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Below is a list of our best articles listed with a short introduction. These are articles written by experts in the field of senior living and senior care. Many of our articles aggregate information from our database and from other sources. Whenever possible, you will find references at the end of articles so you can dig deeper.

  1. 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. …

  2. 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 …

  3. 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 …

  4. 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. …

  5. 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. …

  6. 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 …

  7. 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. …

  8. 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 Senior …

  9. 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.

  10. 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 …

  11. 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 …

  12. 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.

  13. 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 …

  14. 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 …

  15. 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 …

  16. 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 …

  17. 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 …

  18. 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 …

  19. 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 …

  20. 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. …

  21. 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 …

  22. 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 …

  23. 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 …

  24. 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 …

  25. 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 …

  26. 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 …

  27. 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 …

  28. 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 …

  29. 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 …

  30. 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 …

  31. 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 …

  32. 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 home. …

  33. 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 …

  34. Best Blogs For Senior

    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, care …

  35. 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 a …

  36. 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 …

  37. 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 …

  38. 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, …

  39. 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 …

  40. 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 …

  41. 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 …

  42. 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 …

  43. Our Top 20 Senior Websites

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

  44. 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 …

  45. 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 …

  46. 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 …

  47. 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 …

  48. 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 …

  49. 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. …

  50. 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 …

  51. The Caregivers 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 …

  52. 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.” …

  53. 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 …

  54. 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, …

  55. 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 …

  56. 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 …

  57. 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 …

  58. 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 …

  59. 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 …

  60. Hearing Loss, Know the Unmistakable Signs

    The rock band AC/DC from Australia has overcome alcoholism, drug abuse, dementia and even their lead singer’s death in 1980. Despite having sold two hundred million albums around the world, they were, however, never able to …

  61. 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 …

  62. 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 …

  63. 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 …

  64. 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 …

  65. Aging In Place – What does Aging In Place really mean?

    Aging in place – What does it really mean?
    Aging in place – When to Start Planning?
    Aging in Place – Challenges
    The Importance of Aging in Place
    Aging in Place – What it means to me and my family?
    Aging in …

  66. Why More Older Couples are Cohabiting

    Remarried, widowed or cohabiting, unmarried seniors living together is now the thing.
    Nowadays, cohabitation is not shocking at all. According to U.S. Census Bureau data, cases of unmarried couples living together is rising …

  67. 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 …

  68. 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 …

  69. 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 …

  70. Buying Medigap, Medicare 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 …

  71. 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 …

  72. 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 …

  73. 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 …

  74. 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 …

  75. 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 …

  76. 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.

  77. 10 Free and Low Cost Dental Care Options for Seniors

    How essential is having a healthy mouth to your physical health? According to medical experts, it would be very difficult to be in peak physical condition if your oral health isn’t what it’s supposed to be.  In …

  78. 3 Free Food Delivery Services for Seniors

    We often see food delivery services as a luxury or an indulgence. But for a lot of people, food delivery is their lifeline. Many individuals live with chronic illnesses or disabilities that interfere with their daily …

  79. Advances in Health Insurance Technoloy

    According to the National Association of Insurance Commissioners (NAIC), auto and accident & health insurance are the types of coverage that receive the most complaints. NAIC cites the most common complaints;

  80. The Complete Guide to Pension Plans

    Mr. Dutt is a 56-year old mechanic from Newark, California who has been working in the automotive industry for 32 years. When he retired in 2013, he was assured that he would be receiving his pension as long as he lives without …

  81. New Rules Govern Abuse in Nursing Homes

    On October 4, 2016, the Department of Health and Human Services (DHHS), published a document that revised the regulations governing the management of long-term care facilities. The 700-page document details the reforms that are to …

  82. Brain Games For Seniors

    Can brain games for seniors help in avoiding, postponing or at least lend a substantial hand in mitigating Alzheimer’s debilitating symptoms? While research on this remains inconclusive, more and more …

  83. 10 Places to Retire for $1000 or Less

    It goes without saying that it’s not the easiest thing in the world to retire well. Of course, everyone wants to know how to save a million dollars or more for retirement. The bad news is that most retirees aren’t …

  84. Is Mexico the New Haven for American Retirees?

    How Assisted Living in Mexico is luring American retirees to the country because of their affordable rates.
    More and more older Americans are heading to Mexico to spend their retirement years. Whether if they say it’s …

  85. Top 4 Causes of Leg Pain

    A Common Pain
    Pain in the extremities is something that sends lots of us to the doctor looking for medical causes or medical relief.  This typically involves things like aching calves, burning legs, and numbness in the …

  86. How Ageism in Health Care is Affecting Society

    Is getting rid of ageism in the healthcare system possible?
    Experts say it starts with changing the way society thinks about aging.

    Despite the advances in medicine giving humanity longevity, our fate of living …

  87. 8 Surprising Ideas from the Creative Aging Movement

    International experts exchange insights on Arts and Aging around the world.

