3 Challenging Conversations to Have with an Aging Parent

Have you noticed that things are piling up around the home? Is your mother losing weight? Or your father forgetting to take his medications? Your parents will start to need more help as they age, and talking to them about these sensitive topics can be challenging. However, if you have these difficult conversations before a crisis hits, they will be easier and more productive. Here’s a look at three of the most challenging conversations to have with an aging parent — and how to start them.

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Topics: assisted living, Future Planning, Caregiving, Senior Health

Cause and Effect of Depression and Isolation in the Senior Population

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

8 Ways to Keep Your Parent Positive (and 4 for You)

According to pundits, a positive attitude is necessary for any sort of achievement.

“A positive attitude causes a chain reaction of positive thoughts, events and outcomes. It is a catalyst and it sparks extraordinary results,” says the Red Sox’s Wade Boggs.

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Topics: Senior Health

5 Ways to Help Your Parent Make Friends

You may have just noticed that your parents don’t seem to talk about their friends much any more, but they—and you—have been losing friends since you reached the age of 25. So say researchers, but they were only considering mobile phone users. The researchers theorize that around the age of 25, people begin to assess their friendships and make choices about which ones to keep.

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Topics: Senior Health

5 Ways to Help Your Parent Create a Legacy (without Spending a Cent)

A legacy is a gift or a bequest. And although most people may think in terms of monetary bequests in a will or trust, a nonmonetary legacy may exist while a person is still alive and continue after their death.

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Topics: Future Planning, Caregiving, Mental health, Senior Health, Health

Life is Easier Since Mom Moved to Assisted Living

When your parent moves to an Assisted Living or other senior living community, you may become apprehensive about the change in your relationship. After all, it’s likely that you considered your parent’s previous residence yours, too, because you were raised there.

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Topics: Senior Health

Senior-Friendly Day Trips from The Arbors

Day trips offer opportunities to experience activities and see the sights of an area you may not have visited before. They usually include an entertaining or educational activity and a meal.

Did you know that there is actual scientific research into the benefits of day trips? A British study saw a correlation between day trips and increased physical activity among seniors.

“Strategies encouraging increased trips, particularly active or public transport trips, in OAs  [e.g., older adults] can potentially increase their PA [e.g., physical activity] and benefit public health…

“Physically active older adults have lower risk of disease including dementia, higher levels of physical and cognitive function, psychosocial well-being and independence than inactive older adults,” the study notes.

A Japanese study found that limitations and regression in activities of daily living (ADLs) were associated with lower levels of going outside the home.

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Topics: Senior Health

5 Ways to Help Mom Adjust to Assisted Living

Many times, families of our prospective residents ask: “How will mom or dad adjust?”

They are concerned that their parents will be miserable away from familiar surroundings.

And we get it.

But, we’ve got your back.

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Topics: Senior Health

6 Ways to Keep Your Senior Parent Hydrated

Under the summer’s scorching sun, people become more concerned about dehydration, because we’re thirstier and sweat more. However, dehydration is a concern throughout the year. Dr. Ralph E. Holsworth warns that sweat can turn to water vapor when there’s little humidity, so it may be difficult to spot the signs of dehydration.

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Topics: Senior Health

10 Things to Do When Taking Mom Out for the Day

Have you ever hesitated to take your mom or dad along for a family activity because you were concerned about their health? If your parent needs oxygen or has difficulty walking, or has serious medical issues, you may be concerned that your planned activity may be too much for them.

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Topics: Caregiving, Future Planning, Mental health, Senior Health, Health

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