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Mesothelioma & Assisted Living

Posted: Jul 16th, 2021

Mesothelioma is a rare form of cancer that develops decades after exposure to asbestos, an exceptionally durable and fire-resistant construction material.

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Mike's Blog

Conditions That Can Imitate Alzheimer’s Disease

Posted: Jun 21st, 2021

Watching a family member start to lose their memory and other cognitive functions can be alarming and distressing. When you notice that they’re becoming frequently confused, slow, or disoriented, you may begin to suspect Alzheimer’s disease or another form of dementia.

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How Assisted Living Can Help Manage Chronic Conditions

Posted: Jun 7th, 2021

Assisted Living and Memory Care Communities provide support and care to individuals with a wide range of needs and preferences. From those with a progressive disease like Huntington’s or ALS to those who simply desire a lifestyle of support and community.

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Healthy Aging: Why Socialization Matter

Posted: May 17th, 2021

As we get older, it becomes more challenging to maintain a level of social connection. Moving, retirement, and health concerns all impede opportunities for socialization, leaving older adults at a higher risk for loneliness and isolation.

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Planning Tips and Tools

4 Things to Look for in a Long Island Assisted Living Community

Posted: May 3rd, 2021

Choosing an Assisted Living Community for an aging parent or family member requires a lot of research and planning. Assisted Living Locators of Long Island is here to guide you and your family through this decision, ensuring that you find the perfect match for your loved one.

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Health Issues & Assisted Living

How Assisted Living Can Support Those with Huntington’s and ALS

Posted: Apr 19th, 2021

Assisted Living Locators of Long Island is a full-service Senior Care Placement Advisor, guiding Long Island families through the process of transitioning into Senior Living.

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An Essential Guide to ADLs and IADLs

Posted: Apr 5th, 2021

If you’re familiar with Senior Living, Assisted Living, or even Occupational Therapy, you’ve most likely heard the terms “Activities of Daily Living” and “Instrumental Activities of Daily Living.” However, to most people, these terms are probably unknown.

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Dementia Care

What Life is Like for Residents of Memory Care

Posted: Mar 31st, 2021

As a Dementia Care Advisor, Assisted Living Locators of Long Island knows that many families have questions when it comes to Dementia and Memory Care Communities. In this video, a Memory Care Specialist shares what day-to-day life is like for Memory Care residents.

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Dementia Care

What is Memory Care?

Posted: Mar 31st, 2021

As a Dementia Care Advisor, Assisted Living Locators of Long Island knows that many families have questions when it comes to Dementia and Memory Care Communities. In this video, a Memory Care Specialist discusses what to expect when choosing this type of care.

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5 Strategies for a Successful Transition to Memory Care

Posted: Mar 15th, 2021

Even though you may have determined that a Memory Care Community is the best place for your family member, it’s still natural to be worried about the transition.

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Assisted Living: How Do I Know It’s Time?

Posted: Mar 1st, 2021

Determining that you or a loved one can benefit from senior living will ultimately enhance your life in many ways. How do you know it’s “time,” though? We’re sharing some of the feelings and behaviors you may have that could indicate it’s time for senior living.

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What is Sundowning? Why It Happens and How to Cope

Posted: Feb 15th, 2021

If you’re caring for a loved one with dementia, you might have noticed that they get more irritable or confused starting late afternoon—when the sun, literally, starts to go down. Why does this happen? And how do you manage it?

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Dementia Care

The Seven Stages of Alzheimer’s Disease

Posted: Feb 3rd, 2021

The Seven Stages of Alzheimer’s describes the main stages of Alzheimer’s and the pattern of symptoms that typically occur in individuals living with Alzheimer’s dementia. It is important to note that not everyone living with Alzheimer’s or related dementia will experience the same symptoms or progress at the same rate over time.

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3 Reasons to Consider Assisted Living on Long Island Sooner Than Later

Posted: Feb 1st, 2021

Caring for an older loved one is full of emotions and decisions. While you know that it will soon be time for them to get professional support, you also feel guilty and want to push that decision off until it’s absolutely necessary.

