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Jeff attended the University of Alaska Fairbanks on an academic scholarship, and also studied creative writing at University of Hull (UK). He found his calling in 2009 when he began working with seniors and their families at A Place for Mom, and has immersed himself in writing and research about issues affecting older adults. He also enjoys literature, spending time with his daughter and recording music. Jeff Anderson's Google+ Profile

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1300 Dexter Avenue North, Suite 400, Seattle, WA 98109, USA

15 Weird and Wonderful Movies Set at Senior Communities

Assisted living facilities, retirement communities and nursing homes have served as the backdrop for a wide range of movies in practically every genre. We compiled a list of 15 such films. There are heart-warming dramas, suspense-filled thrillers, gross-out comedies, and even a sci-fi
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All About Older Drivers: Safety Tips and Guidelines

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Over the past few years, news outlets have brought to national attention a spate of alarming stories about tragic traffic accidents caused by elderly drivers. Indeed, as America ages, the safety of its older drivers is being increasingly scrutinized. Many states have passed laws aimed
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The Importance of Having a Living Will

Today, 42% of American adults have living wills (or advance directives) according to an ABC News poll. This figure is at an all-time high, but experts and advocates aren’t satisfied. What Can Happen Without a Living Will In 1990 26 year-old Terri Schiavo, a young married woman l
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10 States with the Most Affordable Assisted Living Costs

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When I worked as an Senior Resource Coordinator for A Place for Mom, I had countless conversations with families and seniors who were in the process of searching for care. I remember one elderly woman in particular, we’ll call her Janet, who asked me, “What state has the c
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A Frighteningly Common Way Consumers Find Senior Communities

One of the most common ways for families to locate senior communities is also one of the worst: Many seniors and their loved ones find the senior community they choose simply by driving by and seeing the signage or the building. For example, according to a recent report by the Assiste
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Resident Facts: Who Really Lives at Assisted Living?

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Who is it that really lives in assisted living communities? Older folks? Yes…usually it’s older folks. But the ages of residents can vary widely, as well as their ability levels. There are many reasons someone can end up at assisted living – various types of health p
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25 Senior Living & Caregiving Twitter Feeds You Should Follow

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Families who are researching senior care can benefit from the support and information provided online. Although one might not naturally think of Twitter as a resource for this kind of support, it can actually be a great source of info and support for families dealing with caring for a
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Affordable Assisted Living: 5 Insider Secrets

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Assisted living communities can be quite pricey. The 2012 A Place for Mom Cost of Senior Care Survey found that the national average price for a 1-bedroom assisted living apartment is about $3100 per month. In some regions the cost is significantly higher. Seniors who have few assets
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6 Ways to Find Your Soul-Mate at Assisted Living

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Men and women usually arrive at assisted living communities out of necessity. They have something in common you could say. They typically have age-related ailments and frailties that make care or supervision a necessity. They’re just like any of us, but often just older and not
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14 Signs Your Elderly Parent May Be Unsafe Living Alone

It can be difficult to tell the difference between normal, age-related decline and something more serious. 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 relative is losing his or her i
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