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calculatorWatch Out for These Hidden Costs of Assisted Living  Once you’ve made the decision that assisted living would be a good move, the next question is usually: How much will it cost? The national median cost for assisted living is $3,750 per month, but prices vary widely from state to state and facility to facility. Samada.com

nusing home cartoon - man holding flashlight looking for an affordable oneNursing Home Unthinkable? Be Prepared in Case It’s Inevitable Nobody looks forward to spending their final years in a nursing home, yet 1.4 million Americans are living in this often-feared institutional setting. You may not want to place a loved one in a nursing home for more than a short-term recovery — but never promise an aging relative that it won’t happen. – The New York Times

young child and elder handsThey Put A Pre-School In A Nursing Home And It Changed Everyone’s Life In Providence Mount St. Vincent, Seattle, WA, something amazing has happened at the Inter-Generational Learning Center to ensure that the elderly people at their nursing home are happy. They decided to put a pre-school in a nursing home. Family members and staff were all pleasantly surprised to see the huge difference it made in the lives of both the elderly and the children. – Collective-Evolution

woman talking to 2 seniorsSearching for Quality in Assisted Living Care  Finding the right assisted living option for a family member can be a daunting task, and it’s not always easy to find data about the quality of various facilities. To help families get the information they need, A Place for Mom Inc., a commercial housing referral service for older adults, recently created an online, state-by-state guide to obtaining records on assisted living communities.—The New York Times

man pushing mother in wheelchairThe Teeth of Memory At age 88, my mother broke her hip and was sent for rehab to a nursing home. I went out to California for three weeks to oversee her care and look after my father, who could no longer drive. While old age had rendered him kindly and forgetful, it left my mother as sharp as ever but more irritable, especially with my father. To stave off my own panic, I swam every other day at a Y.M.C.A. several miles down the freeway…– The New York Times