Good nutrition is such an essential part of aging well. Eating a balanced diet allows all of us to live an active lifestyle, maintain an ideal weight and stay as physically healthy as possible. For senior individuals, a healthy and well-balanced diet plays an even more important role by helping with digestion issues, improving memory and cognitive function, keeping teeth and bones strong and basically helping all body systems to work as well as possible.
“The essential vitamins and...more
Although spring has everything coming up roses, and in summertime, the livin’ is easy, is there really any other season that’s more beautiful than fall? From sweater weather to delicious scents and tastes to the fiery beauty of the great outdoors, autumn is the perfect time to slow down and enjoy everything the outdoors (and indoors) has to offer before we tuck in for a long winter’s nap.
“One of the best parts about fall is that there are so...more
Choosing a senior living community for yourself, your aging parent or another loved one can be a very emotionally charged situation. Because there are so many options to think about, it can easily become overwhelming and stressful – which means that many people choose to wait until a decision is absolutely necessary.
However, this approach is actually counterintuitive, says Sue Sunderland, Executive Director of The Bridges at Warwick. “The best time to...more
If you’re a caregiver for a loved one with dementia, you’ve been dutiful about watching them and adjusting their care to meet his or her needs. However, there may come a time when you notice that Mom or Dad is declining in health and ability. They may be more difficult to handle, or issues are popping up that you don’t always feel comfortable handling yourself. You’re spending more and more of your time taking care of them (and becoming more and more stressed out). Sound...more
We spend so much time decorating, personalizing our houses and making it feel like home. With personal touches and unique design elements, we are able to not only reflect who we are, but what matters to us through our homes. When a loved one is getting ready to move to a memory care community, it’s just as important to add personalization and make it feel like home.
According to Sue Sunderland, Executive Director at The Bridges at...more
For many families, summer is a time of fun, relaxation and quality time. School lets out, work may have special hours and many people take vacations. When you are caring for an aging parent, you may think that your summer might look a little different, but it’s more than possible to spend these warm summer days and nights enjoying an array of activities with your parent.
According to Sue Sunderland, Executive Director at...more
Older adults with Alzheimer’s disease and other forms of dementia often face confusion and struggle to cope with the changes they are facing. Not only has their ability to remember been diminished but it’s also likely their senses have been as well. Touch, sight, sound, smell and taste may have either been affected by their disease or could have possibly flipped altogether. In fact, some seniors with memory loss may no longer enjoy the smells and tastes they once did. This can...more
Seniors with Alzheimer's disease or another form of memory loss often need a higher level of care as their disease progresses, but that doesn't mean they need to sacrifice the lifestyle they deserve for a high level of care. Why not have both?
According to Sue Sunderland, Executive Director at The Bridges at Warwick, a senior living community in Jamison, PA, The Vista Memory Care Program and The Vista Transitional Living...more
When moving to a senior living community, bigger doesn’t always mean better, although many seniors believe it does. Much like small businesses, there’s a personal touch that’s added when a company, or community, is smaller than the rest. For example, in a small town, everyone knows who everyone is. They know your name, they know what you like and most often, everyone includes one another. In bigger communities or the city, that’s much harder to come by, as everyone is absorbed...more
From a young age, parents tell their children to tell the truth and always be honest, often modeling these behaviors and reprimanding them for lying. As we age, however, what becomes acceptable tends to change, within reason. This can include little white lies and fibs, so long as they don’t directly harm or impact someone else negatively. In the world of caring for a loved one with dementia, white lies and fibbing may come up again through the use of therapeutic fibbing and...more