Seniors and Strength Training

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Health providers say that whether you or 18 or 80, it is important to do both cardiovascular exercises as well as strengthening exercises.   In addition to experiencing the benefits of better tone and shape, “research now links not just aerobic exercise but strength training with a reduced risk of death from all causes.”   Presently the American Heart Association and American College of Sports Medicine recommends doing strength training at least two times a week.

Many older adults do not think about strength training, and for those that are exercising, have limited their exercise to things like walking, swimming, jogging, or bike riding.  Dr. Jennifer Kraschnewski, an associate professor of medicine, pediatrics and public health sciences at the Penn State College of Medicine, explains we now have very good evidence that shows 80-year-olds are as able to improve their muscle mass as 50-year-olds.   She adds, “and this can be done reliably over a very short period of time – something as short as two to three months.”

The large 2016 study found strengthening exercises helped to prevent age-related bone and muscle loss.  Led by Dr. Kraschnewski, the study drew on data from the National Health Interview Survey and followed 30,000 adults age 65 years and older for fifteen years.   While only 10 percent of the participants met the national guidelines for twice weekly strength training, those individuals had 46 percent lower odds of dying from any cause, or all-cause mortality.   Furthermore, they were less likely to die from cancer or cardiovascular disease.

Experts say you do not have to start lifting heavy weights as strength training includes using exercise bands, doing push-ups or yoga.  However be sure to check with your physician before you began any new exercise.

MorningStar of Billings offers plenty of ways our seniors can stay active with on an onsite pool, fitness room and lots of life enrichment activities.  Our beautiful community has senior independent and assisted living as well as memory care.  Please visit our website to learn more.

Before starting any exercise, be sure to consult with your health care provider 

MorningStar Senior Living of Billings represents the finest in senior living with our unique mission statement “to honor, to serve, to invest.”  With a foundation built on honoring God, valuing our seniors and hiring staff with a felt calling to serve, we provide a true home for residents.  We invite you to schedule a tour to see firsthand our exceptional senior independent living, assisted living and memory care. 

Source:health.usnews.com/wellness/fitness/articles/2018-06-26/could-pumping-iron-help-you-live-longer

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MorningStar at Bear Creek Offers Exceptional Dementia Care

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MorningStar at Bear Creek is proud to offer exceptional specialized, loving dementia care in Colorado Springs.  Our parent company, MorningStar Senior Living, operates senior living communities throughout the Western U.S.  This means MorningStar at Bear Creek benefits from the extensive knowledge and expertise our company has gained over their 15 years of operation regarding all facets of senior living, including a deep understanding of Alzheimer’s and other dementia-related diseases.

MorningStar has earned a reputation as trusted dementia care specialists, and we feel it is our calling – our privilege – to provide care to our most tender residents.  By devoting our entire community to memory care, residents have the independence to safely move about their surroundings.  Rather than long sterile hallways, our spacious community was built in full consideration of the dispositions and behaviors of those with dementia-related memory impairment. Our figure-eight floor plan allows residents to explore yet find their way back to an open, inviting area.

We recognize that the essence of the individual remains despite the extent of the memory loss, and that our job is to find ways to connect with and nurture it.  MorningStar’s philosophy and approach to this kind of supported living is encompassed under the breadth of possibilities we call “Lavender Sky.”  Thus, each day we strive to thoughtfully “enter, embrace and explore” the world of dementia.  All of our team members regardless of their position will receive training in Lavender Sky, which will give them an expanded set of tools to provide residents with extraordinary care.

Our community offers 48 secure suites, including studio, one-bedroom, and two-bedroom apartments. Please visit MorningStar at Bear Creek’s website to learn more about our dedicated and compassionate dementia care.  We consider it an honor to walk alongside the memory-impaired (and their families) on this unexpected journey.

MorningStar at Bear Creek embodies the very best in senior living with a distinct mission statement of “to honor, to serve, to invest” that sets us apart from other senior living communities.  With a foundation built on honoring God, valuing seniors and investing in a staff with a felt calling to serve, we offer loving, compassionate care within a beautiful home-like setting.  Please set up a tour to see for yourself our unique approach to dementia care.  

 

MorningStar at Arrowhead Offers Individualized, Compassionate Memory Care

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At MorningStar at Arrowhead, we proudly offer the Glendale/Peoria area the finest assisted living and memory care.  As experienced specialists in caring for those with memory loss from Alzheimer’s or other dementia-related diseases, our community is equipped to care for residents from the onset of the disease right through to the most advanced stages.