    We all age, but how should we age? Pioneers of creative aging movement say that the key to embracing the process of getting old …

  88. 9 Ways for Trump to Break the Health Care Monopoly

    Now that the new administration is planning to replace Obamacare, an expert suggests innovations included in the new health care bill.

    The new administration under President Trump has promised …

  89. Are Beta Blockers Good for Blood Pressure?

    If you are taking beta blockers for your blood pressure, then you may find the following information of some interest. Beta blockers are good for blood pressure but if you do not have any coronary related condition, …

  90. 12 Last-minute Ways to Save for Retirement

    How to survive retirement with little to no money.
    Are you nearing towards retirement age without enough set aside to maintain your lifestyle? Don’t worry, you’re not alone. According to GoBanking …

  91. 12 Ageist Comments You Never Know are Hurtful and How to Respond to Them

    Have you experienced being called “sweetie” or “honey” by somebody 30 years younger than you? How did you feel?

    In our society, ageism against older people is still alive and …

  92. How much should I pay for Long-Term Care Insurance?

    Your care cost for the 2017 Long-Term Care Insurance price index
    Long Term Care Insurance (LTCI) is different from the traditional health insurance because it is designed to cover your long-term care needs, support, and …

  93. Living Without Family: 5 Stages of Self Care Seniors Should Know

    Preparing for the rest of your life as an “elder orphan”
    We all want to live the rest of our lives in a comfortable and safe place we call our own. We value our space as much as we value our …

  94. Smart Gifts for Grandparents Day

    Origin of Grandparents Day
    The origin of National Grandparents Day began with a determined West Virginia housewife by the name of Marian Lucille Herndon McQuade.  It’s worth noting that she had 15 children to …

  95. Crafting to help older adults

    At +60 is pursuing a new artistic activity really cut out for you?

    Ralph Waldo Emerson famously said that “Every artist was first an amateur”. Every single famous artist first started off as a rank …

  96. Get rid of anxiety & stress naturally

    According to reports one in every 6 Americans take some type of psychiatric drug, mostly anti-depressants. Nearly 17% of the American population is thus dependent on anti-depressants or other drugs to help them deal with …

  97. 15 Helpful Tips in Choosing the Best Retirement Community

    One of the greatest challenges in planning towards a new momentum of life challenge, like retiring, is that, you don’t know what would happen next. The fundamental key to having a prosperous transition into this new …

  98. 10 Unique Retirement Communities For Baby Boomers

    Finding the perfect retirement community that caters to your quirks

    This morning, you woke up and realized you are old. Yesterday, you were busy working hard to fulfill the needs of your family and today, you are …

  99. Retirement Communities for Singles

    How Many Solo Senior’s Are There?
    If you are a single yourself, it turns out you’re not alone in being alone.  Lynn Feinberg, an expert in caregiving at AARP, says that about 20 …

  100. 10 Best Retirement Communities for LGBT in the US

    Retire fabulously in these non-discriminating LGBT retirement communities
    Baby boomers in the United States who identify as lesbian, gay, bisexual or transgender (LGBT) want to live in areas that can provide their needs …

  101. Practical Guide to Downsizing for Seniors

    Checklists, Step by Step Guide and Tips on Downsizing to a Smaller Home
    Leaving a place you used to live in could be a bit bittersweet, especially if all you could ever take with you are the memories you’ve made with …

  102. 9 Tips in Choosing a Good Assisted Living Facility

    A simple guide to help you choose the best retirement home for you or your loved ones.
    We all want the best retirement home for our loved ones or for ourselves in the future and deciding on the good assisted living facility …

  103. 3 Effective Tips for Seniors to Avoid Tech scams

    Since internet scammers often target older adults, it’s best to be aware of ways to avoid it.
    Last May 12, 2017, the computer-dependent world was paralyzed as a malware called WannaCry attacked more than 230,000 …

  104. What to Do When Elderly Parent Refuses Assisted Living and Caregiving Services?

    Are you stressed out with your senior loved ones skipping appointments with their doctors?
    This is a familiar scenario in a family wherein a member will either insist he is still healthful and fit to work or does not need …

  105. 6 Easy Steps to Find and Hire a Caregiver in the US

    Aside from traditional way of finding care, there’s a new, techy, and most convenient way of finding and hiring caregivers you can trust
    Most of us hesitate to get a caregiver, but our need for them is often heavier …

  106. Brain Games and Cognitive Training May Prevent Dementia

    Aside from healthy living habits such as diet and exercise, playing brains games can also help avert the onset of cognitive impairments among older adults.
    It is both upsetting and astounding how medical science and …

  107. How Much does Assisted Living and Home Care cost in the US 2017?

    If you’re looking for assisted living facilities, knowing the average cost of care across the country is a must.
    There is a constant debate between assisted living versus living at home among families when it comes to …

  108. Unexpected Caregivers: Their Challenges and Rewards

    Unexpected caregivers receive a challenging yet rewarding role that requires sacrifices and commitment.
    The Need for Caregiving is Unavoidable
    Every person will reach a point when he will need assistance and …

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