January 15, 2018

Recognizing Depression in Our Elderly and How to Help Them

By: Darleen Mahoney
www.SeniorLivingGuide.com

Depression is a common problem in older adults. It may be difficult to distinguish the difference between a senior who is just feeling “sad” and one who is experiencing geriatric depression. Geriatric depression is a mental or emotional disorder affecting older adults. These seniors that are would fall under “high risk” might be those that have experienced strokes, hypertension, atrial fibrillation, diabetes, cancer, dementia, and chronic pain. There are specific signs that would tend to be lend more to geriatric depression over moments of sadness. It is important to be aware of these signs because there are also steps to take to help our Seniors, depression is not a normal stage to getting older. Their “golden year” should be just that…golden!

Some signs and symptoms to look for would include: decreased energy levels, more physical problems, such as arthritis and headaches. Other signs that need to be addressed quite seriously would be loss of self-worth, slowed speech, increasing alcohol intake or drugs, thoughts of suicide.

Because depression is not normal and addressing them with our elderly can be tricky, pay attention to signs other than verbal.

“Older adults often say, ‘I am not sad,” or ‘I am not lonely,’ because they do not want to be a burden on the family,”

“Instead, they show signs of distress by wringing their hands excessively, getting agitated or irritable, or having difficulty sitting still.” according to Dr. Strem (www.health.com/health).

Be vigilant of these types of communication signs as well as the physical signs to be more proactive in care and getting the help needed.

The good news is there is help! There are medications as well as lifestyle changes!

Medications Include: www.healthline.com/health/depression/elderly#treatment5

  • Selective serotonin reuptake inhibitors (SSRIs)
  • Selective serotonin-norepinephrine reuptake inhibitors (SNRIs)
  • Tricyclic antidepressants
  • Monoamine oxidase inhibitors (MAOIs)
  • Bupropion
  • Mirtazapine

Lifestyle Changes Include: www.healthline.com/health/depression/elderly#treatment5

  • Increased physical activity
  • Finding a new hobby or interest
  • Having regular visits with family and friends
  • Getting enough sleep daily
  • Eating a well-balanced diet

If you think that you or your loved one is suffering from geriatric depression, encourage treatment and offer your support. If they are living in a Retirement community, Assisted Living facility, or any type of senior housing environment where you might have access to reach out for help, then please do so.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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December 18, 2017

A Dozen Holiday Tips for Alzheimer’s Caregivers

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FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE

Contact: Emily Mesiano emesiano@alz.org

(ORLANDO, Fla., Dec. 18, 2017)- While holiday celebrations are often joyous occasions, they can be challenging and stressful for the five million Americans currently living with Alzheimer’s and their families. The symptoms of this progressive brain disease can sometimes make holiday celebrations or travel more difficult, but it doesn’t mean the whole family can’t participate in holiday festivities.

The Alzheimer’s Association Central North Florida Chapter encourages families to try implementing the following tips for a happy and memorable holiday for everyone.

Tips for holiday celebrations:

Make sure others know. Let guests know what to expect before they arrive and tell them how they can help. For example, what activities can they do with the person with Alzheimer’s or how best to communicate with them.

Build on traditions and memories. Take time to adapt, or create new traditions that might be less stressful or a better fit with your caregiving responsibilities. For example, if evening confusion and agitation are a problem, turn your holiday dinner into a holiday lunch.

Involve the person with Alzheimer’s. Depending on abilities and preferences, make sure to keep the person with Alzheimer’s involved in the celebrations, such as packing cookies in tins or helping wrap gifts.

Plan ahead. When attending a holiday party, prepare the host for special needs, such as a quiet room for the person to rest, away from noise and distractions.

Tips for travel:

Stick with the familiar. Travel to known destinations. Try to visit places that are familiar.

Be prepared. Create an itinerary that includes details. Make sure your loved one’s medications are easily accessible. Keep comfort items close by, in case he or she becomes anxious during travel.

Pick the right time. Consider the time of day that your loved one is at their best, and schedule your time of departure during those hours to prevent possible confusion and agitation.

Avoid layovers. If unavoidable, ask about airport escort services.

Ask for help. Notifying hotel and airline staff that the person you’re traveling with has Alzheimer’s disease and request necessary accommodation during your trip.

Ensure a Safe Return. Changes in environment can trigger wandering. Enroll in MedicAlert® + Alzheimer’s Association Safe Return®.

Find local support. Before you travel, reach out to the Alzheimer’s Association chapter at your destination.

