Is It Time To Take The Car Keys?

It’s one of the toughest choices an adult child has to face: deciding that your
aging parent should no longer be driving. Of course, age alone isn’t a reason to take away the car keys. Plenty of folks in their 80s and 90s still have their
licenses and can drive safely (and statistically speaking, teens are the most dangerous drivers on the road).

Even so, it’s important for you—and your parent—to understand that many of the changes that come naturally with aging, may affect driving ability. Decreases in vision, hearing, and reflexes; medical conditions such as arthritis, Parkinson’s, or Alzheimers; and certain medications can all contribute to unsafe driving.

That’s why making sure your parent can still drive safely is something you’ll want to evaluate on a regular basis.

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Self-Care For The Caregiver

Many people find deep meaning in caring for an elderly family member, but it can be a demanding role to fill. The reality is that most caregivers, especially women, have a fullsenior woman with her home caregiver slate of other responsibilities to juggle alongside caregiving.

The challenge can get even harder with all the extra demands of the holiday season—as shopping, decorating, cooking, entertaining, church and social events—are added into an already stressful schedule.

As we near the end of the year, it is a good time to recognize the important work that family caregivers provide. If you’re a caregiver, it’s also a time to recognize how important it is to take care of yourself, too.

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Are You At Risk From The Equifax Breach?

Senior Couple In Home Office Looking At Laptop

Earlier this year, Equifax announced that the personal information of as many as 145 million Americans had been stolen in a massive security breach.

In addition to names, Social Security numbers, and addresses, the hackers also took birth dates and driver’s license numbers. That means they have the ability to cross-reference the data and specifically target people by age group.

If your information was stolen, you’re at risk for identity theft—and worse. Criminals could steal your tax refund, create a fake Medicaid account, or redirect your Social Security check to a new address. They might even be able to access your bank accounts and clean out your savings. So what can you do about it?

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What To Expect After Moving Into Hearthstone’s Assisted Living Community

What To Expect After Moving Into An Assisted Living Community In Beaverton Oregon | Hearthstone Senior LivingOnce the decision has been made that moving to assisted living is the best option for your senior loved one’s overall quality of life, it’s important to have the right expectation around the move itself and settling into a new living space.

For many seniors, moving out of their homes because of their health, mobility issues or safety concerns may have been a final option to ensure they will receive the level of care they need to thrive. For others, the interest of downsizing and moving into a community that provides comprehensive services is the perfect way to enjoy retirement.

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How To Cut Back On Costs After Retirement

Cutting Costs In Retirement - Tips For Seniors In Beaverton Oregon | Hearthstone Senior LivingMany financial planners recommend that seniors develop a retirement plan that allows them to live off of 80 percent of their annual income. In addition to basic living expenses, retirees may want to consider allocating a portion of their life savings to caregiving services to ensure that their health and safety are accounted for, as they grow older.

Although retirement allows you to relax and dedicate more time to the things you love, the absence of consistent income increases the importance of managing a planned budget that’s built to protect you from unexpected costs. Creating a plan that allows you to be frugal without downgrading your lifestyle is possible and can easily happen when prioritizing your expenses. Consider the following tips that can help you save money in retirement without forcing you to compromise on the things you’ve always wanted to do.

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Choosing Between Assisted Living and Independent Living

Choosing Between Assisted and Independent Living Communities In Oregon | Hearthstone At BeavertonAs your parents and grandparents continue to age, considerations around housing options become more important. For some families, unique circumstances such as poor health and mobility can put limitations on their choices, preventing their senior loved ones from living alone or remaining in their house.

Other families may wish to maintain their independence but aren’t able to because of insufficient funds or an underdeveloped retirement plan. Senior living communities like Hearthstone serve as cost-effective housing solutions that promote personal freedom, while also providing resources that keep your loved ones safe.

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How Seniors Can Relieve Low Back Pain With These Exercises

Exercises That Relieve Back Pain For Seniors In Beaverton Oregon | Hearthstone of BeavertonThe cartilage that exists between your vertebrae naturally wears down as you age, creating the potential for back pain and significant discomfort.

Seniors who experience back pain do not have to miss out on their favorite activities or live a sedentary lifestyle. Instead, aging seniors can follow through with basic, light exercises to maintain and support back flexibility.

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