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Creating Safe and Enjoyable Family Events for Loved Ones with Alzheimer’s Disease

With Thanksgiving just days away, and all of the December holidays approaching, families need to consider their loved ones that have Alzheimer's disease and the impact of the holiday events. Changes to daily routines, such as those for holidays and special events may cause some challenges for caregivers and people with Alzheimer’s. There are, however, ways to reduce the impact of these changes and enhance the enjoyable experience for all.

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Safety Tips for Halloween: Candle and Costume Safety

Halloween is next week. Are you a parent or a grandparent of one of the 41.2 million children ages 5-14 who will go trick-or-treating? Or are wearing a costume or attending a party? If so, check out these tips to keep yourself, your family, friends and guests safe.

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2 Steps to Help You Tackle the Disaster Planning Process If You Have Loved One With Dementia

Everyone should have a good idea about what they would do if faced with a disaster. So what’s different about disaster planning if you are providing care for someone with dementia?

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15 Steps to Be Prepared for a Natural Disaster

Natural disasters don’t happen every day but, when they hit, the repercussions can be severe. Planning ahead, when possible, can make a difference, and the planning process doesn’t have to be difficult. It does take time – which most of us would prefer to spend on more pleasant activities. But the payoff in terms of life safety, reduced stress and a smoother recovery is well worth sacrificing a little free time.

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Ready for School? Make Sure Your Child Safety Seat is Ready Too

Around the country, students of all ages have started a new school year. Maybe your child started school for the first time, or you’ve started a carpool with friends, or you’re driving your grandchild to and from school. For all of these reasons and more it’s good time to make sure you know the latest child safety seat recommendations and ensure that your child or grandchild is as safe as possible in your car.

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Happy Grandparents Day! Day Trip Destinations & Tips for Travel Time

Sunday, September 7 is Grandparents Day! Since it was first signed as a presidential proclamation in 1978 Grandparents Day is a great day for grandparents and grandchildren to celebrate their relationships. Spending time together, no matter what you do, is very special.

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Have a new driver in your family? 5 helpful hints for good driving habits for teen drivers

Getting a driver’s license is an exciting time for a teenager …and a major transition for you. Even if this isn’t the first of your children to start driving, you’re sure to have mixed emotions about their newfound independence. Of course, when it comes to your child driving, safety is your primary concern. While you can’t always be in the car to help them, you can make sure you provide the insight and education they need to develop the safest possible driving habits.

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Taking a Road Trip? Read these Safety Tips First

It’s almost the end of August and many of us are fitting in one more summer vacation before the fall. If you’re like me and traveling by car, you’ll want to make sure your car is as ready as you are for the trip. Here are a few things you should do to make sure your car is in tip-top shape for your trip.

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Home Security Tips for Travelers

Are you ready for a summer get-away? Whether it’s to the beach, an amusement park, or visiting family, before packing your suitcase, consider these home security tips to keep your home safe while you are traveling.

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Tips to Make Moving Less Stressful

Moving can be really stressful. Aside from packing and then unpacking everything you own—which is no small feat—there are so many other details to think about that the very prospect may fill you with dread. But don’t worry, with some smart planning and preparation, your move can be a smooth experience.

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Tips to Keep You and Your Family Safe In and Out of the Pool

It’s mid-July and summer is in full swing! There are so many fun places to cool off and go for a dip in the pool. Whether the pool is in your backyard, at an amusement park or in your community, safety always comes first. If you are heading to a pool soon, like I am, be sure to read these tips first.

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3 Ways to Boost Your Resilience

In my recent blog posts, I talked about our study with the MIT AgeLab on Resilience in Midlife. Building resilience over a lifetime is important. Carving out time to take care of yourself by being physically active and socially connected in the midst of life transitions is an important part of developing resilience. Here are three ways to help boost your resilience.

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Beth Tracton-Bishop

For A Lifetime is a blog from The Hartford Center for Mature Market Excellence. Staffed by gerontologists, our center has conducted extensive research on driving, housing, and aging. We look forward to sharing our expertise with you and hearing your feedback.

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