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Powers of Attorney Serve as Medical Safety Net for Seniors

There may come a time when seniors will have to make a medical decision, but are not capable of doing so because of compromised competency or other disabilities that leave them unable to advocate for themselves. While this can be a challenging point in time for both individuals and their loved ones, a medical power of attorney is there to help them handle this situation, stepping in to ensure that every health care choice coincides with seniors' wishes. That being said, you will have to do a great deal of preparation in anticipation of this occurring, working with seniors and their families to guarantee you are all on the same page so each potential medical decision matches people's desires.

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Caring for Seniors Requires Attention to Detail

Caregivers know that, as adults age, their abilities change in accordance with their mental and physical well-being. Concerns about risks such as falling or getting lost may increase, and lifestyle decisions are often modified to provide adaptive care. ABC News recently shared a few issues that may be less-frequently thought of, but pose serious risk to the well-being of a person in senior living.

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How Social Workers Revolutionize Senior Care

Chances are that if you have been exposed to senior care to any extent - whether you are a caregiver, a family member or a senior yourself - you have probably interacted with a social worker. The question is, though, do you really know what that person does? Because March marks Social Workers' Month, now is the perfect time to explore exactly what these helpful professionals accomplish on a day-to-day basis so that we can understand just how valuable they are when it comes to keeping senior living running like clockwork.

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Celebrate Art Therapy During National Craft Month

When people think about the benefits of crafting, they probably focus on the social environment it engenders and the feelings of creativity that it allows. Did you know that crafts can also serve a medical purpose? During March - National Craft Month - residents of senior living and their caregivers may take advantage of the physical and psychological perks that crafting can offer, all while having a great time.

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Reviewing Physical Therapy Options With Seniors

For many older adults, physical therapy can be a way to rehabilitate or simply keep in shape. Sons, daughters and caregivers alike should be aware of the different ways in which these regimens can benefit seniors, as well as the varied options available. 

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Real Estate Agents Can Play a Role in Senior Living Transition

As seniors age and their abilities change, many decide to make the move to a retirement living community. Although the transition comes with a number of benefits, the process of leaving a former home and moving to a new one also comes with several important responsibilities. Real estate agents and family members who are helping an older adult move to independent living may consider the following concerns throughout the process:

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Practicing Bath Safety For Seniors

Do you know what the most dangerous space in your home is? It's not the basement, the bedroom or even the kitchen. As it turns out, the bathroom poses the greatest risk to homeowners across the U.S., according to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. Each year, nearly a quarter of a million people seek out medical assistance due to injuries they receive in the bathroom, and more than 33 percent of these incidents occur while bathing. January, National Bath Safety Month, presents the perfect opportunity to draw attention to these facts and help prevent further injury and loss of life.

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As We Age, Disability Increases

For most older adults, staying active and healthy throughout senior living is a top priority. It would be nice to maintain our physical abilities for as long as possible, but unfortunately, the aging process often takes a toll on the body. Researchers from the University of California, San Francisco, recently conducted a study that looked at the disability rates during the final two years of life for 8,200 adults.

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