Evergreen in the News & Long-Term Care Articles

Evergreen in the News & Long-Term Care Articles

How do you handle the challenge of caring for aging parents or loved ones? A sense of humor is a good start

Nothing feels better than after a good laugh, our bodies feel lighter, our moods have become more upbeat, and any problem that was once overtaking our minds has somehow lessened or vanished completely. Laughter is a natural relaxer.

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Hitting the Road with Your Elderly Loved One

Summer is a traditional vacation time. “Hitting the Road” on a summer vacation with your elderly loved one can be one of the best times of being a family caregiver or friend. However, traveling with elderly loved ones may present unanticipated challenges.

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Past, Present and Future Trends: A 35 Year  Perspective of the In-Home Care Industry

Oregon has long been recognized as a national leader and innovator in community based options for seniors who need assistance with activities of daily living such as personal care assistance, dressing, mobility and movement, nutrition and feeding. These services do not include curative or rehabilitative services.

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Caregivers, Presidential Candidates and Health Care Issues

Keeping up with the twists and turns of the 2016 primary season is enough to give any voter whiplash. Regardless of where you fall on the political spectrum, it is important to understand where candidates stand on the issues that matter the most, including health care.

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Caregivers Need Care Too!

The demands of caregiving can be very overwhelming. According to the 2012 Stress in America report by the American Psychological Association, caregivers are among the three most-stressed groups in our country.  Surveys indicate as many as 70 percent of family caregivers show signs of depression, far higher rates than for peers who aren’t in a caregiver role.

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Is There a “Right Time” to Move My Parents?

When is the right time for my parents to move into a retirement facility? In reality, there is no “right time” for someone to move into a retirement setting. Everybody wants their parents to live independently as long as possible but the ability to care for one’s self and make good decisions can slowly decline.

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Caring For Loved Ones: Dealing With Resistance

Caring for an older loved one can be challenging, particularly if they are resistant to care. Many older persons prefer to stay living at home but this can be a challenge for those who have increasing cognitive or physical needs.

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What’s on the Horizon for Baby Boomers?

A study from the Institute for the Future and Metlife’s Mature Market Institute predicts that baby boomers will reshape the face of aging, taking advantage of new technologies to tackle the challenges of a changing world.

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Can I Afford to Age in Place at Home?

It is commonly accepted that most people want to stay in their home as they age. While lifestyle choices, available health services and desirable amenities are important considerations, costs can ultimately determine whether or not one can realistically remain in their home as they age.

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Caring for the Caregiver: Taking Care of You

Caregiving for a loved one can be a very rewarding personal experience, but it can also be enormously stressful. The physical and emotional demands involved with caregiving can strain even the most resilient person.

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Our Long-Term Care Workforce Crisis: Who will Care for Us?

The shortage of caregivers (home care aides, nursing assistants and paraprofessional workers) is a trend that is influencing a huge concern about our long-term care workforce.

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Honoring Our Parents: Decision Making for Aging Parents

At some point in our adult life, our roles may shift as our parents age and are less capable of caring for themselves. The challenge, even as adults is that we are faced with parenting our parents. How do we get our parents to let us make decisions for them?

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Growing Old: The Best is Yet to Be

The best is yet to be? Does life get better with age? Growing older is not a choice that we have in life, but growing old is. Everyone has different thoughts on growing older. Some people are afraid to get older because of the many disadvantages while others anticipate it because of the many advantages.

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We Need to Talk: Family Meetings and Eldercare

There are many concerns families face when it comes to elder care planning. Making decisions about the health and welfare of aging parents is difficult. And, getting family members to agree on aging parents and eldercare is one of the biggest challenges facing families trying to decide what is best for their parents.

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Senior Driving: Knowing When to Stop

Every time an incident occurs on the roads that involves a senior, the question arises as to whether or not people of a certain age should have to pass their driving test again or have special restrictions for operating a vehicle. The financial liability and safety of older drivers can be a serious concern.

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Pet Therapy for Elders

In Western cultures, dog is known as man’s best friend. And, research supports that taking your dog for a walk is not only good for your dog but good for human health as well. Having a dog around improves people’s physical, emotional, cognitive and social wellness.

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Parent Care: Making the Best of the Holidays

The holiday season is upon us. For most of us, the holiday season is a time of celebration and making memories with family and friends. However, for some, particularly seniors, the holidays can be a difficult time due to loss of health or independence. For many elderly, holidays are not a time of celebration and joy but may serve as a reminder of how lonely they may be, or of the absence of friends, spouses or siblings who have died.

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Right Move, Right Time

When is the right time to move a loved one with Alzheimer’s disease or related dementia from home into a long-term care facility? The decision about when to move a parent with Alzheimer’s is always challenging and it can be a juggling act of making the right decision at the right time.

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Take Charge: Successfully Navigating the Senior Care System

Navigating the sea of eldercare can be very overwhelming and difficult to understand. Being equipped with the right tools, including a support network and accurate information can help to steer through the ebb and flow of the complicated eldercare system. Families are often bewildered when they are faced finding resources for a loved one.

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