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Better Senior Living

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 Katie Appleby (July 31, 2008)  As one spends a major part of the life making sacrifices and compromises for children's education and welfare, there is a tendency to forget about ones own well-being. One needs to start investing for oneself at a young age in order to lead a comfortable and respectable old age. Besides investing in stock markets, mutual funds, fixed deposits and gold it is best to invest in real .. (Elder Care)

Alzheimers How to Recognize Symptoms

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 Sharon Elrod (July 31, 2008)  Alzheimer's is a form of dementia, a degenerative brain disease in which the brain shrinks. Although medical science makes strides toward curing Alzheimer's, there is no cure on the horizon at this time. Some medical treatments appear to lessen some of the symptoms to a small degree. Society generally anticipates that future studies will find a cure that will repair the damage done in .. (Elder Care)

Mobility Scooter Points and Safety Tips

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 Gail Burton (July 30, 2008)  Mobility scooters, because of their size are generally recommended for outdoor use? Young and old can enjoy the ease and freedom of getting out and about. Mobility scooters are usually battery powered. A battery or two is stored on board the scooter and is charged via an on board or separate battery charger unit from standard electric power. Mobility scooters offer you the freedom to .. (Elder Care)

Safeguarding Seniors Against Falls at Home

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 Jeffrey L. Taylor (July 30, 2008)  Have you ever had a fall at home? Are you afraid an older loved one may break a hip with a fall? Thousands of people experience this unpleasant reality daily and find themselves robbed of their independence. Injuries caused by falls at home are often painful and leave those affected with a fear of falling again, thus limiting their recovery. The good news is that the majority of falls .. (Elder Care)

Home Safety For Seniors

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 Dan L. Fisher (July 29, 2008)  According to the U. S Consumer Products Safety Commission, more than 600,000 older Americans are treated each year in hospital emergency rooms for injuries at home. Many of these injuries result from hazards that are easy to overlook, but easy to fix. By taking simple corrective action many of these injuries can be prevented. We all wish to remain independent at home. However, aging .. (Elder Care)

Consumer Directed Or Agency Directed Home Care Which Model is Best?

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 Murphy Ortiz (July 29, 2008)  Seniors and their families throughout New Jersey and the Philadelphia area suburbs use home health care services to remain living independently in their homes. Home care services, such as live-in caregivers and hourly companions allow seniors to age in place for as long as possible. There are basically two different models of home care, the registry (or consumer directed) model and the .. (Elder Care)

Senior Parents Living Alone

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 Kevin Reilly (July 28, 2008)  Whether you are a senior looking to prolong your own independence, or you are a caregiver searching for ways to alleviate your worries about leaving your aged or infirm loved ones home by themselves, a home Emergency Response System may be just the thing you've been looking for. But with so many systems to choose from and such an important goal at stake, choosing one that fills your .. (Elder Care)

The MidLife Caregiver Who Are You?

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 Ellen Besso (July 27, 2008)  A caregiver is: "someone who is involved in helping someone else manage the tasks of living" (A. H. Zimmer) Parents care for young children, and adult children are often caregivers for their elders, who have become frail and more dependent. There's a wide range of what constitutes caregiving. On one end of the continuum we could place the person who lives with their parent and cares .. (Elder Care)

Why You Need to Understand Medication Management

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 Ryan L Malone (July 26, 2008)  Early in my mom's tenure in assisted living, I noticed her monthly bill had a significant expense labeled as “medication management. " As someone who rarely takes any medication, I realized I needed to understand the process better.   I'll be dedicating several posts in near future to this topic, as I believe family involvement in medication management is critical. Medication is . (Elder Care)

How to Find the Right Home Health Care Agency

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 Marlo Sollitto (July 25, 2008)  Marilyn is a 72-year-old widow who recently underwent heart angioplasty surgery. She is preparing to leave the hospital soon. But recovering from open-heart surgery is a long process, and her family knows she will need continued medical assistance once she gets home. The family must find a reputable home health care agency that can provide licensed nurses as well as aides to tend to .. (Elder Care)

Picking Beans in the Hot Summer Sun!

