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What Is Hospice Care And What Should I Do?
Hospice care is specialized care for those with a terminal diagnosis. Once a terminal diagnosis is given, everyone in the family needs special care and that special care and support typically comes from a hospice provider. ...

Senior Living Word And Acronym Definitions
The following table includes definitions of most of the special language used in senior living and senior care. Understanding the language used by care professional and senior specialist will help seniors understand their options ...

Best Places To Retire
Where Should I retire? This question has as many different answers as there are people asking. But before we get to the where let’s look at a few important factors that will help you narrow your search. Some of these ...

Medicare and Medicaid
Medicare, administered by The Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS), is the U.S.’s largest health insurance program covering about 40 million people. It was created as part of the Social Security Act in 1965. ...

Pain Treatment for Seniors
The big myth is that pain is normal for seniors. It’s not. What is true of pain is that (1) it’s the most feared complication of illness, (2) often under-treated (3) and effects mood, functioning and quality of life. ...

The Guide To Being A Baby Boomer
They’ve arrived. In 2011, that first round of Baby Boomers—those Americans born between 1946 and 1964—turns 65. From now until 2030, 10,000 Baby Boomers each day will hit retirement age. Millions will begin ...

Senior Living And Retirement Taxes
So you’re planning to throw off the work shackles, retire, and start your second life. Congratulations! You’ve earned it. Maybe you’re leaving Wisconsin for the coast of Georgia? It’s beautiful and warm. ...

Jobs for Seniors (The Working Elderly)
According to the Bureau of Labor Statistics, between 1995 and 2007, the number of full-time older workers (65 and older) doubled. They predicted that between 2006 and 2016, workers between 65 and 74 will grow by 83% while ...

Religious Based Senior Care
Here are our special lists of organizations from the database that offer religious based senior living: Christian Senior Care Catholic Senior Care Lutheran Senior Care Jewish Senior Care Presbyterian ...

How To Select an Independent Living Community
To see a list of Independent living facilities, enter your desired area (zip, city, or full address) and then click on the independent living button at the top to see only independent living facilities in your area. ...

How To Find the Best Assisted Living Community
To see a list of assisted living facilities, enter your desired area (zip, city, or full address) in the search bar above and then click on the 'Assisted Living' button at the top to see only assisted living facilties in ...

Medicare, Prescription Drugs & The Healthcare Law
Come January 1, 2014, all U.S. citizens and legal residents will be required to buy health insurance. The Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act was signed into law by President Obama in 2010 and upheld by the U.S. Supreme ...

How To Find The Best Nursing Home
To see a list of nursing homes, enter your desired area (zip, city, or full address) in the search bar above and then click on the 'Nursing Homes' button at the top to see only nursing home facilities in your area. Whether ...

Senior Retirement Lifestyles And Costs
Whether you need help finding the right retirement community for a loved one or for yourself, we’ll show you what to expect from each senior lifestyle option. We know this can be a stressful period in your life so ...

Active Senior Living And Active Retirement Living
You now have the time to do what you always wanted to do. What was that again? Hiking the Appalachian Trail? Volunteering at the Humane Society? Working part-time at a ski resort? Mentoring a child? With more seniors living ...

Retiring Abroad
Imagine walking on a Panamanian beach every day; tasting fresh pasta in your Italian neighborhood Trattoria; strolling ancient Spanish cobbled streets on your way to the market. Can senior living get any better than this? For ...

Congregational Senior Living
To see a list of congregational Living options, enter your desired location in the search bar and then select on independent living. Retiring is stressful enough. But to think about moving into a new community can be ...

Taking Care of Your Heart
Though the number of deaths from heart disease recently fell 3.7%, it remains the leading killer in the U.S. Over 600,000 Americans die from the disease every year—more than die from cancer. With these statistics, a primary ...

Buying Hearing Aids Online
Do you have trouble hearing the table conversation in a crowded restaurant? Do your phone conservations often have, “I’m sorry, can you repeat that?” When your kids come over do they say, “Your TV sure is ...

