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How to Talk to Your Parent About Joining an Assisted Living Community

Posted by Christina Trentham

Sep 23, 2014 10:00:00 AM

Making the decision to move from the family home to an assisted living community is a difficult and emotional event for your parent. This is a significant transition point, and there is likely to be sadness over leaving the home. But it's a decision that many families successfully make, especially those who prepare for this day. Here are a few tips from senior care experts, who often provide guidance to families on how to talk to mom and/or dad about joining an assisted living community.

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Topics: caregiving, assisted living decisions

How Assisted Living Costs Compare to Other Senior Care Options

Posted by Christina Trentham

Sep 18, 2014 10:00:00 AM

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Topics: financial options, financial planning

Take a Tour of River Oaks Place of Loudon, Tennessee

Posted by Chris Sides

Sep 16, 2014 10:00:00 AM

 

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River Oaks Place of Loudon, Tennessee is located on a six acre wooded hilltop with wide, open views of the countryside and nearby Tennessee River and is only a few blocks down from banking, cafes, the Loudon County Courthouse and historic district, and the new riverfront Loudon County Senior Center. This community also features, the Retreat, a state-of-the-art dementia care program designed to provide your loved one with exceptional memory care.

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Topics: Tennessee, assisted living, dementia care, activities, senior care

What to Expect Your First Week After Joining an Assisted Living Community

Posted by Christina Trentham

Sep 12, 2014 7:00:00 AM

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Topics: assisted living community

8 Brain Foods to Feed a Loved One with Dementia

Posted by Christina Trentham

Sep 9, 2014 10:00:00 AM

We all need to follow a healthy, balanced and nutritious diet. This is certainly true for a loved one with dementia. Poor nutrition can exacerbate some of the behavioral symptoms associated with dementia and Alzheimer’s disease, as well as lead to weight loss caused by a poor appetite and/or poor nutrition.

Studies show that the risk of dementia and Alzheimer’s can be reduced in early stages by following a comprehensive optimized nutrition plan. There are a wide variety of good “brain foods” that have been found to aid cognitive functioning and help to ward off brain decline. For your loved one with dementia, consider adding these foods to optimize brain health and function:

1. Dark-skinned fruits

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Topics: dementia care, seniors with dementia

Budgeting for Senior Living: What Costs to Expect

Posted by Christina Trentham

Sep 2, 2014 10:00:00 AM

Assisted living is so often completely essential in our senior years, but many of us are caught off guard by the need and taken by surprise. It's understandable that many seniors and their families are concerned by the high costs of moving into a senior living facility. Although assisted and senior living can be very expensive, a little bit of legwork and consultation with the right people will help you understand and deal with the costs.

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Topics: financial options, financial planning

How to Encourage a Loved One to Join a Dementia Care Community

Posted by Christina Trentham

Aug 26, 2014 10:00:00 AM

Helping your loved one make a successful transition to a dementia care community is one of the most loving and important gifts you can give. Once you've found an excellent memory care community with a knowledgeable and compassionate staff, then it's time to plan for the actual move. How you accomplish this will depend in  part on your loved one's personality and how far the dementia has progressed.

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Topics: dementia care, dementia care program, seniors with dementia

5 Ways to Show Love to Assisted Living Residents from Afar

Posted by Christina Trentham

Aug 19, 2014 10:00:00 AM

Not so long ago, aging family members would move in with a nearby relative who would take care of them for the remainder of their days. Today, our mobile society means that many elders don’t always have someone nearby to care for them, so they continue to live at home or choose to move to an assisted living community. The National Institute on Aging estimates that as many as seven million people may be long-distance caregivers in the U.S.

But even after loved ones move to assisted living, family members living far away still want to show love for their mom or dad. There are many things you can do to support and love your elderly relative, including these five tips:

#1. Make the most of physical visits

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Topics: Families, assisted living, caregiving

First Steps: When a Loved One is Diagnosed with Dementia

Posted by Christina Trentham

Aug 12, 2014 10:00:00 AM

Even though many people have health problems in their golden years, a new diagnosis almost always comes as a surprise. Although all serious health problems are devastating, one of the scariest experiences for families is when their loved ones are diagnosed with dementia. When your parent or loved one receives a dementia diagnosis, you probably have a lot of questions and worries. While it is true that dementia is a very serious condition, you can cope with the new diagnosis more effectively when you gather more information about it and line up the right support team. 

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Topics: Diagnosed with Dementia

The Positive Truth About Assisted Living Communities

Posted by Christina Trentham

Jul 21, 2014 7:00:00 AM

Moving your loved ones to an assisted living community can be a time of worry and confusion, but most of these concerns turn out to be unfounded. When you research assisted living communities, you will quickly find that they are not all the same, but the good ones stand apart from the rest. Assisted living communities should help you find the peace of mind you need, and here are some examples of why a move to such a community can be a very positive change.

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Topics: Assisted Living Communities, positive retirement experience, truth about assisted living

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