If you’ve recently been tasked with finding your parent an assisted living arrangement once he or she can no longer safely or comfortably live alone, you may be wondering where to begin. While there’s no shortage of assisted living facilities in just about every part of the country, paying for this care can be another matter entirely — and for those who are already retired and on a fixed income, there simply may not be enough extra cash to rent an assisted living apartment or pay the mortgage on a townhouse or condominium. Fortunately, for military veterans, there may be additional options. Read on to learn more about some programs that can help military veterans pay their assisted living expenses, as well as some alternative paths toward assisting your parent in paying for this care without putting your own assets on the line.
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When you retire, you may be ready to move into a smaller home and start enjoying experiences rather than possessions. When this happens, consider moving into a retirement community to ensure you can enjoy your life to the fullest. Retirement communities or senior living communities are small communities where people of common ages live together harmoniously. Use the guide below to learn a few of the benefits of living in a senior living community.
You Do Not Have to Do Yard Work
When you live in one of the senior living communities, there are groundskeepers who take care of all of the landscaping for the entire community year round. That means that you will not have to mow the lawn, weed a flower bed, or shovel snow during the winter. You will get to enjoy a beautifully manicured lawn at all times without actually having to put forth any of …Read More
Sometimes hip and knee problems cannot be prevented, but many times, having bad joints when you are older is a consequence of not treating them well. If you’re approaching retirement, here’s what you need to know about staving off the hip and knee problems that often plague the elderly.
1. Keep your weight under control
Weight gain often comes with advancing years as activity levels decrease while food intake stays the same (or goes up). Being overweight will stress your joints, and they will not be as as resilient as you age. If you have seen the pounds creeping up over the years, begin increasing your activity level and filling half your plate with vegetables and fruits. In fact, being overweight can increase your chances of developing osteoarthritis by 4 or 5 times.
2. Improve your flexibility.
Keeping your muscles and joints limber will really help as you age–your joints …Read More
Sometimes, your regular primary care doctor is not able to schedule you for a same-day appointment and you are worried that you cannot wait another day or more to be seen by him or her. Before you head to the emergency room, you might want to check out the following signs of problems that may be able to be easily solved in an urgent care facility, which is usually less expensive and does not require as much time as what might be spent in a backed up emergency room.
While there can be many reasons for painful urination, the most common cause is a urinary tract infection. It is important to make sure that this problem is taken care of as soon as possible in order to get some relief from the pain and to make sure that the infection does not spread to your kidneys. You will …Read More
Whether it’s because of poorly fitting dentures or an altered taste, malnutrition is a serious issue for the elderly. If your senior family member isn’t getting the right nutrition, it can lead to a weakened immune system, increased risk of infections, and other health problems. Here is some advice on how to help your senior loved one prevent malnutrition:
Add Spices to Foods
As people age, their taste buds can change and certain foods don’t taste good anymore. If your senior loved one has lost his sense of taste, he may not have much of an appetite. You can make food taste better for your loved one by adding different spices, such as cumin, basil, and lemon pepper.
Get Your Loved One to Exercise
Regular physical activity has so many benefits, including increasing appetite. Talk to your elderly loved one about the advantages of exercise and help him develop a …Read More
Seeing someone that you love age and enter his or her elderly years can be discouraging. You might have hoped that you could care for them throughout their life, or hoped that their golden years wouldn’t be ridden with illness. However, many people become ill physically and mentally as they age, as in the case of Alzheimer’s disease or dementia. If you have a loved one suffering from Alzheimer’s or dementia, it is important that you are looking for the signs that the illness is progressing and that they need additional help and care beyond what you can give. Here are some things to look for.
1. The Individual Is Experiencing Personality Changes and Violent Outbursts
It is not unusual for a person with dementia to experience personality changes as the illness progresses. Someone who might have been an easy going, kind person, may all of the sudden become critical, …Read More