A Tale of Two Programs: The Difference Between Medicare and Medicaid

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Medicare and Medicaid may seem similar at the outset, but are in fact two very different programs. Each one has difference qualifications and serves different purposes, but deciphering and understanding those differences can be confusing. Here are a few points of distinction to help make Medicare and Medicaid more clear.  A Tale of Two Programs … Continue reading A Tale of Two Programs: The Difference Between Medicare and Medicaid

8 Ways the Sandwich Generation Can Make Their Lives Easier

America’s Sandwich Generation, men and women in their forties to sixties with both aging parents and children to care for, is one of the fastest growing populations. This group of people often find themselves stuck in the middle of trying to juggle a hectic schedule that includes caring for parents experiencing a decline in health, … Continue reading 8 Ways the Sandwich Generation Can Make Their Lives Easier

The Value of Working with an Aging Life Care Professional

When it comes to caregiving, it can be difficult for families to feel confident in the decisions they are making for their loved ones. Aging Life Care Professionals® can help these families navigate the muddy waters of end-of-life and palliative care choices, providing peace of mind and qualified answers. The Florida Chapter of the Aging Life … Continue reading The Value of Working with an Aging Life Care Professional

I’m Still Listening: Communication and Dementia

No matter the level of one’s memory loss, stage of Alzheimer’s disease, or type of dementia, human connection and communication is important to overall well-being. Communication requires patience, understanding, and good listening skills. But often, even the most well-trained or educated caregiver gets frustrated or avoids communication altogether. July is Social Wellness Awareness Month, and … Continue reading I’m Still Listening: Communication and Dementia

Beat the Heat: Summer Safety Tips for Aging Adults

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With temperatures already breaking 100° in parts of the country, the dog days of summer are here and it will only get hotter.  This raises some concern for keeping safe and cool, especially among senior citizens. Aging adults, in particular, may be at higher risk of heat-related maladies as they are less likely to sense and respond … Continue reading Beat the Heat: Summer Safety Tips for Aging Adults

Summer Self-Care: Resources to Take a Caregiving Break

When you are responsible for the care of an aging loved one, a summer vacation or weekend getaway may seem impossible or out-of-reach. Questions race through your mind: What happens if Mom falls? Who will remind Dad to take his medications? What if there is a storm? You feel overwhelmed and cancel your plans. But … Continue reading Summer Self-Care: Resources to Take a Caregiving Break

8 Easy Ways to Reduce Your Risk of Developing Dementia

Your genetics do not have to be the final word on your brain’s health. Through small, easy lifestyle changes, you can reduce your risk of developing dementia, and improve your quality of life while you’re at it. 8 Tips for Reducing the Risk of Developing Dementia                   … Continue reading 8 Easy Ways to Reduce Your Risk of Developing Dementia

Observe, Recognize, Prevent: 7 Common Myths About Elder Abuse

World Elder Abuse Awareness Day was launched in 2006 on June 15th by the World Health Organization. Elder abuse is one of the most overlooked public health problems in the United States. Victims of abuse are three times more likely than those who weren’t mistreated to die prematurely. Learn how to identify those at risk and … Continue reading Observe, Recognize, Prevent: 7 Common Myths About Elder Abuse

Ten Things Everyone Should Do At Retirement

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When asked for their best piece of advice, Aging Life Care Professionals are quick to respond: “Be prepared,” “Make a plan for aging,” “Don’t wait for a crisis to strike,” “Build a team of trusted friends, family and professionals.” So when you head into retirement, be sure to take the necessary steps to plan for … Continue reading Ten Things Everyone Should Do At Retirement

Alcohol and Dementia: Critical Lessons from USA and South Africa

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As the experts in aging well, Aging Life Care Professionals® help families cope with and manage a variety of age-related challenges such as alcohol use and dementia.  To find a professional, visit the Aging Life Care Association’s “Find an Aging Life Care Expert” search at aginglifecare.org.  As part of National Aging Life Care Month, the … Continue reading Alcohol and Dementia: Critical Lessons from USA and South Africa