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 Bob Alexander (July 24, 2008)  There were 15 of us with our backs stooped and sweat running down our foreheads into our eyes. It had rained the night before and we were slipping and sliding down the long rows, trying to fill our buckets before the sun got too hot. Even early in the morning it was already 80 degrees and climbing. As the day gets warmer, June Bugs, Wasps and Bumble Bees make the bean vines hum as they . (Elder Care)

11 Places to Find Home Health Care Aides

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 Scott Ueda (July 24, 2008)  There are a few common places that many families use to recruit home health aides. The most frequently used sources are: -Independent Living Centers -Your doctor's office -Nursing Schools -Physical Therapy Schools -Vocational Schools (Including Certified Nursing Assistant programs) -A home health-care agency -State Department of Developmental Disability or County Vocational .. (Elder Care)

Protecting Against Senior Investment Fraud

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 Marlo Sollitto (July 24, 2008)  When Ben and Ida received an invitation for a complimentary gourmet meal if they attended an investment seminar, they learned the hard way that there is no such thing as a free lunch. Promised a guaranteed income on an investment, the senior couple opened an account with the sponsoring firm, and got bilked out of thousands of dollars. They are not alone. A survey by the North American .. (Elder Care)

How to Buy a Hearing Aid

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 Marlo Sollitto (July 24, 2008)  Behind-the-ear hearing aids, in-the-ear hearing aids, completely in the canal hearing aids, binaural hearing aids. . . and the list goes on. With so many types and hundreds of brands to choose from, what is a senior to do? First and foremost, don't go it alone. Too often, seniors are wooed by a catchy ad or a pushy salesman and wind up with an expensive hearing aid that they shove in a .. (Elder Care)

Caring For Parents Versus Caring For Children 10 Ways They Differ

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 Marlo Sollitto (July 24, 2008)  Nearly 10 million boomers are now raising kids while at the same time, caring for at least one aging parent, according to the Pew Research Center reports. The term “Sandwich Generation" is used to describe this demographic, and lots has been written on it. But what is not as frequently discussed, is that the strategies and techniques that are effective when caring for parents are . (Elder Care)

Caregiving Etiquette Ten Dos and Donts

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 Rebecca Sharp Colmer (July 23, 2008)  Moving through the caregiving world with grace and ease is no simple skill. However, having good manners will carry you a long way. As a caregiver we spend our day interacting with family members, friends, and everyone on the Care Team. Common sense tells you that the people you are closest to warrant an extra measure of consideration. It takes good manners to sustain the love and .. (Elder Care)

In Home Care Denver A Key Revealed to Help Keep Seniors at Home

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 Marilyn Rowe (July 23, 2008)  "Discover a secret that allows seniors to stay home for life!" VA Home Aid and Attendance Services Grant There are financial benefits available for Veterans or their surviving spouses for non-service connected disabilities. The Veterans Administration has established a pension program whereby your purchase of personal care and attendant in-home care services may be paid for through .. (Elder Care)

In Home Care Denver The Myth of Accidental Falls

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 Marilyn Rowe (July 23, 2008)  Part 1 - Internal Factors Falls and their consequences are the leading cause of death in people 65 years and older. For people 85 and older, it's estimated that one in five falls results in death. Until recently, most falls have been blamed on a single cause - precipitated by either a medical event or an “accident" related to the environment. Today, researchers know that falls .. (Elder Care)

Shopping For Assisted Living Facilities

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 Stephanie Rice (July 21, 2008)  Determining that a loved one cannot function as independently as he or she used to is often a difficult realization. However, once it is apparent that the health and safety of that loved one may be jeopardized in their current living arrangement, alternative senior housing options should be considered. One of the most common choices in a situation like this includes a move from .. (Elder Care)

The Importance of Senior Health

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 Stephanie Rice (July 21, 2008)  Growing older often means a heightened awareness of our bodies and common ailments that can occur more frequently. Issues such as incontinence, joint and muscle stiffness, or lack of balance become normal parts of our lives that we can minimize by pursuing a healthy, active lifestyle. Listening more closely to what your body is telling you, and incorporating some basic habits into your .. (Elder Care)

