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The Benefits of Pet Therapy at Senior Living Communities

Many senior living communities include pet therapy to improve the quality of life of their residents. Research shows pet therapy can help address some of the physical and emotional needs of older adults by improving sleep, reducing depression and enhancing mood. What is Pet Therapy? Also known as animal-assisted therapy, “pet therapy” is an …
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Decorating Tips for Your Assisted Living Apartment

Every assisted living apartment starts out as a blank canvas. With so much blank space to fill, you might not know where to start when it comes to decorating. Use these assisted living decorating ideas as guidance and inspiration as you start planning how you wish to decorate your apartment. Colors That Add …
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How Much Sleep do Seniors Need?

Sleep. We all need it, but as we get older, knowing just how much sleep we need can change based on our bodies and medical history. Generally, older people need seven to nine hours of sleep each night. However, a good night’s sleep can be different from one person to another. Especially considering …
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Paying for Dementia Care: 11 Ways to Ease the Financial Burden

About 10 percent of Americans over 65 years old, or 5.7 million Americans, live with Alzheimer’s disease or another form of dementia according to the Alzheimer’s Association. People living with dementia and their families face many challenging situations, not the least of which is paying for dementia care. According to the Alzheimer’s Association, …
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What’s the Difference Between Assisted Living and a Nursing Home?

Often, people use the terms “assisted living” and “nursing home” interchangeably. These terms, however, represent two very different concepts in senior living. By understanding the differences between the two concepts, people may discover that they have more options for themselves or for their family members than they realized. In short, these are the …
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What Drugs Are Used to Calm Dementia Patients?

Several medications are used to help calm and lessen the symptoms for those experiencing dementia. The most common drugs for dementia are given to ease symptoms in four main categories: depression, anxiety, hallucinations and insomnia. Reasons to Incorporate Dementia Medications As your friend or family member progresses through the stages of dementia, they …
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How to Choose an Assisted Living Facility in Texas

Assisted living communities are centered around support, growth and security. Even though they may offer similar services and amenities, every community is different in a myriad of ways. That’s why it’s so important to do your research and find the one that makes the most sense for your needs. Keep reading for some …
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What Are the Final Stages of Dementia?

The three final stages of dementia are moderately severe cognitive decline, severe cognitive decline and very severe cognitive decline. At first, someone going through the final stages of dementia will need frequent help with routine tasks. In the last two stages, they’ll have trouble recognizing you and, finally, have motor impairment and possibly …
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Six Scams Targeting Seniors You Should Be Aware Of

There are many scams targeting seniors, most of which try to trap adults with nest eggs and play on their natural trust and fears. While scams take many forms, some of the most prominent types reported to the US Senate Special Committee on Aging are: Social Security impersonation scams IRS impersonation scams Sweepstakes …
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