The Top 10 Assisted Living Facilities in North Dakota

When you look for a state with assisted living facilities, North Dakota doesn’t really pop into your head. North Dakota offers affordable prices at a booming economy as it’s a less frequented state. But despite the growing economy, median home costs around $100,000 which are almost one-third less than the median cost in the country as a whole: quite a bargain. On the flip side, North Dakota is sparsely populated so the social life isn’t all that great. The state also has intense winters so it’s not the ideal to retire in for the tropic lovers. But for any retiree or assisted living seeker who loves the great big outdoors, North Dakota is a big-trail and hunting haven with a bit of a frontier mentality thrown in for good measure.

Ecumen Evergreen of Fargo

1401, West Gateway Circle
Fargo, North Dakota 58103
701-239-4524

Ecumen Evergreen of Fargo is a non-profit senior living rental community that’s nestled in a residential neighborhood just off the main road. Consisting of closely placed cottage-style buildings, it looks warm and homely. Evergreen prides itself in having a caring and intimate atmosphere where the residents, their relatives as well as the staff member are like an extended family. Whether residents need assistance to complete the little things of everyday life or need just a helping hand every now and then – the caring staff makes sure the help is given with a smile and a warm heart. Residents get dignified daily living with individualized personalized assistance and health care services, as well as memory care. Special attention is paid to the overall wellness of the residents with many physical, social, emotional, spiritual, environmental and intellectual programs for residents to partake in.

 

Touchmark at Harwood Groves

1200, Harwood Dr. S,
Fargo, North Dakota 58104
701-297-2327

A full-service retirement community, the Touchmark at Harwood Groves stands on a beautiful 14-acre park-like campus. Peaceful and breathtaking, it’s also close to the Fargo-Moorhead metropolitan area. Touch believes that retiring adults want and need an active life that gives them the help they need along with the independence they want. The retirees at Touchwood are encouraged to take up careers, hobbies, civic activities, continue their education, and volunteer. The resident’s homes have been specifically created keeping this activity in mind. Residents can choose from a wide selection of maintenance-free homes and apartments ranging from studios, one bedroom, and two bedrooms. The star has to be the on-site health and fitness club with heated pool…

 

Brookdale Brentmoor of Minot

3515 10th St SW,
Minot, North Dakota 58701
651-967-0099

Lovely landscaped grounds, as well as spacious apartments, make Brentmoor a beautiful North Dakota choice for assisted living. The staff promises warm and attentive service and the location is ideal as well. Most amenities are conveniently close by too. Residents can find restaurants, shopping, banks and physicians’ offices a hop skip and jump away. Located in a quiet residential neighborhood, Brentwood is replete with small town charm. The central courtyard comes alive with many community activities that Brentwood organizes such as picnics, musical programs, and carnivals. Thre elegant meals a day keep the residents high on fuel to further enjoy the outdoor walking paths and raised garden beds where residents can explore their green thumb in warm weather.

 

Kensington-Evergreen Dickinson

2143 6th Ave W,
Dickinson, North Dakota 58601
701-483-6606

The city of Dickinson lies right at the edge of the beautiful badlands of North Dakota, and Kensington-Evergreen is surrounded with all that natural beauty. Plus it lies in within a peaceful residential neighborhood with a shopping mall, medical services, several churches, banks, and restaurants nearby. While this is perfect for those searching for a warm and happy assisted living facility, specialized memory care is available right next door at the sister community, CountryHouse Residence. Kensington-Evergreen is warm and sunny from the moment you step into the cozy fireplace lounge. New families are treated to a welcome dinner and there are plenty social and educational ventures to keep residents hale and hearty.

 

Good Samaritan Society

401 Millionaire Ave.,
Mott, North Dakota 58646
701-824-3222

If God is your calling, then surely you will feel home at the Good Samaritan Society of Mott, located on the rolling plains of southwest North Dakota. Widely known as the “Pheasant Capital” of North Dakota, Mott is peacefully populated and the Good Samaritan Society offers specialized and respite care for those looking for some health-related TLC. Their mission is to share God’s love in word and deed by providing shelter and supportive services to older persons and others in need, believing that “In Christ’s Love, Everyone Is Someone.”. While this is not an assisted living facility per se, it offers hospice services, outpatient therapy as well as adult day-care on a home-based service. The facility offers post-acute rehabilitation services, rehab, and skilled care, as well as respite care.

