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5 Tips for Traveling with a Loved One with Dementia This Holiday

Caregivers know it can be difficult enough getting through the day-to-day with a loved one with dementia. Throwing holiday travel into the mix may seem like an impossible task. Still, you know it’s important for your loved one (and yourself!) to see family and friends this time of year. What’s...Read More »


The Difference Between Age-Related Memory Loss and Dementia: What You Need to Know

“I swear, I’d lose my head if it weren’t screwed on,” your mom laughs as she realizes that her keys are not lost but are instead in the cupholder of the car. “Oh, I’m just having one of those senior moments,” says your father when he forgets why he walked...Read More »


Beat the Winter Blues

The colder months – and all they bring with them – are just around the corner. Shorter days. Longer nights. Snow, ice and freezing rain. Fewer opportunities to get out of the house. All these factors can leave us cooped up, isolated from friends, fun and activity.

Loneliness is especially difficult...Read More »


How Senior Living Communities Support and Maintain Family Relationships

 

Being a family caregiver is not an easy role to take on. Besides having your own life and responsibilities to maintain, suddenly you find yourself taking on another huge obligation: caring for an aging family member experiencing a decline in his or her health. As critical of a role as...Read More »


Alzheimer's Communication Tips

When faced with an Alzheimer’s diagnosis, you may encounter many different roadblocks when providing care for a family member. One of the most common issues is how to effectively communicate with the individual living with the condition. People afflicted with Alzheimer’s might begin to forget stories, forget where they are...Read More »


5 Myths About Assisted Living Communities

After you or a family member make the decision to move to an assisted living facility, there may be some apprehension about what to expect throughout the transition. After researching different communities, there may be even more questions or concerns, like what kind of lifestyle residents lead and whether life...Read More »


Senior-Friendly Walking Tours in Chicago

Walking tours are a great way to go out and explore areas on foot. You get to enjoy a little physical activity, touring at your own pace, while seeing some interesting sights and attractions. Unlike conventional guided tours that charge money per person, by going out on your own you’re...Read More »


The Difference Between Normal Memory Loss and Dementia

Memory loss is a normal part of the aging process. A little forgetfulness isn’t anything to be too concerned about, however, when you begin to forget important things like taking medication or attending doctor appointments, it might be more than just normal memory loss. As your mind and body change,...Read More »


5 Moving Tips for Seniors

Summer is the perfect and most popular time of the year to move. Good weather makes packing, transporting your valuables and setting up at your new location much easier. For seniors in particular, good weather means being able to take your time without the need to rush the process of...Read More »


Fun Spring Activities for Seniors

What better way to celebrate the season of renewal than to spend some time outside with friends and family. Colder months usually limit the amount of time spent outdoors, and the warmer weather means you can finally enjoy a variety of different activities and embrace new experiences with aging family...Read More »


Sundowning and Alzheimer’s Disease

Alzheimer’s disease is a type of dementia that causes problems with memory, cognition, language and behavior. It is the most common form of dementia among those age 65 and older, and Alzheimer’s symptoms will gradually worsen as time goes on. However, with the proper treatment and therapy set in place,...Read More »


5 Reasons Seniors Should Stay Socially Active

As you get older, getting out and connecting with others can become challenging. However, maintaining a high level of social wellness is vital to your overall wellbeing. In fact, studies have shown that seniors who interact socially on a regular basis may even be able to live independently longer.

So, what...Read More »


Starting the Conversation about Assisted Living

Many aging family members wish to remain living independently in their homes for as long as possible. In fact, it can get to the point where they may be stubborn in admitting they need some help with daily activities for the fear that their independence may end up compromised in...Read More »


The Benefits of Exercise for Healthy Aging

As we age, our bodies experience physical changes that can make it more difficult to stay active. In fact, by the time aging adults reach their forties, they can  lose three to five percent of muscle mass with each passing decade. Along with the natural deterioration of muscle mass, the...Read More »


Innovative Therapy for Seniors

When it comes to therapy for seniors, it’s common to think of physical therapy, occupational therapy or speech and language therapy. And while these types of therapy programs are of course key components in senior care or senior rehabilitation for improving fine motor skills, relieving pain, improving strength and balance,...Read More »


