Spotlight on Caregivers of the Past Series

Comfort Keepers offers a great new resource for caregivers of the past. Comfort Keepers shines light on three caregivers that deserve particular attention for stand out experience.  These three women have shaped and molded the term “caregiving” into what it is today and Assisted Living Today wanted to shine light on their top notch work …

Top Assisted Living Facilities in Kansas

Largely an agricultural state, Kansas lies an equal distance from the Atlantic and Pacific oceans. Hot summers and cold winters assure a year of changing seasons, and a variety of national parks, historic sites and both rural and urban living environments make Kansas a lovely place to retire. Senior care communities, from independent living to …

Interview with Julia Soto Lebentritt

Julia Soto Lebentritt is a ‘lullabologist’ and the owner of Spontaneous Care Communications. She has spent her career recording, presenting and producing lullabies from the many cultures that make up our American society is commended for clarification of the lullaby as a genre and exploration of multicultural settings.  As an elder care case manager, bereavement …

Top Assisted Living Facilities in Oregon

Oregon boasts one of the most diverse geographies of all the states of the U.S. The Cascade Mountains provide rugged, beautiful scenery. The Willamette Valley, home to Portland and bordering the coastline, includes rich, fertile farmland. Wherever you choose to retire in Oregon, you’re sure to look out on a beautiful view. An array of …

What’s the Best Age to Start Thinking about Retirement?

Retirement is an important topic, especially as people get older. It may seem like worrying about retirement is only for older people; however, this is a common misconception. While most people can’t retire until they are in their sixties or seventies, thinking about retiring should start as soon as you start working. The government benefits …

Top Assisted Living Facilities in Virginia

From mountains to beaches to quiet countryside and bustling cities, Virginia offers a wide range of living environments. Within those choices are a host of assisted living and senior care facilities, offering independent, assisted living and specialized nursing care for residents with Alzheimer’s, dementia and other advanced health issues. Some of the facilities on this …

Assisted Living Today Weekly Roundup

We’re two weeks into the New Year–have you been sticking with your resolutions? According to StatisticBrain, nearly half of all Americans (45%) make resolutions and only about 8% successfully live those resolutions. But just two weeks in, about 71% are still working at them! You can do it! Here at Assisted Living Today, we resolve …

Top Assisted Living Facilities in Alabama

Alabama is a great state for seniors, thanks to its warm climate, laid-back residents and welcoming communities. With mild winters, plenty of access to recreational activities (including miles of beachfront) and a host of inviting assisted living facilities to choose from, seniors who choose Alabama for their golden years can maintain active, healthy lifestyles for …

Seniors: Don’t Settle for Less Sleep!

It doesn’t take a room full of researchers to tell you that if you don’t sleep well, you don’t feel well. And yet, many people drag on day after day with insufficient sleep, thinking, “I’m getting older, I guess this is part of it.” A lack of sleep is not something you should just accept …

Getting Organized: Important Documents for Caregivers and Families

If you’ve ever had your wallet stolen, you know how convenient it is to have a photocopy of the important contents: your credit cards, driver’s license, insurance cards. You might know how inconvenient it is to NOT have those items copied. You’re suddenly sifting through old bills, files and paperwork to make the calls and …

Indus-Tool TT Toasty Toes Ergonomic Heated Footrest Review

Cold feet often equals a cold body. And as we age, circulation problems, wounds, complications from diabetes and other issues bring on eternally cold feet. The Indus-Tool TT Toasty Toes Ergonomic Heated Footrest can bring warmth back to your feet, your ankles, slowly warming up your body. The footrest delivers radiant heat through a 90-watt …

Keys U See Large Print U.S. English USB Wired Keyboard

Like keys to an automobile, keyboard keys are crucial to find freedom online or to type a letter or other document. But as a person’s eyesight diminishes through macular degeneration, glaucoma, cataracts or other eye ailments, using a keyboard turns frustrating. The Keys U See Large Print Wired Keyboard has helped many with deteriorating eyesight …

