What is Memory Care?

Posted by Senior Lifestyle in Programs.

As general knowledge and awareness of conditions causing memory impairment increases, more and more caregivers and decision makers are becoming familiar with memory care as an option of care for their loved ones. However, many know about memory care communities in name only, and more still are entirely unaware that this specialized care option exists at all. To that end, we’re going to explore the topic and provide some simple answers to the frequently asked question of “What is memory care?”

Memory care communities, like those you’ll find from Senior Lifestyle, start from the assumption that those who are living with conditions that affect memory and behavior, like Alzheimer’s disease and other forms of dementia, both need and deserve a specially designed form of care. In light of this fact, memory care communities build upon the foundation of assisted living facilities and then provide residents with additional services that can improve quality of life and provide a safe living environment.

For example, one of the unique challenges of caring for someone living with Alzheimer’s is that of wandering. According to the Alzheimer’s Association, six in ten people with dementia will wander, which can potentially put this person in serious danger.[1] The use of technology like Intel-GE Care Innovations QuietCare can make sure that community staff members are able to respond as quickly as possible to a memory care resident’s wandering.

Memory care communities can also tailor their daily program offerings in order to help keep those with memory-impairment engaged. At Senior Lifestyle, we help and encourage residents to reconnect through programs that include activities that they love, whether that’s playing the piano, gardening, or art creation. In addition to these programs, memory care communities consult with residents’ families to ensure the best possible level of care is received by each and every member of our communities. Senior Lifestyle’s award winning Walk with Me Program takes that partnership and communication one step further by providing families with the comfort of knowing that their transition into a memory care community will be successful.

7 Easy Treatments for Sinus Headaches

Posted by Senior Lifestyle in Health and Fitness.

As the weather changes, our sinuses can get irritated and inflamed, leading to painful sinus headaches. While a cure for sinus headaches might not ever be a reality, there are some simple measures you can take and popular treatments for sinus headaches that actually help.

If sinus headaches are dampening your day and keeping you up at night, try these sinus headache prevention and treatment tips:

1. Stay hydrated. The sinuses are spaces located above, below and between your eyes. When you’re dehydrated, they can dry up and prevent drainage, which leads to a sinus inflammation and a headache. Drinking plenty of fluids throughout the day can prevent and treat sinus headaches, so keep that water bottle filled up!

2. Eat spicy foods. Ever notice that your nose will start to run when you eat spicy foods? That might be embarrassing if you’re dining out, but it’s great for relieving your sinuses.

3. Enjoy a hot bowl of soup. When soup is steaming hot, it can loosen up your blocked sinuses and bring you some relief. Extra sinus relief points if the soup is spicy, too!

4. Use a hot/cold compress. Alternate pressing a hot and cold towel on your lower forehead and cheekbones. The contrasting temperatures can help move mucus through your sinuses.

5. Drink ginger tea. Ginger tea helps you hydrate and steam out the sinuses, but it also contains anti-inflammatory gingerol, which reduces inflammation in your mucus membranes.

6. Take a hot shower. We can’t always take a hot shower, but get the most out of your morning shower when you have a sinus headache. Breathe in the steam and allow it to clean out your sinuses as you clean up for the day.

7. Use a neti pot. The neti pot can be a little intimidating, but with some practice you’ll feel immediate benefits. Fill the neti pot with warm water and the saline solution, and pour the contents into one nostril as you tilt your head forward over the sink. After a few seconds, the solution will make its way through your sinuses and out the other nostril. It’s the most direct way to clear out your sinuses, and it can really help when you’ve had enough of your sinus headache.

While not usually a health emergency, sinus headaches can be a real pain. We hope these treatments for sinus headaches help you feel better so that you can get a good night’s sleep – and enjoy every day to the fullest!

3 Warm and Fuzzy Ways Love and Health are Connected

Posted by Senior Lifestyle in Mind and Spirit.

Love comes in many forms: the love of a lifelong partner, the love of friends, the love of family – and the love of your fellow humans in general. Love is all about connections, and the ways in which love and health connect might just surprise you.

