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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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Daily Summer Activities for Seniors

Summer is a great time to get out and enjoy the nice weather. Not only does summer create a sense of enjoyment due to the warm weather and sunshine but also it creates health benefits, mood benefits and can even sharpen the mind of your aging loved one.

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Look To Your Body For Clues To Your Health

Your hands, eyes and even the way you walk can tell your doctor a lot about your overall health, without even taking your blood pressure, getting your weight or drawing blood!

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Weight Bearing Exercise Good For Health

It should come as no surprise that exercising is just plain good for our health – no matter what our age. As we get older though, exercise is more important for a variety of reasons that include:

  • Staying active will help keep your weight down and that will make you healthier
  • Being active will help with balance issues
  • Weight bearing exercises might stave off the effects of osteoporosis

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The Benefits Of Music Therapy

It’s been said that “music can soothe the savage beast.” Music has also been shown to relax individuals undergoing medical treatments, those recovering from illnesses or injuries or those who simply need to lower their blood pressure. Whether the music is classical, rock and roll or a parent singing to a child, music can help individuals connect with one another.

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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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Saving Seniors Money

The prices we pay for the essentials like gas, groceries, medical costs and more continue to increase year after year.  Many seniors are finding that money can be tight as they age so it is important to remind our loved ones of ways to stretch the almighty dollar.

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Common Concerns When Hiring An In-Home Aid

As your loved ones age, their ability to live independently dwindles to the point where they may need daily help. This causes stress and creates the need for a caregiver to make decisions on what to do next. Choosing a home health aid may be the first step to creating peace of mind and safety for your aging loved one. That in itself is a great step but can cause stress in picking the right person for the job. Even with the security of a home health aid, a medical alert device adds extra protection for those times when no one is around.

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LifeFone Seniors And Technology

As we age we are slower to adapt to new technologies. Conversely, as we age if we do accept new technologies we are better able to stay in touch with friends and family and age in place. There are myriad technologies that allow seniors to age in place and they go beyond adding grab bars in the bathroom.

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