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Senior Emergency Kit

The Home Instead Senior Care® network's Senior Emergency KitSM can help ensure that family caregivers like you have fast and easy access to important information about loved ones in case of an emergency call.

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Making Food Interesting—Recipes

Variety is truly the spice of life. To keep their daily menus interesting, and healthy, seniors will want to mix up their food choices—particularly within each food group—every day. Check out these delectable and nutritious recipes from the Duke Diet and Fitness Center made with the 12 Staples that Seniors Shouldn't Live Without.

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Activities for the Mind, Body and Soul

Keeping an older adult's mind, body and social life active can prevent or even reverse frailty, and family caregivers assisting seniors are in a unique position to help them figure out what activities will work best. According to Stephanie Studenski, M.D., M.P.H., one of the nation's foremost authorities on mobility, balance disorders and falls in older adults, "A key is simple activities that seniors find pleasurable or enjoyable."

Music therapists can design programs that include music improvisation and movement to music.

The Therapeutic Value of Music

Music brings much joy to people of all ages. As it turns out, music is valuable as a therapy as well.

Your loved one also could consider a little extra help to enable her to remain at home when weighing her options for senior care.

ALFs Strong in Recession, But More Seniors Opting for Home

Assisting Living Facilities are one popular living option for older adults. They come with many advantages. But surveys typically reveal that seniors prefer to age in the comfort of their own homes.

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40/70 Conversation Topics

Some topics are difficult for adult children to discuss with their aging parents, but starting the conversation off right can make things a little easier. Here are some scenarios that address common topics from the adult son or daughter's perspective. Each is backed by research conducted in the U.S. for Home Instead Senior Care with tips developed in cooperation with Jake Harwood, Ph.D., communication professor author, and former director of the Graduate Program in Gerontology at the University of Arizona.

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70/40 Conversation Topics

Some topics are hard for seniors and their adult children to discuss, but starting the conversation off right can make things a little easier. Here are some scenarios that address common topics from the senior's perspective. These responses were developed in cooperation with Jake Harwood (Ph.D., University of California, Santa Barbara), Professor of Communication, author, and former director of the Graduate Program in Gerontology at the University of Arizona.

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Top Issues Causing Family Stress

Do you know the top 5 issues that can send brothers and sisters into turmoil over the care of an elderly parent? And what 3 key factors, more than any others, will influence whether sibling relationships will deteriorate, possibly to point that the quality of their parents' care is compromised? How about the impact of birth order and parental favoritism on caregiving situations in families with multiple siblings? You may already know the answers from personal experience.

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Real-Life Situations

Unpaid bills, Mom's shrinking retirement nest egg, heirloom squabbles, freeloading siblings, the devastating effects of a loved one with Alzheimer's disease… These are just a few of the family caregiving stresses that can fray relationships among siblings. What do you do when one family member seems more interested in preserving his future inheritance than in making sure Dad has the care he needs? Or what about the sister who drops in from out of state just long enough to undo the progress you made toward getting Mom to accept a little help around the house? There are ways to minimize family conflicts caused by these and similar real-life situations.

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Life Legacies

Aside from a will (and finding it), there is much information needed to prepare for leaving a lasting legacy. It is important is discuss the wishes of the senior and make sure that everything is in order before they pass. This section will help you prepare the proper Life Legacy for your senior.

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