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Signs It May Be Time for Assisted Living

Posted by admin on April 24th, 2018 in Education | No Comments
Signs It May Be Time for Assisted Living

Making the decision to move your parents into assisted living is not an easy one. You worry that you are offending your parents, and they worry about a change in lifestyle. What you need to know is that today’s assisted living communities aren’t like they used to be. Today’s communities offer seniors a way to maintain as much independence as possible, and they will still have a peace of mind knowing that help is just a phone call away.

If you are wondering when the time is right for assisted living, here are some signs to look for. … Read more...

What to Look for When Considering an Assisted Living Community

Posted by admin on March 19th, 2018 in Education | No Comments
Portrait of senior couple relaxing on a bench outside their retirement home

When your parents are of an age that you begin to think an assisted living community may be in their best interests, it’s time to have a serious talk. It’s not unusual for aging parents to buck the idea of moving out of their homes and into a “center,” simply because they have a misconception of what assisted living really is.

Your parents, and maybe even you, will have a picture of a sterile hospital setting with lonely seniors lining the halls. This is nothing like what assisted living communities are like today. Think of these living centers as a way for your parents to maintain as much independence as they can while having people nearby who can provide the care they need.… Read more...

How to Help Your Loved One Transition to Assisted Living

Posted by admin on February 19th, 2018 in Education | No Comments
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Are you considering assisted living for your aging parents? For many older adults, making the move to an assisted living community is a stressful transition. Because of this, making the decision can be an emotional one for adult children.

Many people have visions of lonely people in wheelchairs lining the halls of a sterile facility when they begin to think about assisted living. The truth is that modern assisted living communities are nothing like what you may be picturing.… Read more...

How to Be Safe with Online Shopping

Posted by admin on December 12th, 2017 in Education | No Comments
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This year, as you begin to shop for your loved ones, looking for just the right gift, keep in mind that changes to technology can bring about issues with safety. While you may not be prone to slips and falls and other types of physical dangers when you shop from the comfort of your couch or recliner, you are putting your safety at risk.

How? Because nefarious criminals are just waiting behind their own keyboards for you to make one wrong move.… Read more...

Assisted Living Doesn’t Mean the End of Independence

Posted by admin on October 23rd, 2017 in Education | No Comments
Residents of an assisted living community tend their gardens in wheelchair accessible containers

Whether you are a senior facing the prospect of moving into an assisted living community or a person considering moving a loved one into such a community, there is certainly stress involved. For a senior, the words “assisted living” bring to mind a complete lack of independence. Assisted living means being told when to eat, when to go to bed, and even when to shower. Right?

Not so fast. While the old days of nursing homes didn’t do much to dispel these myths, today’s communities have a vast number of resources at their disposal. There are centers that cater to older adults who don’t have family nearby and would prefer to live in a social community rather than their own home, and there are centers that care for those in hospice. And there are centers for everyone in between.

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The Most Dangerous Medicines for Seniors

Posted by admin on June 13th, 2017 in Body, Education | No Comments
Hands of senior woman putting pills into pill box

As people get older, they naturally need more medical care to stay healthy. Part of that care is prescription medicines. With so many new drugs on the market, and new ones being released seemingly on a daily basis, keeping track of which ones are safe for our elderly loved ones is a necessity. Unfortunately, doing so is not always easy.

The American Geriatrics Society regularly updates a list of medicines that have been proven to be dangerous. This list, called the Beers List (after the doctor who originally created it), is used by medical professionals all over America. However, it is a good idea to be aware of the medicines on the list to make sure your loved one isn’t taking a drug that could be unnecessarily harmful.

How the List Is Organized

The Beers List was first created by … Read more...

How to Prevent Social Isolation

Posted by admin on May 26th, 2017 in Education, Grayson, Grayson Ga. | No Comments
Elegant dinner of a multigenerational family, with a grandmother raising her glass in a toast

Social isolation is a growing problem across all age groups, but particularly those aged 65 and older. People who experience social isolation often also experience mental health issues. Over the last three decades, people who express feeling lonely has doubled to 40 percent.

Nearly one-third of people over the age of 65 live alone. The number is even greater for those over 85. Close to 50 percent of these senior citizens live without the company of another human being. Those who are in poor health are the most likely to have feelings of loneliness and depression. Research has shown that this extreme loneliness can cause altered immune systems, inflammation, disrupted sleep and higher levels of stress.

Preventing social isolation is something that has not received much research, but it is becoming a better known issue. Ensuring that people do not … Read more...

Taking Care of Your Loved One’s Feet This Winter

Posted by Kia Crawford on December 1st, 2016 in Education | No Comments
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Even in Georgia, the winter can bring freezing temperatures and even snow (though it may not fall until January). It is a time of enjoying family around the fireplace and in front of the Christmas tree. Even if there’s not snow on the ground, the dry coldness can be terrible for the feet. If it does snow or other precipitation has fallen, the dampness can also be uncomfortable, if not dangerous. This is especially true for seniors.

Beyond just the state of the feet themselves, it’s also important to consider the dangers of slick sidewalks. A simple stroll could quickly result in a twisted ankle or other, more serious injuries. Avoiding such injuries and taking care of the feet should be a top priority for both you and your senior loved one this winter season.

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The Importance of Dental Hygiene for Seniors

Posted by Kia Crawford on November 23rd, 2016 in Education | No Comments
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Though it may seem insignificant, dental hygiene is one of the most important aspects of health for seniors. As we get older, common oral health issues become more pronounced, as our immune systems are generally less able to combat germs that cause different problems. In addition, when dentures are used, food and other particles are more likely to get lodged in and stuck against the gums, which can lead to issues like gingivitis.

Oral health problems don’t just affect the mouth itself; the mouth is a gateway to the rest of the body, after all. Poor dental hygiene can lead to more serious medical problems, like heart disease and diabetes. Further, nearly a quarter of all seniors have severe gum disease, and related complications lead to hundreds of thousands of emergency room visits a year. Surprisingly, about a third of … Read more...

Fall Into Healthy Habits: Tips for Staying Healthy This Season

Posted by Kia Crawford on October 15th, 2016 in Education | No Comments
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The cooler weather is here, and most of us are relieved to have a break from the burning temperatures of summer. But while we might enjoy the weather more, we also need to be mindful of the other things that this season brings – namely, coughs and colds. We know you don’t want your senior loved one to deal with any illness, so we’ve come up with a few tips to keep everyone healthier this winter.

Wash your hands.

We know this seems very basic, but many people don’t realize how often they should wash their hands, especially if you’re near anyone with a contagious disease. You don’t need to go overboard and wash your hands every twenty minutes, but be mindful of your surroundings, and wash your hands anytime you use a public railing, assist an ill person, … Read more...


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