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HOW FAMILIES CAN AVOID THE RISING COST OF NURSING HOMES – AND GET CLOSER IN THE PROCESS

Many families today are caught off guard when they find out how much it will cost to move their elderly parent into a nursing home or assisted living facility. A recent survey calculated that the cost of a private room in a nursing home is approximately $100,000 per year. Read more to know how families can avoid the rising cost of nursing homes - and get closer in the process.

 
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TALKING WITH A PARENT ABOUT DEMENTIA

Watching an aging parent decline in health is never easy for a child. Talking with them about it can be even more difficult. However, doing so is important. This is especially true in the case of dementia since such a conversation can lead to a diagnosis which allows everyone to be on the same page moving forward. Click here to read more details on this topic.

 
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IS MY PARENT SUFFERING FROM DEMENTIA OR JUST GETTING OLDER?

One of the most challenging parts of caring for an elderly loved one is trying to figure out what are “normal” signs of aging and what are more serious issues. For example, not knowing if your aging parent has dementia can feel like a guessing game. And it doesn’t help that there is no single, definitive diagnostic test for dementia. Medical experts agree on one thing, however. If you suspect your parent may have dementia, they need to be seen by a doctor. Click here to read more details on this topic.

 
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HOW TO DETERMINE IF YOUR ELDERLY LOVED ONE HAS DEMENTIA

Watching a parent grow older can be difficult. One of the most trying things about it is figuring out what are the “normal” signs of aging and what are more serious issues. For example, no matter what age, we all experience moments when our memory fails us, such as misplacing our keys. Read more to know how to determine if your elderly loved one has dementia.

 
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HOW RESPITE CARE COMBATS CAREGIVER BURNOUT

As a caregiver, caring for an elderly parent can take a toll on an adult child. No matter how much you love your parent, the fact is, everyone needs a break now and then. Unfortunately, many adult children taking care of an aging parent feel guilty taking any time for themselves. Read more to know how respite care combats caregiver burnout.

 
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WHY MORE CAREGIVERS DON’T TAKE ADVANTAGE OF RESPITE CARE

There are several reasons individuals caring for an elderly loved one opt not to use respite care. Some people believe that respite care is a luxury that they cannot afford. Others feel guilty about leaving their parent in the hands of someone else. The fact is, caring for an aging parent can take a toll on an adult child. No matter how much you love your parent, the fact is, everyone needs a break now and then. Read more to know why more caregivers don''t take advantage of respite care.

 
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THE BENEFITS OF RESPITE CARE FOR CAREGIVERS

Caring for an elderly parent can take a toll on an adult child. No matter how much you love your parent, the fact is, everyone needs a break now and then.

While you may feel guilty about leaving your loved one for any amount of time, the truth is, if you don’t take care of yourself, it is going to be impossible for you to take care of anyone else. It is for this reason that respite care is so important. Read more to know about the benefits of respite care for caregivers.

 

 

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PREVENTING PNEUMONIA IN THE ELDERLY

Seniors, more than any other age group, are more likely to contract pneumonia. They also are more likely to die from it. And since pneumonia often occurs as a secondary infection while recovering from a cold or flu, keeping the elderly from getting sick in the first place can go a long way toward protecting them. Read more to know about preventing pneumonia in the elderly.

 
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NURSING YOUR ELDERLY LOVED ONE BACK TO HEALTH FOLLOWING PNEUMONIA

When an elderly parent is discharged from the hospital after a bout of pneumonia, it can be scary for both the patient and their family. If a senior has existing health conditions, recovery can take weeks. The fact that seniors are not only more prone to come down with pneumonia, but also are at a greater risk of dying from it only adds to the stress. Click here to read more details on this topic.

 
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CARING FOR AN ELDERLY LOVED ONE RECOVERING FROM PNEUMONIA

Pneumonia is a dangerous illness that can have serious health consequences. This is especially true in the elderly. In fact, seniors are not only more prone to come down with pneumonia, they also are at a greater risk of dying from it. Click here to read more details on this topic.

 
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ADVANCE DIRECTIVES ENSURE ELDERLY PARENTS GET THE MEDICAL CARE THEY WANT

Living wills and advance directives are legal instructions that allow an aging loved one to make decisions for themselves, even when they are unable to voice those decisions. They also can prevent unnecessary suffering and relieve caregivers of decision-making burdens during moments of crisis or grief. Click here to read more details on this topic.

 
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WHY AN ADVANCED DIRECTIVE IS SO IMPORTANT FOR AGING PARENTS

Let’s face it, death isn’t something anyone wants to think about, let alone talk about. However, if you have an aging parent, it must be addressed. This is especially true if you want to make sure that you honor your parent’s final wishes. While this can be an awkward topic, it also can be a great opportunity to let your parent know how much you care. Read more to know why an advanced directive is so important for aging parents.

 
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TALKING TO A PARENT ABOUT AN ADVANCE DIRECTIVE

No one wants to think about a parent dying. Unfortunately, it is not something we can avoid forever. We also must face the possibility that at some point, an elderly loved one may no longer be able to make decisions for themselves. This is why an advance directive is so important. Click here to read more on talking to a parent about an advance directive.

 
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DEPRESSION IN ELDERLY OFTEN DIFFICULT TO RECOGNIZE

Most of us are getting back to our regular routines after a busy holiday season. Thankfully, children, careers and hobbies ensure that the transition from holidays to post-holiday living is an easy one. Read more to know depression in elderly often difficult to recognize.

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HOW TO SPOT THE HOLIDAY (AND POST-HOLIDAY) BLUES IN AN ELDERLY PARENT

Seniors are not immune to the holiday blues. Even more troubling is the fact that many times the elderly refuse to talk about their feelings.They also may attribute their feelings of sadness to a side effect of aging. This is concerning since depression is a major predictor of suicide in seniors and seniors comprise about 20 percent of the nation’s total number of deaths by suicide. Read more to know how to spot the holiday (and post-holiday) blues in an elderly parent.

 
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