The word “estate” conjures images of great wealth, which may be one of the reasons so many people don’t develop estate plans – after all, they’re not rich, so why make the effort? In reality, though, if you have a family, you can probably benefit from estate planning, whatever your asset level. And you may […]
My Fountain of Youth: Interrupted I spent the week of Christmas of 2018 doubled over in pain, with horrible stomach cramps and diarrhea. The mold I had inadvertently ingested along with my tomatoes was wreaking havoc on my digestive system. This was not how I wanted to spend the holiday! Then when I did recover, the […]
Is Parkinson’s Disease affecting your or your loved one’s ability to speak clearly? Providence Health and Services is pleased to offer a two-part speech therapy program to help individuals with Parkinson’s regain and maintain effective communication: SPEAK OUT!® followed by The LOUD Crowd®. This program is offered at various Providence locations throughout the Portland metro […]
Specialty Care Coordination is a critical program at Project Access Northwest. Helping committed patients connect with compassionate volunteer health care providers is the foundation of this program. Our care coordinators work with patients to assist them in navigating a complex health care system. What is our Specialty Care Coordination Program? Project Access Northwest connects un- […]
So, you just got the news from the doctor, and you walk away feeling like Wiley Coyote post-falling-grand-piano-accident. You’re shocked and crushed, but also somewhat validated. You knew something was wrong, but you’d hoped…not this. Your loved one has dementia. You instantly picture the first conversations about this after diagnosis. The arguments. The heartache. You […]
The Current Problem: A 2014 study by the Equal Rights Center found that 48% of LGBT-identified seniors “experienced unfavorable differential treatment in terms of availability of housing, pricing, financial incentives, amenities or application requirements.” Many LGBT older adults are forced to hide their sexual orientation and/or gender identity to avoid mistreatment, harassment and discrimination in […]
It is nearly impossible to be objective when helping a family member make the transition from their own home to a senior care situation. What makes this so difficult? We have hope for improvement. When we love someone, we never want to “give up” on them. We hold a deep-seated belief that if we keep […]
For many Americans, their house is their greatest asset. They’ve spent years working to build the equity in their home and, at a certain point, it may become time to put that equity to work. Often, savings, Social Security and pensions can’t keep up with the increasing cost of living and living longer. NRMLA President […]
Providing care for a loved one can become quite grueling for both the family caregiver and the patient. Caregivers may find themselves feeling burned out from the stress of consistent assistance, often falling into troubling sleeping patterns and neglecting their own self-care. Respite Care provides a mutually beneficial third party resource for caregiver and patient, […]
Starting the downsizing process well in advance of a move or de-cluttering your home early can save time, headaches, stress, and dollars later. Do you really need that much stuff in your home? More stuff equals more stress. More clutter equals more dust. Getting rid of the excess stuff and clutter can make your house […]
Considering and beginning hospice care are sensitive times not only for the individual but for their loved ones too. Here are answers to a few questions to help as you begin this journey. What is hospice? Those who receive hospice care are seeking comfort and compassion as they near the end of life. The goal […]
What is regenerative medicine? Regenerative Medicine is the process of creating living, functional tissues to repair or replace tissue or organ function lost due to damage, or congenital defects. This field holds the promise of regenerating damaged tissues and organs in the body by stimulating previously irreparable organs to heal themselves. Stem Cell Basics Stem […]
Did you know that your body is an ecosystem? Over the past several decades, scientists have discovered a whole new world. We now know our body is covered in trillions of tiny microbes, most of which live in the gut. Many people recoil at this news because we ’ve been taught for so long that […]
Perhaps you have already identified friends or neighbors who can stop in unannounced to be your eyes and ears. Sometimes, a geriatric care manager can help. You can stay in touch with your family member by phone and take note of any comments or mood changes that might indicate neglect or mistreatment. These can happen […]
Many aging seniors lose the ability to recall memories. Some of this is a result of the aging process but for far too many it’s because of Alzheimer’s and Dementia. What are the options for seniors facing this challenge? Verbalizing stories early in the diagnosis is an exercise worth exploring. It can allow a family […]
Many Older Americans who have retired from their previous jobs are returning to the workforce, a process some are calling “unretiring.” The main reason for seniors choosing to return to work is unsurprisingly money, according to a survey commissioned by a senior care provider, Home Instead, that drew responses from more than 1,000 “unretired” people, […]
Here’s a glimpse at the many dimensions of wellness that are nurtured and promoted in today’s Life Plan Communities, also known as Continuing Care Retirement Communities or CCRCs.
While researching Senior Living options online for yourself or a loved one you may be unaware of what happens with your information, and the level of your own security.
Veterans in crisis and their loved ones can call, text, or chat to connect with caring VA responders at the free and confidential Veterans Crisis Line. Responders are qualified to deal with any immediate crisis.
Aquatic therapy programs can assist in treating both chronic pain disorders like arthritis and fibromyalgia as well as neurological disorders.