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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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9 Free Things to do in Knoxville for Caregivers and Seniors

Posted by Choices in Senior Care on Feb 5, 2018 9:20:52 AM

 

You want to go out and do something fun with your senior.  Maybe you have more time on your hands after reading our blog about Top Seven Time Saving Tips for Caregivers.  But finding the right activity for your senior can be difficult when it seems like everything is geared for a younger more active audience or it costs money.  Don’t be discouraged though because we have put together a list of Knoxville’s best attractions for caregivers and seniors.  The best part is they are all free! 

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Advocacy: What is it and who needs it?

Posted by Choices in Senior Care on Jan 10, 2018 11:32:00 AM

pexels-photo-210585.jpegAre you an advocate? Do you help someone voice their needs and concerns? Do you provide needed information, or help make sense of information given to someone? Have you ever answered the question, “What would I want if I were in the other person’s shoes?” If so, chances are good that you have been an advocate. It’s both easier and harder than it sounds. If you are with your mom in the hospital, she might not want to pursue aggressive treatment for her latest exacerbation of her congestive heart failure (which now includes pneumonia), even though you believe she should. Can you effectively advocate for her in this case? You can, but it might be challenging. An advocate must adopt the views and preferences of the one advocated for, and make sure those views and preferences are heeded.

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6 Questions to Ask About Your Seniors Companion Pet

Posted by Choices in Senior Care on Dec 2, 2017 11:00:00 AM

Wondering if it’s a good idea to find a new pet for a parent or grandparent? It’s a question that often comes up around the Holidays. Like the Christmas my brother decided to give my parents a voucher from the local pet shelter for a dog or cat, without asking if they wanted one. We certainly had a lively discussion over dinner that year!

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Top 8 Gifts for Adults Living with Dementia

Posted by Zach Wegman on Nov 30, 2017 3:14:57 PM

 

If you are anything like me, shopping for the holidays or special occassions is a nerve-wracking and anxiety-producing experience. Finding the perfect gift is completely impossible. Finding an acceptable gift is an almost Herculean task that requires stamina, determination, and luck. Whether it is for Christmas, Birthday, or even just because, buying a present can be stressful. Buying a gift for your loved one living with dementia or Alzheimer's is no different. To help you find an acceptable and maybe even perfect gift, I’ve gathered a list of 8 great ideas:

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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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The Who, What, and When of Independent Living

Posted by Brook Dickerson on Aug 28, 2015 5:00:06 PM

What is independent living?

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Home Safety Series - Preventing Falls (Part II)

Posted by Jeremy Painter on Jul 22, 2015 4:29:53 PM

In part two of our Home Safety Series, we’ll focus on making your home safer by focusing on the bedroom, bathroom and other living areas. Our goal with this series is to help seniors reduce the risk of falling in their home environment. By taking a proactive approach to making these simple changes, you can significantly reduce the risk of falling.

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Home Safety Series - Preventing Falls

Posted by Jeremy Painter on Jul 10, 2015 2:57:19 PM

In this article, we'll examine a number of changes you can make to the main living area of your home that will help reduce the risk of falling.  Injuries sustained from falls continue to impact the overall health and quality of life for many seniors.  By taking a proactive approach to making these simple changes, you can help to prevent the increased risk of a fall.

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