The holidays are a wonderful time for gathering with the family and celebrating the season. When visiting with your aging loved ones, you may notice some of the early indicators that they are ready for the additional support found in a senior living community. Recognizing these signs sooner, rather than later, can help you avoid making hasty living decisions due to unexpected emergencies.
"The Honor Flight reunions are very moving," says Char Antoine, Life Enrichment Assistant and Valiant Veterans Program Coordinator at Chandler Place, a senior living community in St. Anthony, Minnesota. As Americans, we know the importance of our military heroes when it comes to our rights and freedoms. But we also recognize that veterans can often go unthanked for their service and sacrifice. "They need to know they are heroes,” says Char. Through her involvement with the Honor Flight Network, Char has experienced firsthand the effect an Honor Flight can have on a veteran as they visit the U.S. war memorials in Washington D.C.
Topics: Moments Matter
Henry and Ruth were married almost 60 years when Ruth entered memory care. Suddenly, all the decisions they used to make as a couple, large and small, fell to Henry to make on his own. Fortunately, Henry and Ruth had always been planners and both had wills along with financial and medical powers of attorney.
When Ruth suddenly became unable to make informed decisions on her own, her medical power of attorney allowed Henry to make important decisions on her behalf. Just because Henry had the means to make those decisions, doesn’t mean it was easy. That’s why it’s so important to plan ahead, just in case.
Independent living communities are a great option for your aging loved ones who no longer want the responsibilities of maintaining a home. These communities offer older adults the opportunity to focus on the things in life they truly enjoy without the concern of day-to-day tasks.
Topics: Senior Living Communities
Being aware of and protecting ourselves against fraud is a fact of life. Sadly, older adults are targeted more often. It’s assumed, not always accurately, by many scam artists that older adults are more vulnerable. They rely on gullibility, loneliness, and a lack of tech savvy to target older adults. However, you can help your loved ones become aware of common scam tactics and how to protect against them. Here’s how.
As we age, staying active is more important than ever. But with fluctuating weather, it may prove harder for your aging loved ones to fit exercise into their daily schedules. During the hot summer months, they may be unable to go for a walk outside due to high temperatures and threats of dehydration. In some areas, the same can be said of the colder winter months with the negative windchills and risks of ice.
Assisted living communities are one of the most popular senior living options available, although with so many choices, it can be tough to know exactly what you should be looking for. That’s why it’s so important to visit a variety of communities and know what questions to ask to gather all the information and help determine which is the best fit for your loved one.
Topics: Senior Living Communities
According to the American Diabetes Association, one in four seniors – approximately 12 million people age 65 and older – have diagnosed or undiagnosed diabetes in the United States. Maintaining a balanced diet can be difficult when glucose levels must remain steady. But what if we told you, you can be safe, healthy, and indulge in a piece of chocolate cake from time to time?
Mark Holmes, Director of Culinary Operations for The Goodman Group, provides tips on how to stay healthy when you have diabetes.
Topics: Healthy Aging Tips
“What gives me hope, is the fact that when Marcia moved here, immediately people surrounded her and bonded with her,” reminisces Garry Wright, the husband of a memory care resident at Villa at Terracina in Naples, Florida. “When I actually went to leave, she didn’t say ‘Take me with you, where are you going?’ and that made me feel very good.”
Topics: Memory Care
Anti-gravity treadmills are changing the way clinics, rehabilitation and wellness centers are providing therapy to people with mobility issues, especially seniors.
Lorna Diola, a physical therapist at Westchester Gardens, says her patients feel secure and are able to walk longer without fear of falling. "It assists them in getting a good cardio workout that they would be unable to achieve walking with a rolling walker due to pain and shortness of breath," she says.
Topics: Functional Fitness