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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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Make Your Senior's Health Information Handy

Refrigerator magnets are great ways to display photos and artwork. There are other important and potentially life-saving uses for magnets.

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Know Your Senior's Coverage Plan

Navigating the medical and insurance maze can seem daunting for family caregivers trying to help a senior loved one. Check out the following resources in addition to those available at

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Additional Resources

Consider the following resources to learn more about how to keep your senior loved ones safe at home.

Emergency Preparedness: How to Deal with a Traumatic Midnight Call

Dr. Amy D'Aprix discusses being prepared with your senior loved one's medical information should a medical emergency arise. Details include tips on being prepared using Home Instead's Senior Emergency Kit, dealing with your emotions in a medical crisis, and preparing for your loved one's return home following a medical event.

Seniors at Risk with Too Many Doctors

Older adults often find themselves with more than one doctor managing their care. Research shows that seniors can put themselves at risk with multiple medications from several doctors. Check out the practical advice below along with the Home Instead network's Senior Emergency KitSM at

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How to Help Your Senior Manage Medication (Video 1 of 3)

This video series discusses senior medication challenges and offers tips on how to help your senior loved one organize and manage their medication.

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Senior Medication Challenges: How to Help Your Senior Manage Medication (Video 2 of 3)

Senior medication challenges include mistaking medications, side effects, drug interactions, high cost, insurance problems, and pharmacy confusion.

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Useful Tips for Managing Medication: How to Help Your Senior Manage Medication (Video 3 of 3)

Useful ways you can help your senior loved one get organized and avoid drug interactions and confusion about dosing.

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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.

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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.

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