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Guide to Life Care Planning

No matter who you are and no matter what age, there could come a time when you are incapacitated and unable to make medical decisions for yourself that would be a matter of life or death. If this were to happen, these decisions would be deferred to your loved ones,

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How to Receive Payment for Family Caregiving

Being a family caregiver might be the most important job you have in your lifetime. It is also a job that family caregivers do on a voluntary basis, receiving very little pay or no pay at all. This can add to the financial stress you might already have as a

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Ending Homelessness for Arizona Veterans

Military veterans have made extreme sacrifices to protect the best interests of our country. In Arizona, as in many other parts of the United States, there is a high rate of homelessness among veterans. Five years ago, through the combined efforts of government and community organizations, including FSL, the Arizona

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4 Ways to Ease the Financial Strain of Caregiving

Being a family caregiver might be the most important job you have in your lifetime. It is also a job that family caregivers do on a voluntary basis, receiving very little pay or no pay at all. This can add to the financial stress you might already have as a

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Sleepless in Sun City: Chapter 5

Court is now in session. Well, that was the vibe that shrouded today’s family meeting, otherwise dubbed “The Intervention” by my siblings and me. We have had our fill of Craigslist Cassie mincing around our parents’ home doing the bare minimum and taking advantage of their kindness. Yes, we finally sat

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How to Become Certified in CPR and First Aid

If you are caring for a loved one in their home, FSL offers an educational series to empower family caregivers. One of the topics we don’t currently offer, but encourage caregivers to learn is First Aid and CPR. In this post, we will focus on training from the American Heart

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Rose’s Story

Rose was struggling with simple tasks like bathing and grooming. She was beginning to isolate herself as she noticed her ability to remember was deteriorating more and more. Even getting around her house with her walker was becoming difficult; her current roommate was hoarding and the house was getting out

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5 Ways to Deal with Insomnia

Insomnia. If you have dealt with it you know how insidious this pesky little problem can be. However the key to taking hold of Insomnia is to not take it too seriously. The more you stress and think about it the more you feed it. Well that sounds easier said

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The Benefits of Equine Therapy

Chances are if you own a pet you know the benefits of having a furry companion. They keep you company, are always happy to see you and know very well when you are down. Horses have long been admired for their ability to move people from one place to another

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Sleep Patterns and Dementia

We all need to “sleep in” occasionally. Sometimes, however, extra sleep may indicate illness. A recent study showed that sleeping for nine hours or more, nightly, could signal greater risk for dementia. Lengthy sleep habits were also connected to a decrease in brain volume. Need Extra Sleep? Look for the

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Sleepless in Sun City: Chapter 4

Craigslist Cassie has got to go! Yes, Cassie is still here and she is a thorn in my side! Apparently, my parents now have a fourth bundle of joy. Not even their golden child, Kitty, can hold a flame to this new addition to the family. My concern isn’t particularly

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Nutrition for a Long, Healthy Life

As our loved ones age, family caregivers may find themselves in the odd position of telling older relatives to eat the same vegetables we once refused to eat growing up. It’s important to supply low-income seniors with healthy ingredients and support their diets by helping them prepare nutritious meals. Here

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Realistic Resolution: The Power of Mindfulness

We are all busy individuals and in this day and age we are busier than ever. If you happen to be a caregiver, caring for loved ones or your own children, or both, you most likely have no time for yourself.  At the beginning of a new year it is

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