When a memory care resident joins our community, we spend time with them and their family to learn as much as we can about their life before the memory loss including their talents, vocation, and preferences.  From there, we create a daily care plan based on their needs and designed to stimulate or calm in response to their mood or situation.  We know that whatever the form of dementia, a person’s essence remains and our calling is to find ways to connect with and nurture that essence.

MorningStar’s holistic approach to memory care incorporates some of the most respected research-based care programs available.  We provide an atmosphere of safety and well-being, while at the same time, encourage and support choice and independence whenever possible.  Our residents participate in daily recreational and purposeful activities that include life skills, art, music, and exercise.  They are also included in special events and scheduled outings.  Our comprehensive care also includes assisting families to better understand and cope with the disease.

MorningStar at Arrowhead offers 60 private assisted living suites and 25 secure suites devoted to the specialized care of those with memory loss.  All of our suites are ready to move into and just need your furnishings and personal items to feel like home.  Please contact us for information on pricing and availability.

MorningStar at Arrowhead represents the best in assisted living with a unique mission statement “to honor, to serve, to invest.” We have built our foundation on honoring God, valuing all seniors and selecting staff with a felt calling to serve…all of which contributes to creating a true home for residents amid a beautiful, serene setting. Call to schedule a visit to experience firsthand our beautiful assisted living and memory care community.     

Learn More About MorningStar of Billings’ Assisted Living

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MorningStar of Billings offers a variety of senior living options including independent living, assisted living and memory care.  While memory care is all-inclusive, the cost of an assisted living suite is determined by the level of care the resident requires.

MorningStar’s assisted living has five levels and uses a simple point system, which factors into account the cost and time it takes to provide each service.  Whether it involves help with personal daily care activities such as grooming, bathing and toileting, or medical assistance, we come up with a cumulative score that places you within one of our five levels.

Before an assisted living resident even joins our community, our Wellness Director meets with them and their family to go over their medical history and discuss their needs.  From there, we create a care plan approved by the resident that ensures their comfort and safety.  In addition, we offer daily health monitoring and periodically review a resident’s care plan to make sure it is still up-to-date.

For assisted living and memory care, we provide dedicated 24-hour Care Managers, a CPR-trained staff member on every shift, and a full-time nurse onsite and on call 24-7.  We also have Certified Medication Care Managers, pharmacy services and much more.  For your safety, each room of our suites including the bathroom has an emergency call button.

Our community is located on the west end of Billings, and offers spectaculars views of the Rockies.  We enjoy a country setting in a beautiful, park like neighborhood near shopping and medical facilities.  Please visit our website to learn more.

MorningStar Senior Living of Billings represents the finest in senior living with our unique mission statement “to honor, to serve, to invest.”  With a foundation built on honoring God, valuing our seniors and hiring staff with a felt calling to serve, we provide a true home for residents.  We invite you to schedule a tour to see firsthand our exceptional independent living, assisted living and memory care.

 

Family Members Sing Our Praises

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At MorningStar at Bear Creek, we feel privileged to serve those who are suffering from Alzheimer’s and other forms of dementia and strive each day to find ways to elevate and celebrate their lives.  We accomplished this through the efforts of an extraordinary team of individuals with a felt calling to serve who are gratified to hear our residents’ families tell us how pleased they are to have their loved ones in our care.

As one family member of a former resident writes, “A family member was a resident of MorningStar Memory Care at Bear Creek before his recent death, and he was very happy there. As happy as he could be in his condition. He enjoyed the music, the bus rides, and other activities. He enjoyed being able to sit in the courtyard, and go where he wanted to within reason. There is a feeling of openness about the place, unlike so many other facilities where there is a small, ward-like atmosphere. I appreciate the very caring staff, the good food, and the way they were so kind and respectful to him.”

Another family member of a resident explains that she has been very satisfied with MorningStar at Bear Creek and so has her family member.  She goes on to say “The physical location is kept very clean, and the maintenance person always seems to be walking the area looking it over. The decor is nice, and the units are kept clean. The social activities programs are great. There are outings, and flower arranging classes, and music programs. The people who run the facility seem willing to make changes when that improves things for the residents.”

