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a woman gaining weight in a healthy wayThis holiday season, adult children across the country will be flocking to their parents’ homes, ready to enjoy the holidays. Unfortunately for some, those visits may bring to light some concerning changes in Mom or Dad.

One common change? Unintentional weight loss.

If you’ve noticed that Mom or Dad have lost weight recently without trying, here are some helpful tips for healthy senior weight gain, as well as a look at some of the underlying issues the sudden weight loss may indicate.

assisted vs independentA question you hear a lot in senior living is “which is the right fit—independent living or assisted living?”

The answer to that question lies in the definition of each community type. By fully understanding the two terms, you’ll be able to better understand which is the ideal place for you.

physical therapy exercisesDear Jeremy,

My husband was recently hospitalized for a bad case of pneumonia. He’s recovering but he’s going to need rehabilitation after he leaves the hospital to get back on his feet.

He’s a little nervous because he has no idea what to expect. Can you give me some examples of therapy exercises? I think it would help put his mind at ease.

hospital gift ideas for seniorsIf your friend or family member is in the hospital, it’s natural to want to bring them something when you visit. However, how do you know what gift will be appropriate and appreciated?

To help you out, here are some hospital gift ideas (that aren’t flowers!) that are perfect for older adults.

holidays long term careIf this is your loved one’s first year in a long-term care community, the holidays can be a stressful time. Even if they’ve lived there for some time, it can still be difficult. Your celebrations will be different from how they were in years past—but “different” doesn’t have to mean “worse.”

Here are some tips to help you plan for the holidays with a loved one in long-term care.

helping senior with laundryDear Elonda,

My mom has been living at home by herself since my dad passed away three years ago. She was doing okay at first but now she seems to be slowing down a bit.

To help her, I go over once or twice a week to do yard work, help with laundry, go grocery shopping for her—anything she needs done. I live nearby so it’s not too difficult to make the trip, although sometimes it’s hard to find a free moment.

macintosh long term careLong-term care communities provide assistance with activities of daily living, which include walking, eating, dressing/grooming, toileting, bathing and transferring/standing up.

Essentially, they provide the support your parent needs when living at home is no longer an option due to difficulties with the activities of daily living (ADLs) listed above.

Assistance with ADLs isn’t the only thing communities provide, though. They also provide resources and programming to meet more than just physical needs.

How Much Does Assisted Living CostDear Jaclyn,

My mom is in her mid-80s and while she’s in pretty good shape for her age, she’s starting to have some issues getting around. I think—and she agrees—that it’s time to start looking at assisted living communities.

However, I’m having a hard time finding information about cost. Can you tell me how much assisted living costs? And how much would it cost for Mom to live at a MacIntosh community?