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Often, family members are faced with the decision regarding whether a loved one should move directly from a rehab facility to assisted living or whether they are better off to come home for a short time in between.  As with so many decisions involving older adults, it depends.  It depends on the five considerations of...
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So often, aging parents intellectually know that their current living situation isn’t right for them anymore but seem unable to take the steps necessary to do something about it. Studies consistently show that most people would like to live independently in their own residence for as long as possible. While this makes sense in the...
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So, the day you’ve been dreading has come. You have concluded that you simply can’t live in your home a moment longer. If you are like many older adults, you’ve avoided confronting this reality and don’t want to think about moving into a “facility.” I’m happy to report that there are many wonderful options for...
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Senior Move Managers are professionals who specialize in assisting older adults and their families with the emotional and physical aspects of relocation and/or “aging in place.” A Senior Move Manager (SMM) can help you develop an overall move or “age in place” plan. This might include helping you decide what modifications need to be made...
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So, the day you’ve been dreading has come. You, and perhaps your siblings, have decided that Mom or Dad simply can’t live in their home a moment longer. For whatever reason, moving in with one of the kids isn’t an option. It’s time to find the right place for the next chapter. If you are...
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The aging parent who asserts that they will never be “sent” to a retirement home is the parent who fears being abandoned in his or her old age. He usually has expectations that one of his children will take him in. She might expect that she will be able to manage in her own home...
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Jane Gross posted a fabulous discussion in The New Old Age Blog today called “The $500,000 Question.” She relates her personal story of caring for her Mom, and wonders whether everyone might have been better off if they had considered a continuing care retirement community. She concludes that it would have been at least a...
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If you are the adult child of an aging parent, you have probably asked yourself, “How do I know what type of help my aging parent needs?” Unless you are a senior resource professional, sorting this out can often seem overwhelming. So, here are six questions to ask to help sort it all out. What...
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Yesterday, I had the opportunity to participate in a health fair in a local assisted living community. I was able to engage with several residents and I couldn’t help but think about some of the striking differences I observed. Let’s start with the residents themselves. The first lady I spoke with was very sweet, but...
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