April 25, 2013

2013 TGH NICHE Gerontology Spring Conference

Filed under: Senior Housing Events — seniorlivingguide @ 5:07 pm

Untitled-1Adults over the age of 65 have become the core business of healthcare in the U.S. A longer life expectancy, clinic baby boomers coming of age, see and the importance of cost containment are reasons that we as healthcare providers should focus on improving and optimizing the care we provide older adults.

The 2013 TGH NICHE Gerontology Spring conference will provide participants with the most current information and best practice solutions for quality care of older adult patients.

 

Friday
May 31, 2013
8:15 AM – 4:15 PM
www.OlderAmericansMonth.AoA.gov
MacInnes Auditorium
2nd Floor, East Pavilion
Tampa General Hospital
Tampa, Florida
6 Contact Hours

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April 23, 2013

New Listing Alert – The Brennity at Melbourne 7300 Watersong Lane Melbourne, FL 32940

The-Brennity-Melbourne-Logo_croppedLocated in the upscale Viera neighborhood of Melbourne, The Brennity at Melbourne is the clear choice for today’s perceptive retirees and their families. Medical services, shopping, restaurants and hospitals are all close by. Convenience is built right in.

The Brennity at Melbourne modernizes and redefines the retirement experience. From spacious cottages to independent and assisted living apartments to a memory care community, every need is addressed with style and compassion in our beautiful gated community.

View the full listing here – http://www.seniorlivingguide.com/DB/facilities.tpl?sku=20130423095927

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April 22, 2013

New Study Identifies the Healthiest Retirement Communities in North Carolina

Filed under: senior living guide — seniorlivingguide @ 3:02 pm

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Charlotte, NC.  May 1, 2013

Today’s retirees share a common goal: To stay as healthy as possible for as long as possible. Until recently, however, it has been difficult to determine which retirement communities best facilitate that goal. Thanks to the results of a new survey conducted by Senior Hospitality International, the task just got a whole lot easier.

A select group of communities in North Carolina is being recognized as The Healthiest Retirement Communities in North Carolina, and honored for providing “Retirement Living at its Healthiest™.” Included in this group is The Oaks at Whitaker Glen, in Raleigh, NC. The whole list may be accessed at www.HealthyRCs.org.

To receive this recognition, The Oaks at Whitaker Glen and the other communities on the list had to achieve a superlative HealthyScore in the following five areas:

1.      Healthy Campus Amenities (Outdoor & Indoor Options)

2.      Healthy Resident Activities (Physical, Social, Intellectual, Spiritual, and Cultural Options )

3.      Healthy Resident Involvement (Resident-Led Clubs, Groups, & Committee Options)

4.      Healthy Resident Dining (Venue & Entrée Options)

5.      Healthy Resident Care (Health Facilities & Service Options)

 

“The main characteristic that sets these communities apart is their comprehensiveness,” said J. Keesey Hayward, President of Senior Hospitality International. “On a single campus they combine the resort services and amenities of Active Retirement Communities with the healthcare services and amenities of Supportive Retirement Communities. They can provide for the current lifestyle wants as well as the future healthcare needs of active retirees. Both aspects must be present in order for a community to truly provide a healthy retirement environment.”

The communities being recognized in this way represent several quiet paradigm shifts that have been changing the very nature of the retirement community industry over the past decade:

·         A shift from a focus on “Caring for the Elderly” to “Serving Seniors”

·         A shift from a focus on “Physical Health” to “Holistic or Multi-dimensional Health”

·         A shift from a focus on “Getting Well” (cure) to “Staying Healthy” (prevention)

·         A shift from an identity as “Healthcare Communities” to “Healthy Communities”

·         A shift from an industry identity as “Senior Housing” and “Senior Living” to “Senior Hospitality”

Hayward gives the following helpful advice to anyone investigating their retirement community options:

1.      If a community offers “continuing care,” understand that it is an abbreviation for: “continuing care, service, activities, dining, fun, friendship, learning, growth, fellowship, and healthiness.” If a community doesn’t offer “continuing care,” just continue on your way and find one that does.

