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.

http://blog.dana-farber.org/insight/2017/05/what-to-say-when-a-loved-one-has-cancer/

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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.”

https://www.statnews.com/2016/…/11/retirement-aging-options/

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!

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

Anyone including Elder Care Resolutions on their list?

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!