Spotlight on The Gardens at Westlake

This spotlight will focus on The Gardens at Westlake, an assisted living community located in Westlake, Ohio, an affluent suburb of Cleveland. The facility is near major roadways including Interstate Highways 80, 90 and 480, which makes it ideal for those with family throughout Cuyahoga, Lorain, Medina, and Summit counties. This also makes for easy …

Clarity Amplified Photo Phone Review

The telephone is often a lifeline to the outside for an elderly person living alone at home. But often its small buttons become hard to push; remembering important numbers becomes a chore. The Clarity Amplified Photo Phone is designed to help aging users continue to rely on their telephone for connection and emergencies by making …

The Benefits of Reminiscence Therapy for Seniors

For both the elderly and their caregivers, the ailments and struggles that come with aging shadow a more carefree, happy past. We’re busy focusing on medication management, installing new handles in the shower or researching assisted living facilities. As dementia, Alzheimer’s or other cognitive issues strengthen their grip on a loved one, many feel as …

Top Assisted Living Facilities in Illinois

Taking into consideration all of the factors that will determine what assisted living setting you choose is a large undertaking. Perhaps you’re just getting started, or your family finds itself in a more immediate need. Consider location, cost, services available, healthcare reputation, amenities, atmosphere–it all matters. Illinois offers a wide range of progressive, innovative, quality …

Assisted Living Today’s Weekly Roundup

For many, the holidays bring back memories of waiting for Santa as a child; sitting by the window or fireplace, wondering what treasures he might bring. Do you cherish memories of family gatherings? Did you re-hash celebrations of years past? Eat turkey or cookies or both to excess with friends or family around the table? …

Assisted Living Today Weekly Roundup

It’s been a long and difficult week to be reading news headlines, which makes it impossible to go on without acknowledging our friends in Newtown, CT. All the love, strength and peace in our hearts goes to you. May you find it in the days to come. Wishing all of our readers a humble and …

The Benefits (Gifts) of Caregiving

As Baby Boomers age, they might be setting their sights on retirement, travel, taking up that old hobby or starting a new one. Instead, many of them find themselves as the primary family caregiver for elderly parents, taking on management finances and routine of medication dispensing when they expected to be stepping away from routine …

Home For the Holidays: Can a Resident of Assisted Living Visit Home?

“There’s no place like home for the holidays,” say the lyrics to a popular Christmas song. And as friends and families gather to celebrate their beliefs or enjoy traditional meal around a table, the absence of a family member can be very difficult. Is grandma, grandpa, mom or dad allowed to leave his or her …

Assisted Living Today’s Weekly Roundup

It’s a season for random acts of kindness, reflecting on the year gone by and sharing time with our loved ones. Remember to take time from your busy routine to visit your elderly friends and relatives in assisted living and nursing facilities. The best gift you can give is your time and attention. And while …

When To Hang Up the Car Keys: Driver Safety and the Elderly

No one wants to watch his or her independence slip away or be the one to take that independence away from a loved one, and losing the ability to drive oneself at will is a significant loss of independence. It’s not easy, but there comes a time to consider both your loved one’s safety and …

Exercise for the Elderly: Good for the Body, Good for the Soul

As we age, few things become more apparent than how much slower we move or more forgetful we are than we were 20 years ago.  Unless, of course, you’re Demi Moore and your body is literally incapable of aging past the age of 21.  If you are fortunate enough to have no genetic predispositions to …

Home Help for the Elderly: Is it Right for Your Loved One?

