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Conor Denton

Conor Denton is a 20 year old Digital Marketing Intern for Landmark Senior Living. He's also a Junior at Arizona State University and is currently enrolled in the W.P. Carey School of business. Conor is passionate about helping others and enjoys expanding his skills within the senior living space.

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How To Avoid Seasonal Depression

Posted by Conor Denton on Nov 12, 2018 11:00:00 AM

 

For those who suffer from SAD or Seasonal Affective Disorder, fall and winter can be a tough time. Shorter days and changes in weather can cause a lack of energy and mood swings. With an abundance of treatments at your disposal there is hope in curing or at least helping your condition. Many factors of SAD, whether it be your Circadian Rhythm or an imbalance of brain chemicals, can be treated in a variety of ways. Without further ado, let's jump into this disorder and discover how it can be treated appropriately.

 

What is SAD?

Trees covered in snow

Seasonal Affective Disorder is a recurrent mood disorder that typically affects people in the fall and winter. There are those who are affected by this same disorder in the spring and summer; however those cases are sporadic. Symptoms of SAD include but are not limited to, decreased energy, lack of concentration, weight fluctuation, increased fatigue, and sleep cravings.

 

 

Treatment Options

 

Phototherapy:

Otherwise known as light therapy, phototherapy is one of the most common forms of treatment for those suffering from SAD. Research has shown that sitting in front of a light therapy box for thirty minutes a day, preferably in the morning, can activate your Circadian Rhythm and suppress the release of melatonin in your brain.

 

Mimicking sunlight or forms of natural light that you'd receive in the spring or summer can assist those suffering from SAD. Dawn simulators are a type of alarm clock that wakes you by gradually increasing the amount of light in your room. The purpose behind this alarm clock is to wake you more naturally with light, versus waking up instantaneously with ringtones or music. Many senior living facilities have large beautiful windows and individuals can open the windows and blinds to let in more natural light. 

 

Aromatherapy:

Another fantastic way to treat Seasonal Affective Disorder is by aromatherapy. Oils from aromatherapy can influence the limbic system in your brain, which in turn control your mood and circadian rhythm. Adding a few drops of essential oils into a bath is a great way to find some relaxation at the end of a long day. Oils from the Poplar Tree especially, have been scientifically proven to help depressive disorders.

 

Exercise:

Although any form of exercise would be beneficial towards treating SAD, exercise outdoors if possible to maximize wellness. Additionally, exercise is a great way to eliminate the worry of weight fluctuation associated with SAD, by maintaining a healthy lifestyle. If you find yourself struggling to exercise indoors, either at a gym or home, trying moving toward a window to soak up the essence of the outdoors.

 

Create a Daily Schedule:

For those that have trouble sleeping as a result of their seasonal affective disorder, creating a daily schedule and abiding by it can do wonders for you. It's easier to get more sleep if your day is scheduled out. Instead of waking up in the afternoon and missing the best parts of your day, come up with set times to wake up, exercise, eat, etc.… so that you can enjoy natural sunlight and sleep soundly at the end of the day.

 

Travel Somewhere Warm:

Visiting warmer climates during the winter season can improve the attitudes of those affected by seasonal affective disorder. If you are looking for a change of scenery, no matter how long it lasts, a vacation might be for you. The anticipation of your trip can leave you feeling better in the days or even weeks before you depart. Correspondingly, you may feel better in the days/weeks after you return home as well. Everyone needs a vacation at some point, if your SAD is making you feel down and out consider a vacation, if possible, to give you that boost.

 

Eat Healthily:

Those who eat more fruits and vegetables are more likely to avoid issues related to anxiety and depression. Produce in general is an excellent source of healthy nutrition and has been scientifically proven to reduce stress and anxiety. So if you are feeling down and are unable to exercise, try including more natural produce in your diet, as you may experience similar benefits to exercise itself.

 

Try Volunteering:

Participating in philanthropic work is an excellent way to brighten your mood. Assisting others who haven't been fortunate in their lives can give you a new perspective on life. Volunteering can also be an excellent cycle-breaker for those suffering from depression. Actions supersede motivation, and sometimes all you need to do is get out and about, regardless of reason.

 

Create an Uplifting Music Playlist:

Allow the music to take you away. Whether you snap your fingers, tap your foot, sway your hips, or whatever movement it may be, allow yourself to be in a state of spaciousness to relax. Many songs contain lyrics that provide positive and uplifting messages, choose whichever songs feel most relevant to you so that you have a playlist for your more difficult days.

 

Talk to Those Close to You:

Make sure to communicate with those who are close to you. If you are suffering from symptoms associated with SAD, there is no shame in reaching out to a loved one for help. Internalizing feelings is a horrible way to handle stress and anxiety; opening up to those who care about you is an excellent way to erase doubt and make sure your voice is heard.

 

Contact a Medical Professional:

If you have attempted all or some of the amateur treatments listed above with little to no success, then it may be time to consult a medical professional. SAD is a severe disorder that should not be taken lightly if self-medication tactics aren't having any effect on your disorder don't hesitate to contact a doctor. Medical professionals are immensely more knowledgeable on the subject, and they have exclusive access to medications that can help with seasonal affective disorder.

