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Funding Home Care

Funding Home Care

Many families struggle to afford the care that their older loved ones need.  The alternatives boil down to living at home and having the necessary help come, using the services of nursing homes or moving to an assisted living facility.  By any measure, when possible,...
What Does Dementia Look Like?

What Does Dementia Look Like?

When caring for a loved one that is exhibiting “different” behavior, it may be helpful to understand the characteristics of dementia as opposed to less serious behaviors that are associated with natural aging.  If the older adult in your care exhibits one or more of...
PTSD Among Family Caregivers

PTSD Among Family Caregivers

We most often hear the acronym PTSD as it relates to those returning from the stresses of battle in a time of war.  As a caregiver for an older adult, you may have recognized some similarities in your own emotional response to your situation.  They are similar in many...
Avoiding Senior Fraud

Avoiding Senior Fraud

Sadly, seniors are especially vulnerable to fraud.  While fraud affects over 25 million people per year if you are older than 60, you are at an increased risk of being a target.  Fraud comes in many forms.  Some con artists sell fake products and services by email or...
Home Care for Stubborn Aging Parents

Home Care for Stubborn Aging Parents

Given a choice, most elders do not want to leave their homes as they age.  They understand their “space” and want to stay in it.  But, aging in place requires acceptance and accommodation.  Sometimes it works out, but it can be challenging. Some seniors...
Hearing Loss and Social Isolation

Hearing Loss and Social Isolation

While 38 million Americans have some degree of hearing loss, of those who are older than 70, only 30 percent have hearing aids.  While age is the greatest predictor of hearing loss, the average senior waits seven years to address it. The effects of living with...