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Using Obituaries to Create a Family Timeline

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 Melanie Walters (February 06, 2009)  Obituaries offer dates and events about a particular family member that can be plotted on a timeline. You could create a timeline for each person starting with date of birth, or you could combine the information from several obituaries about the same family in a Family Timeline. You’ve seen timelines used for notable people and institutions outlining important historical events. .. (Elder Care)

Using Newspaper Obituaries to Locate Lost Family

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 Melanie Walters (February 06, 2009)  If you’ve lost touch with a part of your family or you are looking for ancestral ties, the best place to start looking is in newspaper obituaries. Surviving family is usually listed. If it’s a recent obituary, you can contact these people directly, if not, you can contact the children of the deceased. What is an Obituary?An obituary is a notice that announces the death of .. (Elder Care)

Obituary Writing Tips

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 Melanie Walters (February 06, 2009)  As you write an obituary, there are many things to keep in mind; these obituary writing tips will help you complete the obituary accurately and with a focus more on the life than the death. What is an Obituary?An obituary is a notice that announces the death of someone with a description of the person’s life and list of family members. The obituary is often written by the funeral . (Elder Care)

Newspaper Obituaries are disappearing!

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 Melanie Walters (February 06, 2009)  Anyone involved in genealogy research or anyone who reads obituaries has surely noticed that the newspaper obituaries sections are getting smaller and smaller every year. It’s been going on for at least a decade and it is only getting worse. Why should you care about disappearing obituaries?People rely on the Obituaries section of the newspaper to find out about the people in .. (Elder Care)

Maximizing Genealogical Value of Obituaries

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 Melanie Walters (February 06, 2009)  Obituaries offer a wealth of information about your family. They have important facts about the deceased and important dates that you can use to piece together clues about the history of your family. Here’s how you can find details to research from obituaries. We all think differently and we all have different ways of processing information, which makes genealogy and ancestry .. (Elder Care)

How to Handle Delicate Issues When Writing Obituaries

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 Melanie Walters (February 06, 2009)  The circumstances of someone’s life and death are not always easy to talk about. Especially in an obituary that could be the only article ever written about someone, and used for generations to come for genealogical purposes. What do you say? What is an Obituary?An obituary is a notice that announces the death of someone with a description of the person’s life and list of .. (Elder Care)

How Genealogists Use Obituaries to Search Online Ancestors

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 Melanie Walters (February 06, 2009)  One of the first things genealogists or anyone searching for their ancestry should do is find clues in obituaries. Obituaries are hidden gems of information about people. They are the final report on the life of an individual and contain details about that person’s life that may not appear anywhere else. Each obituary is different, but the basic research plan outlined below can .. (Elder Care)

How do I write an Obituary?

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 Melanie Walters (February 06, 2009)  Writing an obituary can be a daunting task so often funeral homes and mortuaries will write the obituary for you based on the information you provide to them. Once you have collected the information about the deceased that you’d like to include in the obituary, writing it is not that difficult. The hardest aspect of obituary writing is collecting the dates and information about .. (Elder Care)

How do I write a funeral resolution?

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 Melanie Walters (February 06, 2009)  You have been asked to write and give a funeral resolution at a funeral, but need some guidance as to what to say. The first thing is to make sure you understand what a funeral resolution really is. Some people confuse funeral resolution and eulogy. While a eulogy is a speech celebrating the life of the deceased, a funeral resolution is an official church document that will be stored in . (Elder Care)

How do I write a Eulogy?

