Helping Seniors Thrive with the Power of Music

Music has the power to move the heart and soul, and experts believe that its benefits extend to both physical and emotional health (Fernandez, 2013). Music is a common denominator across income levels, education levels, cultures and age. It is very diverse and expressive, making it a beautifully unique element to societies across the world. Music has been sought out for various emotional fulfillments and

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Preventing and Confronting Senior Abuse and Exploitation

Picture this: An assisted living home in a small town houses 50 seniors. Many of these seniors lived very different lives in different socio-economic income brackets, but still find themselves living together in the same community with similar struggles. Seniors are a vulnerable population due to sickness, weakness, and decreases in cognitive function. Unfortunately the vulnerable in this world often bear the brunt of the

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Why is Wisconsin seeing a shortage in Assisted Living Caregivers

There is a staffing shortage at assisted living homes across the state of Wisconsin. According the Wisconsin Health Care Association, as many as one in seven positions are going unfilled. “It’s been extremely difficult to find caregivers that are qualified that choose to stay for a length of time,” – Margaret Budimlija, owner of Acorn Hills Assisted Living in Mosinee. “There’s also a number of assisted

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The 15 Ultimate Foods That Can Help Seniors Sleep

Are you finding it difficult to help your elder loved one relax or fall asleep? You’ve come to the right place.  These snacks have natural substances that can help them have the much needed good night’s rest they always deserve. Are they lying in bed staring at the ceiling? Alon Avidan, a professor of neurology and director of UCLA’s David Geffen School of Medicine: Sleep

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6 Amazing Foods That Can Help Seniors Tackle High Blood Pressure

Modern science is changing how people fifty years and older assess their blood pressure and a number of new studies on foods and hypertension say that reducing high blood pressure may be easier than you think. For people under 65, the first number in a blood pressure reading is perhaps the best indicator of a heart problem arising in the future or even untimely death.

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National Hospice Month – The Benefits Of Hospice Care for Seniors and Families

November is National Hospice and Palliative Care Month. Many people shut down when the word ‘hospice’ is mentioned or they even recoil at the image created in their mind. Many older adults think that even talking about hospice care might mean you won’t live long. The main objective of hospice is to welcome the idea of passing away. A concept that everyone has to face

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Understanding DNR Codes And Levels Of Care Before They Are Needed

Many caregivers at some point or another, will have to answer the question “Does your loved one have a DNR?” More often than not that question will arise at a stressful moment like a medical emergency. DNR (Do Not Resuscitate), often known as “no code,” is an advance directive document which guides medical staff to NOT perform CPR or otherwise try to revive your loved one

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Hillary Clinton Proposes $6k Tax Cut to Caretakers Of The Elderly

Democratic Presidential candidate Hillary Clinton has announced an offsetting tax credit of $6000 in senior and disabled care costs for those that care for the elderly. This move will also allow for caregivers to accrue Social Security benefits in their own retirement. This is in alignment with her goal of relieving some of the pressure on middle class families, especially those that are or will

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Aging In Place Requires Help From Caregivers

Most surveys find that adults (of all ages) would rather age in place than settle on an assisted living community. To live independently as they grow older.  It is a no-brainer that this is what seniors (those that are over 65) want. What’s also important to them is that they are able to do as they please, socialize with friends & family, and feel contentment.

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