 

 

Next Steps

As fall and winter fast approach, it's essential for those who are affected by SAD to prepare themselves. Any of these suggested treatments above can offer some form of help to those in need. Having said that, everyone's case of SAD is unique in its own right, and a treatment that works for some may not work for others. This is why it is imperative that you contact a medical professional for help if your symptoms feel too significant to overcome on your own. Just remember that help of all kinds is out there and whether or not you can self-medicate your diagnosis or not, the proper treatment is within reach.

 

 

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Topics: Senior Tips

Cost Differences Between In-Home Care and Assisted Living Care

Posted by Conor Denton on Oct 29, 2018 11:00:00 AM
 

As you attempt to transition your loved one into some form of daily care, it can be challenging to decide on which service is more cost-effective. Is In-Home care the way to go? Or does assisted living offer a broader spectrum of services for a flat rate? For many, these questions are essential in determining how their loved one will be cared for as they age. Below is information related to the expenses of daily senior care and which one might be more affordable for you and your loved one.

 

Two seniors crossing the street

 

In-Home Care

In-Home care is most certainly the preferred care option for the elderly and their loved ones. Many seniors needing daily care want to achieve that in their own home, not in a facility or senior living community. The familiarity of one's longtime home can bring a sense of peace, and in turn, that can help tremendously with the complications that follow In-Home care.

 

Correspondingly, you'll need to make sure that you visit your loved one regularly, as the last thing you want is your loved one to form a co-dependent relationship with aides. Far too often family members hire home care for their elderly loved one and stop visiting them entirely.

Whether you and your family hire an aide or attempt to take care of your loved ones' needs as a collective unit, there are lots of things to balance during the process.

 

 

Property Pricing

Property pricing is the main difference between in-home and assisted living care. For now, we will analyze the property costs associated with in-home care. For those of you who have paid off their home in its entirety, this section will apply differently for you. The following information is a culmination of rough averages, so every stat in and of itself should be taken with a grain of salt, as the purpose here is to inform.

 

Monthly costs of those living at home can cost well north of $1500 depending on individual circumstances. Between monthly mortgage/rent, utility bills, maintenance fees, and insurance costs there are a lot of variables to consider while additionally providing daily caring needs to your loved one.

 

 

In-Home Care Costs

If you are hiring a part-time aide that operates on visitation hours, you are looking at roughly $3,000-$5,000 in monthly fees. For those interested in full-time 24/7 care via an aide or multiple aides, you are almost certainly looking at paying $100,000 on a yearly basis. As you can see, most people attempt to care for their loved one with assistance from part-time aides, rather than spending over six figures on an annual basis.

 

 

Assisted Living Care

Assisted living care comes with a plethora of pros and cons. For starters, there is only one monthly payment made to whatever company is hosting your loved ones, regardless of the amount of care he/she needs. Usual pricing at assisted living facilities is roughly $3500 a month. Amenities are provided and included in your monthly fee, there are no aides to pay hourly, and there are a multitude of inclusive activities for your loved one to participate in. Assisted living care is unique in the way that it offers all of the caring needs your loved one requires while simultaneously being an all-inclusive community for your loved one to enjoy.

 

Correspondingly, you can't put a price on the comfort of your own home. At the end of the day you'd be asking your loved one to move out of their home; and regardless of how long they have been living at their home, it's a transition that is difficult for almost everyone. The magnitude of transitioning into assisted living care can and does vary from person to person. This is an instance where proper communication between your loved one and your family must take place. No one knows how your loved one feels other than them. Make sure to ask a lot of questions regarding preferences of comfort if you have decided that an assisted living facility/community is the path to go on.

 

 

Determining the Best Option for Your Loved One

While there are a lot of factors that can influence your decision-making, the final choice should come down to your loved one and your loved one only. After all, they are going to be the ones living in whatever situation is chosen. There are many points in favor of each side, so to come to a unanimous agreement on the best form of care for your loved one, you need to specify individual needs to a tee.

 

The Case for In-Home Care

For those who are unwilling to part with whatever space they call home, in-home care is the obvious choice. In-home care is also an option for those of affluence, as affording an aide whether it be part-time or full-time is more attainable. By all accounts, if you can provide in-home care your loved one is likely to be more comfortable than at an assisted living facility. Additionally, any care giving concerns you might have can be quelled as you can visit your loved one as often as you want.

 

The Case for Assisted Living Facilities

Assisted living facilities offer a more generalized option of care but for a vastly reduced rate. The affordability of assisted living facilities is their main appeal. A one-time, monthly payment covers all of your caring amenities, and the communal feel of assisted living can genuinely blossom friendships. For those who struggle to make ends meet, assisted living facilities are the best way to find affordable, trustworthy care for those they love most.

