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Aging In Place

Steps Toward A Frugal Lifestyle

Living a frugal lifestyle is really not that hard, it just takes planning and forethought such as thinking about whether you really need an item that you’re considering purchasing. In many cases, it’s the smaller spending that throws people off track rather than big ticket item purchases. Small spending, like an expensive cup of coffee a day or eating out for lunch every day can really impact a family budget.
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Steps To A Better Night’s Sleep

If your bed is calling your name, but once you crawl between the sheets you can’t seem to drift off, it’s an exercise in frustration. Sleep is necessary to overall health and well-being and if you’re not getting a good night’s sleep, here are some tips to help you drift off more easily.

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Home Delivery Services Make Aging In Place Easier

If your aging relatives are losing their ability to drive a car and get to the grocery store, they may be worried about being able to age in place. With technology and home delivery what it is today, your loved ones may be able to go online or pick up the phone and have almost anything they need delivered right to their doorstep. This is a valuable resource, especially if you don’t live in the same area that they do. They can have access to groceries and entertainment items between your visits and you can rest easy knowing they are not doing without.

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How Can You ‘Age Gracefully’?

We have all heard that the only two things you can count on in life are death and taxes. We also know that aging is inevitable, but there are steps that everyone can take to make aging gracefully a reality.

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Is It Time To Downsize Your Aging Parents’ Home?

Making a change in your aging parents’ lifestyle can be a traumatic event. If they are moving to a smaller home or moving into your home, it will mean they will have to divest themselves of some of their belongings. This can lead to a sense of loss of both memories and a loss of control of their lives. It will benefit you to have patience with them and to work through the process slowly – by this we mean, don’t just go into their home with a dumpster and start tossing their stuff.

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The Importance Of Healthy Eating For Seniors

Healthy eating and healthy living go hand in hand and they are two crucial aspects of a long life for seniors. As a caregiver, you may need to be more involved in what your aging loved ones are eating. It is much easier to eat quick-to-heat, processed foods than it is to cook healthy meals, but the health benefits far outweigh the ease of preparation.

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Alternatives And Trends In Assisted Living

When the time comes to think about having to have mom and dad move out of the home because they can no longer live safely there, you should be aware that the trends in assisted living make these facilities more homelike than ever before. Chances are your parents will want to live in their home as long as they possibly can. Their desire to age-in-place is natural because they don’t want to give up their independence. As their caregivers you can help them with this by making their home “senior friendly” and by giving them access to a home medical monitoring and personal medical device.

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Affording Independent Living

The cost of independent living facilities varies depending on many different things including location and options available. These prices can range from as little as $500 a month to over $3,000 a month based on the community itself, the assistance involved and they type of activities and homes available. That being the case, most living facilities are paid out of pocket but there are a few options that might help you or your loved one pay for it.

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When Should Your Aging Loved One Stop Driving?

If your aging loved one is getting to the point that they are starting to need assistance in their everyday life, it can create a sense of hardship and stress for everyone.  Specifically, driving a motor vehicle is one of those things that may need to be addressed sooner than later as your aging senior gets to a certain age or a point where there is a medical concern. The decision to address driving as a concern can many times be a heart wrenching one, especially knowing that it may result in taking away their freedom and ability to feel independent.

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Make Independent Living Safer

Most seniors would prefer to live our their lives, as they age, in the comfort of their own home. Although this may seem like a no brainer to many, the fear of a loved one falling or having a medical emergency when no one is around can be a frightening feeling! Independence is a great thing but as our loved ones age, their ability to continue the lifestyle they have enjoyed throughout their life changes. Many times, the things they are used to doing in everyday life because too difficult or dangerous to do on their own. These could be tasks as simple as cleaning the house, making dinner and even showering or bathing.

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