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Seniors with Mesothelioma: How to Live the Life You Want

The days when doctors prescribed nothing but bed rest during cancer treatment are long gone. Modern research has revealed that excessive inactivity actually poses a grave danger to seniors with cancer. Inactivity can reduce the benefits of medical treatments by leading to poor physical fitness, and being idle all day also increases your risk of anxiety and depression. This can lead to a vicious cycle as chronic fatigue further discourages you from getting out and living your life. No doubt, the symptoms of mesothelioma and the side effects of the treatments you undergo will sap some of your energy and …

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Does Your Elderly Relative or Friend have an Advocate?

At a recent doctor’s appointment with Granny, I was praised for being her advocate. During her exam, the medical technician turned to Granny and said, “What happens to people like you that don’t have an advocate”? I’m sure it was meant rhetorically, but Granny replied, “THEY DIE.” Sound like an exaggeration? If so, think again. Granny needed oxygen and it had been denied for her because of incorrect paperwork and insurance stipulations. She didn’t understand the problem, nor did she feel good enough to fight for herself. Thank goodness we got it taken care of when we did. Many times …

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Life at a large Assisted Living Facility

This is the question I asked my 89 year old Granny when we picked her up at her assisted living facility recently: What is it like to live in a large Assisted Living Facility? She said, “It’s like living in a hotel. They take care of everything for you.  They prepare your meals and even bring them to you if you want.  They clean your rooms.  They even have nurses to take care of you when you’re sick.  But, I still feel like I am on my own. When I go in my apartment and shut the door, I can …

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Lifestyle360 sustains the aspects that make life meaningful and fun

  Over and over again, I hear or see written about how people everywhere are trying to find the right balance of their minds, their bodies and their spirits. I’ve even seen whole books written about these three life values. But what happens to our seniors, especially when they are not able to live on their own? Our seniors hope to live long and happy lives. Most of them also embrace the idea that health, wealth and happiness contribute to long and happy lives. In addition, they enjoy meaningful relationships, creating a home, expanding their hobbies, pursuing their passions, growing …

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Am I losing it? Is this the first sign of senility?

May 25, 2016 Oh No! I Can’t Find My Keys! Am I losing it? Is this the first sign of senility? I have been looking for my keys for two days and still haven’t found them. At first I felt panic. Then I remembered there were spare keys hidden in case this should happen—so the panic subsided. Next, I searched and searched and searched in all the normal places. I tried and tried to remember where I put them, but just couldn’t remember. My next reaction was anger at myself. How could I do such a ridiculous thing? I’ve always …

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Every aging driver’s greatest fear

May 25, 2016 Police: Driver, 85, hits and kills toddler Ripped from the headline in the May 24, 2016 Daytona Beach NEWS-JOURNAL. This is every aging driver’s greatest fear. And, it may only get worse, because the driver had been diagnosed with Alzheimer’s (and still driving) his insurance may no longer be in effect! But, getting older drivers to decide to stop on their own may be a family’s most difficult dilemma. The best advice that I have seen on this is to Talk Early and Talk Often. The following steps may help begin the conversation on when it’s time …

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Assisted Living Facility for Alzheimer’s/Dementia Sufferers: Part 2

May 17, 2016 Assisted Living Facility for Alzheimer’s/Dementia Sufferers: Part 2 The most difficult decision an ALZ/dementia caregiver must make is deciding when the appropriate time is to move their loved one to a residential care facility and deciding which facility is appropriate for them. When trying to make this decision – seek assistance. An assisted living referral service, such as: Assisted Living Made Simple will be invaluable. Because the choice will have a profound effect on both the caregiver and the sufferer, many factors need to be considered. The goal is to find a setting that will provide “peace …

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What is an Assisted Living or Senior Living Community? What is an assisted living referral service?

May 6, 2016   What is an Assisted Living or Senior Living Community? What is an assisted living referral service? I’d like to share some information with you about assisted living facilities (ALFs) or senior living communities and assisted living referral services. As a personal senior care giver and a senior living advisor, I have visited most of our local ALF’s and can tell you all about them; but first, I want to say. “Today’s assisted living facilities ARE NOT the old folk’s homes you heard about from your grandparents. Some of them are big, some are small, and some …