 

 

Next Steps

In conclusion, both in-home care and assisted living facilities offer similar benefits for different pricing. For those who can afford it, in-home care is a fantastic way to make sure that your loved one is receiving proper care in the comfort of their own home. On the flip side, assisted living facilities offer an inclusive communal environment coupled with a paid staff all for a consistent monthly rate. There are pros and cons for each side of the argument and at the end of the day your decision may very well come down to affordability of care programs or the preference of your loved one receiving care. Just make sure that whatever you decide on your loved one will be happy with the decision, after all they will be the recipients of care.

 

 

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Topics: Assisted Living

Top Movies Honoring Our Veterans

Posted by Conor Denton on Oct 15, 2018 11:00:00 AM
 

As we transition into the fall, we inch ever closer to Veteran’s day. Over the years, there have been a multitude of movies produced in an effort to honor our military by offering realistic portrayals of survival and brotherhood. Below is a randomly compiled list of some of the top movies that rightfully honor our veterans.

 

An old school television-There are many movies available today that honor our veterans.

 

Sands of Iwo Jima

Starring John Wayne in one of his most iconic roles as Sergeant Stryker, this movie follows a harrowing story about a drill sergeant and his defiant recruit. Beginning stateside, the movie depicts many hardships experienced by main characters and portrays Sergeant Stryker himself as a man who lacks empathy and sympathy for his recruits both at home and on the beaches of Japan.

 

As the movie progresses, Stryker is left with impossible decisions regarding the safety of his platoon. Additionally, the sergeant himself battles his own personal demons throughout the film. Overall, the movie speaks to the bravery of a commander as he faceless multiple dilemmas while trying to keep the men surrounding him alive. An emblematic ending regarding Sergeant Stryker can bring tears to all viewers; as the overall camaraderie and brotherhood formed in this movie perfectly resembles the lasting photo of four soldiers raising the american flag on Iwo Jima.

 

 

Coming Home

This movie focuses more on the trials and tribulations of coming home after war; as well as tackling the difficulty women face when their husbands deploy. The movie surrounds two main characters throughout the film; with Jon Voight playing a victim of war who was paralyzed overseas and Jane Fonda playing a hospital volunteer whose husband is currently deployed in Vietnam.

 

Voight and Fonda’s relationship blossoms throughout the film, and this suddenly leaves Fonda in a tough position once her husband returns home from Vietnam unexpectedly. This movie incredibly depicts all the hardships men and women involved in the war deal with and is absolutely worth a watch.

 

 

Born On the Fourth of July

An inspiring true story, Born On the Fourth of July tells the tale of Ron Kovic; a paralyzed Vietnam vet whose strength and will, both mentally and physically, are tested during his recovery. A powerhouse performance by Tom Cruise perfectly encapsulates the lack of support our country gave Vietnam Veterans upon their return home.

 

As the movie progresses Kovic begins to lose his initially optimistic attitude upon returning home. Startling discoveries amongst the Veteran Health Care System and the public’s overall perception of the Vietnam war eventually leads to Kovic becoming an anti-war and human rights activist. It’s a powerful story representing the psychological warfare soldiers deal with even after they return home safely. The move is definitely worth viewing if you have the time.

 

 

Gran Torino

A Clint Eastwood flick, Gran Torino follows the story of an elderly Korean war veteran and the ever-awkward yet kindred relationship with his Korean neighbors. At the beginning of the film, Eastwood’s character is seen as a tough-nosed, racist war veteran who lives in a town swarming with Asian gang members. With the recent passing of his wife and now facing his own health concerns, Eastwood finds himself perpetually upset and commonly takes out his frustrations on his neighbors.

 

The crux of the movie is when Eastwood’s neighbor attempts to steal his most prized possession, an old Gran Torino, and subsequently gets caught. An unsuspecting relationship eventually blossoms between the car thief and Eastwood, as Eastwood overcomes his personal prejudices and health concerns for the greater good of his neighbors’ family. It is a well-done film that shows how even the most stubborn personalities can change over time. Be warned, you’ll be taken on an emotional rollercoaster in this one.

 

 

American Sniper

Another movie with Clint Eastwood at the helm, this excruciatingly realistic movie follows the life of heavily decorated US Navy Seal Chris Kyle during his four tour duty in Iraq. Played by Bradley Cooper, Kyle struggles throughout the film with both keeping his servicemen alive tour after tour, and dealing with the fallout of being an absentee father and husband.

 

This movie pulls at the heartstrings of its audience in a multitude of ways, and this is definitely one of the movies where you keep a tissue box nearby. From Navy Seal training to his final return home, Eastwood gives you a front row seat into the trials and tribulations that accompany Kyle both during and after his military service. It’s a fantastic representation of what our service men and women deal with as they deploy multiple times.

 

 

The Hurt Locker

This movie follows the story of a bomb squad in Iraq, with a heavy focus on a character played by Jeremy Renner. The Hurt Locker explores life out on the battlefield as well as at home, while masterfully adding suspenseful moments throughout. You’ll find yourself at the edge of your seat a lot of the time, while simultaneously being sucked into the raw emotional power of the film.

