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The Different Stages Of Alzheimer’s Disease

Alzheimer’s is a progressive disease that develops slowly and gradually worsens. In the opinion of senior care experts, the disease usually develops over a period of many years, impacting memory, language, problem-solving, thinking, and even the personality of the sufferer. Though not every person suffering from Alzheimer’s will experience the same disease progression rate, there is a similar path that patients follow with the progress of the disease. Senior care experts in our assisted living facility share the different stages of dementia progression. Before Diagnosis: No Dementia In the seven-stage model of dementia progression, a person is not considered to have dementia in the first three stages, as the symptoms will be usually associated with that of typical aging and will not be noticeable. Senior care experts also call this pre-clinical Alzheimer’s disease. First Stage: No Impairment In stage one, the person will not have any memory impairment or any evident dementia symptoms. In the first stage of the disease, Alzheimer’s will be undetectable and the stage is sometimes referred to as No Cognitive Decline. Second Stage: Very Mild Cognitive Decline In the second stage, the person will start to experience forgetfulness. They may forget where they left their purse or keys and the symptoms might not be noticed by the healthcare provider or family member of the person. Third Stage: Mild Cognitive Decline The person will experience increased forgetfulness and slight difficulty with concentration. The symptoms at this stage of the disease can lead to reduced work performance for […]

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Why All Elderly Adults Should Consider An Assisted Living Community 

Growing old can be scary for many people. After all, it is something that is unfamiliar. In addition, old age is also covered in many stereotypes about elderly adults. However, the reality stands in stark contrast to many of these myths and stereotypes. As per the statistics, seniors are living longer, happier, and healthier lives than ever before.  Many seniors wish to age in place, remaining in their beloved homes for the rest of their lives. When this becomes impossible, many elderly adults fear being locked away in an assisted living home. But, senior living communities these days are nothing like the senior living homes of bygone times. This is why many perfectly healthy seniors opt for senior living homes. Shared below are some of the reasons why every senior should consider an assisted living or other senior living community.  It Can be More Affordable  Many seniors do not know how expensive it is to live in their homes. From groceries to home repairs to car payments to mortgages, it can be easy for anyone to feel overwhelmed by the expenses, both routine, and emergency. For many elderly adults, senior living can be a more affordable option than aging in place. As everything is rolled into a single payment, it can be easy to plan a budget. Moreover, long-term care insurance and other such programs can also help fund all or part of the senior living expenses. You Can Have More To Do  Many seniors wonder how to pass time […]

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Ways Of Being Protective About Senior Health

It is important to keep yourself healthy at any stage in life, including now, to aid in avoiding or reducing health concerns in the future. Here, Falls Home Assisted Living Facility will discuss some measures to take for good health and address possible health issues before those become problematic. Maintaining Or Adopting Healthy Exercise Habits And Diet These are obvious choices for any person seeking to remain healthy and are among the best possible ways of warding off prevalent health issues. Are you already exercising and eating the way you should? If so, you are a step ahead. Even if there are no good habits in your daily life, it is not too late for you to start. As per the CDC, healthy people aged 65 years and above should spend 150 minutes per week doing a moderately intense aerobic activity at the least, besides muscle-strengthening activity twice weekly. A diet good for health complements an exercise routine that is also healthy. Using the right servings of fruits, vegetables, protein food, dairy and grains will aid you in maximizing your efforts. You can make a meal plan that follows the dietary guidelines of the Department of Agriculture with a tool such as MyPlate. Get Frequent Wellness Checks Another way of staying up to date with any health concern or identifying health issues sooner is to visit your general doctor for frequent physicals or wellness examinations. As per a Journal of Family Medicine and Primary Care study, primary care practitioners are […]

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Importance Of In-Home Patient Care For Hip Replacement Surgery 

