Senior Care

Make Your Dog Your Best Friend During Covid-19

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The COVID-19 pandemic has forced many of us to hole up indoors, which mean’s we’ve had to re-imagine our relationships with friends and family. Being in quarantine or lockdown can mean going weeks without face-to-face social interaction, leading to feelings of isolation and loneliness. The good news is that dog owners can take this time […]

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Social Security Benefits Increase in 2021

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Nearly 70 million Americans will see a 1.3 percent increase in their Social Security benefits and SSI payments in 2021. Federal benefit rates increase when the cost-of-living rises, as measured by the Department of Labor’s Consumer Price Index (CPI-W). The CPI-W rises when inflation increases, leading to a higher cost-of-living. This change means prices for […]

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Are You Psychologically Ready to Retire?

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The author of this article is a certified geriatric care manager with 12 years’ experience. She has found that for some of her clients, retirement has not been what they imagined or hoped it would be; particularly for a generation of men who didn’t come to terms with the loss of their career identity or […]

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Boomers Show Greater Cognitive Decline Than Earlier Generations

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The American baby boomer generation is not as cognitively sharp during middle age and later in life as previous generations, according to a recent study published online in the Journals of Gerontology: Social Sciences. The findings are “clear and alarming,” say the study’s authors, for they suggest that recent declines in the incidence of dementia […]

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Through the Eyes of an Elder: Don’t parent me: What aging parents want their adult children to know

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By Kris Boler Why is it that as our parents age we decide we need to parent them? How does that make our parents feel? The overwhelming answer is: They don’t like it at all. As an Older Adult Behavioral Health Specialist, I teach classes to older adults in several communities in Oregon. Across the […]

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Will Coronavirus Ruin Your Retirement?

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The unemployment rate caused by COVID-19 precautions has hit older Americans harder than any other group except the youngest workers. Older adults may not return to the workforce, or they may take a long time to do so. An April 2020 survey showed 32% of baby boomers had lost confidence in their ability to retire […]

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Can Alzheimer’s and Dementia be Prevented with Regular Exercise?

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Alzheimer’s Disease is one of the biggest concerns many of us have as we get older. The thought of developing the disease can be a frightening prospect, especially if you’ve witnessed a loved one affected by dementia. While you may have been told that all you can do is hope for the best and wait […]

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Bereaved Families Are ‘the Secondary Victims of COVID-19’

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Every day, the nation is reminded of COVID-19’s ongoing impact as new death counts are published. What is not well documented is the toll on family members. New research suggests the damage is enormous. For every person who dies of COVID-19, nine close family members are affected, researchers estimate based on complex demographic calculations and […]

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WHAT TO DO IF YOUR PARENT’S SENIOR COMMUNITY RESTRICTS VISITORS DUE TO THE CORONAVIRUS

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So what can you do if you are caregiving during coronavirus and your parent’s nursing home or assisted living facility restricts visitors due to the coronavirus? 1. If your parents can operate their phones, call. Check in with them more than you might have in the past. Use the call to listen to their concerns […]

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The hidden cost of keeping older adults safe from COVID-19

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Nancy Nelson is pretty sure her dad gave in to loneliness and stopped fighting. Richard Mueller, 93, had been without visits from family members for nearly a month when he died April 10, as care facilities barred visitors in response to the pandemic. “I am giving up,” he told her. “I don’t know if I […]

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