Planning for and Navigating a Senior Move

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The transition into senior living can be a daunting prospect. These senior moves can take both a physical and mental toll on both the moving senior and their support system. Often times, elderly individuals are leaving behind a home with dozens of emotional attachments associated with it. At Senior Lifestyle, we are acutely aware of what a stressful time this can be. To help you through this period, Senior Lifestyle has put together a guide to help both moving seniors and their loved ones.

The decision to undertake a senior move into a Senior Lifestyle community can mean a lot of change, and it’s normal to have some anxiety around that. For that reason, we offer the “Be Our Guest” program, which allows potential residents the chance to “test drive” the lifestyle and our facilities. While staying in a furnished guest apartment, you will be afforded a chance to meet our residents and staff as you participate in all of our programs and events.

If you decide that Senior Lifestyle is right for you, there are several steps you can take to help make the transition as smooth as possible.

Stay Open
Staying open to all of the possibilities in front of you is imperative. A sense of excitement and adventure helps mitigate the stress you will inevitably encounter in your senior move.

This is also important to keep in mind if you are in the support network of a moving senior and are helping with the transition. While the benefits of a senior’s transition may seem obvious to you, you will need to remain receptive to the emotional gravity that can come with this great change.

Moving with Grace
It helps to have familiarity around you when going through any kind of transition. Rather than “starting over” with all new furniture or décor, many of our residents find some comfort in bringing a piece of their old home to their new home. Once you can determine the floorplan of your new living space, you can decide which items to bring with for your senior move.

Loved ones can help greatly in this process as well. Don’t just provide your moving senior with guidelines on what to bring or leave. Actively participate in the selection process if you can; talking things through with your moving loved one can be a great help.

Engage
Senior Lifestyle communities offer a number of activities for our residents. We provide numerous ways for the moving senior to fully embrace their new home and community. Integration is key in a successful transition.

Similarly, we always encourage our residents’ loved ones to come by for visit. However, we also recommend support networks remain sensitive to seniors’ need for independence. Holding hands with a moving senior can be a great comfort, but be sure to allow them the space they need to grow and fully participate in their new community.

No matter which of our six different lifestyle options you or your loved one chooses, a senior move requires patience and adjustment. But if you keep in mind these helpful tips, you’ll be well on your way to enjoying everything Senior Lifestyle has to offer you.

Detecting Alzheimer’s Symptoms & Stages

Posted by in Mind and Spirit, Health and Fitness, Food and Nutrition, Expert Advice, Research.

Alzheimer’s disease, a syndrome that affects the brain and cognitive function, can be a challenging disease to learn about, particularly when considering the devastating effects this disease can have on all those it touches. But knowing Alzheimer’s symptoms and Alzheimer’s stages can help prepare you in case someone you love receives this diagnosis or begins to show signs of Alzheimer’s.

Consider this: The Alzheimer’s Association – the leading voluntary health organization in Alzheimer’s care, support and research – estimates that 5.4 million Americans have the disease. Of those afflicted, 96 percent are older than 65. Taken as a whole, dementia is the sixth leading cause of death in America, killing more people than breast cancer and prostate cancer combined.

Those are frightening numbers that are only expected to grow.

Senior Lifestyle has developed award-winning programs and care to help cope with the effects of the disease. Senior Lifestyle’s memory care and Alzheimer’s care specialists work directly with staff, residents, and their families to ensure residents receive the comprehensive care and attention they deserve.

But the first step is identifying the diseases stages, symptoms and warning signs.

3 Stages of Alzheimer’s
Detecting the progression of Alzhiemer’s can be challenging because the disease affects everyone differently and there is much overlap between Alzheimer’s stages. Generally, experts divide Alzheimer’s into three stages.
1. Mild or Early Stage: Usually lasts 2-4 years; often undetectable, but characterized by frequent memory loss, especially of recent interactions and experiences, losing track of time and becoming lost in formerly familiar locations.
2. Moderate or Middle Stage: Lasts anywhere between 2-10 years; cognitive decline is easily observed; memory continues to decline and family may become less identifiable; memory, reasoning and basic motor skills continues to get worse; mood swings, delusions, aggression and uninhibited behavior may occur.
3. Severe or Late Stage: Usually last 1-3 years; individuals are unable to care for themselves for the most part as symptoms continue to devolve; Basic verbal communication and motor skills are extremely hindered.

