementia. While the patient may think the same thoughts and ideas, the ability to convey this information diminishes as the disease progresses. Is there some activity or stimulus that could help the brain fight off dementia? A renowned case involving Mary Hecht, a world famous sculptor,...
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