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Myths vs. Realities: Is a CCRC Right for You?

If you’ve searched online or in person for retirement communities, you’ve noticed there are several options. One of those options is continuing care retirement communities, or CCRC (also referred to as life plan communities). These communities were created to provide lifestyle solutions to older adults if their health needs change. At a CCRC, you’ll find …READ MORE

Caregiving & Relationships: Coping with Guilt

As we move through our series on Caregiving & Relationships, we are learning ways to strengthen and maintain positive relationships. We’ve explored: The value of training for family caregivers How to set boundaries for yourself as a caregiver This week, social worker Robyn Arab takes on the topic of guilt. Oxford Dictionary defines guilt as …READ MORE

Caregiving & Relationships: Setting Boundaries

Welcome back to our Caregiving & Relationship series. Last week, we looked at The Value of Training and its impact in a family caregiving setting. Gayle Alston, director of training at Rosalynn Carter Institute for Caregiving, Sherry P. White, a project manager at Schmiedling Home Caregiver Training, and Julie Cherry, Care Manager at Blakeford At …READ MORE

Caregiving & Relationships: The Value of Training

“Caregiving often calls us to lean into love we didn’t know possible.” (Tia Walker) For those who provide care to loved ones, this is certainly a true statement. But caregiving also calls on us to be more than we expected of ourselves. Daily responsibilities and the confidence to perform them may weigh heavy on our …READ MORE

Caregiving & Relationships: How to Be at Your Best

As someone who spent time as a caregiver, I know how personal it is. I know how life-changing it can be for everyone involved. I know that all you want is to make sure your family member or loved one is safe and cared for. Because at the heart of family caregiving are relationships. In …READ MORE

Transportation Options for Older Adults

Recently I met with a lovely couple and they were imagining what life would be like when they could no longer safely drive a car. Needing assistance with transportation is one of the primary reasons people feel that they need to move to a retirement community or to make a major change in their lifestyles. We …READ MORE

The Importance of Advance Directive Documents

As you or your loved one ages, a conversation that must happen involves the matter of planning for end-of-life care. While it’s not a conversation that people look forward to, it’s important to understand their wishes before being faced with a decision when an emergency situation occurs. A large part of that conversation should focus …READ MORE

4 Things to Do When Your Parents are Resisting Help

“Doctor, my mom needs help, but she won’t accept it and she won’t listen.” Sound familiar? It’s a complaint I hear all the time from families worried about older parents and aging relatives. And it’s a very real issue that we must address. For better health and wellbeing in older adults, it’s not enough to …READ MORE

Making the Decision to Move: My Mom’s Journey

Several years ago, my mom made a decision that would change how she lived out the rest of her life. Following a lot of family discussions, research, and tears, she made the move to an independent living community. My mom and dad raised my brothers and me in a small-ish (population: 29,000) southern town. She …READ MORE

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