4 Tips for Sharing Caregiver Responsibilities with Your Siblings

Posted by The Goodman Group on Apr 18, 2018 8:30:00 AM

The Belmont family was shocked when Margaret, head of the family, was diagnosed with early-onset Alzheimer’s while still in her 60s. Her son, David, and daughters, Peggy and Wanda, weren’t sure what their next steps should be. So, they met with a senior advocate and worked out a plan for helping Margaret through all stages of her process.

The Belmonts were fortunate. They had time to plan and they made the wise decision to seek advice from professionals. Not every family has those advantages, so here are some tips on planning and sharing caregiver responsibilities for your loved ones.

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Topics: Caregiving

Meet Dale: I Will Keep On Writing [VIDEO]

Posted by The Goodman Group on Apr 4, 2018 8:45:00 AM

You’re never too old to teach, or at least that’s what we learned from 93-year-old Dale, a resident at The Commons on Marice. Dale was, at times, a professor, department head, and dean of the School of Veterinary Medicine for the University of Minnesota. As Dale puts it, “I was department head for a long, long time, and I rose to be a dean for a while. Large animal medicine, that was my specialty.”

But just because Dale retired, doesn’t mean he’s finished working with his alma mater. “I’m still going up to the University of Minnesota every Wednesday,” he says.

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Topics: Videos, Moments Matter

How a Memory Café Benefits Those with Dementia

Posted by The Goodman Group on Mar 28, 2018 9:28:25 AM

Coffee shops and cafés are great gathering places to unwind and catch up with friends. In fact, they're usually less about coffee than conversation and community. And now, a certain type of café is providing a unique atmosphere and sense of community for both people with dementia and their caregivers.

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Topics: Memory Care

Senior Caregivers: Creating a Care Plan for Your Loved Ones

Posted by The Goodman Group on Mar 21, 2018 12:00:00 PM

In today’s world, you can’t be too prepared. We buy insurance for our homes, our cars, our businesses, and much more. As any insurance risk adjuster would tell you, preparation is key. For the same reasons that we buy insurance, it’s also a good idea for senior caregivers to piece together a care plan for our aging loved ones.

From anything like establishing an emergency contact number in case of an accident, to the steps taken if you notice a subtle change in their behavior, your loved one may need help overcoming challenges or reaching goals. This article walks you through the process of creating an effective care plan for someone you love.

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Topics: Caregiving

Meet Sylvia: I Will Keep on Giving [VIDEO]

Posted by The Goodman Group on Mar 16, 2018 3:13:57 PM

In “one of the best darn communities in the country,” lives Sylvia, a resident at The Inn on Westport in Sioux Falls, South Dakota. Sylvia created the St. Patrick’s Day Extravaganza for Sioux Falls in 1980 that she continues to help out with to this day.

Of course, her parade isn’t just for the community which she holds so dearly. It’s for a cause greater than any one person.

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Topics: Senior Living Communities, Videos

Top Tips for Maintaining Heart Health as We Age

Posted by The Goodman Group on Mar 14, 2018 9:00:00 AM

A healthy heart is important for anybody. Yet, as we age, it’s even more important to be mindful of our daily habits and how they impact all aspects of our health. Heart healthy choices can improve energy, fitness, and overall well-being, so here are some tips for maintaining heart health as we age.

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Topics: Healthy Aging Tips

Meet the Twisted Stitchers: I Will Keep on Stitchin' [VIDEO]

Posted by The Goodman Group on Feb 28, 2018 8:47:57 AM

“We had to have a name of some kind, and just as a joke I said, ‘How about the Twisted Stitchers?’ and it kind of hung on,” states Janet, who started this remarkable knitting and crocheting group when she first moved to Old Main Village several years ago.

But what she and her friends (Marvel, Esther, and others) create as the Twisted Stitchers goes a lot further than just a social bond. They’re stitching for the greater good.

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Topics: Senior Living Communities, Videos

Meet Sylvia: I Will Keep Volunteering [VIDEO]

Posted by The Goodman Group on Feb 14, 2018 12:29:52 PM

Within her very active schedule, Sylvia’s favorite part of the week is the time she spends every Sunday volunteering in the memory care area of The Commons on Marice, her senior living community in Eagan, Minnesota. She plays the piano and sings with the residents. “I enjoy the interaction, it’s amazing to see how they remember the words,” says Sylvia fondly. “I’m actually probably getting more out of it than they are. I love the joy on their faces. My cup overflows, it has most of my life. I am blessed.”

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Topics: Senior Living Communities, Videos

Meet LeRoy: I Will Keep on Walkin’ [VIDEO]

Posted by The Goodman Group on Jan 24, 2018 4:56:48 PM

The oldest resident at The Commons on Marice is also one of the most active. LeRoy takes two laps around the senior living community in Eagan, Minnesota every single day.

If you saw him on his two mile jaunt, you’d never guess he just turned 104. In fact, LeRoy barely believes it himself. “I have to admit that I’m lucky,” he says. “To be honest, I really do feel better now than I did ten years ago.”

We caught up with the retired teacher after one of his recent walks and he regaled us with story after story, including the one about coaching a championship swim team — even though he couldn’t swim.

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Topics: Senior Living Communities, Moments Matter

How to Cope with Caregiver Guilt When Moving Your Loved Ones into Senior Living

Posted by The Goodman Group on Jan 10, 2018 8:56:56 AM

When Garry Wright moved his beloved wife of more than 30 years into Villa at Terracina Grand, a memory care community in Naples, Florida, he never imagined how challenging it would be. "We were as close as any two people could be," he says. "I think anybody that puts a loved one in a memory care community, regardless of how nice it is, feels guilty."

Garry's not the only one. Caregiver guilt is one of the most common and natural emotions you can experience when moving a loved one into a senior living community like memory care, assisted living, or even independent living in some cases. "There's no school for this," he says. "Nobody knows how to do this. You just do what you feel is right for you and your loved one."

Although you might not be able to avoid feeling guilty, there are ways to cope with these emotions when they arise.

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Topics: Senior Living Communities, Caregiving