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Download These Apps If You're Caring for an Aging Parent

We know that digital technology is revolutionizing elder care. Today, it’s easier than ever for adult children to stay in touch with their senior loved ones and keep abreast of changes in their health.

Here at Marjorie Pl. Lee Retirement Community, we get asked all the time which mobile apps are the most helpful for families whose senior members are aging in place. Which programs will give you and your older parent peace of mind?

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4 Tips for Coping with Caregiver Stress

Stress and fatigue can be significant challenges for people who provide care for seniors with dementia or serious physical limitations. It’s important, if you’re a caregiver, to care for yourself too. But in many situations, that’s easier said than done.

According to the National Alliance for Caregiving, about one in three family caregivers report having difficulty finding time to care for themselves, managing emotional and physical stress and/or maintaining work-life balance.

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A Habit to Improve Your Relationship with Your Parents

The role reversal that often occurs between aging parents and adult children is awkward at best and sometimes painfully traumatic. Whether you’ve been thrust into the role of primary decision-maker through a gradual process of mental or physical deterioration or because of a sudden illness, watching your elderly loved ones lose their independence is tough. But one core value turned into a mindful habit during the transition can help you move through the situation with more grace and less stress.

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5 Ways to Deal with Caregiver Stress

Remember those occasional days of despair from your time as a young parent? Those times when you were so exhausted you felt like you could cry? Well, if you’ve taken on the role of caregiver for an aging parent without support, they could once again be on the horizon. Caring for an elderly loved one can be a rewarding experience, but it can also lead to frustration, fatigue, doubt and anger. Assuring the health and wellness of a senior is no easy task, and it may feel as if you are navigating unknown shoals as you try to do your best to offer comfort to a family member during trying times. It can be a very stressful situation—but it doesn’t have to be overwhelming.

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The Secret to Getting Mom's Care Team to Love You

The team of professionals serving the medical needs of your aging parent or parents is likely to be vast and varied, which means that as primary caregiver, you’ll need to develop a good working relationship with dozens of nurses, doctors, and technicians. That can be a challenge.

There are some aspects, such as individual personalities and how mom and dad feel about a given care provider that aren't likely to budge, but the way you approach certain facets of senior health care—information gathering, frequent interactions and more—will make all the difference. If you're anxious to make a favorable first impression and keep the lines of communication wide open, here are a few tips that can help you be a model ally in your parent's care regimen.

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3 Services Every Caregiver Needs to be Happy and Healthy

Whether you’re providing care for an ailing mother with Alzheimer’s or just making sure your elderly father is safe and healthy at home, acting as primary caregiver for an aging parent can feel like more than a full-time job. Making sure that groceries are stocked, meals cooked and eaten, appointments made, medications taken on time, and any other myriad tasks that ensure quality of life can become physically, emotionally, and financially draining.

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Senior Support Services May Not Be Enough to Keep Mom at Home

Even if you’ve been keeping up fairly well with your parents’ aging so far, bringing in whatever senior support services your mother or father has needed to stay at home, you may still worry that it just isn’t enough.

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How to Calculate the Cost of Long-term Senior Care

The average life expectancy in the US has risen dramatically in the last century. According to the National Institute on Aging, the number of seniors in the 85+ age group is expected to increase by as much as 351 percent between 2010 and 2050. And with the increase in this particular age group will come a corresponding need for quality senior care.

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The Critical Guide to Finding Eldercare in Cincinnati

It can be a daunting task to find a good eldercare service if you’ve just recently become the primary caregiver for one or both of your elderly parents—especially if you live in a different city or state.

You probably have no idea where you should even start, who to ask, where to turn.

Though you may laugh, the search for a good eldercare provider isn’t all that different from finding the right college for your kids.

In a way, your parents will be initiated into a kind of community. At the very least, it will most definitely change the way they live their lives.

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Are Your Elderly Parents Being Exploited by Senior Care Services?

No one quite knows why, but, for the most part, elderly Americas are quicker to place their trust in people. Maybe it’s because they grew up in a simpler time when people trusted each other more.

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