January 25, 2017

Please Welcome Resort Lifestyle Communities to SeniorLivingGuide.com!

Filed under: active adult,retirement,senior housing,seniorlivingguide — seniorlivingguide @ 11:31 am

Resort Lifestyle Communities has recently partnered with SeniorLivingGuide.com to promote their beautiful communities in AL, AZ, FL, KS, ME, MO, NC, NE, NM, NY,OH, SC, TN & TX!20160908135321logo.jpg

Their listings on SeniorLivingGuide.com show community photos and floor plans, list amenities and features, and have direct contact info for all of their properties.

We look forward to connecting seniors and their loved ones with these amazing retirement communities!

You can view a description of Resort Lifestyle Communities, as well as links to their website and social media pages, and a list of all of their new listings on SeniorLivingGuide.com by clicking here.

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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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January 10, 2017

SAVE THE DATE FOR VIRGINIA AREA SOCIAL WORKER AND CASE MANAGER APPRECIATION LUNCHEONS!

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January 9, 2017

Considering Supportive Homecare Options

Filed under: Healthcare,home health care — seniorlivingguide @ 3:18 pm
Courtesy of –
Karina Tama – Rutigliano
Digital Marketing Manager
Caring People Home Healthcare Agency

Whether you are in your 60s or 70s, have you considered your future living arrangements? Perhaps you live in a multistory home with a tricky staircase and a bathroom only on one floor? If this sounds familiar, it’s time to put some thought into supportive homecare options for your future.

Do You Plan on Moving?

What would you do if you could no longer live in your own home? Do you have a child to live with? Of course, there are advantages to living with a child and it is certainly an option for homecare for the elderly. Two major benefits include:

  • You are surrounded by loving family
  • You have people you are familiar with, helping you with your daily tasks

However, there are disadvantages to this solution, too, such as:

  • Losing the familiarity of your community and friends
  • Your family’s home may also have steep staircases
  • You may no longer be able to enjoy your independence
  • You may have to throw out treasured keepsakes to make space for moving in with family

How About Aging in Place?supportive-homecare-options

If you would much prefer to enjoy aging on place, but fear that your home is not up to aging with you and your new needs, there are a few things you can do to ensure you can continue to live comfortably in the embrace of your home, such as:

  • Installing slip-resistant floors
  • Widening doorways to accommodate wheelchairs or walkers
  • Installing a stair lift if you have stairs
  • Remote control lighting
  • Installing rails and ramps
  • Consider a walk-in shower

Besides those supportive homecare options, there is also the option of in home health care service. Professionals who are familiar with homecare for the elderly will ensure you get to live as comfortable a life as possible while maintaining your independence.

Supportive Homecare Options – the Benefits of an In-Home Health Care Service

  1. All the Comforts of Home

For many seniors, the feeling of being at home where they are close to their friends and family can promote independence and recovery from illnesses or operations. Homecare for the elderly is ideal for rehabilitation, and research has shown that people tend to heal quicker in the comfort of their own home.

  1. Personalized Care

Aging in place with the assistance of in-home healthcare means you can enjoy quality care and one-on-one attention to ensure you have a comfortable lifestyle.

  1. Peace of Mind for the Elderly and Their Family

When you and your family decide to employ the services of in-home care professionals for a senior family member, you’re doing more than just making sure you receive top-quality care. You are also ensuring peace of mind for your family members. Often, it is nearly impossible for family members to provide the level and range of care you need. With the responsibilities of jobs, children, spouses, and their own life to lead, it can be tough being responsible for an elder, too. With professional and supportive homecare options like in-home health care, your family won’t feel like they are giving up on you and you can rest assured that you are in good hands.

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January 4, 2017

New Listing Alert – Alcime Assisted Living 450 SW Violet Ave Port St. Lucie, FL 34983

Filed under: assisted living — seniorlivingguide @ 11:09 am

Happy New Year from SeniorLivingGuide.com! Check out our newest Assisted Living listing in Port St. Lucie Florida!

alcime-logoOur mission at Alcime Assisted Living is to provide quality care to all residents. Creating a cordial environment where all residents will feel at home. We will implement Quality Assurance Management at all levels of our organization. We will achieve our goal by integrating all members to the decision making process, in home improvement discussions and quality input.

View the complete listing here.

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