Contact the 24/7 Helpline. As always, the Alzheimer’s Association is here to help, contact the Helpline with any questions or concerns. 1.800.272.3900

For more tips and information visit: https://www.alz.org/care/alzheimers-dementia-holidays.asp

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Alzheimer’s Association®

The Alzheimer’s Association is the leading voluntary health organization in Alzheimer’s care, support and research. Our mission is to eliminate Alzheimer’s disease through the advancement of research; to provide and enhance care and support for all affected; and to reduce the risk of dementia through the promotion of brain health. Our vision is a world without Alzheimer’s. Visit alz.org or call 800.272.3900.

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November 16, 2017

Thank YOU from SeniorLivingGuide.com

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Happy Thanksgiving to you!

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November 1, 2017

The Sandwich Generation Statistics 2017 That You Need To Know Now

Filed under: boomer,retirement,seniorlivingguide — seniorlivingguide @ 12:35 pm

Written by Adinah East

The Sandwich Generation Statistics 2017 That You Need To Know Now

Being a part of the sandwich generation is a common phenomenon for many adults in their 40s and 50s. Many of these Gen X adults find that they are caring for their parents that are aging as well as the children that they had later in life all under one household. While caring for both a parent and a child can tax your abilities and spread you thin at times, it can prove to be a positive situation for all involved at times.

Having your parents under the same roof as your children can work to develop a family a family bond that is stronger than ever. A survey by the Pew Research Center suggests that 31 percent of adults in this dual caring role are very happy with their lives and another 52 percent say they are pretty happy. These positive sandwich generation statistics 2017 are similar to adults that are not a part of the sandwich generation, making both harmonious living arrangements.

Breaking Down The Sandwich Generation Facts

When we look at the sandwich generation facts, as many as 48 percent of adults under the age of 50 have financially supported at least one grown child in the past 12 months. Of this group, 27 percent are the primary financial supporter of their children. When we look at the sandwich generation facts and how they relate to parents, as many as one in five adults have offered a form of financial support to their elders, in the past year. These sandwich generation statistics 2017 indicate that most adults will be a part of a sandwich generation scenario at some point in their life, if not now, then in the future.

Breaking down the sandwich generation facts even further, we see that Hispanics take on the role of caregiver for elderly parents and children most often. Over 30 percent of Hispanic adults have a parent who is currently over 65 and care for at least a child in their family. In comparison, 24 percent of whites and 21 percent of blacks have the same caregiver relationship.

Most sandwich generation adults are middle aged with 71 percent of the group aged 40 to 59. A total of 19 percent is younger, and 10 percent are age 60 or older. Both men and women are tasked with the role of caregiver for their parents and children with equal percentages found for each gender in the study.

When we look at the sandwich generation statistics 2017 regarding income, more families that are affluent with an income of $100,000 or more take on the role of caregiver for their children and parents than not. This doesn’t mean that these families are less burdened financially as they have the same stressors as any adult that enters into a caregiving role for a parent while taking care of their family. These sandwich generation statistics 2017 break down with 43 percent of sandwich generation adults making $100,000 and 25 percent making between $30,000 and $100,000. Only 17 percent of adults caring for a parent and child make less than $30,000.

When you look at the sandwich generation facts, any adult can really find themselves as a part of this generation by caring for an aging parent and young children. The sandwich generation has no boundaries and is not dependent on income, race or gender. If you are considering being a caregiver for your parent as well as your family, the Caring People Inc blog will explain in depth what the sandwich generation is and how your life will be affected in this role.

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August 14, 2017

The Spotlight is on Jenni-Lynn Assisted Living in West Columbia SC!

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We had a late entry into our Summer TEST DRIVE event – Jenni-Lynn Assisted Living in West Columbia SC, so we’re helping spread the word about their community with a FREE listing for 30 days! (plus a few social media shout outs!)

Jenni-Lynn Senior Living is located on Hook Avenue in West Columbia. Columbia is 1 of 30 cities listed as “America’s Most Livable Communities”, and “Where to Retire Magazine” listed Columbia as 1 of the 25 best choices for retirement. Columbia was also selected #2 in “RetireHomeSmart.com’s” best retirement city poll. Columbia includes some of the best medical care facilities in the state such as Providence, Palmetto Health, Baptist, and Lexington Medical Centers, and William Jennings Bryan Dorn VA Medical Center. Interstate 26 makes travel in and around the city convenient. Jenni-Lynn is licensed for 63 residents, and offers 53 assisted living apartments. The one-level floor plan includes five apartment styles to choose from, including Palmetto A, Palmetto B, Capital, Jasmine, and Jenni-Lynn suite.

View the complete listing here which includes pictures and links to their website!

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August 10, 2017

Tarantino Senior Communities has several properties added to our database.

Filed under: active adult,Alzheimer's,assisted living,retirement,senior housing — seniorlivingguide @ 11:19 am

Tarantino Senior Communities recently added several of their properties to the fastest growing senior housing and services resource – SeniorLivingGuide.com!

