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Doug Atkinson

After graduating from college, Doug worked at a local TV affiliate before coming to Presbyterian Senior Living (PSL). He is now the Social Media Marketing Assistant at PSL, and writes for the blog, produces videos, and creates content for PSL's social media sites.

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Health & Aging

Preventing Senior Falls in the Fall

By: Doug Atkinson
November 16th, 2017

Fall is here, and it brings crisp air, colorful leaves, and pumpkin spiced everything. But it can also mean an increased risk of falls for seniors. Falls are a common issue many seniors face, and usually, a fall isn’t as simple as it seems. There can be many underlying factors that lead a senior to fall, from balance issues to unseen hazards.

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How to Prepare for Sudden Senior Hospital Visits

By: Doug Atkinson
October 26th, 2017

Getting a call that your mom or dad is in the hospital is usually not something you want to have happen. If it’s unexpected, you can have a million thoughts flying through your mind at once. Questions about what happened, how serious it is, or what might come next will likely come to mind. With all this initial confusion, it’s possible you might forget something important in your rush to the hospital. Knowing what to bring and what calls to make ahead of time can help you stay calm and focus on what’s really important: your loved ones.

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6 Pennsylvania Cities Ranked in Top 100 Places to Retire

By: Doug Atkinson
October 19th, 2017

The latest rankings on the best places to retire are out from U.S. News and World Report, and six Pennsylvania cities made it on the list, with three landing in the top 20. Based on data like the happiness of local residents, housing affordability, tax rates, healthcare quality, and more, these were the PA cities that were ranked highest:

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Senior Bullying: How a Caring Community Can Prevent the Behavior

By: Doug Atkinson
October 12th, 2017

Bullying is bad. There’s no way around that. Kids today learn from a young age what bullying is and how they can handle it. But bullying isn’t confined to school hallways and playgrounds. Adults are just as prone to the behavior as children, and you can find bullying in the office, and even among friends. Sadly, it can also be common at senior living communities, and more often than not those involved aren't aware they are engaging in the harmful behavior.

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Health & Aging | Caregiver Support

Understanding the Stages of Dementia & Alzheimer's

By: Doug Atkinson
September 28th, 2017

Caring for someone with dementia or Alzheimer’s disease can be a long and emotional journey. According to the Alzheimer's Association, more than 5 million Americans are living with the disease. But dementia and Alzheimer’s aren’t simple diseases. There are many different parts to them, and understanding those parts, or stages, can be beneficial when caring for a loved one. It can also help you decide when the best time to seek professional help will be.

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Health & Aging

Important Technology for Seniors

By: Doug Atkinson
September 21st, 2017

Technology use among seniors is continuously on the rise. According to an updated poll by the Pew Research Center, adults over the age of 65 are more digitally connected than ever before. And some groups of seniors are even as connected as their under-65 counterparts. However, even with the growing tech-savvy senior population, it can be difficult to know what technology is most useful or beneficial for seniors. The following technologies can improve a senior’s life in many ways, from connecting with family to helping with cognitive function.

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