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28 Questions for Assisted Living Interviews Everyone Should Ask

If your parent has reached a stage in their life where they can no longer manage to live alone, assisted living can be the next step in providing them with the proper care they need. Assisted living can be very hands-on, or a situation where they get check-ins and customized assistance based on their physical or mental capabilities. These communities are a branch of long-term care that provides a combination …

Proven Benefits of Occupational Therapy for Elderly Patients

As people age, basic daily tasks can become somewhat difficult—whether it be delayed reactions or just physical aches from getting older. But there are some things you can do about it! Physical therapy can help you recover from injuries and surgery when you’re older, maintain that functionality in your limbs, and keep some flexibility. Occupational therapy is a more comprehensive therapy that helps with physical, mental, and cognitive well-being. We …

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16 Tips For How To Move A Parent With Dementia To Assisted Living

Moving a parent with dementia into the right living setting can be a daunting process. Depending on their disease’s severity, you may find yourself feeling very frustrated and scared and a slew of other emotions. But that’s ok! You’re not alone.  We have some tips that may help you manage that transition of moving your parent with dementia into a place that will help them and care for them the …

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15 Low-Income Senior Living Options In Minnesota

Compared to owning a home, senior living apartments and condos can save people tons of money. When you look at the cost of living, meals, lawn care—you name it—in the end, it adds up. But it’s also essential to find affordable housing for yourself or your loved ones. How to Qualify for Low-Income Housing Low-income, or subsidized housing, is affordable housing for people or seniors who have low or very …

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16 Fun Things to Do in Waconia, MN For Any Season: COVID Edition

With our Nagel Assisted Living & Memory Care Community being located in Waconia, MN, we’re always looking for fun activities for residents and their families to do around the area. With the COVID-19 pandemic putting a damper on things, we’ve sought out the most COVID-Friendly fun things to do in Waconia for every season. Top Food & Drink In Waconia As we’ve all been stuck at home for these past …

Minnesota Senior Living: How To Choose Your Next Community

When it comes to finding senior housing for yourself or a relative, it’s critical to weigh your options so you find the right community that checks all of your boxes. Minnesota is home to thousands of senior living communities, but the demand for them continues to grow. Data shows that the population of Minnesota residents over 65 years old will grow in the next 10 years by nearly 300,000. This …

Indoor Fitness Ideas for Seniors

Working out is hard enough as is, but working out when the weather is bad or you are having trouble leaving the house is an even bigger challenge. There are so many factors that contribute to possibly dangerous situations such as the snow, icy sidewalks & bad road conditions. While it is a good idea to work out for your mental and physical health, going to the gym might not …

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How to Reduce Stress and Really Relax During Retirement

Think you’re ready for a stress-free retirement? If you have saved enough to stretch your funds through your golden years, then you may be able to save yourself from one common form of stress. Even with your finances figured out, however, it can be helpful to prepare for some slightly smaller, yet significant, issues that can cause older adults stress during their golden years. Some of these stressors may even …

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Occupational Therapy’s Role in Senior Centers

Senior centers aren’t just where older adults play card games – they are a place for socialization, enriching seniors’ health and more. Senior centers are an important community resource for older adults because they provide access to programs and services that promote health and independence. Senior centers serve a multitude of purposes, including meal and nutrition sites, screening clinics, recreational and fitness centers, volunteer coordinating clinics, and community meeting facilities. …

Addiction in the elderly

Addiction in the Elderly Population

Drug and alcohol abuse among the elderly is a rapidly growing health problem in the United States. Addiction among people 65 and up is often underestimated and under-diagnosed, which can prevent them from getting the help they need. According to the Office of Alcoholism and Substance Abuse Services, substance abuse among senior citizens can be classified into two general forms: the “hardy survivor,” or those who have been abusing substances …

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