Causes of Alzheimer's
Alzheimer’s is an “irreversible, progressive brain disease that slowly destroys memory and thinking skills, and eventually even the ability to carry out the simplest tasks,” according to the National Institute on ...

Sudoku and Crossword Puzzles
One of the biggest fears for seniors is losing their mental sharpness or developing dementia. It’s understandable that some of the brain’s edge will dull with age. That’s unavoidable for many. But did you know ...

How To Avoid The Retiree Blues
Nearly 76 million boomers are heading toward senior living over the next few decades. If you’re one nearing the big “R” have you thought about what you’ll do? What to do with your time becomes a problem for ...

Aging Well: The Choice is Ours
Aging well is a choice for most people. The decisions you make, your habits and your lifestyle all affect how you live your senior years. Even if you made poor health choices earlier in life, you can change direction right now. ...

Parkinson's Disease in the Elderly
Parkinson’s disease (PD) is a progressive neurological disorder. This means symptoms continue and worsen over time. There are no cures--only treatment options to manage the symptoms. PD occurs when cells in the ...

Colon Cancer In Seniors
Colorectal (colon or rectal) cancers start as a polyp or growth of tissue in the lining that grows into the colon or rectum. A polyp called an adenoma can be become cancer unless removed. Over 90% of colorectal cancer cases are ...

Multiple Sclerosis
Multiple Sclerosis (MS) is a chronic disease of the central nervous system—the spinal cord, brain, and optic nerves. Symptoms range from the mild—numbness in the limbs—to severe, such as paralysis or loss of ...

Senior Fall Prevention
Falls are the leading cause of deaths related to injury for people age 65 and older. The falls that don't kill you can change your life. Simple falls can decrease your mobility. Broken bones may not heal properly. And these bones ...

Reverse Mortgage: Only in an Emergency
For some seniors, the sub-prime mortgage crisis was just a headline. But for those who were hooked into an expensive mortgage, the results may have been financially and emotionally devastating. Combine this with an economic ...

New Advances in Digital Hearing Aids Help Baby Boomers
Did you work around loud machines? Wear Walkman headphones while jogging? Grow up listening to Kiss, Cream and Led Zeppelin with the volume turned up to 11? Have you lived in a city all your life? If you’re one of the 76 ...

Senior Living: The Risks of Eating Alone
Eating alone isn’t easy. But it can be especially difficult for seniors. Your social life may have changed. You may have physical limitations that keep you inside. Food may not taste as good as it used to. Chewing and ...

Managing Decision And Guilt
Amy Goya had an emotional decision to make—moving her parents into an assisted living facility. Even for someone who had worked in senior care, it was a difficult process for Goya. “It was, perhaps, one of the ...

Finding The Best Memory Care Facility
To see a list of Alzheimer's care and dementia facilities, enter your desired area (zip, city, or full address) in the search bar above and then click on the 'Memory Care' button at the top to see only Alzheimer's and dementia ...

Why And When To Use Home Care For Seniors
To see a list of senior home care providers, enter your desired area (zip, city, or full address) in the search bar above and then click on the 'Home Care' button at the top to see only home care options  in your area. ...

Successful New Year's Resolutions
Losing weight can decrease the incidence of several chronic and debilitating diseases as well as their associated complications and risks during the surgical period. Additionally, it can facilitate recovery after surgery. Obesity ...

Senior Living Aids and Assistive Technology Devices
Seniors have thousands of products to choose from that make home life easier. These products—that go the names assistive technology devices (ATDs), senior living aids, enabling devices, and adaptive devices—are ...

Retirement Financial Advisors: Stretching Your Retirement Dollars
As the entrepreneur and motivational speaker, Jim Rohn, once asked, "Do you have more month left at the end of the money?" That rings true more than ever today. Everyone in the U.S. has been affected by the sinking ...

Continuing Care Retirement Communities
For seniors with the financial means, a Continuing Care Retirement Community (CCRC) may be the ideal senior living option to "age in place." CCRCs are a combination independent living, assisted living, and nursing ...

