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Aging with Grace…

When you are the primary caregiver for a loved one, it is always a good idea to plan for future care situations. Some of these situations include caregiver burnout, caregiver incapacitation and/or the need for more advanced care for your loved one. It is never too early to “shop around” so to speak and start developing your plan for the future. Dea...

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Aging with Grace…

Happy Holidays Everyone! As we close out 2016, please take a few moments to remind yourself that you are a wonderful, caring person who deserves the best of everything. Sometimes in our busy day to day lives, we forget to take care of ourselves and this is a huge mistake! In order to care for others in our life, first we have to care for ourselves....

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Aging with Grace…

Happy holidays everyone! The questions being answered in this column relate to the coming holidays, what gifts to give and how to help make them enjoyable for everyone. Dear Grace, I have a bit of a dilemma about what to give my uncle for Christmas. He has dementia and we always have given him novels to read in the past or a gift certificate to a b...

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Aging with Grace…

With the busy holiday season approaching, I’ve received inquiries from caregivers with concerns about the holidays. Dear Grace, My father, who is quite frail, is spending the holidays with us this year. I’m thrilled to have him and I want to make sure he feels included in all the festivities. How can I do that without exhausting him? I’m afraid he’...

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Aging with Grace…

Senior Center to Adult Day comparison is the main topic this week prompted by the following letter I received. Dear Grace, What’s the difference between Adult Day and the Senior Center? My mom enjoys going to the Senior Center but I wonder if going to an Adult Day would be better for her. She is still driving but is getting forgetful and confused,...

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Alba Rossi Of Barre Joins Select “Super Centurian Club”

Alba Rossi of Barre turned 100 years old this past Monday, Oct. 17, and without a doubt to all those who know her, she is truly a “super centurian.” She enjoys a keen mind, good hearing and looks like someone at least 20 years younger. Alba says she has no secrets for successful longevity but admits her many years of bookkeeping at the former Rossi...

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Aging with Grace…

Welcome to fall in Vermont; the days are growing shorter, the air is crisp and the leaves are turning. I recently received an inquiry about the benefits and costs involved in having a Long Term Care (LTC) insurance policy. Dear Grace, I am in my early fifties and in fairly good health and physical condition. I’m all by myself and I worry about what...

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Aging with Grace…

Dear Grace, I care for my father and I don’t really have any questions but instead want friends and family to know how much I appreciate their visits. Can you share some of my suggestions/thoughts on this? Thanks, Alicia Ways to support a friend or family member who is a caregiver Do not ask what you can do to help them; instead: -Plan a meal for t...

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Three DIY ways to improve your home WiFi

You don’t need an expert to tell you: America is hooked on the internet. Just try to think of the last day you didn’t use the web in some way. But you probably don’t think much about the main way the internet is delivered: through WiFi. It powers your computer at work — as well as the Facebook feed you’re discreetly ch...

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Aging with Grace…

As a follow up to the last column on the benefits of Adult Day to the participant, this week we’ll share information on the benefits to the caregiver, which are equally important to consider. Dear Grace, As the main caregiver for my husband, who had a stroke about six months ago, I’m trying to figure out how to care for him at home and still have s...

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