Learn More About Macular Degeneration

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The National Eye Institute states that age-related macular degeneration is the leading cause of visual loss in America.  According to their statics, close to 2.1 million people 50 years and older had macular degeneration in 2010.  That number is expected to more than double by 2050.  The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) say approximately 6.5 percent of Americans age 40 and above have some degree of the disease.

Age-related macular degeneration (AMD) occurs most often after age 60 and causes loss in the center of the field of vision. The two types of macular degeneration include dry macular degeneration that causes the center of the retina to begin to deteriorate.  In wet macular degeneration, new blood vessels grow beneath the retina and leak blood and fluid.  Unusually fuzzy or distorted vision is one symptom and the dry form (85 to 90 percent of AMD cases) is more common than the wet form.  Wet macular degeneration typically leads to more serious vision loss.

The degeneration of the macula affects our ability to read, recognize faces, drive, and many other visual tasks that requires us to see fine detail.  As the condition progresses, the areas of blurred vision may increase and blank spots may appear.

The good news is that patients with dry AMD are less likely to go blind than in the past with today’s treatment options that include a specific combination of high-dose vitamins and minerals.  Dr. Peter Campbell, a retina specialist, says that “Prompt recognition of macular degeneration is important to avoid it advancing to the point where failing central vision means people can no longer recognize faces.”  The most important advice he gives is for people over 60 to get regular eye exams.  Risks for the disease include age, smoking and family history.

At MorningStar at Bear Creek, we are dedicated to providing one of the best Alzheimer homes in the area.  Our community has 48 suites for the individualized care of those suffering from dementia, and in addition, we are a resource for families in the Colorado Springs area dealing with Alzheimer’s.  At Bear Creek, we lovingly care for seniors from the onset of the disease right through to the most advanced stages.

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 embodies the very best in Alzheimer homes with a distinct mission statement of “to honor, to serve, to invest”.  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 exceptional community.

 

Source:

health.usnews.com/health-care/patient-advice/articles/2018-02-23/macular-degeneration-managing-this-vision-condition

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We Proudly Welcome Veterans to MorningStar at Arrowhead

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MorningStar Assisted Living & Memory Care at Arrowhead proudly welcomes veterans to our community.  Throughout all of MorningStar’s communities, we are privileged to have veterans from all five branches of military service call us home.

Whenever we hear that veterans or families of vets are interested in our community, we are pleased to direct them to local resources that can help to ease and quicken the application process for “Aid & Attendance”. This is a monthly benefit payment allocated by the U.S. Department of Veteran Affairs to certain wartime veterans and their survivors who qualify for financial need and have a doctor’s order for regular assistance with daily living activities.

Additional qualifications for the vets include having served at least 90 days of active duty, of which at least one day was spent serving during a period of a foreign war.  Also, the vet must not have been dishonorably discharged.  The Aid & Attendance benefit does not require the vet to have served overseas, seen combat or retired from the military.  For surviving spouses to be eligible for the benefit, they must have been married to the vet at the time of their death and never remarried.

MorningStar at Arrowhead is dedicated to providing the finest senior living Peoria AZ and Glendale AZ has to offer.  Our community has 60 private assisted living suites on two levels, with spacious studio, one-bedroom and two-bedroom floor plans. In addition, our Reflections Neighborhood offers 25 secure suites devoted to the individualized care of those with memory impairment from Alzheimer’s and other dementia-related diseases. Contact us to learn more about the Aid & Attendance benefit and our exceptional community.

MorningStar at Arrowhead represents the finest in senior living with our unique mission statement “to honor, to serve, to invest.” Arrowhead’s foundation is built on honoring God, valuing all seniors and selecting staff with a felt calling to serve, all directed at creating a true home for our residents. Contact us to schedule a tour to fully experience the finest senior living Peoria AZ and the surrounding area has to offer.

Help Prevent the Spread of Colds and Flu

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At MorningStar of Billings, the health and wellbeing of our residents is our first priority. Along with offering a whole range of wellness programs and activities and delicious healthy meals, we provide all of the services residents need to feel their best.

