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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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5th Ave, Suite 3200, Seattle, WA 98104

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. Psycholog
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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 m
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7 Tips for Moving Your Elderly Parents

7 Tips for Moving Your Elderly Parents
It is hard enough to find the right assisted living community for your parent, but the actual act of moving is a big undertaking in its own right. You not only have to worry about the logistics of the move but you also need to try to make the process stress-free for your parent. Learn
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National Assisted Living Week 2015

National Assisted Living Week 2015
September 13-19 is National Assisted Living Week 2015, which focuses on the many ways assisted living caregivers nurture residents and make them feel at home. Learn more about taking the opportunity to show senior loved ones in assisted living how much you care this week. Feeling at H
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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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