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The Importance of Building Trust with Your Loved One’s Doctors

Doctors can be some of the most important people in seniors’ lives . Caregivers and advocates take time and energy to not only make sure senior loved ones can get to their appointments, but that they feel heard, seen, and supported in that process. If you’re close to an older person, you might be called into an appointment to communicate with their doctors, and it’s importance to build trust with them.

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Meal Planning for Seniors: Healthy Eating without the Hassle

A balanced diet is essential for seniors who are aging in place, but having healthy options ready-to-eat is sometimes challenging if you do not plan ahead. You are more likely to grab a snack like chips or candy since they are convenient compared to a healthier option like carrot sticks which take more time to prepare. Meal planning is a great solution to the problem of wanting to eat well but also wanting healthy eating to be convenient.

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Holidays, Stress and Scams—the Connection You Need to Know!

Did you know there is a direct relationship between stress and an elderly person’s risk of falling for a scam? The holidays are an especially stressful time for many. Unfortunately, it is also a popular time for scammers to be active. Protect yourself from scams and enjoy the holidays with these helpful tips!

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Ready to Retire? Check Out Our Checklist!

According to a Federal Reserve study, only around 45% of non-retired adults over the age of 60 believe their retirement planning is on track. Have you thought about retirement lately? It’s never too early to plan, and our financial checklist will help you prepare.

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Holiday Hosting Tips: The Best Ways to Prepare Your Home for Aging Parents

The holidays are an essential time to check in on aging loved ones. If they’re visiting your home for the holidays, you may need to prepare to keep them safe. There are simple changes you can make no matter your budget to reduce fall risk and injury.

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Finding Purpose and Fulfillment After Retirement

Some seniors worry about being able to find their purpose and define their lives after retirement. While it does take a bit of effort, you can find a variety of ways to keep yourself busy and find a sense of fulfillment and purpose when your working days are over.

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Hot Tips on Fire Safety for the Elderly

Fire safety is important for anyone at any age, but seniors have a higher risk of injury in the event of a fire. Be safe and plan ahead with our Hot Tips on Fire Safety for the Elderly.

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Let’s Support Our Veterans the Whole Year Through

The United States has many veterans of all ages and backgrounds, whom we celebrate every November 11th. We have grand parades and speeches. These are all great ways to acknowledge our veterans who have placed their lives on the line to defend our country. In his Veterans Day message[i], Veterans Affairs Secretary Denis McDonough stated, “Veterans Day should be a call to action for all Americans to serve those who have served, because that’s our most sacred responsibility, on this Veterans Day and every day.” It is not enough to show appreciation for our troops just one day per year.

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Mr. Sandman Bring Me a Dream: Elderly Caregiver’s Guide to Sleep

Caregiving can an extremely difficult job, and it can get even more difficult if you don’t get the sleep your body requires. Sleep is important to maintain the function of your brain and body so that you can take care of not only your needs, but the needs of your senior care receiver as well. Unfortunately, lack of sleep is a common problem among many caregivers in the United States. A study from JAMA Network found that, “Caregivers lost 2.42 to 3.50 hours of sleep each week due to difficulty falling asleep and maintaining sleep.” (1) When you are concerned about the well-being of your loved one, it can be difficult to fall asleep and stay asleep for a variety of reasons. Whether your mind is racing worrying that they may get up and fall, or they wake you because they need help, it can be draining to try to keep up with it all.

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Technology and Independence for All: 7 Ways Tech Can Enhance the Lives of Seniors

Independence is a priority for most seniors. As developments in technology increase, it becomes easier for seniors to maintain their independence. There are many ways technology can improve daily life. For instance, it can aide in completing daily tasks, managing health, teaching new things, and monitoring safety. Older adults simply need to take the time to learn how to use new devices and tools.

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