One thing we have already done to keep our community healthy is to host our annual Flu Shot Clinic in early November.  If for some reason you have not gotten your flu shot yet, the CDC says it is not too late as the worst of the flu season is typically from December to February.  Please keep in mind that the 2017 flu season was one of the worst on record and had the highest death toll in decades.  The U.S. Surgeon General, Jerome Adams, MD, said an estimated 80,000 Americans died of flu and about 900,000 were hospitalized with complications.

Above and beyond getting your flu shot, there are some things you can do to avoid spreading colds and the flu throughout the community.  Experts advise washing your hands thoroughly and often and do not forget to wash between your fingers, your fingernails and the back of your hands.  They say plain soap is fine, just wash for at least 20 seconds.  If you are unable to wash your hands, have a hand sanitizer available. When coughing or sneezing, use tissues to cover and catch the droplets to help prevent spreading germs.  Also avoid touching your eyes, nose and mouth.

Furthermore avoid contact with people who are ill and discourage family members to visit if they have a cold or other signs of illness.  If you are ill, keep your distance from others and wash your hands frequently.  Also drinking lots of liquids can help prevent illnesses as well as help you recover if you are sick.

MorningStar Senior Living of Billings represents the finest in senior living with our unique mission statement “to honor, to serve, to invest.”  Our foundation is built on honoring God, valuing our seniors and hiring staff with a felt calling to serve in order to provide a true home for residents.  Please visit our website to set up a tour to see firsthand why we are one of Billings’ best senior living facilities.  

Source:

usatoday.com/story/news/nation/2018/09/27/surgeon-general-jerome-adams-influenza-americans-flu-shot-vaccine/1440838002/

Glendale Senior Living at its Best

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While our website has a whole gallery of photos of our beautiful, welcoming home, we still don’t think that all the pictures in the world can express the the real essence of MorningStar Assisted Living & Memory Care at Arrowhead.  This is why we encourage anyone interested in our community to set up a tour to see why residents are proud to call MorningStar home and to experience firsthand the “love and sincerity in the air.”

We make it easy to schedule a visit and even provide advice on how to get the most out your time with us.  Use the link on our home page to provide us with your contact info and someone from our team will be in touch with you to schedule a day and time that is convenient for you.

While we are excited to know you are interested in finding out more about our Glendale senior living community and will tailor the tour to your priorities, we ask that you set aside at least 45 minutes to get a full idea of what we are about.  In addition you are more than welcome to join us for lunch and experience our daily culinary delights (please let us know when you set up the tour) and if so, plan to be here for around 90 minutes total.

Before you come in, we encourage you to browse through our website to learn more about MorningStar at Arrowhead as well as to take a look at some of the resources we offer families.  Our FAQ’s provide answers to many questions but if you do not find the information you need, be sure to write it down so you remember to ask us when you take your tour.

MorningStar at Arrowhead represents the best in Glendale 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.

Tips for Touring an Assisted Living Community

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Just as MorningStar at Arrowhead encourages anyone interested in our community to schedule a tour, so do most other assisted living communities.   This is because you cannot really get an idea of what a community looks like or feels like without seeing it in person.

In addition to wanting your loved one to be happy in their new “home,” your priorities most likely include finding a community that is well run, clean, and within your price range.   Experts recommend your first step should be to do some research over the Internet and on the phone.  Narrowing down your choices includes considering things such as how convenient will it be for the family to visit and is it located close to a pharmacy, medical facilities and shopping.  Furthermore, find out if the community is accepting new residents, and if not, you may want to go on their waiting list.

Senior support network Caring.com has a great checklist (it is even printable) of tips to consider for when touring an assisted living community.  To start with, they say you should always listen to your gut instincts.   From the moment you walk through the door, do you get a good feeling?  Regardless of how beautifully decorated, does it feel welcoming and have a home-like atmosphere?  If they offer the service, eat lunch with the residents as it will help to give you a more complete picture of the community.