Many older adults desire to stay in their homes as long as possible, avoiding placement into an assisted living or senior living setting. This can be a viable option as long as an elderly parent or loved on has adequate help in the home as additional care and support becomes necessary.  It is important however, …

Assisted Living Today’s Weekly Roundup

With black Friday and cyber Monday just past, you may have been spending a lot of time online shopping for the holidays. Do you brave the stores or stay in your pajamas with a steaming cup of coffee to shop online? Here at Assisted Living Today, we’ve stayed away from the shops, and kept to …

Ez Adjust Bed Rail Review

There are many aging-in-place products designed to keep older adults safe in their homes for as long as possible. One that should top the list is the Ez Adjust Bed Rail, a simple side rail that can help prevent falls and serve as a support for getting into and out of bed. A convenient, useful …

Assisted Living Today’s Weekly Roundup

Happy Thanksgiving! By now, maybe you’ve loosened your belt buckle or switched to the elastic waistbands. We hope you all had reasons to give thanks, friends or family around the table and a hearty Thanksgiving meal to enjoy. Here at Assisted Living Today, we’ve come out of our tryptophan coma to search the web for …

Legal Services for the Elderly: Where and When to Start

Older adults will eventually encounter age-specific issues which can require legal services. But at what point should you seek legal advice, and for which situations? Is it to make end-of-life decisions or for income-related advice and support? Perhaps it is due to hardships related to consumer-related problems because unfortunately, many seniors fall prey to scams …

The Sharper Image Deep Kneading Shiatsu Foot Massager Review

Holiday gift-giving is at its best when you’re giving comfort. Give your loved one a relaxing, heated foot massage–any time he or she wants one–with the Sharper Image deep kneading Shiatsu foot massager. Combining the ancient Asian principles of Shiatsu with the stimulating practice of acupressure, this foot massager revives, refreshes and warms your feet. …

Role Reversal: Cohabitating with an Elderly Parent

As the population continues to age, few things become more apparent than seniors’ desire for independence coupled with wanting to stay in their own homes. It’s a comfort thing: Most people want to grow old in their home, surrounded by their personal belongings and memories. Not to mention, the exorbitant costs associated with care outside …

8 Tips for Talking To Your Parents About Assisted Living

Having “the talk” can be difficult, emotional, scary. But putting off the subject for another time might leave you with no time for pre-planning. If you’re considering talking to your parents about assisted living (and you probably should be), here are a few tips. 1. If you have siblings, discuss the assisted living option with …

Top Assisted Living Facilities in New Jersey

You’ll put a lot of thought into where to go next, or where your loved one will be most comfortable. Many factors are on the table for consideration when choosing a senior assisted living facility: is the care top quality? Are the facilities clean and comfortable? Are there activities to stimulate and entertain? Will I …

Spotlight on Arbor Grove Assisted Living

This spotlight will focus on the Arbor Grove Assisted Living community located in Alma, Michigan. This facility is one of several homes owned and operated throughout the state of Michigan by the Leisure Living Management Corporation. Located on a beautifully landscaped property in the heart of Michigan, this this area maintains its rural charm while continuing …

Denise Brown: Caregiving.com Owner and Operator Interview

Denise began working with family caregivers in 1990 and started her own business to help them in 1994. She sent out the first issue of her monthly print publication, Caregiving!, in January 1995. She discontinued the print publication in 2005 to concentrate solely on online content. She regularly speaks about the family caregiver experience; you …

Standers Able Tray Review

Sitting down and standing up can become a real chore when joints are stiff and achy or your balance is off. Your favorite chair, couch or recliner is not off limits when you have the Standers Able Tray, a multi-use tool that attaches sturdily to your sofa, chair or even lift chair. Its first job …

Assisted Living Today’s Weekly Roundup

This past week was one for the history books: the re-election of President Barak Obama and the Dow’s 313-point plunge. Look to hear more about the Affordable Care Act, Dodd-Frank and how we’ll wade through the post-election divide. One thing we’d likely all vote yes on: hurrah to no more political ads! Here at Assisted …

Interview with Sheri Samotin

  Interviewer: So we can go ahead and get onto talking, today, about advanced planning and making some smart financial and planning decisions as people enter late adulthood. Sheri, I wonder if you could briefly introduce yourself and tell us a little about where your expertise lies. Sheri:  Certainly, my name is Sheri Samotin and …

Top 20 College Courses for Senior Care

In universities and colleges across the country, courses and degree programs in gerontology, the study of the social, psychological and biological aspects of aging, are on the rise. By 2030, the Administration in Aging predicts there will be more than 72 million senior citizens in the United States–up from 39 million in 2009. Demand for …

Movember: Raising Awareness for Men’s Health, One Moustache at a Time!

