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Mar 27, 2024 12:00 PM - 01:00 PM

Maintaining Healthy Relationships with Your Adult Children LIFE Information for Elders: Branching Out Series

Join Dr. Vincent Polite, licensed clinical marriage and family therapist, as he discusses ways parents and adult children can improve their relationship. Registration required. To register, email OfficeonAging@ocfl.net or call 407.836.7446

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Mar 21, 2024 12:10 PM - 01:10 PM

What Parks and Recreation Has to Offer LIFE Information for Elders

Join Mandy J. Kimmer, public information officer for Orange County Parks & Recreation, as she discusses the endless opportunities for seniors, caregivers and families visiting Orange County Parks. Seating is limited. Registration required. To register, email OfficeonAging@ocfl.net or call 407.836.7446

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Mar 20, 2024 10:30 AM - 11:30 AM

Adultos Mayores, 5 Pasos para Simplificar tu Vida

Preparate para tu aos dorados tomando accin ahora. Este evento se presentado en espaol. 

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Mar 06, 2024 01:00 PM - 05:00 PM

ADRC to the Rescue, Audubon Park

The Alzheimer's & Dementia Resource Center (ADRC) is bringing its services to the Audubon Park Covenant Church onWednesday, March 6th from 1-5 pm. The event, ADRC to the Rescue, is for thosecaring for a person living with a dementia-related diagnosis, such as Alzheimer's or Frontotemporal Dementia. We see more and more famous faces who have been diagnosed with a form of dementia, but the person with the diagnosis is not the only one dealing with the disease. The care partners (usually family members, spouses, and friends) are also shouldering the burden of dementia and often need help. That's where ADRC comes to the rescue, answering questions, educating, and providing support. Four workshops will be held on March 6th: Dementia 101, Hope for the Future and the Florida Brain Bank, Update on Alzheimer's Research, and Music & Dementia. In addition to the workshops, care partners can learn about support groups, care coaching, and other services available at no charge.The entire event is free and light refreshments will be served.

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How to Prevent Family Conflict Over Aging Parents

