8 Things to Do When You First Learn Your Loved One Has Alzheimer’s

Whether you’ve suspected the diagnosis for ages or it’s come as a shock, absorbing the reality ahead of you can be a sobering — but critical — process.

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Continuing Care Communities: A Big Investment With Catches

Are you (or your aging parent) the kind of person who likes to plan for all contingencies? Then you might want to consider a continuing care retirement community–a development that usually includes independent apartments or town homes for spry seniors; assisted living units for those who need some help; plus a nursing home.

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South Florida Nursing Homes Squeezed by Medicare Cuts

The nation’s nursing homes are facing a $4 billion drop in annual payments from Medicare. The cuts affect reimbursement fees for what’s known as “post-acute care” for seniors at skilled nursing facilities.

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Disagreement About Caring For Parents

Along with the stress involved in caring for an elderly parent, there is usually conflict between family members regarding how things should be handled. It helps if everyone can identify not only potential sources of conflict, but ways to deal with those conflicts in a calm and productive manner. Conflict is a part of life. It does not need to become a way of life.

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The 7 Deadly Emotions of Caregiving

Nobody would ever choose a smiley face as the perfect symbolic emoticon for a caregiver. Caregiving for an ailing loved one is just too stressful — often triggering damaging emotions that can not only undermine your good work but harm your health, as well.

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The Value of a Team Approach: Use a Home Care Aide and a Professional Geriatric Care Manager

There are many benefits to receiving home care. Not only do family members find comfort in knowing that their loved one is being cared for by a trained professional, but your loved one gets to enjoy the comforts of the home that they cherish.

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Eye Care Advice for Aging Eyes in South Florida

Growing older and getting reading glasses seem to go hand in hand, just like getting gray hair or wrinkles as you age. But that doesn’t have to be the case if you take steps to care for your eyes as you age.

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When It’s Too Expensive for Dad to Keep Driving in South Florida

Trying to persuade older family members to give up their car keys isn’t just an emotionally fraught chore. Increasingly, it is a financial issue, too.

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9 Things to Consider in Your Search for an Assisted Living Facility in South Florida

As people age and need more help with daily activities, such as bathing or taking medication, moving to a facility that provides some assistance, without sacrificing independence, may be an option.

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Don’t Let Achy Knees Keep You Out of Life’s Game

Knee osteoarthritis (OA) can happen to anyone; in fact more than 10 million.

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Managing your Diabetes Costs in South Florida

For the nearly 24 million Americans with diabetes, the cost of medication and other items related to diabetes care can be nearly two and a half times greater than medical costs for those without the disease.

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Middle-Age Americans Less Mobile Than Ever in South Florida

Physical disabilities that limit mobility are increasing among middle-age Americans, a new study reports, and experts say the trend could have serious long-term consequences for the U.S. health-care system.

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The New Generation of Hearing Aids

“If you think hearing aids are synonymous with getting old or becoming less capable, think again,” says Dr. Kathy Landau Goodman, chairperson of the Audiology Awareness Campaign.

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Time to Take the Keys Away from a Loved One with Dementia

The decision on when an aging loved one should stop driving is never an easy one, but the issue becomes even more complex – and heart-wrenching – when the loved one also suffers from dementia or Alzheimer’s disease. How do you know when someone is no longer safe to drive?

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Risk of Death Persists After a Hip Fracture

Older men and women who break a hip are five to eight times more likely to die in the first three months after the fracture, a new study by Belgian researchers has found.

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Dementia Caregiving in South Florida

Feeling taken for granted as a caregiver is incredibly common.

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Searching for Security in South Florida

For years, the primary selling point of continuing-care retirement communities has been security: the knowledge that a person or couple could settle—and remain—in a development, whatever the changes to their health.

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March is National Kidney Month

26 million American adults have Chronic Kidney Disease (CKD), and millions more are at risk. Most people are not aware that they have CKD or are at risk.

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Smart Tips for Baby Boomer Retirement Planning in South Florida

If you are one of America’s 78.2 million baby boomers, you are likely considering what ideal retirement will look like, and the steps required achieving it.

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How to Choose the Right Assisted Living Community in South Florida

An assisted-living community provides communal living, often with planned activities, housekeeping and laundry, transportation, meals, exercise and wellness programs, opportunities to socialize with other residents, assistance with activities of daily living, and some medical care.

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