April 18, 2017

Evaluating the Pros and Cons of Care for Alzheimer’s In Different Settings

Filed under: Alzheimer's — seniorlivingguide @ 12:24 pm

By Adinah East

If you are a senior caregiver, you probably enjoy being close to the person you care for and enjoy many aspects of caregiving. During difficult days, perhaps you wish there were some hard and fast rules about caring for someone with Alzheimer’s in the home or making a change to 24 hour Alzheimer care in a memory care facility.

Making decisions about living arrangements while caring for someone with Alzheimer’s disease is a personal decision between the caregiver and senior. There aren’t any definitive rules to follow, but there are a few cues to suggest that one setting may be preferable over another .

The conversation about changing the setting for the individual with Alzheimer’s may come about because of the best interests of the patient, the caregiver, or both.

A senior who lives with symptoms of dementia may be too unsafe in the family home, even with 24 hour Alzheimer care.  When caring for someone with Alzheimer’s, it may be time to reconsider the care setting when the person needs constant medical attention. The senior may also benefit from the social structure in a memory care facility.

Caregivers often start out their duties with a joyful attitude. As the demands of caregiving mound, their health and well-being deteriorate. When the needs of the patient exceed the caregiver’s abilities or if they are neglecting their work and family life, it signals a time to reconsider continuing to give care at home.

 

Pros and Cons of Caring for Someone with Alzheimer’s at Home

A 2012 survey showed that 90% of seniors want to remain living in their homes . The benefits of keeping elders at home typically outweigh the benefits of admitting them to a nursing home or memory care center. 

Elderly people are happiest when they can wake up to familiar surroundings and enjoy their regular routines, surrounded by the people they love. Elderly people want to live according to their own rules and set their own pace for daily living. To learn more about how to deal with Alzheimer care read this post!

Despite the many benefits to keeping elderly people at home for as long as possible, the physical and emotional demands on the caregiver can become overwhelming. As the caregiver’s stress increases, the caregiver may begin to resent the duties and the toll it takes on his or her own life.

Pros and Cons of Care for Alzheimer’s in a Memory Care Facility

Moving to a memory care facility is almost never the Alzheimer’s patient’s first choice. When in-home care becomes impossible, there are benefits built-in to a residential memory care setting. Doctors are on-call around the clock. Many professions of caring staff provide personal care, social work, activities, meals, housekeeping, security and laundry.

Having these duties taken care of lets family members and friends focus on their relationship with the Alzheimer’s patient during the final stage of life. It can be a difficult adjustment as the Alzheimer’s patient may experience emotional outbursts caused by fear or paranoia. In time, most patients adjust to the new environment.

After weighing all the pros and cons, your best answer may be to try to acquire additional in-home care for Alzheimer’s. Getting a few days of respite also goes a long way towards preventing caregiver burnout. When none of that works, most senior facilities are happy to have you come and get a tour of their facility, see their programs, and get acquainted with staff. You may have a better comfort level with facility care after spending a little time there.

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March 8, 2017

New Listing Alert #2! – The Bristal at Lake Success

Filed under: Alzheimer's,senior living guide — seniorlivingguide @ 1:32 pm

We have another new addition to SeniorLivingGuide.com to announce today – The Bristal at Lake Success in Lake Success, NY 11020.

The Bristal at Lake Success combines the finest in assisted living with the science of innovative memory care, creating a whole new kind of senior living community. In addition to offering the full array of assisted living services, The Bristal at Lake Success is be a highly customized and individually paced memory care program dedicated to helping residents manage Alzheimer’s disease and other memory-related cognitive disorders.

We have formed an unprecedented alliance with the renowned Feinstein Institute of Northwell Health. United by mutual respect and a common goal, The Bristal at Lake Success is pleased to play a role in the life-changing work the Feinstein Institute is doing in memory care. Not only will residents be significantly impacted by the research, findings and latest advancements the Institute will help us share and apply; but by participating voluntarily here at the Institute’s onsite suite, they can also help to expand and refine this vital body of knowledge for the benefit of all.

http://www.seniorlivingguide.com/DB/facilities.tpl?sku=20170308104818

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January 24, 2017

Ever Wondered What’s the Difference Between Alzheimer’s and Dementia?

Filed under: Alzheimer's — seniorlivingguide @ 2:52 pm

By Adinah East
VP Quality Improvement
Caring People Inc.