As the best assisted living Peoria AZ has to offer, MorningStar at Arrowhead in nearby Glendale is proud of each and every aspect of our community.  Not only is our community beautifully decorated and designed for residents’ every comfort and need, but we have a staff that is committed to serving seniors and come to work each day with a smile on their face.  Please visit our website to learn more.

MorningStar at Arrowhead represents the finest in senior living with our unique mission statement “to honor, to serve, to invest.” Arrowhead’s foundation is built on honoring God, valuing all seniors and selecting staff with a felt calling to serve, all directed at creating a true home for our residents. Contact us to schedule a tour to fully experience the finest assisted living Peoria AZ area offers.

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

Tips on How to Help Your Parent Transition to Assisted Living

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We know people react differently to the many challenges we face in our lifetime, so it is no surprise that some individuals have a more difficult time adapting to senior living. Experts surmise that one of the reasons may be is that some seniors end up feeling that the decision was thrust on them, and a decline in their health left them with few choices.

It is important for families to keep in mind that the first few months will probably be the most difficult adjustment period for their loved one.  In fact, once the initial transition is over, studies show that many older adults actually prefer the lifestyle senior living offers.

To assist your loved one with the transition, experts recommend a few things family member can do to help the process along.  They explain that it is especially important during the first few weeks to visit frequently, but also caution against being too protective.  Spending too much time with your loved one during their adjustment period can be counterproductive and may prevent them from adapting on their own.

Another thing that will help is to encourage your parent to participate in the community’s activities.  The more involved they get in the community, the more likely they are to make new friends and start to feel at home.

Also take the time to help them personalize their suite by adding treasured mementos and framed family photos as well as wall art they loved from their last home.  Add in furnishings like a comfy chair and a cozy throw in a color they love.  Furthermore is space is at a premium, consider mounting the TV on a wall.  When helping to decorate, do not forget safety.  Make sure cords are safely tucked away and not in endanger of becoming trip hazards and that pathways are uncluttered and free of objects that could cause a fall.

Visit MorningStar of Billings website to learn more about one of the area’s premium senior assisted living facilities.  Our beautiful community offers independent living, assisted living and memory care.

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 create a true home for residents.  Please set up an appointment to experience firsthand one of the area’s best senior living facilities.      

Source:  assistedliving.com/helping-elderly-aging-parents-adjust-senior-living-01112013/

Learn More About MorningStar at Arrowhead

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If you or your loved one is searching for Glendale senior living, we encourage you to take a look at the best – MorningStar Assisted Living & Memory Care at Arrowhead.  A quick look through our photo gallery will show you our outstanding décor which is a credit to the work of Thoma-Holec Design, the award-winning specialist in senior living interiors.  Although we provide beautiful surroundings and range of resort style amenities and services, our most outstanding feature is a care staff that is genuinely committed to working with seniors.

Before you even move in, we will sit down with you and your family to discuss a care plan that addresses your various needs.  For our assisted living residents, we offer as many as five Care Levels.  Furthermore, as your care is managed and evaluated throughout your stay at our Glendale senior living community, we adjust the level of care as needed.  In addition to the cost of the suite, your monthly fee is determined by a simple point system that takes into account the cost and time of providing each service whether it is help with daily personal activities or medical assistance.  This individualized care plan ensures you get the right amount of assistance as you need it.

For our Reflections Neighborhood memory care residents, our pricing is all-inclusive, regardless of the level of care needed.   Also you should know that our community has the ability to care for residents from the onset of the disease all the way through to the advanced stages.

MorningStar at Arrowhead is comprised of 60 private assisted living suites and 25 suites in our Reflections Neighborhood devoted to those suffering from Alzheimer’s or other dementia-related diseases.  While our website photos may show-off our beautiful home, you need to schedule a tour to see firsthand our loving community.

MorningStar Assisted Living & Memory Care at Arrowhead represents the best in Glendale senior living with a distinct mission statement – “to honor, to serve, to invest.”  Our foundation is built on honoring God, valuing all seniors and selecting staff with a felt calling to serve.  We are dedicated to providing a true home for residents amidst a beautiful, serene setting and invite you to schedule a visit to experience one of the area’s finest senior living communities.