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October 7th, 2014 | 0
Fact: People live an average of 50 years longer than they did 100 years ago, thanks to advances in medical science and better nutrition. And “within the next five years, for the first time in human history, the number of adults aged 65 and over will outnumber children under the age of 5,” according to the World Health Organization (WHO).
In addition, the parents of a majority of adults who are middle-aged and older today are still living. Although some elders are well enough—and strong enough—to live their daily lives without outside assistance, many others are not. They may need daily assistance with caring for themselves, taking medications safely and on schedule, getting nutritious, regular meals, and doing chores around the house. Moving into an assisted living facility may be the best and healthiest alternative for these elders.Continue Reading
October 2nd, 2014 | 0
My parents are Baby Boomers and in this past year they have spent more time in the hospital and at doctor’s appointments than either of them had ever planned. From bunion surgery to complications with a routine colonoscopy, my mom and dad have realized how much Medicare doesn’t cover and are grateful that they have a comfortable savings account to tap into if necessary. One major lesson learned is to expect the unexpected. With that said, have you considered long term health insurance?Continue Reading
September 25th, 2014 | 0
We all know that we need to plan for the future, but wanting to and actually doing it can be light years apart. It’s hard to face the cold, hard facts of what may happen and to make the tough decisions as to choosing an executor of your estate or investing in long term health insurance. Moreover, verbalizing your choices can cause conflict if your family is already turbulent and many times kids just may not want to face that you are getting older. Nevertheless, consider planning a family meeting so that no one will be in the dark when tough decisions need to be made.Continue Reading
September 23rd, 2014 | 2
We’ve all read the news reports or have heard stories about neglect and abuse that can happen in a nursing home. While it is not the norm, it is a real fear that family members struggle with concerning their elderly loved ones. What should you do if you suspect that your loved one is not receiving the proper care that they deserve? What signs should you look for?Continue Reading
September 16th, 2014 | 0
If you have spent any length of time researching senior communities or senior housing, then you know how costly it can be. Between buy in rates and monthly fees, the costs can quickly become overwhelming. What are your options if you are on a limited income?Continue Reading
September 11th, 2014 | 0
Alzheimer’s affects nearly 36 million people worldwide. One in nine Americans over the age of 65 has been diagnosed with this condition. Alzheimer’s and dementia are the top causes for disabilities in the later stages of life. Seniors with Alzheimer’s are three times more likely to be hospitalized than those who do not have this disease.
With these alarming facts, it’s no wonder that so many are looking for a caring, comfortable, safe environment to help their loved ones who struggle with the impairments that come from having Alzheimer’s. Many times it’s not that families don’t want to care for their elderly parent; it’s that they can’t because of the extensive safety precautions and 24/7 attention that these patients require.Continue Reading
September 9th, 2014 | 0
If you need a senior living home, shopping around for one is a lot like searching for a single family home: you need to determine your budget, location, and create a wish list of things you’d like to have in your new residence.
However, it is also a lot more complicated than a regular move. You need to consider the level of medical care provided, social activities that are readily available, and the other residents that will be sharing the facilities with you.Continue Reading
September 4th, 2014 | 1
“In 2012, 15.4 million family and friends provided 17.5 billion hours of unpaid care to those with Alzheimer’s and other dementias — care valued at $216.4 billion, which is more than eight times the total sales of McDonald’s in 2011. Eighty percent of care provided to seniors with dementia is provided by unpaid caregivers,” reports the Alzheimer’s Association.
Paying someone to help with a loved one who has Alzheimer’s isn’t always an option in the early stages of the disease. Not only are the costs exorbitant, but there is something intimate and personal about caring for matters that involve a breakdown of the mental faculties.
September 3rd, 2014 | 0
Looking for a senior living home is never easy. Whether you are a child looking for somewhere safe and capable to take care of your aging parent or if you are looking to find a residence for a new chapter in your own life, the process can be complicated, confusing, and scary.
Here are 10 tips to help you through this complex journey…Continue Reading
August 28th, 2014 | 1
Alzheimer’s is a cruel disease. I experienced it first hand in the final stages of my grandfather’s life. Sometimes he would be gentle and sweet. Other times he would be cruel to the point of causing great fear to my grandmother. When she passed, he could not remember where she went. In those brief moments of clarity, he would remember that she was no longer alive and would start the grieving process all over again.
By no means is my story rare or my family’s struggle unique. More than 5 million Americans are plagued by this disease and one in three seniors ends up dying with Alzheimer’s or another form of dementia. Anyone who has tried to care for a loved one with Alzheimer’s knows that you can only fight for so long before you need to call on outside help.Continue Reading
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