Hip replacement is a surgical procedure that is usually performed on seniors above the age of sixty. This procedure is typically performed when hip problems significantly interfere with the day-to-day activities of the person. People suffering from hip problems can experience severe pain from arthritic conditions. The condition can become so bad that the mobility of the person can be negatively affected. It can make it difficult for seniors to feel independent at home when they are struggling with mobility issues and are unable to perform daily routines.    After a person undergoes hip replacement surgery, the home of the person plays an important role in helping the person return to normal life after the hospital stay. Also, senior caregivers play a significant role in the recovery of the person after the surgery. Let us see how senior care providers can help patients recover quickly from hip replacement surgery.    Caregivers Can Let Patients Focus On Healing  When a senior person who has undergone hip replacement has the support of caregivers, the person can focus on his or her healing. Despite being a major surgery, the patient should be able to return to their daily life in time after their hip replacement. The care team of the person should prepare the senior caregiver for all the things to expect at home in the healing period. Seniors getting new hips should focus on getting stronger and this will include pain management and taking part in regular but moderate exercise. The exercise […]

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Simple Activities That Can Help Seniors With Dementia

As per the reports of the Alzheimer’s Association, more than 5.7 million US citizens are living with dementia every year. This number does not include seniors suffering from other types of dementia and the numbers are expected to increase over time. Even though Alzheimer’s and other types of dementia disorders are incurable, their progress can be slowed with medications. Caregivers can also help improve the quality of life of seniors with dementia by offering activities encouraging cognitive stimulation and connection.   If you find yourself struggling to connect with your senior loved one suffering from dementia, understand that you are not alone. Many family members find it very difficult to share conversations and routines with their senior loved ones after the onset of dementia. However, with proper planning and flexibility, It is not difficult to make a meaningful connection with your senior loved one. Some simple activities to help you get started as you plan to visit your senior loved one living in memory care and other assisted living facilities are shared below.   Reminiscing  Encouraging reminiscing is a very helpful way to connect with your senior loved one living with dementia. As people suffering from dementia tend to keep long-term memories intact for longer than short-term memories, you need to focus on asking questions about their early adulthood and childhood. Also, make sure to ask questions without specified limits, as it can help encourage conversation. After starting the conversation, give time for your senior loved one to respond. The […]

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Things Seniors Can Do To Ease Their Minds

Life can be filled with many problems like diseases, arguments, and fights with loved ones, global pandemics, and uncertainty, etc. These problematic moments can provide you with chances to gain wisdom, grow strong relations with loved ones and pause to reflect on the positive things happening in your life. Indeed, turbulence and storms always end, but when you are in the middle of the storm, it is quite natural for you to feel overwhelmed. The tips shared by experts in assisted living and other senior living facilities can help ease your mind in turbulent times.    Find A Distraction  You may have to find a distraction when life is challenging and the distraction need not be educational or meaningful. It is perfectly normal to pick a romantic novel to read or to watch television for a whole afternoon and do nothing else. You may also try video games to keep yourself distracted. Make sure to find out some activities that you like and can help you vent out your stress.    Put An Information Filter  It is quite natural for people to feel anxious about the changes in the world and these changes can be natural disasters, pandemics, political shifts, etc. The stream of bad news and fear can negatively affect your mental health and stability, over time. If you are doing everything you can to stay safe, you need not keep track of everything happening in the world, especially the depressing headlines. You can put yourself on an information […]

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Assisting Family Members With Multiple Sclerosis

You can be the primary caregiver for a senior loved one suffering from multiple sclerosis. The job of caregiving can consume much of your energy and can challenge your patience. You need to ensure that the medicines are up to date, do the household chores, make sure that doctor appointments are not missed, and that your senior loved one keeps up with the physical routines. There are many ways to cope and the tips shared by experts in senior care and nursing care can be helpful to you.    Make Certain That The Home Is Safe And Accessible  You need to contemplate the current and as well as the upcoming accessibility needs of your senior loved one. You may also consult with experts on your opinions. To ensure accessibility, you may have to perform home renovations, some of which can be simple and others costly. It is important to ensure the safety of your senior loved one and offer as much independence as possible to the person. Also, make sure to build a setting that helps reduce your stress and strain. Renovate the home to offer easy entry and exit and make the doorways wide enough for a wheelchair or a walker.    Get The Right Equipment  Problems like general discomfort and bedsores can be easily avoided if the wheelchair is properly sized with a good cushion. You may also consider a hospital bed that raises and lowers as it can help make life easy for everyone. Another option is […]

