Sharing Fun, Meaningful Activities and Special Events

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At MorningStar at Arrowhead, our residents and staff work hand-in-hand to create a loving, warm community. Part of our family-like atmosphere comes from making memories and celebrating life’s special moments together. Each month our calendar is filled with daily activities as well as an array of special programs.

To help raise awareness for the memory-impaired, our community recently took part in the Alzheimer’s Association’s “Longest Day of the Year – Up with Hope, Up with Awareness, Up with Compassion” event on June 20th. Residents were encouraged to wear purple in recognition of the sunrise-to-sunset daylong affair. Our Uplifting Day of FunRaising started with a Purple Pancake Breakfast (flapjacks topped with brain enhancing blueberries and blueberry smoothies). From there we had a bake sale featuring tasty creations by our residents, and then followed with an Art Show & Sale. We also did a commemorative purple planting in honor of our memory-impaired residents and finished up the day with a viewing of the award-winning movie, “Up.”

Other examples of activities and special events at MorningStar in the month of June included outings to area places such as the Black Bear Diner, Cabin Coffee, Cabela’s, and Casino Arizona. Some of our themed days in June included Timberland Tea Time, Tin Can Shootout and Fishin’ for Fun!

If carefree retirement years amid beautiful surroundings, resort-style amenities, and fun-filled and meaningful activities sound good, MorningStar at Arrowhead is the place for you. We encourage you to schedule a visit to our community to find out for yourself why our residents are proud to call it home.

MorningStar at Arrowhead represents the finest in senior living with our unique mission statement “to honor, to serve, to invest.” Built on a foundation of honoring God, valuing our seniors and hiring staff with a felt calling to serve, we provide a true home for our residents. Please contact us to schedule a visit to experience firsthand the area’s best senior living in the Glendale AZ area.

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The Alzheimer’s Association’s List of 10 Warning Signs

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The Alzheimer’s Association’s website is loaded with the most up-to the-date information regarding all the various aspects of Alzheimer’s disease.   Part of their extensive information includes a check list of 10 early warning signs of the disease.  This is important to know as an early diagnosis allows someone an opportunity to seek treatment and to make plans for the future.  While everyone’s journey is different, they recommend if you or a loved one is exhibiting signs of memory loss, to consult with a doctor.

The first sign of Alzheimer’s as stated by the Association is memory loss that disrupts a person’s daily life. This is the most common sign of Alzheimer’s, especially in the early stages.  Examples include forgetting important dates or events as well as recently learned information.

The second sign is experiencing difficulties in developing a plan or working with numbers.  It may affect everyday tasks such as balancing a checkbook or keeping track of monthly bills.

Next they cite new problems that develop in completing familiar tasks around the home, at work or leisure.  The person experiences difficulties when driving to a familiar location, managing a budget or remembering the rules of a favorite game.

Fourth on the Alzheimer’s Association’s list is signs of confusion regarding time and place.  Examples include losing track of dates and what time of the year it is as well as forgetting where they are or how they got there.

Another sign of Alzheimer’s is problems understanding visual images and spatial relationships. This can mean difficulty reading, judging distances and determining color or contrast.  Further along in the disease, a person may not recognize their own reflection.

The sixth sign on their list includes experiencing new problems with words when speaking or writing.  Another sign is misplacing things and not having the ability to retrace their steps.  People suffering from Alzheimer’s disease may put things in unusual places.

The eighth sign includes decreased or poor judgment such as giving away large amounts of money to fraudulent causes or paying less attention to grooming habits.  The ninth sign stated by the Association is withdrawing from work or social activities.  Last on the list is a significant change in mood and personality.  People with the disease can become confused, suspicious, depressed, fearful or anxious.  Please see the Alzheimer’s Association’s website for the complete details on the early warning signs of the disease.

Our post is for information purposes only and should not be used as a substitute for seeking medical advice.

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_10_signs_of_alzheimers.asp?type=alzFooter#signs

What is “Assisted Living?”

