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What Is Aging In Place?

By: JoAnn Thibault

The ability to live in one’s own home – wherever that might be – while growing older, by securing the necessary support you require as your needs change.

What are the primary reasons for aging in place?

  • Security and contentment

  • Maintaining control

  • Comfort and familiar surroundings

  • Staying close to family/friends

  • Cost


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In-Home Medical Technology Growing Fast

By: Jo-Ann Thibault

“I’ve fallen and I can’t get up!” – we all know very well this catchphrase from the late ‘80s early ‘90s pop-culture, originating from a television commercial from a medical alarm company called LifeCall.

Well, medical home technology has come a long way since Mrs. Fletcher pushed that button and talked to the dispatcher at LifeCall. 


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Aging Organizations Brace for Federal Budget Battles


The election is the top news today, but soon after Nov. 6, the focus in Washington will shift dramatically to the federal budget.

In a “lame duck” session, likely Nov. 13 - Dec. 21, Congress will consider decisions of great concern to seniors and those who serve them.

These include possible across-the-board cuts under a sequester, several tax issues, and an "extenders" package of expiring health provisions.

What a Sequester Could Mean...


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3 Tips for the ‘Aging Parent’ Caregiving Journey


By: Dale Carter

Parent caregiving is by no means a new concept.  It’s only natural to protect and care for those who have dedicated so much of their lives to protecting and caring for you.  However, the normalcy of parent caregiving does not make it any easier of a task to undertake, particularly for today’s generation of baby boomers whose parents are living longer and experiencing an increase in chronic medical diagnosis.  44 million Americans are currently caring for someone in their life over the age of 50—a statistic that is sure to increase as our baby boomers and their parents age (AARP).  However, when surveyed, a striking proportion of Americans expressed that they felt their families would not be affected by long-term caregiving needs (Aflac Work Forces Report).

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Maybe When I'm Older!


By: Jo-Ann Thibault

“Maybe when I’m older”, my 81 year old father says to me, in response to my puzzled inquiry on ‘why’ they (mom and dad) does not take two days to break up the 11 hour drive to PEI, Canada?

For the past 50 years my parents have been driving from Boston to Prince Edward Island (PEI, Canada) once a year during the summer months, with either kids and/or elders in tow. 

My Mother, born on the Island, came to the States when she was a teenager.  And ever since I can remember, we took the annual drive to PEI to visit my grandmother and other relatives on the island during our summer vacation.


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Ways to ease into safe at-home living while aging.



By JoAnn Thibault

Don’t wait until you are in crisis mode and run the risk of safety and health while still at home. Learn your options now.

Maintaining Control: Begins by being well informed of your options before they are needed. Be prepared when you are advised by your physician or family members of what kind of outside resources are recommended. Choose the options that are right for you .

Aging in Place Options:

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Trying to Navigate Eldercare Services?  Don’t do it alone!


Whether you are a family member, spouse or friend of an Elder in current need of services or you are looking ahead to available resources and options – navigating senior care resources can be overwhelming, confusing and time-consuming.  Your objective is to find the right sources for you or your loved ones specific needs – and assistance from an eldercare professional can be a huge help!

Understanding your needs:

Identify obstacles you are facing for safe, comfortable living including any health concerns. Determine the level of assistance needed regarding physical safety and psychological well-being.  Make a list of your concerns, (i.e. living arrangements, financial concerns, home safety, etc.).

Educate yourself on where to turn for help.  Below is a list of some elder care professionals and how they can help with your specific needs.

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6 Resources for Family Caregivers

An estimated 44 million American families and friends provide unpaid care to another adult, according to the Family Caregiver Alliance (FCA). These caregivers provide about 80% of the long-term care in the United States.

Caregiving can take a personal and professional toll. Caregivers are at higher risk for depression, stress, and health problems like heart disease. They’re also less likely to care for themselves and their own health.

Up to half of all caregivers are also working, FCA states. These employees often lose time and wages, give up on career opportunities, or even quit their jobs to provide care to their family member.

Below are six resources you can share with family caregivers this month to help them do their important job for their loved ones.

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The Importance of Education for Seniors and Caregivers   

By: Jo-Ann Thibault

For someone who has been in the healthcare/senior service industry for the past 25 years, I have learned most of what I know in the past 2 and 1/2 years of providing community education to the Boomer and Senior population.  I have collaborated, side-by-side, with many different senior service providers (all sharing my philosophy on the importance of properly educating the public) – and more importantly, I have heard first-hand from the hundreds of seniors and caregivers (consumers) who are appreciative of the information they have been provided.  Information that guides them to the next step… that empowers them to ask questions, learn and make the right decisions.

There are 10,000 boomers turning 65 each day.  We are all living longer and the 85 year age group is the fastest growing population. Senior care is exploding. Healthcare is changing. There is more need now [for senior care solutions], than ever before.


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Caregiver Guilt

By: Jo-Ann Thibault, The Elder Insider LLC

I am neither a social worker nor a healthcare clinician.  But, through my many years working in the health care industry, working with clinicians, and most recently, being in front of hundreds of seniors and caregivers through my community seminars, I have recognized a common thread among most…. “Caregiver Guilt”.  

What is Caregiver Guilt?

Something that can break the caregiver of a loved one – physically and psychologically.   The Caregiver gives everything, and succumbs to every call, demand, and wish to their loved one they are caring for – no matter what. Even if they know it is not necessary – and it is affecting their life and their family’s lives.

How to recognize? Do you feel….?


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