Realizing My Loved One Needs Help

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 Martha Paulson (July 17, 2008)  As we age, our abilities and needs are changing. The simple tasks they we used to perform on a daily basis like cooking, cleaning, housekeeping, driving, and sometimes just walking may now seem difficult to do. This can also be compounded by any health or physical issues to make things even harder on ourselves or our loved one. When we notice changes taking place, it is a good idea to .. (Elder Care)

Senior Care Terms

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 Jeanne Slayton (July 16, 2008)  Providing Answers in Difficult Times with Elder Care Choices When it comes time to decide what is best for your loved one, the choices seem overwhelming. Everyone is talking about what they hear about and then someone starts telling you about what they did and the terms are new (or maybe not so new), and you are really sure what they mean. Below is a short description of a few more .. (Elder Care)

Five Ways to Improve Caregiver Communications Within the Family

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 Rebecca Sharp Colmer (July 16, 2008)  Communication goes on in many ways: exchange of thoughts, messages, or information, as by speech, signals, writing or behavior. It is no surprise that most families develop a special and unique communications style. When we talk to our family members, not only do we search for signs of love, but we also look for signs of disapproval. When families come together for making decisions .. (Elder Care)

How to Find a Suitable Nursing Home

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 Cindy Heller (July 15, 2008)  Nursing home is a facility provided for people who need constant attention after medical intervention or sickness. Some people do not like to stay here, while others consider them as a necessity. Either way, this is still an excellent facility for people who need essential medical coverage and constant care. Placing your family at the nursing homes If you want to place your family at .. (Elder Care)

Should You Send Your Elders to a Senior Citizen Home?

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 Cindy Heller (July 15, 2008)  Asking your elders to move to a senior citizen home can be a very complicated situation. Most elders dislike the idea as they prefer to stay at their old home. If the elders are suffering from Alzheimer's, it may make the situation much simpler as their memory has lost gradually. In normal condition, it is often for children to enroll their parents or grandparents in one of these places . (Elder Care)

When Staying At Home Is No Longer An Option

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 S Wagg (July 15, 2008)  Let's call it like it is- most people don't like to move and most older individuals certainly do not want to leave the family home and move into an assisted living environment. There are of course many reasons that make a move so difficult, not least of which, is the overwhelming thought of emptying cupboards, basements and bedrooms. When the ‘home’ is no longer safe- is .. (Elder Care)

Finding Nursing Homes in Wales

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 Andrew Roberts (July 14, 2008)  One needs to consider a lot of things before making a decision on selecting a good nursing home. In what is a stressful decision anyway putting a loved one in the care of another, so you need to select a nursing home that your loved ones are cared for and that their needs are satisfied. For finding nursing homes in Wales you can use the Internet. The Internet, like for a lot of other .. (Elder Care)

Used Outdoor Stair Lift An Inexpensive Way to Keep Enjoying the Outdoors

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 Stone Dupree (July 14, 2008)  A stair lift made for the outdoors has been invented to answer the needs of the disabled by allowing them to enjoy the beauty and fresh air of the outdoors. Today most houses are made with patios and viewing decks so the resident(s) can step outside for a little recreational “breather. " However, most homes fail to provide a feasible way for handicapped individuals to enjoy the .. (Elder Care)

Help a Senior Stay in Their Own Home

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 Sylvia Kittens (July 14, 2008)  Home can be a dangerous place to those with difficulty getting around or with little sense of danger. It's well-known that if you have children you should lock away your cleaning products and put harmful objects such as knives out of reach, but when it comes to infirm or frail adults we don't usually think of these simple measures. For those with disabilities or who are moving into old . (Elder Care)

Handling the End of Life Decisions of a Loved One With Alzheimers

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 Brian Willie (July 14, 2008)  Unfortunately, there is likely to come a time in every caretaker's life when he or she is forced to make an end-of-life decision for a loved one with Alzheimer's. These choices are not easy and cannot only take a mental and emotional toll on a person, but can cause intense physical pain as well. Ideally, before the Alzheimer's progresses to a point where your loved one is unable to .. (Elder Care)

The Challenge of Caring For Aging Loved Ones

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 Jane Avery (July 13, 2008)  Aging of loved ones affects all families, but most especially it affects the women of these families. Wives, mothers, daughters, even aunts and cousins are the folks who must carry the largest share of the burden of caring for aging family members. This can put a huge amount of stress on all members of the family and will require honest conversations and careful planning by all .. (Elder Care)

Nutrition For the Elderly is Important!

