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 …

Assisted Living Today’s Weekly Roundup

Television airwaves, Facebook statuses, Twitter feeds and online news agencies are heating up with political coverage and opinions as we come closer to election day. No doubt the news will become almost entirely political before too long. In the meantime, there are new developments in health and medicine, technology, and living life as an older …

October 11, National Depression Screening Day

For one week in October–Mental Illness Awareness Week–organizations like Screening for Mental Health (SMH) enter the spotlight to raise awareness for mental health issues like depression. October 11 is National Depression Screening Day, a day to remind and encourage those who are concerned about depression and other related mood and anxiety disorders to think about …

7 Tech Gadgets for Seniors

Maybe it’s getting a little more difficult to run the vacuum or uncork a bottle of your favorite wine, but every day, developers are working to make tasks easier, life safer and just a little more fun for seniors. Here are seven gadgets that can enable seniors to be independent and active for longer. 1. …

Assisted Living Today’s Weekly Roundup

Children are likely picking out costumes off the racks or, if they’re creative, cutting and gluing masks or assembling costumes from their parent’s closets! Soon the pumpkins sitting around will become jack-o-lanterns with faces carved to elicit smiles or shrieks. It’s a ghoulish time of year. Here at Assisted Living Today, we’ve scoured the headlines …

Great Gifts for At-Home Seniors Who Have Everything

It won’t be long before we start making our holiday gift lists. Inevitably, we will all have someone who is hard to shop for either because they don’t ask for anything or they already have everything. Although it is the thought that counts, we all want to make sure the gifts we give are not …

Keeping Your Elderly Parents and Relatives Safe in Their Homes

As people continue to live longer through advances in medicine and increased adoption of healthy lifestyles, many middle-aged adults are finding themselves concerned with the well-being of their elderly parents and relatives. This often comes after they have finished raising their children and are looking forward to having more time to travel or devote to …

Assisted Living Today’s Weekly Roundup

Fall is here. The leaves are beginning to change and the air is crisp (unless of course you’re living in the south and enjoying a late season heat wave!) Pumpkins and mums are beginning to decorate landscapes and apples are ripe for the picking. Before long we’ll be counting down the days till Thanksgiving. But …

What To Expect in A Skilled Nursing Facility

Affordable Service Tailored to One’s Budget Skilled nursing homes have provided an opportunity for senior citizens to have a lifestyle they often dreamed of and envied. With annual expense at some in-house senior care centers approaching close to the entire pension these people draw after their retirement and some living facilities charging more than they …

10 Great Gift Ideas for Residents of a Senior Living Community

Giving a gift to a friend or family member who has moved into a Senior Living Community can be a bit tricky.  The “usual” gifts – such as perfumes, flowers, or food – can actually impact the medical conditions of your loved one or their neighbors. And with space at a premium, any new knick …

How to Deal with Anxiety as a Senior

Although some cases of anxiety are classified as abnormal regardless of age, much of the anxiety that seniors commonly feel is a natural response to life transitions and stems from legitimate concerns. In a personal interview, retired psychologist Dr. Ron Masa, now a senior himself, offered his views on common causes of anxiety in seniors …

Aluminum Rollator with 8” Casters Review

Going to church, out to restaurants or just for rides in the country often times becomes difficult with limited mobility. Walkers and scooters can be difficult to transport, leaving seniors with balance impairments sacrificing their safety to enjoy afternoon out on the town. Weighing around 19 pounds, the Aluminum Rollator with 8” Casters provides safety, …

Tips to Remember for Improving Communication with Elderly or Aging Parents

Let’s face it.  We’ve all had difficult patches with our parents now and again.  Most likely, the worst of it was during those “rebellious teen” years when we all struggled to make our own way and assert our own independence.And in a strange (and perhaps ironic) twist of fate and aging – in many ways …

Gardening an Activity for Seniors

Gardening can be a rewarding and fun activity for senior citizens. Since, many seniors are retirees, gardening gives them an activity to occupy their free time. The elderly population is most at risk for developing depression due to the following reasons: body changes, not having the same level of energy in youth, living alone, death …

Spotlight on Adagio Adult Family Home

The Adagio Adult Family Home, a unique assisted living home geared toward the needs of residents living with dementia stemming from stroke or other vascular disorders. Run by resident providers Maxine and Harvey Brink, residents are cared for as if they are a member of the family. You will find that this facility provides an …

Common Myths and Assumptions About Assisted Living

Assisted living is often the most attractive option for the elderly. Yet many elderly people, or the younger relatives on whom they depend, are afraid to try it because of the many myths that surround it, which often focus on negative aspects of this form of elderly care. In this article we will dispel many …

What To Look For In An Assisted Living Facility

Deciding that your loved one may need to be placed in an assisted living facility can be a difficult decision. However, an assisted living facility can provide your loved one with a safe place where she can receive assistance from certified staff members for basic activities, such as bathing, household chores and attending medical appointments …

Announcing the Alzheimer’s Action Day Guide

A Comprehensive Resource for Caregivers, Loved Ones and Alzheimer’s Patients Today, September 21, 2012, is Alzheimer’s Action Day. This nationally recognized event aims to raise awareness of the need for continued education and research to combat this devastating illness. The Alzheimer’s Association notes that Alzheimer’s disease is the most common form of dementia, accounting for 50 to …

Different Options for Retirement Living

After you have worked pretty much your whole life you deserve to enjoy the rest of it. The one important rule about retirement is that you enjoy every second of it. This is the time when you get to do what you want when you want. You can officially celebrate not having to work crazy …

4 Wheel Rolling Walker with Shopping Basket, Padded Seat Review

Ease of use is often one of the most important characteristics of any tool. But, it’s even more important when mobility is compromised. With the 4 Wheel Rolling Walker with Shopping Basket, Padded Seat by American Bantax, users not only get a durable and reliable walker, but get one that is easy to use and …

The Role of Nurses in a Nursing Home

A nurse in a nursing home facility has many responsibilities. They have the task of not only caring for the elderly residents, they are also in charge of other employees and have to make sure the operation runs smoothly. Caring for the elderly in a nursing home is a huge responsibility as many of the …

Best Tablets For Seniors

In keeping up with the times, more and more seniors are looking to purchase tablet devices. Why? Simply put, they have technological needs and uses as well. These needs range from searching for local senior events and activities, shopping or reading, to connecting with loved ones via email or video chat. Introduction to Tablets Tablets …

10 Essential Tips for Caregivers

Caring for a loved one or employer should not make you forget about taking care of yourself daily. Caregivers have a stressful strenuous rewarding job that seems to go on forever. Having help and support, while taking care of yourself will make you a better caregiver and allow you to be a better caregiver for …