 

Providing a perfect blend of suspenseful bomb defusions and a heartfelt journey back home with these men, The Hurt Locker offers the whole package to any moviegoer. The internal conflict that Renner’s character suffers from throughout the film has the ability to leave you speechless as his decision-making unfolds. All in all, this is one of the more emotionally engaging war movies there are.

 

 

Conclusion

In totality, with fall fast approaching and Veteran’s day getting closer and closer, it’s the perfect time to pop on a military movie. With a plethora of options, including many more films than the six I’ve listed here, you can be sure to find the right movie for you. Whether you are searching for a drama, action/adventure, biography, or thriller, there have been countless classic films representing our military already created. Make sure to check some out over the coming month, and maybe you’ll gain a greater understanding of what service men and women individually sacrifice to defend our country. 

 

 

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Topics: Senior Veterans

The Signs of Alzheimer's vs. Forgetfulness

Posted by Conor Denton on Oct 5, 2018 11:00:00 AM
 

As you age, forgetting things becomes a more normal aspect of everyday life. In fact, our world today has become especially dependent on reminders. Whether it be a notification on your smartphone or a bullet point on your refrigerator's whiteboard, there are many ways in which we are reminded of what to do on a daily basis.


So the important factor as you age is being able to determine when forgetfulness becomes a problem. How is anyone to know when forgetfulness is converting into early onset Alzheimer's or other mental illnesses? Here are a few signs and symptoms that can help differentiate normal aging processes versus early developing mental illnesses.

 

An older man thinking about if he is suffering from alzheimer's or forgetfulness.

 

Long-term/Short-term memory

The main way to recognize whether or not your forgetfulness should be concerning is determining what memories you struggle with retrieving. An inability to recollect long-term memories is normal as you age. Generally, some combination of trigger points, otherwise known as “cues” should help bring that memory back.

However, if context clues have no affect on your remembrance of long-term memories, and you severely struggle with remembering recent short-term memories, it could be time to contact your doctor. You may be beginning to experience symptoms of early onset Alzheimer’s.

 

 

Concentration

As you age, your attention span naturally decreases, and that alone isn’t cause for major concern. The more prominent actions to analyze is whether or not your linguistics and understanding of the situation are deteriorating. If you can understand what you are doing and why you are doing it, even if it’s at a slower rate than when you were younger, you’re ok.

The biggest cause for concern is an inability to remember correct vocabulary structure or total lack of concentration in general. At this point, symptoms of early onset Alzheimer’s might be rearing their ugly head, and a doctor’s visit might be best.

 

 

Source Memory

Source memory refers to the origin point of information. In other words, source memory is where or when what you’ve seen or heard came from. This is one of the more straightforward concerns to have regarding memory loss. If you are struggling to recollect who said what or when/where something was discussed, you may be experiencing difficulty with source memory, which can in turn develop into Alzheimer’s or other mental health related illnesses.

 

 

Repetitive Habits

One of the more telling signs of forgetfulness is communicating in a repetitive manner. The main concern here is an increased difficulty in remembering what was said, resulting in common repetition of the same statement. Now, everyone forgets something every once in a while so it’s not cause for major concern if you or someone you know repeats themselves on occasion. The focus here should be the rate at which someone repeats themselves. For example, a daily occurrence of repetitive communication is concerning behavior and a doctor’s visit should be scheduled promptly.

 

 

Chronological Memory

Chronological memory refers to the order in which events took place. Similar to source memory, issues with chronological memory are easily identifiable. If you’re struggling to remember orders of events, you’re struggling with chronological memory. As it is with source memory, issues with chronological memory can further develop into Alzheimer’s and other mental illnesses if left untreated. If you or a loved one are noticing a constant struggle to remember orders of events, it may be best to see a doctor.

 

 

Analytical/Numerical Abilities

As you age, there is no doubt that tasks you deemed medial and simple when you were younger become increasingly difficult. One of the most prominent examples of this is a deterioration in analytical/numerical ability. Naturally, some people don’t have strong numerical skills in the first place, so this sign is less of a cause for concern than others. Having said that, a steep drop off in numerical/analytical ability could be a direct result of early onset Alzheimer’s.

Additionally, if you or a loved one are experiencing severely increased irritability while using analytical or numerical data, continue to monitor the situation as it’s especially hard to differentiate forgetfulness versus symptoms of mental illnesses in this case. When in doubt, contact a doctor as they will have far more insight on individual situations.

 

 

Trouble Identifying Locations

As far as concerns go, this may be of highest priority. If you struggle with understanding or realizing where you are and how you got there, then you may be experiencing one of the most common indicators of early onset Alzheimer’s. A complete lack of self awareness is a tell tale sign of an early Dementia-related illness setting in.

Distinguishing a consistent lack of self-awareness is the most difficult part of identifying this issue. The signs should be transparent, as previously explained. Consistency is also imperative, as the warnings should be obvious and abundant. Make sure to immediately consult your doctor if repetitive behavior occurs.

 

 

Next Steps

In conclusion, there are an abundance of factors that need to be considered when attempting to differentiate between forgetfulness and Alzheimer’s in the elderly. Proceed with a fair amount of caution during observation. It’s essential that you don’t confuse honest mistakes with a lack of self awareness, as people take longer to complete tasks of any capacity when they age.

