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It is that most wonderful time of the year—no, we are not talking about Christmas. It’s Medicare’s Annual Enrollment Season. Yes, it’s the time of the year when we stress and spend hours on the phone or online shopping for health coverage. The pain of having to shop health coverage, spend hours on the phone or online with one company vs another for our health insurance can be a daunting task. It does not matter if you are on Medicare or looking for your personal insurance, this can be one of the most dreaded….

REDEFINED SENIOR LIVING

This senior living community, the latest on the Lexington landscape, offers numerous amenities and top-class touches that make it a vibrant, exciting community.  “We are redefining senior living,” said Jacqueline Kennedy, Director of Sales and Marketing at Legacy Reserve. “If someone has a notion of what senior living looks like, we ask them to tour Legacy Reserve.”  On your visit, you certainly won’t find Legacy Reserve residents just sitting around watching life go by.

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ADULT GUARDIANSHIP: FROM DEMENTIA TO ADDICTION

Guardianship has been a hot topic in Kentucky the past year.  Between the increase in dementia diagnoses and the growing drug epidemic, the court system has had a great influx in the number of guardianship filings over the past few years.  In Kentucky, a guardianship is a legal proceeding during which a jury determines whether an individual is wholly or partially disabled, the court appoints a guardian, thus officially creating a legal relationship between the guardian and the ward.

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and remember the child as well. The love of a lost child unites the Compassionate Friends group and brings its members together.


To learn more about how this group can help you, visit www.compassionatefriends.org

The loss of a child is one of the most devastating experiences a parent may face. You are not only losing a child; you are also losing a piece of yourself, and your future will be forever changed.


Compassionate Friends is an organization that supports families that have lost a child. Its mission statement says: “When a child dies at any age, the family suffers intense pain and may feel hopeless and isolated. The Compassionate Friends provides highly personal comfort, hope and support to every family experiencing the death of a son or a daughter, a brother or a sister or a grandchild and helps others better assist the grieving family.”


Over 57,000 children under the age of 19 years die annually in the United States, according to the American Association for Marriage and Family Therapy. Regardless of the age or the cause of a child’s death, it is still devastating. It is important for families to seek help and support when facing such a difficult time.


Compassionate Friends is available in hundreds of locations around the United States. Families come together and provide emotional support to one another. The people who are part of the group have gone through similar experiences and are also going through a grieving process. Everyone suffers loss differently based on culture, religion and the

COMPASSIONATE FRIENDS HELPS WHEN PARENTS LOSE A CHILD

relationship with the child who died. There is not a certain way to mourn the loss, so it is important to be surrounded by people who understand what you are experiencing. You can seek help through family therapy and support groups such as Compassionate Friends, but there are ways you can help yourself:


•  Try journaling your thoughts and feelings. Sometimes it is easier to write what you are feeling instead of sharing it verbally with others.


•  If you feel comfortable, talk about your child. Share memories with people close to you. It may be painful at first, but it can also help you heal.


•  Engage in activities with your family. Try to maintain some sort of stability even though life may seem to be out of control. Your family can help you find that sense of control and some enjoyment.


Families mourning the loss of a child should allow the grieving process to take place. There is no timetable on how long you should grieve and it is important to be patient with the process. It is also good and helpful to find ways to honor

TANIQUA WARD, M.S

TaNiqua Ward is a Staff Writer for Living Well 60+ Magazine

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