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Articles and Guides

Use the following articles and guides to help you make an informed decision. Please contact your Community Resource Consultant if you have questions.


Hiring a Caregiver Safety Tips 

Finding a caregiver is a difficult and an emotional task. Operating under stressful conditions causes many people to hire individuals or acquaintances to help care for their loved one at home, rather than bringing in a qualified agency.

Essential Caregivers 

Skilled nursing facilities and senior communities, when in lock-down, do not let the public in. However, if you are an essential caregiver, you may be the exception.

Spring Cleaning 

When we think about spring, our minds conjure images of fresh, clean air, sunshine, and getting out of the house more often. So, today is a great time to begin freshening up our homes and streamlining the useful spaces.

The COVID-19 Vaccine Is on The Way 

COVID-19 vaccinations are on the way to help everyone through the pandemic.

Be a Good Neighbor! 

Checking on your neighbors is the right thing to do.

Agent Orange and Blue Water Navy Vietnam Veterans 

Blue Water Navy Vietnam Veterans may be eligible to receive benefits for exposure to Agent Orange.

Visiting Safely with Loved Ones During the Holidays 

Safely visit your friends and family during the COVID-19 pandemic.

Staying Healthy During COVID-19 Without Avoiding Routine Medical Visits 

Everyone must continue with their health maintenance. That means routine checkups.

Vote Safely? Yes, You Can 

In my work I interact with older adults every day, and of late I’ve been hearing a great deal of angst about the November 3rd presidential election during the pandemic. Should you be wary and cautious? Absolutely. Give up and don’t bother voting? Not a chance.

My Dad's Falling A Lot 

My dad lives at home with my mom. They’re pretty independent but my dad has fallen three times in the last few months. Why is he falling so much? Should he stay home? Help!

Should I Stay or Should I Move? 

Staying home may not be the safest or best choice for some older adults and seniors. Independent living is a good option for those who want to keep their independence.

Medicare Supplements 

Not all supplements are created equal. Make sure to ask questions and contact a SHIP Counselor for assistance and a Medicare insurance broker.

Just Wear Your Mask! 

Protect your loved ones, your friends and others. It's the human thing to do!

How Will You Decide? 

An analysis on how different people plan for senior housing in different ways.

Dad and the Empty Nest 

Dads suffer from empty nest syndrome, too. This article talks about tips to get through the experience.

Planning for the future 

As we age we prepare for many things: new house, new baby, college, retirement, etc. We don’t plan on getting really old, we don’t plan on getting sick and we don’t plan for changes in our mental status. This needs to change. In order for everyone to age “well” planning needs to be done by everyone.

Communication and Family 

Talking with your parents is not always easy. Keeping with the facts, allowing your parents to make their own decisions and helping them along the way.

Coronavirus - Helping Seniors Through Unprecedented Times 

Seniors still need to stay in contact during crisis'. Stay connected and offer love remotely.

Collector or Hoarder? It's a Fine Line 

Keeping things just because you may need it some day is not a good excuse to hold onto things.

Unexpected Changes 

Many of us that have aging parents or loved ones ask a common question, what can we do to help transitioning seniors? Taking time to understand their unique talents, interests and health situation is a good start. Offering verbal encouragement and being supportive of their needs will go a long way toward improving their outlook on life.

Medicare Open Enrollment 

The fall season means the launch of Medicare open enrollment, which begins on October 15th and continues through December 7th. During this enrollment cycle you may also switch from one Medicare Advantage Plan to another, or from one Medicare Part D (prescription) to an alternative provider.

Interacting with Developmentally Disabled Adults 

Different is good. We don't all have to be the same.

Why You Need a Power of Attorney 

Everyone over the age of 18 needs a Power of Attorney. It's important for your own health.

Interview on BACOA Radio with Jennifer Prell 

Reframing Aging Podcast on Senior Living

Moving Earlier Can Lengthen Your Life and Promote Happiness 

We answer the question "What advantages do older adults have to gain by moving to a senior community? What can moving do for a senior?

Living a Low-Maintenance Life 

There is a new movement that has people stepping back and reviewing the value of our most precious gift - time. Today’s older adults live longer, healthier lives; they want to be active in fun activities, not drudgery.

Be Bold - Control Your Own Destiny 

Articles written for the Northwest Herald's "Fearless Aging" column will be posted in this section. This first article talks about living to your maximum potential.

LGBTQ+ Aging Population 

Aging is hard. Aging as part of the LGBTQ+ community can be even harder.

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