Navigating the Overwhelming Options of Long-Term Care

We are growing older as a nation. Since 2011, baby boomers have been turning 65 at an average rate of 10,000 per day, a trend that will continue until 2030. And we are living longer. Fortunately, we are also healthier and more active than past generations.

However, according to the Administration on Aging, 70 percent of people turning age 65 can expect to use some form of long-term care during their lives. Thirty-five percent will spend some time in a long-term care facility, such as a nursing home or assisted living community.

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COVID Protocols: Ensuring the Safety of Our Clients

Aging Wisdom has been providing support to our clients since the start of the COVID pandemic. We follow strict COVID protocols and do everything we can to ensure the safety of our clients.

Many families have questions about how to best care for their loved ones during the COVID-19 pandemic. This list of frequently asked questions can provide your family with helpful guidance. Read More

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Get in the Lifeboat: But Don’t Float Alone! Key Supports You’ll Want in Your Boat

Being a caregiver can be lonely. Over time, friends and family may start to fade away and your world begins to feel very small. As you encounter tricky situations, you might struggle with how to navigate them gracefully. This caregiving race is a marathon, not a sprint. Equipping yourself for the long haul is essential. Just as you would never head out to sea alone, you shouldn’t start this caregiving journey alone.

As you get into your lifeboat, you don’t have to float alone. Here are some key players you’ll want with you to ensure a smooth ride: Read More

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10 Steps to Set Yourself Up for Success in Your Retirement

Happy 75, Baby Boomers! 2021 marks the year that the first of the boomers — 3.4 million babies born in the U.S. in 1946 — start turning 75. My Uncle Mike, born January 5th, 1946, is one of the first to mark this significant milestone. A birthday is the perfect time to make sure you well set up for the future, especially since we all have far more time at home to focus on the tasks that many of us avoided for years.

Many baby boomers I know have had to assume the care of their aging parents. It was often a very stressful scenario because their parents did not plan, often refused help, and left adult children to pick up the pieces. Because of this experience, baby boomers are motivated to save their kids from this same fate. They are eager to plan so that their kids won’t be burdened with their future care.

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“Home” for the Holidays? Signs Your Older Loved Ones May Need Help

This year the holidays and holiday gatherings will look a bit different for most of us, given the pandemic. Experts advise us to stay home and celebrate only with those in our household.

In our experience as Aging Life Care Professionals, the holidays are typically when families have an opportunity to spend more time together and may notice changes in an older loved one that are worrisome. This year, since many of us will gather virtually, you may still notice changes, though you may want to dismiss them. If you see uncharacteristic behavior, and lifestyle changes and routines, please don’t ignore them. Read More

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Choosing a long-term care facility

Judy had an emergency hip replacement after a fall. She needs to be discharged tomorrow to a skilled nursing facility. She needs several weeks of intensive physical therapy to be able to walk again. Then she may need to live in assisted living. 

The discharge planner has a list of options. Judy and her daughter, who lives an hour away, don’t know how to make a wise choice.  

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Alzheimer’s and the Family Caregiver

November is National Family Caregivers Month and National Alzheimer’s Disease Awareness Month

These observances help raise awareness about the challenges of caregiving for families, especially Alzheimer’s caregiving, as well as increase support for and educate caregivers and their communities. The current COVID-19 pandemic has also presented new realities and stresses.

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An Overview of Veteran Benefits

As we age, we find ourselves requiring different types of help. Medical needs are typically covered by Medicare. But many of us come to need assistance that is nonmedical in nature (e.g., help bathing or dressing). We have to be prepared to pay for this kind of assistance out of pocket, on our own. If you served in the armed forces, Uncle Sam may have resources to help.

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