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Creating Social Interaction for Your Parent

Creating Social Opportunities for Your Parent

Social interaction offers older adults many benefits. Keeping your parent socially engaged is important to their overall health.

There is no doubt older adults benefit from social interaction – studies prove it. But, when your mom or dad lives alone, it can be difficult to get them out of the house to spend time with others. (more…)

Questions to Consider Before Taking on the Role of Family Caregiver

Caring for Your Aging Parent: 5 Questions to Ask

Many don’t think about how they will care for an aging parent until they’re forced to make a decision. Here are some questions to consider.

As parents age, their needs grow while their ability to care for themselves declines. This is especially true when a parent lives alone. Unfortunately, many don’t think about how they will care for an aging parent until they’re forced to make a decision. (more…)

Holiday Stress Tips: ‘Tis the Season to Be Jolly?

‘Tis the Season to Be Jolly?

Do you get stressed out during the holidays? We have a few holiday stress tips that can help!

It’s that time of year! And if you are the type of person to make to-do lists, chances are you’ve already begun a few for upcoming celebrations. A typical holiday to-do list might include buying decorations, making a gift budget and sending out cards and invitations.


Creating Space for Things That Matter: A Guide to Decluttering

Creating Space for Things that Matter: A Guide to Decluttering

The principle of decluttering is simple and universal: keep what you love, let go of the rest. But a few helpful tips can make the process a lot easier.

My husband and I are planning to move, and recently I found myself evaluating all of our stuff. I didn’t want to drag everything to a new home because the truth is, not everything we own is treasured or useful. So how should we decide what stays and what goes? To answer that question, I had to tackle our clutter. (more…)

Discussing Living Options With Your Parent | Atria Senior Living Blog

Addressing the Elephant in the Room

Discussing living options with mom or dad can be a difficult. Jamie Floyd gives caregiver tips in her article on Wit and Wisdom, Atria Senior Living's blog.

We are living and staying independent longer than ever before and with this new territory of aging families find themselves searching for answers to new questions. One question families often struggle with is how to talk to mom or dad about their living arrangements once they can no longer maintain their home (without a lot of help from others.)


Sparking Your Sense of Playfulness

Sparking Your Sense of Playfulness

Playfulness between seniors and caregivers is a healthy way to increase positivity and avoid caregiver fatigue.

I’d like to tickle your curiosity about playfulness, but first I’d like to share a true story about a caregiver.  [The names and identifying references have been changed to protect confidentiality.]

One day I received a phone call from a woman inquiring about therapy services. (more…)

Senior Woman

Assisted Living or Independent Living, Which is Right for Me?

It is important to understand the differences between assisted living and independent living services when selecting a senior living community.

Navigating the landscape of choice for your family member’s care can be confusing and frustrating. As a caregiver, your mind is full of worry, guilt and even agitation.