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Better Living Team

Challenges and Solutions

Share your troubles with us! Aging in Place doesn’t have to feel as lonely as it sometimes does. If something is giving you trouble, it may be easier to manage knowing you have a team on your side – someone to share with and confide in.  We want to be your BETTER LIVING support team!

These are the challenges the BETTER LIVING TEAM is currently working on. Please scroll down to view, or search to find a specific topic of interest. Click on the “read more” link to go to the full page for that challenge.  Add your comments and ideas there to help others.  

Preparing for a possible power outage

Storms are predicted and I am worried about the power going out.  What can I do to prepare ahead of time? Make sure your phone is charged (- do you have any extra battery packs?) What meals can you make with the canned food you have? Do you have a manual can opener?...

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Hard Time Reading

It is getting harder to read my books and I miss reading. What are some options for me? Here are some products and services that may help you. Also, check in the comments section at the bottom of the page for more great ideas! You could try listening to audio...

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Care Giver Training

My mom and aunt take care of my papaw in his home.  We have home care workers who come in to help with his medicine and do some cooking a few days a week.  Is there a program where family members can be trained and paid as in-home care providers or is there any...

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Talk to Type

I'm having trouble typing, but it is a good way to stay connected to my friends and family.  I enjoy spending time on the computer. Does anybody know of a good program that will turn my talking into typing?    Here are some products and services that may help you....

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Help with Lawn Care

We are aging in our home where we have lived for quite a while.  We really enjoy our yard and the deer and birds who come to feed.  We are in our 80s and not able to as do much as we used to.  We have a yard care company who mow, but they do not pull weeds.  We cannot...

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My Wife Passed Away

I live up in northern Michigan. My wife passed away a year ago and I'm having a tough time. All's I do is farm and take care of my little granddaughter. This month will be be bad for me - my wife got really bad about this time and passed away on the 25th. I'm just...

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I Feel Worthless

I'm 85 and not able to as do much as I used to.  I like doing projects, but don't have the strength and coordination I used to have. It's getting me down.  Does anybody else feel like this?  Here are some products and services that may help you. Also, check in the...

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Move My Dad in

My mom died eight months ago, and I'm constantly running over to check on my dad.  My husband was just offered a job about four hours away, and we'd be happy to have Dad join us.  We could even buy a house with an in-law suite where he'd have privacy.  He's 74 and...

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Moving a Sick Elderly Person across State Lines

Does anyone have experience with moving a sick elderly family member across state lines? I need advice with Assisted Living vs. Nursing Home and Insurance and Veteran's Benefits. Here are some products and services that may help you. Also, check in the comments...

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Travel Alone?

I take care of my husband.  I would like to travel a little. He tells me to go. I feel selfish wanting to go, but honestly I could use a break.  How can I leave? Who would take care of my husband? Is it wrong for me to go? What if something happens while I am away?...

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Get a Dog at my Age?

I miss having a dog around the house.  My son is afraid if I get a dog I will trip over it.  I'm afraid the dog would outlive me. I think I would enjoy the companionship of a dog. Here are some products and services that may help you. Also, check in the comments...

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Can I afford Assisted Living?

I am interested in moving to an assisted living facility, but I'm not sure I will enough money to remain there.  What happens if I run out of money? Here are some products and services that may help you. Also, check in the comments section at the bottom of the page...

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Door bell can be heard through cell

I would like to find information on two items: 1. When someone rings your door bell, you get a notification on your cell phone or tablet and  2. A device that enables you to hear your cell phone ring no matter where you are in the house Here are some products and...

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Would like to see Grandkids more

I would like to see my kids and grandkids more often.  I think they are bored when they come to visit. I am not able to do a lot of walking or get around very well. Does any body have any ideas on what we could do together? Here are some products and services that may...

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Afraid of Dying Alone

I don't have a lot of friends still living and I don't have any close family. Nothing is specifically wrong with me, but I would like some ideas I guess on how to die "well." Here are some products and services that may help you. Also, check in the comments section at...

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Carbon Monoxide Dangers – Alert

This is not really a challenge, but I wanted to warn people about the dangers of carbon monoxide. My aging parents were almost killed by a furnace malfunction. Silent, odorless carbon monoxide filled the house. They were lucky they didn't fall asleep with the leak...

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