Nursing Home Cheers and Jeers
Apr21

Nursing Home Cheers and Jeers

The number of elderly in the United States is expected to jump 135 percent by the year 2050. Even more sobering is the number of elders who will need long-term care will go up by 350 percent in those 35 short years. You read the stories about abuse in nursing home and you see the reports of other nursing homes that have made a huge difference in the lives of seniors and families by providing a safe place where seniors with health...

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Tuned Back In
Apr12

Tuned Back In

Talking to mom these days is like watching a gif. Or the movie “Groundhog Day.” She repeats. She gets lost going down the hallway. She is shocked to see me if I’ve stepped out of her sight for just a few moments. Mom’s short-term memory is on its final good-bye. However, her long-term memory is still fairly functional. Music and Memory Scrapbook for Mother’s & Father’s Day New evidence shows...

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Elder Care Costs Skyrocket
Apr11

Elder Care Costs Skyrocket

How much does it cost to take care of an aging parent or grandparent? A whopping $91,250 a year according to one group that tracks nursing home charges. One year in a nursing home costs nearly as much as three years of tuition at a private college, U.S. News & World Report said. Having in-home care from an agency runs about $45,760, the magazine estimates. Medicare does not pay for long-term care, whether that is in a nursing home...

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Caring for Loved Ones With Alzheimer’s
Apr07

Caring for Loved Ones With Alzheimer’s

The Wall Street Journal recently took a look at three couples struggling with the devastation of Alzheimer’s.  Couples that have been together for decades are facing this last journey as a team, despite the physical and emotional toll this type of service demands. We hear from a scientist who was recently diagnosed with Alzheimer’s and his wife of 34 years as they implement more and more resources to help him cope with...

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Downsize With Care
Apr05

Downsize With Care

Just about everyone over the age of 45 has a story to tell about helping an elderly loved one downsize to a smaller place, whether it is a senior citizen apartment, a bedroom in a daughter’s home or a room in an assistant living center. The stories are similar. There is the sheer amount of stuff that has to be sorted, discarded or sold. But on top of the logistics are the memories and tears that come with knowing that this move means...

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