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By 2030, 1 in 5 Americans will be retirement age.

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Kelli Bradley

In my thirties, I was focused on my career, traveling, recently married, and beginning what I thought would be the rest of my life. But when my mom was first diagnosed with diabetes, all of that changed…

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Lazy Sunday for this little one. Puppies are not for the faint of heart. She is so adorable.
Did you know that family pets can tell us a lot about how older adults are managing? Our pets are creatures of habit. They thrive on routines. If you notice accidents in the house, a change in behavior, or withdraw that may be a sign the animal needs attention. Take note, and plan more frequent check-ins for your parents and their furry friends.🐩🐾🦴
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Happy Friday! As the weather warms up, and we get outside don't forget to stay hydrated. By the time you feel thirsty, you could already be dehydrated. That is why it is vital to start your day with a glass of water.
This is problematic for older adults as they lose interest in fluids, may have chronic health conditions, or take medication making dehydration more common.
Did you know some foods have a high water content and can help combat dehydration? Cucumbers 🥒, melons 🍈, celery, and strawberries 🍓 are great examples.
The skin pinch test is a quick and easy way to gauge hydration. Pinch the skin on the back of the hand. If the skin does not bounce back it may indicate mild dehydration. You should always contact your medical provider for advice.💦🚴🥒
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It’s easy for others to tell you to take care of yourself. When I heard that my first thought was easy for you to say. You don’t understand how taxing it can be to care for a medically fragile person. I knew it was important, but most of the time my needs went on the back burner.
So what can you do to strike a balance? One exercise I found so helpful was to take a hard look at the support that already existed or resources I could draw upon in my community. You can find more information about the circle of care on my website thedevoteddaughter.com. You may be surprised to find people who are willing to help. People you never expected often show up at the most unexpected times.😊
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Caring for aging parents can feel like you are taking the weight of the world on your shoulders.
Circumstances may change quickly requiring the family to evaluate health and safety. If you have not talked to your parents please start today. It’s never too soon. And, it’s a conversation over time not a one and done.
I know this can feel overwhelming, but start with small unthreatening ice breakers like tell me about......
You’ve got this!💯
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I have been listening to the audio version of Believe It. Jamie Kern Lima shares her whole heart and she is truly an inspiration. What are you listening to right now? ...

Simple is more when it comes to moving into assisted living or memory care. Don’t get me wrong, making it look and feel like home is vital, but there is only so much room and creating clutter is not the goal.
When we moved my dad to memory care I thought it would be a great chance to get everything organized, labeled and make the space more relaxing. What was I thinking? I had magazines, books, college memorabilia you name it, but by this time his mind was broken into a million pieces. The more stuff I added the more agitated and confused he became. I was doing what made sense to me, not to a person living with dementia.
Take it slow and add personal belongings that create a sense of calm. The person living with a dementia-related illness is changing. As the disease advances don't be surprised or offended if their ability to relate to certain belongings changes. Keep your mind focused on what they can still do and not what is lost.
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