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4 Tips for Helping a Father Cope with the Loss of a Spouse

Posted by Erik Potter on May 18, 2018 11:45:00 AM

For many, the death of a mother is one of the most emotional and difficult times you will go through. She was your support system, number one fan and always looking out for you. Besides processing your own feelings and emotions, you may also be helping your father process his.  Here a four tips to help your dad cope with the loss of a spouse.  

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Topics: Health, Mental health, Senior Health

Role Reversal: How to Navigate Becoming a Family Caregiver for an Aging Parent

Posted by Erik Potter on Apr 20, 2018 5:00:00 PM

When a parent becomes dependent on you to assist them with everyday tasks such as bathing, dressing, meal preparation, or running errands — life can change drastically for both you and your parent.

After a lifetime of your parent being the caregiver, this role-reversal can create tension in your relationship.

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Topics: Future Planning, Caregiving

Dealing with Denial: When Mom Says “No” to Assisted Living

Posted by Erik Potter on Apr 13, 2018 4:00:00 PM

It’s an uncomfortable topic: talking about safety concerns, isolation, errors in managing medications at home or the plethora of other reasons assisted living becomes a topic of discussion. 

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Topics: Future Planning, assisted living

The Danger of Over-Medication in Seniors and What to Do About It

Posted by Erik Potter on Apr 13, 2018 3:00:00 PM

For many seniors who have chronic diseases, taking a daily medication is essential for maintaining health and quality of life. But, receiving multiple prescriptions from different doctors, or a miscalculation in dose can also be a source of danger.

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Topics: Health, Senior Health

4 Reasons Families Fold When Talking to a Parent About Assisted Living (And How to Avoid Them)

Posted by Erik Potter on Mar 23, 2018 1:00:00 PM

Change is difficult at any age but can be particularly difficult when it concerns older adults.

The choice to stay at home or move into an assisted living community can be difficult emotionally for both the older adult and their family. Weighing the potential options can be a tumultuous time for families, and it can drive divisions between parents and children and between siblings.

There is potential for conflict at every stage of the discussion — conflict about what to do, how to do it and how to pay for it. However, through patient communication and creative problem solving, families can successfully navigate the decision-making process.

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Topics: Future Planning, assisted living

5 Tips for Avoiding Family Conflict When Searching for Assisted Living

Posted by Erik Potter on Mar 23, 2018 11:10:00 AM

Moving from home to an assisted living community is a big change for both your parent, as well as you. For some families, they will have never felt stronger and united than the day they see their mom or dad happy in the assisted living community chosen. For others, conflict and turmoil will make this one of the most difficult decisions ever faced.

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Topics: Future Planning, Mental health, assisted living

What to Do When a Sibling Says “No” to Assisted Living

Posted by Erik Potter on Feb 23, 2018 2:00:00 PM

Siblings disagree (shocking surprise, right?). Whether it be a heated argument over the “official” rules when playing Monopoly as kids to which house should host Thanksgiving when you are adults, I’d venture to bet that your family has experienced its fair share of ups and downs.  

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Topics: Future Planning, assisted living

Cause and Effect of Depression and Isolation in the Senior Population

Posted by Erik Potter on Feb 23, 2018 1:30:00 PM

Depression and isolation has become increasingly common among today’s aging population, and they come with significant health risks.

Higher than average suicide rates in those over the age of 85 years old are causing wide-spread concern across the United States. 

Unfortunately, stereotyping can get in the way of getting an aging loved one who is depressed or isolated the help they need. 

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Topics: Mental health, Senior Health

Is it time for assisted living?

Posted by Erik Potter on Feb 19, 2018 1:10:59 PM

How likely are you to need some form of long-term care? According to one study you have a nearly 70 percent chance of needing some kind of long-term care in your lifetime.

Typically, the decision isn’t made alone.  More commonly, family encouragement to make the decision is needed. 

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Topics: Future Planning, assisted living

The FAQs of Assisted Living Costs

Posted by Erik Potter on Feb 19, 2018 12:52:21 PM

As the baby-boom generation ages, assisted living will continue to grow in popularity. Assisted living communities offer seniors a way to live independently while getting assistance with daily living activities. While living alone comes with risks of social isolation and loneliness, assisted living offers a vibrant, social environment that improves mental and physical health.

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Topics: Future Planning, assisted living

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