Scams Targeting Older Adults

Older adults are often the target of scams. Scammers are savvy and convincing, and their scams are designed to catch people off guard. Don’t be ashamed if you think you or someone you know has been a victim of a scam — it can happen to anyone. Common scams aimed at older adults include: Government…

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Nursing Homes Reno NV

If you’re considering moving your loved one into a Reno nursing home, our senior living advisors Specialized Care Management can help.  The term “nursing home” is often used interchangeably with assisted living or other senior housing options; but a nursing home is a skilled nursing facility for individuals with serious, debilitating short- or long-term health…

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Elder Care Reno Nevada

Unlike childcare, where one generally has the maternity months to look into various options, elder care responsibilities can arise out of the blue. Having a senior family member who requires your assistance will take time and planning. Below are websites that can assist you in finding services that may be helpful. You may be looking…

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Geriatric Care

Geriatrics is a team approach to caring for older people and supporting family caregivers, including close friends. The geriatrics care team may include: Geriatricians, who are doctors with special training in evaluating and managing older adults’ healthcare needs and treatment. These doctors are board-certified internists or family physicians who have additional training and certification in geriatrics.…

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Healthy Aging Highlights

Check out the latest in aging advances, research, and events from NIA: Daily low-dose aspirin has little impact on stroke risk and spikes risk of brain bleeding from falls — An NIA-funded study found that taking a low dose of aspirin once a day does not provide significant protection against strokes caused by blood clots and…

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Palliative and Hospice Care

Elderly and the Right to Vote Despite Physical and Mental Disabilities

The right to vote is extremely valued among our elderly population and to those with disabilities.  The outcomes of elections can affect them considerably as vulnerable populations.  For some seniors, assistance is a simple as a ride to the voting station or an auxiliary aid to read the choices out loud.  Others require more advocation.…

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The 7 Worst Things You Can Do to Your Heart

These mistakes put your ticker in danger. It’s time to take aim against them   Smoking, overeating and drinking are among the seven deadly sins for your heart. | It’s easy to spot a heart-health fanatic. She’s the one jogging down the side of the road, wearing tight pants and a heart monitor, then slipping into House…

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Tips to Reduce Holiday Stress for Seniors

The holidays can be a stressful time for those with even the most rock-solid constitution. Many of us fail to acknowledge the increase in stress levels that the holidays can inflict on senior family members. We arrange trips and visits with family members who don’t otherwise get to spend time with the elders during other times…

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How to Recognize a Robocall

 Listen for these key phrases related to jury duty and Social Security by Doug Shadel, AARP, April 10, 2019 GETTY IMAGES   Jury Duty Scam What they’ll say: “Hello, this is Officer Garrison from the police department. It is my duty to inform you that a warrant has been issued for your arrest as a result…

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Breast Cancer Statistics in Older Women

Did you know that breast cancer is one of the most common cancers in women? Here’s a troubling statistic about breast cancer in older women – half of all women recently diagnosed with breast cancer are over 60, and a fifth are older than 70, according to Harvard Health . While research continues to make remarkable advances…

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TRIP TIPS FOR OLDER TRAVELERS WITH HEALTH CONSIDERATIONS

By Amanda Lewis, BA, CMC, Certified Care Manager, Aging Wisdom, LLC With leaf peeping just around the corner, fall is a wonderful time for traveling. Neither age nor health should keep you from going on a vacation. With some thoughtful planning, a trip to visit with family and friends or to visit specific destinations can…

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KEEPING LOVE IN YOUR LIFE AS A CAREGIVER

By:  Linda Fodrini-Johnson, MA, MFT, CMC, Aging Life Care Professional I am going to give you some tips to keep love the focus throughout your entire life and not let the challenges of aging get in the way, keeping in mind that love is the most important factor in the lives of millions of people…

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THE ANATOMY OF AN APPETITE: AGING AND OUR RELATIONSHIP TO FOOD

Miriam Zucker, LMSW, ACSW, C-ASWCM Many of life’s events involve food. From the grandest of celebrations to the smallest of gatherings, there is always a place for food. As an Aging Life Care Professional®, I recall a wonderful get together this care manager had organized to celebrate a client’s birthday, her ninetieth… I thought.  She…