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 Chuck Arnone (July 13, 2008)  Nutrient deficiencies appear to increase with age. Some colleagues at the University of Iowa looked at over 400 Iowans 79 and older living independently in rural areas and found that 80 percent reported consuming inadequate amounts of four or more nutrients. When declining energy requirements are not matched by decreased caloric intake then total body fat increases. The Atkins diet .. (Elder Care)

Senior Safety Home Alone

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 Martha Paulson (July 13, 2008)  Staying safe has become an issue for everyone. Becoming the victim of a crime is a concern for people of any age, especially aging adults. Staying safe just takes common sense. As children, we were all taught the dangers of “stranger danger". Prevent from becoming a victim by always being aware of your surroundings. More people venture out during the summer months. For seniors, go . (Elder Care)

Family Caregivers Loss of Independence

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 Martha Paulson (July 12, 2008)  Today, every six seconds someone turns 62. Makes you stop and think, doesn't it? As more and more aging adults start to retire, families at one point have to take on the responsibility of care for a loved one. When you have your own family to worry about, the added responsibility can become overwhelming. Playing the role of caregiver can have adverse changes on everyone who enlists that . (Elder Care)

Summer Time Warning! The Truth About Senior Falls 17 Tips to Safety

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 Yves Marie Danie Baptiste (July 10, 2008)  For many people, the arrival of the summer season is a fun event. There will be barbecues, lounging on beach chairs, and spectacular fireworks that go boom in the sky. But for home alone seniors living without emergency alert systems the risk of losing their independence and having to move into a nursing home increases every day. Below are 17 steps that will help to significantly .. (Elder Care)

Establishing Eldercare Employee Benefits and Long Term Care Insurance

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 Scott Ueda (July 10, 2008)  The bottom line for most employers is that 20 to 30 percent of workers care for their elders. Companies are facing the increasing problem of absenteeism in their work force. In the 1970's many companies were faced with the problem of absenteeism because of childcare and initiatives were put in place to allow employee extended leaves and restructuring of work schedules. Some 40 percent .. (Elder Care)

Seniors and Reverse Mortgages Taking a Look at the Road Ahead

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 Valerie VanBooven (July 09, 2008)  As “market weary" mortgage brokers look for a place to hang their hat, the Reverse Mortgage Industry seems like a good fit (and it is a good place to be!). The warning shot across the industry has already been fired- the message reads: ‘one bad apple can spoil the whole bunch’. Everyone who enters this highly regulated market needs to stand back and assess their true .. (Elder Care)

Reverse Mortgage Originators Are You Sending the Right Marketing Message?

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 Valerie VanBooven (July 09, 2008)  As our population ages, elder care needs increase, and therefore cash flow needs increase. The three simply go hand-in-hand-in-hand. According to a recent joint Cornell and Purdue University study, supported by the National Institute on Aging; aging mothers are nearly four times more likely to expect a daughter to assume the role of their caregiver rather than a son if they become ill .. (Elder Care)

Ten Caregiver Tips For Care of the Elderly

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 Rebecca Sharp Colmer (July 08, 2008)  The caregiver role is complex and differs for everyone depending on the needs of the care-receiver. Many times, in the beginning, there may only be a few needs, such as providing transportation or helping with shopping or cooking. Over time, needs increase, requiring additional services, until the care-receiver is fully dependent on the caregiver. Here are some tips to help you get .. (Elder Care)

Finding the Right Residential Elevator

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 Tom M Smith (July 08, 2008)  As individuals grow older, climbing up and down the stairs becomes a wearisome as well as hazardous task. It is then that one thinks of finding the right residential elevator, which can ease the tediousness of such daily activities. With increase in the demand for residential elevators, manufacturers are competing with each other to provide a range of custom mobility solutions for the .. (Elder Care)

