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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

Caregiver Coaching Provides On-the-Spot Guidance

November is National Family Caregivers Month, which is spearheaded by the nonprofit Caregiver Action Network. It’s a time for us to recognize and honor the dedication, love, and, often, sacrifices that come with taking care of a loved one who needs our help. In America today, more than 53 million people – over one in... Read More

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

When Your Parent is Ready for a Senior Living Community

It may come as a gradual realization, or perhaps suddenly after an accident or illness – you or your parent decide they would be safer or better cared for at a senior living community. It’s not an easy decision – most of us would prefer to age in place – but many times it is... Read More

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

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

When It’s Time to Downsize

Most people express the wish to remain in their own homes as they grow older. But as time goes by, our priorities might change. Maybe we don’t want to keep up such a big place, or health challenges make our home unsuitable. We might decide to move into a smaller retirement home, or to a... Read More

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

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

2020 Is a Great Year to Declare Your Independence From Smoking

This year’s Fourth of July celebration was a much more muted affair than usual. Many communities cancelled or downscaled their fireworks shows, parades and picnics out of precaution during the coronavirus outbreak. Even the Boston Fireworks and Pops Concert was replaced by a prerecorded presentation. But there’s another way we can celebrate independence that’s extra... Read More