There are many questions that we have as aging affects those we love. It is difficult to find all the answers, and we want to help. As our staff finds great tips for caring for a senior, we will pass them along on this page. We will post links to videos, articles, and blogs that give solid insight into the aging experience. We'll also add tips from our professionals on staff. Come back often to see the updates.  You can also email us questions and we will find the answers. Our Family Education page is to help us all better understand and care for our loved one.

I hear the terms dementia and Alzheimer's often. I'm worried about my mom. What can I do?
There are some excellent websites that explain both of these and the differences between them. Begin by looking at They explain the two very well in a way that makes the difficult understandable. Go there first, but let us know how we can help you and your mother on this journey.

My dad has dementia and I am struggling with the changes he is going through. What is happening to him and how can I help? To be honest, I find myself getting irritated and I know it isn't him, but I don't know what he is going through.
It is painful for us to watch, but it's important that we patiently and lovingly care for them. One of the best things we've seen on dementia is a video from "The Doctors" television show. Click here to view the video.

I think it is time to have the talk with my mom about a personal care home. What should I say?
This is probably as difficult of a discussion as the one she had with you concerning sex. How do you start a discussion with your mom about them moving to a senior living community? If you do it now you can prevent a future problem, emergency, or health risk by doing it soon. When the time is right, try these tips.

  • First, do your research. Look at communities in your area. Ask her doctor what he thinks and knows.
  • Don't do it without the necessary family support. Make sure all those close to you and her are informed that you are having the discussion. Don't have everyone there. If there are too many people, the meeting will make mom feel like you ganged up on her. Let everyone have an opportunity to talk it out before you meet with mom. Be unified.
  • Choose a time when everyone is usually at their best and a time when mom is feeling normal.
  • Besides a few other family members, consider asking her doctor or a clergy person to join.
  • Listen to mom. Her wishes and choices are important. It is still her life, so let her talk.
  • This is only the first conversation. Most likely you will be discussing this a few more times.