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7 Benefits of Memory Care Centers
November 8, 2022

7 Benefits of Memory Care Centers

As of 2022, there are over 810,000 seniors living in assisted living communities across the United States. This is largely due to the influx of Baby Boomers requiring more long-term care options. A trend that is projected to continue through 2030. In California alone, there are an estimated 99,956 nursing home residents. It’s the largest number of any other state. Memory care centers are specialized senior care facilities. They provide long-term care for individuals suffering[…]
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What is Assisted Living and When To Consider It For A Loved One?
November 6, 2022

What is Assisted Living and When To Consider It For A Loved One?

In the US, nearly 70% of all retired citizens will need some form of long-term care in their senior years. Whether that care is in the form of assisted living, memory care, or nursing home care will depend on the depth of need.  Many seniors will start needing assisted living.  You might wonder what services are offered through an assisted living arrangement. More importantly, if you have a loved one in their senior years, you[…]
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How to Pick the Perfect Assisted Living Community for Your Parents
October 28, 2022

How to Pick the Perfect Assisted Living Community for Your Parents

Talking with your parents about the transition to assisted living is one of the most difficult conversations we’ll face in our lives. When faced with this new era in your life, it’s easy to get overwhelmed. You want to make the right decision, but how do you know what’s best for your loved ones? This is why it’s important to take the time to do research and find the perfect community to make the transition[…]
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The Poetry of Aging
August 27, 2022

The Poetry of Aging

What is The Poetry of Aging? The Poetry of Aging is the way of life here at Sonnet Hill. Every poem has its uniqueness, and so does each person. No one should tell you the right our wrong way to be your true self. Believing in the Poetry of Aging is believing in yourself, your own style, pace, and personality. We all share common needs such as, safety, food, water, shelter, and health. As we[…]
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Be a Noticer.  Questions to ask Assisted Living Providers, and What to Note. Part 5 of 5
October 26, 2020

Be a Noticer. Questions to ask Assisted Living Providers, and What to Note. Part 5 of 5

By David Hahklotubbe, gerontologist Whew, you made it!  Welcome to the final installment of our “Noticer” series.  By now you are almost an expert on navigating long term care and are far more qualified to make an informed decision on placing a loved one.  We’ve uncovered some of the lesser-known “behind the scenes shenanigans that go on, now we are focusing our attention on who the more reliable sources of unbiased information comes from.  I[…]
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Be a Noticer.  Questions to ask Assisted Living Providers, and What to Note. Part 4 of 5
October 9, 2020

Be a Noticer. Questions to ask Assisted Living Providers, and What to Note. Part 4 of 5

By David Hahklotubbe, gerontologist Huzzah!  You must not be suffering from information overload.  That’s great.  Make sure you pay close attention to this edition which is chocked full of the dark side of the reputation management of the long-term care industry, from a seasoned insider. Ok, now that we have covered some of the fundamentals of what the community offers, how they manage their team and a bit of philosophical approach, let’s dig deeper into[…]
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Be a Noticer.  Questions to ask Assisted Living Providers, and What to Note. Part 3 of 5
June 8, 2020

Be a Noticer. Questions to ask Assisted Living Providers, and What to Note. Part 3 of 5

By David Hahklotubbe, gerontologist Brilliant!  Great to see you’re back.  I hope this series is paying dividend for you as you perform due diligence on behalf of your loved one.  As kamikaze as this gesture may seem, I am willing to entertain 1:1 questions, so if you should feel the need, please don’t hesitate to reach out us.  My passion is improving the quality of life of humanity, any opportunity I get is a blessing.[…]
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Be A “Noticer”: Questions to Ask Assisted Living Providers & Notes to Take Part 2 of 5
June 3, 2020

Be A “Noticer”: Questions to Ask Assisted Living Providers & Notes to Take Part 2 of 5