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 Melanie Walters (February 06, 2009)  You have been asked to write and give a eulogy at a loved one’s funeral, but need some guidance as to what to say. It is not easy to write a eulogy for someone you loved as soon as you hear of his or her passing. Below you will find usable information you can apply right now in a step-by-step format. What is a Eulogy?A eulogy is a speech given at a funeral that praises and .. (Elder Care)

Avoid Pitfalls when Writing Obituaries

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 Melanie Walters (February 06, 2009)  These are the common pitfalls people run into when writing obituaries. These mistakes make the difference between a good obituary and a meaningful obituary. Learn how you can avoid these pitfalls when writing obituaries for your loved ones. Why You Might Hit Pitfalls When Writing Obituaries Writing obituaries is often a sad task because you have to do it after someone you love has .. (Elder Care)

Avoid Identify Theft from Obituaries

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 Melanie Walters (February 06, 2009)  Identity theft even applies to the dead. Write your obituaries with identity theft in mind because the deceased’s identity is an irresistible target for thieves. There are tips that you can follow to avoid identity theft. Victims of identity theftIdentity theft of the dead is a deplorable topic to have to discuss, but it must be talked about to help those who may be victims of .. (Elder Care)

Writing Your Own Obituary

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 Melanie Walters (February 05, 2009)  It may seem a little strange to write your own obituary, but actually, it is the best way to write what you want others to know about you after you have passed on. It is a great way to help your loved ones cope at a difficult time and you can rest assured that you have had a final farewell. Preparing for Your Funeral: Obituaries, Wills and Donations More and more people are preparing .. (Elder Care)

Watch Out For the Deadly Bedspread!

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 Shelly Browne (January 16, 2009)  At first it sounded like a fluke - that a friend, in excellent health, had tripped over his bedspread and fallen, breaking a hip. Suddenly moving to the retirement center didn't sound so premature. But within a couple weeks, my own mother-in-law tripped over her bedspread while making the bed. The fall caused a torn rotator cuff in her shoulder, plus numerous bruises on her head, arms .. (Elder Care)

Making Your Visits With Elderly Parents Memorable

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 Jan R Smith (January 15, 2009)  When you visit your elderly parents what do you do with them? Do you have trouble coming up with activities? Don't just sit around looking at each other; take steps to make each visit a memorable experience. The kitchen is a great place to interact with your parent. Bring over the ingredients for a simple meal. Don't just do the cooking involve your parent in the process. Even with .. (Elder Care)

10 Reasons to Buy a Stairlift

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 Deven R (January 15, 2009)  As we age the wear and tear we have put on our bodies over the year begins to take its toll. Having bad knees can make stairs a daunting daily task. The first stair lift was invented in 1920 by an entrepreneur as means to aid his wife up and down between floors, since then chair lifts have become an everyday part of life for millions of disabled and elderly.   Installing a stair lift .. (Elder Care)

We Are 71 And 75 Years Of Age - Can You Help Us, Please?

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 Laurence Harmon (January 15, 2009)  "Both of us have major health issues that could render us unable to help ourselves as we are able to do now, so it would be wise to move with that in mind. Although we prefer to remain in our own living quarters, we think we should be considering finding an assisted living place. Or maybe we could live in a small house that is close to a doctor's offices and services. But the problem is . (Elder Care)

Are Nursing Homes Like Jail?

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 Laurence Harmon (January 15, 2009)  You've probably never heard of Charles Todd “Bud" Lee, although he was an award-winning photojournalist whose work has been published in “Life" magazine, “Esquire, " “The New York Times Magazine" and even “Rolling Stone. " His photo of a bleeding 12-year old boy in Newark, New Jersey, who'd been caught in the crossfire of a police shooting, graced the cover . (Elder Care)

Are You Thinking That Medicare Will Pay For Your Long-Term Healthcare?

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 Laurence Harmon (January 15, 2009)  If your “plan" is that Medicare will cover the costs of long-term health care for your aging parents, you need a better plan. You'll be the one writing the check for the $4,800/month cost of nursing homes-or the $8,000/month cost of round-the-clock in-home health care. Only when your personal assets are gone (and how long will that take, at these rates?) does a government agency .. (Elder Care)

If You Can, Avoid Nursing Homes

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 Adama Dolo (January 15, 2009)  I seriously think opting for nursing home should come as the last resort: it is not the best place where you, seniors can get the best attention or the best care as a patient. Neither it is the place where the quality of your work, you, caregivers has an importance over quantity. The reason? You need to get the job done and ON TIME. As a caregiver, you are loaded with patients. . .7 to . (Elder Care)

