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Three Common Questions About Advance Directives »

The topic of advance directives often goes undiscussed between family members and loved ones, and for good reason. It’s a difficult subject to broach. But because this document allows you to spell out how you’d like to be cared for at the end of your life, it’s important have an open conversation with your loved ones to ensure they fully understand your wishes. With varying processes in different states and confusing terminology, questions often arise about the nuances of advance directives....  

What is a Living Will? »

We all know what a will is, but do you know what a living will is? A living will (also known as "advance health care directives" or "advance directives") is a legal document that is used to dictate a person’s desires regarding how life-prolonging medical treatments are provided. A living will is an important document to have so that your family and doctors know how you’d like to be cared for, should you yourself lose the ability to communicate it yourself. When Does a Living Will Take Eff...  

The Grandparent's Ultimate Guide to Email »

Connecting with grandkids is one of the greatest joys for grandparents. As Margaret Mead put it, “Everyone needs to have access both to grandparents and grandchildren in order to be a full human being.” And nowadays, one of the best ways to access your grandchildren is through email. Whether connecting through your child’s email account or your grandchild’s, this form of communication is quick, reliable and provides ample space for sharing stories, photos and more with one another. Here ar...  

Five Resources for Finding Classic Movies »

Did you know that many classic films are readily available to watch at any time online? Thanks to the Internet, you no longer need to own a copy of your favorite classic movie in order to watch it. Even better, you can watch many classic films for free. Below are five online resources that will allow you to watch classic movies on your computer, tablet or on a TV connected to the Internet. 1. WatchTCM Turner Classic Movies’ (TCM) online companion to their television channel features a p...  

The Ultimate Guide to Video Chat »

With family all over the country (or globe) it can be tough to make every birthday party, family gathering and Sunday night dinner. Fortunately, technology is making connecting with family and friends easier than ever. Video chat has become a popular form of communication for many families, whether it’s used to wish grandkids a happy birthday or to simply say hello to a sister across the country. Although it’s a great resource, sometimes the technology piece can get a bit confusing and hold...  

Top Tech Tools Every Senior Needs »

Although the word “technology” often conjures up images of savvy millennials using the latest-and-greatest high-tech devices, the truth is that technology is important for all generations.  Whether used for entertainment, communication or safety, there are a number of tech tools that every senior should have at their disposal. We’ve picked five tech tools that every older adult should have to help them live a healthy and connected life. 1. Video Chat Software Video chat software, such as...  

How Inpatient Rehab After A Hospital Stay Really Works: An Inside Look »

Rehabilitation care varies from patient to patient due to the unique needs of each health individual’s health situation, but there are some common things you can expect when going through rehab yourself or setting it up for a loved one. The following information will give you an idea of the process from before admission to the discharge date, and beyond.    Rehab can be set up pre-hospitalization. Many older adults having elective surgery, such as a hip or knee replacement, can set up t...  

Power of Touch: What We Learned During the Event »

On February 17, Chicagoland Methodist Senior Services welcomed music therapist Allison Setzke, MM, MT-BC, and massage therapist Donna Schiller, MPH, LMT, to Covenant Home, where they led a presentation about the power of massage and music therapies in pain management. Allison and Donna provide therapy for patients at Rainbow Hospice and Palliative Care. They focus on providing customized care that takes into account the patient’s mood, interests and condition to help alleviate pain and incre...  

How to Bounce Back Faster After a Health Crisis »

Older adults can struggle to get back to their normal selves after a health crisis, mainly because their bodies have trouble adapting quickly to all the changes. Being in and out of the hospital creates stress and exhaustion, so it’s important to take extra care of yourself after a health crises. Often this entails asking others for help or giving yourself extra time to do daily activities. Here are a few tips for how to bounce back faster after a health crisis: Get plenty of sleep. R...  

Four Things to Avoid When Encouraging Senior Independence »

Aging seniors are often faced with a dilemma: how can they go about living an independent life when factors related to their age or health challenge their abilities to be as self-reliant as they are accustomed to? While many older adults are trying their best to live as independently as possible, their family and loved ones often unintentionally discourage these independence-seeking seniors from living as self-sufficiently as they are capable of. In recognition of National Senior Independe...  

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