How to Talk to Your Parents About Assisted Living

How to plan for you parents’ move to Assisted Living. The signs are subtle at first, but over time you may become more and more aware that something about your parents has changed. As our parents age, there comes a point where you can no longer ignore the fact that they may need to live…

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Helping an Elderly Parent with Estate Planning

Careful estate planning for aging parents can yield significant emotional and financial benefits for the whole family. Broaching the topic of estate planning with elderly or frail parents may feel awkward. But finding a way to start this conversation can be well worth the discomfort. Careful estate planning for aging parents can yield significant emotional…

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Assisted Living Community Checklist

Assisted Living Environment As you arrive at the community, do you like its location and outward appearance? As you enter the lobby and tour the community, is the décor attractive and homelike? Do you receive a warm greeting from staff welcoming you to the community? Does the executive director call residents by name and interact…

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Seniors and their caregivers face a steep learning curve when they begin researching senior living communities. As a medical professional, you can help them navigate the variety of available services and guide seniors to a community that supports their health care requirements. Here are some questions you can use to help your patients start to…

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Talking About Quality of Life With Your Aging Parents

As you and your parents plan for the future, it’s important to understand how they define quality of life. The ability to enjoy a meal with friends or spend time with loved ones may be factors that contribute to quality of life. For others, it may be the ability to get outside and enjoy nature.…

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A Closer Look at Assisted Living

A breakdown of demographics and trends related to assisted living Beginning to navigate assisted living options can feel daunting at first, but it isn’t a path you travel alone. With more than 735,000 people nationwide in assisted living, there are thousands of adult children who have taken this same journey. Here’s a closer look at…

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The Upside of Downsizing

Downsizing before a move can be difficult, but starting the process sooner rather than later has benefits for both seniors and their families. Moving can be an emotional process at any age, especially as an elder. Many seniors have accumulated decades’ worth of belongings, and the idea of going through them can be daunting. But…

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Navigating the Emotions of Downsizing

A professional organizer shares her strategies on helping aging parents through the emotional process of downsizing. One of the most difficult parts of moving to a smaller space can be discarding possessions. “Change is not going to be so easy for people who have been living in their home for decades, especially if they’re elders,”…

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Can You Afford to Move Mom In?

Calculate the financial and emotional costs of caring for an aging parent at home. Like many people, you may be assuming that your parent will move in with you if she can no longer live alone. Indeed, caring for an aging parent can be a rewarding experience. However, there are also many financial and emotional…

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Caregivers: Beat the Holiday Blues

Tips for coping with the stress of caring for an aging parent during the holiday season. The holidays are a time for joy and celebration, but they can also be a stressful time—especially for caregivers. Whether it’s trying to cook the perfect Thanksgiving dinner or keeping an eye on Mom while hosting out-of-town guests, the…

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