How to Prevent Family Conflict Over Aging ParentsWhen it comes to aging parents, certain topics are often at the forefront of the conversation senior living, health care, and financial planning, to name a few. However, there is one topic that is very common but not as openly discussed: family conflict. This type of conflict usually occurs among adult children as their parents or family members go through the aging process. Disputes can also occur between parents, grandchildren, aunts, uncles, cousins, or others. Disagreements often stem from the stress, sadness, denial, anger, or uncertainty people often feel when their loved ones start to need help.Family conflict over aging loved ones is especially prevalent in the state of Florida, which has such a large senior population. In fact, family conflict became such an issue that the Florida Chapter of the Association of Family and Conciliation Courts launched the Elder Justice Initiative on Eldercaring Coordination. This dispute resolution process was specifically created for families experiencing conflict over the care, autonomy and safety of Florida seniors.Clearly, family conflict over aging loved ones is a real issue that impacts seniors. While it is not uncommon, it can be prevented with the proper preparation, communication, knowledge, and guidance.This article will cover several aging-related topics that can lead to family conflicts, and how to best solve or prevent these issues. After all, the best outcomes for seniors occur when there is harmony and teamwork among their adult children. Situations that Can Lead to Family ConflictProblem: Uneven balance of caregiving responsibilitiesAdult children of seniors often have to handle many matters related to their aging parents. These can include taking on the role of a family caregiver, accompanying parents to medical appointments, making healthcare decisions, managing finances, driving them to all their obligations, managing their nutritional needs, performing household maintenance and chores, and many other duties.When multiple adult children are involved, it is natural for one child to take on more of the caregiving load than the others. This is often the case when one child lives much closer to their parents than the others.But when these duties are not evenly distributed among the children, some start to develop feelings of anger or bitterness toward their siblings.Solution: When feelings of bitterness and resentment start to develop, have a civil discussion with your siblings about the issue. Rather than being accusatory, try to make a plan to solve the problem. Write out all the responsibilities required for taking care of your aging parents, and specifically delegate each duty to certain people. Make sure everyone is on board with the agreement and is assigned a role that is achievable for them. Keep the list somewhere everyone can access it, whether it be a printed copy for each family member, or even a shared Google Doc. Plan to have frequent check-in meetings to make sure everyone is doing their part and discuss any concerns that have arisen.For example, one child who lives nearby can be in charge of driving their parents to appointments, while another child who lives farther away can take on the role of managing their finances. Or, if one person is unable to physically help, perhaps they would be willing to contribute financially to help make the other childrens roles a little easier whether that be by paying for respite care, a geriatric care manager, hospice care, or another service. Problem: One sibling is being excluded from the decision-makingSometimes, one child will take over most of the decision-making for their senior parents, causing the other siblings to feel as though they are being left in the dark about these important issues. Solution: In these situations, communication is key. In a calm manner, tell your sibling how you are feeling. It could be that they are simply unaware of their actions. Or, they might have thought they were making their siblings lives easier by not involving them. Explain your point of view and that you want to be more involved in matters relating to your aging parents. From there, you can work together to make an arrangement that you are included in.Problem: Disagreements about the amount of care neededFor some people, it can be hard to come to terms with the fact that their parents needs and abilities are changing. This can lead to denial or avoidance of the situation which is not only harmful for the seniors, but can also cause disagreements between adult children.In other situations, some adult children may believe their parents are able to safely age in place in their own home, while others may think senior living would be the best choice.Solution: Sometimes a professional outside opinion is all it takes for people to come to an agreement about their parents care needs. Consult your parents doctors for a professional report about their health status and changes in ability. It is also wise to contact an expert senior advisor like Florida Senior Consulting to conduct necessary assessments and make professional recommendations for the senior. A senior advisor can also help inform about all the possible options, whether that be in-home care or senior living. Along with involving outside sources, siblings can work together to research the situation at hand. For example, if the seniors are experiencing memory issues like dementia, adult children can research this topic to learn what level of care is often recommended in these situations. This method is always a good place to start and helps everyone be on the same page about their loved ones needs.Problem: Disagreements about end-of-life care and estate planningEstate planning and end-of-life care can be uncomfortable or delicate topics to discuss. Because of their complexity, these matters can often lead to disagreements among adult children.Solution: In these tricky situations, it is often best to leave the decisions up to your parents. If possible, have them choose a power of attorney and set up advance directives like a living will and health care surrogate designation before a crisis occurs. This will prevent any future conflicts that could arise among family members if these designations are not in place.If a crisis occurs and your parents do not have these documents or their estate in order, it is best to contact an elder law attorney, a financial planner that specializes in elder affairs, and possibly a family mediator to help with inheritances. These professionals can help get the situation sorted out without the risk of a conflict developing between family members.Next Steps for Adult Children to Help their Aging ParentsDont let conflicts about your aging parents tear your family apart. In difficult times, it is important for families to come together so the seniors in your life can receive the best care possible. This positive outcome is only achieved when the adult children work together as a team. After all, as Helen Keller once said, Alone we can do so little; together we can do so much.If you and your family need guidance on how to best help your aging loved ones, always contact a professional. Florida Senior Consulting will help you every step of the way, from deciding the right plan for care, finding the best assisted living community, packing, moving, and everything in between.Our expert senior advisors are local to Florida and will help you and find the best care possible.Call (800) 969-7176 or visit FloridaSeniorConsulting.com to get started today.Senior living on your terms. The choice should be yours.

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Top 5 Questions Florida Seniors Search for on Google About Assisted Living