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AGING LIFE CARE® PROFESSIONALS CAN HELP BE YOUR GUILT-BUSTER

May 2, 2019 By Lisa Mayfield, MA, LMHC, GMHS, CMC   May is Aging Life Care™ Month, which has me thinking about how supporting an aging parent can feel so daunting. We see it every day in our work as Aging Life Care Professionals®. Time consuming. Caring for an aging parent takes so much time: multiple…

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Yoga for Caregivers

Should caregivers include yoga into their daily activities? Studies indicate that reducing the burden of caregivers through therapies like yoga can help them be healthy and in turn care for patients better. Manas Bhattacharyya’s day begins at 5:30 in the morning. After a quick protein drink, he heads to the gym near his home in…

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One of the Common Aging conditions in Seniors

                 One of the Common Aging conditions in Seniors Hearing loss is common in seniors Hearing loss can’t be seen, so it’s usually noticed as a change in behavior. You might notice that your older adult frequently asks you to repeat yourself, keeps the TV volume very loud, or complains that you always mumble. If…

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What a Holiday Visit Can Reveal About a Senior’s Health

Gail M. Samaha, GMS Associates   |   Updated November 29, 2018 If you’re a long-distance caregiver, you may have recently had a visit to check in on your aging loved ones.  This visit is, perhaps, the first opportunity in several months that you had to personally observe them and their home environment. In the meantime, you’ve…

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Christmas Gifts for Relatives with Alzheimer’s or Dementia

You may be wondering what you can get for your loved ones for Christmas, who suffer from memory loss. Finding gifts for clients with dementia can be difficult, but it’s not impossible with a little help from these gift giving ideas. Depending on the stage of dementia your loved one has, you’ll want to consider different…

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Transportation for the Elderly

The Need for Transportation for the Elderly

The world in the 21st century is facing a demographic revolution; better nutrition, advances in healthcare, and the rise of smaller family units have created a hitherto unseen demographic explosion. The large demographic grouping of people 65 and older is now under pressure due to the many healthcare concerns that their venerable age brings with…

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Caring for the elderly and ill during a storm

Caring for the Elderly and Ill When a Storm is Coming

Beginning with Katrina, “storm of the century” events have unfortunately become a frequent occurrence. Every year, we stand powerless before the awesome destruction that nature can unleash. It’s hard to believe anyone could survive such an event. Can you imagine how it must be for the elderly? How about those who are ill? The best…

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Alzheimer’s Disease and Bathing Tips

Alzheimer’s Disease and Bathing

Alzheimer’s and its age-related maladies are increasingly taking center stage in the national health debate. This disease is not new, but the manner in which it has struck seniors in the 21st century is reaching plague-like proportions. The reasons are many and usually interconnected. Aside from a predisposition towards Alzheimer’s, the greatest cause for its…

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Impact of Fraudulent Scams on Seniors

The Impact of Fraudulent Scams on Seniors

As a group, senior citizens are more at risk of being victims of fraudulent scams and financial abuse than the general population. This is especially true if they are isolated, lonely, grieving, or suffering from mental or physical disability. Some seniors have difficulty dealing with financial matters and unwittingly become involved in scams. Others become victims…

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Summer Safety Tips for Elderly

Summer Safety Tips for Seniors

Summer can be fun, relaxing, and lazy, or highly active. It can also be dangerous. Couple high temperatures with higher altitudes and humidity, and seniors can find themselves in serious trouble. Below are summer tips that will help ensure that aging adults and their caregivers have a fun, injury-free, healthy summer. Helping Seniors Stay Hydrated…

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Rewards as a caregiver

The Rewards of Caregiving

Caregiving takes a lot of energy and a lot of love, not to mention time and patience. There are days when it can feel as though all one does is talk to yet another doctor, pharmacy, or insurance provider, and then there are the days when all one hears are complaints. As a caregiver to…

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Address Elder Abuse, Neglect, and Financial Exploitation

