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Long term senior care

The Importance Of Planning For Long Term Senior Care As A Woman

It may not be your first priority, but planning for long term senior care is important to think about before it is deemed necessary. At some point in your lifetime, you may face physical or mental challenges and no longer will be able to take care of yourself. In an effort to prepare for your future it is essential to plan for this potential reality. Long-term senior care includes a range of services and support for you and your care needs. If you are still unsure about your need for long term care, we have outlined a few of the reasons women need to begin to plan for their future: Women tend to live longer than men  On average women

brain training

How Brain Training Reduces Cognitive Decline

It is hard to imagine that someday you might forget the name of your children or loved ones. Unfortunately, this is a likely risk for many people. One in 50 people, 65 and older are of at risk of developing Alzheimer’s and nearly one-third of people age 85 and older is diagnosed. Fortunately, there are steps to take to help reduce the risk of cognitive decline. Remember, the brain is a muscle, and just like other muscles the brain can be strengthened with intense mental exercises and training that targets and works on the brain’s core cognitive skills. A ten-year study compared the effects of three forms of brain training in a group of 2,802 cognitively healthy seniors. In this

eye health

The Importance Of Eye Health In Seniors

    You were probably told not to sit too close to the T.V or to read in the dark. Although these are myths and won’t damage the health of the eyes, both will likely cause eyestrain. Fact or myth, it is important to take care of your eye health. As you enter your forties and fifties, you may start to experience age-related vision changes. It is only a matter of time before you need glasses for reading. As you enter your sixties, seventies and beyond, you are at a higher risk of developing age-related eye diseases and conditions. These diseases include age-related macular degeneration, cataract, diabetic eye disease, glaucoma, low vision and dry eye. This is why it is

Women's Health Week

Take the right steps for better health: National Women’s Health Week

National Women’s Health Week kicks off on May 14 and will be celebrated through May 20. The goal of Women’s Health Week is to remind women to make health a priority and to encourage them to take the right steps for better health. Adopting a healthier lifestyle includes fitness, nutrition, diet, and mental health. To successfully improve your overall health, it is best to start with small steps: 1. Get Active As a general goal, you should try to exercise for 30 minutes to an hour every day. Walking, running, hiking, weight training and resistance training are all beneficial. If fitness isn’t your favorite thing, one way to get motivated is joining a team or taking a group class like

Eating Habits

Changing your eating habits as you age

  Looking and feeling the best you can begins from the inside. How you nourish your body determines a number of different factors about the way you look and feel. As we age, there are many changes that go on in our bodies that can improve or be detrimental depending on diet. One of the first things we see is a slowing of our metabolism. Activity levels often slow down as well and the combination naturally results in weight gain. Learning about the nutrients needed for your body to run efficiently is invaluable. This change will inevitably affect your food choices and yes, this could mean eating fewer doughnuts and more fruits and vegetables. While this is beneficial at any

Grandkid visits

5 Fun Activities for Grandkid Visits

Most grandparents will agree that spending time with the grandkids is their favorite pastime. It is equally rewarding for children to get to know grandma and grandpa, and develop a relationship separate from their parents. The challenge comes when you’re not sure what to do for those highly anticipated grandkid visits. Let’s face it, as much as you adore them, keeping grandkids entertained can be a challenge and even exhausting at times. To help make your next grandkid visit less stressful, we’ve put together recommendations for five fun and educational activities to do: 1. Getting creative An arts and crafts project is a great activity for you and your grandkids (especially little ones) to enjoy together. It allows kids to

Hospice Care

Understanding Hospice Care at Paradise Living Centers

Many assume that hospice care is solely called in when end-of life is near. While it is true that hospice care is specialized care for those facing end-of-life, it is also available for those with chronic conditions or life threatening illnesses. It is designed to provide support and comfort rather than curative treatments. At Paradise Living Centers we always strive to provide our residents with care that helps them remain comfortable and allows them to age with dignity. When our residents are faced with a change or decline in health, we may recommend hospice care to help our residents remain comfortable and to ensure the best quality of life. When hospice care is recommended, a physician must examine the patient

Doll Therapy

Doll Therapy for Alzheimer’s and Dementia Patients

Dolls have always been a favorite toy or collectible for children. Now they are being used to help Alzheimer’s and dementia patients. Doll therapy is a somewhat new treatment that appears to be generating growing interest, thanks to research suggesting it can make a difference. Although there are a number of other non-pharmacological treatments currently available including aromatherapy, music therapy, animal-assisted therapy and caregiver education programs, some caregivers have started implementing doll therapy for their patients due to the suggested beneficial effects. A doll can provide comfort and an opportunity to nurture and love. While doll therapy is being used more and more in nursing homes and other senior home facilities, many people are still skeptical of the treatment. Doll

oral health

Why it’s important to protect your oral health as a senior

As you age there are a number of health issues to consider. That is why it is essential to have regular screenings and checkups. One area that can be overlooked or ignored by seniors is oral health. Maintaining a healthy mouth is vital for the prevention of gum disease. Daily activities like eating, drinking, and communicating often rely on oral health. It’s crucial to pay special attention in order to prevent diseases that can harm your oral health and cause other complication to your overall health. This is important because not only does your oral health maintain the ability to use your mouth but it also influences the entire body. Your teeth can last a lifetime with proper care and

national kidney month

March is National Kidney Month

The month of March is dedicated to Kidney disease. With March being National Kidney Month, we urge everyone to learn what they can do to help prevent kidney disease and raise awareness. Kidney disease is the ninth-leading cause of death in the United States. An estimated 31 million people in the United States suffer from kidney-related problems. The kidneys are an important aspect of the body’s functions. They serve as a filter, allowing the body to properly expend extra water and waste from the blood to make urine – essentially helping to clear out toxins. Think of it as the body’s chemical factories that filtering out what we don’t need so the body can perform its vital functions. The kidneys

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