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An Intergenerational Approach to Senior Care

A 2018 report from Generations United and the Eisner Foundation stated that there are 105 intergenerational "shared site" programs in the U.S.. Over 2/3 of the programs said that the goal of their intergenerational program was to "promote positive intergenerational relationships, improve attitudes toward elders and youth and support the health and development of participants."

Paul Blom

Free CEU Webinar: Supporting the Elder LGBT Community

With concerns about their safety and quality of care, many LGBT elders must choose to hide their gender identity and/or sexual orientation to survive in the healthcare system. Paul Blom, owner of Right at Home Greater Twin Cities, has been a part of training over 13,000 senior service providers in Minnesota and across the country on caring for LGBT older adults.

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The Evolution of Senior Living

We spoke with Martin Siefering to find out how are senior service providers, as well as the architecture and design industry, responding to the changing needs and expectations of the boomer generation.

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Highlights of 2019's The State of Senior Living Survey

Perkins Eastman, a global architecture firm with a practice dedicated to senior living, completed its fourth biennial survey on the state of senior living in America. The results were published in “The State of Senior Living: An Industry Grappling with Autonomy,” which aimed to take a “final glimpse of the industry before the end of the decade and [serve as a] witness to the impact of the leading edge of the Boomers—the fading of the silent generation and the technological transformation of everyday living.”

Proverbs and Sayings About Old Age and Wisdom

Today, aging is still considered a sign of experience and wisdom in many cultures across the planet. We bring you poignant proverbs and sayings about old age from some these people groups.

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The Hidden Costs of Burials

The median cost for a funeral, including the basics of a casket, funeral service, embalming, professional fee service and transfer of the remains, ran about $7,500 in 2017. The hidden costs of burials can scare the life out of anyone who is not prepared for the final bill when a loved one passes.

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Common Health Issues in Older Adults

How can seniors ward off the common health issues of aging and remain healthy overall in later life? Are certain declines in health inevitable or actually preventable? We came up with five age-related health changes in older adults and prevention measures for each condition.

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Differences Between In-Home Care Services

When an older loved one or adult with a disability needs caring support at home, it can feel daunting to know which professional care services are best. Who can help with bathing and meals? Is a registered nurse needed for wound care? Can hospice care happen at home?

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Air Travel Tips for Seniors With Health and Mobility Issues

At Right at Home, we believe that age or disability should not be a hindrance to travel. If you are considering longer-distance adventures with a loved one who has health or mobility issues, here are a few air travel tips and advice we have for you.

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Arthritis Prevention and Care Tips

Anyone of any age can get arthritis—the Arthritis Foundation says that about 300,000 babies and children have arthritis or a rheumatic condition—but the joint disease becomes more common with age. The CDC states that from 2013 to 2015, almost half of people age 65 and older in the U.S. reported doctor-diagnosed arthritis.

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Retail Market’s New Niche: Aging Baby Boomers

AARP notes that the over-50 demographic, known as the longevity market, accounts for $7.6 trillion in economic activity. By 2030, when more than one in three Americans will be age 50, what will the upsurge in retail products and services include?

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The Thyroid and Aging

Fatigue, change in mood, hair and nail changes, weight changes, and memory issues. Sound like signs of aging? Maybe not. These could also be signs of a malfunctioning thyroid—a condition that can be mistaken for other reasons in older adults.

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The Holiday Season: End Social Isolation Among Seniors

A May 2018 Forbes article highlighting the government report, “2017 Profile of Older Americans,” finds that 50 million Americans are age 65 or above. Of these older adults, about 14 percent of them live alone, and twice as many women as men in this age range live by themselves. Of American women over age 75, nearly half of them live alone. The year-end holiday season is often dreaded by many of these solo seniors who are just not up for the upbeat socializing and yuletide festivities.

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Older Driver Safety Awareness Week

The American Occupational Therapy Association (AOTA) sponsors Older Driver Safety Awareness Week, which aims to help keep seniors more active, healthy and safe when they are behind the wheel. By keeping seniors on the road, rates of isolation, loneliness and depression can be reduced.

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Keeping Older Loved Ones Warm in Winter

Prevention of cold exposure to seniors takes precautionary measures before winter sets in and ongoing observation by family members, caregivers and those familiar with the older loved one’s health and living environment.