Caring for your loved one experiencing common senior living symptoms carries increased responsibility as they grow older, so your attention to detail needs to be heightened as well. Make sure to be vigilant in observation, but not to the point where honest mistakes are impossible to recognize. At the end of the day, if you and your loved one are unsure of any signs or symptoms contact your local doctor immediately, as it’s always safer to error on the side of caution when it comes to serious health risks.

 

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Topics: Alzheimers

How to Help A Senior With Dementia Move

Posted by Conor Denton on Oct 3, 2018 11:00:00 AM
 

Moving days are always a stressful event, and that stress tremendously increases for those who suffer from memory issues. As emotional as it is to leave a previous home for a new one, those with memory impairment are left more confused than anything. That’s why it is essential to add an extra level of defining care on moving days. Between having familiar faces present to planning the entirety of the day well before moving, there are many preventative measures that can be taken to help your moving day go as smooth as possible. Therefore, let’s dive into a few ways you can assist your loved one with dementia move worry-free.

 

 

Preparation Takes Precedent

The most important aspect from moving is undoubtedly being properly prepared for moving day. By setting up and planning out the day before it happens, you make the experience immensely easier for your loved one. Additionally, make sure to let your loved one participate in the move. A great example of this is letting them decide what belongings they’d like to pack. By actively participating, your loved one can feel more in control about his or her move; as opposed to having no say at all during the process. The finite details can make all the difference in these situations so it’s imperative to be diligent.

 

Be Patient

Perhaps patience is one of the more rudimentary traits to carry with you on moving days, however that doesn’t make it any less important. In fact, being patient with your loved one can lower a lot of the stresses associated with moving entirely. Understanding how long moving can take and coming to the realization that patience proceeds pace, can calm nerves and give all involved a set of expectations. Chances are if you have a loved one suffering from dementia you’re pretty patient in your own right however if not, make sure to prioritize this on your moving day.

 

Communication is Key

Throughout the entire process of moving there is no more important factor to consider than communication. Knowing what your loved one needs becomes more difficult with dementia; as it does with aging in general. Therefore, it is of the utmost importance that you properly communicate with your loved one while moving. It’s simply too easy to fall into the trap of “taking over” moving day by disregarding all of your loved ones needs in an effort to move in as quickly as possible. Put an emphasis on communication, it will save you time and stress.

 

Incorporate Familiar Items

One of the best ways to limit the amount of forgetfulness that is to be experienced during moving is to incorporate as many items as possible that your loved one is familiar with. Maybe a scented candle brings back some homely memories, or a family photo allows them to recall a fond experience with those they care about most. The item itself is rather meaningless to select, as long as it is associated with something your loved one would find positively memorable. It’s all about bring a sense of familiarity to their new home. The better you can achieve this, the more welcoming your new home will appear to your loved one.

 

Calendars

Now, for those who already use calendars in your daily life this isn’t as prevalent to you; as you are assuredly aware of the positives associated with calendars. For everyone else, calendars can be an excellent source of organization and structure for your loved one suffering from dementia. Eliminate the fear of forgetfulness with the calamity that ensues moving. As you uproot one home lifestyle for another, adding any amount of organization and structure can work wonders for you. The last thing anyone needs is to miss an important doctor’s visit because it wasn’t written down anywhere.

 

Music

Playing music is definitely one of the easiest things to do as you move and it can help improve overall morale for the day! Piggybacking off of a previous statement, music has the ability to familiarize someone with their surroundings, even if it’s their first time at a new place. Making a playlist of your loved ones favorite tunes can absolutely lighten up the moving day mood for all involved. For especially tough days music is a fantastic escape, and if your loved one is struggling with their home transition then putting on that special playlist can make all of the difference.

 

Have Relatives Be There On Moving Day

The proposition of someone with dementia moving homes is terrifying. One of the best ways to help with this is to invite as many close relatives/friends over as you can, in order to offer your loved one some sense of familiarity. Even if your loved one struggles with recognizing faces, there is still ample opportunity to quell their concerns with a family gathering of any sort. Get together, talk about your fondest memories, and watch your loved one feel increasingly secured in their new home.

In conclusion, there is a lot to consider when attempting to move someone suffering from dementia or other memory-related illnesses. New places and faces may only add to receding recognition and processing skills. As a result, there needs to be a concerted effort to provide calm, welcoming environment when moving.

 

Next Steps

Make sure to keep constant communication, I cannot stress this enough. Remember that moving is a long process that will require even more additional patience than usual. Being able to talk through any stressful situations that may arise during moving can create a more relaxing environment on its own. This of course coincides with our main goal of providing a safe, comforting environment so that your loved one can adapt to their new senior living home accordingly. In totality, moving days are a pain in anyone’s butt whenever they occur. Therefore, do whatever you reasonably can to ensure your loved one has a comforting support system around them as they adapt to a new home.