 

Parkwood Senior Living

749 S 30th St,
Grand Forks, North Dakota 58201
701-757-2727

Known for individualized and tailored packages, Parkwood Senior Living at Grand Forks is conveniently located near to shopping, dining, entertainment and the area’s best medical centers. Residents can enjoy a restaurant-style dining experience in our dining room or may opt for meal delivery in the comfort of their own apartments. Plus the coffee is always hot here at the coffee shop! To keep the residents fit and fine, Parkwood hosts a variety of events, classes, and programs on an everyday basis. The facility also arranges transport to and fro from the local sights and sounds. Spacious outdoor courtyards and walking paths ensure the residents enjoy plenty of outdoorsy activities. An onsite chapel, library, and greenhouse keep the seniors happily engaged.

 

Edgewood Vista on Dominion

3406 Dominion St,
Bismarck, North Dakota 58503
701-258-7489

Wondering why Edgewood Vista would make a good assisted living facility to retire to? Well, it has been named Bismarck’s Best of the Best Assisted Living And Retirement Community by the Bismarck Tribune Readers for four years in a row! Why? Because assisted living at Edgewood is just the perfect mix of housing, healthcare, and lifestyle for retirees who need a helping hand here and there. Each apartment is equipped with a kitchen but residents can choose to eat at the full-service dining facility as and when they wish. The apartments open to a large main hallway so North Dakota’s icy sidewalks are no problem for you. Some noteworthy facilities are fine dining with three homemade meals daily, private apartments with walk-in showers, transportation to appointments and social, community, daily recreational activities and shopping trips.


Primrose Retirement Community

1144 College Dr,
Bismarck, North Dakota 58501
701-354-2224

Nestled in greenery, Primrose promises to be a tight-knit group that stays together in a safe, secure and healthy environment for residents to thrive in. Everything has been designed to make the residents feel arm, cherished and secure – from the apartment layouts to the nutritious but delicious food. Meals are enjoyed together in the dining hall and the community takes part in many social outings and events in and around Bismarck. The Life Enrichment Coordinators provide classes, exercises, group activities and more so that the new residents can be introduced to the others. The nursing staff makes scheduled wellness checks for all its residents as health is a priority.  With a round-the-clock maintenance staff, living at Primrose is akin to living stress-free.

The Wellington

601 24th Ave SW,
Minot, North Dakota 58701
701-858-9800

The Wellington is an assisted living community that’s full of life and fun. They believe that only by forming deep and meaningful relationships with residents and families, can they provided exceptional service and support. The staff at Wellington knows that the health needs of the residents may keep changing. Understanding the resident’s needs is key to the success of Wellington and so the staff remains on site 24X7. All medical and medications needs of the residents are well taken care of by the caring and certified staff. Residents can avail of the transportation services, housekeeping, and laundry services along with all the assistance they need with their personal activities.

 

The Legacy Place

570 13th St NE,
Valley City, North Dakota 58072
701-845-8945

Legacy Place always buzzes with some activity or the other. You’ll see the residents involved in playing Bingo or bean bag toss. Then there is always baking, crafting, sewing, music, puzzling or even cards. You’ll also see instructors helping the residents practice their sitting chair exercises and yoga or arrange outing events and more. The Legacy Place kitchens serve three nutritious meals daily, and many additional amenities are also available to the residents. The lobby lounge and porch areas are the common areas residents hang out at. The religious can find solace in the chapel room with church services every Sunday. Other areas like the courtyard, community room, exercise room, heated therapeutic salt water pool, library and beauty salon also find many takers.

Top 10 Assisted Living Facilities in New Jersey

Bruce Springsteen gave this state one bad rap when he crooned “we gotta get out while we’re young”! He may not be entirely wrong though Springsteen can certainly choose to retire anywhere. Basically, the average American retiree will find New Jersey an expensive and tax burdened state. That means, the many assisted living facilities in New Jersey aren’t as economical as options in other states.