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Compassionate End-of-Life Care for Chinese Americans

“In America, most families will honor the individual wishes of an elder as they age, but Chinese families don’t operate that way,” says Stokes. “A Chinese family makes a decision as a unit, which ultimately might not be what the senior wants. Chinese people don’t talk about end-of-life care, but we want to change that.”

Dr. Julie Masters

10 Frequently Asked Questions for Gerontologists

"A gerontologist looks at the big picture. So where are you having some challenges? Are there some things that might be missing from your life that we could help recover or restore? What can we do to help you maintain your connection to community? We come up with services and resources that allow people to age with dignity," Dr. Julie Masters explains.

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U.S. Vacations for Seniors With Limited Mobility

You have reached your senior years and now have more time for vacations, but your limited mobility is a concern. With some advance planning and the tips we share here, you can leisurely travel most anywhere in the United States.

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5 Things to Consider About Aging in Place

Aging in place is a lifestyle—a way of living that allows you to remain in your home throughout life as long as possible. Many people don’t realize that on any given day, what was once easy for us to do may suddenly become harder and more time-consuming.

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10 Frequently Asked Questions for Certified Aging in Place Specialists

With remodeling, when people hear “aging,” they think “old.” They wonder if the home modifications are going to look institutional like the large steel-looking grab bars or raised commode in a public restroom. They think of what a hospital or nursing home looks like. But home remodeling today is nowhere near that. The products, the style, the designs are awesome and they fit in any home style. You’ll never even know the design is clinical, ever.

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How Men Can Be More Proactive With Their Health

Most guys find it easy to discuss sports or vent about work. But talk about their health? Nope, that’s not happening, well, at least not for the majority of men, reports a Cleveland Clinic men’s health survey. What keeps you or other men you know from talking about your health?

Kim Schirrman

Caregiver Raises Awareness for Huntington’s Disease

Kim Schirrman, an award-winning caregiver for Right at Home on Long Island, had never heard of Huntington’s disease before meeting her husband & his family in 1995. Today, Kim & her family are actively involved with the Huntington's Disease Society of America, raising awareness for this rarely known disease.

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Life Hacks That Help Boomers Age in Place

Life hacks refer to things that make your life a little bit easier. Learned from the collective wisdom of the internet, here are 6 life hacks that can help boomers age in place.

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10 Most Frequently Asked Questions for Geriatric Nurses

“When people first return home from the hospital, they need a lot of education and help to ensure they don’t relapse and return to the hospital,” says Barbara Madison, Registered Nurse. “Geriatric nurses try to set them up for success.”

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Fighting Parkinson’s With Boxing

Study found that boxing can help Parkinson's patients improve gait and balance. Are you ready to knock out Parkinson's?

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Caregiving for a Parent Drew Siblings Closer Together

Navigating parental conflict, such as a divorce, or the death of a parent can actually reinforce the strength of sibling relationships. For one son who lost a parent to cancer, “If anything, the devastating diagnosis brought me and my siblings closer together.”

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Spring Cleaning to Reduce Fall Risks

Spring is when everything starts to come alive again. The sluggish energy from winter moves out, and there’s a vibrant spirit of rejuvenation in the air. This is the time for a fresh look around to see what moved in during our winter hibernation. And do you know what many of us will find?

Clutter!

Amy Mack, Registered Dietitian

10 Frequently Asked Questions for Registered Dietitians

As a 20-year registered dietitian, Amy Mack fields a full menu of questions about food and the latest trending diets. As co-owner of the Right at Home office in Hudson Valley, New York, alongside her husband Scott Teresi, Amy understands the challenges of fueling the body as people age.

Lori Angiano

Evacuating Elderly During Disasters

In August 2017, the people of Kingwood, Texas, and the rest of the greater Houston area were bracing for a storm. While no one was able to predict the devastation that ultimately befell the community, people tried to prepare as best they could while going about their daily lives. But even a hurricane could not prevent Lori from caring for her client.

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5 Books on Caring for Aging Parents and Grandparents

Seeking help and support is vital to caregivers. Many of us find reading stories from other caregivers helpful to understand and prepare for caregiving duties. Based on popularity and ratings on Goodreads and Amazon books, we have shortlisted five books and graphic novels that depict the challenges of caring for seniors, and the coping strategies these authors employed.

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Chronic Pain, Prescribed Opioids and Pain Management

Prescribing opioids for chronic pain remains controversial. What are the treatment alternatives and are there any resources for chronic pain management?

