Tips For Taking Care of Elderly Relatives At Home

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Many Americans are living longer and fuller lives than ever before. This, combined with a limited number of nursing homes and elder-care facilities, as well as retired¬†baby boomers who prefer to care for their parents themselves, means that the need for trained home health care professionals is rising. The only downfall to this is the […]

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Cemeteries as Tourist Attractions?

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Celebrity grave sites have been popular with fans and tourists for decades. Some of the more visited graves include Elvis Presley’s at the Forest Hills Cemetery in Memphis, Tennessee, Jim Morrison’s at the Pere-Lachaise Cemetery in Paris, France and Marilyn Monroe’s at Westwood Memorial Park in Los Angeles, California. Even local and national political figures, […]

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Baby Boomers and Technology Don’t Always Mix

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The results are in, according to the Huffington Post: Baby Boomers are split between embracing new technology and clinging to old fashioned methods of communication like letters sent via “snail mail” and land line telephones. In some cases, the amount of smart phone users, Facebook members and computer-savvy Internet addicts among the ranks of Baby […]

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Smaller Cemeteries Struggle With Upkeep and Grounds Maintenance

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When cemeteries are vandalized, unless the culprits are caught and forced to pay restitution, the cost of repairing the damage to the headstones, pathways and lawn comes out of the cemetery’s budget. This might work out okay if the cemetery is large and affiliated with a local church or cemetery association, but when the damage […]

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Are Crematoriums Harming the Environment?

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Lately several states, the most notable of which is California, have appeared in the news after having banned new crematoriums from opening. The reason behind this, officials claim, is because of the environmental impact of cremating a body, specifically, those with silver or lead tooth fillings, which can supposedly¬†send mercury and other toxins into the […]

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Online Funerals and Memorials Are Growing In Popularity

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First it was online guest books. People who couldn’t make it to the funeral, whether they were living across the country or simply not close enough to the deceased to attend, could leave messages for the surviving friends and family. Some of these guest books can be left up forever (depending on the level of […]

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Two Scams That the Elderly Need to be Aware of

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There are a number of scammers out there ready and willing to prey on the elderly. According to the FBI, this is because people who were born before 1950 were raised to be polite and trusting. This combined with the fact that many older Americans have issues with failing eyesight, hearing loss and memory problems, […]

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A Brief History of Cremation

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Cremation is a practice widely used all over the world today but the earliest record of cremation is from over 20,000 years. Three sets of fossils were found at Mungo Lake in Australia. The first set, known as Mungo Lady, shows signs of being burned, smashed, and burned again. A proposed explanation of this is […]

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Baby Boomers Not Saving Money for Future Generations

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Members of past generations saved money for their children and grandchildren, especially if they were from the Lost, the Greatest or the Silent Generations. Whether they grew up with money or not, thrifty habits and lean spending were the norm, and the remaining money that they made and saved was passed down to their children, […]

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Traditional Military Funerals

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Just as different cultures have developed their own burial traditions, the US military has their own set of customs. These traditions are meant to honor all veterans. Rank does not matter nor does the length of time the veteran served nor if they died in battle or of other causes. All veterans are eligible for […]

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