On the flip side, it’s a beautifully green state with the 1.1 million acre Pinelands with sprawling farmlands in the south. In fact, 22% of Jersey’s land area comprises forests and wetlands. All of it lined with richly diverse hiking and biking trails. There’s also 90 miles of shoreline to the east so plenty of beaches for the sun and sand worshippers. All this, plus 37 miles of riverfront in the north goes towards making New Jersey one geographically diverse and beautiful state indeed. So if you are a Jersey loyalist, forget about Snooki, Springsteen and The Sopranos… Go through the ten best assisted living facilities in New Jersey, arranged in random order instead!

Brandywine Living

155 Raymond Road
Princeton, New Jersey 08540
732-329-8888

Frankly, with a name like that, it does seem to be a fun a place to live at. Tippler aside, residents here swear by the caring and welcoming attitude of the staff. One big plus-plus for anyone who is leaving their parents behind is that at Brandywine, licensed nurses are on-site (not on-call) 24/7. And not just for the residents. Friends and family are welcome to call up the licensed practitioner nurse on-site for any questions or concerns that they may have. With more than 20 communities in New Jersey itself and branches spread to other states like New York, Connecticut, Delaware and Pennsylvania and still more on the anvil; Brandywine stands apart from other assisted living care facilities by simply providing the best possible care with the best possible attitude, with all the comforts and activities included as well.

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Avalon Assisted Living at Bridgewater

565 Easton Turnpike
Bridgewater, New Jersey 08807
908-707-8800

Bridgeway’s first Assisted Living Residence, the Avalon Assisted Living at Bridgewater has gained plenty of community love as well as professional awards and credits. The friendly staff provides quality care to its residents untiringly, and all living areas are cleaned and maintained seven days a week. Hygiene is a priority here. Residents are free to choose from private or outdoor dining with three delicious and nutritious meals daily, and can also choose to hang with their buddies at the coffee shop. Licensed nurses remain onsite 24X7 and the wireless emergency response system ensures help arrives quickly. Daily exercise and wellness classes, as well as social, cultural and recreational activities, keep the residents happy and healthy on all levels. Residents also have access to A/V rooms and libraries with computers and internet access for them to be technologically up and at it…

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The Martin and Edith Stein Assisted Living Residence

350 Demott Lane
Somerset, New Jersey 08873
732-568-1155

Located in the beautiful locales of Somerset, New Jersey; the Martin and Edith Stein Assisted Living Residence offers every amenity essential for senior living, and more! Like a gorgeous dining room, a fully-equipped beauty salon and an internet-savvy media center with a low vision reader. Residents can choose from a luxury studio, one-bedroom or shared apartment. All equipped with individual climate control, cable TVs, a kitchenette, bathroom and a living room. The assisted living facility also has a health center, exercise room, a beauty salon and barber to keep the residents looking their best. It’s centrally located just minutes from downtown New Brunswick as well as the New Jersey Turnpike and Garden State Parkway. Since it is in the heart of the New York/New Jersey metro area, it also has access to all the great cultural, recreational and entertainment destinations.

Click here to contact us now to see if The Martin and Edith Stein Assisted Living Residence may be right for you.

The Renaissance

192 Highway 79
Marlboro Township, New Jersey 07746
732-526-7679

Set in a beautiful three-acre land piece in Marlboro, The Renaissance is a restored Victorian-style home for seniors. Along with the comfort and security of a monitored healthcare facility, The Renaissance offers a wonderfully-serviced homelike B&B atmosphere. Hardwood floors and personal décor coupled with a friendly staff make for a very warm atmosphere which makes The Renaissance stand apart from others. Residents are free to choose between private and semi-private rooms depending on their choice or budget. Three nutritious and healthy meals are served by a friendly staff in the common dining room. With plenty of common areas with lots to do, most residents are often found hobnobbing with each other and taking part in social events. The staff is onsite 24X7 but pets are not allowed in this facility.

