Great tips including a reminder of how important it is to reach out with a call or text or note.
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.”
Great article about the importance of discussing difficult topics with family in advance of a crisis and before end-of-life decisions need to be made.
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!
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!
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
Please join me and several colleagues on April 30th, 10:30 am to noon, at Cabot Park Village in Newtonville, MA for an interactive panel discussion answering questions about providing support to older adults and accessing appropriate resources.
Short article about the power and benefits of kindness … important to remember, especially given how much in life is beyond our control. http://www.entrepreneur.com/article/272431
Information about palliative care, which focuses on relieving the discomfort and distress of serious illness. From The New York Times, February 12, 2016
For many, this is a time for seeing extended family & friends, reflecting on the past year and thinking about the one about to begin. Some of us make resolutions, but how many of us include elder care resolutions on our list? If you saw your relatives over the holidays, were you concerned by anything? Someone who is having more difficulty physically or emotionally? Challenges with daily tasks or showing signs of memory issues or confusion? Perhaps these are changes that shouldn’t be overlooked. Maybe it’s time to have a conversation about options to consider moving forward.
I started Step with Care recently and am providing customized recommendations and a range of services to individuals transitioning to independent living communities, assisted living communities, or skilled nursing facilities in the Greater Boston area. If it’s time to add an elder care resolution to your list and you’re ready to explore residential options for an older family member, check out my website (www.stepwithcare.com) and let me know how I can help.
Wishing everyone a happy and healthy 2016!