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Assisted Living is Compatible with the “Aging in Place” Movement

Aging in Place is a strategy that supports people remaining in their residence of choice for as long as they are able and as their physical abilities change. Our traditional homes and communities in America don’t necessarily provide the flexibility required to age in place. A house presents increasingly...

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Healthy Living Workshops: Empowerment through Education

Do you want to feel better, meet new people, and be empowered to change old health habits? Are you living with a persistent health condition that prevents you from doing activities you enjoy? Have you learned helpful techniques as a family caregiver, which you would like to share with others? Then consider...

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Caregiving Syndrome

According to Wikipedia “Caregiving Syndrome is a condition of exhaustion, anger, rage or guilt that results from unrelieved caring for a chronically ill dependent”. As noble and sincere our concern is for our loved one’s well-being, very rare is the caretaker that doesn’t experience one or more of the...

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Just One! A HOPE for the Future

A common goal for anyone reading this article is the eventual eradication of Alzheimer’s disease (AD). The numbers are staggering! There are over 5 million Americans with AD dementia and this number is expected to be over 16 million by 2050. One in eight persons age 65 and older, and 1 in 3 persons age...

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Why Long-Term Care Should Be a Part of Your Financial Plan

For the last three years, Deborah Mills has been caring for her mother, who has Alzheimer’s and needs constant supervision. While Mills is happy to be in a situation in which she’s able to help, the experience has been stressful—especially given the high financial cost of caregiving. “ Kamilah Williams-Kemp,...

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Veterans – You might be surprised at what you are missing. You and the US Department of Veterans Af

Many older Veterans never look into their VA Healthcare benefits, believing they are reserved primarily for the most disabled veterans or those with the least amount of money. Please don’t make that mistake. Talk to your fellow Veterans at the VFW, The Legion or to the VSO at your town hall or senior...

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Evaluating a Memory Care Community: Tips when exploring options

The emotional roller coaster of guilt, concern, regret, and the plethora of other feelings that go along with being a caregiver for someone with dementia and realizing that their continued health, welfare, and yours is in jeopardy is one of the most difficult realizations. Once the decision has been...

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Come 2B Dementia Friendly

The Councils on Aging in Marlborough, Hudson and Northborough have received a grant (from whom) to implement a project called building a Dementia Friendly Community. The purpose is to educate the public on best practices for interacting with people, at various stages of dementia, who are living in the...

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Managing Your Memory

Two VA doctors have written a new book, Seven Steps to Managing Your Memory: What’s Normal, What’s Not, and What to Do About It, as a resource for individuals who are concerned about their memory or would simply like to know what they can do to improve their memory and keep it strong. Dr. Andrew Budson...

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The Alzheimer’s Association is Changing Dementia Care

Did you know that only 50% of people with Alzheimer’s disease are diagnosed and of those, only half are told of their diagnosis by their primary care provider? Here at the Alzheimer’s Association, we are aiming to change the way dementia care is practiced by bridging the gap between services for families...

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Diagnosed with Dementia: Next Steps

Dementia is a serious diagnosis. It is a chronic, progressive illness that affects every aspect of a person's life. It is important to get a second opinion. A thorough evaluation is essential to eliminate other possible causes of confusion, word-finding difficulties, personality changes, getting lost,...

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Stairs a Problem? Consider These Questions.

Are you, or someone you know, having difficulty getting up and down stairs? A stairlift could be the solution, but it’s important ask the right questions! For many seniors, continuing to enjoy life in the place they’ve come to call “home” is a high priority. However, if stairs are a problem, the prospect...

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Why Veterans Should take the Time to Talk to Your Local Veterans Service Officer

As Regional Veterans Service Officer(VSO) and a fellow Veteran I understand all too well the frustration of filling out endless paperwork to enroll in the VA Healthcare System or filing a Service or Non-Service Connected Disability Claim, only to be told you may not be eligible for a variety of reasons....

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Reading Never Sounded So Good…

The Perkins Library is the free public library for people who have difficulty reading regular sized print. This includes people who are blind, visually impaired, physically unable to hold a book or reading disabled. A special part of the Library of Congress, the Perkins Library is part of the National...

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Addiction and Older Adults

Addiction rates are increasing in older adults. 17% of this age group struggles with substances and by 2020 the number is expected to double. Prescription overdose deaths in older adults outrank heroin overdoses in young people. The term “accidental addict” is often associated with adults 50 years and...

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What is “Program for All-inclusive Care for the Elderly” (PACE)

Many of us wish to remain in our homes as we age, however we find with each year it is more difficult to coordinate all the medically necessary services to live safely in the community. The Program of All-Inclusive Care for the Elderly (PACE) may be the answer. PACE is a National program for adults...

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Hidden Gem: Your Local Independent Pharmacy

Each year, between 3 to 10% of the total US health care costs have been attributed to medication nonadherence—this totals up to approximately $100 to $300 billion in health care spending! In fact, nearly half of all adults in the US have at least one chronic disease, with the number of adults taking...

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Is a Respite Stay in Assisted Living Right for You?

Respite stays within Assisted Living are often utilized for a myriad of reasons. Respite stays are designed to be a short term arrangement, usually less than 90 days, and can be as short as 7 days. The Executive Office of Elder Affairs authorizes and governs Assisted Living Residences as a way to provide...

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Parkinson’s Disease – Support for You

A diagnosis of Parkinson’s is a life-changing moment. However, with advances in treatment and the right support there is much an individual with Parkinson’s disease can do to live every day to the fullest. The American Parkinson Disease Association (APDA) is the country’s largest grassroots organiza¬tion...

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Not All Memory Loss is the Same

Remember that time a woman in the post office ran over to you, gave you a big hug and asked about your children? You had no idea who she was, yet it was pretty clear that she knew you. OK, maybe you don’t remember, but don’t jump to conclusions. Not all memory loss is a symptom of Alzheimer’s disease....

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