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5 Ways Mom Can Decorate Her Senior Living Apartment

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Moving can be stressful, especially when Mom is moving from the family home into her new assisted living residence. It can be an emotional time for all of you, so help ease the transition by making Mom as comfortable as possible in her new space.

Your goal is to find a balance between creating a space that feels familiar and comforting for her while keeping tabs on what will fit into her new place.

To learn about five things to help Mom decorate her senior living apartment and make her new place feel like home, CLICK HERE.

6 Tips for Talking to Your Mom About Senior Living

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If Mom is living alone in the big family home, you may have lots of concerns—such as isolation, her safety or her ability to maintain the property. Talking about where Mom might want to live as she ages may be awkward or difficult, but it’s important have a conversation about her options while she can contribute her opinions. Some experts recommend following the 70/40 rule: Begin discussing her options when Mom is 70 or older and you are 40 or older.

To learn about 6 tips for talking to seniors about the move, CLICK HERE.

4 Mistakes to Avoid When Researching Retirement Communities

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If you’re beginning to look for retirement communities for your dad, will you know where to begin? While the search may seem daunting, it’s important to be thorough: Choosing the right community—especially if he needs the support of an assisted living residence—will impact his quality of life as well as his happiness.

Save yourself a little time—and wasted energy—by avoiding these 4 mistakes that people commonly make when searching for assisted living communities. To view the common mistakes, CLICK HERE.

Know the Risks of Hypothermia

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As winter approaches, the weather in many locations begins to change and temperatures start to drop. But not only are the outside temperatures dropping, your body temperature can drop, too. According to MedicineNet, hypothermia occurs when your core body temperature drops to 95 degrees Fahrenheit or lower.

Seniors are more susceptible to hypothermia than children and other adults as their bodies don’t hold heat as well. While shivering may signal that your body is cold and is trying to warm up, it isn’t always a sign of hypothermia.

To learn about 6 key risks of hypothermia, CLICK HERE.

How to Outsmart Grandparent Scams

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Your phone rings. The person on the other end of the line sounds upset, says she’s your grandchild and asks for money to get out of a sticky situation. This is how a grandparent scam begins. And because the scam pulls at your heartstrings, it’s easy to become a victim. This is how the “grandparents scam” works.

If you’ve been targeted or victimized, you’re not alone. According to the Federal Trade Commission, Americans lost more than $300 millionto various imposter scams in 2017.

To learn about some helpful steps to ensure protecting yourself from the grandparents scam, CLICK HERE.

What to Know About Caregiver Tax Deductions

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As your Dad’s caregiver, you’ve spent a lot of time—and money—providing him with the support he needs. You’ve found that you’re not only emotionally drained, but financially drained, too. Fortunately, being Dad’s caregiver, there are caregiver tax deductions that can lessen the strain a bit.

To learn more about how to take advantage of these deductions, CLICK HERE.

Charitable Giving – Leaving a Legacy

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Are there certain charities that move you to grab your checkbook? If you value their causes, consider supporting these charitable organizations long term with a program of planned giving.

What is a planned giving program?

Planned charitable giving is a mechanism for donating that can help maximize your gifts, reduce your tax liability, and maintain your assets. Even better, your generosity doesn’t have to wait: You can start giving today.

To learn more about the three general forms of planned giving, CLICK HERE.

Gentry Park Bloomington Welcomes Vendors for Dec. 1 Holiday Open House

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Join Gentry Park Bloomington for our Holiday Open House!

The event will be held on Saturday, December 1 from 9 a.m. – 3 p.m.

If you are a vendor, please note that there is no booth fee, but you will need to provide your own table and chairs.

If you are interested in being a vendor at this event, please call 812-668-1200 and ask for Kim Watson.

We look forward to seeing you there!

What to do if Your Siblings Deny Dad’s Need for Care

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If Dad’s health or capabilities are declining, it may be best for him to get the care he needs in an assisted living community setting. For some families, that can be a difficult choice to make. But while you may be on board about getting him the assistance he needs, are your siblings?

To learn about 5 tips for discussing Dad’s situation with siblings who may be reluctant to see his actual needs, CLICK HERE.

How Seniors Benefit from Volunteering

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Senior living communities have a lot to offer seniors—but one opportunity may surprise you. Many residents become active volunteers. Seniors have time and talent to offer, and by joining together with other residents, can make an impact with their volunteering. The opportunities for getting involved can be wide-ranging, from helping young children read, to working in a communal garden, to gathering items for charity.

If Mom lives in an independent living or assisted living community or is thinking of making a move, encourage her to think about getting—and staying—involved. These activities aren’t just beneficial for those being helped, but they’re beneficial for her, too. To learn how, CLICK HERE.