In Home Companion Care Services - Finding the Right Caregiver

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 Tyler Moon (January 14, 2009)  To find the appropriate senior home care is quite a daunting task. It's a decision where caregivers, who will become such an important part of your loved one's life, are the best possible match. The kind of services caregivers will provide determines the qualities to look for in caregivers. Some senior home care providers will drop by for a few minutes to provide medical services, while . (Elder Care)

Housing Options For Seniors - A Critical Decision

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 Alex Jensen (December 15, 2008)  As we move through life, we are often confronted with critical decisions along the way. Should you marry that person? Should you take that job in another part of the country? Every so often, these questions that shape your life just seem to pop up. As a senior, one of the critical questions you will have to deal with is how you want to spend your elder years in relation to housing. As .. (Elder Care)

Elder Abuse Resources - Protecting Your Family and Friends

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 Andy West (December 15, 2008)  Elder abuse resources are designed in to assist those who have fallen victim, or know a relative who has fallen victim, to elder neglect. There are a number of situations which would qualify as such. Abuse can occur not only through another's actions, but also through lack of actions, or neglect, when it comes to caring for a partially or fully incapacitated person. Every year, tens of .. (Elder Care)

Advice For Finding the Right Nursing Home

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 John Z Birch (October 16, 2008)  It is a fact of life that we are all getting older. Every minute of every day you are physically and sometimes mentally aging. This is a great thing when you are young because your body is developing and you are learning new things and growing. For those of us that are getting to a certain age this is not so good. Many people obviously remain active through out their life and have a .. (Elder Care)

What Makes the Elderly at Risk For Depression?

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 Antoinette Boulay (October 15, 2008)  People 65 years of age and older encompass multiple risks of depression; with particular medications they might be prescribed, chronic diseases they could be suffering, socially isolated conditions, loss of those near to them, or bodily damage due to cancer treatment or surgery. Not to mention factors such as family history of depression, earlier depression episode or substance abuse. .. (Elder Care)

Depressed Elderly - The Prognosis Depends on You

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 Antoinette Boulay (October 15, 2008)  An all too common disorder is depression in the age group of over 65, and one that has not yet been studied adequately. The group with least chance for recover is those 75 or older who are depressed; the primary reason for this lack of recovery is that most of the elderly who are depressed do not seek treatment for it. A higher percentage of elderly depressed individuals are female, .. (Elder Care)

Elder Law - Alternatives to Conservatorship

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 George Dickerman (October 14, 2008)  In a previous article, we presented an overview of two different types of conservatorships that exist in California. This current article explores possible alternatives to avoid the need to establish a conservatorship. If an elder is mentally incompetent and unable to handle their own financial affairs, then someone else must be granted the authority to perform this task. If no power .. (Elder Care)

Electric Mobility Scooters - What Types of Electric Mobility Scooters You Can Expect to Find

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 Kyle Park (October 13, 2008)  Electric Mobility Scooters come in a number of different categories and formats.  This diversity is great news for buyers as they can key on a scooter that is narrowly tailored to their specific needs.  They generally fall into a few categories.  These categories tend to divide the market into three different types of scooters: Travel mobility scooters, off road mobility scooters, or . (Elder Care)

Home Health Care For the Elderly - Nursing Homes Aren't Always the Right Choice

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 Wendy Pan (October 13, 2008)  You obviously want the best for whom you are needing to help. That is why home health care for the elderly is the best bet. Chances are it's either your mother or father that is needing help and relying on your to take of things that need to be taken care of, but you don't have the time to care for them 24 hours a day 7 days a week. It's a hard choice to make. You want to make sure that . (Elder Care)

Aging Parents at a Distance - 4 Steps to Finding the Best Care

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 Maggie Walters (October 13, 2008)  Many families have parents or grandparents who are getting older and quite suddenly can't manage on their own. After Jane's mom had a fall and broke her hip she seemed to age and was a little disorientated. Jane knew her mom could no longer live alone. Jane lived too far away from her mother to oversee her daily activities. Now her mom is settled in her new home where all her needs are .. (Elder Care)

