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LEGAL STRATEGIES TO PROTECT YOUR SAFETY AND DIGNITY

Tuesday, Feb. 12, 2018 -- There has been a great deal of controversy over the past several years regarding decisions to “pull the plug” on terminally ill patients. It can be unsettling to think about our own inability to care for ourselves, handle our own finances, or make our own health care decisions. No one likes to think about it, but many of us will someday be in that very position. Who will make those decisions for us – perhaps a family member, an emergency room physician, or a nursing home administrator? Luckily, the law provides several ways that we can make plans and give directions for our own future well-being in case we are unable to make those decisions in the future.

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LOW-COST HOME ORGANIZATION TIPS

Thursday, Feb. 1, 2018 -- Organizing your home does not have to be expensive.  In fact, by reducing the amount of items that you own, you may be able to get by without any purchases at all.  Often, our disorganization is a result of too many things without a proper storage area. Listed below are some of the typical "problem" areas that senior move managers come across in their line of work.  Wherever you decide to start your organization project, the first step will always be to assess what you actually need and use on a regular basis.  All other items will be reassigned to another area of the home, or, possibly, removed (i.e. donation to friends or family, or discarded).

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COMBATING SENIOR LONELINESS

Thursday, Jan. 18, 2018 — When seniors live alone, they are susceptible to periods of loneliness during any time of the year.

If a senior is quieter, experiences appetite loss or has trouble sleeping, he or she may be suffering from loneliness. Other indicators include unusual behavior (such as when an elderly parent calls up unexpectedly and doesn’t have much to say) or simply if he or she speaks of being lonely. The diagnosis is determined by the duration and degree of symptoms.

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TIPS FOR WELLNESS INTO THE GOLDEN YEARS

Thursday, Jan. 11, 2018 -- There are a number of myths regarding aging. Some people may mistakenly believe that aging inevitably involves getting sick or disabled, while others may think that all adults face memory loss in their later years. Even more people may think that once you reach a certain age there is less that you can contribute to society and that you are done learning. All of these beliefs are absolutely false. In fact, many people find that the years following retirement are filled with health, vitality, and meaning. Since we are all going to get to those golden years eventually, here are a few tips to consider that may help to make that stage of life some of the best years you’ll ever have.

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DEMENTIA AND THE HOLIDAYS

Wednesday, Dec. 6, 2018 -- Several years ago I was visiting with a man who cared for his wife with Alzheimer’s disease. His concern was that for the past year she had been delightful and easy to care for. Then, as they approached the holidays, she became restless, anxious, and combative. He asked for help in understanding what had caused the change. As I looked around the couple’s home I noticed that there were Christmas decorations in every room and on every surface. I felt overwhelmed and suggested that there were so many decorations that the house may no longer seem familiar to his wife. “But she loves Christmas!” he protested. “I did this all for her.” I commended him for all his effort, but encouraged him to limit the decorations to a few of her favorites. A few days later he called to let me know that his wife was back to her old self again.

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AMERICAN HEART ASSOCIATION, AMERICAN COLLEGE OF CARDIOLOGY ISSUE NEW BLOOD PRESSURE GUIDELINES

Thursday, Nov. 30, 2017 -- Newly released high blood pressure guidelines mean that nearly half of the US population might have high blood pressure. High blood pressure accounts for the second largest number of preventable heart disease and stroke deaths, second only to smoking. It’s known as the “silent killer” because often there are no symptoms, despite its role in significantly increasing the risk for heart disease and stroke.

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USE THE GOOD STUFF. YOU'RE WORTH IT!

Wednesday, Nov. 22, 2017 -- The upcoming holidays have me in the mood to clear the decks around the house. The other day I got a little crazy and began cleaning out the cabinets and drawers in my dining room. While the amount of trash that was generated both amazed and saddened me, I chuckled to myself when I saw my good china. It dawned on me that for the past 25 years, this china has been used exactly three times!

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