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Coping with a Sense of Loss When a Loved One Has Dementia

When a senior loved one has Alzheimer’s or another form of dementia, the impact on the entire family is significant. The disease is often referred to as “the long goodbye” because it slowly robs a person of their memory and independence, while families watch helplessly.

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Tips to Help Finance Assisted Living for a Senior Loved One

For adult children and their senior loved ones, understanding the pricing structure and options for how to finance assisted living care can be confusing. Each senior living company structures their monthly fees a little differently. Some bundle expenses into one monthly fee. This charge covers everything from rent and utilities to personal care and meals.

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Avoiding the Post-Holiday Caregiver Blues

The holidays and the months following them can be a tough time of year for family caregivers, particularly those in colder climates. Winter weather can make it difficult to leave home, especially if the senior you are caring for has mobility challenges. Those caregiving for a loved one with a disease that impairs verbal skills may be exceptionally lonely.

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Is Your Senior Loved One Still a Safe Driver?

As we head into the heart of winter, you may be concerned about how safe a senior loved one is behind the wheel of their car. It’s something older adults might fear too, but don’t often admit to family members. Because driving represents freedom to most people, the idea of hanging up the car keys permanently can be frightening. It’s a situation that often leads to disagreements between parents and their adult children.

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What to Look for During a Holiday Visit with a Senior Parent

The holiday season is a time of year when people gather together to celebrate and enjoy one another’s company. Because loved ones are separated by many miles in a lot of families, these visits can provide adult children with an opportunity to see firsthand how aging parents are managing on their own.

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Holiday Gift Guide for the Senior Who Has "Everything"

If a senior loved one seems to have everything, as younger family members often say, finding a holiday gift for them can feel challenging. Some older adults are preparing to downsize and move, so they are trying to cut back on household belongings. Others say they have all of the clothing and personal items necessary for their lifestyle.

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Ways to Protect Seniors from Injury in a Home Fire

Home fires are a concern for households of all ages. And for good reason. According to the National Fire Protection Association, a local fire department in this country responds to one every 24 seconds. Every 85 seconds, one of those fires occurs in a private residence.

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Helping a Parent Cope with the Loss of a Spouse

The death of a spouse or partner is one of life’s most difficult challenges. Each day can bring about a roller coaster of new emotions. When you are an adult child witnessing a parent’s grief at the same time you are struggling with your own, you may feel unsure about how to proceed.

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