The Positive Effects of a Therapy Dog on the Elderly and Ill

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 Barbara Gail Techel (October 13, 2008)  If you have a dog you know how beneficial they are to your overall health. You may not realize it on a daily basis, but their steadfast companionship helps on those days you may be feeling stressed. So if it is good for us to have the love of our furry friend, imagine the effects a dog can have on the elderly and ill. Studies are expanding our knowledge of pet therapy, and their .. (Elder Care)

Tips on How to Talk to Your Parent

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 Janie Behr (October 03, 2008)  It is a common question and a thought that is hard to avoid, especially if you are changing diapers, tying shoelaces, or dealing with incompetence or irrational outbursts. Regardless of the circumstances. . . . . the answer is a flat-out and very definite “NO". You are not parenting your parent.  If your parent is no longer able to care for herself, you may have new .. (Elder Care)

How to Prepare For an Emergency For Seniors

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 Marilyn Bohn (September 30, 2008)  Did you know September is National Preparedness month? It is a good time for us to look at how prepared we are in our own homes to protect ourselves and our families in case of an emergency. By taking action before an emergency arises we can minimize the impact they will have on our lives Here is a web site for free preparedness resources. www.ready. gov Once there I clicked on Ready .. (Elder Care)

Choosing Care Homes in North Yorkshire - York Care Homes

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 Elena Price (September 10, 2008)  If you're looking for a care home in the city of York, in North Yorkshire, you'll find a wide range to choose from. York is a history steeped in history. Founded in AD.71, some of its best-known attractions include the medieval Gothic cathedral known as York Minster and the Shambles, which is the city's oldest street and was mentioned in the Domesday Book. Other popular attractions in .. (Elder Care)

An Alzheimer's Paper Airplane Discovery Flight LE001

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 Charles L Harmon (September 09, 2008)  Our infamous Mr. Q, whom I've called Dementia Man several times in referring to him, is always full of surprises. Usually the surprises are not of the good kind. He was diagnosed with dementia and Alzheimer's disease about six months ago. He has been living in our RCFE (Residential Care Facility for the Elderly) for the past five months. Our RCFE is our home; we live there, as opposed .. (Elder Care)

Home Care - Dealing With Emergencies

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 Peter Lawless (September 09, 2008)  Ensure that all the up to the minute personal and medical information is available in a special pack, clearly marked to ensure that the right care and attention is administered. Pfizer surveyed 1,000 people nationally and found that: Over half of adult children said their parents were on a prescription medicine but 77% did not know the name of the medicine; 1 on 5 did not know the .. (Elder Care)

Will You Be Supporting Your Parents, In-Laws and Your Own Children at the Same Time?

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 Bill Young (September 08, 2008)  It is estimated by the Human Resources Administration that by 2010, 1/2 of the workforce will be caring for dependent elders in addition to their own, immediate families! Is that you? How are you going to take on these additional responsibilities when you can barely hold your own now, financially? Where will all the money come from to pay: 2 mortgages? Huge medical bills? Expensive . (Elder Care)

7 Things I Learned - Taking Care of My Aging Parents

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 Rosemarie Zera (September 05, 2008)  1. It is extremely important to find out, as soon as possible, the names and phone numbers of their doctors, as well as, all the medications they take regularly. 2. Do they have a Living Will (also known as an Advanced Medical Directive). If not, what are their wishes in the event they are in critical condition and can't speak for themselves. Whatever their choice, it should be in .. (Elder Care)

Geriatric Consultants Can Help Families As Parents Age

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 Denice Gierach (September 04, 2008)  Dollars & Sense As the population ages and particularly our parents age, it is appropriate and helpful to use the services of a geriatric consultant. A number of companies offer a large variety of services depending on your family's needs. These firms are part patient advocate and part mediators with the family when required. For instance, on many occasions it is necessary to .. (Elder Care)

The Olympics Can Motivate Even Residents at an Independent Retirement Living Community

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 Alice Lane (August 27, 2008)  It would be interesting to know how many people are motivated by the Olympics. How can you not be motivated while watching the best of the best athletes and competitors in the world competing for the gold? Of course there are so many different sports and competitions happening that you don't have to picture yourself as the fastest in the world on the track or winning the most gold .. (Elder Care)