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Many people mistakenly assume that “assisted living” is just another term for nursing homes. In fact, nursing homes are intended for people that require long-term, around-the-clock medical care and supervision and should not be confused with assisted living, which provides residents support for daily care activities. At an assisted living community, you will receive the care you need to live comfortably and safely while still retaining your privacy and as much independence as possible.

Assisted living is ideal for anyone who does not require 24-hour skilled medical care but rather just needs more personal care than they can get at home or at an independent living retirement community. Meals and transportation are provided, and if needed, residents can get help with activities such as showering dressing, and etc. For the family, they rest easy knowing that a trained, caring staff is available to help whenever a loved one needs it.

Many assisted living communities offer the privacy of individual suites, while also providing their residents with the security and safety of 24-hour support and quick access to care. In addition communities generally provide residents the opportunity to participate in social and recreation activities along with wellness programs. Residents usually eat their meals in a communal dining room and have housekeeping and laundry services available.

If you would like to see what one of the best assisted living communities in the greater Phoenix area offers, we invite you to take a look at the gorgeous MorningStar Assisted Living and Memory Care at Arrowhead. Our community provides various levels of assistance with daily living activities as determined after a thorough assessment with our Wellness Director and in agreement with the senior and their extended family. For all of our residents, MorningStar’s around-the-clock Care Managers are there to meet needs and to ensure the utmost safety.

MorningStar at Arrowhead represents the finest in senior living with our unique mission statement “to honor, to serve, to invest.” Built on a foundation of honoring God, valuing our seniors and hiring staff with a felt calling to serve, we provide a true home for our residents. Please contact us to schedule a visit to experience firsthand the area’s best senior living in the Glendale AZ area.

Eye Care Recommendations from the Experts

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The American Academy of Ophthalmology recommends that “adults with no signs or risk factors for eye disease should receive a baseline comprehensive eye evaluation at age 40. Individuals without risk factors aged 40 to 54 should be examined by an ophthalmologist every 2 to 4 years. Individuals without risk factors aged 55 to 64 should be examined by an ophthalmologist every 1 to 3 years.” They add that seniors 65 years and older without risk factors should be examined by an ophthalmologist every 1 to 2 years as the incidence of unrecognized ocular disease increases with age.

Since many age-related eye problems do not exhibit early symptoms, getting regular eye exams and being aware of any changes to your vision is critical. In addition it is important to remember that other health problems such as diabetes and hypertension as well as some medication can cause eye-related issues.

Your exam should include a check of your vision, coordination of eye muscles, peripheral vision, pupil response to light and color testing. Also the doctor will examine your eyelid inside and out along with the interior and back of the eye. A measurement of your eye fluid pressure will also be done that consists of a puff of air onto the eye with an instrument called a tonometer.   This is used to check for glaucoma and other diseases.

Furthermore, you may be monitored for Age-Related Macular Degeneration (AMD) disease. This test includes trying to detect and monitor conditions affecting the macula by examining the back of your eye using special instruments. If you do not already have an eye doctor, see your health care provider for a referral.

This post is intended for informational purposes only. Please consult with your health care provider if you notice any changes in your vision.

MorningStar at Arrowhead represents the finest in senior living with our unique mission statement “to honor, to serve, to invest.” Built on a foundation of honoring God, valuing our seniors and hiring staff with a felt calling to serve, we provide a true home for our residents. Please contact us to schedule a visit to experience firsthand the area’s best senior living in the Glendale AZ area.

Source: http://www.aao.org/clinical-statement/frequency-of-ocular-examinations–november-2009

Art Therapy – An Effective Way to Help Those with Alzheimer’s

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Research shows that art therapy can be an effective tool when caring for those with Alzheimer’s. While the disease robs people of many of their faculties, studies indicate that artistic ability is not one of them, and in fact, may help to stimulate the brain. Experts suggest that creative expression can revive memories and be used to encourage a form of communication that is especially important for those who have lost their ability to speak.

The website, Medical Daily, published an article that explains how art therapy can be used to offer Alzheimer’s patients a new way to communicate. They quote Dr. Daniel Potts, a neurologist and dementia specialist in Alabama, who states that, “Art therapy is helpful for dementia and Alzheimer’s patients because it enables an individual who is having trouble communicating to bypass the language problems they may be having and communicate and express themselves in a different way.” Dr. Potts adds that art therapy can help to “reroute” communication pathways away from traditional means and may even bypass some of the other problems of dementia by drawing on different regions of the brain.

