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5 Tips For a Successful Conversation About Long-Term Care

Starting a conversation about long-term care with your aging loved one can be uncomfortable. As a result, you may be tempted to put it off until tomorrow. But far too often, tomorrow never comes and before you know it – it’s too late. But given that at least 70 percent of people over 65 years old will require some form of assistance in their lifetime, a conversation about long-term care is one we should all be having. That being said, here are 5 tips to help you initiate, approach, and end a productive conversation about long-term care with your aging loved one. 1. Do your homework. Before you…

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A Brief Lesson on Caring With Compassion

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Often, people consciously or subconsciously reject the idea of becoming more compassionate. To them, compassion is weakness. They assume compassionate people are the first ones to get taken advantage of and spend most of their time exhausted from putting everyone else before themselves. But research tells a different story. Yes, compassionate people can easily be taken advantage of; but rather than being exhausted by their compassion, they are energized by it. Compassion has the power to positively transform your life as well as the lives of the people around you. And as it turns out, compassion may be the one thing we need…

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3 Major Ways Caregivers Can Help Seniors Stay Independent

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As an adult, you are used to having the freedom to do whatever you want, whenever you want. It may be difficult for you to imagine not being able to do those things. Yet, for many seniors, this is a reality. With National Senior Independence Day being February, we are going to take a moment to recognize not only the importance of senior independence but also how caregivers can help seniors maintain their independence for as long as possible. With age comes a variety of changes that can challenge a senior’s physical and physiological state; some making it increasingly difficult for seniors to…

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How to Cope With The Ambiguous Loss That Comes With Alzheimer’s

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Finding out your loved one has Alzheimer’s disease can be devastating. From the moment you learn about their diagnosis, your resilience is challenged. As you are forced to accept the new trajectory of your relationship and you are often overcome with a slew of unfavorable emotions – one of them being grief. You might be asking yourself, “how can I grieve a person who is still alive?”  As it turns out, you can – it’s called an ambiguous loss. What Is An Ambiguous Loss? “Ambiguous loss” is a term used to describe losses that are related to presence and absence. There…

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Letting Go Of Clutter: Why Many Seniors Struggle

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Bring up the topic of de-cluttering in a conversation with older adults and you’ll get a variety of responses. For some, getting rid of things is easy; they may even respond with something like “I love throwing things away!” On the other hand, you have people who can’t seem to throw anything away. You can actually see them shift into a state of panic at the thought of discarding their belongings. The majority fall somewhere in the middle of the spectrum. You can confidently identify what is clearly trash, yet there are just some things you can’t seem to let go of. We are here to help. Why…

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