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 …

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 …

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 …

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 …

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 …

In-Home Care for Loved Ones: 3 essential skills

Across the nation there are approximately 12 million people that require some form of in-home care. Naturally, almost 70 percent of those people are over the age of 65. The key takeaway from this stat is that many of us may find ourselves in a situation where we will need to care for a loved …

What Sort of Exercises are Suitable for the Elderly?

Maintaining a regular exercise regimen is essential to staying healthy and living a long life. In fact, a study performed by Harvard’s Brigham and Women’s Hospital and the National Cancer Institute found that the more people exercise, the longer they tend to live. A mere 150 minutes per week of brisk walking can add roughly …

Specialized Alzheimer’s Care Assisted Livings

There are many assisted living facilities in the world today. Each varying in size and style, all provide care for the average senior who is aging and needs assistance with the activities of daily living. Many assisted livings (AL) are licensed, designed and staffed for care associated with general needs that go along with aging.  …

Understanding and Combating Age-Related Eyesight Problems

As we age, it’s not uncommon for our eyesight to become impaired. A significant portion of seniors rely on glasses in order to see, but glasses alone shouldn’t be relied on to care for and maintain the health of your eyes. No one appreciates eyesight problems, of course, but for seniors looking to keep their …

Android Tablets vs. iOS Tablets for Seniors

Seniors looking for a good tablet computer have plenty of choices when it comes to both versatility and affordability. When it comes to operating systems, the basic choices are Android-supported tablets and tablets supported with Apple’s mobile operating system, iOS. Tablets in each category have different advantages and disadvantages based on personal needs and factors …

“How Will I Manage?”

Most people anticipate retirement as a time of leisure, when they can take a trip, play golf, embrace a lifelong passion such as music or art, or spend more time in the garden and with the grandkids. But if they’re hurting for money, none of these dreams will be easily realized. A recent study by …

Best Android Tablets For Seniors

Seniors appreciate having technology at their fingertips, too – which is why it’s important to know about all of the best Android tablets on the market. Android has been consistently one of the top-rated operating systems because it is easy to use. While there are various versions on the market, each offer the ability to …

Best ASUS Tablets for Seniors

The fifteen tablet computers discussed in the sections below were all selected specifically for their appeal to seniors. Their light weight makes it easier for aging, weakening hands to hold them, and their screen size and other factors makes them more viewable for eyes that are beginning to fail. They are all of the ASUS …

Best Notebook Tablet For Seniors

Tablet computers might appeal to the elderly more than desktop PCs for a number of reasons. They are much smaller and lighter, and can be used while reclining on a sofa or in bed, rather than sitting up in a chair at a desk. The smaller size of the screen may be a handicap, but …

Best Samsung Tablets for Seniors

One of the things about getting older is that we become more and more reluctant to try out new technologies — particularly when those of former days hold special fond memories for us. But the elderly are increasingly taking to these things — and certainly tablet computers for many of them are preferable to desktop …

Best Windows Tablets For Seniors

Tablets are being used by anyone and everyone regardless of age, technology experience or lifestyle. That said, if you are a senior or are looking to purchase a tablet for a senior, there are some features that you want to focus on – including a good, clear, and responsive screen that makes it easy to …

What Seniors Need to Know About Life Settlements

  Life settlements offer seniors a way to turn their life insurance policy into income for their remaining years. In a life settlement, a senior who has exhausted his assets, is 65+ and not chronically or terminally ill, sells his life insurance policy to a third party for more than its cash surrender value (the …

Seniors and Supplemental Security Income

  Supplemental Security Income (SSI) is a federal income program administered through the U.S. Social Security Administration. SSI is a needs-based program created to assist people aged 65 and over, as well as those who are blind or disabled, who are living on an extremely limited income. SSI is distinct from Social Security, which is …

Silver Linings: Low Income Senior Housing

  While “low income senior housing” may sound unappealing to some people, the reality is that affordable housing can be a boon for seniors who find themselves spending the lion’s share of their retirement income on rent. And unless you are disabled or require long-term medical care in a nursing facility, neither Medicare nor Medicaid …

Medicare: The Low-Down on a “Catchall” Solution

  People who have not yet attained “senior status” may mistakenly believe that once they turn 62, concerns about future long-term care expenses will vanish: “Medicare will cover it”! While Medicare is certainly a blessing for older adults, it’s not a cure-all or a catchall, and seniors must become aware of how eligibility will impact …

Medicaid: It’s Not Blanket Coverage!

