Knowing When to Make the BIG Move

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 […] More

SAGE Metro Portland LGBT Resources

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 […] More

Senior Referral Agencies

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 […] More

Is a Reverse Mortgage Right for You?

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 […] More

Respite Care: Self-Health isn’t Selfish

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, […] More

Do you have a bucket list? Not that bucket list, the one for downsizing!

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 […] More

Navigating Hospice: What You Need to Know

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 […] More

Regenerative Medicine – Stem Cell Therapy 101

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 […] More

The Key to Healthy Aging Lies in the Gut

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 […] More

Spotting Elder Abuse

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 […] More

Creating Memories for Those Struggling to Find Them

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 […] More

More Older Americans are “Unretiring”

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, […] More

Multiple Dimensions of Wellness

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. More

Security and online Senior Living Referral Services

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. More

Veteran Suicide Warning Signs

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. More

Aquatic Therapy Programs

Aquatic therapy programs can assist in treating both chronic pain disorders like arthritis and fibromyalgia as well as neurological disorders. More

3 steps to feeling less lonely

Loneliness is nothing to be ashamed of. And if you educate yourself about loneliness, you can recognize and combat its effects before it becomes a major problem. More

6 tips to prevent pneumonia

Good overall health habits are critical to preventing pneumonia in seniors and in everybody, because they keep the immune system strong and able to fight off infection. A healthy diet, as well as getting plenty of rest and physical exercise will decrease the risk of getting pneumonia. More

Why choose an Elder Law Attorney?

The Elder law attorneys solid understanding of these issues allows them to better serve the unique needs of older individuals and their loved ones and to access needed benefits and resources. More

Alzheimer’s Network Program and Services

Alzheimer’s disease is a progressive degenerative disease that not only affects the individual with loss of memory and cognitive abilities, but it also creates stress and significant hardships on the family who are often caregivers for their loved ones. More

Alzheimer’s Association— We’re here for you day or night

The Alzheimer’s Association serves the estimated 65,000 Oregonians living with Alzheimer’s disease and other dementias, as well as their loved ones and caregivers. We offer free early-stage engagement programs, support groups, community educational classes and other dementia resources. If you, or a loved one, need resources or support, call our 24/7 Helpline at 1-800-272-3900. Alzheimer’s […] More

Creating a Lasting Legacy

If you are like most of us there is a box of photos, slides and memorabilia under the bed or in a closet corner fading away. The memories inside are pure gold! Take care. This is your legacy! A professional photo organizer asks you to inhale and remember, “A box of photos tells no tales.” […] More

Advice for a Healthier You

“We need to become activists in promoting healthful behaviors and try our best to remain active and healthy the rest of our lives.” (Arthur Hayward, MD, Geriatrician and clinical lead physician for Kaiser Permanente.) Loneliness and social isolation can lead to poor health, an increased number of falls and dementia. Tips for Health: Regular health […] More

Falls: Only You Can Prevent Them

Falls are the second leading cause of unintentional deaths worldwide and over 27,000 falls result in death every year. Fear of falling should not rule your life. Here are some common risk factors: Climbing ladders or standing on unsteady chairs Rushing or not using mobility devices, such as a cane or walker Wearing poor fitting […] More

Grateful

“The strength of the team is each individual member. The strength of each member is the team.” – Phil Jackson I am very grateful to be surround by awesome team members- personally and professionally. But it doesn’t happen without effort. Make sure you learn from your all stars, compensate for injured players, and work to strengthen […] More

“Be the change: Strategies for health care transformation”

Participate in our one-day interactive event to learn from sought-after thought leaders and obtain the tools and momentum for making the change More

Home improvement for better senior living

Home improvement can be a challenge for seniors who decide to live at home instead of in an assisted living facility, included, are some DIY home improvement tips for better and safer senior living. More

Senior safety: Knowing when to go to the emergency room versus urgent care

How do you know when to go to the emergency room and when to go to urgent care? Learning how to tell which type of care is best, can literally be a life saver. More

3 Steps to escaping senior loneliness

Are you a senior who sometimes feels a deep sense of loneliness? Are you someone who worries about a senior who seems lonely? More

Appetite loss: 10 tips to a bigger appetite

Appetite loss can be a problem, especially for the elderly who live alone and lack interest in cooking. Appetite loss is common for people facing illness, cancer, depression – and medication side effects they come with – are also at risk of poor nutrition. More

FAQ: Oregon’s Death with Dignity Act

The Death with Dignity Act allows terminally ill Oregonians to end their lives through the voluntary self-administration of lethal medications prescribed by a doctor expressly for that purpose. More

Residential Hospice Care: An under-considered option for seniors end-of-life care

