Music Therapy for Seniors: Nostalgia as a Stress Reducer

The Older Americans Act of 1992 listed music therapy as “the use of musical or rhythmic interventions specifically selected by a music therapist to accomplish the restoration, maintenance, or improvement of social or emotional functioning, mental processing, or physical health of an older individual.” Ever since we opened our music therapy and meditations series playlist on youtube, we’ve received numerous questions about the true benefits.

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Lifestyles changes that can help prevent Dementia

We here at SeniorCareHelper are always on the lookout for great information that can help serve our user community. We recently ran across this great Tedx presentation by Max Lugavere at the Venice Beach TedX event from a few years back. It is still quite pertinent and has some great info about how to make some lifestyle changes that can help avoid Dementia. Enjoy. https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=f0WCb23KPEw

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Top 10 Medical Emergency Alert Devices for Seniors

If you have an elderly parent, you know how difficult it is to successfully monitor their safety especially if they are not living with you.  There is the constant possibility of falls and medical emergencies.  Sure you might be able to call in and check on them on occasion, but emergencies don’t usually happen in convenient moments.  We wanted to help distinguish an almost necessary

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LGBTQ-Friendly Senior Care Facility: Everything You Need to Know

The time eventually comes in most people’s lives where they have to consider moving to a senior care facility. This can be an extremely difficult process, especially for LGBTQ seniors.  Throughout various research conducted, the conclusion is that senior facilities are not that welcoming of people who are LGBTQ. To combat this, many senior care facilities implement discrimination laws, but they have proven to not

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When Is It Time to Move a Senior Loved One into Assisted Living?

Most of us want to continue living independently in our own homes for as long as possible. However, it’s not always safe to do so. In many cases, children and relatives are the first to notice when help is needed for an aging loved one, which can create conflict when bringing up the subject. Below, learn what behaviors you should keep an eye out for,

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Weighing Long-Term Care Options During COVID-19: Tips for Caregivers

Pandemics are stressful for everyone, but it’s even more frightening if you have elderly loved ones who are at a greater risk of developing serious complications. As a caregiver, you will probably have to add COVID-19 to your list of things to consider when choosing long-term care options for your loved one. If you’re weighing long-term care decisions during a health crisis such as COVID-19,

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Pets: A Therapeutic Wonder for Seniors

In an assisted living home three seniors sit quietly in a community living room space. Rose is thinking about how far away her children and grandchildren are, missing their company. Bert keeps mentally going over the mistakes he has made in life, fixated on what people did wrong and how the situations should have been rectified. Betty is thinking about her aching back and joints,

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Helping Seniors Thrive with the Power of Music

Music has the power to move the heart and soul, and experts believe that its benefits extend to both physical and emotional health (Fernandez, 2013). Music is a common denominator across income levels, education levels, cultures and age. It is very diverse and expressive, making it a beautifully unique element to societies across the world. Music has been sought out for various emotional fulfillments and

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Preventing and Confronting Senior Abuse and Exploitation

Picture this: An assisted living home in a small town houses 50 seniors. Many of these seniors lived very different lives in different socio-economic income brackets, but still find themselves living together in the same community with similar struggles. Seniors are a vulnerable population due to sickness, weakness, and decreases in cognitive function. Unfortunately the vulnerable in this world often bear the brunt of the

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Cohousing: The Changing Opportunities of Independent Living for Seniors

“While I had tried to save for retirement, I never understood the cost of aging.” This statement was made by Susan, a 60-year-old widow in Bellingham, Washington. She has an annual income of $11,000 (Western Washington University, 2017). When looking at the skyrocketing fees required for senior housing and care, what is someone like Susan supposed to do? The Joint Center for Housing Studies of

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