Ten Top Tips on Choosing a Nursing Home

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 Sylvia Kittens (August 20, 2008)  Going into a nursing home can be a daunting experience both for the elderly person involved and the rest of the family. It's important to make the right choice and find somewhere that everyone is happy with. Here are ten top tips to help you through the process. 1 - Get lots of brochures. Most nursing homes will have literature you can read through to find out more about the place. As .. (Elder Care)

Helping You to Get Around

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 Nicola Bullimore (August 20, 2008)  Age comes to all of us and with age also comes the inability to move around how we used to. Walking down to the shop may become difficult or even going up the stairs. Illnesses can also affect our mobility in such a way that we can feel confined to our homes making it difficult to go down the shops or even calling on friends. However, there are aids around that can help us get back .. (Elder Care)

Assisted Living Abuse

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 Amit Raju (August 19, 2008)  It has been found that assisted living abuse has spoiled the names of many nursing homes in the US. It is culpable under the laws of various states whether the abuse takes place in St. Louis, Tampa Bay, Orlando, Cleveland, Ohio, or any other US state. The abuse is of several different types and includes the following. Physical Abuse - This is said to occur when a nursing home staff .. (Elder Care)

What Technology is Available to Make Your Home Safer For Seniors

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 Mike Clarke (August 19, 2008)  When you have older parents that are staying with you or that you visit often in their own home you will want to make sure they are taken care of, there are a lot of safety changes that you need to make to your home. There is a lot of different technology to make home safer for seniors, which you need to know about. Many seniors want to live in their own home for as long as possible to . (Elder Care)

Hiring Home Help For Aging Parents

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 S Wagg (August 19, 2008)  When it comes to caregiving assistance for aging parents, there are many questions that usually follow. What assistance is needed? Will it be few hours per day, a few hours per week, or is it full time 24 hour assistance that we need? For families wanting to proceed on their own, there are a number of considerations. What type of care is required? Differences between caregivers can .. (Elder Care)

Discover the Best Ways to Care For Your Aging Parents

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 Keith Guyton (August 17, 2008)  One subject in particular can bring stress to even the most rock-solid of marriages-the care of aging parents. So many adult children are reluctant to care for or even visit an aging parent, often times due to past family conflicts. There are ways, however, to successfully deal with issues such as these, and to head off spousal conflict before it rears its divisive head in your .. (Elder Care)

A Home Elevator System Isn't Just For Luxury Homes

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 Stone Dupree (August 14, 2008)  A home elevator system is used to offer accessibility and custom mobility solutions in residential homes to those who are disabled or are challenged with climbing the stairs. Home elevator systems are now also being installed in luxury residences, not only for those who are disabled or elderly, but for those who are anticipating the need for a home lift in the near future. Home .. (Elder Care)

Demand For Care Outpacing Supply of Caregivers

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 Joseph Casciani (August 10, 2008)  As the population of the U. S. ages, we are facing a shortage of trained caregivers to keep up with the demand on the health care system. Problems like dementia and Alzheimer's diease, and chronic medical conditions like diabetes that have co-existing depression, will require an understanding of effective behavioral approaches and the unique needs of the patient. This array of problems .. (Elder Care)

A Journey Into Alzheimer's

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 Bobby Keating (August 10, 2008)  Each of us has our ‘cross’ to bear. There are in this life a seemingly endless procession of trials and tribulations. Jesus told us that we would suffer these trials and tribulations and the Apostle Paul told us to consider them as joy. I have always, in my Christian walk, took each trial and each instance of tribulation as an opportunity to win a victory. This has been a .. (Elder Care)

Cost of Elderly Health Care

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 Katie Appleby (August 01, 2008)  On average, the cost of elderly health care is $5,531 annually. Family members not only provide hands-on care but often dig into their own pockets to pay other expenses which include groceries, drugs and medicines, medical equipments such as wheelchairs, toilet seat risers and transportation. Many times family members have to miss work and lose out on their income to take care of .. (Elder Care)




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