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How to Manage the Conversation about Assisted Living

At different points in our lives, we are forced to have difficult conversations with friends or family members. Many adult children say it is especially tough to broach the subject of moving to an assisted living community with an aging parent. It can be so intimidating that adult children often delay the conversation until a crisis occurs.

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Common Reasons Older Adults End Up in the Emergency Room

Emergencies happen from time to time but are more common as we age. In fact, older adults visit hospital emergency rooms at higher rates than most other age groups. Research shows 16 percent of adults age 65 and older are patients in a hospital emergency room (ER) each year.

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Helping an Adult with Dementia Maintain a Healthy Diet

Caring for a senior loved one who has Alzheimer’s disease requires figuring out how to overcome unique challenges. One is making mealtime go smoothly. For example, an adult with Alzheimer’s might have trouble manipulating silverware or staying focused on tasks associated with eating. Identifying challenges and developing strategies to work around them are key to helping an older adult with Alzheimer’s maintain healthy nutrition.

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Busting 4 Common Myths about Senior Nutrition

The myths surrounding senior nutrition are plentiful. While some aren’t harmful, others may keep an older adult from getting the protein, vitamins, and minerals needed to stay healthy. We’ll bust some of the common myths surrounding senior nutrition and share resources for planning healthy meals during retirement.

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The Hidden Costs of Caregiving

When a parent’s or other family member’s health begins to decline, loved ones often pitch in to help. Running errands and performing household chores are usually the first steps. Some may try to move their older loved one into their own home for safety.

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Tax Preparation is Getting Easier for Seniors

Preparing income taxes is rarely ever easy. From making sure you claim all of the appropriate deductions to figuring out where to list investment income on your forms, it is a process that requires time and patience.

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How to Organize a Senior's Medical Information

If you’ve recently taken on the role of caregiver for a senior loved one, you may feel as if you are drowning in a sea of paperwork. After every physician appointment, your stack of papers climbs higher. Organizing all this important information so it can be accessed easily may feel overwhelming.

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Is Exercise the Key to a Longer, Healthier Life?

Exercise typically leads to better health, but does it lead to a longer life? A study published in the American Journal of Epidemiology says “yes.” Exercise helps extend your life, and you don’t need to do that much of it.

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