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Frequently Asked Questions for Aging Life Care Professionals

Aging Life Care Professionals are specialized caseworkers who focus on holistic geriatric care management. They can be an excellent resource for both family caregivers and isolated older adults, providing help and advocacy across a variety of disciplines. We spoke with Brenda Shorkend, an independent Aging Life Care Professional with over 25 years of experience, and got answers to five most frequently asked questions for Aging Life Care Professionals.

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Meal Prepping for Aging Parents

Preparing a week’s worth of meals in advance may sound daunting, but if you are an adult child caregiving for aging parents, meal prepping gives you peace of mind that your loved ones will get enough nutrients.

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5 Healthy Seasonal Recipes

“Get healthy” is one of the most popular New Year’s resolutions. If this is your goal, how about achieving it by eating produce in season? Consuming seasonal foods not only means that your meals are going to be packed with flavors and nutrients, but it can also benefit your wallet.


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5 Ways Seniors Can Beat the Post-Holiday Blues

The holidays are over. Sigh. After New Year’s Day, the letdown of the holiday season hits a low note for many of us, leaving us feeling lonely, depressed and just not up for socializing. How can we beat this post-holiday blues?


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Diagnosing Hearing Loss in Adults and Seniors

“People think hearing loss is an old-person thing,” says Maionchi, an audiologist. “But my average patient is in their mid- to late 50s."

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How Can You Treat Arthritis With Aquatic Exercise?

People with arthritis tend to be less active due to pain and discomfort. But in warm water, the muscles are more relaxed and therefore more flexible for stretching and exercises.

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During the Holidays, Watch for Clues Indicating Your Senior Loved One Might Need Help

Are you spending an extended amount of time with your loved ones during the holidays? If so, it may be an ideal time for your to be on the lookout for the well-being of an aging loved one. Here's what you should keep an eye on:

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Join Our Free CEU Webinar "Aging In Place" on December 14!

Right at Home is hosting a free CEU webinar entitled "Aging in Place: The Preferences of Today's Aging Generation" in collaboration with the American Society on Aging (ASA). Join us for this one-hour program on December 14!

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The Gift of Personal Touch – How Geriatric Massage Can Comfort Seniors

Geriatic massage not only improves aging health conditions, it also benefits seniors with limited social interaction. "The loving touch that goes along with therapeutic touch is immensely powerful," says Nicole Joy, a certified geriatric massage therapist.

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We Need to Talk about Death and Celebrate Life

Grote Johnson’s father brought the family together. He told his children that he wanted to go out of this world in comfort and dignity. He had decided on hospice at that point. Being a registered nurse and having experience working at a home health and hospice agency in the past, Grote Johnson felt thankful for her father’s openness to have such a difficult conversation with his children, and for his unconventional way of educating his family on the topic.


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Is it time to ask for help?

He is staring right at me but somehow things feel a little “off.” There is tension in his eyes as though he is struggling to remember who I am. He is at a loss for words to explain what is going on.

He is my father, my go-to person for everything—guidance, love, support and comfort.


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Seniors Bullying Seniors

When people envision a bully, they think about a young kid or adolescent picking on someone smaller than them. What happens when an adult becomes the victim of bullying?

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Hearing Loss Increases Risk for Dementia

Hearing loss affects more than 48 million Americans. The National Institutes of Health estimates that a third of U.S. adults age 65-74 and up to half of adults over age 75 have measurable hearing impairment.

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“We Are Downsizing, But What About Our Stuff?”

“Moving is the third-most stressful life event that a person can experience, just behind death of a loved one and divorce,” says McMahon. “There is a very emotional and physical process to moving, and it helps to have someone get you through it.”

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Scams Targeting Seniors

“Hi, Grandma. Hey, Grandpa. I’m in trouble, but please don’t tell anyone. Please. The cops arrested me and I didn’t do anything. I need $1,000 to post bail. I need you to send me money.”

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Person-Centered Cognitive Support

Millions of Americans live with cognitive change, a decline of mental functioning that can affect memory, reasoning, language and judgment. Cognitive change, outside of the natural aging process, stems from a number of causes including head injury, stroke and neurological conditions.

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Lifelong Learning Opportunities for Older Adults and Retirees

It’s that time of year again: back to school. And while you might think that only applies to kids, there are actually a significant amount of older folks who choose to go back to school post-retirement. In fact, more so than prior generations, seniors are choosing to continue their educations later in life, proving that it’s never too late to learn something new.

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