 

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Topics: Senior Tips

Health Benefits of Peaches

Posted by Conor Denton on Oct 1, 2018 11:00:00 AM
 

As you age your diet can become one of the most difficult things to regulate on a daily basis. From eating three square meals a day to getting proper nutritional value in those meals, there are many things to monitor as you eat. Therefore, finding out what foods for seniors offer the most positive benefits is essential. Among the leaders are peaches, which offer an abundance of health benefits for seniors. Without further ado, let’s dive into why peaches are a fantastic food to incorporate into your daily diet.

 

Skin Health

One of the more prominent benefits of peaches is that they promote excellent skin health if eaten consistently enough. Peaches, as with many fruits, are loaded with vitamins and antioxidants, all of which promote positive skin health. More specifically, peaches contain a plethora of vitamin C, which have been known to produce large amounts of collagen. Of course as you age so does your skin, so whatever additional skin rejuvenation you can receive is only positive!

 

 

Eyesight

As previously discussed, peaches contain large amounts of vitamin C, which alongside zinc form a dynamic duo supporting eye health. Additionally, other antioxidants within peaches help prevent damage to the retina caused by an increased amount of exposure to light. Seniors are at a heightened risk of developing macular degeneration regardless, so consuming foods that are rich in vitamin C and antioxidants are a fantastic way to support your vision.

 

 

Lessen Anxiety

Peaches are known to contain natural sedatives that help consumers relax whether intentional or unintentional. This can be especially helpful for those who suffer from anxiety, if they are looking for natural, holistic ways to relax their mind and body. Also, peaches can help insomniacs, as eating a peach before bed can help you fall asleep faster. On top of all of this, peaches are a comforting food that’s a healthier alternative to ice cream and other sweets. Everyone knows that most comfort foods aren’t healthy and are simply easily available during a time of stress. Don’t fall into this excuse. Instead, munch down on a delicious peach!

 

 

Muscle Health

Peaches contain rich amounts of potassium, which in turn benefit both muscle growth and longevity. Potassium can also be commonly found in bananas, a fellow fruit used in muscle cramp prevention among other things. Peaches contain roughly twice the amount of potassium that a single banana carries however, so it may be more effective to consume the former if you suffer from muscle discomfort.

 

 

Fiber

Peaches are very fibrous, promoting positive digestive health in the process. Correspondingly, a smoother digestive system makes regulating your weight all the more easier. On top of helping the digestive tract, fiber is also known to decrease cholesterol, only adding more health benefits to the fruit itself. If you find yourself lacking in fiber, a big juicy peach may be just what the doctor ordered!

Fresh peaches-Peaches are a wonderful health food as they offer many health benefits.

Bone/Teeth Structure

While we all know by now that peaches are rich in vitamin C, many of you may not realize that they contain vitamin K as well. Of course, vitamin K is an essential component in sustaining bone and teeth structure. As you age your bones and teeth can become eroded if the proper care is not taken. Thus, adding a dose of vitamin K to your everyday diet via peaches is a great way to prevent these issues from arising in your golden years.

 

 

Prevents Illness

Many of the positive health benefits found in peaches originate from phytochemicals. Phenols, the most notable of the bunch have been known to reduce the chances of contracting life-threatening diseases. Now I’m not saying that peaches are a be-all end-all cure to disease, as they most assuredly are not, however studies have shown that peaches contain chemicals that assist in building immunity to illnesses.

 

 

Helps Prevent Diabetes

Peaches have been known to help lower glucose levels. Correspondingly, the fruit gives a unique opportunity to enjoy something sweet and tart without having to worry about sugar intake. As it was previously stated, fiber plays a huge role in all of this activity. In addition to monitoring glucose levels, the fibrous fruit can both increase insulin levels as well as decrease the amount of lipids in your body. This is essential information to those who already have diabetes of any sorts, as it shows that peaches can still be beneficial.

 

 

Healthier Snacking Alternative

As it was lightly touched on earlier, peaches are an amazing snacking alternative, especially for those who are older and must watch their diet with more precision. There aren’t many healthy food items that taste adequate, so take advantage of peaches! It takes little to no effort to change something so minor in your diet, and the residual effects of such a change can be overwhelmingly positive. For those who haven’t tried a peach give it a chance, you may take a keen interest in the fruit as well.

 

In conclusion, peaches offer the average person the opportunity to improve their daily diet. The multitude of vitamins, antioxidants, and other chemical compounds within peaches offer up an abundance of health benefits. From increased immunity to certain illnesses to better eyesight, there’s a wide range of things peaches can help you with. So next time you eyeball that pint of ice cream or chocolate chip cookie resist, and take a juicy bite out of a peach instead. Remember, peaches aren’t a wonder fruit on their own so other dietary standards still apply. Having said that, there is so much more that peaches have to offer than any rudimentary snack. Don’t take my word on it though. Go and try out peaches for yourself! For more senior tips and advice regarding seniors, visit Landmark Senior Living to learn more.

