Alzheimer’s and Brain Awareness Month

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June is Alzheimer’s & Brain Awareness Month, a time to go purple to show support for the millions of people worldwide struggling with Alzheimer’s or another form of dementia. It’s also a time to recognize caregivers for the unwavering support they provide to those suffering with Alzheimer’s and other forms of dementia. At Senior Lifestyle, we support The Alzheimer’s Association’s commitment to finding a cure for Alzheimer’s by participating in The Longest Day, a fundraiser that focuses on participants doing what they love to raise money for research.

The Longest Day may seem like every day in the life of a caregiver; providing aid for activities of daily living like bathing, dressing, and eating can become sources of frustration for the person providing the aid as well as the loved one with dementia. Quite often the only thing in the caregiver’s control is their response to the frustrating circumstance.

Effective communication techniques can help limit some of the frustration felt by the caregiver and the person with dementia. It is incredibly important to remember that your loved one is not in control of their behaviors; the disease dictates the behavior. In addition, every behavior is an attempt to communicate; once you decipher the need behind the behavior, you will be in a better position to meet that need.

Wondering about The Longest Day? There’s still time to participate! Contact your local chapter of the Alzheimer’s Association or visit our website to find the Senior Lifestyle community closest to you. Learn about The Longest Day events in your area, and then vow to make every minute of The Longest Day count!

Memory Care and EMBRACE at the Amethyst

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What happens when compassion meets commitment? embrace.

A memory care philosophy combining the most recent research in the field of memory care with real world best practices, the embrace memory care program recently garnered an Argentum Best of the Best award for its Essence sensory stimulation program, a vital component of embrace programming. For residents, families and team members at The Amethyst, embrace is now the guiding philosophy for the daily events in memory care, providing a framework for building connections with residents in varying stages of Alzheimer’s and dementia. A Grand Opening event was held on June 1st to celebrate embrace at The Amethyst and to share the philosophy with the local community.

For residents of the memory care unit and their families, the embrace Grand Opening celebration was a much-anticipated event. Many even said that it “gave them goosebumps!” to share the activities that give purpose and pleasure to memory care residents. Sharing The Amethyst’s vision of award-winning care was exciting for Associate Executive Director Shari Lefevre and her team. It was a culmination of their hard work and dedication to their residents and families.

Over 50 guests visited The Amethyst to learn about embrace and participate in activities designed to show how the philosophy guides daily interactions. Essence, an award-winning component of embrace, was a big hit with guests, who had the opportunity to receive hand massages and experience the positive effects of aromatherapy for themselves. Another highlight was Andrew Eaker’s Drum Circles for Seniors program, an energetic and wildly popular activity that brings people together through the magic of music.

Of the many activities offered at The Amethyst’s celebration, perhaps the most popular was a simple craft activity that involved making birthday cards. Guests joined residents and The Amethyst team to create birthday cards with a unique purpose: to bring a smile to the face of a very special young man in Arizona. Jacob Priestley is battling mitochondrial disease, a debilitating illness, and he says that the cards brighten his days and give him hope. “They make me feel better and they just make me happy.” Jacob started receiving birthday cards after his mother Britney posted a request on Facebook and the request went viral. His birthday is in August and he hopes to receive even more cards this year! Guests added twenty cards to those previously made by residents and team members, and The Amethyst hopes to increase that number over the summer before sending the handmade cards to Jacob for his August birthday.

Interested in learning more about embrace at The Amethyst? Call to request a visit, or better yet, join The Amethyst for The Longest Day, a celebration to benefit the Alzheimer’s Association. The event will feature a vendor fair, a bounce house, dunk tank, and the local police department, as well as a chance to create a special birthday card for Jacob Priestley! The event will be held from 8am until 1pm on June 21st, with food, fun and family friendly activities!

Raise Awareness for Alzheimer’s on The Longest Day

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Have you heard? The Longest Day is approaching and we’re absolutely PURPLE with excitement! June is Alzheimer’s and Brain Awareness Month, a time to GO PURPLE to end Alzheimer’s, raise awareness, and share the love on June 21st by participating in The Longest Day. Worldwide, 47 million people are living with Alzheimer’s and other dementias. Senior Lifestyle is spreading the word in the fight against Alzheimer’s. Our goal is to share the important mission of the Alzheimer’s Association, and we hope to raise awareness with each person we reach.

Our commitment to supporting those who live, support, care for, and walk alongside others on this journey is also a personal one. 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. One team member summarized this impact perfectly when they said, “Watching my Dad’s face when he was given the diagnosis of Early Stage Alzheimer’s was one of the hardest days of my life. From that day on, my commitment to the Alzheimer’s Association and to improving care and treatment for those living with this disease became more than a profession, it became my personal mission.” Our participation in The Longest Day is for our family, and it is Senior Lifestyle’s way of uniting to support other families around the nation, so that no family is alone in their fight.

