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What to Do When Elderly Parents Refuse Help

October 26, 2022

If you have elderly parents, the time will come when you need to have THE conversation. Hopefully, you will have it when your parents are vibrant, energetic, and possess all their faculties. Your parents can tell you their plans and hopes for the future, and you can tell them how you will be able to help them when they need your help. They will show you their finances and let you know vital details, such ...

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We Need to Talk About Giving Up The Keys

September 22, 2022

Adults want their independence, it’s human nature. Unfortunately, there comes a time when driving may be a hazard for your parent and others. Age itself isn’t necessarily a reason to take the keys away. But if driving skills are suffering or judgment seems impaired, you’ll want to have a talk before it’s too late. We at Oasis have suggestions to help you determine if your parent should no longer drive, as ...

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Talking to Family When You Can No Longer Care for an Elderly Parent

July 29, 2022

Of course, you care about your elderly parent. But it's becoming clear that you're burning out and just can't devote long hours to their needs anymore. Now what? First, remember that you are not alone. Feelings of guilt and depression are natural but must be addressed for your own mental and physical health. Talking with siblings or supportive family members can help you get perspective on what the next steps must be ...

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The Importance of Socialization in Seniors

February 13, 2020

When you think of relationships important to you, who do you think of? Many people would think of their partner or children, their best friends, or work colleagues. These connections with people who encourage and support us are crucial to our emotional health and overall wellbeing. Unfortunately, seniors can find themselves living without friendships and relationships as they enter their older adult years. Without peer support networks and meaningful relationships, seniors can feel lonely, depressed ...

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Prescriptions for Dementia

January 13, 2020

The World Health Organization reports that more than 50 million people live with dementia worldwide. Even more staggering is the estimation that 10 million new diagnoses are made each year. Dementia, unfortunately, continues to have increased rates of diagnosis and incidence due to a rise in older adults throughout the globe. While dementia, like Alzheimer’s Disease, does not have a cure, certain medications can slow the disease process down or help to combat health ...

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Sleep Disruptions Linked to Health Problems

December 11, 2019

The days may be shorter right now, but darker evenings do not necessarily mean sleep comes more easily. The Centers for Disease Control report that nearly ⅓ of adults report they get less than the recommended seven or more hours each night. While it may seem like sleep is a luxury, getting enough rest can make or break your overall health. Adults over the age of 60 are especially vulnerable to physical and emotional health ...

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Wisconsin Veterans Aid and Attendance Benefits

November 19, 2019

The U.S. Veterans Administration estimates the number of Veterans older than 65 number more than 12 million. More than half the number of Veterans that call Wisconsin home are over the age of 65. However, it can be challenging for these Wisconsin Vets to find the assistance and care they require as they grow older. In fact, many Wisconsin Veterans are not aware of the Aid and Attendance benefit, a program designed to provide ...

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Testing for Alzheimer’s Disease

October 14, 2019

The Alzheimer’s Association reports that 5.8 million Americans are living with Alzheimer’s Disease. It is estimated that by the year 2050, the number will nearly triple to a projected 14 million. It is no wonder the healthcare profession views Alzheimer’s Disease as a crisis and one that is not able to be cured by medications or other interventions. Fortunately, the Alzheimer’s Association and other organizations are pouring money into research ...

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Dementia Vs. Delirium

September 13, 2019

As you age, you can become more vulnerable to specific diseases or conditions. For example, older adults are more likely to have glaucoma or arthritis. Age also increases the chance for older adults to get dementia. However, not every senior who experiences memory deficits could be living with dementia. Dementia and delirium can present similarly, especially for loved ones who are not available to check in on their aging parents daily. However, the two conditions ...

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To Pay for Assisted Living, Take Control

July 25, 2019

When it comes to assisted living, we can have choice in how we live and where we live. Check out my recent blog for details.

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