Many people confuse the terms dementia and Alzheimer’s. While they are often used interchangeably, there are distinct differences between the two conditions. In this article, we are going to explore the question, “what’s the difference between Alzheimer’s and dementia?”

In a nutshell, dementia is not a disease, but rather a collection of symptoms that crop up when the brain cells cease to work as they should. Conversely, Alzheimer’s is classified as a disease.

Three Facts That Explain, “What’s the Difference Between Alzheimer’s and Dementia?”

Firstly, there are about 200 types of dementia, so being diagnosed with dementia doesn’t automatically mean you have Alzheimer’s. For instance, you may have one type of dementia, such as dementia with Lewy bodies or vascular dementia.

Secondly, is Alzheimer’s a form of dementia? Well, dementia is an umbrella term that describes a range of symptoms that people may experience, particularly when referring to brain disorders. Alzheimer’s is the most well-known of the brain disorders and the most common cause of dementia.

Thirdly, the major difference between dementia and Alzheimer’s is that when someone is diagnosed with dementia, they are usually diagnosed based on symptoms. In Alzheimer’s, the cause of the symptoms is understood, but the disease is not reversible. However, some dementia symptoms, like drug interaction or nutritional problems can be reversed.alzheimers and dementia

Alzheimer’s vs. Dementia Symptoms

While Alzheimer’s vs. Dementia symptoms can overlap, there are a few differences. Both conditions may cause:

  • Impairment in communication
  • Memory impairment
  • A decline in thinking skills

Dementia Symptoms

The symptoms of dementia tend to vary depending on the cause. Common symptoms include:

  1. Cognitive Changes, including difficulty with:
  • Problem-solving and reasoning
  • Communicating
  • Organizing and planning
  • Memory loss
  • Motor functions and coordination
  • Disorientation and confusion

 

  1. Psychological Changes, including:
  • Depression
  • Personality changes
  • Agitation
  • Anxiety
  • Paranoia
  • Behavior
  • Hallucinations

Several kinds of progressive dementias are not reversible, and the cause is unknown. These include:

  • Frontotemporal dementia – a group of diseases that are characterized by the degeneration of nerve cells in the temporal and frontal lobes of the brain, which are areas associated with language, behavior, and personality.
  • Lewy body dementia – Lewy bodies are clumps of protein that are found in the brain of people who have Parkinson’s disease, Alzheimer’s, and Lewy body dementia. This is one of the most common kinds of progressive dementia.
  • Vascular dementia – this is the next most common kind of dementia which seems to occur when the vessels that supply blood to the brain are damaged. Problems with blood vessels can be caused by different blood vessel conditions or stroke.

Alzheimer’s Disease Symptoms

Alzheimer’s disease is the most common cause of dementia in people over the age of 65. While the reasons of the disease remain unknown, tangles and plaques are commonly found in the brains of Alzheimer’s sufferers. Tangles are fibrous tangles that are made up of tau protein. Plaques are clumps of protein referred to as beta-amyloid. Some genetic factors can make it more likely for people to develop Alzheimer’s disease. Common symptoms of Alzheimer’s disease include:

  • Getting confused in unfamiliar environments
  • Change in mood and personality
  • Memory loss, especially with memory for recent events, like asking questions repetitively or forgetting names and messages
  • Depression
  • Difficulty finding the right words
  • Difficulty with activities and tasks that require planning and organization
  • Difficulty with numbers and handling money in stores

Dealing with a Loved One Who Has Dementia

Caring for an elderly relative who has dementia can be challenging. Use these 10 tips for communicating with your loved one:

  1. Set a positive mood for communication by being respectful and pleasant.
  2. Get the person’s attention by limiting noise and distraction.
  3. Clearly state your message.
  4. Ask simple questions that they will be able to answer.
  5. Listen with your ears, heart, and eyes and watch for nonverbal cues.
  6. Break activities down into smaller steps.
  7. When your loved one becomes agitated or upset, try changing the environment or the subject.
  8. Respond with reassurance and affection.
  9. Remembering the past can be affirming and soothing.
  10. Keep your sense of humor and get your relative to laugh along with you.

In summary, when considering the question, “what’s the difference between Alzheimer’s and dementia,” Alzheimer’s is a form of dementia, with both conditions consisting of overlapping symptoms.