At Senior Lifestyle, we are proud to partner with the Alzheimer’s Association to raise funds for crucial research into Alzheimer’s Disease, research that we hope will one day reveal a cure for this disease. We are honored to support the Alzheimer’s Association’s mission and to be a Global Partner in this year’s The Longest Day event. Our goal is to raise $50,000 to support the efforts of the Alzheimer’s Association, to raise awareness for Alzheimer’s, and to provide support to the residents, families, and communities that call Senior Lifestyle home. As of today, we’ve raised over $17,000 toward our $50,000 goal!

Join the fight! To learn more about how our communities are celebrating The Longest Day and how you can get involved, visit the Senior Lifestyle website. Remember, each person who learns more about Alzheimer’s disease inspires action, so GO PURPLE for the Alzheimer’s Association, spread the word, and support Alzheimer’s and Brain Awareness Month this June!

Senior Lifestyle Embraces The Longest Day

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Have you heard the news? A $400 million increase in funding for Alzheimer’s research was signed into law in early May! Thanks to the unwavering efforts of the Alzheimer’s Association, this is the second year in a row that funding has been historically increased. With more than 5 million Americans living with Alzheimer’s Disease, the need for advocacy has never been greater. For the millions of families affected by this disease, the Alzheimer’s Association represents access to support services, reliable information, and most of all, hope for a cure. These same families are often at the forefront of fundraising efforts within their communities, providing a visible connection at local fundraising events like The Longest Day. At Senior Lifestyle, we’re proud to embrace this event alongside those families and advocates for the second year in a row.

On June 21st it’s all about love; love for those affected by Alzheimer’s disease, and doing what we love to raise funds to support much-needed research into a cure. For some, The Longest Day might be about pursuing an activity that reminds them of time spent with a loved one now suffering from Alzheimer’s. For others, organizing an event such as a block party may be the best way to spend the day. Still others will plant gardens, sing karaoke, play cards, or bake. From sunrise to sunset on June 21st, people everywhere will be showing love by sharing what they love; the possibilities are endless! Recent increases in funding for research are heartening, but the fight is far from over. We have the power to increase available funding by doing what we love – what’s not to love about that?

Track and field legend Wilma Rudolph, who made history as the first American woman to win three gold medals in a single Olympics, once said, “When the sun is shining I can do anything; no mountain is too high, no trouble too difficult to overcome.” At Senior Lifestyle we believe these words, and that is why we are honored to be a Global Team with a goal of raising $50,000 for The Longest Day. By partnering with the Alzheimer’s Association in the fight against this devastating disease, we know that we CAN make a difference and we challenge those in our communities to join us in our efforts. To join us, whether at a community in person or from your own neighborhood, visit your local chapter of the Alzheimer’s Association to form or join a team, pick an activity you love, then share that love with others and raise funds to fight Alzheimer’s Disease. To find out what we have planned for The Longest Day, visit the Senior Lifestyle website to find a community near you and join the team!

Derby Fever at Carriage Court of Marysville

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The folks at Carriage Court of Marysville know a thing or two about traditions and fun-filled events, and the Kentucky Derby combines the best of both. Racing forms, beautiful hats, and a heartfelt rendition of “My Old Kentucky Home” were the order of the day on Saturday, May 6th at Carriage Court. Residents, families and staff enjoyed the spectacle of the 143rd Run for the Roses with a cookout that rivaled any to be had on race day in Louisville. Program Director Robin Bryant says, “the residents loved this event, from the parade of hats to the food to the race itself. We love any excuse to have a great party, and may have to plan for the Preakness and the Belmont as well!”

The Kentucky Derby has been billed as the “Greatest Two Minutes in Sports” and Saturday’s running was no exception. A wet track and cool conditions at Churchill Downs brought out the best in frontrunner Always Dreaming, who made a decisive move with about a half-mile to go to win the race. Thunder Snow, on the other hand, decided that the soggy conditions did not suit him and refused to run, much to the dismay of those who bet on the colt. He appeared to take a misstep out of the gate and by all accounts did his best to unseat his jockey. Resident Allen Shaw picked Always Dreaming for the win, stating he was glad to have left Thunder Snow off his racing form.

If you’d like to learn more about upcoming events at Carriage Court of Marysville, call Robin Bryant at 937-642-2202 and ask for a tour, or visit the Carriage Court of Marysville website!

TALK ABOUT IT: National Healthcare Decisions Day

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If you had a health crisis, would your family know your wishes about your care? Sadly, for many people the answer is no. Families often find it difficult to ask questions about what their loved one would want in the event of a health emergency, and a conversation about advanced care planning is frequently delayed until a crisis occurs. As stressful as this conversation may be, it is an important one to have, and sooner rather than later. Senior Lifestyle proudly supports National Healthcare Decisions Day as a means of empowering our residents and families with information and access to tools to make advanced care planning easier.

