Caregivers Survival Guide

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As we age and begin to need more care from family and friends, there is no denying that life becomes much more difficult. And it becomes more difficult not just for us, but also for our caregivers.

A typical family caregiver is usually an adult child around the age of 50, who is already working full time at another job and is now being asked by the entire family to put even more hours ...

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Living in an Independent Senior Housing

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Seniors who are self sufficient, active, healthy and those who want to have privacy can live in independent senior housing. These facilities can either be townhouses, condominiums, apartments and mobile homes suitable for independent living. Many of these independent senior housings offers services but they may be limited to house maintenance or security.

Independent senior housing basically provides a safe and secure environment for seniors as well as providing quick access to establishments like banks, grocery store, shops and hospitals although ...

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Housing Choices for Older Adults – From Aging in Place to High-Rise Communities

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Today’s seniors have more choices than ever when it comes to deciding on where they should live as they get older. Traditional nursing homes have expanded to include a greater range of assisted living homes and senior apartment communities that are styled to function just like a regular personal home – but with greatly needed assistance and additional opportunities to socialize.

Many older adults find it necessary to move from the home that they currently live in. Some of the reasons ...

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Getting Help for Mom and Dad – How to Get Started with In-Home Assistance

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As we get older, we find it more and more difficult to keep doing many of the ordinary tasks required to keep up a home – laundry, meal preparation, and housekeeping can become harder to keep up with. If you have older adults in your family, you may see gradual changes in their ability to maintain their home – or you may see a sudden decline in their ability or interests to keep up.

How do you know when it’s time ...

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Medicare Open Enrollment – Make Your Choices By December 7th

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It’s that time of year again – Medicare’s open enrollment period started earlier this year (October 15th) and ends on December 7th. If you or a family member is 65 or older, you have less than a month to make any changes, so be sure to review your options and make selections before the deadline hits.

Even if you are satisfied with your coverage plan, I highly recommend that you still review all the options available to you. While you choices ...

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Want More Money for Education? Take Your Medicine!

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Laura Landro with the Wall Street Journal wrote a great article on medication adherence and I felt compelled to share. The most interesting figure to me is the $290 Billion wasted on patients who don’t take their medications as prescribed. If you don’t read anything else please read paragraph 5 of the article.

If you or someone you know struggles with medication management I encourage you to reach out to Alert Response or any other number of ...

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Fall Prevention is NOT a Balancing Act – How Staying Healthy Prevents Falls

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We recently talked a little bit about making home a little safer for seniors. Making sure your loved ones are navigating an obstacle course at home every day can go a long way towards preventing a bad fall, but overall health and strength are really important, too.

The older we get, the more we have a tendency to just take it easy when we have some down time – I know I do! But sitting around, or being fearful of ...

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Fun with fall detection

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I can get longwinded so I am going to try and keep this brief and educational. My office is getting more and more calls asking about fall sensors so I decided to use this forum to help people to understand the technology

First of all, fall detection is not and never will be perfect. I would say that of all the fall sensors I have seen the best ones predict falls somewhere in the 90-95% range. 90-95% ...

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Get Smart About Senior Care Costs

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There are a variety of options available for any budget.

It’s never too early to plan care for an aging loved one. Before their health begins to decline, you and your family need to agree on the kind of care they need, and how it will be paid for.

To get an idea of the average costs of popular senior care options, see below. And keep in mind that while your loved one may be fine with occasional care now, they could need more serious and expensive ...

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