The holidays are a great opportunity for families to connect and spend quality time together. They can also bring to light any cognitive or physical health changes in senior loved ones. If it’s time for a senior to move to a senior living community, taking the time to involve your loved one in the process and understanding their feelings can make all the difference in a smooth transition.
In my most recent Huffington Post blog article
, I provide five ways that families can prepare for and help their senior loved one in their move to a senior living community. Though many seniors are resilient, and have weathered many life-changing experiences, moving to a new home can cause stress and anxiety. Think about planning ahead in order to help your senior loved one feel supported and comfortable.
Alzheimer's disease is shaping up to be the biggest health issue facing the senior community. More than 5 million Americans have the condition, and as the aging population grows in the coming years, experts estimate that figure could triple. However, senior health experts are taking action. Most recently, the Department of Health and Human Services granted nearly $1 million to the Alzheimer's Association so it can operate a 24-hour call center for both those living with Alzheimer's and their caregivers.
Sunrise Life Enrichment Managers are the core of our personalized memory care for seniors in all Sunrise communities and Reminiscence Neighborhoods. LEMs are expertly trained to serve seniors in a wide variety of capacities, from assisting with day-to-day needs to providing specialized care for residents with memory loss. Meet a few of our Sunrise LEMs and learn how they dedicate each day to improving and enriching senior living.
Alzheimer's disease is an illness that changes over time. The early stages may be almost identical to normal age-related memory loss, while later stages often require the full-time assistance of a professional or family caregiver. A new report from the Alzheimer's Society, which is based in the U.K., finds that many people who are living with Alzheimer's disease or another form of dementia often feel trapped in their own homes. Researchers say the report underscores the necessity of developing programs and resources to help make communities welcoming and comfortable for individuals who have been diagnosed with dementia.
You might have heard that a healthy diet and participating in mentally-stimulating activities can help people in senior living keep a fresh mind. How about going for a run, though, or conversing in French?