The Basics of Respite Care
Many Americans provide daily assistance to elderly family members or friends so they are still able to live in their homes. This can be a physically and mentally demanding job. Respite care provides relief for the caregiver. It ...

Jobs (Employment) for Seniors
More seniors are working because_____ Fill in the blank. Reaching retirement age doesn't mean you're going to sit back and watch the garden grow. Today's seniors work because it's a financial necessity. Or because as one ...

Best Blogs For Senior
At Seniorliving.org, we scoured the web for the “Top 10 Best Blogs for Seniors.” We selected blogs that we think provide great value to seniors whether it’s the latest breakthrough in health care, traveling, ...

Convalescent Homes
Convalescent homes are staffed by medical professionals and provide short-term care and recovery for patients after surgeries and long-term illness. These facilities can be freestanding hospitals or hospital-based units and are ...

55 Plus Communities
The concept of 55+ communities is simple: people 55 or older live in a planned community with a variety of amenities that cater to the senior resident. These residents usually live an active and healthy lifestyle so the ...

Retirement Communities
As seen the above infographic, the term retirement community is a broad term covering many varieties of housing options for seniors. There are active senior communities, age-restricted (e.g. 50+, 55+ 62+) communities, and ...

Palliative Care
Palliative Care Palliative (pronounced pal-lee-uh-tiv) care is treatment for the physical, emotional and psychological symptoms that can occur during a serious illness. In modern Palliative care, doctors and care givers focus, ...

Companion Care
Companion care is primarily emotional support and companionship for seniors who are generally healthy and who want to remain independent at home. However, it can also include a range of non-medical services that help make a ...

Live-In Senior Care
Live-in care is for seniors who need around-the-clock assistance from a caregiver. Assistance is generally non-medical and includes such tasks as medication management, shopping, and assistance with activities of daily living ...

Personal Transportation for Seniors
Did you know that one-half of Americans 65 and older do not have access to public transportation? And that more than half of all non-drivers 65 and older stay at home in a given day because they don’t have transportation ...

Physical Therapy for Seniors
For seniors recovering from injury or illness and for those experiencing chronic pain, physical therapy can help relieve pain and restore physical functions such as flexibility, strength, balance and coordination. Physical ...

Our Top 20 Senior Websites
From health to finances to technology and humor, at SeniorLiving.org’s “Top 20 Senior Websites,” you’ll find a little bit of everything. These sites are loaded with useful  information and are easy ...

Senior Living Apartments
For seniors looking for a low-maintenance, lower cost lifestyle, a senior living apartment may be the ideal community. Senior living apartments provide amenities such as housekeeping, dining, and activities that make life ...

Senior Living Communities
As a caregiver or senior, there is a new lingo that you have to learn when you first start learning about options for seniors. It can be a little confusing. Even words like senior living have different meaning to different people. ...

Seniors Living With Diabetes
In the U.S., about one in four people over 60 has diabetes. It’s a disease with no cure. Fortunately, seniors living with diabetes can successfully manage the disease. We’ll look at the disease itself and show you ...

Paying for Senior Living
It wasn't supposed to be this way. But no doubt about it---times are tough. Paying for senior living can feel suffocating. Breathe easy. We'll show you ways to lighten your financial burdens with the hundreds of programs and ...

Gay, Lesbian, Bisexual and Trans gender Elder Living
The National Gay and Lesbian Task Force estimates that there are over 3 million GLBT (gay, lesbian, bisexual and transgender) elders in the U.S. with that number doubling by 2030. The senior GLBT community faces a variety of ...

4 Ways to Lower Your Risk for Stroke
Every year, nearly 800,000 Americans suffer a stroke. That's one stroke every 45 seconds. Of these, about 137,000 people die each year making it the third leading cause of death in the country--and a major contributor to adult ...

An Introduction to Alzheimer's Disease
Ask a healthy senior what they fear most about getting older, and you'll likely here "Alzheimer's" or "dementia." First, you lose your mind. Then you lose your body. Alzheimer's is a terminal disease with no ...

