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Senior Living Options for Couples with Different Care Needs

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Finding suitable senior living options for couples when they have varying care needs can be difficult. One may be completely independent while the other has drastically different health demands, yet they don’t want to leave each other’s side. How can you ensure that both you and your spouse meet your emotional, social and health needs? … Continue reading “Senior Living Options for Couples with Different Care Needs”

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Memory Mondays: Effects of Dementia on Caregivers

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The effects of dementia on caregivers are more paramount than ever, as the prevalence of Alzheimer’s disease increases and its impact proves devastating. In fact, Alzheimer’s disease and other forms of dementia are placing unsustainable physical, emotional and financial stress on caregivers, according to survey results from the Alzheimer’s Association. And many caregivers are going it … Continue reading “Memory Mondays: Effects of Dementia on Caregivers”

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Advanced Medical Directives: Why Do You Need One?

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Healthy or not, here advanced medical directives come. Just over one-third of adults in the United States have advanced directives for medical care, according to new research findings. These documents are important when they become seriously ill or incapable of making their own health care decisions. Yet the low figure suggests more needs to be done. … Continue reading “Advanced Medical Directives: Why Do You Need One?”

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Memory Mondays: Early Signs of Cognitive Decline May Include Speech

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Changes in your speech may be one of many early signs of cognitive decline. New research notes that more pauses, filler words and other verbal alterations can indicate whether you’re developing thinking problems, which may result in Alzheimer’s disease. The findings suggest there are aspects of language affected much earlier than previously believed, occurring prior … Continue reading “Memory Mondays: Early Signs of Cognitive Decline May Include Speech”

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Why More Seniors Work After Retirement

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Retirement isn’t all rest, relaxation and an escape from your job. These days, the retirement age seems obsolete, as more seniors work through their older years. It’s not necessarily because these seniors are workaholics, though. There are many reasons for and benefits to continuing to work after retirement. In fact, many experts at Columbia’s 2016 Age … Continue reading “Why More Seniors Work After Retirement”

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2017 Apple Picking Near Chicago

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As fall rolls around, families want to bake all their favorite apple recipes. Of course, these all taste better when made from fresh-picked apples from your local orchard. Most apple orchards around Chicago open for pick your own apples in mid- to late-August or Labor Day weekend. With corn mazes, apple-themed sweets, bee exhibits, and … Continue reading “2017 Apple Picking Near Chicago”

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Memory Mondays: What Is Early-Onset Alzheimer’s?

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Early-onset Alzheimer’s accounts for a small portion of Alzheimer’s disease cases, yet its effects are equally devastating. Just 5% of the approximately 5.5 million Americans living with Alzheimer’s disease are early onset, according to estimates from the Alzheimer’s Association. That means about 200,000 people developed the disease before the age of 65, and it often … Continue reading “Memory Mondays: What Is Early-Onset Alzheimer’s?”

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What Is the Best Age to Move to a CCRC?

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Many older adults contemplate the best age to move to a CCRC (continuing care retirement community, otherwise known as a life plan community). Often, retirement communities are associated with deteriorating health and the need for hands-on care. This leads some seniors to believe they’re not yet ready to make a move, or that they haven’t … Continue reading “What Is the Best Age to Move to a CCRC?”

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Memory Mondays: The Ins and Outs of Dementia Care

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Dementia care is no easy undertaking. Training on how to relate to someone with memory loss is typically conserved for professional caregivers. Yet family and friends often need some guidance on how to interact with their loved ones who have memory loss. That’s because gut instincts don’t necessarily yield the best results. Handling those with … Continue reading “Memory Mondays: The Ins and Outs of Dementia Care”

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