Its no secret that the internet has become the go-to source of information for people of all ages. Even our respected seniors are now tech-savvy, using popular search engines like Google and Bing to answer their questions.The fact that seniors use Google (or YouTube, which Google owns) every day is remarkable. Most seniors today were born more than five decades, or one-half a century, before Google was even launched in 1998.But today, about 75% of seniors use the internet, with a majority of them being online for more than six hours a day and owning more than 5 devices. They go online to stay in touch with friends (91%), organize their finances (87%), and improve their health and wellness (73%).And when they want information, they use online search engines, with a vast majority using Google, which has a 93% share of the search market with 3.7 billion searches every day or 40,000 searches every second!This is a far cry from when seniors were children and went to the library to get information, coming home with an armful of books. Or, if they were lucky enough, they could look it up in the familys Encyclopedia Britannica or World Book (which, by todays standards, was out of date before it was even delivered to your house).So, what are the top five questions Florida seniors search for online about assisted living? Lets dive right in!1. What are the average costs of assisted living in Florida?First and foremost, cost is always a common concern. Florida seniors want to know how much they can expect to pay for residential assisted living. Depending on location, services, amenities, and other factors, assisted living costs vary throughout Florida. But, for example,  Genworth Financial reports that the median cost of assisted living in Sarasota in 2023 is about $4,500 per month. Often, after getting the cost information, the seniors next question is the best way to pay for assisted living, independent living, or memory care.2. How do assisted living costs in Florida compare to nursing homes?When evaluating long-term care options, comparing the costs of assisted living and nursing homes is essential. Generally, assisted living facilities are less expensive than nursing homes. According to Genworth, a 2023 shared room in a nursing home in Naples, Florida, averages around $9,842 per month, while a private room costs about $15,812 monthly. Assisted living, offering a more homey atmosphere and more independence, is typically a more affordable choice when medically reasonable.3. What is the cost of home health aide services in Florida?Many seniors want to age at home for as long as practicable. And that often is a great solution, because not all seniors require the full array of services offered at assisted living. Some may only need assistance with certain daily activities.In this case, home health aide services could be a cost-effective option. These services cost around $150 to $200 per day based on an eight-hour day, five days a week. But the costs of these services can vary greatly depending on the needed levels of care or more intensive or round-the-clock care. And choosing, managing, and coordinating the various services can be complex.4. What are the alternatives to assisted living in Florida?No one size fits all when it comes to senior care. The typical choices for senior aging are 1) aging at home, 2) assisted living, 3) independent living, and 4) memory care facilities or nursing homes. Another possible short-term alternative is adult day care, which is less expensive than assisted living and nursing homes. But the level of care and oversight is usually drastically less.5. What factors can affect the cost of assisted living in Florida?Various factors can impact the cost of assisted living. The communitys location within Florida, the specific services and levels of care required, and the type of residence chosen all play a significant role. Each community is unique, and costs can vary widely, so discussing and understanding all the details is essential.In addition to these five frequently asked questions, seniors may also search for possible Medicaid, Medicare, and Veterans benefits information.When choosing an assisted living community, its crucial to ask the right questions, such as the communitys approach to welcoming new residents, staff training, meal services, and available activities.Finding the best community means finding the best match for your unique needs. Assisted living can offer various benefits for senior health, from preventing social isolation to providing 24/7 high-quality, licensed, professional care. Emphasis is placed on independence, fun, free time, delicious meals, safe transportation, and peace of mind for the seniors and their families.Choosing Between Aging at Home, Assisted Living, Independent Living, or a Nursing HomeDeciding between