Here’s a short list, click through each one to discover all that these beautiful communities have to offer!

The Barrington in Largo FL
At The Barrington, we offer a resort style retirement unlike any other. Our maintenance-free, senior community provides you with the lifestyle you deserve at a price you can afford. With restaurant style dining, daily events and activities and a friendly neighborhood community, The Barrington represents active senior living at its best.

Life at The Barrington gives you the opportunity to enjoy the freedom to do the things you want to do, when you want to do them. The choices are yours to make every day. Participate in daily activities and social events. Make new friends and memories that will last a lifetime. Get involved in as much or as little as you want-it’s your lifestyle.

 

Glenbrooke at Palm Bay in Palm Bay FL
The retirement community of Glenbrooke is located in the beautiful waterfront town of Palm Bay on Florida’s eastern coastline. Located midway between Jacksonville and Miami, Palm Bay has close proximity to Melbourne and Orlando International Airports and Port Canaveral. With its warm and sunny weather throughout most of the year, the hospitable community of Palm Bay offers the perfect place for easy living retirement.

The Native American Timucua people were thought to have been the first inhabitants in the Palm Bay and Turkey Creek area. They were attracted to the freshwater springs of the Indian River and Turkey Creek at Palm Bay. In the 1850s, the first European settlers built homes along Turkey Creek. Today, there are over 103,000 residents of Palm Bay that enjoy points of interests such as city parks, golf courses, aquatic center, and nearby beaches.

 

Lake Forest Park in Fort Pierce FL
The retirement community of Lake Forest Park is located in the historic town of Fort Pierce on Florida’s eastern coastline. With its warm and sunny weather throughout most of the year, the waterfront community of Fort Pierce offers the perfect place for easy living retirement.

As one of the oldest communities on the eastern coast of Florida, Fort Pierce is part of the “Treasure Coast”. The Treasure Coast is named after the sinking of a Spanish treasure fleet in 1715. Since 1901, the city of Fort Pierce has grown in population and size with approximately 42,000 people residing in the city. It has developed into a visitors destination, with points of interests such as shopping and dining in historic downtown, the Sunrise Theatre for the Performing Arts, The National Navy UDT-SEAL Museum, and the Heathcote Botanical Gardens.

 

Lewisville Estates in Lewisville TX
At Lewisville Estates, we offer a resort style retirement unlike any other. Our maintenance- free, senior community provides you with the lifestyle you deserve at a price you can afford. With restaurant style dining, daily events and activities and a friendly neighborhood community, Lewisville Estates represents active senior living at its best.

Life at Lewisville Estates gives you the opportunity to enjoy the freedom to do the things you want to do, when you want to do them. The choices are yours to make every day. Participate in daily activities and social events. Make new friends and memories that will last a lifetime. Get involved in as much or as little as you want-it’s your lifestyle.

 

The Fountains at Lake Pleasant in Peoria AZ
Located in the Salt River Valley of Arizona and extending into the foothills of the mountains to the north with the Agua Fria River and New River flowing through the area, sits The Fountains at Lake Pleasant, a vibrant community for those 55 years young. Nature and nurture combine at our breathtaking community in the heart of Peoria, Arizona. With its warm and sunny weather throughout the year, the community of Peoria offers the perfect place for easy living retirement.

Our Mediterranean-style resort community features eighty-six residences located on a beautifully landscaped citrus grove. Can you say freshly squeezed orange juice? Offering spacious one and two bedroom apartment homes, The Fountains at Lake Pleasant is truly a step above the rest.

 

Oakey Assisted Living Community in Las Vegas NV
Welcome to Oakey Assisted Living, your premier assisted living community in Las Vegas, Nevada. We are excited to be considered as a senior assisted living community for your loved one. Our dedicated and devoted staff will ensure that your family member enjoys their stay at our newly remodeled assisted living community. We pride ourselves in the partnership between our staff and your family. Your loved one’s care is our priority.

We know how stressful choosing the right assisted living environment for a parent or loved one can be. One of our goals at Oakey Assisted Living is to offer the best senior assisted living in Las Vegas. It is important to us to provide the highest level of care in Nevada. As an assisted living community we offer our seniors top notch accommodations including daily activities, organized outings, nutritional meals, a variety of programs and much more.

 

The Devonshire in Hampton VA
Welcome to The Devonshire Retirement Community, your premier independent and assisted living community in Hampton, Virginia. Our dedicated and devoted staff is focused on providing the very best in senior living. Our remarkably beautiful community provides a welcoming attitude to all that come through the door. Paved walkways through lush grounds and courtyards provides a landscape of enjoyment where residents can enjoy spending time both indoors and outdoors during all seasons of the year.