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September 8, 2016

Premium Listing Alert – Aston Gardens at Parkland Commons

Filed under: active adult,Alzheimer's,assisted living,retirement,senior housing — seniorlivingguide @ 11:36 am

agbydsl_parklandcommons_final_vert_smallThe Southeast area of Florida is a heavily saturated market when it comes to senior housing. Aston Gardens at Parkland Commons now has an opportunity to showcase their community by standing out from fellow communities. How did they do it? By upgrading to a Premium position on the nation’s fastest growing senior housing and services resource – SeniorLivingGuide.com!

Aston Gardens at Parkland Commons now appears ABOVE all of the basic listings in Southeast Florida giving them premium exposure to seniors and their loved ones who are searching for Retirement, Active Adult, Assisted Living and Alzheimer’s care in that area. Not only that, but our Premium and Featured listings also include a custom video so consumers can learn more about Aston Gardens at Parkland Commons and all that they have to offer.

Want to check them out on SeniorLivingGuide.com? Click HERE

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July 21, 2016

New Listing Alert – St. Catherine’s Village 200 Dominican Dr Madison, MS 39110 866-451-3617

Filed under: active adult,Alzheimer's,assisted living,New Senior Housing Information — seniorlivingguide @ 1:31 pm

Please welcome our newest FEATURED listing in the Jackson, Mississippi region – St. Catherine’s Village!

St. Catherine’s Village, Mississippi’s first all-inclusive, Continuing Care Retirement logoCommunity, is a gracious environment of caring. For health and well-being, for comfort and security, for faith and friendship, St. Catherine’s Village is a lifestyle, a family and a ministry. Services and amenities are designed to enhance the lifestyle and promote choice.

Nestled on 160 acres of rolling green hills and tall pine trees, St. Catherine’s Village overlooks a tranquil 15 acre stocked lake.

Check out there full listing here – http://www.seniorlivingguide.com/DB/facilities.tpl?sku=20160721112204

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February 29, 2016

Creativity Sparks More Than Imagination

Filed under: Alzheimer's — seniorlivingguide @ 10:58 am

Untitled-4By Bernie Cavis, hospital VP of Programs at Commonwealth Assisted Living

Henry wasn’t much for talking. His family described him as a quiet man, medicine and as his
dementia progressed, he spoke even less. The one thing Henry was vocal about was fishing. He could name every type of fish found in every lake in the state. Yet now,
even the mention of fishing to Henry did not draw him into conversation as it had in
the past. Until he picked up a paint brush. As the activity director spoke to her group of residents about summer memories, Henry began to paint. When he was finished, he had produced a work of art which communicated volumes to those who knew him. His finished canvas displayed a lake filled to the brim with fish. Even when the words didn’t come to him, the memory did, and he was able to speak to everyone around him through art.

Henry is not alone. Studies have shown that art therapy may reduce depression and anxiety symptomatic of chronic diseases such as dementia and Alzheimer’s disease. In fact, neurological research shows that participating in creative activities, such as painting, can improve cognitive function, strengthen neural pathways, as well as facilitate the development of new pathways and brain cells.

Residents recently studied Van Gogh’s Starry Night at our community in Front Royal.

Residents recently studied Van Gogh’s Starry Night at our community in Front Royal.

Expanding a resident’s horizons through theater, music, dance, literature and fine art appreciation not only triggers the neural “memory” pathways, the experience brings staff and residents together as a community. Residents are able to discuss and share their life experiences through art, while giving them an opportunity to learn something new and, quite possibly, spark a new passion. The combination of social interaction and creative outlet is priceless. Creative art
also provides a tool to caregivers.

“We observe their painting over time,” explains Paula Harder, Regional Director of Resident Programs. “The colors they choose may reveal to caregivers how the resident is feeling in that moment. The level of detail provided may indicate what type of a day someone is having. Are the colors getting darker? Perhaps we should watch them for depression. Some of our memory care residents have lost their ability to speak. Yet, they may still be able to communicate
with us, through art.”

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Commonwealth Assisted Living is a Charlottesville-based company which operates 21 senior living communities throughout Virginia. Eighteen of our communities also offer the Sweet Memories program for residents with Alzheimer’s disease or needing dementia care. Commonwealth’s longterm goals include smart growth through acquisition, custom renovations and strategic hiring and retention of top talent. For more information on Commonwealth Assisted Living visit www.CommonwealthAL.com

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February 16, 2015

New Listings Alert! – CRH Northwest Retirement Communities!

Filed under: Alzheimer's,assisted living,retirement,seniorlivingguide — seniorlivingguide @ 2:51 pm

We’ve added two FREE listings for CRH Northwest Retirement Communities to the nations fastest growing senior housing and services resource – SeniorLivingGuide.com!

