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6 Ways to Help Your Aging Parent Move to a New Place

As the general population ages and people are living longer, many of us will face the challenge of moving an aging parent.

According to SpareFoot.com, the world’s largest online marketplace to find and book self-storage units, here are six guidelines to help the transition go smoothly.

1. Start Early.

If you’re considering when to bring up the topic of change, “anytime is a good time,” said Fritzi Gros-Daillon, owner of Household Guardians, a company that offers safety kits and safety consultations. Having this conversation while your parent is in good health can make it easier to lay out a plan together. When it comes to elderly parents, “remember it is all about them being in control, and maintaining their independence and quality of life,” Butler said. “You are only there to help.”

2. Find the Right Place.

Before making any decisions, you’ll want to look into the assisted living facilities or retirement communities in whichever areas are under consideration. “Many assisted living facilities will set an appointment with you for a tour of the facility and to stay for lunch,” Butler said. If possible, take your parent along for the visit. In addition to the facility’s physical amenities, check out the services offered there. “Ask what level of care is available now and in the future,” said Rick Lauber, author of“Caregiver’s Guide for Canadians” and a former caregiver for his own aging parents.

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Surviving Eldercare: 6 Tips for the Sandwich Generation

Screen Shot 2014-02-02 at 1.44.58 PMBy Carol-Ann Hamilton

Here are some alarming statistics.

According to a recent Statistics Canada census (figures globally will be equivalent, anywhere burgeoning elder populations exist):

The number of seniors who live with relatives and non-relatives in private dwellings is 393,150 – up from 285,370 only a few years’ previously;

Twenty-five percent of those aged 45 to 64 (the so-called Sandwich Generation) have children living at home and perform some form of eldercare;

Fifteen percent of those workers must take time off from their job to care for aging relatives.

Juggling multiple competing demands is tough at the best of times.  You’re already split umpteen ways daily through your employment or business, significant other, children, grandchildren, home and/or car maintenance, your health and tons more.

You’re not alone.

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Finding The Source Of Your Fears

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A sure way to overcoming your fears and anxieties is in finding the source of your fears and being able to manage it. In dealing with any kinds of fears or anxieties, try to learn what is the real source of your fears and anxieties. Knowing what is causing your anxieties can go a long way in finding the solution.

A person can find the source of his or her own fears by doing some self-evaluation and also by talking to a professional. Asking yourself questions such as: “Why am I afraid” or “What is causing my anxiety” will lead you in the right direction in finding the source of your fears. Give it some time and eventually you will find the answers your looking for.

Once you find the true source of your fears, the next step is to find the solutions that will solve your problem. With the help of a professional, write down a list of possible techniques and solutions that you think will manage your fear and anxieties. The next step is to apply the techniques that you uncovered. Here is a brief list of some techniques you can use to help deal with your fears.

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Baby Boomers Turn to Support, Tech for Long Distance Caregiving

Just a generation ago, aging family members typically had at least one relative living nearby. These days, many are being cared for by baby boomer children who live far away.

Balancing careers and kids of their own, these grown children may find it difficult to move closer to parents who have begun to need daily help.

Caregiving has become “an unexpected second career” for many people in their 50s and 60s, says Tamar Shovali, who studies gerontology and teaches at Eckerd College in St. Petersburg, Florida.

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When You Are Looking for a Home at the Lake

Screen Shot 2014-05-17 at 8.45.34 PMBe sure to contact Shirley Smith!

Shirley is originally from the Midwest.  She was in sales/marketing and owned her own business for many years.   She and her husband Don moved to Georgia in 1993 and, when they discovered the Lake Oconee area, they fell in love with its beauty and vacation-like atmosphere.

The Smith’s have two children, William, and Dr. Ted. While the boys were in college they would come to visit their parents and both knew that they would like to live in this beautiful state.  William is in management for a large equipment company inCobb County and Dr. Ted is a Dr. of Chiropractic in the Lake Oconee Area.   Both have two sons and a daughter.

Shirley is one of Lake Oconee’s top Realtors. Having lived here for over 20 years, she feels that she has a lot to offer when it comes to assisting buyers or sellers in Real Estate.  She can relate to the experiences clients encounter when they relocate.

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A Boomer’s Guide to Online Dating

Nearly half of all single baby boomers are dating, and many of them are swelling the profiles of online matchmaking websites with names like SilverSingles, SeniorPassions and dating.aarp.org.

Match.com, one of the largest dating sites for people of all ages, says its baby boomer clientele has grown 90 percent in five years, with a quarter of its 15 million users ages 50 to 65.

