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Practical Tips for the Long-Distance Caregiver

These days, many more families are moving further away from each other, whether for work, education or family. Despite this, new technologies available make it easier than ever to connect with loved ones who live further away. As parents age, however, adult children tend to move closer to where their loved one lives. While some move closer as their parents begin to age, preparing to serve as a caregiver, some remain distanced where they are.

Successful Dementia Communication Tips for Couples

When your loved one is diagnosed with dementia, a lot can change. From a wide range of emotions that can include everything from confusion and anger to physical challenges like an increase in needs and lessened ability to get around, dementia can be rough for couples to handle. But even aside from all the physical and emotional changes, communication may also be altered. 

Understanding Parkinson’s Disease: Signs, Symptoms and Stages

Parkinson’s disease affects a staggering amount of people around the world. According to the Parkinson’s Foundation, about one million Americans are living with Parkinson’s with nearly 60,000 being diagnosed each year. Most times, the bulk of those diagnosed are over the age of 50 and men are one and a half times more likely to be diagnosed than women. While many people have heard of Parkinson’s, many still don’t know exactly what it is, what causes it or what the signs and symptoms are.

How to Move a Parent with Alzheimer’s to Memory Care

Memory loss is a difficult diagnosis whether you are the parent who has been diagnosed or the adult child who is caring for the parent. Not only do you have to learn about Alzheimer's disease and it’s symptoms, but you now have to learn effective ways to manage their symptoms, communicate and plan for the future. An Alzheimer’s disease diagnosis can leave many families unsure of what’s ahead, and many adult children wonder if caring for their loved one at home is a better option than moving them to a memory care community.

Exploring the Benefits of Assisted Living for Seniors

Seniors and caregivers who are looking into assisted living can often be bombarded with a range of emotions. Seniors could be both excited and scared of what’s ahead, especially if they don’t know much about assisted living. Caregivers can be worried their loved one won’t make friends or that they’ll be bored. Most times, these fears are quieted by visiting and touring various assisted living communities, especially since assisted living isn’t what it used to be – it’s so much more. 

Maintaining Friendships After Moving into Independent or Assisted Living

When it comes time to move into an independent or assisted living community, many seniors fear changes in their relationships, especially when it comes to friends. Fortunately, when you move to an independent or assisted living community, it doesn’t mean you have to leave all your friends behind. In fact, it means the exact opposite.

5 Ways to Support a Parents Move to Assisted Living

Supporting Parents in Their Move to Assisted Living

If your loved one currently lives independently, it can be shocking to them when someone brings up a move to assisted living. Even if they know it’s a necessity, they may be reluctant to make the move because they are in denial about their abilities. As seniors age, their abilities continue to decrease, making it less safe for them to be at home alone.

The Importance of Respite for Caregivers and Seniors with Memory Loss

When you serve as a caregiver to someone with memory loss, it can be easy to overlook aspects of your own personal life. As a loved one most often becomes the primary focus of a caregiver’s life, other aspects may begin to lack. Whether this includes the caregiver’s career, family, friends, home or even self-care routine, being a caregiver can be a lot to handle.

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