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How to assist your parents with assisted living

Nearly 70 percent of adults 65 and older

Nearly 70 percent of adults 65 and older will need long-term care at some point in their lives, according to the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services. Credit: Kacso Sandor

Helping a senior parent move from a house to an assisted living center or retirement community is stressful for both generations. Sparefoot.com, an online listing of self-storage units, offers these tips to make moving -- and the thought of moving -- easier.

Broach the idea when your parents are healthy. This way, your parents can feel in control and select a community where they will feel comfortable.

Brochures and websites are nice, but make sure you and your parents visit any prospective assisted living center in person to see how it operates and whether the residents are content.

Think about re-creating your parents' favorite spots in the new home.

Sign your parents up for activities in their new neighborhood so they will feel a part of the community as soon as they move in.