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Ways to Pay for Assisted Living

Posted: Jan 18th, 2021

When considering Assisted Living, several questions come up: What types of apartments are available? What types of amenities are available? What is the staff-to-resident ratio? There’s one question, though, that may be the most important of them all: How do you pay for it?

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Long Island Elder News

COVID-19 Vaccine Rollout in Assisted Living and Memory Care Communities

Posted: Jan 15th, 2021

Vaccinations are now rolling out in Long Island Assisted Living and Memory Care communities. Assisted Living Locators of Long Island wants to keep families up to date on the logistics of this rollout and how this might affect the placement of their loved one into one of these communities.

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Coping with Guilt When It’s Time to Move Mom or Dad Into Assisted Living

Posted: Jan 1st, 2021

One of the most challenging decisions you will have to make as a caregiver is deciding when/if it’s time to transition your parent or loved one into a senior living community. Being in this position can prompt many feelings, including sadness, apprehension, confusion, and guilt.

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Health Issues & Assisted Living

Assisted Living and Parkinson's Disease

Posted: Dec 30th, 2020

Parkinson’s disease is a neurodegenerative disorder of the central nervous system affecting movement. The initial presentation is often tremors, specifically in one hand.

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Assisted Living on Long Island and the COVID-19 Vaccine

Posted: Dec 30th, 2020

Mike McClernon, senior living advisor and owner of Assisted Living Locators of Long Island, shares insight into the COVID-19 vaccination, its distribution to Assisted Living and Memory Care Communities, and how it could be an ideal time to transition your loved one to senior living.

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Health Issues & Assisted Living

Assisted Living and Parkinson’s Disease

Posted: Dec 10th, 2020

Parkinson’s disease is a neurodegenerative disorder of the central nervous system affecting movement. The initial presentation is often tremors, specifically in one hand. In the brains of Parkinson’s patients, nerve cell damage causes dopamine levels to drop. Dopamine is the neurotransmitter chemical that helps transfer messages from our brains to our muscles.

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Dementia Care

Alzheimer's Disease Facts & Statistics

Posted: Dec 5th, 2020

Read the Alzheimer's Association's 2020 fact sheet regarding Alzheimer's disease and other dementias.

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Financial & Legal Considerations

Paying for Assisted Living and Memory Care Using Long-Term Care Insurance

Posted: Nov 26th, 2020

Assisted Living or Memory Care Communities are great options for many seniors. And on Long Island and in Greater NYC we are fortunate to have many exceedingly high quality, nationally recognized communities from which to choose.

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Financial & Legal Considerations

Using Life Insurance to Cover Senior Living Costs

Posted: Nov 26th, 2020

Assisted Living and Memory Care can be great solutions for many seniors. These senior living solutions are not cheap, though, and many families carefully consider all the ways to pay for this type of senior living.

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Benefits of Poster Therapy for Memory Care

Posted: Nov 19th, 2020

Studies show that reminiscing with photos can encourage conversation, memory, brain activity, and promote overall mental health for folks with Alzheimer’s and other forms of dementia or cognitive illness.

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Financial & Legal Considerations

5 Legal Documents Every Senior Needs

Posted: Nov 4th, 2020

A big part of this preparation includes executing key legal documents while everyone is healthy and in good shape, cognitively. Waiting until seniors are in physical or cognitive decline to execute any of these documents presents challenges for the family.

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Long Island Elder News

A Local Placement Company with National Resources

Posted: Nov 4th, 2020

When you connect with Assisted Living Locators Long Island, we work with you here, locally. Our franchisee for Long Island and Queens, Mike McClernon, is a long-term resident of Glen Cove in Nassau County. He knows all the Assisted Living and Memory Care communities here on Long Island and Queens because he has been in them all, touring families and helping them find the best fit in our 80+ local Communities.

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Financial & Legal Considerations

How Seniors Pay for Assisted Living and Memory Care

Posted: Oct 26th, 2020

We often get questions about how (or if) Medicare and Medicaid can be used to pay for Assisted Living and Memory Care charges. We also get questions about how seniors pay for Assisted Living and Memory Care communities overall.