Residential hospice care helps ease the burden of 24-hour in-home caregiving while providing a respectful, comfortable care setting for your loved-one's last days. It is an option that is often under-considered for many Oregonians. More

Active aging: The importance of social activity for seniors

Approximately seven million individuals over the age of 65 experience symptoms of depression, recent studies revealed that social activity for seniors has a number of important mental and physical health benefits. More

Wise and Well: Tips for family caregivers

Caregivers are most effective when they are well-informed, practicing consistent self-care and aware of their own limitations. If you are a family caregiver, here are some tips for family caregivers to help you remain happy, healthy, and wise about your role. More

Why seniors shouldn’t ignore small vision changes

Ensuring seniors do not dismiss small vision changes and continue to get regular eye exams is important for their continued health and wellness. Small vision changes like floaters or specs that move across your field of vision are a common complaint in middle-aged and elderly people that can be indicative of other problems like Posterior […] More

Senior Resources: Why you could use a Senior Move Manager

Senior Move Managers have the resources and knowledge to save money, find creative results for problems, and greatly reduce stress during an extremely stressful time in your life – Not to mention getting a lot done in a short amount of time, as they do this for a living! Here are the main six tasks […] More

8 exercises to improve seniors balance and reduce falls

Improving a seniors balance is key to avoiding broken hips, hip fractures, and falling which are common among seniors. Over 90% of hip fractures are due to falls and hip fractures can often lead to serious complications. Improving seniors balance can save lives Good balance can be a lifesaver — literally! A few minutes a […] More

10 benefits of agency-based home care

When trying to decide the best home care solution for your aging loved one, it helps to explore all your options. The information provided can help you explore the benefits of agency-based home care, answer some of your commonly asked questions, and help you understand what to ask when deciding on an agency for your […] More

“Caregiver Syndrome” and healthy self-care tips for caregivers

A caregiver is anyone who provides care for another person in need. According to Womenshealth.gov, in 2012, 36% of Americans, most of whom are women, provided unpaid care to another adult in the past year.  As Baby Boomers age, this number is expected to rise. Self-care is often thrown aside by caregivers due to their caring and compassionate nature. That said, self-care is vital for the caregivers in order to live a full and happy life. More

Weighing costs: home versus a senior living community

When you compare the cost of living at home versus a senior living community, making the switch may be more affordable than you think. As you consider your choices and compare costs, remember you have options with a selection of communities that fit different budgets and personal preferences. More

Senior travel tips: traveling with hearing aids

Travel is a significant part of our lives and retirement means the opportunity to go on more adventures is inevitable. Senior travel can be stressful, and with more than 20 million people in the U.S. making these trips with hearing loss, travel can be especially challenging. Vacation should feel like a vacation, which is why we have put together this helpful list of senior travel tips for traveling with hearing aids. More

SAGE Metro Portland: LGBT-friendly senior housing

SAGE Metro Portland, a program of LGBT-friendly senior housing, seeks to enrich the lives of Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, and Transgender (LGBT) people aged 60+ throughout the Metro region. More

Be prepared: When your loved one can no longer stay at home safely

It is not “IF” a situation may come up or not, but “when”. Be prepared ahead of time. Even if care is not immediate, go look. Visit your loved one as often as you can to evaluate their abilities and needs. You want to plan way ahead. More

Elderly care: What is PACE?

PACE is a Medicare and Medicaid program that provides elderly care and helps people meet their health care needs in the community instead of going to a nursing home. PACE stands for Programs of All-Inclusive Care for the Elderly. More

Retire different: Shared housing

Are you a boomer who can’t afford to retire? Are you a senior knocking around in a big ‘ole house all by yourself? Why not get together, try shared housing and thrive?  More

Senior vaccinations are important!

Senior vaccinations are essential. As we age, our bodies’ immune systems become weaker, making us more at risk for health complications due to influenza (flu) and pneumonia. In the United States, an estimated 70 to 85 percent of influenza-related deaths occur among people 65 years and older, and each year more than 18,000 older adults succumb to pneumococcal pneumonia. More

Senior education opportunities

Senior education is one of the ways that PSU reflects its motto “Let Knowledge Serve the City,” PSU is a national leader in making its many varied academic resources available to older citizens. In 1973, PSU began offering eligible older adults a chance to attend its classes at no charge alongside registered students. More

6 Tips to preventing pneumonia in older adults

Preventing pneumonia in older adults is very important in times like these! Here are 6 tips to prevent your loved one falling ill. More

Alzheimer’s Association­­ —We’re here for you day or night

The Alzheimer’s Association serves the estimated 63,000 Oregonians living with Alzheimer’s disease and other dementias, as well as their loved ones and caregivers. We offer free early-stage engagement programs, support groups, community education classes and other dementia resources. More

Smoothie POWER

Smoothie power-Easy to make smoothies are a terrific way to incorporate needed vegetables, fruits, proteins, vitamins, and minerals into your diet. By using a blender to puree these ingredients, the first part of the digestion process has already been completed, so its easier for your body to absorb all the nutrients. More

The need for care

In this country, 10,000 people turn 65 every day. The need for care increases every single day. We are faced with a significant amount of need for care in our families’ futures. More

The importance of fitness as we age

There are many great ways that we can accomplish being active in our later years. Exercise is perhaps the best-demonstrated way to maintain good health, fitness, and independence. More

Retirement lifestyle: What community is right for you?