We offer a variety of amenities to enrich the lives of our residents. A few of our amenities include full size apartments with housekeeping and laundry facilities, engaging activities and events, chef prepared meals in our elegant dining room, as well as fitness center, beauty salon, library and game room. We are centrally located in Hampton, Virginia just off Interstate 64. This highly sought after region provides our residents with easy access to the Peninsula Town Center, Coliseum Central district, and provides a variety of entertainment, dining, and healthcare options. Our dedicated transportation team can help provide residents needing assistance to get back and forth to doctor’s and dental appointments, as well as provide entertainment and religious options as well.

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August 8, 2017

The Glens at Birkdale Commons is driving more traffic via a FREE test drive of SeniorLivingGuide.com!

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The Glens at Birkdale Commons in Huntersville NC is boosting their advertising game by TEST DRIVING a Premium listing on the nation’s fastest growing senior housing and services resource – SeniorLivingGuide.com!

The healthy, active lifestyle that embodies The Glens at Birkdale Commons ensures you will stay independent and active longer. Our features include spacious home plans as well as a wealth of community and area activities that make The Glens a perfect place to live.

Our location in the Birkdale community is one of our best assets…we are located within a mile of good restaurants, grocery stores, drug stores, movie theater, and great shopping!

From neighborhood gatherings to outings with friends, at The Glens you will feel right at home the moment you arrive. The Glens is a community where new friendships are easily formed and neighbors share common interests.

Check out the full listing here!

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Zoom Zoom! Brookshire Senior Living is revved up for a TEST DRIVE!

Filed under: Uncategorized — seniorlivingguide @ 12:35 pm

Brookshire Senior Living is all gassed up and ready to drive some traffic to their buildings via a SeniorLivingGuide.com TEST DRIVE! We’ve bumped them up to Premium listings to help showcase all they have to offer!

Brookshire Nursing Center
Whether you need 24 hour nursing care, occasional assistance or rehabilitation, we can serve you. Our highly trained and compassionate staff are there to assist you in your recovery and provide for your every need.

Our newly renovated community offers an 80 bed skilled nursing unit – 48 semi-private rooms & 32 private rooms with private baths.

Brookshire Senior Apartments
At Brookshire Village, you can enjoy the freedom of independent living in a natural setting, and decorated as you please in our unfurnished , upscale cottages. No detail has been missed in our one bedroom apartments, not even the utilities, and cable access. You never need to worry about maintenance or landscaping. We even provide weekly housekeeping and daily meal service. However, you are never far from Brookshire’s Nursing and Rehab Center if you should ever need it. Come visit us for tour!

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Comfort Keepers – Fort Myers is Test Driving the nation’s fastest growing senior resource!

Filed under: Uncategorized — seniorlivingguide @ 11:45 am

Comfort Keepers – Fort Myers is boosting their advertising efforts with a free test drive from the nation’s fastest growing senior housing and services reource – SeniorLivingGuide.com!

Comfort Keepers Fort Myers and Naples home care services enhance aging in place, and are provided in the Fort Myers, Naples and Cape Coral areas. We allow the seniors to maintain their independence and control through our gentle approach called Interactive Caregiving. We take the worry that the adult children may feel, and replace it with the assurance that caring assistance is just a phone call away.

Few things are more important than your independence. If you or someone you love is becoming less able to care for themself, let Comfort Keepers help. We’ve spent over a decade helping older adults live happy, independent lives in their own homes by providing them with companionship, home care and safety solutions. Call us today to discuss the right home care solution for you!

View the full ad here.

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The last few TEST DRIVE’s are rolling out today!

Filed under: Uncategorized — seniorlivingguide @ 11:29 am

Piedmont Home Care in Lexington NC is one of our last few TEST DRIVES to roll out today. We’ve given away lots of FREE ads, upgrades to Premium and Featured listings and even a few banners, but sadly the TEST DRIVE event has ended.

Here’s a little Piedmont Home Care teaser –

Being surrounded by family, friends and the things that make a house a home is the very essence of home care. We will provide services in the comfort of your home while you’re recovering from an illness or surgery. Skilled Nursing, Physical Therapy, Occupational Therapy and Speech Therapy are on an intermittent basis in accordance with your physician’s orders. We strive to support healing at home and our primary purpose is to educate patients and their caregivers. This education will enable patients to promote self-care and remain in the comfort and independence of their own homes for as long as possible.

Our skilled professional staff is trained to provide comprehensive care to address your specific needs. Our multi-disciplinary team includes skilled nursing, enterstomal/wound care, diabetic teaching, physical therapy, occupational therapy, speech language pathologist, registered dietitian, medical social worker and home health aides.

Thanks again to all of you who took advantage of our FREE ADVERTISING TEST DRIVE, we hope it brings you lots of opportunities!

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