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Posted: Wednesday, January 27, 2021

Feeling lonely? How moving to a senior living community can change that

The occurrence of loneliness and isolation generally increases as we grow older. It can also lead to a higher risk of dementia and other serious health conditions, according to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC). While being isolated results from having no or few social connections, a person can also feel alone even if there is social contact.

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IRC Blog
Posted: Tuesday, January 19, 2021

5 suggestions for making your home safer when caring for a loved one with Alzheimer’s

One of the most crucial steps a family can take when caring for a loved one with Alzheimer’s is to make sure their environment is safe.

Most individuals in the earlier stages of the illness are able to continue living at home. By creating a safe space, you’re helping your loved one remain at home as long and as safely as possible.

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IRC Blog
Posted: Tuesday, January 12, 2021

Making and reaching your New Year’s resolutions to age well: 10 tips

If you’re like many people, as the calendar changes from the last day of December to the first of January, you may be making promises to yourself. Usually referred to as New Year’s resolutions, some of the more common ones include:

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IRC Blog
Posted: Wednesday, January 6, 2021

Tips for telling a loved one about the move to a memory care community

If your loved one now needs more care than you can provide at home, you may have chosen to take advantage of the benefits and specialized attention that a memory care community can offer.

Once you found the right community, next on the list was likely choosing the room and scheduling a move-in date.

While your loved one may have been able to visit the community, depending on where they are in the progression of the illness, they may still not be clear that they’ll be moving soon.

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IRC Blog
Posted: Wednesday, December 23, 2020

The benefits of exercise for seniors: aerobics, weight and flexibility training

We all know the benefits of exercise, especially as we grow older. It’s one action we can take that directly impacts our overall health and longevity. It can also play an influential role in helping us remain independent.

And the good news is that we can start at any age. Because it’s never too late.

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IRC Blog
Posted: Thursday, December 17, 2020

Challenge these 5 senior living cliches

Have you asked yourself if staying in your home is best for the lifestyle you desire? Or are you considering whether moving to a senior living community may be the answer? Either way, you’ll want to make sure you’re seeing a clear and accurate picture before you make your decision.

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IRC Blog
Posted: Wednesday, December 9, 2020

5 activities to connect with your loved one with dementia

Sharing activities can help you connect with someone with Alzheimer’s. As families navigate this journey and the illness progresses, you may be finding that the ways in which you once spent time together are no longer engaging.

The key is to continue to try, remembering that as your loved one’s abilities change, your approach will need to as well. Also, keep in mind that what didn’t work today, may in fact work tomorrow. One trait that caring for someone with Alzheimer’s demands is flexibility.

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IRC Blog
Posted: Wednesday, December 2, 2020

High tech: best apps for seniors to make life easier

It was once assumed that older adults didn’t use technology, which of course is inaccurate. In fact, the Pew Research Center has found that 67 percent of those 65 and older use the internet and over 40 percent own smartphones. And the numbers are growing.

If you’re already tech-savvy, you may be taking advantage of the latest developments that not only bring more joy into life but make it easier as well.

However, if you’re just getting started, there’s no reason to miss out. Join a local class to learn more or ask family or friends to help get you up to speed on the best apps for seniors. The good news is that as technology evolves, it’s also becoming much more user-friendly.

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IRC Blog
Posted: Wednesday, November 25, 2020

Grandparents with memory loss? Tips for visiting children

If your loved one is living with Alzheimer’s or another form of dementia, maintaining relationships with family and friends is critical to the quality of life. Even though it may be challenging, everyone should be encouraged to play an active role.

Children can bring a spark of joy to all of us, but especially to grandparents with Alzheimer’s. However, families may worry about how to help younger members understand the illness, adapt to the many changes or how they might respond to a visit. 

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IRC Blog
Posted: Wednesday, November 18, 2020

Holiday traditions: ideas to honor the old and introduce the new

The year 2020 has been like no other. The pandemic has put its mark on our daily lives and as the holiday season arrives, Thanksgiving and Covid will no doubt need to be reconciled as well.

As we live with uncertainty, however, there may never be a more important time to feel connected to those we love. 

The challenge? 

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