When you’re choosing between assisted living vs. independent living for you or a loved one, it can get a little confusing. Each offers a different experience. It also comes with its own set of benefits, requirements and opportunities.
To help you navigate this process, we’ve organized a quick comparison of assisted living vs. independent living to narrow your research. After reviewing the table below, we’ll walk through individual needs, preferences and criteria to consider before making the next step.
The process of downsizing for seniors can feel overwhelming, but it’s not always a bad thing. Often, organizing one’s belongings and furniture can bring up happy memories of the past—as long as you don’t get caught in the clutter! To help you or a loved one get started, here are six downsizing tips for seniors you won’t want to miss:
If you’re in the process of searching for senior living options—whether for your parents or another loved one—you know that there are a lot of available choices. Depending on the specific needs of the individual, you may look for communities within a particular budget, care type or independence level.
In connection with National Nutrition Month, it’s time we talk about the best nutrition tips for seniors. Food is not only the fuel that keeps us healthy but can bring those we love to the table or remind us of a favorite memory. For seniors and caregivers, well-balanced meals can be difficult to coordinate but have immeasurable positive effects in the long-run. If you want to make some small but impactful changes, try these four key tips to improve your diet.
Creating new things is a fun, relaxing way for seniors to spend their time, especially for those with dementia. The great news? Even a weekly art class could have added benefits. Studies over the past two decades found that creating art can improve happiness and encourage speech. Plus, it can even boost cognitive function in parts of the brain affected by dementia and Alzheimer’s. This practice is commonly known as art therapy in the senior living and care industry.
As you or your loved one ages, it’s a good idea to research and implement different strategies to make this season of life as fulfilling and joyful as possible. For example, one of the leading causes of mental and physical health decline in seniors is isolation. To combat loneliness, create a plan for transitioning or downsizing homes. Senior living communities help promote healthy aging by providing a safe environment, as well as fostering connection and mental stimulation. To learn more, here are eight specific benefits you can expect from a senior living community.
Hypothyroidism is an autoimmune issue in which the thyroid cannot manufacture enough hormones to maintain healthy function in various parts of the body. This condition targets the endocrine system, which is responsible for hormone production. Still, it can also impact other areas such as the brain, energy levels, metabolism, heart, bone density, skin and bowel movements, to name a few examples.
For seniors facing this particularly unique season, the winter doldrums may seem inevitable. Although the pandemic is still present, days are shorter and temperatures are cooler, there are still proven ways to combat seasonal melancholy. Whether it’s for you or an older loved one, try these eight tips and tricks for beating the winter blues for seniors.
Retirement is an exciting time of life; whether you’re ready to embrace new experiences or take a breather from the chaos of a regular routine, the opportunities are endless and open. Everyone’s experience will be different, but we’ve got a few suggestions on what to do in retirement (and how to plan ahead).
If you have a loved one diagnosed with dementia, one of the first troubling symptoms you may notice is a change in communication. Dementia communication shifts can vary from your loved one searching for the correct word to not comprehending fast speech patterns or jumps in conversation.
For caregivers, the holiday season can be a wonderful time of year to participate in carols, cookie baking or decorations. Amid all of this excitement, anxieties and stressors of the day-to-day provider responsibilities remain and sometimes become heightened amid new holiday events or factors. To help avoid the end-of-year-stress, follow our staff’s ten caregiver tips.
You may speak with your aging parent on the phone frequently, but COVID concerns have likely kept you away recently. Hopefully, you have the opportunity to visit this holiday season. Seeing your loved one in person is great for spending quality time, but you can also use it as a chance to assess their overall well-being.