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Aging in Place or Assisted Living: It’s About Choices

WetdryAccording to an AARP survey, the vast majority of boomers have stated that they want to stay in their current homes rather than move to another setting for their later years. This attitude has been the springboard for many aging in place advocates as well as businesses like contractors and high tech companies. It’s not hard to understand why 60-year-olds would say that they want to remain in their home for life rather than move to assisted living or a nursing home. These are generally people who are relatively healthy and feel that they can hire help for whatever they need down the road.

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New One Stop Website Connects Elders and Caregivers to Local Resources and More

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Dear Readers: Throughout the decade that I’ve been answering questions about aging and caregiving I’ve been continually unsatisfied with the need to refer seniors and caregivers to multiple websites when assisting them in finding resource information. The recent White House Conference on Aging has now launched a one stop link to resources and I’ve taken it as a personal challenge to share this information with as many seniors and caregivers as possible.

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Elders May Use Complaints to Boost Sense of Control

StormywaterDear Carol: Over the last several years I’ve been helping my mother stay in her apartment but we finally decided together that she’d be safer in assisted living. I work a full week and she has mild memory issues so this seemed like a good solution. She never seemed pleased with our prior arrangement anyway, so I had high hopes for this move. Last month she moved into a lovely assisted living facility but she’s still complaining. Before, I never could do anything right. Now the staff is terrible and I’m no better. All I want is for Mom to be somewhat content. She was never an easy person to live with, but she was a decent mother. What can I do to improve her mood?  E.A.C.

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Making a Facility Feel Like Home

...Not only do our loved ones have to accept the fact that they must leave the home environment they are used to, they must accept the fact that aging and/or health needs necessitate this move. It's a lot to ask of older people to make this transition to assisted living. How can adult children, often the people who pushed the move in the first place, help their parents ease into a strange new environment?

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10 Ideas for Summer Outings with Seniors

Families and friends might like to take a senior out for some fun but they don't know how to go about it. Even seasoned caregivers can be stumped for ideas, so here are a few to get started:

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7 Caregiver Responses to "I Want to go Home"

One of the most heartbreaking things caregivers of people with Alzheimer’s hear is “I want to go home.” The request is often repeated many times a day, even though the person is, to our way of thinking, home.

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Aging in Place or Assisted Living: It’s About Choices

According to an AARP survey, the vast majority of boomers have stated that they want to stay in their current homes rather than move to another setting for their later years. This attitude has been the springboard for many aging in place advocates as well as businesses like contractors and high tech companies.

Read more on HealthCentral about choosing where to age:

Find local resources for walk-in tubs:

Purchase Minding Our Elders: Caregivers Share Their Personal Stories – paperback or ebook

“I hold onto your book as a life preserver and am reading it slowly on purpose...I don't want it to end.”  Craig William Dayton, Film Composer


How Often Should You Visit Loved One In a Facility?

Dear Carol: My dad had a stroke and needs 24/7 nursing care so he’s on a list for a local nursing home. I’m impressed by what I’ve seen at the facility and it has a good reputation. My instinct is to visit Dad as often as I can after he is admitted but my sister says we should stay away and let the staff get him settled. What is your opinion about visiting people who are moving into a facility? – Steph

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Alzheimer’s Can Dramatically Change Financial Future

Alzheimer’s organizations, as well as the National Institutes of Health, have provided us with an abundance of statistics highlighting the financial effect of Alzheimer’s disease on the family of someone with the disease. A person who has been diagnosed with Alzheimer’s can be expected to live with the disease anywhere from six to 20 years. For many of those years, the person with Alzheimer’s will likely require paid outside help, and the cost of that help can be financially devastating. 

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10 Things to Know About Sex in Nursing Homes

People need to feel loved throughout life. As adults, that can include sexually expressed love. While younger people may think aging bodies aren’t sexy or sexual, their parents may well disagree.

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