Coping With Loss

As we might expect, the older we get, the more losses we suffer in our life. The most substantial losses might be that of a spouse, close friends, or peers. But experiencing loss extends beyond the loss of a physical being. For many people, their professional work was a big part of their identity. When they retire, though that sounds like utopia to some, it can result in the loss of a big part of their self-esteem and sense of purpose. It can be incredibly difficult to process. Each new “loss” can lead us further down the path of low self-esteem or sadness.

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How Much Does Assisted Living Cost?

The cost of assisted living at some Laureate Group communities can start as low as $3,445 per month, or $41,340 per year. Considering that the average length of stay in assisted living is about 2.5 years, consumers are making significant commitments that may exceed $100,000 when added up over several years. Since median means middle, some people will pay more over the course of their stay and some people will pay less.

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Meaningful Exchanges With Someone Who Has Dementia: Honesty is Not Always Honoring

Recently I presented a webinar for individuals across the country on the subject of how to have a more meaningful exchange with someone with dementia. When we ran out of time, attendees were asked to submit their questions so I could respond to them individually. I’d like to share a few of them with you in hopes that they add to your understanding as well.

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