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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

Senile Dementia

Recognizing senile dementia versus senility

Understanding the difference between senile dementia and senility might seem irrelevant. After all, don’t they both essentially mean the same thing? To help clarify how dementia and senility differ, let’s first begin with a brief definition of dementia, which is the name for a group of symptoms caused by disorders that affect the brain. Dementia is different than normal senility or normal aging. While it is common for people to confuse senility with senile dementia, senility in elderly includes the gradual deterioration of the brain resulting in memory loss and mental abilities simply due to old age. For example, an occasional memory slip, like forgetting where you left your wallet or keys can be considered normal forgetfulness. Although memory loss

World Cancer Day

How to get involved and support World Cancer Day

Cancer is one of the leading causes of death worldwide. It is a disease that touches everyone, regardless of age, gender, ethnicity or economic status. According to the National Cancer Institute, 39% of us will be diagnosed with Cancer at some point in our lives. World Cancer Day is held annually on February 4th, as a reminder to all of us that there are things we can do to help defeat this devastating disease.   World Cancer Day is a partnership between the World Health Organization and several international Cancer research and awareness organization, including International Agency for Research on Cancer (IARC) and the Union for International Cancer Control (UICC). The theme for this year is,  ‘We can. I can.’,

nursing home vs assisted living

How do they differ? Nursing home vs Assisted Living

As concern grows for a loved one’s health and safety, many families face the decision of finding an assisted living facility or nursing home perfect for their family member’s needs. The search for a senior living facility can be difficult and it’s important to understand the difference between a nursing home vs assisted living facility. These four differences between an assisted living facility and nursing home will help you determine what’s best for your loved one. Level of medical care Both an assisted living facility and nursing home provide medical care for seniors that are no longer able to live on their own. However, nursing homes typically have residents with more complex medical conditions that require twenty-four hour licensed nursing

elderly scams

Protecting seniors from elderly scams

We’ve seen it on the news and heard stories of it time and time again – scammers pretending to be someone else and taking thousands of dollars from the elderly. Many seniors may not be aware of the possible danger of scammers and can easily get caught in a web of deceit. This 87-year-old woman from Phoenix lost $17,000 when a criminal, who was pretending to be a police captain, convinced her to withdraw money from her bank account and give it to him. It can be difficult for anyone to tell the difference between a scammer and the real deal. A Sedona business owner was recently cheated out of $1,200 by someone pretending to work at a local utility.

National Handwashing Awareness Week

Promoting National Handwashing Awareness Week in your assisted living community

Did you hear the joke about the germ? Never mind. We don’t want to spread it around! Handwashing is no joke at Paradise Living Centers when it comes to preventing the spreading of germs and keeping our staff and residents healthy.  National Handwashing Awareness Week, which is the first week of December, is an important time to reestablish and promote consistent handwashing. We’re taught at a young age that washing our hands regularly is an essential part of avoiding illness. However, these hygiene habits can slip as we get older, especially when issues with memory loss begin to surface.  The consequence can become a danger to our health and to those that are most vulnerable to catching viruses. As we

Family Caregiver

Striking a balance as a family caregiver

More and more adults are finding themselves in the position of being a family caregiver for a parent, spouse or other loved one. According to the AARP’s 2015 Caregiving in the U.S. report, nearly 35 million Americans have provided unpaid care for someone over the age of 50 in the last year. Caregiving is a noble and important part of familial support, but it can also be very challenging. If you find yourself in a new role as a caregiver, it is important to focus on finding a balance between caring for your loved one, and living your life. Here are a few tips to help navigate the demands of serving as a family caregiver and still take care of


The role of a caregiver explained

When looking for the best assisted living facility for your loved one you want to find the best fit; a place where the caregivers and staff will be devoted to meeting their needs of your senior. The role of a caregiver has many facets including administering medications and helping with daily care and tasks. At Paradise Valley Living Centers our state-certified caregivers also looks after the emotional wellbeing of our residents. Being a caregiver isn’t just a job at our group homes, it’s a vocation. To learn more about what our caregivers do, we sat down with J.J., our senior caregiver at our Paradise Valley group home, to talk about what being a caregiver means to him. J.J. has been

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