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June 29, 2021

A Welcoming Community of Care

June is Pride month, a time for both celebration and consciousness raising. At LifeCare Advocates, one of our ongoing concerns is the challenges that face our LGBTQ loved ones, friends, colleagues, and clients as they age. Aging presents challenges for everyone, but LGBTQ elders must also deal with the potential for prejudice and even mistreatment.... Read More
June 21, 2021

Recognizing and Stopping Elder Abuse

Did you know that 1 in 10 adults over age 60 are abused, neglected, or financially exploited? Abuse can happen in many places, including the older person’s home, a family member’s house, an assisted living facility, or a nursing home. The mistreatment of older adults can be by family members, strangers, healthcare providers, caregivers, or... Read More
January 27, 2021

Staying Well in 2021

On January 1, many people welcomed 2021 with open arms and a smidge of optimism. People of all ages are mentally drained from the stresses of the pandemic. Physically, we’re also dragging a bit, having been cut off from many of the activities that kept us moving. This may be especially so for the older... Read More
January 12, 2021

Frequently Asked Questions About the COVID-19 Vaccine

Thank goodness, vaccinations against the COVID-19 virus are making their way to our older loved ones. People who live in long-term care settings may already have received their first vaccination shot or been given a date when they’ll get it. Their facility will keep them informed, explain the risks and benefits of the vaccination, and... Read More
November 23, 2020

In Challenging Times, Try a Dose of Gratitude

A helping hand. An illness cured. A sunny day. A rainy day! We experience gratitude for many reasons, big and small. And when we do, says Glenn Fox, a neuroscientist at the University of Southern California, we are immersed in a uniquely human sensation. “Gratitude is such a key function of our social lives and... Read More
October 28, 2020

Managing Stress and Depression in Trying Times

We at LifeCare Advocates have been hearing about general underlying stress from so many people these days. The presidential election is very divisive, a second wave of COVID-19 infections is looming, and social problems are driving unrest. Millions of people are newly unemployed or under-insured, or both. Older people, especially, are stressed. They may be... Read More
September 21, 2020

How to Strengthen Your Resilience

September is Healthy Aging Month, a 20-year-old celebration of the ways we can all ensure our well-being as we get older. Whether it’s taking care of ourselves physically, emotionally, financially or otherwise, we can all take steps at any age to improve how we feel tomorrow. That is certainly true of resilience. Psychological or emotional... Read More
September 10, 2020

What the Pandemic Has Taught Us About Planning

Thinking about future living arrangements for yourself or an older loved one can be daunting. In 2020 the realities brought on by the coronavirus pandemic have given us even more to think about. Here’s how we at LifeCare Advocates have updated our planning advice in four key areas based on what we’ve seen during this... Read More
August 10, 2020

Protect Your Health With These Vaccinations

The topic of vaccines is in the news a lot these days as scientists race to develop an immunization to fight the coronavirus. Yet as we focus on the possibility of a vaccine for COVID-19, let’s not forget the other vaccines that are currently available to protect our health, independence and even our lives. Talk... Read More
July 15, 2020

Talking to Your Loved One About Hearing Aids

When we think about health problems that might threaten the well-being of older loved ones, we usually first think of heart disease, diabetes or dementia. But according to a policy statement from the Journal of the American Medical Association (JAMA), hearing loss also is one of the top health challenges for older adults. Hearing loss... Read More