How to Grow Old Gracefully

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 John M Pawlak (July 07, 2008)  We have all heard this resolution: “I am determined to grow old gracefully. " It might not have been put quite like that but the meaning was clear, getting older does not equate with giving up. Aging is a journey we all must take and with the proper attitude, lifestyle and a bit of luck, our later years can be very fulfilling. Perhaps the biggest factor in enjoying our senior .. (Elder Care)

Why Having a Properly Drafted Power of Attorney Document May Just Be the Single Most Important Step

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 Brian Willie (July 06, 2008)  A Power of Attorney is one of the most important legal documents a person can have. Without a comprehensive power of attorney, many people are neither able to handle their loved ones’ financial matters nor make health care decisions without seeking court intervention (Guardianship and/or Conservatorship). We often have clients come into our office assuming that, just because .. (Elder Care)

Guns, Liquor and Drugs Possible Alternatives in Elder Care?

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 Mike Hooker (July 06, 2008)  Part 1 Joann hates her life. She holds tightly to one aspect of her life while losing her grip on the others. The last few years wrought havoc in her life to the point of utter exhaustion, severe burn out, and borderline depression. She is 47 years old and has two older brothers and two younger sisters. Her mother is 76, and her father is 80. Both suffer from ill health and rely solely . (Elder Care)

Heroes Among Us

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 Gregory Podell (July 06, 2008)  We create super-heroes as a means of illustrating the theme of hope in our lives. Be it The Incredible Hulk or Spiderman, super-heroes come into the roughest if situations, and save the day with their unique skills, like throwing a spider-web or ripping a person in two with astounding strength. But heroes don't only exist on the silver screen. In fact, they are everywhere, assuming you .. (Elder Care)

Caring For an Alzheimers Patient Experiencing Paranoia and Suspicion

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 Brian Willie (July 05, 2008)  The paranoia and suspicion of a person with Alzheimer's can be one of the most difficult behaviors for their caregiver to handle. As the Alzheimer's develops and targets your loved ones memory, they'll gradually become more confused and perceive things they would have once though normal, in new ways. It is not only their inability to not remember certain people, places and things that .. (Elder Care)

Background Checks For Live in Caregivers

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 Scott Ueda (July 04, 2008)  It is always a good idea to get a background check on individuals you plan to hire to take care of your elderly family member. Services such as Lexis-Nexus and Intelius provide criminal background checks for a minimal fee. Intelius is much more comprehensive than Lexis-Nexis which is why the private investigators use them. Some records such a traffic violations can also be found .. (Elder Care)

Nursing Home Care and the Elderly I Thought We Had a Contract

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 Janice Willingham (July 04, 2008)  I thought we had a contract, reverse parenting so to speak. I look after you and you look after me when the time comes for reciprocation. For some of you I'm sure it would be considered a selfish expectation of my children. I don't think so; because it is a contract we formed when each of them was born. Their precious little lives belonged to me; their fate in my hands until they .. (Elder Care)

All Long Term Care Insurance Plans Are Not the Same

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 Andrew K Long (July 04, 2008)  If it's at all possible financially (in terms of the premiums) and in terms of your eligibility at the time of policy application, you want to have the following benefits and features in your long-term care insurance policy. Your policy should spell out very specifically when you will receive payouts, how much the payouts will be, and for how long they will last. Keep your elimination . (Elder Care)

Lifts Or Stairs For the Physically Challenged?

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 Wally Pahong (July 03, 2008)  To choose between walking or riding to the nearest office building, or climb a flight of stairs instead of the catch is usually packed full of lift to his office floor in the building. But what if we can not have options like ordinary people? What if we need to address the special needs of our conditions, options do we have? The answer is, of course, a resounding . . . Yes! Everyone is .. (Elder Care)

Leaving Independence - Taking Mom's Car

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 Nancy Nylen (July 03, 2008)  I got the call less than three months ago that spurred me into action faster than a three alarm fire drill. My aging mom needed help. With both of the kids gone and a four bedroom house that felt overly spacious, not to mention an ever expanding mortgage (thank you sub-prime lenders), it was a no-brainer. But moving back to the Midwest after living in California for 33 years is .. (Elder Care)




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