By David Hahklotubbe, gerontologist Welcome back!  I am excited that you returned for more insight.  As a reminder, the questions you will be asking are important, but the reasoning behind WHY you are asking them is most pertinent.  With that in mind, we will pick up where we left off. At this point, you have assessed your first impression based on a number of factors in the initial reception.  You have drilled down on some[…]
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Be A “Noticer”: Questions to Ask Assisted Living Providers & Notes to Take Part 1 of 5
May 23, 2020

Be A “Noticer”: Questions to Ask Assisted Living Providers & Notes to Take Part 1 of 5

By David Hahklotubbe, gerontologist Congratulations and welcome to taking your first steps along the path of navigating senior care.  You will find that your efforts to perform due diligence will result in a universally higher quality of life for everyone involved in this process.  As your guide, I am committed to delivering knowledge that only a Gerontologist working in the field for 20+ years can obtain.  In exchange, all I ask is that you follow[…]
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“You’re Not Putting ME in a Home” 4/4
May 17, 2020

“You’re Not Putting ME in a Home” 4/4

By David Hahklotubbe, gerontologist Welcome back to the 4th and final installment of my guide to managing opposition of a loved one needing out of home care.  I’m glad you’ve stuck it out, that’s a positive indicator that you are performing due diligence, the cornerstone of success in this journey. As a bit of a recap, to tie everything together.  We have discussed the fact that Americans are terrible at being proactive about later-life planning. […]
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“You’re Not Putting ME in a Home” 3/4
May 10, 2020

“You’re Not Putting ME in a Home” 3/4

By David Hahklotubbe, gerontologist You’ve come back, excellent!  I’m glad I didn’t manage to scare you off quite yet.  Today’s BLOG will be a dive deep into conflict resolution.  Wait, what?  Am I suggesting that there will be conflict in this process?  Recall my BLOG on Disappointment being the product of expectations not met?  Well, I’m here to recalibrate your expectations.  Under no uncertain terms; there will be conflict.  So, let’s jump in to figure[…]
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“You’re Not Putting ME in a Home!” 2/4
May 8, 2020

“You’re Not Putting ME in a Home!” 2/4

By David Hahklotubbe, gerontologist Welcome back.  I am assuming that you’ve decided to forge ahead in reading this series because you have chosen wisely to follow the path of due diligence.  To this, I say, congratulations and thank you.  The following tips will facilitate a decrease in trauma as your journey unfolds. One major internal barrier that you will undoubtedly struggle with as you walk the path, will be disappointment.  As you read my BLOGs[…]
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“You’re Not Putting ME in a Home!”  1of 4
May 4, 2020

“You’re Not Putting ME in a Home!” 1of 4

By David Hahklotubbe, gerontologist This fear-filled posture permeates almost everyone’s life at one point or another.  And, it’s less of a question of why, and more of a question of why wouldn’t there be fear?  Fear tends to exist and propagate in the absence of knowledge.  We tend to insert worst case scenario beliefs when we lack fact and then we backfill our position with even more inaccuracies, compounding the rapidly growing mountain of falsehoods. […]
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WHY behind the WHAT – The Story of Saving Grace
May 1, 2020

WHY behind the WHAT – The Story of Saving Grace

By David Hahklotubbe, gerontologist Like anyone else, I am often asked what I do for a living.  To this inquiry, I give a brief pause, take a deep breath and launch into a TED-Talk-esque response.  You see, I’ve learned over two decades that my response of “I’m a Gerontologist” is ineffective, I will be met with one of 4 possible responses.  First, sadly, because we are an ageist culture, I brace myself for “what is[…]
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Let Us Be Your Guide On Your Senior Care Journey
April 26, 2020

Let Us Be Your Guide On Your Senior Care Journey

By David Hahklotubbe, gerontologist Guilt, Denial, Loss, Grief, Self-doubt, Shame, Disappointment, Confusion, Projection, Cognitive Dissonance, Paranoia, Anger……. FEAR.  These are common “companions” for those seeking care for their elderly loved ones.  And, unfortunately, because the average American shies away from being proactive about addressing the mortality of their beloved parent or spouse, these “companions” are only amplified in intensity when decisions are being made while facing crisis. Because most begin their search only after a[…]
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Two Wars Being Fought at Once: Covid 19 and the Media – Please Help!
April 21, 2020

Two Wars Being Fought at Once: Covid 19 and the Media – Please Help!