2.      If at all possible, don’t request a brochure before your visit. Most community brochures don’t come close to capturing their energy, beauty and comprehensiveness. Let your own senses rather than the pages of a brochure form your first impressions.

3.      Although the minimum age for moving to most of these communities is 62, the ideal age-range is generally 70-75. Younger applicants may find it difficult to qualify financially, and older ones often miss out on many of the active amenities, activities and fun. The longer you wait, the more you’ll miss.

4.      One of the best signs of a Healthy Retirement Community is a good number of older residents because the focus on multi-dimensional healthiness allows people to live longer. Remember, the frail resident you see was probably in better shape than you are when he or she moved in! Even if your physical health declines someday, you too will continue to enjoy emotional, intellectual, spiritual and social healthiness.

5.      None of these Healthy Retirement Communities are inexpensive, but your health is worth the investment. It’s definitely cheaper to stay home, but it’s not healthier. If your goal is to “stay as healthy as possible for as long as possible,” do yourself a favor visit some of the Healthy Retirement Communities listed at www.HealthyRCs.org.

Senior Hospitality International was founded with the purpose of serving Seniors. With a motto of “Serving Seniors is our Pleasure,” its stated mission is to “help more Seniors experience Retirement Living at its Healthiest™ by helping them identify Healthy Retirement Communities (HealthyRCs).” To be identified as such, communities had to achieve a HealthyScore of at least 140 out of 150 on an objective annual HealthySurvey. To learn more about Senior Hospitality International, visit their website at www.SeniorHospitality.org. 

Contact Information

Danielle Weeks

Director of Marketing

The Oaks at Whitaker Glen

DaMiller@uhs-pruitt.com

919-839-5604

 

J. Keesey Hayward

President

Senior Hospitality International

keesey@seniorhospitality.org

704-962-6214

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You and Your Brain: Five Supplements That Will Turn The Lights Back On

Filed under: senior living guide — seniorlivingguide @ 11:39 am

Courtesy of Jayla Barnsen [jaylabarnsen@gmail.com]

Different supplements seem to be especially good at supporting different systems of the body. Some support the blood, or help regulate blood sugar or enzymes or contribute to other health of the eyes, bones or teeth. Here are five supplements that help support the health of the brain:

Vitamin B12

Vitamin B12 is an important supplement when it comes to keeping the brain healthy. Deficiencies in Vitamin B12 have been shown to cause psychological difficulties and changes in cognition. This deficiency might be one reason that older people seem confused and less alert than they use to be. Some older people can’t absorb vitamin B12 because their stomachs no longer make enough acid to absorb it. These people might need Vitamin B12 injections. Vitamin B12 is found almost exclusively in animal protein, including beef, pork, dairy products and fish. It’s especially abundant in liver and organ meats, though these shouldn’t be eaten frequently because of their high levels of cholesterol.

Folate

This is a B vitamin that’s involved in just about every biological process in the body. Again, elderly people are often lacking in folate or folic acid. The deficiencies can cause depression, irritability and even symptoms that resemble schizophrenia. Folate can be found in fresh, leafy green vegetables, wheat germ, oranges, rice, brewer’s yeast and liver.

You and Your Brain Five Supplements That Will Turn The Lights Back OnIron

Of course, iron helps make red blood cells that deliver oxygen to the brain and other organs. So an iron deficiency anemia can cause tiredness, listlessness, depression and apathy. It can also adversely affect a person’s short term memory and his or her attention span. This is especially true in young women, who are at risk for iron-deficiency anemia. In children, a lack of iron can cause learning problems. Iron can be readily found in red meats.

