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TRUST: Its Important Role in Senior Care

Family caregivers are usually well aware of why they are the preferred providers of their senior loved ones’ long-term care. They are trusted, familiar and in the best cases, proven to have the genuine love and concern caregiving requires. Because of the nature of these relationships, it can be hard for seniors and families to open this close circle of trust to additional help. But when caregiver burnout or financial constraints limit the amount of long-term care a family can provide, sometimes the only option left is to trust someone else with the task. Good senior care requires a patient-centered…

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Arthritis: Complications and Care

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Aging brings about many changes in the body that can often lead to chronic illness. One of the most common is arthritis, which half of adults 65 and older are affected by. Along with pain, arthritis can cause struggles with activities of daily living (ADLs). Seniors with arthritis may have trouble buttoning a shirt, opening a jar, or reaching for an object on a high shelf. Just walking around the house can be cumbersome for those with arthritis in the knees and hips. Around 18 percent of disabilities are caused by some form of arthritis, which makes it the most…

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Answer These 7 Questions When You Need Senior Care

Who are you, and why are you reading this blog? Maybe you’re a senior who knows you need long-term care. Maybe you’re a family caregiver who needs help supporting an elderly loved one. Perhaps you’re the child of an elderly parent who has shown a need for companionship that you know you cannot provide. You may be a senior coming to terms with your own limitations that are surfacing with age, and wondering about your options. Maybe you’re reading to find answers to questions that will help you navigate important care decisions. Regardless of your place or role in care decisions, here are seven important questions to…

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Get to Know the Professionals in Your Senior Support Network

Surrounding yourself with support is a no-brainer, for every person of any age. Supportive people can have roles ranging from beloved family to peers, friends, colleagues, mentors and others. But as we age, the ideal senior support network spreads even more to include important professionals who specialize in specific areas of senior service. The professionals in your senior support network include skilled and unskilled workers in healthcare, social services, elder law and insurance. This article introduces some of the important professionals from these fields that you may have to interact with regularly, and explains their role in supporting seniors. Knowing the…

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Swapping Care from North to South: A Snowbird’s Guide

Nearly a century ago, the term “snowbird” described seasonal workers who moved south for the winter. Today, there are about two million snowbirds migrating every year for the same warmer winters in the South. These snowbirds, however, are typically retired from work completely. Some places in the North, like New York, are infamous for formidable winters with chill, blizzards, snow and icy hazards. Cold environments like these threaten the health and safety of seniors who may already have health issues. Instead of facing risks like pneumonia, falls atop icy surfaces and other hazards of northern winter weather, some seniors choose…

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