By David Hahklotubbe, gerontologist Crisis amplifies the strengths and weaknesses in humanity.  Amid all the “We’re in This Together” campaigns laced with tear-jerking candid still-shots and emotion-provoking music and the showering of affection for the “essential workers” such as hospital workers, nurses, doctors, delivery drivers, chefs and store operators, there is a glaring disparity, and it’s nothing new. While most health care industries are being held in high regard with a positive spotlight shone upon[…]
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What Is Memory Care and How Does It Help with Alzheimer’s?
April 10, 2020

What Is Memory Care and How Does It Help with Alzheimer’s?

Did you know by 2060, the number of people with Alzheimer’s could double to 13.9 million Americans? If your loved one has Alzheimer’s, consider looking into memory care. Are you asking yourself the question, “What is memory care?” Not to worry! In this guide, we’ll go over memory care and what makes it different. Want to learn more? Keep reading to find out. What Is Memory Care? Memory care is a form of long-term care.[…]
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How to Make Senior Living Feel More Like Home for Your Loved Ones
April 7, 2020

How to Make Senior Living Feel More Like Home for Your Loved Ones

Do you worry that your mom or dad isn’t safe at home alone anymore? Do you find them forgetting to turn off the stove after dinner is made? Are you worried they aren’t taking all their medications correctly? Taking away your parent’s independence can be a tough decision for any family. Here we offer some tips for making the adjustment to their new senior living facility easier. How to know if your parent needs a senior[…]
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Enjoy San Jose! Fun Ideas and Activities for Seniors to Try This Spring
March 29, 2020

Enjoy San Jose! Fun Ideas and Activities for Seniors to Try This Spring

10% of the population in San Jose are seniors. And a brilliant way for everyone to get together is by trying activities and meeting people. Stumped on a list of activities for seniors? Don't worry, we've got you covered. Here are a few of our favorites. Why Activities for Seniors Are Important? Studies show that senior activities are essential as they reap many benefits. For example, social activities keep you sharp and engaged which helps[...]
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Taking Care of Elderly Parents: Signs It May Be Time to Talk With Mom & Dad About Senior Living
March 20, 2020

Taking Care of Elderly Parents: Signs It May Be Time to Talk With Mom & Dad About Senior Living

When it comes to taking care of elderly parents, there comes a time when the family must consider senior living. Although all generations may protest, eventually certain signs point to the fact that it is time for everyone to ask for much-needed help. It’s hard to know when it is the right time to move Mom and Dad out of their current living situation. Here are a few signs that you should all start thinking[…]
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Elderly Care Facilities: What Are the Different Levels of Senior Care?
March 15, 2020

Elderly Care Facilities: What Are the Different Levels of Senior Care?

There are over 47 million senior citizens in the United States, and that number is projected to double within the next few decades. About 3% of them are finding themselves in full-time residential care. As your loved ones get older, you might be starting to look into some kind of senior care for them to help them along if you’re no longer able to. There are different types of senior care, though, and it’s important[…]
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Alzheimer’s vs. Dementia: What’s the Difference?
March 11, 2020

Alzheimer’s vs. Dementia: What’s the Difference?

