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

March 5th, 2015 | 0

In home careWe’ve 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 caregiver:

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Choosing the Right Senior Living Retirement Community Christina Morales

January 29th, 2015 | 0

Choosing the Right Senior Living Retirement CommunityCharles Dickens once said, “Home is a name, a word, it is a strong one; stronger than magician ever spoke, or spirit ever answered to, in the strongest conjuration.” Dorothy clicked her heels three times to return to it, some want it where the deer and the antelope play, and for others it is where their heart is. Home: something so dear, so simple, and yet so complex. Senior living retirement community sounds downright cold. How do you find a home in your golden years?

Now while the word “home” hasn’t altered (including a place of rest, somewhere to store your memories, and a locale for social gatherings), the requirements have most definitely evolved over the years. Your lifestyle and physical, spiritual, and medical needs have changed as well as your finances and goals in life. Finding the perfect dwelling and community to accommodate these necessities takes some serious research and consideration. How do you find your new perfect home?

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My New Years Resolution – Visiting Loved Ones Who Are in a Nursing Home Christina Morales

December 30th, 2014 | 1

My New Year's Resolution – Visiting Loved Ones Who Are in a Nursing HomeAs we approach the end of 2014 and prepare to bring in a new year of hope, aspirations, good fortune and most importantly good health! It seems like an age old tradition of formulating our New Year’s resolutions. Well in 2015 I just have one New Years resolution – to visit my loved ones who are in a nursing home more often! A very simple resolution and something I think all of us who know someone in a nursing home can do more of.

Nursing homes can be intimidating places: the sites, the sounds, the building full of strangers. I loved my grandmother dearly and wanted to visit her, but entering the nursing home felt uncomfortable.

If you have a loved one who is staying in a nursing home for any length of time, here are a few tips to consider and to share with your family members:

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Tips for Seniors to Avoid Complications with Medications Christina Morales

December 9th, 2014 | 4

Complications with MedicationsComplications with medications are a major problem for many seniors across the country. A few months ago my 66 year old mother had surgery to remove a bunion. She was in immense pain when I called and had taken additional medication to ease her suffering (from a prescription used for a previous problem). Suffice it to say, she became terribly sick to her stomach and our phone call was cut short. Now this is by no means just a senior problem, but nearly three in 10 people between ages 57 to 85 use at least five prescriptions, which leaves more room for drug interaction, side effects, and misuse. Here are some tips to ensure that you are taking the appropriate precautions while using prescription medications:

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My Loved One Is Not Transitioning Well in Their Senior Community. What Can I Do? Christina Morales

November 5th, 2014 | 1

Senior CommunityWe all know that change is rarely easy. Many times it seems that the older we get, the more set in our ways we become and change somehow gets harder. Even after doing hours of research and visiting senior communities, your loved one may still second guess this decision. So what do you do if your loved one is having a hard time settling in to a senior community?

  1. Determine the source – The most important questions is this: is the problem from within or from outside sources? Is it a problem that your loved one would face in any senior community or is there a real dilemma with the new residence? Is it homesickness? Is it loneliness? Are there enough activities to keep your loved one involved? Is it a friendly community? Are your loved one’s expectations realistic? Knowing where the problem lies is the first step to finding the right solution.

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Do I Need to Switch to a Doctor of Geriatrics? Christina Morales

October 30th, 2014 | 0

geriatricianGrowing older is no easy task; as the body ages, physical health can become more complicated with eyes that weaken, bones that become more frail, and the fear of dementia to consider.

Here are some answers to help you determine if specialized geriatric care and a doctor of geriatrics is for you:

Should I continue to see a family practice physician or should I seek a geriatrician?

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Protect Yourself And Your Loved Ones From Scam Artists Alzheimer's Association

July 23rd, 2014 | 0

Alzheimers AssociationThe 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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Senior Care Scorecard (INFOGRAPHIC) Lara Baez

July 7th, 2014 | 0

Senior Care Scorecard (INFOGRAPHIC)The Senior Care Scorecard aka “The Long Term Scorecard” is a collaborative study done by AARP, the Commonwealth Fund, and the Scan Foundation. Its results form multidimensional state scorecards on long-term services and supports for older adults, people with physical disabilities, and family caregivers. California has the 8th largest economy in the world–but you might be surprised how it measures up against the top states for Long Term Care.

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5 Tips to Delay Aging Kristy Jones

May 27th, 2014 | 0

5 tips to delay agingEven though aging is a natural development, its effects on your mind and body are going to rely on the choices of your lifestyle. The body is self-sufficient. It’s the wrong diets and thoughts which compromise its capability of aging gracefully. When you begin eating in consideration to your specific body demands, you are going to create less stress and fewer toxins to your body system. The following are some 5 tips to delay aging.

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How To Prepare For Transitioning To Assisted Living Marcela De Vivo

September 23rd, 2013 | 0

living1Transitioning an elderly parent to an assisted living facility is often the right move for older adults that need regular medical attention and can no longer care for themselves in the fashion that they used to. However, for many children with elderly parents, the transition can be particularly confusing for a variety of reasons.

While it may take some time for your parent to adjust to assisted living, you need to do everything you can to prepare before moving day. Being prepared will make the transition easier for your parent and you, and it can ease some of the uncertainty that’s very typical when moving an elderly adult into an assisted living facility.

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