The Importance of Seniors Staying Hydrated

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According to the Mayo Clinic, the elderly are among one of the groups of people that are more susceptible to dehydration. They cite the following reasons for this including the fact that a senior’s ability to conserve water is lessened while at the same time they experience a diminished sense of thirst. Furthermore, a senior’s capacity to respond to changes in temperature is reduced and many do not adept well to extremely hot or cold weather. These issues are often compounded by the prevalence of chronic diseases such as diabetes, heart failure, dementia and kidney problems. There are even certain medications that can contribute to the elderly being more susceptible to dehydration.

As we age our kidneys’ lose some of their ability to concentrate urine and retain water during episodes of fluid deprivation. Also a reduced sensation of thirst means that many seniors forget to drink enough fluids throughout the day. Moreover disorders such as Parkinson’s disease and dementia can create swallowing problems that make it more difficult to drink. Other factors that can contribute to dehydration include a decrease in mobility and incontinence.

The dangers of dehydration are many and often results in emergency visits and hospitalization and have even been associated with increased mortality rates in the elderly. Additionally it is related to a range of health issues such as falling, constipation, and impaired cognition and confusion.

So what steps should you take to ensure you or your loved one stays hydrated? Experts advise that every time you take a pill to drink a full glass of water. Also have healthy fluids readily available throughout the day and avoid sugar-laden drinks as well as salty foods.

This post is intended for informational purposes only. Please contact your health care provider with any questions or concerns you have regarding your health.

MorningStar at Bear Creek is a memory care community that uses progressive methods to palliate symptoms and revive joy. Our foundation is built on honoring God, valuing our seniors and hiring staff with a felt calling to serve, and is devoted to creating a true home for residents within a serene setting. Please contact us to schedule a visit to experience firsthand our loving community.

Sources: mayoclinic.org/diseases-conditions/dehydration/basics/risk-factors/con-20030056

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The Area’s Leader in Dementia Care

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It is currently estimated that 5.4 million Americans have Alzheimer’s disease and researchers are working hard to try to understand the disease. In fact according to the Alzheimer’s Association, “ninety percent of what we know about Alzheimer’s has been discovered in the last 15 years.” A clearer understanding of the disease offers a path to better treatments and care for those afflicted.

At MorningStar Memory Care at Bear Creek, our program provides exceptional care to our residents, and as such, has been designated by the Alzheimer’s Association for “Recognized Leaders in Dementia Care.” To receive this honor, a senior living community must have at least 75% of its staff complete eight-hours of training. Topics in the program include brain pathology and communication techniques as well as methods to help lessen agitation without the use of drugs. The Colorado Alzheimer’s Association is the only chapter in the country thus far to offer the program, and we are proud to be recognized for our expertise.

In addition to the exceptional program we provide for our special residents, Bear Creek is a leading resource in dementia care for the Colorado Springs area. Both professionals and families are pleased to have the opportunity to take part in our eight-hour dementia care course. The program is sanctioned by the Alzheimer’s Association and is offered free of charge (others charge as much as $1500 for similar training). In recognition of our outreach and support to the community, we have received the “Alzheimer’s Association Leader in Dementia Care” award.

Our gorgeous and serene Bear Creek community provides individualized memory care for those with mild to advanced stages of Alzheimer’s disease and other forms of dementia. We have 48 suites with a choice of studio, one-bedroom, and two-bedroom apartments.

MorningStar at Bear Creek is a memory care community that uses progressive methods to palliate symptoms and revive joy. Our foundation is built on honoring God, valuing our seniors and hiring staff with a felt calling to serve, and is devoted to creating a true home for residents within a serene setting. Please contact us to schedule a visit to experience firsthand our loving community.

Source:alz.org/alzheimers_disease_what_is_alzheimers.asp

 

Assisted Living Offers Comfort and Security to Seniors

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Assisted Living is a new paradigm in wellness and engagement, and is built on a European social model. It is designed for seniors who do not require 24-hour nursing care but rather just need a little assistance with daily living. An assisted living community provides a secure and comfortable environment that lets you or your loved one age in place. Furthermore, it gives family members peace of mind knowing that their elderly parent or relative is receiving the care they need.

