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September 29, 2019

So we moved her into a social model assisted living and she loves it!  They assigned her an ambassador who is helping her get to know the community and other residents.  She now has her socialization back and she seems to be happy.  However, she continues to want my hu...

September 29, 2019

There are new assisted living communities cropping up everywhere!  That's a good thing, since our population is rapidly aging.  Choosing the right one can be most difficult and confusing.

As sales professionals in these communities, they are trained to sell apartme...

September 29, 2019

Depression can occur in the elderly, but it is not a normal part of aging. While most people experience periods of sadness at times, depression is a treatable medical condition.

Prevalence of depression among older adults
According to the Centers for Disease Control and...

September 13, 2019

When one's loved one has a catastrophic medical event and is admitted to the hospital, often hospital social workers will recommend a skilled care (rehab) facility.  This may be a great short term alternative to returning home, but what happens when rehab is over?  A M...

September 13, 2019

When we are young, I.E. in our 50's, we still think we may be impervious to needing any documents that would deal with our care if we became incompetent.  I have worked in long term care for over 23 years now, and have seen people from their 30's on to their 50's who h...

September 10, 2019

Choices, choices choices!!  That's the good news for our seniors.  There are so many options to choose from.  However, making the right choice is sometimes difficult.  Weighing options with objective professionals is probably the best way to go.  I believe in home care...

September 10, 2019

Never before has the global population included as many older adults as it does today. Over the past century in the United States alone, the proportion of persons aged 65 years or older increased more than threefold, from 4.1% to 12.9%.1 This issue of the Journal devot...

September 9, 2019

Has anyone had a parent or elderly loved one living in an assisted living or nursing home and meets a potential partner?  If they have dementia or not, does it make one feel uncomfortable?  Queasy? Offended?  Relationships are so very important to all humans, the elder...

September 9, 2019

My 93 year old mother in law, who has always been a free-spirited and independent woman, has found herself isolated, lonely and depressed.  She had lived in a large country home for over 25 years, and about 15 years after her husband passed away, she moved into an inde...

September 6, 2019

1. Are your parents able to take care of themselves?

Pay attention to your parents' appearance. Failure to keep up with daily routines — such as bathing and toothbrushing — could indicate dementia, depression or physical impairments.

Also pay attention to your parents' h...

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