 

 

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Topics: Senior Tips

5 Ways to Transition a Loved One Into a Senior Living Facility

Posted by Conor Denton on Apr 17, 2018 10:00:00 AM

 

One of the most challenging aspects of life is transitioning a loved one into senior living care. In this moment, their lives become altered, from waking up in the morning to walking around the neighborhood, their daily routine has been permanently changed. Accordingly, convincing them to accept their new life at a senior living facility can be equally as difficult. However, by following any number of the five steps that will be shared in this article, you should find both your loved one and yourself much happier during the process.

A senior living facility staff worker pouring a glass of water for an elderly resident

The first and perhaps most important step in this process is preparation. Planning everything out ahead of time is the most effective way to ease your way through this difficult time. Pack for your loved one earlier than the night before, map out the road trip, make sure to do everything you can to make move-in day as pain free as possible. Avoid procrastination at all costs. Nothing eases stress quite like good preparation.

 

Once move-in day has been completed, the next step is to gauge how much assistance your loved one needs during the first few weeks. The amount of time you’ll need to spend with your loved one is entirely based on their preference. Some need a lot of help initially with such great changes occuring; while others enjoy some separation from their family initially. Communicate with your loved one, come to a consensus on how often they’d like you to visit, and follow accordingly.

Expect to be upset; expect your loved one to be upset. There is no easy way around this topic, especially if your loved one is resistant to living at a senior living facility to being with. The important thing to note is that during this time you must be supportive and patient with your loved one. If they seem upset ask why. If they want to go home ask them what they miss about it. There might not be an effective way to help someone accept a new home but there are certainly ways to let them vent and hear them out.

Spruce up your loved one’s room. Bring their most cherished items from home and decorate their room the best that you can. If you can’t bring them home then bring home to them. It’s the least you can do and it means more to them than you may realize. Photos, jewelry, even family videos can bring that sense of family to their new home. This step works best when it’s explored after letting your loved one vent. During that time, you can gain a clearer picture of what they miss or what they want in their new home. Bringing those wanted objects can increase happiness exponentially, and lead to other positives down the line once your loved one feels comfortable.

Lastly, you MUST involve staff in the decision-making process. The staff at your senior living facility are there to help you, so reach out to them! If you have concerns make them heard. Remember, there is a numerous amount of other families in the same situation as yours in the facility; so if you don’t speak up, staff members will not notice you. In order to make your loved one as comfortable as possible, introduce the staff to them, familiarize the two parties and give yourself a sense of relief when you can’t be there.

There’s no denying how stressful moving a loved one into a senior living facility can be. From worrying about them accepting their new home to being unsure of the new community they’ll be thrusted into, it’s a lot to put on anyone’s plate. Luckily for you, there are a number of ways to ease both yourself and your loved one into this process. By following any combination of these five steps, you’re sure to find yourself more relaxed and confident coming out of this troubling time than you were going into it. Are you looking for a retirement community? Landmark Senior Living has seven premier locations that can accommodate any budget or lifestyle. Call us today to find out more!

 

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Topics: Senior Living Facility

Getting Your Loved One Assisted Living Care

Posted by Conor Denton on Apr 12, 2018 10:00:00 AM

 

One of the most difficult transitions in life is introducing assisted living to your parents or elderly loved ones. Although this transitional period calls for everyone eventually, it’s not easy to navigate through. By implementing some of the steps included in this article, you and your loved ones should be able to come to a firm agreement on what facility treats their needs best.

 

Steps For Getting Your Loved One Assisted Living Care

 

An elderly woman being assisted to her room by a staff member.

The first step towards achieving your goal of finding a proper assisted living facility is to make sure that your loved ones are heavily involved. After all, they are going to be the ones living there, so it’s essential that they be the ones to have the final say on important decisions. Shutting them out of the process turns everything into a guessing game, without consulting your loved ones, there’s no way to guarantee they’ll enjoy their new home. Especially when making a life decision this big, make sure that everyone is on the same page.

Correspondingly, if you and your loved one are struggling to agree on a facility then consider contacting a senior housing adviser. These professionals specialize in finding a precise fit for seniors in need of assisted living. When in doubt, reach out! This is the most surefire way to assure that your loved one is comfortable in his/her new home. The only downside to this idea segways into our next discussion point, price…

Whatever you want to do for your loved one you have to make sure you can afford it. Affordability is number one on the list of things to consider in this process. Don’t waste your time on places you’ll struggle to make payments on. As previously stated, there are advisers that can help guide you; however even their advice can cost you a pretty penny. This step can be the most difficult for some, but with the proper research, you’ll be able to find the right facility for your family.

The final step towards finding an appropriate assisted living facility for your loved one is touring the researched places themselves! If you’ve think you’ve found the perfect place confirm your beliefs by visiting in person. Take a tour, ask about amenities and truly decide if this place is the one for your loved one. Talking to fellow residents and staff can give you an honest, truthful representation of what a nice facility is all about. This step is more of a confirmation than a research step, however the significance of certainty carries a lot of weight when it comes to finding a proper home.