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Branch Brook Park Manor

212 Clifton Ave
Newark, New Jersey 07104
973-481-2615

An 11-story brownstone, Branch Brook Park Manor is nevertheless a favorite amongst its senior residents. Firstly, it’s ideally located so it makes it easier for the seniors as well as their families to get around. Secondly, most residents would claim that the staff is wonderfully caring and attentive towards its residents. Their memory care program ensures that all its residents receive loving care and remain clean and happy throughout. Thirdly, it’s a small facility and an affordable one – and also offers an adult day care facility. Also, they offer plenty of activities for the seniors to come and take part in for them to remain mentally alert and active. Finally, the great staff makes sure that all its residents live life to the fullest with as much help as they need.

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Canterbury Village

33 Mount Pleasant Ave
West Orange, New Jersey 07052
973-736-1194

The Canterbury Village has been in operation since 1921 and is one of New Jersey’s most experienced Senior Assisted Living Residences. It is a 501(c)3 not-for-profit organization governed by a voluntary Board of Trustees and has a close-knit community of just 53 residents. Residents have the comfort of personalized assistance and health care services 24X7 and various interesting activities in a structured environment. Residents can choose from private and semi-private rooms and there are plenty of inbuilt safety features in both. Canterbury Village lets you furnish these rooms as per your own choice but can also provide a fully-furnished apartment if that suits you better. Common areas include a gorgeous great room, library, outdoor courtyard and a sun room for gathering and for family visits. All meals are served in the charming, intimate dining room.

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Care One

68 Passaic Ave
Livingston, New Jersey 07039
973-758-9000

One of the best assisted living and healthcare providers for seniors in the area, Care One at Livingston is an excellent choice. Be it memory care, rehabilitation, specialty clinical programs or long-term care, Care One has just the right staff for it. The building’s décor is as elegant and refined as the architecture. Conveniently located near the Garden State Parkway as well as many highway routes, Care One is easy to reach for both seniors and their families. The result is unsurpassed patient care and comfort in a hotel-like setting. Since Care One offers health services to seniors at many different levels, you are likely to find a mixed crowd here – from those in their silver years who need a little assistance to those in memory care programs and rehab. Each resident is treated with dignity and care, with all the specialized health care that they may need.

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Horizon Manor North

73 Overlook Rd
Montclair, New Jersey 07043
973-746-9047

Horizon Manor North & Horizon Manor South are two Victorian Inn-style assisted living residences in Montclair, with world class services. The setting is that of a gracious Victorian Inn and the services are impeccable and warm. Horizon Manor has had a great track record of more than 25 years. Horizon Assisted Living provides a comprehensive round-the-clock care in a charming home-like setting. All residents enjoy three home-cooked meal served in elegant dining rooms. New entrants can choose from beautifully-furnished private or companion rooms. Family can choose permanent residence for their beloved elders or even a huge range of flexible per hour, per day or per week, healthcare services. Basically, they provide sensitive individualized care.

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Juniper Village

500 Southern Blvd
Chatham Township, New Jersey 07928
973-966-5483

Some 100 odd seniors call the centrally-located and picturesque Juniper Village home. Residents are free to amble to the nearby Chatham Township bustle within a quick walking distance, though transport is available too. The building is beautiful and as residents put it, feels like home rather quickly. Juniper Village offers many enriching activities and wellness programs that keep the bodies active and the minds alert and happy. It has different kinds of rooms – spacious studios, one bedroom or two bedroom suites. Room amenities include kitchenettes with microwaves, oversized windows, designer wall-to-wall carpeting and a state of the art heating and cooling system. The hub of activity is the Village Square that connects to each room via beautiful walking paths. At the Village Square, residents can enjoy a movie theater, a full-service spa, a country store or even a fitness center.

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Brighton Gardens of Mountainside

1350 US-22
Mountainside, New Jersey 07092
908-654-4460

Brighton Gardens lies on Route 22 in Mountainside, NJ, between I-78 and the Garden State Parkway and is a haven for those seeking senior living or care. It offers assisted living, memory care, in-home care services as well as short-term rehab. It offers the residents all the comforts of home in a maintenance-free environment. Also, it is close to many major medical facilities. The Mountainside Library, Echo Lake Park, Short Hills Mall, and Livingston Mall are close by for convenient outings as well. Recognized with a Bronze National Quality Award by AHCA/NCAL, Brighton Gardens provides on-site physical therapy, 24-hour on-call nursing, and in-house doctor visits. The gardens offer pleasant spaces for conversation, while an energetic activities program keeps the residents hale and hearty, mind, body and soul! Basically, a great option for assisted living in Chatham.