Magnesium

Magnesium is also necessary for many functions in the body, but a low magnesium level can affect the brain and lead to depression, confusion and irritability. Magnesium can be found in sunflower seeds and leafy green vegetables. It’s also found in hard water. Many homeowners dislike hard water because it clogs the plumbing pipes and their water-dependent appliances with scale. But there are benefits from drinking hard water, and magnesium is one of them.

Choline

Choline is a supplement that’s essential for the health of the myelin sheaths that protect the nerves. Without these sheaths, the nerves can’t properly relay signals. A deficiency of choline can lead to dizziness, headaches, ringing in the ears and insomnia. It’s best source is lecithin, but it can also be found in egg yolk, liver, brewer’s yeast and wheat germ.

For more information on the brain, including brain disease click here.

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Retirement Communities: 5 Things You Must Ask

Filed under: senior living guide — seniorlivingguide @ 11:36 am

Courtesy of Hayley Granton [hayleygranton@gmail.com]

The day may come when you will need to consider relocating to a retirement community. When that day arrives there are some important questions you must ask. Some are very basic but they are all crucial to selecting how you will spend your future.

The first question is, “Am I ready for a retirement community?” If you are to the point where you have health concerns that could put you at risk for injury or illness, 55 plus communities, such as the kissimmee homes for sale in Florida, may be a viable option. The same applies if you are worried about the maintenance and security of your current home, or are tired of all the shopping and cooking.

The second question is, “Does a retirement community make financial sense?” You could be surprised to find that these communities are less expensive than remaining in your current home. There are also programs that you may qualify for to assist you financially. You will also want to look into policies regarding how they deal with residents when they can no longer afford to pay.

Retirement Communities 5 Things You Must AskThe next question is, “What do I want in the way of services and features?” Many communities have wonderful amenities, such as gymnasiums, pools, shops, and more. Some offer maid services, various classes, and even group tours. These can make for a much richer living experience and give you an opportunity to meet new friends along the way.

The fourth question is, “Is this facility accredited by a reputable body?” The CCAC (Continuing Care Accreditation Commission) or CARF (Commission on Accreditation of Rehabilitation Facilities) are good standards to look for. These are independent, international groups whose sole function is to ensure that individuals receive the quality care and treatment that they deserve.

The final question is, “What facilities are available in my desired area?” Here you can seek recommendations from friends, the Internet, estate attorneys, or other trusted advisors. The best idea is a personal visit. Try to visit for lunch so you can check out the food. If possible, try to spend the night. If those aren’t options, a visit during a special event will also give you a chance to see the surroundings, and visit with the residents.

Moving to a retirement community is a big life change and there are many factors to consider. Remember to take your time. You have worked your entire life to get to this point and the quality of your later years is important.

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The Fit Mind: 5 Things Seniors Can Do to Improve Their Memory

Filed under: senior living guide — seniorlivingguide @ 11:34 am

Courtesy of Dixie Somers [dixiesomers@gmail.com]

Memory is a precious gift that one should seek to preserve as long as possible. To some people, memory loss is a source of embarrassment when interacting in social situations. However, many believe that memory loss is simply a natural part of the aging process. Memory loss does not have to be an inevitability, though; there are many things that seniors and others can do to keep and strengthen their memory. Here are five great ways seniors can maintain and improve their memory.

Learn A New Hobby

The scientists at the University of Illinois’ Beckman Institute for Advanced Science and Technology that conducted the research about the impact of physical exercise on memory preservation noted that it was not enough to simply generate new brain cells. To improve memory, those new brain cells must connect to the brain’s existing neural network, and this is done by learning a new skill or hobby. If one always wanted to learn a new language or how to read sheet music for a musical instrument, this is the time to get started.

Senior ExercisesGet Moving

Scientific studies normally focus on mental exercises for preserving memory, but the latest studies conducted by a team of medical researchers at the University of Illinois show that physical exercise plays an even more important role in brain health. The part of a person’s brain related to memory undergoes a certain amount of degradation beginning in a person’s late 20s. According to recent findings, regular exercise helps stimulate neurogenesis which is the brain’s creation of new brain cells. These newly created brain cells are the building blocks of a healthy memory.

