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Alzheimer’s – A Little Structure Will Go A Long Way


I very seldom find a happy story about Alzheimer’s. This video does not suggest that Alzheimers is easy to deal with. What is does show is that some of the symptoms of Alzheimer’s can be channeled in a positive direction. Structure can help calm a person with Alzheimer’s. Having a routine helps lessen fears because the person knows what to expect.  I remember (more…)

Alzheimer’s – Is There Any Up Side To This Disease?


(photo courtesy of Auntie P and flickr)

There are now more than 5 million people in the United States living with Alzheimer’s. Even more staggering is that every 72 seconds, someone develops Alzheimer’s.

The healthcare costs are in the billions. The cost to what this terrible disease does to a family (more…)

A Difficult Decision, Moving A Loved One Into A Nursing Home


(photo courtesy of viamarisphotos and flickr) 

It can happen to any family. The day comes when you realize your mom or dad can no longer live on their own and the decision has to be made to move them into a nursing home. Do you take care of them yourself or do you move them right into a nursing home? I had a family member who


Nursing Homes and Your Rights


This a a 9 minute and thirty second video produced by the Health Standards and Quality Bureau of the Healthcare Financing Administration. This bureau is the federal agency responsible for reviewing the care of the residents in a nursing home. The video is informative yet simplified with the clear message, (more…)

Senior Medical Emergencies – Be Prepared


(courtesy of Elvia Montemayor and Flickr)

The inevitable hospital visit no one wants to face has happened. Are you prepared? We all know we want a long and healthy life so let’s not make it a matter of life and death. Today’s hospital environment can be complex. To ease your stay and help the doctors make the right decisions there are a few documents all of us should have prepared and ready. (more…)

Assisted Living Homes – An Alternative to a Nursing Home


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A Residential Assisted Living Home is also referred to as residential care, board and care, congregate care, personal care or group homes with the name depending on the state you live in.  The Residential Assisted Living Home is a little known segment of senior housing which is growing in popularity. As their name becomes more standardized their profile will become more visible.

At a time when you or a family member are making a decision on where to live and how to be cared for take a look at these warm and loving homes as an alternative to a nursing home. A Residential Assisted Living Home provides care for (more…)

After 55 Living Radio Episode 6 – The ABCs of Senior Housing with ALFA

The many options available for Senior Housing can be confusing, so we spoke to Karen Barno, President of the Arizona Chapter of ALFA (Assisted Living Federation of America) about the many choices available.

Karen talks in depth about the different types of housing, the different levels of care, cost structures and how to tour intelligently. If you are considering a move for yourself or a loved one, this episode a a must!

For more information about ALFA and how it can assist you with information about Senior Housing options, visit ALFA Arizona’s website at

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Being there as our parents age


Everytime I see this photo of mom and dad I get tears in my eyes. I just finished reading a really nice blog entitled, “An Aging Parent” by Ann Addison. Click here to read. Blogs like this are just the very best as they are so heartfelt. It touched me and made me think back to that time when my parents were making the transition from home to an assisted living center. It was a difficult decision for the entire family but (more…)

Happy New Year – Out with the Old and in with the New


(photo courtesy of  shesnuckinfuts and flickr)

Countdown to midnight here in the USA. May we all have good health, good friends and count each day a blessing. Happy New Year 2008 from and The Silver Pages