20150216120222logo.jpgPeters Creek
14431 Redmond Way
Redmond, WA 98052

Peters Creek Retirement & Assisted Living offers many living options with personalized assistance, supportive services and compassionate care in a professionally managed, carefully designed, retirement community setting. It’s the perfect alternative for seniors who can no longer live on their own at home, yet don’t need 24-hour, complex medical supervision.

Our brand new memory care wing is nearing completion, where specially trained nurses and staff are dedicated to providing the unique level of care that residents with memory loss require.

Check out this listing here.

 

chandler-house-logoChandler House Alzheimer’s and Related Dementia Care
701 N 39th Ave
Yakima, WA 98902

Chandler House Alzheimer’s and Related Dementia Care, located just off 40th Avenue near the Yakima River in Yakima, WA, provides superb care for residents who face the daily challenges of Alzheimer’s and Dementia. For over a decade, Chandler House Alzheimer’s and Related Dementia Care has developed a reputation of excellence for providing our residents with the highest level of care and a loving home. Our trained professional staff is qualified to meet the needs of each individual.

Please visit our community and see first-hand our dedication to providing the best possible home for our residents. Also, read more using the menu items above to find out more about the good things we are doing. Chandler House Alzheimer’s and Related Dementia Care has always been a family owned facility devoted to meeting the needs of the families who choose to make Chandler House Alzheimer’s and Related Dementia Care home.

View this listing here.

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January 12, 2015

New Listing Alert – Wellmore of Tega Cay 111 Wellmore Drive Tega Cay, SC 29708

Filed under: Alzheimer's,assisted living — seniorlivingguide @ 8:40 pm

wellmoreLogo_165x81Wellmore of Tega Cay is an upscale retirement community focused on providing premier assisted living, Alzheimer’s and dementia care, rehabilitation, and skilled nursing services.

Wellmore is the only proposed retirement community on the market employing “purpose-based wellness programming” to help residents live longer and healthier lives. Purpose-based wellness programming arms older adults with a non-clinical, cost-effective way to maintain their independence as they age.

Check out the full ad here – http://www.seniorlivingguide.com/DB/facilities.tpl?sku=20150112181230

 

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January 6, 2015

New Listing/FREE AD Alert – St. Mark’s Living 400 15th Ave. SW Austin, MN 55912

St. Mark’s Living in Austin MN contacted us last November about our Free Advertising campaign after it ended and guess what? – We’re ramping up again and kept their request on file and they get the very first FREE ad of 2015!

We’ve built them a FREE Featured listing on SeniorLivingGuide.com complete with direct contact info, web links and a link to their Facebook page, we’re blogging about them and soon we’ll add tweets and Facebook updates promoting their community – all in the name of building our brand, making new contacts and increasing awareness about a great senior community in Minnesota.

St. Mark’s Living, is a senior living and healthcare campus that provides a full continuum of living and care options for older adults in Austin, Minn. We offer rehabilitation services, independent living, assisted living, memory care and 20150106121446logo.jpglong-term skilled nursing care. We love, care, and are proud to serve the Austin area and the surrounding communities in South Central Minnesota and Northern Iowa since 1963.

In addition to our housing and care options, we offer services to support of resident’s and customer’s wishes to remain as independent as possible. Respite care and hospice services are available on-site. And, we welcome all veterans seeking independent or assisted living, memory care or skilled care. We can assist in arranging for coverage through the Veteran’s Administration and/or Medicare.

Check out the full listing here and be on the lookout for the official announcement or our limited time Free Advertising promotion coming soon!

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November 25, 2014

New Listing Alert – Legacy at Highwoods Preserve 18600 Highwoods Preserve Parkway Tampa, FL 33647

Filed under: Alzheimer's,assisted living,seniorlivingguide — seniorlivingguide @ 3:10 pm

Tampa’s newest senior community is our newest advertiser!

logo-LHPWhat makes Legacy at Highwoods Preserve different than other Assisted Living communities?It is not a place to retire, but a place where seniors can achieve new goals and find continued purpose in their lives. Legacy at Highwoods Preserves slows the speed of technology to the residents pace, their schedule and their time of life.They can enjoy fitness to build and maintain healthy, active lifestyles,computers without feeling overwhelmed, and community that brings purpose and meaning to life.

Check out the full ad here!

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