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Respectful Caregiving For Seniors With Dementia 

When your senior loved one suffers from dementia and spends much time in a state of confusion, it can be difficult for you to remember the person they were before the onset of the disease. However, you always need to remember that the person is an adult and needs to be treated as one. Respecting and honoring the wishes of your senior loved ones and helping them maintain a lifestyle similar to the one that they had before being diagnosed with dementia, can offer them much reassurance and comfort. Shared below are some useful points from experienced staff members of senior care and assisted living facilities on how you can help your senior loved ones with dementia maintain a sense of dignity.   Never Condescend  When you are caring for a senior loved one, it can feel like it is impossible not to take a parental tone, which can come across as disrespectful and can make the senior loved one you are caring for feel like a child. Therefore, you need to watch your tone and make choices of words. Avoid using the following words:   Diaper: Regardless of the form they have, refer to undergarments as underwear.   Potty: Never use the word potty for toileting. Make use of the word your senior loved one used before the onset of dementia to refer to toileting.   Plan Outings  When you care for people with dementia, it can be easy to be isolated from social settings due to fear that social gatherings […]

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Medication Management Tips For Seniors 

Most assisted living facilities in the country provide medication management services to the residents which can be a blessing to the family members living far away or are unable to check on senior loved ones regularly. For ensuring the safety of the seniors residing in their homes, it is important for them to be aware of how to manage their own medications.   Medication management in seniors is a necessary preventive measure to stay away from potentially serious health hazards. Seniors often take many medications, supplements, and vitamins, which can increase the chances of medication mix-ups, which can be dangerous in some situations.   Tips For Medication Management  The tips by the experienced staff of various senior living facilities shared below can help your senior loved one avoid medication-related health hazards.   Review The Medication Of Your Elderly Parent With Their Doctor  Note down the names and dosages of every medication taken by your senior loved one. Ensure that you are not missing out on any of the vitamins, herbal supplements, or OTC medications that they are consuming. Review this medication list at the next appointment with the primary care doctor of your elderly parent. Make sure to provide all the details, as the more information the doctor has, the more precisely they will be able to pinpoint drug interactions and potential side effects.   Go Through Medication Labels And Ask Questions  If your senior loved one is to start a new medication, ask the doctor about how and when […]

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Tips to Handle Medical Emergencies as a Caregiver

It is perfectly normal for you to take extra care of your favorite senior, especially when you receive news that they are suffering from a serious medical condition. Helping with meal preparation, feeding them, making their bed, reading to them, etc are done with care. However, with medical conditions come the chances of medical emergencies. Therefore, you need to be clear on every aspect relating to handling medical emergencies. The primary rule that needs to be adhered to in case of medical emergencies is to keep calm. Understand that panicking will prevent you from thinking clearly. Also, it may scare the patient. The tips shared below can help you to be better prepared for future medical emergencies.   Tips To Handle A Medical Emergency As A Caregiver  There are many variables that can go wrong while caregiving and there are no ways to exactly predict all of them. However, the below tips from professional caregivers in senior care and assisted living facilities can help you mitigate missteps.   Have A Checklist Of Necessities  Make sure to have a mobile phone that is fully charged, first aid kits, cash, emergency contact details, and a list of current medications. Besides, keep the phone numbers and names of all the doctors of the person in a visible place. If your senior loved one is suffering from a heart condition, you need to be familiar with using a defibrillator and have one handy. If you are the home caregiver of the person, it will […]

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