Caring for Alzheimer's Seniors: Part 1
If you are caring for an Alzheimer's senior, you are one of nearly 15 million. As a family member, spouse, or friend, you as a caregiver are an unpaid individual assisting another with activities that they can't perform on ...

3 Ways To Boost Your Elderly Brain and Live Longer
Anyone who stops learning is old, whether at twenty or eighty. Anyone who keeps learning stays young. The greatest thing in life is to keep your mind young  ---Henry Ford  Losing your mind's function is a frightening ...

Senior Mobility Scooters And Power Wheelchairs
Getting your mobility back can change your life. Whether you want to spend time with your grandkids, grocery shop, or just cruise your neighborhood's streets, a senior mobility scooter can give you the freedom to go anywhere and ...

Senior Depression: Overlooked, Different and Not Normal
So what do we mean by all that? Depression in seniors is not a normal part of aging. But it affects over 6 million Americans 65 and older. It often occurs with other illnesses and lasts longer than depression in younger people. ...

Tolerance & Equanimity For Seniors
One great way to increase our tolerance of others is to cultivate equanimity -- an attitude of appreciation and non-judgmental welcoming of whatever happens to be arising in our experience, from moment to moment. This can be a ...

Increasing Tolerance
In a recent artricle, we were introduced to the idea of nurturing the energy of equanimity, as a way of increasing a seniors ability to be tolerant. Now, let’s explore one of the many specific Mindfulness Meditation ...

Equanimity Is Not Boring
One common misconception about the practice of Mindfulness - about nurturing equanimity by cultivating the “witness” capacity of our consciousness - is that it results in a blase, indifferent and rather boring ...

Appreciation And Gratitude
Sometimes, to avoid escalating a conflict - and instead drop into tolerance - is as easy as a quick attitude adjustment: from judgment and blaming, to appreciation and gratitude. Can I find and flip the internal switch from ...

Wuwei: Going With The Flow
One excellent way to cultivate an attitude of acceptance, a way-of-being that quite naturally supports tolerance, is by exploring the Taoist practice of wuwei -- the action of non-action. Wuwei is a kind of effortless effort ...

Eyes Of Love: Soft Gaze Practice
How is it that simple, innocent differences in perspective so often escalate into outright conflict? Why is it that varying points of view so frequently turn into judgmental shouting matches, or physical battles? An important ...

Walking Meditation
Sometimes we get swept up into conflict so quickly that it isn’t until after the storm has passed, that we actually catch our breath, and reflect back on the scene, wondering perhaps: “Now how on earth did that ...

Living Longer, Growing Stronger
My wife and I have an escape apartment in Palm Beach county in Florida. I try and get there (never often enough) to tune out the world and re-charge. Of course, Palm Beach county is sort of a living laboratory on the ...

Spine Problems as We Age
It is commonly said that there are two certainties in life: taxes and death. Well, I want to suggest that there is a third; arthritis. The common type of arthritis, osteoarthritis, is not really a disease but simply the wear and ...

The Caregiver’s Voice TIPS for Caregivers
Caring for a loved one with dementia caused by Alzheimer’s, stroke, or even “cancer brain” requires special caregiving skills. The challenge becomes especially great (and painful) when a cognitively impaired ...

The Caregiving Continuum
The caregiving continuum consists of three stages: pre-caregiving, caregiving, and caregiving survivor. PRE-CAREGIVING Many of us would respond in disbelief if someone told us, “One day, you will be a caregiver.” ...

Spine Problems as We Age: Cervical Stenosis
Cervical stenosis refers to the narrowing of the spinal canal in the neck. The spinal canal is the central opening in the spine through which the spinal cord and nerves travel on their way from the brain to all points of the body, ...

The Power of Relationships and Pathways to Longevity
Shalom. As a society, we seem to continually engaged in staying young and living longer. Of course, we all know that the "staying younger" part of our lives has more to do with how we feel in our souls that how we ...