Ways to Address Elder Abuse, Neglect, and Financial Exploitation

Today’s world is challenging, particularly as we age. It has become so challenging that we have set aside a day, World Elder Abuse Awareness Day, to acknowledge and educate people on the importance of ensuring the rights of the elderly within our communities to live out their lives free from abuse, neglect, and financial exploitation.…

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Health Benefits of Spirituality in Seniors

A Study on Health Benefits of Spirituality in Seniors

Faith and spirituality are an important part of most people’s lives. Many feel a need to believe in something greater than ourselves. Whether it is religion-based spirituality, faith in nature, or a deep sense of philosophy, many are drawn towards spirituality. According to a groundbreaking study by the University of Chicago, people aged 68 or…

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Holistic Wellness

A Holistic Approach to Wellness for Seniors

The welfare of residents has moved along from the early days of senior care facilities, where the idea was to provide three square meals and a roof. Today, the well-being of residents in Nevada and across the country has taken center stage in the administration and functioning of senior care. Great effort is made to…

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Caring for the Emotional Needs of Seniors

Tips on Caring for the Emotional Needs of Seniors

Seniors are a particularly vulnerable segment of our society in Nevada and throughout the country. While this is a broad generalization, and many seniors do not fit this statement because they’re well-prepared for their golden years in good health and with good health guidance, many seniors are socially isolated. They face deteriorating health issues alone…

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The Eden Alternative

The Eden Alternative: A Nursing Home Revolution

Nursing homes are an integral part of senior care not only in Nevada, but throughout our country, and these institutions are in a state of flux, facing true revolutionary change. Under the expert supervision of Dr. Bill Thomas, “The Eden Alternative” has taken shape. Already, some 300 nursing homes worldwide have been altered to accommodate…

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Helping Seniors with Social Interaction

Helping Seniors with Social Interaction

If we want to make the most of our remaining years, a healthy social network will give us a better quality of life. Benefits of Social Interaction: The benefits of a healthy social network for the elderly are myriad, and scientifically proven. They include longevity, lower risks of cardiovascular and neurological diseases, and lower blood…

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Removing Fall Hazards Around the House

Removing Fall Hazards Around the House

Suffering from a fall might not seem like such a serious situation for most people. For older people, however, it can be the cause of permanent handicap, physical and psychological trauma, or even death. Falling when you’re twenty will probably give you a bruise. When you’re eighty, that same fall is more likely to lead…

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Grandparent Scam

Beware of the Grandparent Scam

As if growing old wasn’t hard enough as it is, scams and crimes against the elderly have become rampant. A particularly odious and disturbing scam that has been plaguing the elderly is the so-called “grandparent scam.” Someone calls pretending they’re your grandson or granddaughter. They’re in big trouble and rushed for time. They may claim…

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10 Signs of Dementia

10 Signs of Early Dementia

Growing old carries with it the fear of declining health and neurological diseases, and the one that tends to come up the most is Alzheimer’s disease. This is due partly to an increasing aging demography. Alzheimer’s is a difficult foe to discern. Its causes are still to be fully determined, though we have advanced in…

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AARP Nature Walks

Hikes Scheduled with AARP & the Center for Healthy Aging

Specialized Care Management would like to let those know who may be interested that AARP Nevada and the Center for Healthy Aging will be celebrating Older American’s Month by offering guided nature hikes in May! If you are interested you must register for each hike. Details for each hike are listed below. Davis Creek Regional…

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The Evolution of Long-Term Care Services

The Evolution of Long-Term Care Services

Historically, families in the United States cared for aging loved ones in their own homes until death took them. Individual families and neighbors also cared for family members with disabilities no matter the age. Towards the end of the 1800’s, increasing patterns of urbanization, 6-day work weeks, and long working hours for all family members…

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Managing Difficult Behaviors in the Elderly

Managing Difficult Behaviors in the Elderly

Caregivers of aging family members often must deal with increasingly unusual, unruly, and embarrassing behavior from an aging family member or care recipient. These behaviors can range from the mild, like refusing to bathe, to personality changes, temper tantrums, and hallucinations. Sometimes, the acting out is an extension of the way the person has always…

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Power of Attorney - Senior Care Managers

What is a Power of Attorney?

