Seniors Living Alone Articles

  • My Loved One Isn’t Safe Living Alone Anymore—Now What?

    Making care decisions for aging parents is never easy. Use these tips to work with your aging loved ones and devise a plan that balances their safety and independence and gives you added peace of mind.

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  • Should You Convince Your Aging Parents to Move Closer to You?

    Long-distance caregiving is challenging, but so is convincing Mom and Dad to relocate so they’re closer to family. How do you know if you are making the right decision?

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  • Aging at Home with Intentional Communities

    Aging in place is an independent living option for seniors who want to stay in their own home safely and comfortably. "Intentional communities" enable the elderly to stay at home longer with full access to support services.

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  • Instrumental Activities of Daily Living Defined

    There are 8 instrumental activities of daily living (IADLs) that are used to determine a senior’s ability to be self-sufficient and what services are needed to support living independently.

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  • Expert Advice on Aging in Place

    Is your house elder friendly? An occupational therapist and Certified Aging in Place Specialist explains how improving the safety, accessibility and functionality of your residence now can safeguard your future at home.

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  • Renting vs. Buying in Senior Living Communities

    When considering the many different types of senior housing communities available, you may be faced with the decision to rent or buy. It’s important to consider an elder’s future care needs and finances before deciding which option is best.

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  • Returning to Senior Housing After a Hospital Stay

    A hospital stay can seriously affect a senior’s health and independence. Understanding the common issues that occur during care transitions will help you and your loved one know what to expect and ensure the discharge process goes as smoothly as possible.

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  • In-Home Services That Can Help Seniors Continue to Live Independently

    Most seniors wish to continue living in their own homes, but this can be challenging as abilities wane with age. Individual services like meal delivery and more comprehensive in-home care can enable a loved one to age in place safely.

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  • How to Discuss Unsafe Driving with a Senior

    Elders who have become increasingly dangerous on the road are often in denial about their inability to safely drive a car. In their minds, giving up the car keys equates to a loss of independence, but continuing to drive can have grave consequences.

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  • Should Your Elderly Parent Continue Living at Home?

    Adult children worried about the dangers of a senior living alone is often met with an elderly parent's claim that,"Everything is fine!" However, the difficult task of determining whether an aging loved one can remain at home safely must be addressed.

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  • Equipment and Products for Aging in Place

    Aging in place is a growing trend in which seniors plan to continue living in their own homes for as long as possible. Specialized elder care products can help seniors extend their independence and improve their safety and comfort as their needs increase.

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  • Is Aging in Place Always the Best Option for Seniors?

    Most of us old folks claim we want to age in place—to stay in the familiar homes we love. But for many, that choice turns seniors into "elderly orphans," alone and isolated. What to do?

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  • Helping a Senior Adjust After Moving to Independent Living

    It can be hard for a senior to adjust after moving from their home into independent living. This transition can be made easier with the support of family caregivers and residents in the new community.

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  • How to Pay for Independent Living

    Learn how to pay for independent living by utilizing the financial resources available to you and your elderly loved one.

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  • How My 'Village' is Helping Me Age in Place

    Villages make it easier to age in place. THey are non-profit membership organizations designed to help seniors stay in their own homes -- active, safe, and comfortable. What a great idea!

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  • 5 Senior Living Options That Will Change Your View of Independent Living

    Independent living communities come in a variety of sizes, shapes and price points. See how these five innovative and slightly unusual options cater to the specific needs and interests of aging adults.

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  • 5 Technologies to Help Seniors Live Independently

    Rapidly advancing technology is making it easier than ever for seniors to age in place. Discover five important technological tools that may allow you loved one to live at home longer.

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  • Questions and Answers About Independent Living

    When a family member is considering moving to indepent living, or retirement community, caregivers and family members have lots of question. Here are common questions that caregivers ask.

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  • How Hiring a Handyman Can Help Your Elderly Parents

    When aging parents want to continue living at home, but can no longer do minor home repairs, a handyman for seniors could be the answer.

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  • 3 Types of Independent Living for Seniors

    As people age, they often consider simplifying their living arrangements. Seniors who are still physically and mentally capable of living independently and enjoy the companionship of their peers should consider moving to an independent living community.

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