“Older people love a good romance as much as 20-somethings, and many of us still get just as love-drunk as we did when we wore size 32 Levis with no Expanda-Waist,” says Charles W. Massie, a baby boomer who wrote about his online dating experience in a new novel, “Stains on the Gavel” (www.starshowpublications.com).

“But you’ve really got to be careful, whether you’re a woman or a man. A lot of women my age complain the men they meet haven’t changed at all in 50 years – they want to skip the coffee and head straight for the bedroom. My experience was even worse!”

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Builders of Homes for Folks 55+ are Chipper

Improvement in the housing market is leading more baby boomers to consider a move — and that’s boosting business for builders of housing catered specifically to those 55 and older.

“55-plus buyers are out in force. They’re ready to make a move, they’re tired of waiting. They know the market is right for folks who want to sell their [existing] home,” said Steve Bomberger, president of Benchmark Builders in Wilmington, Del.

Last year, Benchmark Builders’s total number of closings rose to 92, from 52 in 2012. For 55+ homes, it had 42 closings in 2013, up from 26 in 2012.

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10 Tips for Baby Boomers Taking Care of Aging Parents

mother daughterBy Lauren Hill

Many baby boomers are leading complicated lives nowadays. As people enter their fifties and sixties, they often have to juggle plans for their upcoming retirement while putting their own kids through college and welcoming the first grandchildren. For some baby boomers, there is also the extra task of caring for aging parents. These responsibilities can be difficult and stressful. Luckily, there are a number of tips and hints that can make caregiving easier for busy members of the boomer generation.

1. Take Care of Your Own Health

If you don’t take care of your own physical and emotional health, it can be difficult to take care of other people. To be the best caregiver you can be, it’s important to stay in good health. Try not to let your responsibilities get in the way of a healthy lifestyle with good food, exercise, and enough sleep. There may be difficult days when you’re just too busy to cook fresh food or head outside for a walk, but you can always be on the lookout for opportunities to refresh and restore yourself. Investing in your own health will make you a better caretaker for aging parents.

2. Don’t Be Afraid to Outsource

We’ve all heard the old cliché that “time is money.” When it comes to caring for an older member of the family, you should protect your time as carefully as you protect your money. By hiring someone to come in for a few hours a week and help you with everyday tasks, you can take the pressure off your schedule and create some much-needed free time for yourself.
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It Takes a Village: Seniors Thrive While Living at Home

Instead of moving into an assisted living facility, some retirees are discovering the benefits of community and how that can help them remain in their own homes.

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Dr. Nancy Snyderman: My Life as a Caregiver

NBC News’s Chief Medical Editor, Dr. Nancy Snyderman, describes how she slowly began taking on more responsibility while helping care for her parents, and the difficult conversations that arise from end-of-life discussions.

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Retire on Your Own Terms

By Debra E. Novotny

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Most Americans are aware that they need to save for retirement. It is a topic that is easy to brush aside to a later date because although the subject is important, it may not seem urgent. But the longer you put off some basic retirement planning, the harder it will be to catch up later.

We’d like to share with you a few important items about Social Security retirement benefits.
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Connected Health for Baby Boomers

Female Doctor At The Hospital.Nora has knee pain. Combine 55 years of normal wear and tear, a bad fall skiing last year, and decades of wearing high heels left Nora with recurrent pain in her left knee. She researched doctors on the Internet and chose a female orthopedist at the local Bone Palace. Dr. Barnes ordered the usual tests. After Nora visited Radiology, she headed over to Dr. Barnes’ office. Dr. Barnes showed Nora her MRI results on a tablet. Good news! Nora does not need knee replacement and will most likely see improvement from physical therapy. When Nora visited the therapist, her test results were instantly available on the integrated computer system. Nora’s therapist set her up on a routine of visits to his practice, and also worked with her on a home schedule tied into an app on her smart phone. The app will not only remind her of home exercise, but will track her progress.

Nora’s story and the almost instantaneous communication between doctor and patient illustrate the sea change technology is bringing to modern healthcare. New technology and tools are increasing connectivity between providers and patients. Accenture surveyed 3,700 physicians in eight countries and found that more doctors are adopting the use of EMRs (Electronic Medical Records) and joining HIEs (Health Information Exchanges). In essence, the digital doctor is now fully in the office.

Evolving technology has infiltrated healthcare in almost every conceivable way, from smart phone apps for diabetic compliance to physician e-prescriptions.
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