Today’s Retirement Communities are more like cruise ships than nursing homes! Retirement lifestyle is full of fun, food, adventure, and entertainment day after day. The funny thing is that it also reflects what doctors’ advise- socializing, good food, rest, exercise, and reducing your stress. Hmmm! Who would have guessed! Many residents’ health indexes improve. More

Living a purposeful and meaningful life

For the first time, younger seniors are considering a move earlier in order to afford a retirement with meaning and purpose. A Life Plan Community offers a meaningful life designed to meet this new trend. More

What is a Senior Care Advisor?

A quality senior care advisor is going to help avoid common pitfalls and mistakes, as well as maximize your time and money. More

Get the best medicare coverage at the best price for YOU

In order to achieve the selection of an optimal plan for you, it is often helpful to seek the services of a licensed broker who specializes in Medicare. More

The benefits of in-home care

in-home caregivers can assist with all types of daily living activities, including meal preparation, medication reminders, light housekeeping, personal care (showering, toileting, dressing, etc.) and transportation, like to doctor appointments or grocery shopping. More

Myth Busters: The Realities of CCRC

Yet many seniors still believe retiring at home is best. Why? A study by Age Wave uncovered five myths that may be misconstruing the perception of CCRCs among the age 50-plus population. Knowing the facts can help you look at CCRCs in a new light. More

5 things to look for in a senior living community

Researching the best Senior Living Community for you or a loved can be time consuming. Here are 5 things to keep an eye out for. More

Become your best advocate

When it comes to your health, what is your peace of mind worth? It's time to become your best advocate. More

Balance and falls

It is estimated that one out of three adults over the age of 65 lose balance and falls each year and less than half of those talk to their healthcare provider about it! Falls are the leading cause of fatal injury and the most common cause of non-fatal trauma-related hospital admissions among older adults in America. More

Memory lapses: When to worry about dementia

If you’re concerned about Alzheimer’s or dementia, you might mistake these “senior moments” for signs of mental decline. But there’s good news. Most memory lapses are nothing to worry about. More

Grief: 10 Things NOT to say to someone grieving

Grief is when someone close to us dies or begins hospice, it pulls on our heart, distracts our mind, and affects us physically. As a result, we feel fragile, or helpless. Well-intentioned friends try to console us, but struggle with what to say. More

How to build a disaster supplies kit

After an emergency, you may need to survive on your own for several days. Being prepared means having your own food, water and other supplies to last for at least 72 hours. A disaster supplies kit is a collection of basic items your household may need in the event of an emergency. More

Why your Will needs the advice of an attorney

In spite of your best efforts, you may end up with a document that is no more effective than a notarized grocery list. Writing your own Will can be like pulling your own tooth with a pair of pliers rather than going to the dentist. More

Alzheimer’s Network Program and Services

As Alzheimer’s worsens over time, going from early stages to advanced, the responsibilities of the caregiver grow as well. All too often they are not prepared nor do they have an outlet to help them cope with the progressive loss of their loved one. Alzheimer's network program and services is here to help. More

How to choose a trustee

Choosing a Trustee is not something to take lightly. When you have a living Trust, the bulk of your assets are owned by the Trust and, therefore, under the control of the Trustee. More

Estate planning

Estate Planning: often avoided because “Estate planning is too confusing” or “I don’t have anything to leave behind.” By having an estate plan, however, one offers one’s family members peace of mind during a difficult period. More

 Creative ways to save on healthcare costs for seniors

Feeling the pinch on your retirement pocketbook because of medical bills and healthcare needs? There are easier ways for seniors to stretch a dollar when it comes to their health and wellbeing. Don’t miss these 9 go-to tips: More

What is skilled nursing?

Is it the right time? What is skilled nursing? How much will it cost? These are great questions! Here is some basic information to get the answers you need! More

3 reasons to start saving for senior care

You might not be thinking about saving for senior care just yet, we get it. The trouble is if you’re not saving for your future, who is? More

Who “Needs” hearing aids?