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Dementia, Alzheimer’s, Memory Loss… What’s the Difference?

People tend to use “Alzheimer’s” as a catchall term for memory loss in older adults, but Alzheimer’s disease (AD), first identified by neuropathologist Aloysius Alzheimer in 1901, is only one form of dementia.

Dementia is the umbrella category of brain diseases that cause a gradual decline in the ability to think, remember, and function day-to-day. It refers to a cluster of symptoms such as short-term memory loss, language deficits, poor judgment, and changes in behavior. Alzheimer’s disease is the most common form of dementia, comprising 50 to 70% of all dementia diagnoses.

The Difficulty with Diagnosis

Part of the confusion around dementia and Alzheimer’s arises from the challenge in diagnosing Alzheimer’s disease with complete accuracy while someone is alive. The “markers” for AD — sticky plaques that accumulate in the brain from abnormally folded proteins, causing inflammation and cellular damage — can only be positively identified on autopsy. Thus, doctors generally make an Alzheimer’s diagnosis by testing for and eliminating other possibilities.

After AD, the second most common cause of dementia results from high blood pressure, high cholesterol and diabetes. All of these conditions block the arteries and impede blood flow to the brain, creating what is known as vascular dementia. If blood can’t reach the brain easily, parts of the brain die. This is called an infarct, and is similar to what happens in a heart attack, or myocardial infarction. When brain tissue dies, the person begins to exhibit signs of cognitive impairment.

In some cases, what looks like dementia may actually be a vitamin or mineral deficiency, since absorption of nutrients declines with age. Because loss and loneliness tend to increase with age as well, depression can be a major factor in dementia. One study found the effect of loneliness is equivalent to smoking fifteen cigarettes a day! Loneliness, and the lack of mental stimulation and emotional connection, increases the risk of heart disease and other physical and mental health problems. It’s a downward spiral in which dementia is an effect, rather than cause.

Finally, Parkinson’s disease, a long-term degenerative disorder of the central nervous system, can cause dementia symptoms. While dementia only becomes widespread in advanced stages of Parkinson’s, depression and anxiety are more common complications, and can also escalate mental decline.

Reducing the Risk

Although Alzheimer’s disease is not currently reversible or curable, its progression can be slowed — and other forms of dementia, such as vitamin deficiency or depression, can be treated, halted, and usually reversed.

Some of the best ways to reduce an older adult’s risk of developing non-Alzheimer’s dementia are surprisingly simple, yet many people ignore them. To brighten your brain, or that of a senior loved one:

  • Exercise regularly
  • Quit smoking
  • Learn something new; challenge your mind
  • Get enough sleep
  • Eat a healthy diet
  • Stay socially active
  • Get a health check-up, especially for blood pressure and cholesterol
  • Protect your head. Over half of those 80 and older fall every year. If you’re unsteady on your feet, use a walking stick, and make sure your home has bathroom handrails and non-skid floors throughout.

When to Place a Loved One in Memory Care

Though most people want to age in place (remain in their own home as they grow older), as dementia progresses this may no longer be feasible, even with a caregiver. These seven questions can help you evaluate whether it’s time for Memory Care:

  • Inattention: Do they forget to turn off the stove?
  • ADL: How well does he/she handle activities of daily living (eating, dressing, bathing)?
  • Personality: Is your loved one suspicious of others, fearful of taking medications, or of eating certain foods?
  • Medication: Is your loved one taking medications on schedule, following correct dosages, and willing to use an organizer/reminder device if necessary?
  • Short-term memory: Has your loved one gotten lost on a walk, or while running errands? Can he/she remember personal information such as address, phone number, contacts, that enable them to return home?
  • Do you have additional support to care for your loved one at home?
  • Is the amount of home care assistance needed likely to become so great that it is no longer affordable for your family?

Options Beyond Memory Care Facilities

Dementia care can be expensive, because Medicare and Medicaid do not pay for “custodial care”, meaning day-to-day care that does not require skilled nursing.

