Samantha Aakre

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Family Caregiving Challenges for the Sandwich Generation

Posted by Samantha Aakre on Mar 30, 2018 3:30:00 PM

Almost half (47%) of 40 and 50-year-old adults have a parent age 65 or older who they care for while also raising a young child or supporting a grown child. Also known as the "sandwich generation," these family caregivers are pulled in many different directions, making it difficult to balance everyday life. They may be faced with daily questions such as:

  • Can I afford to pay for my loved one's medication while supporting my son in college?
  • Do I have enough time to make it to my daughter's soccer game after bringing my parent to their physical therapy session?
  • How do I find time to take care of myself?

It can feel impossible to manage everything. There are a variety of challenges sandwich generation family caregivers face each day.

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Topics: Future Planning, Health, Caregiving

5 Common Mistakes to Avoid When Choosing an Assisted Living

Posted by Samantha Aakre on Mar 30, 2018 2:20:00 PM

Finding the right assisted living community for your loved one can be a difficult process. There are many communities that offer different services - making it hard to narrow down your choice. You may even second guess yourself, wondering if it's the right decision to move your loved one out of their home and into assisted living. To help make the process easier, avoid these five common mistakes people often make when choosing an assisted living.

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Topics: Future Planning, assisted living

Having “The Talk”: How to Approach your Parent About Assisted Living

Posted by Samantha Aakre on Jan 26, 2018 2:00:00 PM

How do you bring up the conversation about assisted living to your aging parent? Maybe you’ve spent hours researching different living arrangements and have decided that an assisted living community offers them the best balance of independence and care. But, what if they don’t want to hear anything you have to say?

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Topics: Future Planning

Common Objections Parents Have About Assisted Living

Posted by Samantha Aakre on Jan 26, 2018 1:45:00 PM

No matter your age, embracing change is hard. We don’t want to leave our comfort zones and try something new. Maybe it’s time for your aging parent to move out of their home into assisted living – and they simply just tell you “no.” No matter how you approach the subject, they are likely to have objections about moving. As you help them transition to a new stage of life, be prepared with answer to their questions and concerns.

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Topics: assisted living

6 Ways to Approach a Resistive Parent About Assisted Living

Posted by Samantha Aakre on Jan 19, 2018 2:00:00 PM

You’ve decided it’s time for your aging parent to move into an assisted living community, but when you try and talk with them about it, they become resistive and angry. Meanwhile, you know their health is declining and it’s no longer safe for them to live alone. What are you supposed to do?

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Topics: assisted living

7 Tips for When your Parent Says No to Assisted Living

Posted by Samantha Aakre on Jan 19, 2018 1:50:00 PM

Your aging parent simply says “no” anytime you try and talk with them about moving to an assisted living community. Maybe you’ve tried to approach the subject in every possible situation. From answering every one of their objections to having other family members talk with them – they still won’t even consider the idea. This can leave you feeling frustrated or disappointed. Try to remember, this isn’t just your decision to make. Your parents have feelings, too.

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Topics: assisted living

Frequently Asked Questions about Assisted Living Communities

Posted by Samantha Aakre on Jan 12, 2018 5:10:00 PM

If your aging parent is no longer able to live alone, you might consider moving them to an assisted living community. But, where do you start? What questions should you ask? Gaining a better understanding about assisted living can help make the decision easier for you and your loved one. Here are some frequently asked questions and answers about assisted living.

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Topics: assisted living

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