Journal Your Thoughts And Activities

Writing about experiences in a daily journal is a great way to reinforce memory. Even in this world of digital technology, there is still something about writing experiences down the old fashioned way with pen and paper. Journals from the Rustico website provide a way for people to document their experiences, helping them preserve memories mentally and on paper. Keep your mind active by writing memories and recording your thoughts in a journal.

Practice Good Nutrition

A varied, nutrient rich diet helps maintain good health and brain function. Foods high in antioxidant vitamins that fight free radical damage are particularly useful to improve one’s memory. Researchers found that fruits and vegetables high in vitamin C like oranges, broccoli, and blueberries are superfoods when it comes to protecting the brain. Consumption of healthy fats found in walnuts, avocados, and wild salmon are also critical to brain health and memory preservation.

Play A Game

Mental puzzles and brain teaser games are excellent ways to keep the mind sharp and enhance memory. There are several websites that provide a variety of mental exercise games that include quizzes, puzzles, and riddles. Another technique to improve memory is attempting at the end of every day to recall as many details of the day’s activities. This technique reportedly improves observational, memory, and concentration skills.

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April 18, 2013

New Listing Alert – Elder’s Choice, Inc. 1976 S Congress Avenue West Palm Beach, FL 33406

Filed under: home health care,New Senior Housing Information — seniorlivingguide @ 1:16 pm

Untitled-1Elder’s Choice, cheap Inc. is a Medicare Certified home health agency that can provide you with expert medical care in the comfort of your own home. Elder’s Choice, drugstore Inc. is the right choice for care when you need help and prefer to recover from an illness or injury in the comfort and security of your own home rather than a hospital or a nursing home. Our highly trained professionals can help you create a safe and holistic environment for healing at home.

View the full listing here – http://www.seniorlivingguide.com/DB/facilities.tpl?sku=20130418120431

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New Listing Alert – Active Home Health Care Services, LLC 1495 Forest Hill Blvd, Suite A West Palm Beach, FL 33406

Filed under: home health care,New Senior Housing Information — seniorlivingguide @ 12:57 pm

430398_10150599273650949_580835655_nFor over three years, we have worked hard to earn our reputation as one of South Florida’s most trusted “home” care provider. We are deeply committed to providing each and everyone of our patients intimate, highly individualized care we believe your deserve.

View the full listing here – http://www.seniorlivingguide.com/DB/facilities.tpl?sku=20130418114949

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New Listing Alert – HopeHealth 765 Attucks Lane Hyannis, MA 02601

Filed under: home health care,New Senior Housing Information — seniorlivingguide @ 12:32 pm

hope-health-logoFor over 30 years as Hospice & Palliative Care of Cape Cod, capsule we’ve been providing hope to thousands of people. Now – we are Hope.

At HopeHealth, physician we help more people gain access to care and services – earlier and easier.

View the full listing here – http://www.seniorlivingguide.com/DB/facilities.tpl?sku=20130418112125

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New Listing Alert – Morrison Home Health Agency 505 Washington Street Suite 407 Portsmouth, VA 23704

Filed under: home health care,New Senior Housing Information — seniorlivingguide @ 11:29 am

banner-leftWelcome to Morrison Home Health. Chosen amongst leaders in the home health care services industry. Morrison Home Health is well-known for clinical expertise, look quality-focus and patient dedication. Like a family, discount our priority is you. We are defined by the objective to serve your home health care needs right where you live. This objective is fulfilled one patient after another and one home at a time. Serving;Chesapeake, salve Portsmouth, Virginia Beach, Hampton, Newport News, Suffolk and Norfolk Helping patients live a lifestyle of value is what the Morrison family of caregivers, therapists, nurses and healthcare professionals work for.

View the full listing here – http://www.seniorlivingguide.com/DB/facilities.tpl?sku=20130417144251

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