5 Common Myths Around Senior Falls

According to the National Council on Aging, one in four Americans over the age of 65 fall each year, making falls the leading cause of both fatal and nonfatal injury in seniors. Although many aging adults might think these statistics mean there’s no way to avoid a fall in their...Read More »


When Parents Refuse to Leave Their Home

If you have a parent who needs some extra help and care to continue living at home, you may be unsure of where to turn. Are you able to provide the care they need to stay home, or will you need to hire services to come in and care for...Read More »


6 Tips for a Successful Visit to See Grandparents in Assisted Living

When a grandparent moves to an Assisted Living community, you may be concerned because they need more care than they used to. This doesn’t mean that your loved one has changed, however. Seniors who move into an Assisted Living community still want to enjoy independence and visits from their loved...Read More »


How to Build Meaningful Relationships with Individuals with Dementia

When providing care and support to a family member living with dementia, caregivers often face certain challenges. It’s reported that around 34 million Americans have provided unpaid care to an adult age 50 or older for the last year or longer. Upwards of 24 hours each week is spent assisting...Read More »


Senior Living Today: What Option is Right for You?

As older adults plan for retirement, it can be overwhelming navigating through the large variety of senior housing options available today. You may find yourself asking questions such as: how do I know what level care I need? What is the difference between independent living and living at home? What...Read More »


How to Effectively Redirect Shadowing in Those With Dementia

When someone you love has dementia, the wide range of symptoms and side effects can be daunting. From emotional changes in their loved one to increasing care needs and trouble sleeping, caregivers often feel overwhelmed, stressed and particularly burnt out as dementia progresses in their loved one because of all...Read More »


Protecting Seniors From Scams

In a world that is becoming much more technology based, it’s important to know how to stay safe when surfing the internet or talking to strangers on the phone. As one of the most susceptible groups to be targeted for scams, seniors should be even more careful. According to the Read More »


Moving to an Assisted Living Community: What to Expect and How to Get Settled

Although assisted living communities offer a variety of benefits to their residents, making the move and settling in to a new way of life can be challenging for some older adults. Humans are creatures of habit by nature, and any disruption in our daily routines often results in higher levels...Read More »


Stress Management Tips for Seniors

When most people think of retirement, they think of long days relaxing, enjoying their favorite hobbies, traveling to new places, or strolling along the beach in one of the sunny states. Indeed, retirement can seem like the finish line in the rat race of life, finally being stress free and...Read More »


The Top 5 Signs Loved Ones Could Benefit from Assisted Living


If you’re currently providing care for an aging loved one, you are not alone. In fact, close to seven million Americans provide unpaid care to an elderly loved one on a daily basis, assisting them with activities like bathing, dressing, eating, managing medications, completing household tasks and more. On...Read More »


Understanding Early-Onset Alzheimer's Disease

Understanding Early-Onset Alzheimer’s Disease

Alzheimer’s disease affects more than 5.5 million Americans, according to the Alzheimer’s Association®, and every 66 seconds, someone in the United States develops the disease. While Alzheimer’s disease affects 5.3 million seniors ages 65 and over, it can also affect those who are younger. In fact,...Read More »


Making Memory Care Feel Like Home

Making Memory Care Feel Like Home

Moving to a memory care community is not always an easy choice, no matter if you are the senior moving or the family members who see the need for a move. Depending on your situation, you may receive reluctance from a loved one about moving...Read More »


Making the Transition to Memory Care

Making the Transition to Memory Care

If you are beginning to notice your loved one may be having memory impairment issues or are having increased difficulty taking care of themselves, you may be considering moving them to a memory care community. Moving your loved one to a memory care community may...Read More »


Senior Nutrition: 10 Tips for Better Health

Senior Nutrition: 10 Tips for Better Health

Nutrition is an important part of any healthy lifestyle no matter what age, however, nutritional needs do change as people age. Seniors, for example, have different health and nutritional needs than teenagers and other adults. According to the National Council on Aging (NCOA),...Read More »