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5 Ways Mom Can Decorate Her Senior Living Apartment

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Moving can be stressful, especially when Mom is moving from the family home into her new assisted living residence. It can be an emotional time for all of you, so help ease the transition by making Mom as comfortable as possible in her new space.

Your goal is to find a balance between creating a space that feels familiar and comforting for her while keeping tabs on what will fit into her new place.

To learn about five things to help Mom decorate her senior living apartment and make her new place feel like home, CLICK HERE.

6 Tips for Talking to Your Mom About Senior Living

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If Mom is living alone in the big family home, you may have lots of concerns—such as isolation, her safety or her ability to maintain the property. Talking about where Mom might want to live as she ages may be awkward or difficult, but it’s important have a conversation about her options while she can contribute her opinions. Some experts recommend following the 70/40 rule: Begin discussing her options when Mom is 70 or older and you are 40 or older.

To learn about 6 tips for talking to seniors about the move, CLICK HERE.

4 Mistakes to Avoid When Researching Retirement Communities

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If you’re beginning to look for retirement communities for your dad, will you know where to begin? While the search may seem daunting, it’s important to be thorough: Choosing the right community—especially if he needs the support of an assisted living residence—will impact his quality of life as well as his happiness.

Save yourself a little time—and wasted energy—by avoiding these 4 mistakes that people commonly make when searching for assisted living communities. To view the common mistakes, CLICK HERE.

How to Outsmart Grandparent Scams

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Your phone rings. The person on the other end of the line sounds upset, says she’s your grandchild and asks for money to get out of a sticky situation. This is how a grandparent scam begins. And because the scam pulls at your heartstrings, it’s easy to become a victim. This is how the “grandparents scam” works.

If you’ve been targeted or victimized, you’re not alone. According to the Federal Trade Commission, Americans lost more than $300 million to various imposter scams in 2017.

To learn about some helpful steps to ensure protecting yourself from the grandparents scam, CLICK HERE.

What to Know About Caregiver Tax Deductions

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As your Dad’s caregiver, you’ve spent a lot of time—and money—providing him with the support he needs. You’ve found that you’re not only emotionally drained, but financially drained, too. Fortunately, being Dad’s caregiver, there are caregiver tax deductions that can lessen the strain a bit.

To learn more about how to take advantage of these deductions, CLICK HERE.

Charitable Giving – Leaving a Legacy

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Are there certain charities that move you to grab your checkbook? If you value their causes, consider supporting these charitable organizations long term with a program of planned giving.

What is a planned giving program?

Planned charitable giving is a mechanism for donating that can help maximize your gifts, reduce your tax liability, and maintain your assets. Even better, your generosity doesn’t have to wait: You can start giving today.

To learn more about the three general forms of planned giving, CLICK HERE.

8 Tips to Help Manage Dad’s Medications

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Have you noticed that Dad is more irritable than he used to be? Has there been a change in his sleeping patterns? These may be due to recent life-changing events, but they also could be signs of medication mismanagement.

According to a study published by PubMed, 87% of seniors take one prescription medication, 36% of seniors take five prescriptions or more, and 38% use over-the-counter medications.

Medication management will help avoid potential drug risks and reduce preventable adverse drug effects with medications used by seniors. To learn about eight tips for better medication management, CLICK HERE.

Know the Risks of Hypothermia

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As winter approaches, the weather in many locations begins to change and temperatures start to drop. But not only are the outside temperatures dropping, your body temperature can drop, too. According to MedicineNet, hypothermia occurs when your core body temperature drops to 95 degrees Fahrenheit or lower.

Seniors are more susceptible to hypothermia than children and other adults as their bodies don’t hold heat as well. While shivering may signal that your body is cold and is trying to warm up, it isn’t always a sign of hypothermia.

To stay safer by learning about 6 important risks of hypothermia, CLICK HERE.

How Seniors Benefit From Volunteering

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Senior living communities have a lot to offer seniors—but one opportunity may surprise you. Many residents become active volunteers. Seniors have time and talent to offer, and by joining together with other residents, can make an impact with their volunteering. The opportunities for getting involved can be wide-ranging, from helping young children read, to working in a communal garden, to gathering items for charity. To learn more about how volunteering can be beneficial to a senior’s health, CLICK HERE.