On the Senior Living Solutions blog, we’ll offer advice, consult, and education to help you and your family navigate these changing times in your loved one’s life.
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September is Healthy Aging Month. Many seniors are surprised to learn that senior living communities can help them maintain and improve their health in their golden years. Below are four ways in which senior living communities play a significant role in the health of an older adult.
Even though many seniors recognize the value of living a healthy lifestyle, they make choices that can negatively affect their health over time. Some believe they deserve to indulge in unhealthy habits now that they’re older. Others may believe the misconception that it’s too late to make any significant changes to their health. Yet, as we grow older, it’s important that we maintain healthy habits in order to maintain our independence. It’s never too late to make a difference in one’s health. If you are a senior, here are four common wellness areas not to neglect.
Research shows that there are numerous benefits to spending time outside, especially for seniors. Seniors who spend time outside decrease their risk for depression and anxiety. They also increase levels of vitamin D, which trend low among the older adult population....
In order to help seniors and others recognize the warning signs of a stroke, the National Stroke Association has created an acronym. By taking the time to memorize this acronym, you’ll feel confident to act F-A-S-T. Fast action is critical so that your aging loved one can receive the help and treatment they need.
April is National Stress Awareness Month. Stress can present itself in various ways, making it difficult for family members to recognize it as the underlying cause. If you are a caregiver to an aging parent or relative, here are four common signs your aging loved one is stressed.
Low vision is defined as visual impairments that are not able to be corrected through surgery, prescription medication, glasses, or contact lenses. It is not the same as needing reading glasses or bifocals to navigate everyday life. Low vision greatly interferes with a senior’s ability to live daily life and puts them at a higher risk for social isolation and falls.
Dehydration is a serious condition and can happen rather quickly. It can cause serious damage to the body and can lead to further complicated medical conditions. Seniors must take the initiative when it comes to drinking enough water. As we welcome the New Year, resolve to increase your hydration. Here are four ways seniors can drink more water.
If you are a family member of an aging relative, it’s important that you learn more about depression and how it affects seniors.
Hospice care is a special kind of care that focuses on the quality of life and symptom management of someone with a terminal illness.
As we celebrate National Yoga Month this September, here are five gentle yoga postures that help seniors build strength and flexibility.
Older adults need to protect themselves against loneliness to preserve their health and well-being. If you are an older adult or are concerned about an aging relative who may be lonely, here are a few practical tips to overcome loneliness in seniors.
Although short-term rehabilitation centers aren’t new, some seniors are unfamiliar with the concept. Family members can also feel confused as they meet with hospital discharge planners and short-term rehabilitation admissions. With that in mind, here are a few pointers to help seniors and their families make the most of a short-term rehabilitation stay.
It’s good to know that with a few precautions, seniors can safely enjoy the great outdoors. Here are five practical ways seniors can stay safe in the sun this summer.
May is National Mental Health Awareness Month. For many older adults, a move to a senior living community could be highly beneficial to their mental health. Here are just four mental health benefits of moving to a senior living community.
Navigating the healthcare system as an older adult can be very confusing and overwhelming, especially when the words “Medicare” and “Medicaid” are used interchangeably. Both are federal healthcare programs, which only adds to the confusion. However, that’s where the similarities end. Here is a brief overview of Medicare and Medicaid.
Spring’s arrival provides the perfect opportunity for seniors to rejuvenate their health and wellness. Longer days mean more opportunities to get outdoors and harness the energy a new season brings. If you’re an older adult in need of a spring tune-up, here are five spring health tips just for you.
Whether you’re new to the role of a family caregiver or not, here are four common mistakes every adult child should avoid when caring for your aging parents.
Whether you planned to recuperate at a short-term rehabilitation facility after major surgery, or you experienced an unexpected stroke that required intense therapy, the transition home can be bumpy. Many moving parts need to come together. The transition from rehabilitation to home requires careful planning and coordination.
If the impending holidays have you feeling anxious and stressed, consider trimming your traditions. Here are four tips to help you keep the holidays simple while still making the season meaningful.
November is National Alzheimer’s Disease Awareness Month. According to the Alzheimer’s Association, more than six million older adults live with Alzheimer’s dementia in the United States. Deaths caused by Alzheimer’s and dementia have increased by sixteen percent...
October is National Talk About Prescriptions Month. It’s the perfect month to evaluate your medication regimen and implement safeguarding strategies. If you are an older adult who’s currently taking any medications, here are five medication management strategies that could save your life.
Our homes are often thought of as a place of comfort and refuge. Although our homes are safe and familiar, they still pose a risk for falls and other environmental hazards, especially for older adults. According to data provided by the National Hospital Ambulatory...
It’s not uncommon to feel unsure or anxious about visiting an aging loved one in a senior care community. It can be challenging to know what to do or say, even when that person is a beloved family member. Some residents lose the ability to communicate or struggle with...
The first assisted living facility opened in Oregon in 1981. Since then, thousands of assisted living facilities have opened their doors to welcome seniors across the United States. Assisted living provides personalized care in a community setting for seniors who need...
It’s no surprise that older adults account for most hospital stays, and discharges compared to other age groups. According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, approximately 85 percent of older adults have at least one chronic health condition, and...
Many seniors ponder where to spend their retirement years, especially if they have a medical condition that may impact their independence. Some choose to move to a senior living community so that they aren’t a burden to their adult children, while others recognize...
Whether it’s a planned hip or knee replacement, or a sudden stroke or fall, rehabilitating at a short-term care facility has many benefits. The typical hospital stay is meant to treat and discharge patients as safely as possible. Not only are shorter hospital stays...
If you are considering a move to a senior living community this year, here are six important questions to ask during your tour.
The care provided through hospice or palliative care has great overlap. Because of this, it’s easy to confuse what each option can or cannot provide. In order to clarify, here are the major differences between hospice and palliative care.
October is National Long-Term Care Planning Month. This month, older adults are encouraged to think through a plan to help meet the costs of long-term care. It’s also a great month to sit down with your aging parents and discuss their wishes. If you don’t know where to start, here are four important conversations to have with them before it’s too late.