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Tips for Touring Assisted Living

When touring assisted living homes and communities, it is important to pay attention to a few things and be alert to any red flags. Before scheduling a tour, do some research on assisted living options in your area. Part of your research should include checking reviews, services available, staff turnover, resident to caregiver ratio, and any other factors that might be important to you. Then, make a list of top choices and schedule a tour with the locations you initially select. Going into your tour with a good idea of what you want, will help you find the right assisted living facility. Keep in mind, there are many options for assisted living so it is important to learn about the

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Celebrating the holidays with someone who has dementia

Celebrating the holidays with a loved one who has dementia presents some challenges, especially if your family member resides in an assisted living home. It is natural to want to recreate those holiday memories you have shared together and get in touch with the feelings those shared experiences gave each of you. But how do you recreate something that dementia may have changed or faded for your loved one? This loss of shared history never hurts quite as much as it does during the holidays, when so many memories were made. Talk to your loved one’s caregiver Before you make too many plans or set up too many expectations, talk to the day to day caregiver of your relative. He

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5 signs that assisted living may be the best option for your loved one

How can you tell if your elderly loved one may need assisted living care? This question can spark an overwhelming sense of confusion for all involved. However, it is an important question to consider. As we age, it is normal for mental and physical abilities to decline. Fortunately, assisted living homes provide an excellent option to give your loved one the care and support they may need. It is common for people to wait until there is an emergency to realize that their loved one is in need care. To help avoid this situation, we recommend taking a proactive approach by regularly visiting and assessing your loved one to help recognize changes and determine their care needs as they age.

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What are the signs and symptoms of vascular dementia?

You may have never heard of vascular dementia until you or someone you know is diagnosed with it. Second to Alzheimer’s, vascular dementia is one of the most common types of dementia. Vascular dementia is caused by problems with the blood supply to the brain. This lack of blood flow to the brain can cause severe blood vessel damage and lead to dementia. Similar to other forms of dementia, it is important to be able to recognize the signs and symptoms of vascular dementia in order to assess the severity of the damage and proper care needed. What are the symptoms of vascular dementia? The symptoms of vascular dementia vary depending on the severity of the damage to the brain,

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Things to know when looking for assisted living in Phoenix

As aging progresses, many people start to need help with daily tasks such as bathing, cooking food, taking medications, etc. Moving to a home where assistance with these tasks is provided can be a great option to consider. An assisted living will have trained caregivers on staff to provide 24 hour care. This level of care is beneficial for those that may struggle with cognitive or physical challenge and are no longer able to live independently. Looking for assisted living in Phoenix can seem overwhelming, given all the choices available. To simplify the research process, here are some helpful tips: Determine important factors, like location and budget It is important to choose an assisted living facility that addresses your loved

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Things to remember when choosing activities for seniors with cognitive issues

Seniors that develop cognitive issues, often experience an inability to do the activities they were good at or once loved. It is extremely frustrating and a reality that can be discouraging for all involved, including family members and friends. To avoid this frustration, it is important to recognize the situation when choosing activities for seniors with cognitive issues. Muscles tend to remember things that the mind has forgotten. Because of this, it is better to appeal to the senses when choosing activities for seniors with cognitive issues. Your loved one may be losing their memory, but they still have the gift of taste, vision, smell, touch, and hearing. When planning activities for seniors with cognitive issues, consider incorporating activities that

bone and joint action week

4 things to learn during bone and joint action week

The Global Alliance for Musculoskeletal Health of the Bone and Joint Decade, has declared October 12 – 20, Bone & Joint Action Week. As we age, we begin to feel the wear and tear in our bones and joints. Bone & Joint Action week was established to help increase awareness on health issues specifically related to bones and joints and to provide access to education and tips for prevention. To help get you started, we’ve outlined 4 valuable questions and answers to explore during bone and joint action week: Why is bone health important? Your bones are always changing; as old bone breaks down, new bone is made. When you’re young, your body makes new bone faster than it breaks down

Why does my elderly parent snore?

It is not unusual to hear an elderly parent snore, and while it can be a disturbance to family members, it can also be an indication of more serious health issues. Surprisingly, it can even be a sign that your loved one suffers from depression. When it is coupled with personality changes due to lack of sleep, it can increase of the risk of certain conditions such as a stroke. Before jumping to any assumptions, it is important to do some research, possibly speak with your loved one’s physician to find out why your elderly parent snores and what you can and should do about it. Snoring is caused by some degree of obstruction in your breathing. It is important

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The importance of respite for family caregivers

Taking care of an elderly parent or loved one offers many benefits for both parties including strengthening the parent-child relationship, bringing fulfillment and happiness, and boosting overall quality of life. Despite these advantages, burnout and stress are extremely common for those who serve as a caregiver for an aging loved one. Too often, caregivers become so involved in taking care of their loved one that they allow their own needs to get put aside. The number of family caregivers is increasing with an estimated 50 million caregivers in the U.S. today. It is no coincidence that exhaustion, stress, isolation, depression and physical ailments are becoming increasingly common. By taking a break on a regular basis, caregivers can avoid these issues

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5 Things to know in National Cholesterol Education Month

Cholesterol is a popular topic when it comes to health, especially for seniors whose high cholesterol may pose serious health risks. To help raise awareness, the Center for Disease Control (CDC) has designated September, National Cholesterol Education Month. The CDC offers a wealth of information on steps you can take to prevent high cholesterol and what the different levels mean. We encourage you to dedicate September to kicking off a healthy fall by educating yourself about cholesterol and the effects it can have on your heart and overall health. To help you get started, this blog will provide 5 fundamental things to know about managing cholesterol levels and how it can impact your well-being: What is cholesterol? Most of the

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