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Simplify Video Chats with Senior-Friendly Tablets

Simplify Video Chats with Senior-Friendly Tablets

The coronavirus age has forced many families to rely on video chatting as a substitute for in-person visits. But if Mom or Dad aren’t savvy to today’s technology, how can you include them in video calls? Sadly, the pandemic has pushed many seniors into profound isolation, making it more essential than ever to support loved ones and find new ways to stay in touch. For older seniors lacking technical support, feature-rich Apple and Android tablets are often too confusing. If your loved one needs a simplified solution, here are three tablets to consider with senior-friendly video conferencing

Will More Seniors Choose Accessory Dwelling Units?

Will More Seniors Choose Accessory Dwelling Units?

Affordable housing is a challenge facing people of all ages but is acutely painful to seniors on limited incomes in high-cost markets. Even in cases where seniors can afford a home of their own, they may prefer aging in place in smaller quarters closer to family members. A space that includes a bedroom, bathroom, kitchenette, and living area may be more than enough to meet many seniors’ needs. And if the unit is located on a son or daughter’s property, family members can work together to support each other’s needs. For example, grandma can babysit the grandkids while her daughter grabs

Can Healthy Lifestyles Combat Alzheimer’s Disease?

Can Healthy Lifestyles Combat Alzheimer’s Disease?

While medical experts have not been successful in discovering a way to prevent Alzheimer’s disease, recently released research supports the long-held belief that lifestyle choices play a pivotal role in reducing risks. The latest data is drawn from two longitudinal studies—the Chicago Health and Aging Project (CHAP) and the Memory and Aging Project (MAP)—funded by the National Institute on Aging (NIA). The combined data pool included nearly 3,000 participants. Researchers scored each participant on five healthy lifestyle factors, including: 1. Physical activity. At least 150 minutes of

Find Wheelchair-accessible Places With Google Maps Feature

Find Wheelchair-accessible Places With Google Maps Feature

Google has rolled out a new maps feature (https://bit.ly/37RAtS5) to help people more easily locate wheelchair-accessible buildings. By turning on “Accessible Places,” people can find accessibility information prominently displayed on a Google Map. The feature is touted as “know before you go,” eliminating the frustrating experience of arriving at a place and being stranded outside because the facility lacks accessible features. In addition to indicating whether a facility’s entrance is accessible, Google map users also can determine whether there’s accessible parking, restrooms, and seating

How To Find a Good Co-living Housemate

How To Find a Good Co-living Housemate

Co-living is an increasingly popular lifestyle that offers many seniors a satisfying and financially viable way to remain independent longer. It also depends heavily on finding a suitable roommate. The search begins with thoughtful upfront planning. Follow these tips for identifying the best match! 1. Don’t limit yourself Consider looking outside your age range. Depending on the individual, a college student with a job and a studious nature may be a good fit. You might want to offer regular home-cooked meals in exchange for their efforts on cleaning, yard chores, or running errands

How to Keep Elderly Family Members Feeling Safe and Loved Amidst COVID-19

How to Keep Elderly Family Members Feeling Safe and Loved Amidst COVID-19

We are living during an uncertain time. What can we do to ensure our elderly relatives are healthy and feeling loved? First and foremost, all relatives need a wellness check regardless of age or underlying health conditions. Consistent contact can ensure they are being diligent about remaining healthy. Living alone in a senior care facility or being home alone can take a toll on someone’s mental state. Calling to check in on your relative and finding ways to boost their morale is crucial. There are several ways to guarantee that your loved one can still feel connected throughout this pandemic

Home Upgrades Provide Comfort Today, Selling Edge Tomorrow

Home Upgrades Provide Comfort Today, Selling Edge Tomorrow

Stay-at-home orders during the pandemic have given people a chance to take a close look at their homes. Some are seeing flaws. Lots of them. For clients who have decided that they want to make their homes more functional and aesthetically pleasing, give them some insight on remodeling trends by sharing Fixr’s “2020 Single-Family Home Construction and Remodeling Trends” https://bit.ly/2LIyeq6. Fixr surveyed construction industry professionals, including architects, builders, and sustainability professionals, to get their take on the top single-family home trends. Here are some highlights. Aging

Self-Care for Caregivers

Self-Care for Caregivers

If you provide care for a parent on an occasional, part-time, or full-time basis, you may need a little support yourself. Many children of older parents underestimate the number of extra chores they are taking on to “help Mom out” or to “take care of Dad.” Miscalculating the investment can also mean misjudging the toll on their own lives. Protect Your Emotional Health Take “me” time – If this means asking someone else to watch your loved one for a few hours, then ask. You may need to look into adult day care programs or respite care programs through your local hospice or other organization

Choosing a Senior Move Professional

Choosing a Senior Move Professional

Specialists in senior moves can provide valuable services during challenging transitions. It’s imperative, however, that you like, trust, and “click” with this individual. They will be helping you work through some pretty tough tasks, so make sure you are comfortable with them from the beginning. Ideally, interview more than one candidate, in person, and discuss these topics: Credentials Have they received special training or passed a qualifying exam? Senior move specialists may hold a several certifications, including (but not limited to) these organizations: NASMM – National Association of

10 Questions to Ask an Elder Law Attorney

10 Questions to Ask an Elder Law Attorney

Elder law attorneys cover a wide variety of legal areas, potentially including guardianship, long-term care planning, knowledge of government benefit programs, powers of attorney, estate planning, advance medical directives, elder abuse issues, tax law, retirement and pensions, asset protection, trust planning, and contract law. The American Bar Association has approved the National Elder Law Foundation as the only certifying organization for Elder Law Attorneys in the U.S. At this time, there are just over 500 Certified Elder Law Attorneys (CELAs) nationwide. Other attorneys also cover