Charitable Giving – Leaving a Legacy

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Are there certain charities that move you to grab your checkbook? If you value their causes, consider supporting these charitable organizations long term with a program of planned giving.

What is a planned giving program?

Planned charitable giving is a mechanism for donating that can help maximize your gifts, reduce your tax liability, and maintain your assets. Even better, your generosity doesn’t have to wait: You can start giving today.

To learn more, CLICK HERE.

5 Signs of Parkinson’s Disease to Watch for in Seniors

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Parkinson’s disease (PD) isn’t always easy to spot at first, but it’s important to be aware of the symptoms early on as thousands of cases go undetected each year. Whether Mom’s hands are shaking more than normal or her movements are “delayed,” getting her symptoms checked out with a neurologist is the first step to getting the treatment she needs.

The symptoms of PD may vary from person to person, but to learn about the primary symptoms of Parkinson’s disease to watch for, CLICK HERE.

What to Know About Caregiver Tax Deductions

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As your Dad’s caregiver, you’ve spent a lot of time—and money—providing him with the support he needs. You’ve found that you’re not only emotionally drained but financially drained, too. Fortunately, being Dad’s caregiver, there are caregiver tax deductions that can lessen the strain a bit.

To learn more, CLICK HERE.

How Seniors Benefit From Volunteering

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Senior living communities have a lot to offer seniors—but one opportunity may surprise you. Many residents become active volunteers. Seniors have time and talent to offer, and by joining together with other residents, can make an impact with their volunteering. The opportunities for getting involved can be wide-ranging, from helping young children read, to working in a communal garden, to gathering items for charity.

If Mom lives in an independent living or assisted living community or is thinking of making a move, encourage her to think about getting—and staying—involved. These activities aren’t just beneficial for those being helped, but they’re beneficial for her, too. To learn how, CLICK HERE.

8 Tips to Help Manage Dad’s Medication

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Have you noticed that Dad is more irritable than he used to be? Has there been a change in his sleeping patterns? These may be due to recent life-changing events, but they also could be signs of medication mismanagement.

As Dad ages, his memory may not be what it used to be. He may accidentally double up on a medication because he thinks he forgot to take it. This may be a sign of a medication management or memory issue. Fortunately, there are solutions to help him remember and minimize the chances of him accidentally taking two doses.

To learn about 8 tips for better medication management, CLICK HERE.

How to Outsmart Grandparent Scams

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Your phone rings. The person on the other end of the line sounds upset, says she’s your grandchild and asks for money to get out of a sticky situation. This is how a grandparent scam begins. And because the scam pulls at your heartstrings, it’s easy to become a victim. This is how the “grandparents scam” works.

If you’ve been targeted or victimized, you’re not alone. According to the Federal Trade Commission, Americans lost more than $300 million to various imposter scams in 2017.

For steps on how to protect yourself from the grandparents scam, CLICK HERE.

TED Talk – The Secret to Living Longer May be Your Social Life

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The Italian island of Sardinia has more than six times as many centenarians as the mainland and ten times as many as North America. Why? According to psychologist Susan Pinker, it’s not a sunny disposition or a low-fat, gluten-free diet that keeps the islanders healthy — it’s their emphasis on close personal relationships and face-to-face interactions. Learn more about super longevity as Pinker explains what it takes to live to 100 and beyond.

A Survival Guide for Allergies and Aging

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The good news: As we celebrate more birthdays, our seasonal allergies generally become less severe. The bad news: This isn’t the case for everyone.

If you’re experiencing what feels like allergy symptoms—itchy, watery eyes; sneezing and a runny nose; chest congestion; and difficulty breathing—or your symptoms seem to be getting worse, two eye-opening factors may be to blame. To learn more, CLICK HERE.

3 Heart-Healthy Activities for Seniors

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Regular exercise provides a myriad of health benefits for seniors, such as better joint health and improvements in blood pressure. According to the American Heart Association, an estimated 85.6 million (>1 in 3) American adults have one or more types of cardiovascular disease.

Encouraging Mom and Dad to keep hearts healthy will benefit them in many ways, from preventing bone loss to reducing the risk of diseases associated with aging. Luckily, senior living communities typically offer exercise and wellness programs that support healthy heart function. To learn about three heart-healthy activities for seniors to look into, CLICK HERE.