As the month of November rolls along, you may begin to notice more moustaches. That’s because it’s Movember–a month-long grassroots movement to raise awareness about men’s health issues, including mental health, prostate cancer and testicular cancer. By simply growing a moustache, men’s faces become walking billboards touting the importance of men’s health. Men’s life expectancies …

Assisted Living Today’s Weekly Roundup

It seems all eyes were pointed East, as the nation watched Superstorm Sandy bear down on the Eastern coast. In its wake, millions without power, tremendous loss of property, loss of life and rescues up and down the coast. Naturally, the web was abuzz with storm coverage. Many of the stories in our Weekly Roundup …

The Difference a Year Makes

With the holiday season approaching, families will soon be gathering to celebrate together. Today with more miles separating us from our loved ones due to job commitments, many people may only see their elderly parents or relatives at this time of year. A year can be a long time and many elderly heath issues including …

Startling Statistics Concerning Suicide among Elderly Men

Studies have shown a startling trend in the increase of suicides among older adults, which has brought the subject of elderly mental health into the spotlight. Statistics from the National Institute of Mental Health show that suicide among older adults is more common than most realize and more disproportionate to suicides committed by any other …

Reader’s Night Stand Review

Piles by the bedside are both unsightly and potentially dangerous. The more that books and magazines pile up, the better the chances everything will topple over. Plus, with all of those reading materials stacked alongside a bed, there’s little space available for a clock, glass of water, tissue box, lip balm, pills, the T.V. remote …

Interview with Carol Bradley Bursack

Carol Bradley Bursack has devoted much of her professional career to educating caregivers, both professional and non, on the importance of caring for their loved ones and themselves. She is a regular contributor to various industry leading blogs including HealthCentral/Alzheimer’s, and the forum moderator and a regular contributor to AgingCare.com. She is also the author of “Minding …

What are Residents’ Rights?

Promoting Awareness through Residents’ Rights Awareness Month in October  Seniors living in assisted living facilities, nursing homes and other long-term care facilities are entitled to the same rights as everyone else–those of dignity, choice and self-determination. The Federal 1987 Nursing Home Reform Law was enacted to ensure that facilities participating in Medicare and Medicaid are …

For Seniors, Staying Fit Can Lead to Happiness

Keeping fit by implementing a daily exercise routine is not only a healthy way to live, it can also a happy one. Research shows that seniors who maintain a daily exercise routine are more productive and, in general, feel good about life. The American Academy of Orthopedic Surgeons (AAOS) offers some suggestions on how to …

Assisted Living Today’s Weekly Roundup

It’s the time of year that everything is pumpkin flavored! From coffee and doughnuts to candles and potpourri, the taste and smell of spiced pumpkin is everywhere. Did you know there are more than 700 types of gourds grown in the world? Chances are you’re seeing a variety in harvest decorations at assisted living facilities, …

Top 20 Assisted Living Facilities in Connecticut

Choosing an assisted living community for yourself or a loved one can prove to be an overwhelming task. There are many noteworthy assisted living facilities in the state of Connecticut.The majority of these facilities have virtual tours or photographs so you can visualize what daily life would be like as a resident, including views of …

Senior Hunger — What to do if you are Food Insecure

Can you imagine not knowing where your next meal is coming from? More than 3.4 million older Americans can identify with food insecurity, and it’s a growing issue. What is food insecurity? A somewhat broader term for hunger, the issue of food insecurity includes availability, access and use. First, do you have consistent and adequate …