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‘Tis the Season for Caregiver Relief: Using Respite Care Over the Holidays

Get to the mall for some gift shopping...Order, print, and mail out the holiday cards...Pick up Mom’s prescription...Bake and decorate the cookies for the school party...Shovel the snow from Mom and Dad’s front porch…Pack for our vacation…Help my aunt prepare meals for the week…Find time to relax and watch a holiday movie with the kids…

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Recognizing and Managing Anxiety in Older Adults

Even though as many as 20% of older adults experience anxiety or another type of mental health concern, it is largely stigmatized and avoided. Because of this stigmatization, the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) states that “depressive disorders are an under-recognized condition and often are untreated or under-treated among older adults.”

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Safety Tips for Traveling with a Senior This Holiday Season

Last year, the holidays looked a little different than they have in the past. Families were having virtual Thanksgiving meals, outdoor gift exchanges, and intimate reunions through glass windows. Despite some concerns about traveling this year, many people are vaccinated and ready to hit the road (and skies) to spend the holidays with their loved ones.

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Why You Should Consider Assisted Living at HarborChase of Shorewood

It’s natural to want to remain in your comfort zone. One survey estimated that nearly 90% of adults over 50 wish to “age in place”—to stay in the comfort of their own homes for as long as possible. Even if the floor creaks and the paint is chipped, it’s still your home, where you’ve spent many years enjoying life and creating memories.

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Transitioning from Caregiver to Advocate for Your Aging Parent

If you’re a caregiver for an older parent, you may have gotten comfortable in this role. You’ve created a routine where you feel confident in your abilities to schedule, clean, assist, and entertain. However, there may come a time when you and your family decide to move your parent into an assisted living community for more dedicated and professional care.

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Table for One! Practical Tips for Cooking for One

Cooking can be a fun and enjoyable activity, but if you live alone, it can be hard to muster up the willpower to spend two hours cooking and cleaning—and then inevitably eating your leftovers for the next week straight. It may seem a lot easier to simply pop in a frozen pizza, pick up take-out, or just snack through the evening until it’s time for bed. 

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8 Tips on Building Friendships in Senior Living

When we’re younger, making friends seems so easy. We connect with our classmates, our neighbors, our teammates, and eventually, our coworkers. As we get older, though, it becomes more challenging to build and maintain friendships.

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Understanding Dementia: How Routine Can Help Those with Memory Loss

Caring for a parent or family member with dementia can come with unique challenges. Ensuring they are safe, healthy, and mentally stimulated can be overwhelming, especially for those who are new to caregiving or dealing with memory loss. Going into it unprepared can cause confusion and frustration for you and your family member.

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Where Unwinding Meets Engagement: What is Active Relaxation?

The term “active relaxation” may sound like a paradox—if you’re relaxing, then you’re not active, and if you’re active, then you’re not relaxing, right? The answer: not quite.

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It’s Howdy Doody Time! HarborChase of Shorewood Resident Shows off His Work to the Stars of American Pickers

HarborChase of Shorewood, Wisconsin, had an exciting weekend when the cast of History Channel’s American Pickers stopped by for a visit. They were there to see one of our residents, Matthew Gruber, and his impressive puppet and animatronics collection. Matt designed the popular 1950’s children’s tv show character Howdy Doody as well as various show characters from the show.

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