Many communities offer a range of amenities that include private suites, libraries, theater, fitness centers as well as creative and wellness programs. Some of the services typically provided by assisted living communities are daily meals, medication management, help with bathing and dressing and transportation. With a home-like atmosphere, seniors have the opportunity for companionship and to develop new friendships and interests.

Assisted living can also provide a safer option for many seniors than living alone as help is much closer at hand. According to the National Institute of Health, “More than one in three people age 65 years or older falls each year. The risk of falling — and fall-related problems — rises with age.” In fact, over 1.6 million U.S. seniors go to emergency rooms for fall-related injuries every year.

At MorningStar Assisted Living and Memory Care at Arrowhead, we think seniors are a national treasure and they deserve to be treated with the utmost dignity and respect. Our beautiful community offers a choice of 60 well-appointed, private assisted living suites on two levels. In addition our Reflections Neighborhood has 25 suites devoted to the specialized care of residents with memory impairment. Please give us a call so we can help you find your new home.

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 our seniors and hiring staff with a felt calling to serve to create a true home for residents amid a beautiful, serene setting. To experience firsthand the finest senior living in the Phoenix area, contact us to schedule a tour.

Source:nihseniorhealth.gov/falls/aboutfalls/01.html

Lifestyle Changes that Improves Brain Health

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While scientists have known for some time that as we age our brains shrink, a few years ago a report was published that for the first time provided evidence of certain risk factors which can contribute to a reduction in brain size.  However the good news is that since these risk factors are generally controllable; we can make changes to our lifestyle that will not only improve our physical health be also help to delay a decline in our brain volume.

The study, from the University of California, Davis, reported that there are four risk factors associated with a faster decline in brain function including: high blood pressure, diabetes, cigarette smoking and being overweight or obese.  The 1,352 participants were an average age of 54 years at the start of the study and did not have any signs of dementia.  All of them were part of the Framingham Offspring Cohort Study (the children of the participants of the original Framingham Heart Study).

The researcher’s results proved similar to those of earlier studies, which indicate a strong link to the fact that “damage to the cardiovascular system is associated with cognitive decline and increased risk of dementia.”  Although we know that smoking, high blood pressure, obesity and diabetes increase the chance of cardiovascular-system damage; these are all controllable factors that can be addressed through medications and lifestyle changes.

The Alzheimer’s Association reminds us that while we cannot change risk factors such as age, family history and heredity, most experts agree that Alzheimer’s disease occurs as a result of complex interactions.  They state that, “Research is beginning to reveal clues about other risk factors we may be able to influence through general lifestyle and wellness choices and effective management of other health conditions.”

This post is intended for informational purposes only.  Please contact your health care provider with any questions or concerns you have regarding your health.

MorningStar at Bear Creek is a memory care community that uses progressive methods to palliate symptoms and revive joy.  Our foundation is built on honoring God, valuing our seniors and hiring staff with a felt calling to serve, and is devoted to creating a true home for residents within a serene setting.  Please contact us to schedule a visit to experience firsthand our loving community.

Source:healthland.time.com/2011/08/03/study-4-factors-that-may-shrink-your-brain/

 

How to Find the Best Assisted Living Community

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Searching for an assisted living community for yourself or a parent can feel like an overwhelming task. We know you want to make the best choice and there are a couple of things you may want to consider before you take such an important step.

First, you will want to research the various options in your preferred area. The Internet is an efficient and easy way to discover what is out there, and you will find several websites that offer a search directory of facilities. Also you can check with your health care provider for any recommendations they may have.

Once you have narrowed down your list to several communities in your target location, give them a call to set up a tour. While on the phone, have a list of questions handy such as are there immediate openings available, and if not, how long is the wait, the price range and what will you see on the tour as well as how much time it will take.

A community tour is your best opportunity to get a real feel for the place. You want your future home to have a caring and warm staff and residents that are friendly. If you are looking for assisted living for a family member that is not very mobile, you can tour a few and narrow down the selections so they only tour the top choices. The Caring.com website has a checklist available for researching and touring a community that you may find helpful.

