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A Look Forward at the Future of Senior Care

America is graying, and it’s only going to go grayer. The Baby Boomer generation, generally defined as those born between 1946 and 1964, is marching toward retirement in droves, and the U.S. Census Bureau predicts that by 2050, 83.7 million of us will be 65 and older. This is requiring, and inspiring, huge changes in many areas related to providing affordable, high-quality later life care in the United States. Here are a few of the most exciting shifts in the senior care landscape.

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Making It Work as a Long Distance Caregiver

Mary's husband Jack was transferred from Dayton to his company's plant in California five years ago. The couple didn't have a choice but to relocate — the job required he be on site every day. But Mary's 85-year-old mother Helen still lives in an assisted living community in Cincinnati.

When they lived less than an hour away from Mary's mom, everything seemed fine, Mary never worried. She felt reassured that, if something happened to her mother, she could immediately step in and assist or provide additional care.

But now that she and Jack live 2,500 miles away, Mary feels a sense of trepidation.

How can you ensure that your senior parent is getting the care he or she needs if you live a long distance away? Luckily, there are many safety-net resources available for families that find themselves in such a situation.

Let's take a look at a few of them.

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3 Critical In-Home Services Every Caregiver Needs to Know About

As any caregiver will tell you, providing in-home care for aging parents or for loved ones who are dealing with cognitive memory loss, is more than a full-time job. Often, fatigue, stress and financial strains can become an issue for even the most patient caregivers. That can reduce not only the quality of care that you are able to provide, but negatively affect your own health, too.

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Help Your Aging Parents Make the Right Choices about Senior Care

There comes a time when many adult children realize that their aging parents are no longer able to take care of themselves. A lot of heartache and agonizing decision-making can result—especially when mom and dad are loath to admit that they need help.

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The Simplest Senior Care Devices May Be the Best

Technology is supposed to make difficult jobs easier. Smart phones makes it easier to share personal experiences through pictures and videos, for example, and keeping a checking account balanced has never been easier since the invention of online banking. State-of-the-art toys featuring all the bells and whistles will always attract the attention of young people but simple devices have always found the best traction among seniors.

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Independent Living Really Does Mean Independent

When you discuss your future care options with your family, you probably can’t help wondering if “independent living” is a misnomer. A potential move into a community setting from a home you’ve lived in so long can seem downright frightening.

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Powerful Tools for Long-Distance Caregivers

The chances are good that, at some point, you will be in the position of having to provide some sort of care for a loved one—a child, spouse or parent. It’s even more likely that you’re going to find yourself trying to oversee the care of an aging parent who lives out-of-state.

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There May Be a New Health Menace for Older Men

Older men may be surprised to learn they have a particularly menacing health risk to worry about in atrial fibrillation (commonly known as AFib).

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Summer Is the Perfect Time for Senior Home Sellers

Preparing a home for sale is never an easy task-- especially if the home embodies a family history or represents many years of stability. Accumulated memories and belongings often get in the way. But, once you have made a resolute decision to transition to an alternative lifestyle, subsequent steps are easier. If the time has come to consider a move to assisted living, Cincinnati style, summer can be the perfect time to start your transition.

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Everything You Need to Know about Geriatric Care Management

What does a geriatric care manager bring to the table? It may seem like an extravagance, but in most situations, having a care manager who can look out for the needs of a loved one is a worthwhile investment. As the baby boomer generation begins to enter its golden years, the role of caretaker gets more convoluted. From adult day care to full-time housing, a care manager knows all the things you don’t about senior services.

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