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Women Are at the Center of the Alzheimer’s Crisis


Posted on July 31, 2015 by Kacey Roby


Women are disproportionately affected by Alzheimer’s and the reasons remain unclear. According to the Alzheimer’s Association Alzheimer’s Disease Facts and Figures report:

  • Women make up almost two-thirds of American seniors living with Alzheimer’s disease.
  • Among those aged 71 and older, 16 percent of women have Alzheimer’s and other dementias, compared to 11 percent of men.
  • At age 65, women without Alzheimer’s have more than a one-in-six chance of developing the disease during the remainder of their lives, compared with a one-in-11 chance for men.
  • Women in their 60s are about twice as likely to develop Alzheimer’s disease over the rest of their lives as they are to develop breast cancer.

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Questions to Ask Alzheimer’s and Memory Care Senior Communities

Questions to Ask Assisted Living Communities About Alzheimer’s and Memory Care, Part 3


Posted on March 3, 2015 by Peter Berkowitz


Part 3: Staff Training & Education

If you’re considering care for a family member who is living with the challenges of Alzheimer’s or other forms of dementia, one of the most important factors to consider is the training and education provided to their caregivers. (more…)


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Questions to Ask Assisted Living Communities about Alzheimer’s and Memory Care Part 1


Posted on October 22, 2014 by Katy Miller


Part 1: Living Environment | Alzheimer's and Memory Care

When you’re making a personal visit to an assisted living community, take every opportunity you have to ask questions about Alzheimer’s and memory care.

It may be helpful if you divide your questions between a few main topics: Living Environment, Engaging Activities, Staff Training and Education and Quality Assurance.

In this installment of a three-part series, we’ll help with things you should look for in a living environment that will help your family member live well.

Look at the Surroundings

First, take a look around the community and observe the residents. Are the residents engaged in elementary activities, or are they living full, enriched lives in an environment that encourages grown-up engagement? Are they well-groomed and dressed neatly? They should be.

Walk the Community

Take a moment to walk the community. Is the space welcoming, vibrant and purposefully designed to accommodate residents with memory impairments? Residents with memory impairments may wander to help relieve stress, boredom, relieve discomfort or pain. An ideal design of a memory care environment would include opportunities for residents to walk within the secured environment and access to outdoor space (during appropriate weather).

Safety

You want to feel confident that your loved one is safe, and also that they are free to move about with exposure to sunlight, plants, birds and other things that make them happy. You want to feel confident that your loved one is safe, and also that they are free to move about with exposure to sunlight, plants, birds and other things that make them happy. You should get the sense that your loved one will feel free and relaxed, rather than confined and anxious.

To this end, consider whether the staff greets and welcomes you with open smiles. That’s a pretty good indicator of a positive environment. If there is tension in the air, you can generally see it on staff members’ faces.

Safety, of course, is of utmost concern. It’s easy to see the signs of a safe neighborhood:

  • Do the doors promptly re-secure when you enter or exit?
  • Are all doors secured to prevent wandering in unsecured spaces?
  • Are there handrails in the hallways to aid in balance?
  • Is there enough space for the number of residents who live there to comfortably participate in activities and physical exercise?
  • What about power outages or plant emergencies, such as a fire? Is there a defined evacuation plan? How are the residents protected during events such as these?
  • Are windows secured – specifically, are the windows in each resident’s apartment secure?

Ask questions about the community’s call system and the staff’s ability to respond timely to your family member’s needs. Staff carry pagers and/or radios with them as means to communicate with each other. Pagers alert staff when something unusual happens (a door opens that generally shouldn't, a door leading out to the courtyard or an alert button/pendant).

Another safety feature is systematic and routine checks on residents to be sure they are okay. The need for status checks and their frequency are based on each resident’s service plan. Certainly, basic cleanliness is worth considering as well. Are all of the rooms and open areas clean? Are there any lingering odors? What about the dining room? Is it clean and comfortable?

A supportive community will always promote independence by offering their residents choices. Simple choices work best for those with memory impairments. For example, a choice between a blue shirt or a yellow shirt versus choosing any shirt from their closet. We pride ourselves on offering our Life Guidance residents the same dining experience as in Assisted Living. Pay particular attention to the dining experience, the quality of food the community offers and if they adjust their menu selections to accommodate the changing needs of the residents. Stay tuned for Part Two of the series, which will focus on Engaging Activities and their role in the lives of residents with memory impairments.

 


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Addressing the Elephant in the Room


Posted on March 17, 2014 by Jamie Floyd


We are living and staying independent longer than ever before and with this new territory of aging families find themselves searching for answers to new questions. One question families often struggle with is how to talk to mom or dad about their living arrangements once they can no longer maintain their home (without a lot of help from others.)

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What Senior Living Communities Will Look Like in 10 Years


Posted on February 28, 2014 by Katy Miller


Like most other industries, the trends among senior living communities are rapidly evolving. The future is bright for prospective retirees. Senior living communities will continue to fully embrace holistic wellness, eco-friendly solutions, technology and independence. As baby boomers slide into retirement age, the senior housing industry must accommodate a generation of retirees who are active and tech-savvy in an unprecedented way. In addition, people are living longer and want to approach the work and play of retirement in a whole new way. (more…)


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Why Active Aging is the New Norm Among Boomers


Posted on February 11, 2014 by Katy Miller


The term “retirement” will certainly take on a new meaning over the next couple of decades. Active aging is fast becoming the norm among baby boomers as they seek to continue living engaged and fulfilling lives, even as they age. Whereas past generations wanted to transition from a life of work to a life of leisure, today’s older adults look for a good balance of activity and rest. And they want to try new things, just as they have their whole lives. In short, they want retirement to be as active, engaging and enthralling as their pre-retirement lives. (more…)


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ALF and SNF: What’s the Difference?


Posted on January 20, 2014 by Jamie Floyd


From the moment your dad entered the hospital, a hospital employee (typically called a discharge planner or case manager) started working on a discharge plan.
It’s likely that the case manager will eventually make their way to you, the adult child, and ask you what you plan to do with your dad now that he can’t really manage all alone.

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