10 Alzheimer’s Warning Signs

1. Memory loss that affects daily life
2. Inability to follow directions or solve simple problems.
3. Difficulty completing familiar tasks
4. Becoming disoriented about space and time
5. Trouble with depth perception, colors or reading
6. Problems expressing thoughts in conversation
7. Misplacing things or putting possessions in nonsensical places
8. Poor judgment with money, clothing or grooming
9. Withdrawal from friends and social network
10. Mood swings

Unfortunately, there is no way to totally prevent or cure Alzheimer’s, but research and medicine continue to progress. By recognizing Alzheimer’s symptoms and identifying Alzheimer’s stages, you or your loved ones can start memory care treatment that can temporarily slow signs of the disease and improve quality of life for those afflicted and for their families.

Why We Walk

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Each year, thousands gather across the country to walk to end Alzheimer’s, driven by a similar desire to see this disease brought to an end. As a company, we join the thousands walking because we know we can make a difference.

Senior Lifestyle is committed to supporting those who live, support, care for, and walk alongside those on this journey. Like so many others around the country, our employees are personally impacted by this disease; we are sisters, brothers, daughters and sons of people battling Alzheimer’s. Each dollar we raise and step we take is to honor those who have been touched by this devastating disease. Our participation in the Walk to End Alzheimer’s represents our national commitment to join the fight for better research, care, and support for the over 5 million people in our country diagnosed with this disease.

Senior Lifestyle is a leading national provider of independent living, assisted living, and memory care for seniors. Founded in 1985, Senior Lifestyle is a family-owned company that promotes healthy, happy residents through an unmatched level of service. By engaging a caring team of dedicated professionals, our goal is to continue to be at the forefront of creating fulfilling lifestyles that enrich seniors’ lives today, and tomorrow. Our award-winning programs are recognized for their creativity and innovation in improving the lives of both residents and their families.

We are honored to support the Alzheimer’s Association’s mission and vision of a world without Alzheimer’s. Our goal is to raise $100,000 to support the efforts of the Alzheimer’s Association, to raise awareness for the cause, and to show our support to the residents, families, and communities that call Senior Lifestyle home. We invite you to join our teams at www.alz.org/seniorlifestylewalk to be a part of finding a cure.

Choosing a Retirement Home: How to Choose a Retirement Community for Yourself or a Loved One

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When choosing a retirement home (or any other kind of senior living arrangement), it’s often too easy to feel overwhelmed. With so many options available and with so many factors to consider, our goal is to help you find a starting place so you can learn how to choose a retirement community or other senior care community for yourself or for your loved one.

Your first step is to consider the type of community you or your loved one needs: are you choosing a retirement home with independent living, an assisted living facility or memory care services? Senior Lifestyle offers all three of these lifestyle options. Browse our options for independent living, assisted living and memory care to help you learn how to choose the right retirement community for you. Each category of community provides a variety of amenities, activities, and services to help you ease into new surroundings.

The next aspect you should consider when deciding a retirement community or other senior care community is location. Are you looking to live close to the rest of your family, or would you prefer to be in a new part of the country? With over 100 different locations, you’ll be sure to find a Senior Lifestyle community that suits all of your needs. Whether you are looking to live in the hot and dry southwest, the sunny northeast or anywhere in-between, we have a location that will give you what you’re searching for.

Finally, choosing a retirement home or other elder care facility means finding the one with the best opportunities for a holistic and enriching resident experience. At Senior Lifestyle, we believe in a culture of care, where everyone on our staff values the importance of serving and caring for others. Additionally, the life enrichment programming we offer allows our residents to follow their passions and explore their interests.

From gardening, new hobbies with technology, or dreams of learning to paint, our communities offer a wide variety of programs to help you or your loved one pursue their passion.

To get started on your journey for choosing a retirement home or senior care options, visit the Senior Lifestyle website. You’ll find plenty of resources to help you choose the right senior care community.