However, there are options beyond memory care facilities. One is adult day care. Adult day care programs provide care during the day for individuals who are unable to live at home alone, but don’t need full-time nursing care. If you or another person is available to care for your loved one during evenings and weekends, adult day care may be an excellent resource to delay or avoid memory care placement.

At adult day care programs, trained individuals care for those with dementia in a setting that provides interaction and stimulation, which help keep people’s minds sharper, longer.

Another possibility is a residential care home, also known as RCFE (residential care facility for the elderly), adult day home, board-and-care home, or personal care home. These small group settings provide basic services (usually meals and light assistance) at a much lower cost than typical assisted living communities or nursing homes. Medicaid may also pay some of the cost for residents who meet eligibility requirements.

 

Dealing with dementia can be very difficult for everyone involved. The more information you have, the better equipped you’ll be to support your loved one in making the best choices for the road ahead.

Top 10 Assisted Living Facilities In Louisiana

If you plan to retire in the Pelican state, aka Louisiana, you will be living a good life. With many festivals and a wonderfully rich cuisine, Louisiana is well-known for its high times, year-round warm weather and plenty of outdoorsy activities. Bird-watching, fishing trips on the bayou and some 20 state parks are what you can enjoy in this state.

For retirees, the state is not very cheap but still affordable with the median home in the state at about  $190,000. The cost of living is 11% lower than the national average as well. To be fair, the coast is hurricane-prone and has a high obesity rate but then there’s a lot to love about Louisiana. Think signature dishes like crawfish etouffee and spicy meat pie to indigenous music styles like zydeco and jazz. Here are the 10 Best Assisted Living Facilities you can choose from in Louisiana, arranged in random order…

Garden View, New Iberia

1000 Darby Lane
New Iberia, Louisiana 70560
337-364-2266

Garden View Assisted Living is a family run facility with round-the-clock staffing. The staff is careful to implement and coordinate individual care needs. All meals are served restaurant-style in a beautiful, formal dining room. A large variety of mid-morning and afternoon snacks is also available. Garden View provides a unique environment where all the staff works together to ensure each resident feels special, safe, secure and well cared for. There are many recreational activities and exercise programs as well. Simple needs like weekly housekeeping, laundry, and flat linen services are taken care. Emergency call systems and surveillance cameras keep residents in touch with the caretakers and safe from harm. Guests and pets are welcome.

Click here to contact us now to see if Garden View may be right for you.

Brookdale Alexandria

351, Windermere Boulevard
Alexandria, LA 71303
844-792-5242

Brookdale Alexandria is located in a beautiful, upscale residential area, and is close to the highway as well as various hospitals and clinics. Brookdale promises quality care in a compassionate and respectful manner and residents can choose between assisted living and memory care, each one tailored to fit an individual’s medical needs. With various floor plans and plenty of amenities to choose from, Brookdale is a pet-friendly place and believes in letting its residents live life to the fullest. Residents can enjoy an in-house arts and crafts studio as well as plenty of outdoor walking trails and gardening corners. Frequent outings to Super Wal-Mart, the Alexandria Mall, the local movie theater and Coughlin-Saunders Performing Arts Center further keep the residents entertained.

Click here to contact us now to see if Brookdale Alexandria may be right for you.

Sunrise of Baton Rouge

8502 Jefferson Hwy
Baton Rouge LA 70809
225-424-6331

Sunrise at Baton Rouge is a gorgeous property that offers assisted living, memory care as well as short-term stays. It’s conveniently located near the main medical centers of Baton Rouge and is also close to some of the finest cuisine and shops in town, including the Mall of Louisiana, Bocage Village Shopping Center and Perkins Rowe. Sunrise also offers plenty of resident activities like sporting events, theatrical plays, fine dining and spa trips. Residents can also be part of a quilting club, tai chi classes or a walking club. All to ensure that the residents have something fun to do and enjoy. The facility is completely secure but still allows family members and residents to come and go as they please.

Click here to contact us now to see if Sunrise at Baton Rouge may be right for you.

La Plantation

26635 LA Highway 16
Denham Springs, LA 70726
225-667-1484

La Plantation of Louisiana is a beautiful assisted living community that offers plenty of indoor and outdoor common spaces to let its residents interact with each other. The staff remains attentive and awake 24 X 7 to nip any emergencies in the bud. Many residents have often waxed eloquent about the beauty of the grounds with fountains, fish pools, and a beautiful, three-towered fountain in the front that residents can sit around. Residents can choose from studios, one bedroom or two-bedroom apartments though only the two-bedroom ones have ovens.

