Home for the Holidays: Making the most of visits with aging parents

December 5, 2019

By Heather Imhoff MSW, LMSW Holidays are occasions that many of us spend with family, whether we live down the block or across the country. For those with aging loved ones, these visits are an important time to take stock amidst the hustle and bustle, and to make plans. Notable changes in an aging person’s…

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Self-Care and Spiritual Wellness During Cancer

April 24, 2019

Dealing with cancer is extremely hard on the body, but it can be difficult to understand just how hard it is on the mind and spirit as well until it happens to you or a loved one. Cancer patients regularly experience a roller coaster of emotions and psychological effects, with feelings of anger, despair, and…

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When is the right time to downsize into an assisted or independent living community?

April 12, 2019

The decision to leave one’s cherished family home and move into a smaller apartment at an independent or assisted living community is one of the most important and impactful decisions we or our loved ones will ever make.  This new home will likely be our last, and it’s essential that it be a good fit…

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4 Fears Surrounding End of Life Care and How to Overcome Them

February 14, 2019

  Many families find conversations about end of life care difficult to broach with a parent or aging loved one, but surely they have come up. Perhaps you were driving away from a nursing home visit with your mother when she told you she “never wants to live in a place like that.” Or, maybe…

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5 Reasons Why a Senior May Not Eat Enough

January 26, 2019

 Sharon watched with distress as her frail, 82-year-old mother used a fork to pick at the pot roast and potatoes on her plate. It looked like she hadn’t eaten more than three bites during dinner. Sharon wondered if her mom had lost weight since she saw her last week. Yes, she decided, she’s getting even…

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Why is Drinking Water So Important?

January 26, 2019

For a start, 70% of your body is made up of water, so it’s essential to keep it fresh and topped up to keep the body working properly. When the body’s water requirement is not met, it has a variety of netative short-term and long-term health consequences. Help your by drinking water after waking up…

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Gratitude is good medicine

December 12, 2018

Practicing gratitude boosts emotional and physical well being. A growing body of research is confirming that an ounce of gratitude is worth a pound of cure. “The practice of gratitude can have dramatic and lasting effects in a person’s life,” said Robert A. Emmons, professor of psychology at UC Davis and a leading scientific expert…

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Bring your senses to the rescue to relieve stress

November 1, 2018

 To use your senses to quickly relieve stress, you first need to identify the sensory experiences that work best for you. This can require some experimentation. As you employ different senses, note how quickly your stress levels drop. And be as precise as possible. What is the specific kind of sound or type of movement…

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Does Your Life Insurance Pay Anything During Your Life?

October 16, 2018

Accident insurance pays a benefit in case of accident, right? Disability insurance pays if there is a disability. Fire and flood insurance pays if there is a fire or flood. You get the picture. So, doesn’t it make sense that life insurance pays something during your life? Well, it certainly can. Most of today’s policies…

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Tough conversations about relinquishing a driver’s license

July 27, 2018

At some time, you will feel concern or even fear that your parents should no longer drive an automobile. This is one of the most important deliberations, considerations and possible actions you will probably face as the family caregiver. A person’s age is not and should not be the reason for taking away the car…

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