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!

8 Tips to Help Manage Dad’s Medications

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Have you noticed that Dad is more irritable than he used to be? Has there been a change in his sleeping patterns? These may be due to recent life-changing events, but they also could be signs of medication mismanagement.

According to a study published by PubMed, 87% of seniors take one prescription medication, 36% of seniors take five prescriptions or more, and 38% use over-the-counter medications.

Medication management will help avoid potential drug risks and reduce preventable adverse drug effects with medications used by seniors. To learn about eight tips for better medication management, 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.

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.

5 Signs of Parkinson’s Disease to Watch for in Seniors

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Parkinson’s disease (PD) isn’t always easy to spot at first, but it’s important to be aware of the symptoms early on as thousands of cases go undetected each year. Whether Mom’s hands are shaking more than normal or her movements are “delayed,” getting her symptoms checked out with a neurologist is the first step to getting the treatment she needs.

The Parkinson’s Foundation notes that about one million Americans live with PD, and approximately 60,000 Americans are diagnosed with it each year—meaning that approximately 1% of the population over 60-years-old has PD.

To learn more about the symptoms of PD, which may vary from person to person, CLICK HERE.


8 Lifestyle Healthy Habits for Seniors

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It’s a fact: People celebrate more birthdays now than ever before. According to data from the National Institute on Aging (NIA), by 2050 there could be as many as one million individuals living in the U.S. who are 100 years old or older.

Want to be one of them? To read some key suggestions offered by the NIA, CLICK HERE.