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An older couple sharing stories with their grandson

4 Benefits of Reminiscence and Storytelling in Improving Caregiving

As we age, it can sometimes feel as if our lives are defined more by our health and the conditions we may be living with than by our past experiences, values and memories. For those coping with memory loss, it may be even harder to feel a connection to the past and the things that matter most. As caregivers, managing a loved one’s current wellbeing may seem a higher priority than reflecting on the past, but giving a loved one an outlet to reminisce may be more important than we think. Research shows that storytelling has numerous benefits not only for older adults, but also for their caregivers through improved, personalized care and better communication.

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By Julie Hayes | 01/17/2023

A caregiver and his older loved one flipping through a photo album

Useful Items to Have in the Home When Caring for a Loved One with Dementia

“Dementia products” are intended to make life easier for a person with dementia and their loved ones. Some of these products can indeed be helpful. However, often they go unused or hold interest only briefly. Before you jump in and try or buy something, do a little advance thinking about what your loved one's needs are, and what useful items you may already have in your home.

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By Jennifer Burke | 12/15/2022

There is no right answer when it comes to picking a living option, so you should carefully consider what is most important to you. Image: Ryan Reinoso | Unsplash

Weighing the Costs of Living Options as an Older Adult

It’s natural for time to sneak up on you, especially when you reach your retirement years and beyond. As your wants and needs evolve with time, you may want to reevaluate your living arrangements. You may have been planning to move somewhere new for quite a while or, on the flip side, have just begun noticing how big your home feels after your children have moved out. Whatever the case may be, there are plenty of living options you can consider for your next chapter in life.

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12/15/2022

A caregiver embracing her older loved one

Busting 4 of the Common Myths About Dementia

Though around 6 million individuals in the United States have a diagnosis of dementia, there are still many things that are not fully understood about the causes of the disease and how it can be better treated or even prevented entirely. There are also things about dementia that are commonly misunderstood. Stereotypes and broad generalizations about the disease can easily spread and become “fact” in the minds of the general public, ignoring the fact that dementia represents many different diagnoses and experiences, and cannot always be summed up in simple terms.

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By Julie Hayes | 11/15/2022

An older couple playing with their kitten

Pet Friendly Senior Living: What Questions Should I Ask?

In the United States, just over half of people ages 50 and older live with at least one pet, and studies have shown that companionship was the most common reason for owning a pet. Experiencing this bond with a pet can be a value that shapes an older adult’s choices, preferences and environment as they experience changes associated with aging. But if a time comes to transition to assisted living, how can you maintain that important bond with your pet?

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By Sarah Nicolay | 11/15/2022