Caring for a Loved One With Alzheimer’s

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Failing to Plan for Dementia Care Can Spell Disaster for Many Families

While many families take on many components of estate planning, they overlook making plans for long-term Alzheimer’s or dementia care. There can be many reasons for this oversight. Some are unaware of the debilitating effects of Alzheimer’s and the costs associated with the long-term care it requires. Others are aware of the facts concerning Alzheimer’s disease, but are reluctant to discuss the potential risks with their elderly family members.

Granny Pods: An Alternative to Assisted Living or Retirement Communities

Across the country, backyard cottages, sometimes called “granny pods,” are springing up as an alternative to assisted living facilities or a retirement communities. Senior citizens can preserve their privacy and maintain their independence while safely living in their own space. Typically placed in the backyard of the family home, these small yet comfortable cottages provide a high-tech, safe alternative to traditional nursing homes.

Respite Care Provides a Much-Needed Break During the Holidays

Respite care provides caregivers with temporary relief when caring for family members. The needs of the individual in need of care are also addressed. Respite care may be available through a hospital, nursing home, or other senior care facility or agency in your area.

Technology to Help Seniors Stay at Home

Moving to a nursing home or assisted living facility is not easy.  Unfortunately, there have been few options to allow seniors to live safely at home. Whether you’re a senior citizen or are caring for an aging loved one, home monitoring technology can help seniors stay at home longer.

In the past few years, advanced technology has provided more options for home monitoring.  Electronic devices and internet-based solutions make it easier for many families to keep an unobtrusive, high-tech eye on their aging loved ones.

Paying for Home Health Care

Paying for home health care can be a challenge for many seniors and their families.  However, home health care may be necessary if you have an aging parent or spouse who wants to remain in the home they love as they age. Since home health care is often expensive, it is important to consider this expense when planning for future health care needs.   

Tips for Explaining Health Problems to Grandchildren

When facing health problems, it is important to be open and honest with loved ones. Here are some tips for explaining health problems to your grandchildren.

When you are experiencing health problems, it is important to let everyone in your family know. However, it’s important to take a different approach with your grandchildren and other younger children in your family as you will want to tell them in a way that they will understand. There are a few tips you can use to tailor your message and keep everyone informed.

Examining Dental Care Issues for Seniors

No matter your age, your dental health plays a major role in your overall health. Because of this, it’s important to get proper dental care and practice good oral hygiene. Here are a few things that seniors can do to help maintain good oral health.

Dental Issues as We Age

As you get older, your risk for certain dental problems increases, including:

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