What to say when someone has cancer …

Great tips including a reminder of how important it is to reach out with a call or text or note.



Too soon to look at senior communities?

Another thought-provoking article … this one about considering residential options in advance. Having a plan and discussing it with family and friends can be difficult and upsetting, but it’s beneficial in the bigger picture. As Jane Gross writes: “Imagining life at 80 and beyond is not for the faint of heart. But leaving it to chance is asking for trouble.”


Family Discussions over Thanksgiving Dinner

Thanksgiving is often a time when family concerns come to the surface, sometimes discussed and sometimes quietly considered. If you or your family is interested in exploring senior communities for a relative or friend, please check out http://www.stepwithcare.com. Step with Care will guide you through the process of identifying best options, visiting communities, comparing choices and organizing for a move. Involving an objective professional to advise you will likely make the process less stressful and more efficient, leading to better planning and more appropriate decisions. Wishing you a peaceful and happy holiday!

Check out this website before buying a Medical Alert System

Medical Alert Systems are an important tool in the effort to increase safety and peace of mind for older adults living alone. If you’re in the market for a Medical Alert System for yourself or someone else, be sure to check out the free advice on the Find the Right Alert website – http://findtherightalert.com/the-ultimate-guide-to-medical-alert-systems/.

Thanks to Joe Thoron for sharing this valuable information, along with hints and tips and reviews!

Change can be “messy” when it involves moving your aging parents

Helping aging parents move can be challenging in a variety of ways, but the benefits and peace of mind make the effort worthwhile for many adult children of seniors. Step with Care (www.stepwithcare.com) is a resource for older adults and their families as they consider communities, identify priorities and preferences, and then focus on the options that best meet their needs.

You’re invited to a Panel Discussion: Learn how to help your parents make the best choices NOW and in the future

Please join us for a free and informative panel of senior care industry professionals, covering a range of issues of interest to many adult children of aging parents — Thursday September 29th at Cabot Park Village, a Senior Living community in Newtonville, from 6:45pm to 8:30pm. A light dinner will be served. The program – Learn how to help your parents make the best choices NOW and in the future – will feature a panel answering questions on topics including elder law and estate planning, home care services, navigating family dynamics, evaluating senior living options, and other areas of senior care that families often want to better understand. The session will be interactive and is intended to provide a forum for people with questions pertaining to aging parents and resources available.

For more information: flyer-for-expert-panel-on-aging-cabot-park-village-newton-sep-29-2016-3

Loneliness linked to deteriorating health in seniors

Recent studies show that loneliness has detrimental effects on the health of seniors — there’s mounting evidence linking loneliness to physical illness and to functional and cognitive decline. While Independent & Assisted Living Communities may not be appropriate for all seniors, they can be beneficial to some because of the activities and socialization they offer, countering isolation and loneliness experienced by many older adults.

For more information about recent research, see this New York Times article: http://www.nytimes.com/2016/09/06/health/lonliness-aging-health-effects.html?smid=li-share&_r=0

How can someone die from Alzheimer’s?

Gene Wilder passed away last week at the age of 83, and according to his obituary, he died of complications from Alzheimer’s disease. While most people know that Alzheimer’s causes memory loss, not everyone understands that in the later stages of the disease, balance and coordination as well as autonomic functions like heart rate, breathing, digestion and sleep cycles are severely affected.