  People tend to think of Medicare and Medicaid in a single breath, like peanut butter and jelly. But the two programs, while complementary, address distinct aspects of senior health care and finances. And neither of them offers blanket coverage for assisted living, despite this common misconception. Medicare, examined in detail in a previous post, …

Senior Finance Tips: 16 Experts Share Tips On The Biggest Financial Mistakes Families Make When Planning For Elder Care

When it comes to making financial plans for elder care, the unfortunate truth is that the vast majority of families are extremely unprepared. Whether it’s because many families are too preoccupied with the emotional changes that come with preparing for elder care to then make sufficient financial plans, or because many families’ need for senior …

Misconceptions About Aging: 4 Important Issues

Don’t let incorrect assumptions hinder the help you offer to aging relatives in their emotional and financial affairs. As family members age – whether they are spouses, partners, parents or other relatives — those who help manage their affairs want to act with their best interests in mind. But even with the greatest of intentions, …

Train your brain to combat stress

by Gina Roberts-Grey You know that feeling when you’re too mentally exhausted to think straight? Not only can it be problematic because it leaves you feeling frazzled and unable to remember what you need at the grocery store or where you left the car keys, mental exhaustion is toxic, too. A tired, overwrought brain can …

The Most Popular Home Improvements Among Seniors and Retirees

According to a 2012 AARP report, nearly 90% of people aged 65 and older wish to remain in their own homes as long as they are able. The report also showed that 80% of older Americans are committed to staying in place while they age. Finally, about 25% of the respondents plan to make modifications to …

The Older Americans Act: How It Serves Seniors Today

For most of human history, “aging” wasn’t a hot topic. In the Iron and Bronze Ages, people didn’t live past their twenties. By 1900, the average lifespan was still under 50 years in the United States. We worked, raised a family, and died. Over the past century, a combination of sanitation, improved living conditions and …

Adult Foster Care, Perhaps a Good Option for Your Loved Ones

Is Adult Foster Care a Humane Option? First you need to know what it is. Adult foster care (AFC) is the equivalent of you caring for and engaging your loved one, except with AFC, professionals are doing it. Often, children find it is difficult to fully care for their parents or their grandparents due to …

What Are IADLs or the Instrumental Activities of Daily Living?

IADLs or the Instrument Activities of Daily Living are more complex than the Activities of Daily Living (ADLs) needed for basic unassisted living and go a long way in improving the quality of life in elders. Definition of Instrumental Activities of Daily Living (IADLs) The Instrumental Activities of Daily Living (IADLs or the Instrumental ADLs) …

Assisted Living with Pets: A Doggone Purrrfect Match!

Seniors who have pets may think of Fluffy or Fido as another grandchild, and treat their cat or dog accordingly. So while a move to assisted living may be warranted in terms of health or mobility, they may balk if it means saying farewell to their beloved canine or feline friend. Unless they can make …

The Walpan Residence: Refined Retirement Living

  What could be finer than retiring to a charming, turn-of-the-century colonial on a quiet, residential street? Not having to worry about the upkeep — or preparing your own meals! Since 1963, The Walpan Residence in Montclair, New Jersey, has offered seniors elegant independent living in a luxurious, family-like atmosphere designed to provide all the …

Caregivers and Finances: How to Make Ends Meet While Providing Care for a Loved One

Caregivers want their loved ones to be as comfortable, happy, and healthy as possible. That’s why, when people decide to provide care for a family member, they find themselves putting their loved one’s needs ahead of their own. This often means that caregivers make professional and personal sacrifices while providing attentive, loving support for others. In …

The Plaza at Clover Lake Assisted Living Facility in Carmel, NY

Imagine living in lush grandeur, with acres of beautiful gardens that someone else lovingly tends for you — even your own private lake! You’ve just described The Plaza at Clover Lake, a deluxe senior living community that offers both independent and assisted living with superb quality of life. Located on 135 acres in scenic Carmel, …

How to Choose Assisted Living for Someone with Disabilities

Here’s a startling statistic: by 2020, the number of seniors is projected to outnumber children worldwide. By 2050, one-fifth of the total U.S. population will be 65+. Those 85 or older will be the fastest-growing segment over the next few decades. For many elders, life on a day-to-day basis is challenging. More than half of …

5 Tips for Downsizing in Your 50s, 60s, and Beyond

This article is a contribution from our friends at ABODO.  Retired Americans are downsizing. According to Harvard’s Joint Center for Housing Studies, 27% of all American renters are over 55, and they accounted for 44% of renter growth from 2005 to 2016. Whether you’re moving closer to the city, switching to a smaller, easier-to-maintain house, …

4 Decorating Tips for Assisted Living Apartments: Family Photos, Hobbies, and More

This is a guest contribution from our friends at ABODO.  As Americans age, maintaining a home can be a burden, especially if you have health issues. That’s why many people choose assisted living communities for their retirement years. Such facilities help seniors maintain independence while also lessening the burdens of maintaining a household. They also …