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Senior Apartments Comparison Guide for Finding the Best One

Senior Apartments Comparison Guide for Finding the Best One

By Christina Morales on August 19th, 2014

Senior apartments are perfect for those who want a lower maintenance lifestyle. There’s no yard work, housework, repairs to worry about or high mortgage payments. It is perfect for a widow or widower who wants to continue an active social life or move closer family. It also provides a safer environment and peace of mind for those who love to travel. If you are in the market for finding a [senior living apartment](https://www.openplacement.com/senior-living), here are some attributes to keep in mind.

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Seniors with Alzheimers Disease – A Guide to Safeguarding Their Home

Seniors with Alzheimers Disease – A Guide to Safeguarding Their Home

By Christina Morales on August 14th, 2014

Seniors with Alzheimers disease presents many challenges. Memory loss, difficulty completing familiar tasks, and a delay with basic problem solving skills can cause frustration and anger in many patients. Moreover, Alzheimer’s can cause patients to be a danger to themselves and their loved ones who share the same home with them. While nursing homes are an option many choose to take in the later stages of this disease in a loved one who requires [memory care services](https://www.openplacement.com/memory-care), this may not be the right time for your loved one due to finances, your parent may still be quite independent, or you haven’t found the appropriate nursing home yet.

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Need to Hire an In Home Care Agency? 10 Questions You Should Ask Them

Need to Hire an In Home Care Agency? 10 Questions You Should Ask Them

By Christina Morales on August 12th, 2014

Many seniors want to stay in their family home for as long as possible (and can you blame them?). Home is a symbol of independence, a treasure trove full of beautiful memories, and provides the comfort and privacy that you just can’t find in a nursing home. However, just because your loved one wants to live at home doesn’t mean that they can do it on their own. Many times in [home care](https://www.openplacement.com/home-care-for-seniors) is needed and that in itself can be a difficult journey. Assuming you hire through a [home care agency](https://www.openplacement.com/home-care-agencies), here are 10 questions that you should ask before your hire a home caregiver:

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Long-Term Care Service Providers In The United States (INFOGRAPHIC)

Long-Term Care Service Providers In The United States (INFOGRAPHIC)

By Lara Baez on August 5th, 2014

Long-term care defines a broad range of services that meet the needs of older adults with various functional limitations. These services are provided by paid, regulated providers, and include assistance with activities of daily living (dressing, bathing, toileting), instrumental activities of daily living (medication management, housework), and health maintenance tasks. Here, we report on various aspects of these long-term care service providers: their funding, their population profile, and the prevalence of morbidity in their facilities.

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Tax Credit Tips for Seniors: How to Claim Caregiver Tax Deductions

Tax Credit Tips for Seniors: How to Claim Caregiver Tax Deductions

By Christina Morales on July 24th, 2014

Medical bills can quickly add up, so it is important to know what financial breaks are available to you as a senior or as a caregiver to a senior. Are you making the most of the tax credits that you qualify for? As a senior, there are a variety of medical expenses that can be claimed on your tax return for either tax deductions or credits: dental work, transportation to various doctors’ appointments, health insurance premiums, and [long-term care](https://www.openplacement.com/long-term-care-facilities) costs should all be reported to your tax preparer.

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Protect Yourself And Your Loved Ones From Scam Artists

Protect Yourself And Your Loved Ones From Scam Artists

By Alzheimer's Association on July 23rd, 2014

The FBI, AARP and many senior-focused healthcare organizations have warned that seniors and people suffering from dementia are prime scam targets. Scam artists look for people who may feel isolated and crave interaction. Elderly victims are often polite and trusting of strangers. Dementia impacts the cognitive abilities necessary to discern a stranger’s true motivations, making one vulnerable to being manipulated. A 2009 study by MetLife’s Mature Market Institute estimated that seniors lose approximately $2.6 billion every year due to financial abuse and scams.

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Nursing Home for Seniors that Need 24/7 Care – 10 Must Know Facts

Nursing Home for Seniors that Need 24/7 Care – 10 Must Know Facts

By Christina Morales on July 22nd, 2014

Finding the right nursing home is one of the hardest decisions that you will ever have to make. It takes every ounce of energy from your heart and mind to find a place that will care for your loved one with the courtesy, respect, skill, compassion, and quality that they deserve. You also must take into account the financial resources that you have available and the level of health that your loved one is at. Put all of that together and finding that perfect home can seem like a daunting task.

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Need In Home Care for a Senior? 10 Tips to Find the Right Caregiver

Need In Home Care for a Senior? 10 Tips to Find the Right Caregiver

By Christina Morales on July 17th, 2014

In home care for a senior is something many of us will have to contemplate either for ourselves a friend or a loved one. We have all seen news stories that tell the horrible things that can happen to the elderly when an unkind or greedy caregiver is hired. It’s enough to make you want to lock the front door and never let your loved one out of your sight. Fortunately, those instances are by far the extreme and not the norm. However, you undoubtedly want to ensure that your loved one gets the best in home care possible. Here are 10 tips for finding the right in home caregiver.

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Diet And Nutrition In Older Adults (INFOGRAPHIC)

Diet And Nutrition In Older Adults (INFOGRAPHIC)

By Lara Baez on July 16th, 2014

Diet and nutrition in older adults is crucial! In one of our [previous infographics](https://www.openplacement.com/community/blog/malnutrition-elderly-population/ "malnutrition"), we saw the detrimental effects of malnutrition in the elderly population. That has inspired this infographic, which focuses on the components of a good diet in the over-50 population. Healthy eating keeps your mind and body strong, and greatly improves overall health... So start eating right today!

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Elderly Depression – Warning Signs and Treatments to Know About

Elderly Depression – Warning Signs and Treatments to Know About

By Christina Morales on July 15th, 2014

Elderly depression is pervasive. About 6 million Americans aged 65 and older are burdened by depression. The passing of a spouse, physical impairments, retirement, relocation, or medication side effects are just a few of the causes. It is crucial to distinguish these warning signs so that you or your loved one can get the best care possible to overcome this disabling condition. **Warning Signs -** There are many indications that depression is present. Here are the most common.

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