Introducing Senior Senorita: Creative Arts Therapy For Older Adults

“My services can be thought of as preventative care” is what Rachelle Behar Block, MS, LMHC told me regarding Senior Senorita, the company she started based on needs she recognized while working in the mental health field, specifically with seniors. Senior Señorita offers creative arts therapy to homebound individuals, as well as groups and independent nursing and assisted living facilities....

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Getting Peace of Mind with I AM FINE

We spent a lot of time worrying about our children as they grew up. Now that they're young adults, it seems that for many of us, our parents are now our focus of concern. Is my mother safe? Did she get home from her doctor's appointment? Did she return home after going to the movies?  If this scenario sounds familar, you should know about a service called "I AM FINE," an automated, check-in...

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How to Start Helping Aging Parents: What You Must Know

How do you know if your parents need help?  Sometimes it's very obvious-- and can begin with a dire medical event such as stroke or fall.  For others it's a more lengthy but clear downward path that may be as a result of an early diagnosis of cognitive impairement. And for many it's not clear and we don't often recognize more subtle signs, and don't recognize that a few seemingly...

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Tips for Visiting Parents In Long Term Care Facilities and Other Good Caregiving Tips

The Association of Long Term Care Planning (ALTCP.org) has put together a list of tips for visiting parents in Long Term Care Facilities.  Their list was generated by 20 "experts" in the field and I'm thrilled to be part of this group. The tips range from communicating with your family member, to understanding the nuts and bolts of the facility. I think you'll find each and every tip...

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Hospice Care in South Florida

I receive a lot of inquiries about Hospice so I thought a quick post was in order. There are many misconceptions about Hospice and what it is and what it does. Hospice addresses the physical, emotional, social and spiritual needs of dying patients and their families. A team of interdisciplinary experts work together to provide palliative care, with the goal of making the patient as comfortable...

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Stay Connected: Technology Will Impact How We Age

I was thrilled to be used as a resource for a recent article by Ana Veciana-Suarez in the Miami Herald on the impact of technology on us as we age.  The article, aptly titled "Technology Will Change How And Where We Age, stresses the importance of staying connected. Thanks Ana! If you missed it, take a look. You'll be glad you did.

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Let’s Remember Our Older Relatives, Friends And Neighbors This Holiday Season--- And Always

I love this message from the Alliance For Aging (Department of Elder Affairs)-- Although popular culture is not openly aware about this, older adults are generally wiser than most people.  The wisdom of older people is sometimes not obvious, but when we get the opportunity to run something by them, we generally learn something essential.  People in their seventies, eighties and older...

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And Now For Some.....Bling---- Introducing Glam Squad

If you live in Miami, New York CIty, or Los Angeles you're in luck.  We’ve got just the ticket for those in need of a little glam (and who isn’t?). Glamsquad to the rescue. This new service – we like to think of it as the Uber for home beauty – will dispatch licensed, talented and vibrant beauty professionals to your door. Need your hair blown out before a big event?  A makeover for the...

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Check On Your Parents This Holiday Season

The holidays are often the only time of year when the extended family gets together, and those occasions offer you and your siblings an opportunity to check on your parents well-being and discuss your observations together. Do they seem more forgetful or confused? Are they frailer than the last time you saw them? Have they lost too much weight? If you’ve noticed significant changes in their...

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Know Your Loved Ones Wishes In The Case Of Serious Illness Or Incapacity

It happens all too often: families come to see me, distressed, because they don’t know what to do when their loved one has suffered a serious illness or becomes incapacitated. They don’t know what type of medical interventions their loved one would want, how they feel about artificial nutrition, like a feeding tube, or if they should just try and keep them comfortable. It adds tremendous pressure...

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Does Your Parents' Doctor Still Make The Grade?

Breaking up with your physician, someone who’s been there for you for a long time - maybe decades - isn’t easy. It’s awkward and difficult to give up a comfortable relationship with the doctor and his or her staff. This is especially true for our parents, who, in their senior years, are loathe to start anew with someone who doesn’t know them well, and is often young enough to be a grandchild....

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The Time To Talk Is Now

Remember all those times your parents sat you down for “a talk?” Well, now it’s your turn. You can’t have an “emergency” plan for those daunting life-or-death issues unless you know what your parents do - and do not - want regarding their health care. Do they want a DNR order? How about a feeding tube? Are they comfortable going to hospice?  Do they want to remain at home? These aren’t easy...

