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4 Tips to Avoid the Flu – Atria Senior Living Blog

4 Tips to Avoid the Flu

Posted on October 10, 2017 by Admin

Experts typically look to the southern hemisphere’s flu season to predict what might happen in the U.S., and this year looks to be challenging.

“Australia’s flu season has always been a good indicator of our flu season, and unfortunately it looks as if the flu season for 2018 will be a tough one for us based upon what we’ve seen there this year,” says Mike Gentry, Senior Vice President, Care and Life Guidance. (more…)

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A Simple Guide to Senior Living Tax Deductions – Atria Senior Living Blog

A Simple Guide to Senior Living Tax Deductions

Posted on March 25, 2016 by Admin

There are few things in life more confusing than the tax code. The annual ritual of tracking down credits and deductions to minimize tax liability can be tedious, and the rules seem to change year over year.

The availability of senior living tax deductions comes down to whether or not the services provided meet a medical need. The reason this is important is because in order to deduct the costs from taxable income, the IRS requires they qualify as medical expenses. These deductions can offset a portion of the cost of senior living for residents and their families. (more…)

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Knowing When it’s Time for a Parent to Stop Driving

Knowing When it’s Time for a Parent to Stop Driving

Posted on December 10, 2015 by Admin

Have you ever needed a car repair and found yourself at the mercy of a friend, taxi or subway? The ability to drive means freedom, and without it you have to rely on other, less convenient means of transportation.

Even temporary inconveniences like these remind us that being our own driver is a privilege, and for older adults who can no longer drive safely, losing this privilege can be difficult for them and for you. Mom or Dad may be reluctant to hand over the car keys, and you might worry about how they’ll get around in the future.


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Bizarre Behaviors: When Mom May Need Help

When Mom May Need Help

Posted on November 20, 2015 by Admin

Despite advances in health care, the aging process itself can limit an older adult’s ability to carry out basic daily living activities. Health problems aren’t always obvious, especially for older adults. Signs of declining health or abilities can be so subtle that neither the parent – nor their children or caregiver – may realize help is needed. (more…)

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Older Adults and Dehydration Risks - Atria Senior Living Blog

Older Adults and Dehydration Risks

Posted on September 1, 2015 by Admin

For older adults, staying hydrated can be a challenge. According to the United States Department of Agriculture’s Center for Nutrition Policy and Promotion, one in three older adults may not drink enough fluids each day due to physical and physiological changes common to aging,  such as: diminished thirst sensation, side effects of medications and incontinence. The inability to walk, reach for a glass or feed oneself can further complicate the issue. A decline in cognitive function (confusion, poor memory, etc.) can also impact fluid intake. (more…)

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Back to School Tips for “Sandwich Generation Caregivers”

Back to School Tips for “Sandwich Generation Caregivers”

Posted on August 28, 2015 by Admin

Sending a child to college is bittersweet; pride swells alongside the pain of letting go. There’s so much to decide, plan, purchase and pack. Helping a son or daughter select the right school and prepare for the move is a milestone not to be missed.

But what about Mom? While parents ready their college-bound child, who makes sure an aging family member eats right and takes their medications? (more…)

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