If YOU want to hear better than you presently are, then you may be helped by hearing aids or some other assisted listening device. More

The Rogue Valley Council of Governments Senior and Disability Services (RVCOG SDS)

The Rogue Valley Council of Governments Senior and Disability Services (RVCOG SDS) is the gateway for anyone to access information and services that will help people who: More

A closer look at in-home care

care for loved ones is an important decision that should not be considered lightly, and in-home care is something to consider. More

Trends in senior fitness

So what’s hot with senior fitness this year? Check out the 6 latest senior fitness trends: More

There’s an app for that

You find yourself lacking energy, over run by your to-do list and needing a moment to breathe. Thankfully, however, there is an app for almost anything we can imagine. More

Why should I use a Referral Agency?

The time saved by the family seeking help from a referral agency is better used to get the senior integrated into their new environment and to get the whole family back on track More

Alzheimer’s Association­­— We’re here for you day or night

The Alzheimer’s Association serves the estimated 62,000 Oregonians living with Alzheimer’s disease and other dementias as well as their loved ones and caregivers. More

Home Health Care vs In-home Care

Home health care and in-home care can work with a patient/client as separate entities or together in a collaboration that meets each patient’s individual needs. Even though they provide different services they serve the same goal of meeting you where you are, at home. More

Avoid the hospital: Why choose in-home care?

In-home caregivers can help our aging loved one and bridge the gap between the hospital and home and can meet the needs of our clients.  More

Caring for a loved one with memory loss: Are you ready to time travel?

When caring for or visiting with a loved one with memory loss, try to meet them where they are. If he is in the war in 1940, be fighting right alongside him in 1940. More

Aging: What are the warning signs?

Don’t wait until something tragic happens. Go to a doctor to review medications and change of conditions. Build a safety net of attentive family and friends. More

3 Steps to lock in the best long-term care and save money

It is easy to quickly find yourself sitting on top of a pile of bills. What is decided and disseminated while you are navigating housing and care options can ensure an outcome that will either save or cost you money. More

5 steps to help sell your home

The process to sell your home can be intimidating. Are you like many folks looking at the many wonderful community options, thinking this could be a good fit for me and then hitting a total road block when you realize you need to sell your home as part of your move?  If you have you […] More

End-of-life planning: The final farewell

Most seniors have a will and take other proactive steps for end-of-life planning. Surprisingly, far fewer seniors preplan their funeral arrangements. There are numerous benefits in preplanning. Seniors who make their own funeral arrangements ensure their final wishes, such as whether they want to be cremated or buried, are followed. This lifts a huge emotional […] More

The hidden costs of caregiving

If you are taking responsibility for helping an aging relative get through the day, you may be shouldering a larger burden than you realize. Many caregivers don’t stop to consider the personal, financial and emotional costs of caregiving. New research is bringing those costs to light. According to the U.S. Department of Health and Human […] More

5 Key factors in finding the right senior living option

It can be overwhelming looking for the right senior living option, for many to know “Where do I start?” More

Benefits of a life plan community or continuing care retirement community

Benefits of a life plan community or continuing care retirement community More

Senior volunteer: Their rights, your voice

Long-Term Care Ombudsman volunteers advocate for the rights, dignity, and quality of life of adults in nursing homes, residential care and assisted living facilities, and adult foster care homes. More

Exercise and aging

25% of this population is currently exercising at recommended levels. Exercise has numerous benefits as you age More

What is Arthritis?

If you are having hip or knee pain that is limiting your quality of life, don’t wait another minute, call your doctor and see what options are available. More

Top 5 reasons to see a neurologist

Most conditions can be treated by medication. If you are experiencing any of these conditions, please consult your doctor,  or with stroke, call 911. More

How music benefits those with Alzheimer’s

Music can create moments in these individuals’ lives that elicit positive interactions, evoke emotions and facilitate cognitive functions. More

Why & when to consider in-home care

In-home care can give the primary caregiver(s) respite time to recharge, resuscitate and regain the energy to serve the loved one. More

Fall Prevention Tips

Being physically active is the key to fall prevention. It promotes maintenance of good leg strength, balance,coordination, flexibility and joint mobility More

Molly the robotic seal joins Patriots Landing

Molly the robotic seal has been used in care facilities as a form of therapy for dementia and memory care. More

CCRCs vs life care communities

CCRCs are now called life plan communities, not to be confused with life care communities... More

Why work with an Eldercare Consultant?

The right eldercare consultant can educate, guide, protect, and simplify your search providing you with the right options for you or your loved one’s unique needs. More

25 best travel tips:

Travel tips - 1. Be Patient, don’t sweat the stuff you can’t control. 2. Wake Up Early, avoiding crowds, and a great time for photos. More

Hospice care, not hospice place

Hospice care combines pain control, symptom management and emotional and spiritual support. More