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Ten Tips For Traveling With Aging Relatives

It's inevitable that we develop some limitations as we age --so being prepared and taking them into consideration as you plan a vacation with an aging parent, grandparent, spouse or even for yourself, will make the trip easier and more enjoyable for the entire family. Here are some tips that are often overlooked but that can make or break the vacation for seniors:  Have them...

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Senior Drivers: Paving The Way For A Smooth Ride With The Beyond Driving With Dignity Program

If I were to rank the most pressing concerns family members have of their aging parents, driving would be near the very top. And of all conversations caregivers have with their parents, what’s become known as the “taking the keys away” talk is the most dreaded, even more than talking about their finances, or the need for some personal assistance. Yes, having the driving talk is very difficult, (...

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What I Wish I Knew: The Importance Of Having A Trusted Resource While Being A Caregiver

It’s been nearly two years since my father died, and I ceased being an active caregiver. When I look back on my own caregiving experience, there are still things that make me very sad. Yet I’ve never been able to pinpoint what it is that disturbs me so. Until now, that is. Recently Lisa Huening of the The Shifting Path, a company in Northern California that provides guidance and coaching to...

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The First Steps In Getting Help For Your Parent

It's hard enough for caregivers and their loved ones to agree that some additional help is needed. But once that bridge is crossed, the task of finding just the right person can be just as challenging. What questions should be asked?  Are special credentials required? Can we trust them? What are the laws? It's mind boggling. That's exactly how I felt when I started out on the caregiving...

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A Step-by-Step Guide On Giving Power Of Attorney For Healthcare

My father has nine lives. He’s cheated death - and astounded doctors who gave him weeks to live - numerous times. In the process, he’s been in the hospital too many times to count and faced several life-or-death situations. Many times, he was too weak to grasp all the nuances of the medical mumbo jumbo. “Talk to my daughters,” he’d tell the doctors wearily. Talk is cheap, as they say. What we...

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Everything Is Negotiable

Have you ever bought a car without haggling over the sticker price? Or paid “asking price” for a house? While most people don’t think twice about negotiating for everything from to washing machines to garage sale discoveries, few would dare bargain when entering an independent living facility. And that’s a big mistake, according to a story published in the Wall Street Journal in May. It notes...

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The Importance Of Human Touch

There are many health benefits associated with human touch. Research conducted by the University of Miami's Touch Research Institute demonstrated that being touched can:  Lessen pain Lower blood glucose Slow the heart rate Lower blood pressure Improve pulmonary function Improve immune function Increase growth in infants Touch is the major form of...

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Are You Ready To Be A Caregiver?

If you’re a caregiver you know just how stressful it can be, especially in the beginning when you feel so overwhelmed. That’s exactly how my sisters and I felt when we were caregivers for my father. Had we been more prepared, many of the difficulties and crises that we experienced could have been anticipated and resolved much more quickly, and life would have been a lot easier for all of us....

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A Friend And Caregiver In Need

For the past few months, I’ve been offering caregiving advice to a friend of mine in Los Angeles. Our parents lived in the same community and were great friends for many years until sickness and frailty put a damper on their social lives. Barbara is now an active caregiver for her mother, the last survivor of the friendly foursome, and she’s facing many of the stresses and frustrations that my...

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THE Conversation

Have you seen this Public Service Announcement on Aging with Joan Rivers and her daughter? It's part of the Volunteers of America's campaign to get family members to talk about aging. Using humor to address this topic, it shows that no matter who you are, it's not an easy conversation to have. Take a look and tell us what you think. Have you had THE conversation...

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Electronic Reading Devices (eReaders) For Aging Eyes!

If you’re having trouble reading in low light, you’re not alone. Over time, an adult’s eyes may become damaged and he or she may experience difficulty reading in low light, difficulty focusing due to blurred vision and increased sensitivity to glare. These are the beginning symptoms of many eye disorders including macular degeneration -- the leading cause of vision loss among persons aged 65 or...

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Talk About A Service Provider That Can Really Make Our Lives Easier...A Daily Money Manager

Identifying and enrolling providers for our users has been one of the most challenging yet gratifying parts of developing Seniority Matters. Everyday has been an education, and I now know about people and services that I didn't even know existed.  I can’t believe that I could have gone through life without knowing about them.  As an example (and there are many), I never knew what a...

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