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How Skin Changes As You Age

Skin is the most reliable (and often the only) visual indicator someone has when forming an initial opinion about you. Because of this, you may find yourself putting a great deal of effort in maintaining your skin’s appearance. In American culture, this “maintenance” often translates to prolonging your youthful appearance. Being mistaken for being older than you are is insulting while looking younger is a compliment. As a result, there are plenty of people ready to capitalize on this by bombarding you with advertisements featuring products that claim to prevent or even reverse the signs of aging. While some of these products may be…

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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

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

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

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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