Spine Problems as We Age: Lumbar Stenosis
Lumbar stenosis refers to the narrowing of the spinal canal in the low back area of the spine. The spinal canal is the central opening in the spine through which the spinal cord and nerves travel on their way from the brain to ...

How to Approach a Person with Alzheimer's
When visiting a loved one with middle-stage Alzheimer's, family members are initially shocked when they are treated with indifference or worse, ignored. This is because as Alzheimer’s disease progresses it steals away a ...

Caring for Alzheimer's Seniors: Incontinence
Incontinence—complete loss of bladder or bowel control—is one of the more unpleasant aspects of Alzheimer’s disease for patient and caregiver. It effects up to 70% of those with Alzheimer’s; Chances are ...

Caring for Alzheimer’s Seniors: Safety
If you’re a homecare provider for someone with Alzheimer’s, safety should be on the top of your list—safety for the individual and for those around him or her. In Part 3, we’ll show you ways to keep your ...

Caregiving for Alzheimer’s Seniors: Depression
Depression or Alzheimer’s or both? You can certainly have both. And unfortunately, if you have depression, you may be twice as likely to develop Alzheimer’s. In 2010, the journal Neurology published two studies that ...

Caring for Seniors with Alzheimer’s: Dealing with Difficult Behaviors
The behaviors of seniors with Alzheimer’s are often unpredictable. You may have already experienced a wide swing in your loved one from withdrawn to aggressive. Dealing with these behaviors is never easy, especially as they ...

The VA and Senior Living
The support arm of the government for our 22 million military veterans is the U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs (VA). The VA is charged with administering benefits such as: Disability compensation Pensions ...

Senior Housing for Veterans
One of the advantages of having served your country is the availability of special ex-military senior living options. While many veterans choose to live in civilian settings, there are communities that cater to Veterans, ...

The Senior Veterans Handbook
You’ve served your country and now it’s time for your country to serve you. Welcome to the SeniorLiving.org Veterans Handbook! Here you’ll find information on the Department of Veterans Affairs (VA), and the ...

Paying for Veterans Housing: Pension, Aid and Attendance and Housebound Benefit
Are you or your loved one leaving valuable VA benefits on the table? As a Veteran, you may qualify for money that can help pay the cost of a senior living community such as assisted living and nursing home and even in-home care. ...

Health Care Tax Deductions
For most retirees, tax time is akin to having your teeth pulled. It’s not fun but certainly needs to be done. Fortunately, seniors in nursing homes, assisted living facilities, or the like can sometimes deduct these expenses ...

Caregivers and Tax Credits
A senior caregiver can be any number of professionals from registered nurses to speech pathologists to home aides. But the majority of caregivers in the U.S. aren’t professionals—at least they don’t get paid and ...

Top Senior Tax Deductions
Seniors living on tight budgets can use every advantage they can get, especially when it comes to taxes. So don’t leave this money on the table. This is a starting point for the top tax deductions for seniors. Medical and ...

Senior Cooperative Housing
In senior cooperative housing, active 55 and older residents own a share of the community with an equal voice in how it’s run. The tax benefits of home ownership are there but without the hassle of home upkeep. This makes an ...

Fighting Senior Depression: 3 Ways to Get Over the Hump
We all feel “blue” every now and then. Depression, however, is feeling consistently sad, discouraged and lacking self-worth for a prolonged period. Some people experience depression for the first time (called late ...

How the Healthcare Law Changes Medicare: Part 1
One of the goals of the Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act is to slow the growth rate of spending for Medicare by $450 billion over a 10-year period. Spending will still increase; it just won’t increase by as much. ...

HUD-Sponsored Senior Housing Programs
The first wave of baby boomers—those born between 1946 and 1964—made it to age 65 in 2011. Now a person turns 65 every 10 seconds. By 2030, the number of persons 65 and older will reach 71.5 million. Many in this ...

