A Practical Guide For Healthy Aging

My personal experience with aging has been both inspiring and challenging. Sometimes I feel like I will be climbing mountains at 90 and other times, not so much. Such is the nature of aging and staying healthy right? What if there were things that we can do at any age to help us feel our most vibrant and what if these things were easy and accessible? This is my mission this week. To uncover for all of our sakes, a

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Depression: Know the Warning Signs In Your Aging Loved One

Let me start by saying that depression is way more common that people realize. This is important, because chances are your aging loved one won’t even know whether they’re battling depression or not. I’ve seen it many times before. Even more upsetting is that when they do recognize that something is wrong they are too ashamed to tell anyone. So let me be clear, there is NO shame in suffering from depression. Today, let’s not just discuss the causes of depression, but

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How To Downsize A Home: A Caregiver’s Guide

Does anybody love moving? I’d be very surprised if anyone answered yes. It’s stressful, time consuming, expensive…some might even say overwhelming. Now I want you to imagine your parents having to, not only move, but also downsize from the big 4-bedroom house where you grew up to a 2-bedroom condo.   Perhaps you mom or dad is moving to an assisted living community or maybe a room in your house. This is not an average move. Sorting through decades of family

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Memory Care For Aging Adults: Recognize the Signs

There is a moment when you first wonder if a parent, or yourself for that matter, is suffering from some type of memory loss. Let me tell you it’s terrifying. You sit around and worry that it could be Alzheimer’s. In the medical field they call it cognitive impairment, but I’m not sure that does it justice. Dementia is a brutal condition for family members of the afflicted to witness.   It is progressive and insidious. A loved ones faculties are

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Steps You Can Take To Prevent An Aging Loved One From A Fall – Part 2

Welcome back for part 2 and thank you for sticking with me. If you didn’t read the part 1 of this series, I do recommend you take a look at the information there at some point. Today we’re going to talk about ways to actively reduce the chance of a fall. Reducing the Risk Get a check-up – Frequent check-ups will do more to prevent a fall than anything. If you are alerted to a potential risk, you will be

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Steps You Can Take To Prevent An Aging Loved One From Falls – Part 1

Did you know that falls are the single largest cause of death and injuries in older adults? Falls are the most common cause of traumatic brain, hip, shoulder, ankle and arm injury in the elderly. Believe me, I know about traumatic injury and it’s no fun. I’ve personally gone through the pain of back surgery and recovery. The older I get the more dramatic the pain. Luckily, I consider my health to be a #1 priority, so I take care

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Checklist: Questions You Should Ask An Assisted Living Community

We’ve all heard the nightmare stories. You pay money to put your parent into an assisted living community. You think you are doing the best that you can for mom or dad. Then there is neglect. One day you show up and the sheets are dirty, mom hasn’t taken her medication or dad hasn’t bathed in days.   You scream bloody murder at the attendees, but it lands on deaf ears. This is elder abuse and worse you’re paying for it.

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Let’s Exercise: Safe and Simple Exercises For Mom and Dad

I’ve watched people in my life get lazy, get unhealthy, get sick and pass on. There are no words to describe the frustration. You want to scream at your loved one “take care of yourself!” but there’s nothing you can do.  The challenge is that once someone gets to a certain age and/or lack of mobility, it feels impossible to start an exercise fitness program. Well, it’s not. Here are some tips that can help an aging loved one feel

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Unburden Your Family, Plan For Long-Term Care Before You Need It

I’ve ben working in the Above 50 market for many years and I love it. I love helping clients through a difficult time of transition and I love training other professionals to do the same. So here’s a bit of clarity I had while I was driving to an appointment yesterday. Without exception, no one wants to be a burden on their family when their health declines. In fact, the stress of not being prepared in advance can actually speed

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When the Elderly Abuse the Caregivers Who Care For Them

Have you ever heard the expression “it’s easier to hurt the ones you love”? Unfortunately, this is a cruel truth. Think about it. At what point did you stop taking your parents for granted? Do you still? Anyway, consider that it’s easy to expect more from those who selflessly give you the most. A lot of people never even realize they’re doing it. So what happens when the elderly take their caregivers for granted? Abuse. Families First So you’re taking

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