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Halloween and Fall Activities for Seniors

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As the summer comes to an end and the leaves begin to change, the fall season brings plenty of opportunities for seniors to make new memories with their loved ones and friends. Seniors who enjoy gardening can plant mums, asters, and bulbs for the upcoming spring season. The crisp air and fall foliage makes walks more enjoyable, and let’s not forget how fun it can be to watch a grandchild make that tackle or touchdown as football season begins. With fall comes the first big celebration of the holiday season – Halloween. Whether a senior lives at home or in…

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Avoiding Senior Identity Theft and Financial Scams

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Each year, more than 12 million Americans have their identities stolen. Of all identity theft victims, the senior population is the biggest demographic affected. According to the 2014 annual report from the Federal Trade Commission, 36 percent of all identity theft victims were 50 or older. The same report stated that 49 percent of the mature market are victims of fraud. The average cost to each identity theft victim is $1,500, but this can be much more depending on what type of theft has taken place. Victims spend an average of 12 hours per incident resolving identity fraud, and the…

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Cognitive Decline in Seniors: Dementia and Alzheimer’s

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A recent study from the Global Burden of Disease found that between 1990 and 2013, there was a 92 percent increase in the number of dementia-related deaths and years lived with disability due to dementia. Currently, 47.5 million people worldwide suffer from dementia, and that number is expected to nearly triple by 2050. In 2015 Alzheimer’s and other types of dementia will cost the United States $226 billion. “In less than a quarter of a century we have seen a staggering increase in the number of people living with dementia globally,” said Dr. James Pickett, Head of Research at Alzheimer’s…

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Resolving Sibling Disagreements over Parents’ Care

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Taking care of an aging parent alone is not an easy task for an adult child. With the amount of medical, financial and emotionally sensitive decisions that need to be made, it can be a complicated process. Having adult siblings around to help can make the situation even more complex. Even though they can be very helpful and offer much needed support, the added family dynamics can cause stress and the caregiving process will often cause riffs between siblings. Facing the reality that an aging parent needs care can be an emotionally overwhelming process, and how each sibling’s unique personality…

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The Transition to Care: Helping Your Loved Ones Adjust

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Families often have a difficult time navigating through the delicate process of helping an elderly loved one transition to senior care. It is hard to know exactly when a senior needs help, but it is usually when activities of daily living become too difficult or dangerous for them do alone. This is one of the main signs that a senior has reached the transition point. Some seniors are resistant to the idea of needing help, and many will not admit that they need it. Transitioning can be an emotional process, with seniors often feeling afraid, vulnerable and even angry that…

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