Alzheimer's Care: Tips for Coping With New Behaviors

Posted by The Goodman Group on Nov 24, 2017 9:41:00 AM

Alzheimer's CareWhen caring for a loved one with Alzheimer’s or dementia, you’re likely going to face new challenges and behaviors as the disease progresses. They may start hiding items that are important to them or wandering more often. It’s important to remember that their reality, while decidedly real to them, may be very different from our own. And while you may not be able to change the new behaviors, you can learn how to better cope with them to address your loved one’s changing needs.

Here are a few tips for coping with some of the common behaviors you may see from your loved one with Alzheimer’s or dementia.

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Topics: Memory Care

How to Help Your Parents Navigate Their Limitations

Posted by The Goodman Group on Nov 22, 2017 11:24:56 AM

You would think that the longer we live, the easier life would get. Unfortunately, as we age, we are faced with the fact that we can’t do everything we once could. As caregivers, we want to help our aging loved ones manage these limitations, but it can be difficult not to overstep boundaries. It is important to help them recognize where they may need support so that accidents don’t happen, but there are ways to help them navigate their limits are as they age.   

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Topics: Fall Prevention, Healthy Aging Tips

4 Signs that Your Parents May Need the Support of a Senior Living Community

Posted by The Goodman Group on Nov 17, 2017 11:07:38 AM

The holidays are a wonderful time for gathering with the family and celebrating the season. When visiting with your aging loved ones, you may notice some of the early indicators that they are ready for the additional support found in a senior living community. Recognizing these signs sooner, rather than later, can help you avoid making hasty living decisions due to unexpected emergencies.

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Topics: Senior Living Communities, Caregiving

Honor Flight: Veterans Visit World War II Memorial

Posted by The Goodman Group on Nov 16, 2017 10:32:33 AM

"The Honor Flight reunions are very moving," says Char Antoine, Life Enrichment Assistant and Valiant Veterans Program Coordinator at Chandler Place, a senior living community in St. Anthony, Minnesota. As Americans, we know the importance of our military heroes when it comes to our rights and freedoms. But we also recognize that veterans can often go unthanked for their service and sacrifice. "They need to know they are heroes,” says Char. Through her involvement with the Honor Flight Network, Char has experienced firsthand the effect an Honor Flight can have on a veteran as they visit the U.S. war memorials in Washington D.C.

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Topics: Moments Matter

Making Decisions on Your Own When Your Spouse is No Longer Able

Posted by The Goodman Group on Nov 14, 2017 4:19:06 PM

Henry and Ruth were married almost 60 years when Ruth entered memory care. Suddenly, all the decisions they used to make as a couple, large and small, fell to Henry to make on his own. Fortunately, Henry and Ruth had always been planners and both had wills along with financial and medical powers of attorney.

When Ruth suddenly became unable to make informed decisions on her own, her medical power of attorney allowed Henry to make important decisions on her behalf. Just because Henry had the means to make those decisions, doesn’t mean it was easy. That’s why it’s so important to plan ahead, just in case.

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Topics: Aging in Place, Caregiving

Tour Tips: Questions to Ask When Touring Independent Living Communities

Posted by The Goodman Group on Nov 10, 2017 10:50:50 AM

Independent living communities are a great option for your aging loved ones who no longer want the responsibilities of maintaining a home. These communities offer older adults the opportunity to focus on the things in life they truly enjoy without the concern of day-to-day tasks.

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Topics: Senior Living Communities

5 Ways to Help Protect Your Loved Ones Against Senior Fraud

Posted by The Goodman Group on Nov 9, 2017 9:13:47 AM

Being aware of and protecting ourselves against fraud is a fact of life. Sadly, older adults are targeted more often. It’s assumed, not always accurately, by many scam artists that older adults are more vulnerable. They rely on gullibility, loneliness, and a lack of tech savvy to target older adults. However, you can help your loved ones become aware of common scam tactics and how to protect against them. Here’s how.

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Topics: Aging in Place, Caregiving

Senior Exercise: How to Stay Active Indoors

Posted by The Goodman Group on Nov 7, 2017 4:01:33 PM

As we age, staying active is more important than ever. But with fluctuating weather, it may prove harder for your aging loved ones to fit exercise into their daily schedules. During the hot summer months, they may be unable to go for a walk outside due to high temperatures and threats of dehydration. In some areas, the same can be said of the colder winter months with the negative windchills and risks of ice.

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Topics: Functional Fitness, Healthy Aging Tips

Tour Tips: Questions to Ask When Visiting Assisted Living Communities

Posted by The Goodman Group on Nov 3, 2017 3:15:35 PM

Assisted living communities are one of the most popular senior living options available, although with so many choices, it can be tough to know exactly what you should be looking for. That’s why it’s so important to visit a variety of communities and know what questions to ask to gather all the information and  help determine which is the best fit for your loved one.

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Topics: Senior Living Communities

Secrets from the Kitchen: Food Tips for Seniors with Diabetes

Posted by The Goodman Group on Nov 2, 2017 2:12:37 PM

According to the American Diabetes Association, one in four seniors – approximately 12 million people age 65 and older – have diagnosed or undiagnosed diabetes in the United States. Maintaining a balanced diet can be difficult when glucose levels must remain steady. But what if we told you, you can be safe, healthy, and indulge in a piece of chocolate cake from time to time?

Mark Holmes, Director of Culinary Operations for The Goodman Group, provides tips on how to stay healthy when you have diabetes.

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Topics: Healthy Aging Tips