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Age-Friendly Initiative and Assisted Living Communities

Age-Friendly Initiative and Assisted Living Communities

Politico Magazine recently covered New York City’s age-friendly initiative – a drive to improve life for seniors across the city. From more accessible transportation to safer pedestrian crossings and outing programs – New York is steadily improving the quality of life of its senior residents. Learn more about the senior age-friendly initiative and assisted living communities in New York City. Age-Friendly Initiative in New York City Politico Magazine’s recent coverage of “Age-Friendly NYC” highlighte...
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Top 10 Cities That Aging Seniors Call Home

Top 10 Cities That Aging Seniors Call Home

In an article, Forbes.com announced the top U.S. cities that aging seniors call home. Which regions have had the most growth and how does this affect assisted living? Learn more. The Top Cities That Aging Seniors Call Home Forbes.com recently studied “aging America” and the impacts that aging seniors will have across the U.S. Their research centered on which metropolitan cities have had the largest concentration of senior growth from 2000-2013, of which they found interesting results. The top 10 citi...
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Assisted Living Checklist for Families

Assisted Living Checklist for Families

After you and your family have started a search for assisted living and have a list of assisted living communities, there is no better way to narrow down your choices than through community visits. Here’s a checklist made of “yes and no” questions to help you find the perfect community for you and your family. Assisted Living Checklist: Questions for Families to Ask During a Community Visit To gain the most information about a community during your visit, use this assisted living ch...
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Gift and Estate Tax FAQs for Family Caregivers

Gift and Estate Tax FAQs for Family Caregivers

When a senior reaches a point that they need regular care, families often prefer to choose someone they know to provide that care — especially if there’s a family member who can do it. In some cases, this family caregiver replaces moving to an assisted living community, and in order to make it financially feasible for that individual, wages are provided. According to the IRS, family caregivers, nannies, and some other household workers are a special class of workers with specific tax regulations. In ...
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How to Convince a Parent to Make the Move into Assisted Living

How to Convince a Parent to Make the Move into Assisted Living

Whether because of fear, reluctance or a combination of both – many parents adamantly refuse to move to assisted living. Although we, as their children, are concerned for their health and only have the best intentions for their well-being, it can come across as irritating or offensive if we don’t openly communicate this to our parents early on. Learn more about how to convince a parent to make the move into assisted living by creating an open communication channel with them, before it’s too late. Why...
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Top 5 Things to Bring with You to Assisted Living

Top 5 Things to Bring to Assisted Living

Preparing for a senior loved one to make the move to an assisted living community can be an exciting time, but downsizing for the move can often be overwhelming for families. Are you wondering which items to bring, or debating what things would be better left behind? Learn more from our checklist on the top 5 things to bring to assisted living. Downsizing to an Assisted Living Community Most families who have helped their loved ones make the move to assisted living have been confronted with the chall...
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Affordable Assisted Living: 5 Insider Secrets

Affordable Assisted Living: 5 Insider Secrets

Assisted living communities can be pricey. An A Place for Mom Cost of Senior Care Survey recently found that the national average price for a one-bedroom assisted living apartment is around $3100 per month. In some regions the cost is significantly higher. Seniors who have few assets and a low income can apply for Medicaid, but because its eligibility requirements are strict, many families are caught in a position where their loved one is financially overqualified for Medicaid, but also cannot afford...
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Love Conquers All in Assisted Living

Love Conquers All in Assisted Living

In honor of the upcoming Valentine’s Day holiday, we’re sharing a story about how love conquered all for one dedicated couple who had been through everything – including Alzheimer’s disease – and celebrated the last year of their 67 years of marriage together in assisted living. Learn more about the couple – the author’s grandparents – and how their love transcended all bounds, in addition to the role assisted living played in their relationship, this Valentine’s Day. A Lifetime of Love There aren...
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10 Ways to Pay for Assisted Living

10 Ways to Pay for Assisted Living

The average rent for a one-bedroom apartment at an assisted living community per month is about $3,823; in some regions the cost is higher. So, understandably, many families who contact us are concerned about how to pay for assisted living That’s where we come in. Our Senior Living Advisors have had the honor and pleasure of educating thousands of families about ways to pay for care that they may not have discovered otherwise. Learn more about 10 of the most common ways to fund assisted living....
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Secrets to Easing the Transition to Assisted Living

Secrets to Easing the Transition to Assisted Living

Change is difficult, so it’s natural that seniors can have difficulty transitioning to assisted living communities. While there are many benefits of assisted living, there’s no getting around the fact that the move involves changes that seniors don’t always like. Psychologist Dr. Deborah L. Stote said in an interview, “Older adults who are moving from their home into assisted living typically encounter varying degrees of adjustment disorder.” But, there are secrets to easing the transitio...
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Bringing Joy to Assisted Living over the Holidays

Bringing Joy to Assisted Living over the Holidays

The holidays are filled with family, friends and festivities – but it can be a less than cheerful time for seniors who may feel isolated in senior living. Many recognize this issue, and have set apart time to bring joy to assisted living communities and their residents this holiday season. Learn more about how they’re spreading holiday cheer. Bringing Joy to Assisted Living This Holiday Season Although young, many preschool and elementary students already understand the importance of spreading cheer ...
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Signs Your Elderly Parent May Be Unsafe Living Alone

Signs Your Elderly Parent May Be Unsafe Living Alone

It can sometimes be difficult to tell the difference between age-related decline and something more serious. However, according to Alan Gruber, M.D., a psychiatrist with a private practice in Massachusetts, there are several ways a loved one can tell if an elderly parent or relative may be unsafe living alone. Signs Your Elderly Parent May Be Unsafe Living Alone at Home Here are some things to look for if you are concerned that your parent or loved one is unsafe: 1. Missed appointments. Failing to me...
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How to Celebrate a National Day of Listening in Assisted Living

How to Celebrate a National Day of Listening in Assisted Living

Each year on the Friday after Thanksgiving, the U.S. observes a National Day of Listening – where families set aside time to tell stories and record them with family and friends Learn more about celebrating this day with seniors in assisted living, and read on for tips about how to start a conversation and preserve stories with loved ones. Listening and Sharing Stories with Seniors in Assisted Living Though we should be taking as much time as we can to visit the seniors in our lives, the National Day...
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How Panasonic Tablets Aid Assisted Living

Electronics giant, Panasonic, is providing tablets to senior living communities across North America to support senior health and encourage resident social interaction with friends and family. Learn more about the tablet’s impact on senior care and communication in assisted living communities. Panasonic Tablets Aid Seniors in Assisted Living Senior Housing News announced how Panasonic is launching a “telehealth” service with tablets that will be used as a portal for healthcare service in assisted liv...
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Senior Housing Goes Back to School

Senior Housing Goes Back to School

In the last decade, senior housing developers have explored putting senior communities on college campuses. Unfortunately, the global economic meltdown and subsequent recession put a damper on plans, but a recent economic recovery has brought this exciting trend back to life. Learn more about senior living and learning, and how seniors are going back to school on college campuses. A More Engaged Senior Community Putting senior communities on college campuses benefits everyone involved. Benefits to se...
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