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Why Cracker Barrel is the Best

Posted by Choices in Senior Care on Mar 13, 2018 7:22:51 AM

When you think of Cracker Barrel Old Country Store, you might think of long drives, your grandmother, or biscuits. Cracker Barrel is off almost all exits in the south. Going on a long trip? Chances are you have seen multiple signs for Cracker Barrel.

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Top 10 Best TV Shows to Binge Watch When You Need to Pass the Time

Posted by Choices in Senior Care on Mar 7, 2018 9:11:39 AM

As many of you know, Netflix and chill is becoming more and more popular every day. Personally, my favorite pastime is to binge watch a 7 season/24 Ep. show in one sitting. Now this takes time, commitment, stretching, grocery shopping prior to my binge, and shower breaks (recommended).

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Unfixable Problems

Posted by Jen W on Mar 8, 2017 3:12:22 PM
"I'm sorry", the doctor says, "there's nothing more we can do". 
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Tags: aging, Alzheimer's disease, caregiving, education, General, Assisted Living, care management, cognitive benefits, communication, friendship, grief, health

Preparing Meals That Can Be Safely Swallowed...

Posted by Jen W on Dec 22, 2016 2:12:55 PM

Holidays often mean spending family gatherings around the dinner table to enjoy favorite foods and traditions.   Meal times are enjoyable social times, but when health issues affect one’s ability to safely swallow or lack of coordination and cognitive challenges make getting food where it belongs a difficult task, these enjoyable times can become embarrassing and stressful.  With a little thoughtful pre-planning and creative adjustment to some old family favorites, joy can return to the dinner table.

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Tags: aging, Alzheimer's disease, education, Assisted Living, care management, cognitive benefits, Dementia, dining with dignity, easy meals, health, Holidays, medical, resources, senior safety, seniors, Support

For Seniors, Tiny Acts Can Make a World of Difference

Posted by Brook Dickerson on Mar 11, 2016 1:20:03 PM

I like to hear about nice things being done for seniors, so a few weeks ago I sent an email to our care management team asking for some examples. Good news: There are a lot of people willing to help our seniors across Tennessee! We are, after all, “The Volunteer State”.

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Tags: aging, Alzheimer's disease, caregiving, General, Assisted Living, health, Safety, seniors, socialization

Why Should We Engage a Professional Care Giver??

Posted by Brook Dickerson on Feb 26, 2016 11:23:01 AM

Brook Dickerson answers this question by drawing on her own experience caring for her aging parents.

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Understand the Caregiving Role

Posted by Brook Dickerson on Oct 30, 2015 3:58:13 PM

Every day, lives are made safe and comfortable for seniors with the assistance of informal caregivers. An informal caregiver is an unpaid individual, typically a family member, but also frequently a neighbor or friend, who devotes a portion of their time to assisting a high needs person. The faces of informal caregivers are as diverse as the population in which you find them. Many don’t even identify themselves as caregivers. Informal caregivers assist simply because it is the right thing to do, and are often modest about the help they provide.

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Nourishing Life in Assisted Living

Posted by Brook Dickerson on Sep 18, 2015 12:06:43 PM

September 13-19th is National Assisted Living Week. The theme for this year is “Nourishing Life: Mind, Body, Spirit.” In twelve years of working in senior care, I have seen many situations where Assisted Living communities have truly nourished life for seniors.

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Questions to ask BEFORE Hiring a Caregiver

Posted by Brook Dickerson on Sep 4, 2015 11:44:26 AM

I want to start by saying I'm writing this not only as an Aging Life Care Professional™, but also as a daughter of someone that has in home care. Once help is needed in the home the situation is usually pretty stressful. Your loved one may be against the thought of "hired help", or even in denial of the fact that they need it. Hiring a caregiver for your loved one can be scary. The questions go on and on: Can you trust them? Do they have enough experience? Should I use a company or hire them privately?

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Is an assisted living facility the right choice for you?

Posted by Brook Dickerson on Aug 7, 2015 3:32:36 PM

An assisted living facility (ALF) is a residential option for older adults who need or want help with what are known as activities of daily living, such as; toileting, bathing, eating, and dressing, but don’t need the supervision and around-the-clock medical care of a nursing home.  Residents of assisted living facilities usually have their own apartment or unit.  There are many services and benefits offered at an assisted living facility, which include some, if not all, of the following:

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