National Healthcare Decisions Day, observed on April 16th, encourages meaningful conversations about advanced care planning. This annual event aims to empower people with information on how to discuss and put in writing their wishes should they become seriously ill and unable to communicate those wishes to a loved one or healthcare provider. In addition, the initiative provides healthcare providers with tool kits to aid them in starting a conversation with patients about advanced care planning. The project also focuses on much more than just living wills, inspiring families to discuss the aspects of care that matter most to them and encouraging hospitals and other care facilities to respect those wishes.

For many, the prospect of talking about final wishes is daunting, and the process of making those wishes known to loved ones and healthcare providers may seem mysterious and unnecessarily convoluted. As an initiative of The Conversation Project, NHDD works to make the process of advanced care planning less frightening by providing simple, concise information to families, healthcare providers and communities. This information is free and available in all 50 states, using uniform tools tailored to state guidelines to enable individuals to make their wishes known to their loved ones and healthcare providers.

Provide yourself and your loved ones with peace of mind by taking the time to think about and share your wishes. For more information about National Healthcare Decisions Day, go to theconversationproject.org or visit our website at Senior Lifestyle to find a community near you and start a conversation today.

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.

Raising Alzheimer’s Awareness

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Did you know nearly 50 million people worldwide are living with dementia? And that every 66 seconds someone in the United States develops Alzheimer’s?

It’s time to take an active role in reducing those numbers. A growing body of researches suggests that there are ways you can potentially reduce your risk of decline in cognitive abilities. In honor of our partnership with the Alzheimer’s Association® on The Longest Day, we wanted to share some key lifestyle routines you can adopt today that may help keep your brain healthy as you age.

GET MOVING- Studies suggest that cardiovascular activities can reduce your risk of cognitive decline. Engaging in cardiovascular activities increases your heart rate, and therefore increases blood flow to your brain and body. This type of activity also reduces the risk of high blood pressure, diabetes, and high cholesterol, which are linked to a higher risk of dementia. Working out doesn’t have to be strenuous on the body, it can be simple things such as power walking, jogging, riding a bike, or swimming.

BE CHALLENGED- Another great way to support your brain health is through mental stimulation. Those who continue to learn and challenge their brains have been shown to have a reduced risk of Alzheimer’s disease and dementia. Make it a point in your life to be mentally engaged. Learn a foreign language, practice a musical instrument, read books and newspapers, work on puzzles, or pick up a new hobby.

GET SOCIAL – Studies suggest that being social reduces your risk of depression, and may delay the onset of dementia. There are many ways to get or stay social. Participate in a club or group, volunteer, be actively involved with friend and family, or get involved with your local Alzheimer’s Association’s events. The key is to stay connected to causes, activities, and people that are important to you.

Research suggests the combined effects of the lifestyle routines above along with good nutritional habits have the most powerful impact. By following these simple steps you can help reduce your risk of Alzheimer’s disease and support a strong and healthy mind. To find out other ways to sharpen your cognitive abilities, visit the Alzheimer’s Association website today or join Senior Lifestyle in their quest to GET MOVING, BE CHALLNGED, and GET SOCIAL all while raising funds and awareness for those impacted by Alzheimer’s on The Longest Day.

If you have a loved one you are concerned about having Alzheimer’s disease or dementia, we invite you to learn more about our Senior Lifestyle® Memory Care program at select communities that provides the finest in memory care.

How Will You Spend the Longest Day?

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June 20, the longest day of the year, adds some extra time to an otherwise standard day. This year, we’re using that extra time to raise funds and awareness for the Alzheimer’s Association via an educational event hosted at each of their more than 170 communities.

As a Global Partner for The Longest Day, Senior Lifestyle will host a free, online educational event titled “Effective Communication Strategies,” in addition to raising funds toward a company-wide goal of $50,000 to support the efforts of the Alzheimer’s Association. Through this event, participants will learn to decode the verbal and behavioral messages delivered by someone with dementia, and identify strategies to help connect and communicate with their loved ones at each stage of the disease.

Hollie Kemp, our Corporate Director of Resident Experience, said the partnership is a natural extension of Senior Lifestyle’s mission and values.

“We are 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,” Kemp said. “Our participation in The Longest Day is for our family, and Senior Lifestyle’s way of uniting to support the families around the nation so that no family is alone in their fight.”

Kemp added that this partnership is a way for us to actively provide support to the residents, families, employees and communities that call Senior Lifestyle home. Kemp’s passion for the project echoes that of the SL team members whose families face the daily battle against Alzheimer’s.

“Watching my Dad’s face when he was given the diagnosis of Early Stage Alzheimer’s was one of the hardest days of my life,” wrote an anonymous Senior Lifestyle team member. “From that day on, my commitment to the Alzheimer’s Association and to improving care and treatment for those living with this disease became more than a profession, it became my personal mission.”

The Longest Day event will occur at each of Senior Lifestyle’s communities accompanied by additional activities depending on the location. For more information and to find the location nearest you, visit http://alz.org/thelongestday and search for any of our communities.