It’s easy to mistake two terms that have similar meanings. This is especially true when there are overlapping symptoms. That said, it’s very important to understand the differences between specific ailments. Especially when they have overlapping meanings. That understanding can lead to the ability to understand and help others. Many people confuse the meanings of Alzheimer’s vs. dementia. It’s understandable,  but there are significant distinctions between both. We’re going to explore the differences between Alzheimer’s[…]
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8 Benefits of Senior Assisted Living Centers
March 9, 2020

8 Benefits of Senior Assisted Living Centers

You’ve been worried for a while about your loved one living on their own. You’ve been thinking about putting them in a senior assisted living home but you’re worried that they’ll be mad at you over it. Assisted living homes sometimes have a bad reputation with seniors because they’re worried about losing their independence. The truth is that while they’ll have someone helping them with daily tasks, they’ll still have plenty of time to themselves.[…]
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Brain Foods for Seniors: The Healthiest Foods for a Strong Memory
March 8, 2020

Brain Foods for Seniors: The Healthiest Foods for a Strong Memory

The brain is as vital to a senior as it is for a young adult about to turn twenty-five. When people approach seniority, topics about brain health are even more relevant to overall well-being. While most seniors are in good mental health, others are at risk of developing a neurological disorder, especially dementia, and depression. But as lifespans get longer and research gets deeper, doctors, as well as the older population, can better understand the[…]
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What Is a Senior Living Community? 11 Common Misconceptions
March 5, 2020

What Is a Senior Living Community? 11 Common Misconceptions

Are you wondering what is a senior living community or what life would be like living in one? Many people think that senior living communities and nursing homes are the same things. However, while there may be optional access to full-time medical care in a senior living community, health issues are not always the primary reasons people choose to move there. Many people in senior living communities live full, active lives. They turn to these[…]
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Senior Housing: What to Ask When Touring an Assisted Living Community
March 2, 2020

Senior Housing: What to Ask When Touring an Assisted Living Community

Across the US, there are over 800,000 people in assisted living facilities. When it’s time for your loved one to join those numbers, it’s often a stressful transition. After all, it’s an impactful decision and you want the best for them. Finding a great situation for your loved one starts with doing your research. After you narrow down your options for assisted living in your area and you schedule a tour for each facility, you[…]
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The 10 Big Benefits of Assisted Living vs. Aging at Home
February 27, 2020

The 10 Big Benefits of Assisted Living vs. Aging at Home

Managing the aging process is all about adapting to changes in your body and mind. As you get older, some of the activities and routines that you’ve gotten used to might start to become more difficult. In some cases, you’ll get to the point where getting groceries and cooking for yourself or going out for a long walk will be more troublesome than enjoyable. When your quality of life starts to take a hit, it[…]
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Fitness Over 60: How Fitness and an Active Lifestyle Play an Important Role in Improving a Senior’s Quality of Life
February 24, 2020

Fitness Over 60: How Fitness and an Active Lifestyle Play an Important Role in Improving a Senior’s Quality of Life

People over the age of 65 make up nearly 17% of the American population and, thanks to advances in modern medicine, this figure is set to rise. In fact, by 2030, there will be more than 20 million over sixties in the US alone. However, living longer does have its downsides. In order to maintain a healthy and fulfilled lifestyle, you have to look after your body. That is why fitness over 60 has never[…]
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8 Things to Look for in a Great Senior Assisted Living Community
February 20, 2020

8 Things to Look for in a Great Senior Assisted Living Community

Watching a loved one get older can be a difficult process, but you’re not alone. By 2030, more than 61 million people will be between the ages of 66 to 84 and will start to need more care and attention than they can get at home. Finding a wonderful senior assisted living community is the best way to give your loved one the care they deserve. So, where do you start? Here are a few[…]
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Home Care Alternatives: Signs Your Beloved Senior May Need More Advanced Senior Care
February 18, 2020

Home Care Alternatives: Signs Your Beloved Senior May Need More Advanced Senior Care

Are you or your family struggling to decide whether it is time to search for alternatives to caring for an elderly loved one at home? You are not alone. This is a highly emotional and challenging choice to make, especially if the senior is not interested in leaving his or her home. The demands of home care for seniors should not be taken lightly, particularly if you are the one providing that care. Being a full-time or[…]
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