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Senior Housing Options Explained

Written by Agingcare.com Deciding to move to a senior retirement community is a big decision. It can be an exciting time, but it can also cause some confusion when it comes to choosing which type of community is best for you or your loved one. People have different needs. Living options are not “one size [...]
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What Does It Mean to “Age In Place?”

Written by Agingcare.com “Aging in place” is growing older without having to move. For example, seniors who are living in an Independent Retirement Community or Assisted Living facilities do not want to be moved to another facility when their health declines and their care needs increase. They want to stay in a familiar environment, surrounded by friends [...]
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Simple Meals to Cook in Independent Living

Feel that little rumbling in your stomach? In your retirement living years, you have the time to truly explore your passions, especially cooking. Exploring new flavors, ingredients and styles is just part of what can make cooking a great pastime for retirees. Looking for something new to cook up this week? Consider one of these [...]
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Assisted Living

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Legal Documents That Every Senior Needs

Written by Agingcare.com No one wants to think of the possibility of their death. But not planning ahead means leaving the burden to your family and friends when you are gone. And without the proper documents in place, it could be setting them up for legal snares, financial issues and many years in court to [...]
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What should I look for in an assisted living facility?

Once you and your senior loved one have decided that assisted living is the best choice, you’ll need to start “shopping around” to find the facility that best suits your needs. This can be a lengthy and difficult process, but if you plan ahead, you can make the whole experience much easier. Here are some [...]
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What to Pack for the Move

If you are overwhelmed by just the thought of packing for your loved one’s move into assisted living, it may be beneficial to print out our checklist of important things to pack. Basic Furniture Sofa Chairs End tables Nightstand Coffee table Lamps   Before you go furniture shopping or start packing your loved one’s existing [...]
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Memory Care

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Studies and Research on Alzheimer’s

Written by Agingcare.com With more than 5 million people diagnosed with Alzheimer’s disease, efforts are underway to treat and cure the debilitating disease. Studies and research by the medical community and scientists are constantly testing drugs and treatments to see if they prevent AD, slow the disease, or help reduce symptoms. The primary organization for [...]
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Stages of Alzheimer’s Disease

Written by Agingcare.com Alzheimer’s is a progressive disease, meaning the symptoms get worse as time goes by. The Alzheimer’s Association has defined seven stages of Alzheimer’s, each marked by changes in ability, memory and personality that may be experienced. However, these stages are general guides, and symptoms vary greatly. Not everyone will experience the same [...]
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What are the signs of Alzheimer’s & Dementia?

Written by Agingcare.com When a person starts having trouble with memory, he or she may automatically think its Alzheimer’s disease. But don’t jump to conclusions. Forgetting where you put your keys or having trouble remembering the name of a family friend does not mean you have Alzheimer’s. Only a doctor can diagnose Alzheimer’s disease.If you [...]
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Skilled Nursing

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Visiting a Loved one at a Skilled Nuring Home

Written by Agingcare.com When a loved one moves into a skilled nursing home or other senior living community, some family and friends are uncomfortable and find excuse after excuse to avoid visiting. However, there is little that can cheer a senior more than a visit by a family member or a friend. Here are some [...]
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Personalized Skilled Nursing Care

Written by Agingcare.com Modern skilled nursing homes and assisted living residences today are less like a hospital, and more like a “home sweet home.” In the past, skilled nursing home care and assisted living has focused on a medical model of care delivery, similar to hospitals. While medical and health care is still of the [...]
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Skilled Nursing Facility Benefits for Veterans

If you are a veteran, you or your spouse may be entitled to benefits specific to the stay in a skilled nursing home or long-term care facility. The VA, as well as other government programs, has funding specifically set aside to assist in the care of aging veterans. While qualifications and coverage costs do vary, [...]
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What are the signs of caregiver stress?

As a caregiver, you may have heard warnings about “caregiver burnout” or stress. When you’re faced with the many tasks of caregiving day to day, it may be hard to differentiate between simple everyday challenges and chronic, long-term stress that can pose risks to your well-being and affect the quality of care you provide to [...]
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Long-Distance Caregiving, Doctor’s Visits

Written by Agingcare.com Often, long-distance caregivers want to help with their loved one’s medical care, but they don’t know where to start. When you visit your elderly loved one, consider going along on a doctor’s appointment (check that your loved one does not mind having you there). Here are some tips on how to make [...]
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What should I expect in the early stages of Alzheimer’s care?

Doctors have separated the progression of Alzheimer’s disease into three stages – early, middle and late. Each stage requires different Alzheimer’s care, because the individual’s needs change. In the early stages of the disease, many people are able to live and function independently, but may need support in certain areas. Here are the ways caregivers [...]
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Health and Wellness

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Ways to Stimulate Your Intellect

Stimulate Your Intellect Ongoing research in the field of brain health continues to suggest that mentally stimulating activities may help reduce the risk of developing symptoms of Alzheimer’s disease. In the past it was believed that we lost brain cells with age and could not regenerate them. New research suggests the opposite. We now know [...]
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Your Amazing Brain

Written by Carol Cummings, BSN, RN, Certified Wellness Coach According to the Society for Neuroscience, the human brain is the most complex living structure known in the universe. While science uncovers new knowledge about the brain all the time, the extent of its capabilities is unknown. Congress designated 1990-2000 the Decade of the Brain and [...]
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What is Influenza (Also Called the Flu)?

by Carol Cummings, BSN, RN, Certified Wellness Coach The flu is a contagious respiratory illness caused by influenza viruses. It can cause mild to severe illness, and at times can lead to death. The best way to prevent the flu is by getting a flu vaccination each year. Every year in the United States, on [...]
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