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Financial & Legal Considerations

How Assisted Living and Memory Care Communities Charge

Posted: Oct 26th, 2020

Assisted Living and Memory Care communities to fall into two types relative to how they charge- All-Inclusive or Rent + Care.

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Planning Tips and Tools

Persuading a Senior to Accept an Assisted Living or Memory Care Placement

Posted: Oct 20th, 2020

No one wants to give up what they perceive as independence. This holds true for seniors, too. They often resist placement in Assisted Living or Memory Care. Sometimes this resistance is built upon a general suspicion of ‘nursing homes.’ Other times seniors understand what they would be getting but just prefer the familiar home to the unknown Community.

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Dementia Care

Understanding Dementia: An Overview

Posted: Sep 17th, 2020

If you are reading this article, you might be a family member trying to wrap your mind around the devastating news that a loved one has been diagnosed with some type of dementia. Perhaps you are further into this multi-year journey, and you have arrived at the conclusion that, for the good of everyone, your loved one needs the constant care and supervision available in various types of Memory Care communities or Skilled Nursing Facilities. Wherever you are in this process, I have experience both as a family member facing this situation and as an elder care professional who can help you make the tough and important decisions you are facing.

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Health Issues & Assisted Living

Straight Talk: Incontinence and Assisted Living/Memory Care

Posted: Sep 17th, 2020

Assisted Living and Memory Care can be wonderful options for seniors. There is activity, good food, easy access to medical care, socialization, new people, and safety.

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Senior Placement Services Benefit Seniors and Their Families

Posted: Aug 13th, 2020

The latest U.S. Census Bureau, Population Projections reported that in 2018, there were 52 million Americans ages 65 and older. According to the Popular Reference Bureau, there will be a 50% increase in the number of Americans 65 and older requiring some nursing care, from 1.2 million in 2017 to approximately 1.9 million in 2030. The reality is many seniors will require some change in their living arrangement. The decision to move to a more supportive environment is wrought with high emotion and often a lack of information regarding all of the options available. Alleviating the confusion and helping to facilitate the right decision are Senior Living Advisors specializing in senior placement services.

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What to Do When Couples Have Different Senior Care Needs

Posted: Aug 7th, 2020

Accommodating couples in Assisted Living and Dementia Care communities when one of the two people has meaningfully more complex physical or dementia support needs is a challenge faced every day by Senior Placement professionals. People do not age at the same rate, either physically or cognitively.

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Senior Care Advisor, Mike McClernon, Receives Dementia Care Certification

Posted: Aug 3rd, 2020

Assisted Living Locators, a nationwide senior placement service, announced today that Long Island and Queens franchisee owner and senior care advisor Mike McClernonis Dementia Care Certified®. Assisted Living Locators and Dementia Care Education, the leading Alzheimer’s/dementia education, training, and consulting organization, recently announced a partnership to raise the bar and create best-practice service within the senior care industry.

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Building a Family Connection: Benefits of Using Senior Placement Service

Posted: May 26th, 2020

With more Americans living longer than ever, it is inevitable that someone you know—a parent, sibling, spouse, or other aging relatives—will one day require a new living setting. It's estimated that for individuals who reach 65 years of age, there is a 70% likelihood they'll require some form of long-term care services. When faced with that reality, many of us simply don't know where to turn. That's when senior home advisors become a valuable resource. Not only do they have the expertise and information you need regarding the various options available, but there is no fee for their services. They'll guide you through a supportive, caring process that helps alleviate much of the emotional stress that comes with this major life decision.

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A Place to Call Home: Free Senior Placement Service for Long Island Families

Posted: May 26th, 2020

There is a new way to receive hands-on guidance to locate quality assisted living options! Throughout Nassau and Suffolk counties and northeast Queens, Assisted Living Locators has a new Long Island franchise. Based in Arizona, Assisted Living Locators offers a no-cost, nationwide senior care placement and referral service for in-home companion care, independent retirement options, assisted living, memory care, and skilled nursing facilities. The company has more than 100 franchisees in 34 states and the District of Columbia.