There are a plethora of ways in which you can find a nice assisted living facility for your loved one. Whether it be by consulting with an adviser, price checking, or touring the facilities themselves, make sure to find something your loved one can appreciate for the rest of their lives. Are you looking for a retirement community? Landmark Senior Living has seven premier locations that can accommodate any budget or lifestyle. Call us today to find out more!

 

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Topics: Assisted Living

Elderly Loss: An Adult Child’s Death

Posted by Conor Denton on Apr 10, 2018 10:00:00 AM
 

Nothing in life can prepare you for death. Whether it be the death of a loved one, young or old, the grieving period that accompanies this troubling time is nothing short of heartbreaking. Being able to cope with tragedy is near impossible, yet essential in transitioning towards life afterward. Don’t let the sudden passing of a son or daughter engorge others propensity to stay stuck in place post-tragedy. Here are some topics to consider the Ins and Outs of an Adult Child’s Death.

 An elderly man grieving over a loss.The elephant in the room is the age of your child. Why should people feel differently for you if your child is seven or thirty-seven? The short answer is that they shouldn’t; however human emotion isn’t that simple, people consider age when processing their grief. Others may also focus on the child’s immediate family, husband/children, over parents in certain situations. Recognizing the powerful bond that children can have with their parents can be difficult for those on the outside looking in.

After all, the more someone ages, the less dependent they become on their parents which, in turn, affects how much they see them. Meanwhile, growing into their own comes with creating their own family. Those previously molded relationships with parents are now being formed with children; and so the cycle repeats itself continually, resulting in a diminished acknowledgment of you, the aging parent/grandparent.

Of course, the oddity of an adult child passing away before their aging parent brings forth an entirely different type of grief altogether. Survivor’s guilt in the parent can be troubling and snowball into other unjust feelings towards themselves or things around them such as religion for example. Contemplating how something so horrid could happen to such a young, impressionable family member can stay in the forefront of one’s mind for years, if not forever.

The critical fact that’s commonly glossed over is how much parent/child friendships evolve. Not only are parents losing a child, but they are also losing a close friend, and quite possibly a best friend. All the work and passion parents put into making their children have the best life possible goes for naught, and the thought of that can put quite a strain on the parent. Correspondingly, those who struggle with empty nest syndrome, the issue of detaching from your child, may suffer grief to a much higher degree than normal circumstances.

By understanding the ins and outs of an adult child’s death and the effects it has on parents, you can process grief more appropriately and take essential steps towards acceptance. People on the outside of parent/child relationships only scratch the surface when they consider the amount of sorrow and pain the parents suffer through. Hopefully, by reading this piece, the process of grieving can be more commonly understood by those around these specific situations.

Are you looking for a premier retirement community to call home but worried you couldn’t afford it? Landmark Senior Living has seven convenient locations with comfortable, modern, and high-quality amenities that you want. With more than thirty years’ experience serving older adults, we understand that leaving your home might feel a bit daunting. See us during a no-hassle tour and see how Landmark Senior Living can make retirement an extraordinary time!

 

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Topics: Elderly Loss

Successful Aging

Posted by Conor Denton on Apr 5, 2018 10:00:00 AM
 

How do you feel about getting older? Does the mere thought of retirement send chills down your spine and make you want to run for cover and start drinking anti-aging serums? Well, maybe it’s time to stop thinking about “retirement” and start thing about “successful aging.” Read on to understand the difference, and begin the process of growing older with intention, grace, and optimism.

  An elderly couple riding a moped on a road while smiling and laughingA popular Forbes article, The Difference Between Retirement and Successful Aging” describes the key differences this way:

“Many people assume that retirement and successful aging are somehow the same, or at least intertwined together. However, they are not synonymous and in fact, are two very different factors that don’t merely merge as people make the transition from work-life to home -life.

One of the initial factors that keeps retirement and successful aging separate from each other has to do with the concept of aging itself. Yes, we all age, but many people don’t perceive the need to “age well” or at least age better until they retire. Making it appear like a linear process where one works through life, starts retirement, and then a few years later, begins to focus on aging well.

This is evident in conversations and workshops that I have conducted with baby boomers who identify their health as an area they need to improve, but often put it off with statements such as “When I’m retired, I’m going to walk every day… I’ll be at the gym every morning… or I’ll eat better and drink more water.”

In Healthy Aging in 2018, there is a message of moving forward in life with advancing age, and taking on challenges and new life experiences with great enthusiasm and energy:

“ New cultures, environments, and experiences challenge the brain to work in different ways. According to the Brain Health Centre, travel promotes both brain health and resilience. For most of us, it’s not old age that scares us; it's unable to function in the same capacity as we did when we were younger. Losing our independence and vitality is a frightening thought, but we can age gracefully when we maintain an adventurous spirit and seek out new activities that take us out of our comfort zone.”

How about you? Are you ready to embrace your age and every beautiful experience, wrinkle, and profound insight that goes along with it?

Afterall, you’re not just a number. You are you.

Are you looking for a senior living community? Landmark Senior Living has seven conveniently located properties, and each one is abundant with amenities and comforts you want and expect. Call one of our properties today and schedule a tour.

 

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Topics: Successful Aging

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