Love reduces stress.
Many people will say that a relaxing feeling comes over them when they are with the people they love. It turns out that’s more than just a feeling – our vital signs reflect the stress-relieving effect of love. A study by the U.S. Department of Health and Human services showed that, on average, happily married people had lower blood pressure than both unmarried people and unhappily married people. But that certainly doesn’t mean you should rush into marriage – unhappily married people had the highest blood pressure of all.

Love and longevity go hand in hand.
People in long marriages don’t only enjoy an enduring love – they also enjoy longer lives. Through the National Longitudinal Mortality Study, the U.S. Census has been tracking lifespan trends of Americans since 1979. They’ve found that married Americans, on average, live longer than those who are unmarried. When marriages last lifetimes, we can only assume that love was the reason for it.

Love is good for your heart.
Whether it’s with a friend, relative or significant other, hugs are amazing for the heart. When we share an embrace with a loved one, our bodies produce a natural dose of oxytocin, a smile-inducing hormone that is excellent for the heart. It’s a heart-healthy hormone, because it lowers blood pressure, which reduces stress. And study after study has shown that low blood pressure is connected to living a long and healthy life.

So, have you hugged a loved one today?

What is the Best Cooking Oil for You?

Posted by Senior Lifestyle in Mind and Spirit.

Nature’s oils are extracted from a variety of sources. Different types of cooking oil have unique flavors, smoke points and nutritional value. So what is the best cooking oil for you?

Extra-Virgin Olive Oil
It’s the Italian kitchen mainstay, and it should always be within arm’s reach in your kitchen, too. Extra-virgin olive oil is high in healthy fats and antioxidants, and its savory flavor pairs wonderfully with pastas, vegetables, poultry and fish. When you have olive oil, there’s no need to mess with fancy (and expensive) sauces or rubs for your steaks, either. Pat some extra-virgin olive oil onto your steak with some salt and pepper before grilling, and you’ll be set.

Vegetable Oil

It’s not always obvious what the source of your vegetable oil is, until you check the label on the bottle. Most vegetable oils are derived from soy beans, but they could also be sourced from nuts, seeds and corn. Canola oil is itself a type of vegetable oil that is made from rapeseeds, and either canola or vegetable oil will always serve as a dependable and inexpensive standby in your pantry, should you run out of other more healthy oils. These oils have a very long shelf life, a high smoke point, and they can be used to cook just about anything. However, these types of cooking oils lack the antioxidants that are found in extra-virgin olive oil.

Peanut Oil
Peanut oil is the best cooking oil for roasting and pan-frying dishes at a high heat. Its high smoke point can handle the blazing temps, and peanut oil also packs a unique, healthful punch. The nutty oil contains phytosterols, which reduce your risk of heart disease.

Grapeseed Oil
Very high in heart-healthy polyunsaturated fats, including omega-3s and omega-6s, grapeseed oil has a mild flavor and high smoke point. It can be an excellent choice when firing up the wok for a stir-fry, but in-demand grapeseed oil can also put quite the dent in your wallet — so save this oil for special occasions.

Coconut Oil
Containing a high level of saturated fat, the oil of the coconut remains solid at room temperature, and it makes a healthy substitute for butter in your favorite recipes. Not only that, but coconut oil can be applied to the skin as a moisturizer, makeup remover, and an anti-inflammatory. For all its uses, a jar of coconut oil is a great addition to not only the kitchen, but your home.

Wayne Weber, Resident of The Barrington of West Chester, Presented Multiple Awards for Service in World War II

Posted by Senior Lifestyle in Mind and Spirit, Resident Spotlights.

On March 20, Congressman John Boehner presented Wayne Weber with the Bronze Star Medal, the Combat Infantry Badge, and the Purple Heart. Mr. Weber served in the 182nd Battalion of the Army in World War II. A rifleman, Mr. Weber fought in the Pacific Philippines islands, where he “hit the beach” in Cebu City.

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