If you are a family caregiver for an aging loved one, you might have heard the phrase “aging in place.” Aging in place is a general term used to describe a person living in the residence of their choice for as long as they are able.[read more]
Men’s health isn’t an issue many people talk about. Men are usually the ones to “tough it out” or say, “I’m okay, I don’t need to go to the doctor.” They see themselves as the caretaker of everyone else, so why do they need to worry about themselves? If you’re a man and can relate to these feelings, it’s time to put your guard down and take care of yourself. Especially as you age, it’s...[read more]
If you’ve ever owned a pet, you already know how much fun and affection they can bring. But did you know that pets can offer seniors some pretty powerful physical and mental health benefits?
That’s why some assisted living communities not only allow pets but also offer pet therapy for seniors. Also known as animal-assisted therapy, pet therapy is a technique that uses animals to interact with...[read more]
Did you know that arthritis is one of the most widespread health conditions in the United Sates? Over 54 million men and women have arthritis - that’s one in four adults. Chances are that you or your loved one know someone or are suffering from the pain and aches of arthritis yourself. Arthritis is the inflammation or stiffness of one or more joints, causing pain and stiffness that can...[read more]
With summer time right around the corner, warmer weather brings the opportunity to enjoy the great outdoors. National Backyard Games Week is a great time to get outside and play a variety of games with friends and family – no matter your age. Highgate Senior Living residents enjoy taking advantage of the beautiful weather and getting outside to be active. From bocce ball to air plane rides –...[read more]
Managing a parent’s medications can be a stressful task, whether or not your parent has dementia. But, couple managing multiple medications with paranoia, stubbornness, or difficulty swallowing and the task becomes doubly difficult.
Juggling multiple medications and supplements is a big responsibility. Not only are family caregivers typically responsible to filling and setting up weekly...[read more]
One thing that most older adults have in common: fear of falls. It’s a valid fear.
According to the National Council on Aging, every 11 seconds an older adult is treated in an emergency room for a fall. Every 19 minutes an older adult dies from a fall.
Fear of falls, however, leaves many older adults anxious and afraid to leave their homes. They unintentionally isolate themselves in the place...[read more]
Pain is our body's way of saying, "Something's wrong." A surface is hot, that knife just hit your finger, or you overdid it raking leaves yesterday. Once the body heals, the pain goes away.
But for many over the age of 65, the pain doesn’t just go away. It can last for months or even years. Older adults are particularly susceptible to having chronic pain.[read more]
In-home care services and assisted living facilities help elderly adults who have trouble performing the activities of daily living. However, elderly adults with a dementia diagnosis who have memory problems often need specialized care.
Memory care units provide the extra attention and expertise that people with advanced symptoms of dementia require. But, how do you know when it’s time to move...[read more]
One of the most common signs and symptoms of Alzheimer’s is memory loss, and as the disease develops, there are further changes in memory, thinking and reasoning skills. Another common symptom is a person with Alzheimer’s may start to remove themselves from hobbies, social activities, work projects or sports. They may have trouble keeping up with a favorite sports team or remembering how to...[read more]