Targeting Seniors – What you Need to Know

If you ask around, chances are someone you know has a Senior relative that has been the target and possibly the victim of a scam that focuses on Seniors.  While many scams have no specific target, there are many that are designed to defraud Seniors out of their money in particular. There are several reasons why Seniors make good targets: Seniors often have financial resources making them an opportune target Seniors tend to be more trusting and due to relative isolation, seek someone to talk to and who will pay attention to them Seniors often will not report these crimes […]

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How Do You Control Your Destiny in the Senior Years? Part 2 of 2

In Part 1 of this post, we looked at several aspects of a Senior Living plan that helps expand our range of choices.  In that post, we addressed finances, legal framework and healthcare security. To review, the message is this: the more you understand the common issues that creep into our lives as we age, the better you can plan for them.  Some of those issues may never happen, but having a plan helps minimize the stress and allows you to have control over your circumstances even if you are losing control over your physical and/or mental faculties. Here in […]

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How Do You Control Your Destiny in Your Senior Years?  Part 1 of 2

  The image of long walks on the beach at sunset is the stereotypical vision many people have of retirement.  It certainly can happen that way – I know that’s what I’m hoping for!  But how can we make sure that happens?  The answer is to exert control wherever possible.  There are key mechanisms that help people establish and maintain control as they age.  These levers are; financial planning and stability, legal instrumentation, healthcare security, a progressive living plan, social support and mobility.  Understanding how and when to apply these levers are the greatest modicums of control you can pull […]

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Healthcare Consumer

Being A Good Healthcare Consumer

The ever shifting healthcare landscape has changed drastically in the past couple of decades and constant change is the only thing you can count on.  The trend is that consumers of healthcare are paying more out of their pocket for healthcare services and health insurance than ever before.  An unforeseen complication can have a devastating impact to most people’s financial stability.  Chronic disease can also have a huge impact.  Never has it been more important to be a good healthcare consumer. The challenge for most people is how to start being an advocate.  That’s where we come in. Healthcare as […]

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Senior Care

Understanding How to Prioritize the Basic Needs of Seniors

Here we take a basic look at human need and then extend that to Senior Living. Many may be familiar with the diagram below commonly known as Maslow’s hierarchy of needs.  Abraham Maslow was an American psychologist who created the diagram.  The purpose is to illustrate the order of which human beings prioritize their needs.  At the bottom represents the most basic of needs beginning with the need to breathe, eat, drink and sleep – the body’s most essential functions.  As the pyramid ascends, we see the needs for safety followed by the emotional needs and then culminating in the […]

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Senior Planning

Why Plan for Senior Living?

What is your definition of independence? My definition of independence means having as many options and choices as possible. When it comes to Senior Living, the options are many and overwhelming.  Some are very attractive while others may seem distasteful.  Here’s the reality: if you don’t plan for your Senior years, then your options will be limited to your available resources.  Simply put, your independence will be determined by the resources you have and what you are willing to pay.  For some, enough resources exist that will allow all options to remain open.  This is a very small percentage of […]

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Adult Children of Seniors

Tips for Adults Talking to Their Parents About Senior Living Choices

You can dance around the issue and pretend there’s no problem. That’s what 75% of families do. But when it’s too hard to ignore, take a deep breath, set aside sufficient time, and use these tips to begin a rich conversation about senior living choices. Start with these tips when you need to talk to an aging parent about senior living, senior care, and the way forward for your family. Before the Conversation … Where to Begin Do your homework. Before you initiate the conversation about senior care, prepare yourself: Create a list of your concerns for your aging parent. Are […]

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The Institute for Quality Senior Living

Why The Institute for Quality in Senior Living Exists

There is a crisis coming for Senior Citizens in the United States. In fact, it’s already here. You may have heard of the “Silver Tsunami,” the wave of baby boomers reaching retirement age over the next decade. The growing number of Seniors will overwhelm the amount of housing and healthcare resources that will perpetuate the growing crisis. The perfect storm of exploding demand, limited supply and a very fragmented and ill-prepared healthcare system will continue to put many Seniors in precarious situations. The stated goal of the Institute for Quality in Senior Living (IQSL) is to provide information to Seniors, […]

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