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Planning Tips and Tools

A Needs Assessment is Your First Step in Moving to a Senior Living Community

Posted: May 13th, 2020

One of the first things that seniors do when moving to a senior living community is a needs assessment. When a new resident joins them, the facility conducts a standard, thorough assessment designed to test elderly individuals' physical and cognitive health.

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Long Island Elder News

A Different Kind of Pet Therapy

Posted: May 6th, 2020

Pet therapy is one of the most popular activities in any Dementia Care or Assisted Living community. Specially trained dogs (mainly) provide comfort to seniors and bring a special calm to those suffering from Dementia related to Alzheimer’s and other conditions.

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Assisted Living or Dementia Care Placement Can Help Caregivers

Posted: May 6th, 2020

When a senior begins a new life in an Assisted Living community, I often hear, “My mother’s life changed for the better when she was placed in an Assisted Living community. So did mine!”


The daughter of a woman I placed in Assisted Living told me, “This past year has been a transitional one for my 88 year old mother. She lived alone in a condo, her health began declining, she was less able to drive, and I became concerned about her falls. She became socially isolated. More of my time has been performing tasks for her. It became clear that a move to Assisted Living would help us both.”

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Planning Tips and Tools

Do You Have a Plan For Senior Living?

Posted: May 6th, 2020

October is Long-Term Planning Month; do you have a plan for senior living? Most of us don’t want to think about the day when we can no longer take care of ourselves, or when our loved ones can no longer live on their own. However, the reality is that we all will need some kind of long-term care.

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Senior Living Basics

Comparing Senior Living Options

Posted: May 6th, 2020

There are many different types of senior care assistance and living options and understanding the benefits and limits of each one will help you make the right decision. It’s also important to remember that needs may change over time, so you’ll want to consider carefully the potential for care requirements in the future.

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Long Island Elder News

How To Prepare To Work with a Senior Home Advisor

Posted: May 6th, 2020

The graying of America has been underway for some time now. Based on the latest data as reported in the Population Reference Bureau’s Population Bulletin, “Aging in the United States,” the number of Americans ages 65 and older is projected to nearly double from 52 million in 2018 to 95 million in 2060, and the number of very old people – those 85 and above – is increasing as well.

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Financial & Legal Considerations

Understanding Senior Housing Costs

Posted: May 5th, 2020

With so many senior living options at so many different price points, it can be hard to know which option is best for you and your loved one. Before making a decision, it’s important to understand the different types of residences available to you—and their associated costs.

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Assisted Living Can Help A Senior’s Social Well-Being

Posted: May 5th, 2020

Socializing keeps people young at heart, boosts feelings of well-being, and maintains mental sharpness. As your loved one's age, have you taken time to consider the continued importance of socialization and changing health needs in their care?

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Avoid These Mistakes When Searching For Assisted Living

Posted: May 5th, 2020

Finding senior living that is right for your aging loved one can be a challenge. Here are five common mistakes to avoid when looking for an assisted living community.

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6 Reasons to Consider Assisted Living

Posted: May 5th, 2020

Assisted living provides residents with some level of assistance with the normal activities of daily living. Their goal is to achieve wellness and independence for the senior.

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Top Diagnosis That Often Lead to Successful Placement in Assisted Living or Memory Care

Posted: May 5th, 2020

Older adults may experience a multitude of health conditions. Assisted Living Locators of Long Island is sharing conditions that often lead to successful placement in Assisted Living or Memory Care.

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Planning Tips and Tools

Can I Bring My Dog?

Posted: Mar 24th, 2020

One of the most common questions I get asked is whether or not dogs or pets are welcome in assisted living facilities. The answer is YES! Most locations allow pets and welcome them as members of the community.

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Senior Living Basics

10 Warning Signs Your Loved One is Ready For Assisted Living

Posted: Mar 24th, 2020

At Assisted Living Locators of Long Island, we often get calls from family members who are on the fence about whether their mom or dad should be moving to assisted living. They have a suspicion that all is not right, but their parent keeps reassuring them everything is fine, and of course, they want to believe it. So, here are some things to look for the next time you go over to your folks for a visit.

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