The Laureate Way

Articles to Help Families and Older Adults Manage the Challenges of Aging
Reality Orientation Therapy versus Validation Therapy

Reality Orientation Therapy versus Validation Therapy

I once attended a Dementia Friendly Community Forum in Oconomowoc, where former Governor Martin Schreiber shared touching stories about his personal experience as caregiver for his wife, who had Alzheimer’s disease. His stories related to the topic of reality orientation therapy and validation therapy.

Reality orientation and validation therapy are tools to help us respond to confusion brought on by Alzheimer’s disease and other forms of dementia in a positive and beneficial way. We want to increase happy emotions and reduce distress and anxiety.

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The Importance of a Health Care Power of Attorney

The Importance of a Health Care Power of Attorney

A health care power of attorney functions very differently than a financial power of attorney. The importance of a health care power of attorney (also called a health care or medical proxy) is to appoint someone to make medical decisions for you if you are unable to make those decisions yourself.

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Choosing Between Assisted Living and In-Home Care

Choosing Between Assisted Living and In-Home Care

Today, the typical stay for someone in a nursing home is counted more in days or months, not years. Seniors and their families have more options of assistance and care than ever before. Two options often compared are assisted living and in-home care. When comparing these types of care, one should consider quality of life.

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Financial Options for Senior Care

Financial Options for Senior Care

When researching financial options for senior care, evaluate your available financial resources, including monthly income and assets. Each family’s individual circumstances determine how they may best cover the cost of senior care for a loved one. Here are 6 examples of financial options for senior care.

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How to Choose a Senior Community

How to Choose a Senior Community

Learning how to choose the right senior community for your loved one is one of the most important decisions you’ll ever make for your aging senior. Assessing a community’s assisted living should be part of the process, as health needs can change quickly.

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Where to Start When Looking for Senior Care

Where to Start When Looking for Senior Care

Whether looking for senior living services for a parent or themselves, I often hear the question, “Where do I begin?” Today, there are so many options to explore that it can get overwhelming. Here is where to start when looking for senior care.

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