At MorningStar Assisted Living and Memory Care at Arrowhead, the thing we brag the most about is our atmosphere of love and community that is built on one relationship at a time. We are conveniently located on the north side of Glendale, just northeast of Sun City in the northwestern part of the Phoenix Valley, and offer a choice of 60 private assisted living suites on two levels. Our Reflection Neighborhood has secure 25 suites devoted to the individualized, specialized care of residents with memory impairment. Please call us for more details.

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 our seniors and hiring staff with a felt calling to serve to create a true home for residents amid a beautiful, serene setting. To experience firsthand the finest senior living in the Phoenix area, contact us to schedule a tour.

Source: caring.com/articles/assisted-living-facilities-choosing-the-right-one

An Integrated Approach to Memory Care

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Over the last several decades, there has been an increased awareness of Alzheimer’s and other dementia-related diseases.  Along with efforts to develop medications to treat or to cure the disease, there has also been a move to advance best care practices for those suffering from the disease.

In a recent publication from the Alzheimer’s Association titled the “Dementia Care Practice Recommendations for Assisted Living Residences and Nursing Homes,” they explore ways that professional caregiving can be more effective.  Their first recommendation is to make sure a resident is receiving proper food and fluid consumption.  They note that “Inadequate consumption or inappropriate food and fluid choices can contribute directly to a decline in a resident’s health and well-being.”

The next point they discuss is pain management.  They cite the fact that many times people with dementia have trouble communicating pain so it is often overlooked and not treated.  However, the problem with not managing pain appropriately is that it can “result in behavioral symptoms and lead to unnecessary use of psychotropic medications.”

Another important practice recommendation from the report is that assisted living facilities provide social engagement and meaningful activities for memory care residents.  By engaging in activities, it helps residents to retain their functional abilities and thus provides a better quality of life.   These interactions should be designed to do with residents, not to or for them.

If you are a family member searching for quality memory care for your loved one, we encourage you to take a look at MorningStar Memory Care at Bear Creek.  We have 48 secure suites devoted to the specialized care of individuals with Alzheimer’s or other forms of dementia.  Set within a gentle, loving environment, our care takes a resident-directed approach that utilizes multi-sensory cues to calm and to awaken memories, to support capabilities and, above all, to affirm dignity and value.

MorningStar at Bear Creek is a memory care community that uses progressive methods to palliate symptoms and revive joy.  Our foundation is built on honoring God, valuing our seniors and hiring staff with a felt calling to serve, and is devoted to creating a true home for residents within a serene setting.  Please contact us to schedule a visit to experience firsthand our loving community.

Source:alz.org/national/documents/brochure_DCPRphases1n2.pdf

MorningStar at Arrowhead – Exciting Times

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It has been an exciting eight months since our VIP Grand Opening Reception and Ribbon-cutting Ceremony at MorningStar Assisted Living and Memory Care at Arrowhead. Here are a few of the happenings since our opening:

We are proud to have received Honorable Mention in the 2016 Environments for Aging Design Showcase. From hundreds of entries nationwide and intense review by a panel of 20 jurors, MorningStar was one of only four projects found worthy of Honorable Mention, with one additional project capturing the Award of Merit.

  • Our newly acquired house dog Tallulah has grown up fast and at eight months is now 40lbs. She is the cutest, most adorable Golden Doodle and quite spoiled by our residents and staff alike!
  • Last month we partnered with Sun City Vintage Cars to bring the First Annual Vintage Car Show to MorningStar at Arrowhead. Residents and guests enjoyed viewing the classic cars as well as the open air dancing to the music of the Beach Boys.
  • Our monthly activity calendars continue to offer something for everyone. A quick look at the Assisted Living calendar for May shows a month packed with activities including church service, coffee time, bridge club, bingo, crafty creations, afternoon matinee, happy hour, bowling and much, much more. And the memory care calendar is just as full offering fun and entertainment such as trivia, wacky word games, and a Mother’s Day tea.

Please see our website or contact us to schedule a tour to understand why our residents are happy to call MorningStar at Arrowhead “home.”

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 our seniors and hiring staff with a felt calling to serve to create a true home for residents amid a beautiful, serene setting. To experience firsthand the finest senior living in the Phoenix area, contact us to schedule a tour.