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

GrandmotherDaughterAccording 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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Do You Regret Cohabitating with Aging Parents?

Emotions...you would always take care of her. After all, she always cared for you. Or, even though she wasn't a very good mother, and you never really got along, one cares for one's own, right? Or, your mother was pretty healthy and doing okay and you were divorced and trying to take care of two children, so you moved in with your mother. She cared for the kids for awhile, but then began showing signs of strange behavior. You feared for your kids, your mother and yourself. "What have I gotten myself into?" You thought.

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Should Someone with Alzheimer's Move to Another State?

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Dear Carol: My husband and I hate northern winters and vowed to move south when we retired. Anywhere warm. Now, with retirement near, my husband has developed younger onset Alzheimer’s disease. He’s still in an early stage so we are unsure about whether it’s best to stay where we are or to go ahead with our plans. If we move, should we move now or wait? We hate to scrap our dream but we don’t want to make things worse for him. What do you think? - Amy

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Should We Tell Elders With Dementia That Family Home Must Be Sold?

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Dear Carol: My mother has been in a nursing home for two years because of strokes and vascular dementia combined with Alzheimer’s. It’s obvious that she’ll never go home. Dad died years ago, but Mom stayed in the family home where we kids grew up. While my siblings and I know that this house must be sold to pay for the nursing home, Mom talks about the house and going back to it. Do we tell her that we have to sell it or do we just pretend that it’s still hers? I hate being dishonest with her, but I know that she’ll be talking about the house and she’ll be terribly upset if we tell her we’re selling it.  How do we handle this? - Dave

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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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6 Tips To Modify Financial Stress on Alzheimer's Families

Contract-signing-10044619Alzheimer's and dementia caregivers had $9.3 billion in additional health care costs of their own in the same year. Nearly 60 percent of Alzheimer's and dementia caregivers rate the emotional stress of caregiving as high or very high, and more than one-third report symptoms of depression. Remember, this is just the cost for caregivers. 

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Caregiver of Elder Requires Caregiver of Her Own

LilypadDear Carol: I’m a single woman who was forced into early retirement because of multiple sclerosis. My mother has been a widow for years and I’m her only living child so we’re very close. She recently had two strokes and has residual issues so I had her move in with me. We get along well, but I’m finding that I can’t take care of her needs without worsening my own health. We’ve been looking at different options for care and Mom is fine with whatever we need to do. I know that I'm being irrational, but I feel guilty that I can’t take care of her by myself. Where do I start to make changes? M.L.B.

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Intergenerational Living: Should You Build Addition for Parents or In-laws?

...with our current tendency to follow trends and label them, sociologists would call what my family did decades ago "intergenerational living," and Grandma's special living area would be considered an "in-law suite." In this era of supersizing, some intergenerational living arrangements even involve detached smaller homes on the same lot as the family abode.

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Loneliness May Increase Dementia Risk, Heart Attacks and Stroke

Dementia aside, significant research has shown that having a supportive social network is linked with positive health outcomes, both psychological and physical, while lacking such support can be harmful. Previous studies have also suggested that loneliness itself can kill people, generally by raising blood pressure and increasing risk for stroke or heart disease. 

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Milken Institute: Cost of Aging in America

The Milken Institute School of Public Health at the George Washington University has published a piece called "The Cost of Aging in America," which explores the serious financial burdens faced by aging individuals, their loved ones, and industry professionals -- as well as steps our health care system might take to counteract this trend. I wanted to share this infographic with the readers of Minding Our Elders. Cost-of-Aging-IG-1.9.15