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Nearly 90 percent of seniors say they want to stay in their home. Doing so gives them a wonderful sense of continued independence.

But having mom or dad live alone can be a source of worry for their adult children. The, "What if?" scenarios can often overwhelm the mind. "What if she falls down?" "What if he forgets something on the stove?" "What if she doesn't tell me it's getting harder for her to get around?"

If you feel like this, you're not alone. In 2007 the AARP surveyed boomer women and found that two-thirds are concerned about their parents' ability to live independently.

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Caregiver looking at prescriptions with elderly patient

Multiple Medications Increase Risks for Seniors

Keeping track of prescription medications could be a confusing and potentially dangerous task for many seniors. Resources such as the Senior Emergency Kit can help family caregivers stay on top of their loved one’s medications.

Elderly woman with hearing loss

Hearing Loss Adds to Caregiver Stress

Hearing-impaired seniors can put themselves in danger of getting inappropriate medical care at the doctor’s office. If your parent is in such a predicament, that can create more stress for you. Enlist the help of a friend or Home Instead CAREGiverSM if you can’t be there with Mom or Dad.

Top Five Senior Scams

The top five senior scams and how they work, according to The National Association of Triads, Inc. and Home Instead.

Senior Con Games

Stakes are high when criminals target older adults.

Scams Often Target Older Adults

Scams often are geared to older adults with the intent to defraud them of money and even property. However, these scam artists often will stay away from older adults who have a support network. Make your presence visible in your senior loved one's life. If you can't be there, consider recommending to your older adults hiring a second set of eyes and ears such as a professional caregiving service.

"Fraud": Another Word For Elder Abuse

Elder abuse is among the most reprehensible of crimes against seniors. Regrettably, a study by the National Research Council estimated that there are between one and two million cases of elder abuse in the U.S. and the Senate Special Committee on Aging has speculated that four times as many cases of abuse against older adults go unreported.

Smoke detector

Special Fire Devices for Seniors Help Ensure Safety

Smoking and candles don’t mix — not with seniors, who often live alone without a second set of eyes to be on guard for accidents. Family members can take steps to help minimize the safety risk, but a home helper — such as a Home Instead CAREGiverSM — might be a good option to help keep Mom or Dad safe.

Middle-aged woman decorating her parents' house for the holidays.

Put Safety First When Decorating Seniors' Homes

If the grandchildren are coming to your senior loved one’s home for the holidays, help ensure a safe environment. From decorations to presents to food, don’t miss a detail. A Home Instead CAREGiverSM could help pull everything together.

CAREGiver helping an elderly woman organize her garage.

Clutter Control Can Pose Challenges at Home

Some seniors could unwittingly create safety risks in their abodes that include the risk of slipping on loose papers, the threat of fire or the health hazards of mold and mildew. If your senior needs help to keep the house tidy, consider support.

Spring Cleaning a Senior’s Home: 5 Tips to Get It Done

Spring cleaning is such a refreshing annual tradition. A brightened, fresh clean home makes all the hard work worth it. But if your senior loved one hasn’t been able to keep up with regular housekeeping chores, you may be facing a daunting task. Where to begin? Start with this list.

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