A Power of Attorney (POA) is a legal document created to grant another individual the authority to act on behalf of the person granting the POA. This authority may extend to legal, financial or medical decision-making. Any decisions made under a POA are binding. POA’s vary widely in scope. They may grant authority over certain…

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Elder Care Managers

The Role of an Elder Care Manager

Research shows that 68 percent of people age 65 and over are disabled, cognitively impaired, or frail enough to require eldercare. This includes not only medical care, comfort care, and supervision, but also assistance with such day-to-day activities as preparing meals, cleaning, shopping, transportation, paying bills, scheduling and getting to doctor appointments, and even answering…

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Planning for children with disabilities

Making Plans as Parents When There are Children with Disabilities Involved

Typically, parents of children with disabilities are forced to be extremely meticulous in regard to medical planning for their children. Between meeting with several different doctors, and any medication that has been prescribed, parents have to be on top of things, knowing exactly what their child needs in any situation. However, a new study has…

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Planning for Dementia

Planning and Preparing for Dementia

People in the autumn or winter years of their lives are often advised to put together an “Advance Directive” (AD) with the help of their doctors and attorneys. This documentation relates to specifics of their medical care, wishes, and acceptable interventions, should they become incapacitated. As people become more aware of the possible consequences of…

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Hospice Care

Hospice Care and Your Loved Ones

In the New York Times article, “This Was Not the Good Death We Were Promised,” Karen Brown talks about how she cared for her father who was dying from pancreatic cancer. While she was sad that there were things she could not promise him, she felt that she could as least promise him a painless…

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Keeping Elderly and Disabled Safe

Tips to Help Older and Disabled Adults Stay Safe During Winter Weather

Even the heartiest among us can feel a little beaten down by ferocious winter weather events. Frigid weather can come on quickly, with little warning, and can surprise us with unexpected severity or duration. For the more vulnerable of us, such as the elderly or disabled, this is particularly complicated. Not only can driving or…

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Demystifying Reverse Mortgages for Senior Citizens

Owning your own home or having quite a bit of equity in it may be a great way to supplement your income as you age. If you have exhausted your savings and have little or no monthly income, and you own your own home, it may be time to consider a reverse mortgage. What Is…

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Burden of Elder Debt

The Growing Burden of Increasing Debt on the Elderly

There was a time when the idea of having debt on one’s personal balance sheet was heavily frowned upon. It was considered prudent to eliminate debt as quickly as possible and take on new debt only as necessary. These lessons were imparted from parents to children, who generally heeded the sage advice of the experienced…

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Glaucoma Awareness

Glaucoma Awareness

Glaucoma has been dubbed the “sneak thief of sight.” Outside the examination room, symptoms are essentially non-existent until vision is lost. Once the disease has stricken a victim, the damage is irreversible. According to the National Eye Institute (NEI), 2.7 million people in the US currently suffer from glaucoma. That number is expected to rise…

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When Aging Parents Cannot Live Alone

Identifying When Aging Parents Cannot Safely Live Alone

Moving an elderly parent or relative into a care facility can be one of the toughest family-related decisions a person can face. A conclusive decision on when the appropriate time has come to move an aging parent out of the home can be elusive for a variety of reasons. By understanding and acknowledging the human…

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Keeping Elderly Homes Safe

Keeping an Elderly Loved One’s Home Safe

Whether a senior relative or friend is still living at their own home, or your elderly parent is moving into yours, keeping a safe environment and minimizing risks and hazards is critical to their well-being and longevity. The following list of tips, ideas, and guidelines may help to provide clarity – or spur additional ideas…

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Planning for the Care You Need at Home

Don’t wait for an unexpected accident to cause a crisis in your or your loved one’s home. Learn how to decrease the risks of living at home independently as you age and how to meet care needs before they lead to a dramatic change in your home routine. Read the following article to discover ways to plan ahead and give yourself and your loved ones the best opportunities to age well and age happily.

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Burnout Can Happen to Anyone

Taking on the role of Caregiver to your loved one can be challenging and exhausting work.  Many adult children find themselves sandwiched between meeting the needs of their children and their parents. 

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