aging at home or moving into an assisted living or independent living community, or choosing a nursing home or memory care can be challenging. Its important to understand the different levels of care provided by each option and how they align with individual needs and lifestyles.Aging at HomeFor many seniors, aging in place, or staying in their own homes as they grow older, is an attractive option. This choice allows seniors to remain in a familiar environment and maintain a sense of independence. Home health aides or visiting nurses can provide necessary assistance with daily activities, and various home modifications can improve safety. This choice may be best for those who require minimal assistance and have a strong local support network. However, its crucial to consider other factors like the potential feelings of isolation, chronic and deteriorating health conditions, and the costs of in-home care.Independent LivingIndependent living communities, also known as retirement communities or senior apartments, offer a great balance between maintaining independence and accessing community amenities and activities. These communities typically provide housekeeping services, chef-prepared meals, and various activities, allowing seniors to live worry-free about home maintenance or cooking. This option suits those who are still relatively active and independent but appreciate the convenience of available services and the companionship of peers. And many of the upscale independent living communities are like living in a resort full time.Assisted LivingAssisted living communities are designed for seniors who need some help with daily activities such as bathing, dressing, or medication management but dont require intensive medical care. In addition to providing meals, housekeeping, and laundry services, these facilities often offer social activities and transportation services. Assisted living may be the right choice for those who value their independence but need some daily assistance.Nursing Homes and Memory CareNursing homes provide the highest level of care outside a hospital. They offer 24-hour supervision, medical care, meals, and physical and occupational therapy. This option is best suited for seniors who require round-the-clock medical attention or those with severe cognitive impairments like advanced dementia and  Alzheimers. And while there are specific memory care facilities, many assisted living communities offer memory care for less severe cognitive conditions.The decision to age at home, transition to an independent or assisted living facility, or move into a nursing home is deeply personal and depends on individual health needs, lifestyle preferences, and financial considerations. Its important for seniors and their families to communicate openly about their needs and desires, visit potential facilities, and consult with healthcare providers to make the best decision.Remember, aging is a journey, and the ideal living situation may change over time. Its crucial to reassess living arrangements periodically to ensure they meet the seniors evolving needs. After all, the goal is to ensure the highest quality of life during the golden years.Have More Questions About Assisted Living? We Have AnswersThis article discussed the 5 most popular Google questions seniors search for when looking into assisted living and other solutions.But you need to know the answer to dozens of questions before you decide the best way for you or your senior loved one to age in Florida.Is assisted living best, or is aging at home a good option? Where are the best communities that fit all of your medical, lifestyle, emotional, and well-being needs? Which community has the best values and financing options? Do they have the proper licensure and qualified staff? Are there manicured gardens and outstanding cuisine? Are they family-friendly? Can you bring your pet?Florida has all levels of assisted living, independent living, and memory care communities. But searching for the perfect community can be time-consuming and frustrating. With hundreds of choices, how will you decide which one to choose?Let us help.At Florida Senior Consulting, we work daily with seniors in all stages of life, from independent living to assisted living to aging at home and those needing memory care. We are a Florida-based company with expert knowledge of the Florida senior market. Our expert advisors know all the local communities and will help you find the perfect one for you.While senior options and decisions may seem confusing, this is all we do. We have certified staff, professional nurse advocates, and decades of experience in the field.Senior living should be on your terms, and the choice should always be yours.For peace of mind, call us at (800) 969-7176 or visit us at FloridaSeniorConsulting.com.

