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Risks to Seniors Living Alone

Posted by Lisa Valdes on Sep 20, 2016 6:00:00 AM

No one wants to get a dreaded phone call that you’re loved one has fell and broke their hip, but one in three seniors over the age of 65 will fall each year, and falls are the leading cause of both fatal and non-fatal injuries to the elderly. If you have an elderly parent who lives alone, it’s wise to understand the risks so you can be proactive in helping them live safely at home as well as encouraging them to move to an assisted living campus if you feel they are no longer safe in their own home.

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Meet our Residents: Nancy and Elwin Hart

Posted by Lisa Valdes on Sep 15, 2016 6:04:00 AM

Nature is very special to Nancy and Elwin Hart. The couple, who live in a Village Green cottage, see all types of wildlife about 30 feet away in the nearby “Froggy Bottom” pond.

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A Day in the Life of Federal Way Independent Living

Posted by Lisa Valdes on Sep 15, 2016 6:00:00 AM

As you and your senior family member make the decision to move them from their own home into an independent living facility, you must decide where to go. Not all facilities are the same, and it’s important to become familiar with your options for assisted living. One of the important questions to ask is what life will be like for the resident when they move. Here is a look at a typical day for residents at Federal Way.

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Meet Our Resident: Dick Caster

Posted by Lisa Valdes on Sep 9, 2016 12:00:00 AM

You might find Dick Caster researching and writing for the Federal Way Historical Society, taking a trip to Ocean Shores, or learning the latest line dance. At 78, Dick likes to keep active and living at Village Green fills the bill perfectly. “I really enjoy keeping fit so the yoga, exercise classes, and walking with my Miniature Schnauzer, Katie, on these beautiful grounds is wonderful for me,” said Dick. Growing up in Seattle, Dick earned a Bachelor's in Chemical Engineering from Seattle University and went on to get his Master's in the same field at the University of Washington. Another Master's in Biblical Studies at Faith Seminary in Tacoma rounded out his education. After two years in the Army, Dick was at Weyerhaueser for 35 years where he worked with structural gluing of wood products.

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September is Healthy Aging Month!

Posted by Lisa Valdes on Sep 7, 2016 6:00:00 AM

September is healthy aging month, so what better time is there to take stock of your lifestyle and look for ways to improve your wellbeing?

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15 Questions to Ask About How Your Parent Will Remain Independent

Posted by Lisa Valdes on Aug 26, 2016 6:00:00 AM

Are you concerned about how long your aging parent will be able to live at home and care for him or herself? Thanks to many advances in technology and the various resources available, more people are living independently for longer. Here are 15 questions to assist you in keeping your parent independent for as long as possible.

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Topics: assisted living for seniors, finding a retirement community

The Genworth 2015 Cost of Care Survey: What You Need to Know

Posted by Lisa Valdes on Aug 19, 2016 6:00:00 AM

The Genworth Cost of Care Survey has been the national standard for projecting elderly long-term care costs since its first release in 2004. It’s a vital tool for projecting future care expenses, and this is the biggest surprise it holds this year: eight out of 10 people underestimate the costs of senior care, and almost one-third will be stunned to find that home health care costs 10 times what they expected!

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Topics: assisted living for seniors, finding a retirement community

10 Questions to Ask When Evaluating the Safety of an Assisted Living Facility

Posted by Lisa Valdes on Aug 12, 2016 6:00:00 AM

When choosing an assisted living facility for your aging loved one, you want to be sure about the safety of the establishment above all else. As you hear stories about accidents and injuries, you may not trust your own judgment or the recommendations of others. Here are 10 questions you should ask when comparing facilities to help you make a good decision.

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Topics: assisted living for seniors, finding a retirement community

How to Handle the Feelings That Come When Your Parents Age

Posted by Lisa Valdes on Aug 5, 2016 6:00:00 AM

As your parents age, the parent-child relationship changes, and if you’re a primary caregiver to elderly parents, you know the changes are typically subtle. The strong person who protected and nurtured you now needs a hand with the simplest of chores, and your spare time revolves around doctor appointments and daily care. It’s no secret that caregivers often neglect themselves while trying to provide the care their parents require, and the neglect isn’t just physical. Sooner or later, you’ll realize that your parents won’t live forever, and it’s important that you understand the tough emotions involved with loss so you can identify the feelings and learn to cope with them.

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Topics: assisted living for seniors, finding a retirement community

How Can I Check on My Loved One Once They Enter an Assisted Living Facility?

Posted by Lisa Valdes on Jul 29, 2016 6:00:00 AM

As your parents age, you may worry about their safety and mental alertness. If you don’t live near them, it can be difficult to check in. Even when you’re close by, you may search for an excuse to drop by without them getting upset about your motives. This issue continues to be a concern even when your loved one has moved into assisted living because you want to be sure they are being cared for properly. Here are a few ideas on how you can do just that.

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Topics: Active Aging Adults, retirement community in Federal Way, assisted living facility

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