ElderCarelink Blog

5 options for elder housing, and how to choose

by Dorian Martin
October 3rd, 2012 at 10:10 am

As my parents aged, we talked about their moving into some sort of retirement community. They at one point put a down payment on a property in a Sun City development near where I lived, but eventually decided to buy a condo right down the street from me instead. That was the first time I started thinking about the housing choices that my parents were facing. And those options have burgeoned, especially since my prior experience with the elderly, which was back in the late 1970s when my grandmother was placed in a nursing home.

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Meaningful visits should include some laughter and smiles

by Kathryn Kilpatrick, M.A. CCC/SLP
March 9th, 2011 at 5:18 am

Humor has many positive effects on the body. The benefits of humor are numerous and relieve some of the effects of a stressful situation. Bringing a smile to the face of a loved one can sometimes be the best possible medicine for both of you.

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Create a meaningful visit while helping out an older adult

by Kathryn Kilpatrick, M.A. CCC/SLP
February 21st, 2011 at 5:11 am

If you had someone just stop by for a visit and tell you they were there to help, how would you handle the offer? If an older adult does not like to ask for help or perhaps cannot think of anything that needs to be done, you may need to assist the person create an ongoing list of things that might need to be done.

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Creating meaningful visits by connecting the generations

by Kathryn Kilpatrick, M.A. CCC/SLP
February 4th, 2011 at 3:06 am

Watching the expressions of older adults when referring to the younger people in their lives is a delight. Think back to some of the special memories you have of your visits with grandparents and other older adults through the years. Many active older adults may not have any difficulty creating those opportunities. How can you help make it happen when it is more of a challenge?

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Memory fitness plan for assisted living residences

by Kathryn Kilpatrick, M.A. CCC/SLP
January 26th, 2011 at 3:12 am

When a loved one moves to an assisted living because there is a need for some additional support, friends and family members may notice that there is not as much participation in the variety of activities as may have been expected.

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