At MorningStar Memory Care at Bear Creek, we understand the importance of art in the lives of our residents, and as such, part of our team includes an art therapist. Debbie Wilson specializes in working with and drawing out those with cognitive impairment. As Debbie so aptly puts it, “it is pure joy for me to bring back the light in their eyes.” Contact us to learn more about our exceptional community and programs.

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: medicaldaily.com/art-therapy-and-dementia-how-creativity-helps-unlock-alzheimers-patients-thoughts-and-fears-254301

Seniors Enjoy the Benefits of Senior Living Communities

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As it turns out, many seniors are quite happy with their decision to move into an independent senior living or assisted living community. In part, that may be due to the fact that typically today’s senior communities are loaded with numerous amenities and activities. As a resident, you are provided with a lifestyle of comfort and community as well as a sense of safety and security.

When seniors move out of their family home into a senior community, they find themselves freed from lots of responsibilities. Owning a home requires routine care and maintenance such as mowing lawns, shoveling snow, pulling weeds, and other housekeeping chores.

Furthermore, seniors often live alone and experience feelings of loneliness and isolation. Also as people age, many are reluctant to drive, which means they end up spending a lot of time at home by themselves. This is something that is not a problem in senior living communities. While activities are optional, there is generally something of interest for everyone.

For seniors who do not drive anymore, senior living communities usually offer some form of transportation. In addition many communities routinely schedule day trips to activities such as plays, museums, shopping malls or other events.

We also know that many seniors who live alone do not eat well. In some cases, preparing food has become more difficult as well as grocery shopping. Most assisted living communities make healthy, nutritious food a priority and serve residents three daily meals. This is especially important for residents with dietary restrictions as most diets are accommodated.

Another frequently overlooked benefit of seniors moving into senior living communities is they do not need to depend on their grown children or other family members as they did when living on their own. This allows both parties to just enjoy one another again. Grown children no longer find themselves in the position of have to parent their parent as the senior is getting needs meet at their “new home.”

Finally we cannot forget the importance of socializing and making new friends at any age. Even for individuals who value their privacy, there is still the comfort of having other people around. If the event of a fall or medical emergency, help is always close at hand for residents at an assisted living community.

At MorningStar Assisted Living and Memory Care at Arrowhead, we offer residents a safe and secure place to age in place and to enjoy our many amenities and activities. Contact us to schedule a tour and discover for yourself why our residents are happy to call MorningStar’s senior community “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:aplaceformom.com/blog/why-seniors-prefer-senior-living-communities/

What Sets Our Community Apart from Others?

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For everyone involved, a diagnosis of Alzheimer’s or a dementia-related disease is heart wrenching. As a family, you are faced with many difficult decisions and that includes deciding what type of living arrangements will best suit your loved one.

At MorningStar Memory Care at Bear Creek, we offer families one of the best memory care communities in the country. So what is it that sets us apart from other senior living memory care communities? To start with Bear Creek was specifically designed to serve the needs of those suffering from memory impairment diseases. Set amongst the picturesque foothills of the Rockies, our community is built to allow residents the freedom to explore their expansive surroundings while at the same time ensuring their safety.

When people visit Bear Creek for the first time, they are impressed with the homey, comfortable atmosphere of our community. Unlike many facilities that consist of a series of long sterile hallways, our community is designed to preserve the freedom of residents and adeptly addresses the dispositions and behaviors of those with Alzheimer’s and dementia. Our large 38,000 square feet facility is built on a figure-eight plan that lets residents freely wonder about while ensuring they always find their way back to an inviting, common area. In addition our community includes a gorgeous gathering area complete with a vaulted ceiling, exposed beams, and a double-sided hearth.

However beyond all of our beautiful well-designed surroundings, Bear Creek is most proud of our caring and loving staff. Our mission is to provide an environment where our residents feel truly at home.

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.