Another resident’s daughter wrote, “This facility is absolutely beautiful and well run. The management team works well together and supports one another for the good of everyone. The food is delicious and there is always something fun going on! My mom absolutely loves calling Bear Creek her home!”  She finishes by exclaiming, “This is definitely the best memory care facility in town!”

As one of the area’s premier dementia care communities, MorningStar at Bear Creek cares for seniors with mild to advanced stages of Alzheimer’s and other forms of dementia.  We have 48 suites that include a configuration of floor plans from studios to one- and two-bedroom apartments along with the amenities and services to assure your loved ones’ comfort, safety and wellbeing.

MorningStar at Bear Creek embodies the very best in senior living with a distinct mission statement of “to honor, to serve, to invest” that sets us apart from other senior living communities.  With a foundation built on honoring God, valuing seniors and investing in a staff with a felt calling to serve, we offer loving, compassionate care within a beautiful home-like setting.  Please set up a tour to see for yourself our unique approach to dementia care.  

Moving to a Senior Living Community

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At MorningStar at Arrowhead, we recognize for many seniors that change can be both difficult and challenging.  While moving to an assisted living community may be the best decision for the person and their family, this doesn’t mean there won’t be a transition period.

Many seniors mistakenly think touring senior living communities, deciding on one, figuring out budget considerations, and perhaps selling the family home is the most difficult part of moving to community living.  However, experts report it can typically take anywhere between 30 to 90 days before a senior feels comfortable in their new home, but there are few things that can be done to help the process go more smoothly.

To start with it is important to make sure your loved one’s new home is filled with familiar and beloved objects such as personal photos, books, and knick-knacks.  As the new resident, you should try to keep a positive attitude toward the move and be a good sport about joining community activities and socializing with others.  After all making new friends can make all the difference in the world.  Furthermore, remember the staff is there to help and will be more than glad to answer all of your questions.

As a family member, be open to listening to your loved one’s fears and concerns.  While you will want to visit, be sure not to be “too supportive” as the senior needs to find their own way in their new home.  Experts say it is also important to not waste time feeling guilty about moving your loved one into an assisted living.  Remember it is a safe place for them to find comfort, wellness and community.  Please visit MorningStar at Arrowhead to learn more about the area’s finest senior living.

MorningStar at Arrowhead represents the best in senior living with a unique mission statement “to honor, to serve, to invest.” We have built our foundation on honoring God, valuing all seniors and selecting staff with a felt calling to serve…all of which contributes to creating a true home for residents amid a beautiful, serene setting. Call to schedule a visit to our exceptional community.

 

Balance Exercises May Help Prevent Falls

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It is important for older adults to take precautions to prevent fall as the resulting injuries tend to be more serious such as a broken hip or head trauma.  However doctors also point out that being sedentary is bad for our health regardless of how old we are and it is important to keep moving.

The National Council on Aging (NCOA) reports that one out of every four Americans aged 65 and older falls every year but say there are things that seniors can do to help prevent a fall.  The trick is to find a way to safely move about while taking into account any balance issues you may experience.

As many adults are less active as they get older, it can exacerbate the physical effects of aging. Experts say, “Failure to engage in even mild exercise on a regular basis results in reduced muscle strength, decreased bone mass, loss of balance and coordination, and reduced flexibility.”  Other issues that can lead to falls include poor eyesight and taking medications with side-effects such as drowsiness, dizziness and low blood pressure.  Chronic health conditions including Parkinson’s, Alzheimer’s and arthritis as well as problems with numbness in the feet can also increase the risk of falls.

The good news is there are a variety of easy-to-do balance-training exercises that can help seniors improve their balance. Even if you rely on a cane or other assistive devices, balance exercise can improve your mobility.  While many independent and assisted living communities such as MorningStar of Billings offer a variety of exercises which can help with balance, there are also exercises that can be done throughout the day right at home.  One example is to try standing on one foot while close to the kitchen counter.  If you need, keep your hand on the counter for support and as you feel more confident try taking your hand off.   Another thing you can do is to try and get up from a chair without using your arms.

MorningStar Senior Living of Billings represents the finest in senior living with our unique mission statement “to honor, to serve, to invest.”  With a foundation built on honoring God, valuing our seniors and hiring staff with a felt calling to serve, we provide a true home for residents.  We invite you to schedule a tour to see firsthand our exceptional independent living, assisted living and memory care. 

Source: agingcare.com/articles/falls-in-elderly-people-133953.htm