Monthly Archives: September 2016

Low-Cost Fall Activities and Events for Assisted Living Residents

shutterstock_398306194With leaves changing colors and temperatures beginning to cool, fall is in the air. Luckily, communities host a variety of fall events for people of all ages to welcome the new season with fun and entertainment. Aging adults in senior living communities can enjoy low-cost fall activities and events in their local community with family, friends, and other community members. Consider spending time with your parent or …Read more ›

Buyer’s Remorse and Scam Victimization May Indicate Cognitive Decline

shutterstock_337113455As your loved one ages, they may begin to make unnecessary or overly expensive purchases. Even worse, they could fall victim to scams. Such incidents may not be due to individually poor shopping habits or gullibility, but a sign of declining cognitive function. A MetLife study estimated that seniors lose approximately $2.6 billion per year, and the problem is growing worse with time. Unscrupulous salespeople …Read more ›

How to Talk to a Loved One with Unhealthy Weight Gain or Loss

shutterstock_147927137Rapid weight loss or weight gain among seniors may indicate more serious health conditions. Sudden weight loss or gain may occur for a variety of reasons. Seniors suffering from unhealthy weight fluctuations may experience symptoms such as hindered physical mobility, and these fluctuations “ associated with increased morbidity and mortality,” according to a study published by the American Academy of Family Physicians. It is crucial, …Read more ›

Moving to a Senior Living Community before Selling Your Home

shutterstock_223086898Some older adults may need to move to a senior living community before they know what to do with their home. In fact, moving your parent or loved one to a new space before asking them to make a decision about their house is often the best option. Moving is difficult enough without factoring in a realtor who expects to show the house to prospective buyers all …Read more ›

Fall Allergies and Seniors: Tips for Enduring Allergy Season

shutterstock_433003087Over 20 percent of Americans suffer from ragweed and mold spore allergies during the fall season. Elderly residents of senior living communities are among those who suffer from the sneezing, watery eyes, and stuffy noses that accompany allergies. However, seniors must take a more cautious approach to treating their symptoms, since they often have to deal with complicating factors such as respiratory problems, chronic diseases, and cardiovascular …Read more ›

A Simple Guide to Helping Senior Veterans with the A&A Program

shutterstock_385515673The United States has long provided its veterans with the necessary tools to live happier, more comfortable lives. Programs such as the G.I. Bill finance college tuition while others assist with healthcare or homeownership. Senior veterans may even rely on programs to maintain a consistent quality of life. Unfortunately, many aging vets do not know about the VA’s comprehensive Aid and Attendance and Housebound Improved Pension (A&A) …Read more ›

#ElderCareChat 9/21/2016: All About Assisted Living

shutterstock_55168558September is National Assisted Living Month (NALM), so this week’s #ElderCareChat discussion was all about this popular level of senior care. Our 24 participants covered topics like what it’s like to visit, volunteer, and advocate in assisted living, among other things.

We were pleased to welcome Lakecia Harper, an LHNA who serves as health care administrator for Blakeford at Green Hills in Nashville (@Blakeford_Inc). Harper is responsible for maintaining resident medical records and …Read more ›

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Loss of Navigational Skills May Indicate Early Signs of Alzheimer’s

shutterstock_482413768As the sixth leading cause of death in the United States, more than five million Americans live with Alzheimer’s disease—a number that is increasing rapidly each year. According to the Alzheimer’s Association, approximately 5 percent of those five million Americans experience early-onset Alzheimer’s. Common symptoms of Alzheimer’s and dementia include memory loss, confusion with time and place, difficulty speaking and writing, …Read more ›

You Can’t Overprepare for a Move to Senior Living

shutterstock_369093563Preparation is everything when it comes to planning for a parent’s move to senior living, whether into Independent Living, Assisted Living, Memory Care, or Skilled Nursing. (more…)

Festive Fall Activities for Senior Living Communities

shutterstock_181046156Reminiscent of cooler days, seasonal hues, pumpkins, and football, the fall months offer plenty of festive activities for older adults in senior living communities. Below are a few festive ideas to help seniors stay mentally engaged and physically active while getting into the spirit of the season. (more…)

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