Benefits of Continuing Care Retirement Communities

When considering senior living options for yourself or a family member, the amount of information to process may seem overwhelming. It’s important to understand the types of communities available to you, along with the services offered. Continuing Care Retirement Communities (CCRCs) typically include independent living, assisted living, and memory care and some may offer skilled nursing and rehabilitation. These communities are worth considering, as they offer a variety of services within one community, maintenance-free living,

5 Caregiving Resolutions for 2018

As a busy caregiver, it can be all too easy to let your own well-being take a backseat to your loved one’s needs. Here are five caregiving resolutions I encourage you to adopt – and keep – in 2018 and beyond: 1. I will ask for help. Caregiver burnout is real. When you find yourself overwhelmed, sad or isolated, ask family members to cover for you while you run errands, meet a friend for lunch

Importance of Community Living

Studies have shown that Assisted Living homes provide a positive impact on our quality of life as we age. Across the United States, and in other countries, there has been a lifestyle change occurring. Since the 1980’s naturally occurring retirement communities (NORCs) have increased significantly. These communities exist in apartments like those found in an assisted living community. It is believed that these communities provide greater health benefits than regular neighborhoods because their physical and

When To Utilize Adult Day Services

“When is the best time to consider adult day care services for someone I care about?” That is a question often asked by caregivers and family members who are concerned about someone’s safety and well-being. The answer is simple: If you are concerned, then the time is now. If you find yourself asking if it’s time for additional caregiving services, then generally the answer leads to yes. A comprehensive health care plan for someone who

Summer Intergenerational Fun

Summer days bring out the child in each of us. Whether you are young or old, or somewhere in-between, the hot days of summer can be filled with laughter, play and happy times together. Not sure what to do while you are outside? Here is a list of low-cost outdoor activities to enjoy with friends, neighbors and family members of all ages. While you are out in the summer sun, make sure all participants wear

The Challenges of Caregiving

A recent New York Times article discussed how after a five decade rise in the number of women in the workforce, that rise has stalled over the past 15 years. The general consensus is that caring for children, historically a woman’s job, has taken its toll. But the other significant factor is that elder care responsibilities have also increased as the population in the United States has aged. This combination has made it challenging for