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Social media platforms like Facebook or Instagram can be used by people of all ages. During the COVID-19 pandemic, seniors in particular are learning to enjoy the many benefits of connecting online.
If you are the spouse or adult child of a parent whose health is declining, you might find yourself struggling to juggle their needs with your own, especially as the COVID-19 pandemic continues. Some family caregivers work outside the home and have children or grandchildren of their own to support. The term “sandwich generation” was coined to describe situations like these.
Caregiving for a senior with Alzheimer’s brings many unique challenges. One of which is how to respond when your loved one repeatedly says the phrase “I want to go home.” In many cases, they are already home. Because they have memory loss, however, the environment no longer seems familiar to them.
As we head into the holidays, concerns about the spread of the coronavirus persist. Many older adults and their families are uncertain of how to plan for what is typically the most festive time of year. Unlike the warm days of summer when families could gather in small groups outdoors where social distancing is easier, the cold weather makes that impossible for many.
Senior living communities are vibrant homes where older adults can spend their days with lively companionship, socially engaging programming, nutritious dining, and the personalized care they need from trained, supportive team members. Just like so many other institutions and businesses, though, the COVID-19 pandemic has caused communities to make several changes to normal operations.
The emotional side of witnessing a senior struggle with Alzheimer’s disease can be difficult. It often leaves family members and friends feeling powerless to find ways to offer support. If you find yourself in this situation, one avenue to consider is becoming an advocate in the search for treatment options and, eventually, a cure for Alzheimer’s.
If you haven’t searched for an assisted living community before, it’s easy to feel confused about the cost and pricing structure, and the options for financing care. Because every senior living provider does things a little bit—or sometimes a lot—differently, families find themselves struggling to understand the true cost of senior housing.
Halloween is often an intergenerational evening of fun that families look forward to all year long. Grandparents enjoy tagging along as costumed grandchildren make their rounds collecting candy throughout the neighborhood. Halloween is second only to Christmas as far as holiday spending goes. From costumes to candy, Americans spent 8.8 billion dollars last year.
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