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Prevent Infection

How to Prevent Infection in Your at-risk Elderly Loved One

Preventing infectious disease is one of the most important factors in the overall health and quality of life of your loved one. Respiratory infections, influenza, and pneumonia are a leading cause of death in people over 65. For people with chronic health problems like diabetes, it is even more critical to prevent infection. Diabetics are prone to complications from the flu, including pneumonia, bronchitis, sinus infections and ear infections. Infections can also make it more difficult to regulate blood sugar. As we move into flu season, International Infection Prevention Week 2016 (October 16-22) aims to provide education on the continued importance of vaccinations, and general health in preventing infectious disease. Research suggests that vaccines are less effective against infectious diseases

Alzheimer's care

What makes Paradise Living Centers a specialist in Alzheimer’s Care?

Caring for an aging parent or loved one experiencing memory decline or cognitive aging is one thing, but caregiving for an Alzheimer’s suffer is a different matter entirely. Unless you are an expert in Alzheimer’s care, most caregivers or family members are learning about the signs or behaviors of the disease after the fact. An outside point of view from a Certified Dementia Practitioner or medical professional is probably the most valuable input due to their impartiality. It can be difficult to come to terms with, hearing that you loved one is not just experiencing memory decline but is rather in the early stages of Alzheimer’s disease is a lot to process. The needs of your loved one become much

caring for aging parents from a distance

Overcoming the difficulty: Caring for aging parents from a distance

Caring for aging parents can take its toll. It is particularly difficult when you are trying to care for your loved ones from a distance. Advances in technology have made the process somewhat more manageable, but being physically present is often the only way to get true peace-of-mind. Unfortunately, it is not always possible due to geography and circumstance. Many families are physically separated from their aging parents, but try to do whatever they can to overcome the difficulty from afar. During the aging process, things can change quickly. The body and in most cases, the mind doesn’t work like it used to. If your parent(s) or loved one is living independently, you may consider making a visit to assess

early onset dementia

Recognizing The Signs of Early Onset Dementia

Memory loss is a frustrating ailment that can potentially disrupt every facet of daily living. While it’s common for aging adults and seniors to develop some degree of memory loss, this symptom may also indicate the presence of a much more serious condition of early onset dementia or Alzheimer’s disease. For those unfamiliar with Alzheimer’s, this progressive brain disease causes a reduction in thinking, reasoning, and memory skills. Every case of Alzheimer’s is different because patients may develop one or more symptoms with some symptoms being more obvious than others.   Nevertheless, there are a number of signs that may suggest the early onset of dementia and Alzheimer’s. As we alluded to previously, memory loss is one of the most

safety products for seniors

Best Safety Products For Seniors Living Alone

If you have an aging parent who’s living home alone, you may worry about their physical and mental wellbeing. While it’s important to maintain a positive mindset, there’s no arguing injury and other life-threatening incidences can happen. To ensure your loved one lives a safe, yet comfortable lifestyle, you may want to consider various safety products for their protection. Should these safety products fail to live up to your expectations, you may want to have an honest discussion with your loved one about assisted living. Paradise Living Centers provides luxury assisted living in Paradise Valley and Phoenix. Certified care managers, caregivers, and dedicated nurses are available 24/7 to ensure every resident receives excellent care. We understand that talking to a

Top 5 Memory Care Activities To Practice With Seniors

Top 5 Memory Care Activities To Practice With Seniors

Seniors with dementia or Alzheimer’s disease often withdraw from their favorite activities with family members and friends because it’s too difficult to remember or stay focused. While witnessing such behavior can be devastating, it’s imperative you, their caregiver, family member, or friend, work hard to maintain their relationships and interests. Various research studies have found physical and mental activities can help stimulate memories and emotional connections while reducing the severe cognitive effects of dementia and Alzheimer’s. Therefore, it’s important you encourage your loved one to participate in meaningful activities that help them feel connected to their surroundings. There are many “suggested” activities available on other dementia and Alzheimer’s disease-related blogs, but the caregivers, nursing staff, and memory care experts at

Key differences between assisted living and nursing homes

Key Differences Between Assisted Living And Nursing Homes

Do you have a loved one in need of assisted living? Are you looking for an affordable, yet luxury assisted living option for yourself? Whether you stumbled across this article intentionally or by accident, you’ve come to the right place for information about nursing home care options. As one of the leading assisted living care homes in the Phoenix metropolitan area, Paradise Living Centers is dedicated to helping residents and their loved ones feel at home in a safe, yet welcoming environment. We understand there is a growing concern for the safety and well-being of loved ones who may be at risk of developing dementia or Alzheimer’s, which is why we stress the importance of part-time or full-time care early

The 5 Stages of Dementia Explained

The 5 Stages of Dementia Explained

Dementia is a complex condition that interferes with a loved one’s memory, communication, language, judgment, and overall brain function. Dissimilar from memory slips that can occur with old age, dementia is a progressive malady that can be caused by Alzheimer’s disease, and it impairs parts of the brain that are vital in processing speech and spatial awareness. It is very common for people to confuse dementia with old age. After all, it’s normal for people to forget things as they get older; however, dementia and age-related memory loss are two entirely different things. While it may be frustrating to watch your loved one struggle with dementia, this should be the time to consider professional care from highly trained specialists. At

maintaining your loved one's independence

Respite Care, and Maintaining Your Loved One’s Independence

If you’re the primary caregiver to a family member, it’s likely that you are also the first line of support in all facets of your loved one’s life. Most caregivers, do a great deal to ensure their loved one’s independence so they can go about their daily activities without the support of a long-term care facility. However, in trying to maintain this independence, it’s especially important that caregivers recognize their own personal limits – which is where respite care can be helpful. This short-term care is an excellent option or solution and it can be invaluable to a primary caregiver in need of extra assistance or a break. Perhaps your loved one was recently discharged from the hospital, but needs

memory decline

“Keeping the connection” – ways to keep cognitive skills in the early stages of memory decline.

Cognitive aging is, put simply, a process that all people must go through as they grow older. While we typecast and stereotype the effects of memory decline as an ailment of the elderly, brains age at different rates, depending on the individual. Truthfully, there are many different factors that can affect cognitive abilities at all points in our lifetime. These factors can include medications that can impact our mental abilities or conditions like anxiety or depression, which can lower our drive to consume more information. Fortunately, there are certain steps that can help prevent premature cognitive aging and actually sharpen our mental abilities. According to Emory University, these include: Reducing stress: Researchers have found that high stress levels impair learning

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