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...Assisted living facilities often include room and board in their “base package.” This consists of a private apartment and two or three hot meals each day. Communities are generally set up so that an elder can quickly summon help in the event of a fall Read more →


...For me, family care concerns began with my childless uncle and aunt, who moved to our community. Over time, my uncle had recurrent strokes, and my aunt died of cancer. My dad had surgery and came out of it with overnight dementia. My mom had joint replacements and falls, and eventually, dementia. My father-in-law experienced Read more →


“Each Memory Café is unique,” Kaul says. “For example, Memory Café of the Red River Valley has its own building or "home" with opportunities for our participants to meet several times every week. Our MC is ... Read more →


...Even if they are leaving an older, deteriorating home for a sparkling new assisted living facility, they are leaving behind a good deal of their past. This move symbolizes an acknowledgment that their independence is fleeting. Read more →


...Dad may not be very old, but things can change in an instant. Dementia, a stroke, Parkinson’s disease or some other health condition can affect memory and the ability to communicate, robbing you both of precious memories new and old. Don’t hesitate to sit down with a loved one and simply enjoy their company. Read more →


...What is a caregiver to do when they find themselves struggling with their living situation? A lot depends on the background and details surrounding one’s unique arrangement. Most family caregivers embrace living with their parents because they want the best for them. They take on the responsibility out of love and/or necessity. Some caregivers move in Read more →


Dear WR: This is a good question. Currently, the term for people who are aging without a competent partner or adult children is “solo agers,” though even people who have adult children can run into complications. The reason they struggle could be due to Read more →


...However, when we are caregivers to vulnerable people who are completely dependent upon us, and who likely have health problems to begin with, we are much more apt to face an emergency that can change current plans for anything from a few hours to the rest of our elders' lives. Read more →


...The truth is that all caregivers struggle with these concerns and many allow them to get in the way of taking the respite breaks they so badly need and deserve. Thanks to the caregiver “fix-it” mentality, it’s unrealistic to think Read more →


...An even more common situation, however, is when caregivers are responsible for looking after two or more elders who are ill and live in varying locations, sometimes over long distances. It’s a circumstance that I know well. During my busiest eldercare years, I was the Read more →