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Planning Ahead for Aging Solo

— You may have heard the term “elder orphans” during the last year or two. This term was coined to describe seniors who do not have a spouse or children who can assist them as their care needs change. It’s estimated that 22 percent of older adults today fall in this category, and the number will... Read More

When a Loved One Moves to a Long-Term Care Facility

— Though most seniors wish to stay at home for as long as possible, health challenges often mean that moving to a skilled nursing facility is the best choice. If you are helping a loved one with this process, maybe you spent a lot of time making the decision, and finding a place that is the... Read More

Elder Care Planning Is Like Hurricane Planning

— By: Barbara L. Spangenberg,  Elder Care Coordinator Having just weathered Hurricane Harvey, I am struck by the similarities of the emergency planning process – and how it relates to care planning for our aging parents.  My 95-year-old mom learned about planning through her own disasters: she had 20 minutes to plan a San Diego wildfire... Read More

Planning for Our Senior Years—It’s Never Too Soon!

— Maybe you’re looking to retire in the next few years. Or maybe you’re not sure you want to retire, but you want to be prepared for the unexpected, including age-related challenges. Studies show that today’s younger people have done very little planning for their senior years—but giving it some thought now makes it more likely... Read More

Keeping Nursing Home Residents Social

— As we age, our ability to maintain social relationships may wane. Friends and loved ones pass away, health issues may isolate us, and physical limitations may make it difficult to go out and meet people. But socializing remains important. Not only does it help us feel connected and alive, but it also provides numerous health... Read More

Can You Evaluate Care Facilities?

— Are you caring for a spouse, parent or other loved one who may need to transfer to a long-term care facility soon? Do you know the options available in your community?  Do you know what to expect during a facility stay? Whether you are considering just one long-term care facility, or are trying to choose... Read More