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Recommended Reading for December 2018

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The Forgotten Carols:  A Christmas Story and Songs By: Michael McLean The Forgotten Carols” is an innovative storybook/CD about a nurse whose empty life is changed by her patient, John. As the story moves along, the characters in the novel break into song, which are included on the compact disc. Click here to purchase.

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Discover Great Ideas for Gifts Older Adults Will Love

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By Susan Ayers Walker To make your shopping a little easier this holiday season, we’ve put together a list of fun and practical items for older adults. Grandparent Talk uses a deck of question cards to stimulate social interaction and spontaneous discussion between grandparents and the youngsters who don’t necessarily recognize the store of knowledge their […]

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Avoid Family Burnout During the Holiday Season

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The holidays often mean family time, but can you have too much of a good thing? Baylor College of Medicine’s Dr. Karen Lawson discusses what you can do to prevent experiencing family burnout. “I would describe family burnout as the feeling of not having satisfactory interactions with family members. If someone is truly experiencing family burnout then […]

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Recommended Reading for November 2018

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Happiness Is a Choice You Make: Lessons from a Year Among the Oldest Old By:  John Leland An extraordinary look at what it means to grow old and a heartening guide to well-being, Happiness Is a Choice You Make weaves together the stories and wisdom of six New Yorkers who number among the “oldest old”― those eighty-five and […]

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Elder Mediation Services

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  What Is Elder Mediation? It is amazing how quickly formerly cordial relationships between family members will sour when the family has to deal with care of elderly parents or inheritance at their death. Sometimes the consequence of dealing with the final years of elderly parents can break families apart and create long lasting animosity. […]

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Smart Speakers are a Smart Choice For Seniors

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Have you been wondering if the time is right to get an Amazon Echo, Google Home or other similar product for yourself or loved ones? The answer is a resounding “Yes!” These handy devices can do everything from telling you the time to answering how much an elephant weighs. For anyone with mobility issues, it’s […]

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Caring for the elderly: Dealing with Resistance

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Caring for the elderly can be challenging — particularly if a loved one doesn’t want help. Understand what’s causing your loved one’s resistance and how you can encourage cooperation. One of the toughest challenges you can face when caring for the elderly is resistance to care. How do you help a loved one who doesn’t […]

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Plant and Outdoor Therapy: Worth It for Seniors?

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Whether it’s tending to a plant in their room, enjoying houseplants in communal residence areas or having exposure to greenery in the great outdoors (even through a window), seniors see undeniable benefits. And while you may agree from your own experience that you seem to feel better when Mother Nature is nearby, research proves that […]

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Will Medicaid Take Away Your Home?

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Description of Medicaid Estate Recovery Federal law allows states to recover money spent on behalf of the Medicaid beneficiary after that beneficiary’s death. Recovery concentrates on what Medicaid considers an “estate.” For most purposes, the only estate asset remaining at death is the personal residence. Each state approaches recovery differently. In some states, recovery is […]

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How To Help A Senior Loved One Make Financial Decisions After The Death Of A Spouse

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When a senior loved one loses their spouse or life partner, everything changes. Life as they’ve known it, possibly for decades, will never be the same. And yet, in the face of all that change and while dealing with their grief, they’ll be asked to make difficult financial decisions. Some of them, such as covering […]

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