How does HIPAA affect you, your health care system and seniors in general?
HIPAA What? HIPAA Who? Have you wondered why every first visit with a doctor or admission to a hospital, you are made to sign a “Notice of Privacy Practices” form? Your healthcare provider does not hate trees but is ...

Phoenix: Still a Popular Retirement City
The Phoenix area continues to attract a steady stream of retirees. And why wouldn’t it? The area is still relatively affordable, there’s something here for everyone, and the sun shines seemingly every day. Even the ...

Resources for Seniors Surviving on Social Security
THE GOLDEN YEARS MIRAGE  For many seniors, the “Golden Years” is just a mirage. In your working life, the idea of retiring, living comfortably and enjoying yourself always appeared on the horizon like an oasis ...

What Seniors Should Know To Prepare For Surgery
It is estimated that in the United States, 15 million surgeries per year are performed on patients who are aged 65 and older. Surgery in this group, however, requires special considerations. In addition to organs having a steady ...

Definitions of Senior Care Legal Types of Residences
The following definitions are used on this site to distinguish between different levels of care. Many states have unique requirements that do not work well with a nationwide directory. For this reason, each listing has a legal ...

Awareness Under Anesthesia
During the Civil War, anesthesia was provided by dipping cloth in liquid chloroform or ether and holding it over a patient’s nose and mouth. There are some obvious concerns with this technique and fortunately anesthesia has ...

Adult Day Care for Seniors
Adult day care centers have filled a crucial gap in the senior living care market, allowing seniors to delay the need for an assisted living facility or nursing home. Adult day care facilities provide socialization and care ...

How Obamacare Affects Seniors
The full implementation of the Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act (ACA), aka “Obamacare”, won’t happen until January 2014. Some changes—changes that will affect seniors—are already in ...

Help for Family Caregivers of Seniors
Today’s senior caregivers are husbands, wives, sons, daughters, brothers, sisters. Forty-three million in the U.S. provide care to those 50 and older. Fifty percent are working full time, yet they work an additional 30 ...

Buying Medigap, Medicare’s Supplement Insurance
For many seniors, Medicare’s out-of-pocket expenses in the form of copayments, coinsurance and deductibles are financially smothering. Enter Medigap. Medigap, or Medicare supplement insurance, is coverage sold by private ...

Creating A Living Will and Healthcare Power of Attorney
I prepared a living will and assigned my husband to be my healthcare representative prior to delivering my first child (approximately 2 years ago). Although a somewhat morbid matter, I wanted to make sure that if something ...

Senior Move Managers
When Nana decided to move from her Arizona home of 35 years to be closer to my parents in Florida, it wasn’t a quick decision. It took several years to let the idea sink in until the actual moving process began. For ...

Help Paying for Senior Home Care
If you’re like the majority of seniors, you want to stay in your home as long as possible. Home care allows you to do this. It’s less expensive than institutional care such as assisted living and nursing homes. This ...

3 Ways Seniors Can Save Money Right Now
Now that you’re retired, you have more time. So why not take the time to do things that will save you the thing you likely have less of—money. We’ll show you some ways you can save over $1,000 a year simply by ...

Mortgage Options for Seniors in Financial Trouble
Medical bills piling up? Need to lower your mortgage payment? Want to avoid foreclosure? You may find yourself in any one of these financial predicaments. And tapping into your mortgage may be your best and in some cases, last ...

The Internet can save you money, increase your confidence and improve your health
Are you still on the fence about the Internet? Don’t be. Embrace it. It’s educational. It’s fun. It will save you money. It’s easier than driving a car. And it may just help you live longer. OLDER ADULTS ...

The Importance of Senior Dental Care
With all the talk of affordable health care in this country, do you ever hear dental care mentioned? Little if ever, especially when it comes to seniors. In fact, neither Obamacare nor basic Medicare provide dental coverage. ...

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10 Free and Low Cost Dental Care Options for Seniors
If you read our article, "The Importance of Senior Dental Care", you’ll know how important good oral health is to your overall quality of life. You’ll be able to chew food properly and without pain. ...