When Your Aging Parent Doesn't Want Visitors

What to Do When Your Aging Parent Doesn't Want Visitors

When your aging parent lives in an assisted living community, it’s common for friends and family to want to visit. Not only do they want to see their loved one’s new home and experience a piece of their new lifestyle, but they want to be sure they are settling in nicely and are enjoying their community. Many adult children like to visit and see their aging parent so they can make sure they are receiving the care they deserve and are embracing their lifestyle. Most often,...

What to Expect: Hip Replacement Surgery

What to Expect: Hip Replacement Surgery and Recovery in Seniors

As seniors age, their bodies may begin to deteriorate slowly, causing a need for surgeries to either repair joints, knees or hips or replace them altogether. Most often, we hear about knee and hip surgeries because they are more common, but hip replacements are on the rise. Sometimes these replacements are needed after a fall and the bones have broken or sometimes surgery is needed because there are diseased parts of the joints. According to...


Advantages of Personalized Support in Personal Care

When your loved one needs support, a personalized touch can make a big difference. Not only should personal care staff get to know your loved one’s likes, dislikes and interests, but they should also get to know your loved one’s life story. This can help them to provide a higher level of care along with more personalized support to help your loved one live their best life.

According to Sue Sunderland, Executive Director ...


Gifting 101: Practical Gifts for Your Loved One in Personal Care

When it comes time to get seniors a gift, many loved ones can be stumped at what to get. Whether it’s Christmas, their birthday or another special occasion, it can be difficult to decide what to purchase that they will actually want, need and use. It can be especially difficult when your friend or family member lives in a personal care community because they may have less room, no space for gifts that aren’t practical and may already have everything they need. Fortunately,...


What to Do When Aging Parents Refuse Help

We have all met a senior who simply refuses to be helped. Whether being polite and holding a door open or offering to carry groceries for them, it seems there are at least a few seniors who would rather be left alone. As seniors age it becomes more common for them to be stubborn and refuse help from anyone, and this is especially true when it comes to aging parents.

According to Sue Sunderland, Executive Director at...


Planning & Coping Through Caregiver Holiday Stress

The holidays are upon us. It’s a time for magic, joy, friends, family,  and of course, that dreaded holiday stress. While the holidays can tend to be stressful for anyone, caregivers often have a whole different set of stresses. When caring for a senior with memory loss, the holidays can shift from a time of family and friends to a time of endless holiday preparation, increased caregiving duties and higher chances of caregiver burnout.



Holidays & Exercise for Seniors

The holiday season is approaching faster than we even realize, bringing with it Halloween candy, loads of turkey, mashed potatoes and gravy, plenty of pies, Christmas cookies and, of course, some extra unwanted pounds. The holidays can be hectic and tempting, leaving little time to exercise and continue an exercise routine, or so you think. Although there may be plenty of parties, feasts and activities to take part in, it’s still possible to keep up with or adapt your current...

Adapting Holiday Traditions

Adapting Holiday Traditions for Seniors with Memory Loss

The holiday seasons are often full of excitement, nostalgia and good cheer. Family may come to visit or you may travel to see them. The home may be full of wonderful scents and holiday movies or festive music may be playing. It’s truly a wonderful time of year for those of all ages; however, for those with memory loss, the holidays can mean something else entirely.

According to Sue Sunderland, Executive Director at...

Stroke Prevention and Recovery for Seniors

Stroke Prevention and Recovery for Seniors

FAST. To some, this is just a word to describe action. For others, it’s a life-saving acronym that can be the difference between a life and death situation. For those who are unfamiliar with FAST, it’s a good idea to get familiar. FAST is an easy way to recognize when a stroke is occurring, and it stands for Face, Arm (and leg), Speech and Time. When you begin to notice face drooping, numbness in the extremities, slurred speech or no speech at all, it’s time to react.

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Playlists for Dementia Patients

Therapeutic Playlists for Patients with Dementia

Because of music’s ability to take us back to a time and place in our lives when we hear a certain tune, music has proven very valuable in helping to manage some symptoms of memory loss. Music, when used for those with Alzheimer’s disease or other forms of dementia, can reduce symptoms of anxiety, agitation and aggressive behavior.

According to Sue Sunderland, Executive Director at The Bridges at...



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