After a Death, Dealing with Downsizing

Losing a loved one is hard enough, but as you’re going through the grief process, you’re also forced to go through your family member’s “stuff.” Often a time limit may be imposed for this difficult undertaking, one ...

 
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Assisted Living Under Attack

As we learned in last month’s #ElderCareChat discussion on assisted living, this still evolving care category is clouded by confusion and misinformation among consumers and the general public. A recent FRONTLINE special on PBS, titled “Life and Death in ...

 
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How to Help When Grief Visits Assisted Living

They may be surrounded by new friends and caring staff members, but residents in assisted living still deal with grief.

Perhaps they moved to assisted living due to the loss of a spouse or relative. Perhaps they are grieving the ...

 
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Trend Watch: End of Life Care Shifts From Hospitals to Home Health

Hospitals are not the only place where the dying go, says a new CDC report. Research conducted by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention indicated an 8 percent decrease in the number of people dying in hospitals between 2000-2010. McKnight’...

 
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Confronting the Holiday Blues in Assisted Living

When you strip away all the hype and commercialism, the holiday season is really about sharing gifts and time with the people you love. It’s no wonder then why some seniors in assisted living dread this time of year.

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Senior Living Resident Teaches “Living with Death” Course

Former teacher and Ecumen Lakeview Commons resident Honor Hacker is committed to lifelong learning.

How committed?

The Minnesota senior, whose secret to keeping her mind sharp is “reading excessively,” recently taught a class of St. Paul prep school students about ...

 
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Senior Couple Took Wedding Vows Seriously

In mid-October, a love story for the ages went viral: Gordon and Norma Yeager, ages 94 and 90 respectively, died an hour apart – holding hands.

Married in 1939, the high school sweethearts were “very old-fashioned”, per their youngest son, Dennis; of their 72-year ...

 
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Florida Senate Report Demands Assisted Living Regulation Overhaul

In July, we reported on Florida’s assisted living regulation woes, announcing Governor Rick Scott’s appointment of a task force to work on troubled facilities where abuse, neglect, and questionable deaths had been reported.

Florida was one of many ...

 
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When Someone Dies at Home

Though it's not something any of us enjoy thinking about, it's possible that someday, we may experience a loved one dying (whether expected or unexpected) at home. Here are some things to keep in mind should that difficult day ever come...

In general, a death occurring at home is considered an emergency, and 911 or other emergency services must be notified. A medical doctor is the only one who can pronounce ...

 
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Adult Orphans: Losing Parents Later in Life

My Dad is one. My mother-in-law is one, as is my Grandma. A good friend of mine, who is several years younger than me, is also part of this group.

Adult orphans are everywhere.  You might be one, but if you’re not, you probably know someone who has lost both parents. I never thought about it much before, this concept of having no parents in later life. Of course, ...

 
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