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Florida Senior Consulting is now an in-network referral partner for major market health providers through CarePort

Florida Senior Consulting is now an in-network referral partner for major market health providers through CarePortFlorida Senior Consulting, based in Sarasota county, is proud to announce they are now an in-network service provider through CarePort.CarePort is the best practices referral network utilized by entities such as Sarasota Memorial Hospital, Lee Memorial Health System, Encompass, HCA, and Moffitt Cancer Center.CarePort is a referral service platform that guides patient decision-making during discharge and increases referrals to top-performing, high quality providers. Thousands of providers across the U.S. use CarePort to better coordinate and manage patient care.CarePort has worked with 14 million people in 2,000 hospitals across the country. They handle 41 million referrals per year.Florida Senior Consulting has the distinct designation of being the only care management and placement agency in Florida to become an in-network referral partner through CarePort.For more information, visit floridaseniorconsulting.com.

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Prevent Senior Financial Fraud and Scams

Even though were all susceptible to becoming victims of scams and fraud, older adults are much more likely to be targeted, for several reasons. For one thing, scammers believe seniors are more financially sound than those who are younger. They may be lonely and isolated, making them more vulnerable to carrying on a conversation with a scammer on the phone. And theyre assumed to be more polite and trusting. As a result, older adults lose an astounding $3 billion each year to senior financial fraud.The key to prevention is knowing the red flags of a scam artist and staying up to date on the latest fraud trends. To assist, American, Advocate and Whitsyms In-Home Care share some of the most prevalent scams targeting seniors below:The Trusted Government Official Scam. These phone calls appear to come from the IRS, Medicare, Social Security Administration, or simply a Washington, DC area code, making it easy to believe the calls are legitimate. The scammer will ask to confirm the older adults personal information, stating that they are investigating back taxes that need to be paid or some other legal resolution.The Grandchild Scam: In this frightening scenario, the scammer claims to be the seniors grandchild who is having an emergency and is in need of funds to help. The caller will plead with the older adult to keep the call confidential, requesting a gift card or money wire transfer to obtain money.The Love Scam: Online dating is a common way for single or widowed older adults to find companionship, but unfortunately, it also opens them up to scammers. Online dating fraud involves scammers creating elaborate fake profiles, utilizing stolen photos and details, to trick seniors into falling for them. They will eventually ask for funds to travel to meet the senior, but then disappear with the money.The Winner Scam: Vulnerable seniors receive notice that they are winners of a lottery or other type of contest. In this scam, the seniors are required to pay a fee to collect their prize. The scammer will ask the senior for bank account details in order to deposit the winnings. Sadly, however, this can lead to the theft of large sums of money, sometimes wiping out an older adults hard-earned savings altogether.The Internet Scam: Internet scammers use pop-ups that alert their victims to a virus the computer has been infected with. In order to have the virus removed, the user needs to pay a fee or download software that will allow the scammer to steal personal information.Though scams such as these are incredibly disturbing, there are steps you can take to protect the older adults you love, including:Make sure senior loved ones have caller ID and utilize voice mail for any unknown callers.Talk with older adults about the importance of NEVER giving out personal or sensitive information over the phone.Be wary of any mail that contains contests, sweepstakes, or prizes; if it sounds too good to be true it probably is.Scammers are very good at what they do, so never belittle or criticize an older adult who may have fallen victim to them.Additionally, allow the referred care providers at American, Advocate, and Whitsyms In-Home Care to help an older loved one remain vigilant against senior scams by providing an extra pair of eyes to ensure safety. Partnering with a referred care provider ensures that an older loved one has regular companionship, which helps to eliminate loneliness, one of the top factors that can lead to older adults being vulnerable to fraud or scams. Referred care providers also offer a wide range of in-home care services, such as light housekeeping, meal planning and preparation, personal hygiene care, and so much more.The Florida senior care experts at American, Advocate, and Whitsyms In-Home Care are here to ensure the independence and safety of the older adult you love. Contact the office nearest you to learn more.American In-Home Care  Serving North, Central, and West Coast of FloridaAdvocate In-Home Care  Serving Southeast and Southwest FloridaWhitsyms In-Home Care  Serving Southeast and Southwest Florida

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Best Ways to Pay for Senior Living & Live Worry Free - #6: Long-Term Care Insurance

Download our FREE e-book "8 Ways to Pay for Assisted Living & Memory Care" - https://bit.ly/8WaysToPay The cost of senior living in Florida may be more affordable than you expect. Our expert senior advisors will teach you insider secrets and strategies to pay for senior living and live the stress-free life you've been dreaming of. In this video, we discuss another way to pay for senior living: long-term care insurance. For more ways to pay for assisted living, watch the rest of our series: https://www.youtube.com/playlist?list... AND Download our FREE e-book "8 Ways to Pay for Assisted Living & Memory Care" - https://bit.ly/8WaysToPay -------------------------------------------- If you're looking for senior living options or in-home care, contact us! We help seniors get the care they deserve to start enjoying their golden years. Call us: (800) 969-7176 Email us: info@floridaseniorconsulting.com Website: https://floridaseniorconsulting.com/

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Best Ways to Pay for Senior Living & Live Worry Free - #1: Private Pay

The cost of senior living in Florida may be more affordable than you expect. Our expert senior advisors will teach you insider secrets and strategies to pay for senior living and live the stress-free life you've been dreaming of. In this video, we discuss one of the most common ways to pay for senior living: private pay. This includes personal savings, retirement income, budgeting, and financial management (stocks, bonds, 401k, IRA, mutual funds, and others). For more ways to pay for assisted living, watch the rest of our series and download our FREE e-book "8 Ways to Pay for Assisted Living & Memory Care" - https://bit.ly/8WaysToPay -------------------------------------------- If you're looking for senior living options or in-home care, contact us! We help seniors get the care they deserve to start enjoying their golden years. Call us: (800) 969-7176 Email us: info@floridaseniorconsulting.com Website: https://floridaseniorconsulting.com/

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What is a Preferred Network Pharmacy?

Many Medicare Advantage and Medicare Part D prescription drug plans have a Preferred Network Pharmacy. Filling your prescription at a Preferred Pharmacy can help you save on the cost of copays, so make sure your pharmacy is in your plan's preferred network when you enroll. Walgreens is a Preferred Pharmacy for many plans! To learn more about Medicare from Walgreens visit Walgreens.com/Medicare

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