Elder Orphans: How to Plan Aging Without a Family
Posted February 28, 2019
This week, for the first time, I heard the term, “Elder Orphan”. Of course, as a Senior Living Advisor with Senior Living Experts for twelve years, I have come across dozens of seniors who have no children, and no extended family members. Just the term, “Elder orphan” pulled at my heart strings. To navigate aging on your own, has got to be a lonely and frightening road to experience. According to CNN, about 22% of seniors over 65 years old are Elder Orphans, having no family in their lives. Some say being alone in life is not something to be ...read more
Don’t wait for the crisis!
Posted September 17, 2018
We have all had that salesperson tell us to “act now!” or “buy now!”, and we sort of feel like we’re being pushed along a sales process we may or may not want to be a part of. But, when we get calls at Senior Living Experts from family members explaining their loved ones physical or mental decline, that is definitely a reason to "act now". Often, I have felt that families may interpret my message of not waiting to tour communities as pressure, but in reality, we work to save our clients from pressure in the long run. Getting ...read more
How Do You Know if You Have a Thyroid Problem (Hypothyroidism) ?
Posted January 30, 2018
Your thyroid is a type of comptroller in the body, a gland that influences other cells, tissues, and organ function. Respite care in the Schaumburg area offers tips to recognize thyroid disease, which can be prevalent among seniors. January is Thyroid Disease Awareness Month and it is the perfect time to see your provider to determine if you are at risk of a thyroid problem. More than 30-million people in this country have a thyroid disorder, but less than half seek medical diagnoses or treatment. It is estimated that thyroid disease is more prevalent than diabetes, heart disease, and cancer. ...read more
How Folic Acid (Vitamin B9) Benefits your Body – Importance In The Diet
Posted January 23, 2018
Folic acid is an integral mineral that many may be deficient in, particularly seniors. Retirement communities stress the importance of folic acid in the diet of their residents and you should, too. Assess your diet during January’s National Folic Acid Awareness Week. It seems that seniors, particularly females, are at risk of developing a dietary deficiency that could impact overall health and well-being. Pay attention to whether you are eating plenty of foods that contain folic acid, as it contributes to many functions and systems in the body. A well-balanced diet is not always adequate to get enough folic acid, ...read more
How Does Poverty Affect the Elderly?
Posted January 16, 2018
When senior living in Hinsdale examines the cost of poverty on the aging generation, many correlations are found between quality of care available to these seniors, treatment approaches, and prognoses. Seniors that live in poverty- or below the standard income level guidelines outlined by the US Government- may find correlations between their health and income. Having money does have its advantages and, unfortunately, this is often closely connected to the quality of healthcare afforded them. Don’t go without the professional practitioners that you need to overcome existing health issues, gain relief from chronic conditions, or prevent future problems; reach out ...read more
How to Improve the Lives of Elderly?
Posted January 9, 2018
Assisted living facilities in Gurnee help keep quality of life high for their senior residents with tactics that can easily adapt to other home environments. Some suggestions include creating a sense of community, preserving independence, and assisting with daily tasks. Typically, the goal of senior caregivers is to preserve or improve the quality of life for those in their care. There is a lot to be learned from those with expertise in aging, and assisted living facilities in Gurnee help keep quality of life high for those in their care with some simple and adaptable strategies. Looking for assisted living ...read more
Robotic pet therapy for Dementia Patients in long-term care
Posted January 2, 2018
Dementia care in the Chicago area makes the case for robotic pet therapy among consumers studied. The benefits mimic those of conventional pet therapy models, but with added conveniences and applications. Studies have shown that animal-assisted therapy has distinct and significant benefits for seniors, including those struggling with dementia, including Alzheimer’s disease. The obstacle to access to the therapeutic advantages of a pet may be the individual’s ability- and environment- to care for a live animal. New research suggests that robot-assisted therapy is an effective and practical alternative, manifesting in robotic pets for seniors with dementia. Talk to your provider about how to ...read more
What is Capgras Syndrome in Dementia: Tips for Helping Patients and Families Cope
Posted December 26, 2017
Many consumers and caregivers ask dementia care in Lincoln Park: What is Capgras Syndrome and what are some tips to cope with this debilitating condition? Among advice offered is to use empathy, cues, and patience, as well as any available resources. Imagine what it would be like to believe that everyone around you is an imposter? Those experiencing the mysterious condition known as Capgras Syndrome often feel this way. Many Americans live with the symptoms of Capgras- a delusion disorder- and its impacts stretch widely to include family, friends, and caregivers. If someone you love shows the signs of this ...read more
Respite Care for Elderly in Chicago: It’s OK to take a Break
Posted December 19, 2017
Everyone needs a break which makes it prudent to seek respite care in Chicago; it’s okay to take a break. Respite care offers both the caregiver and the client a safe and secure alternative when needed. Caregiving for someone else is exhausting and everyone needs a break. Respite care not only helps consumers and seniors with a safe, supportive spot to stay, but also gives caregivers the opportunity to ensure client safety and overall wellness, while taking care of their own needs. Senior Living Experts can connect you with the assisted living facilities near Chicago that offer respite care for ...read more
Sleep Apnea May Increase Risk of Dementia and Memory Loss
Posted December 12, 2017
An interesting correlation is evolving among those that receive memory care in Naperville: Is there a link between sleep apnea and Alzheimer’s? Many studies show a connection between sleep deprivation and dementia among seniors. Most individuals that live with Alzheimer’s disease or dementia struggle with sleep; since dementia seems to contribute to sleep, could sleep apnea be a sign of an underlying dementia? While researchers continue to seek answers that could lead to more concrete ways to identify those at risk for Alzheimer’s, make sure that your loved one has the resources and providers they need to establish if they ...read more