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Brookdale, Lafayette

215 West Farrel Road
Lafayette, LA 70508
337-247-9454

Brookdale Lafayette is located in the exclusive River Ranch neighborhood, close to many shopping centers, like Target, and the area’s major hospitals. The ever-smiling staff offers the best of care be it for assisted living or memory care. Each apartment features amenities such as a private, handicapped-accessible bathroom; an individual temperature control and a kitchenette. There are 80 apartments, all on the ground level. Many apartments also have a patio or large windows overlooking a beautifully landscaped property. Common areas include a lobby, a fireplace, a game area, chapel area, on-site beauty salon, activities room, library and more. Trips for ice cream, performances by the Acadiana Symphony, the local history museum and house-warming parties and holiday celebrations make this a wonderful place indeed.

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Park Provence

1925 Possum Hollow Rd
Slidell, LA 70458
985-781-0072

A warm, caring staff with quality assisted living services is what residents get, with the USP of getting only as much help as they actually need so as to be as autonomous as possible. Located alongside a scenic lake surrounded by a walking path and 20 acres of rolling landscape, residents at Park Provence can choose from 82 beautifully appointed live-in suites. There is an entire floor that caters exclusively to memory care. Amenities include an onsite barbershop, nail salon, as well as many enriching and diverse activities to make sure that Park Provence residents are social, active and have fun every day.

Click here to contact us now to see if Park Provence may be right for you.

Sunrise of Metairie

3732 West Esplanade Ave S
Metairie, LA 70002
504-273-4366

Sunrise at Metairie offers assisted living, memory care, short-term stays as well as coordination of hospice care. The facility is located close to the popular hospitals of the city. Nearby attractions include the National WWII Museum, New Orleans Fairgrounds, French Quarter, casinos and parks. Residents can enjoy the best of New Orleans’ unique culture with the dining featuring local specialties such as fish, shrimp, oysters, crabs, jambalaya, and gumbo. Each resident is encouraged to join in the activities. Common activities include Cajun dancing and steamboat rides on the Mississippi River. Residents are served three nutritious meals daily, and snacks are available 24 X 7. The residents also get monthly visits from a designated wellness nurse. The USP  is individualized care in a comfortable, nurturing environment.

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The Arbor & Terrace Communities

4518 Hwy. 80 East
Ruston, LA 71270
318-251-3116

The Arbor & Terrace Communities was remodeled in 2015 and provides as safe an environment as beautiful for its residences. Conveniently located on the highway, residents get easy access to shopping centers, grocery stores, hospitals, banks, and fine restaurants. A friendly and professionally trained staff called the “personal care team” takes care of all the needs of the residents.  Residents are also encouraged to participate in the many diverse activities that the facility plans like bingo, outings to restaurants, shopping malls, museums, community events; exercise classes as well as wine and cheese socials. All residents get monthly birthday parties, movie days, religious services and parties for just about every holiday!

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The Terrace of Shreveport

8950 E Kings Hwy
Shreveport, LA 71115
318-798-3552

If you are looking for a full range of assisted living services and a warm, friendly staff at Shreveport, then stop your search. Round-the-clock supervision and security, access to professional nurses and emergency call systems make it a haven for those in need of assisted living. Residents get help with daily living and their delicious and nutritious meals are prepared by professional chefs. Residents at The Terrace of Shreveport enjoy an exciting new chapter of life and enjoy many diverse activities that give them a chance to interact with their peers and neighbors. In-room facilities include air conditioning, cable TV, private courtyard or patio, wheel-in or walk-in shower as well as wheelchair access.

Click here to contact us now to see if The Terrace of Shreveport may be right for you.

Brookdale Bossier City

2540 Beene Blvd
Bossier City, LA 71111
318-550-4512

Brookdale Bossier City in Louisiana offers 84 apartments that include studios and one- and two-bedrooms units, where pets are always welcome. Large walk-in closets and handicapped-accessible showers provide comfort to residents. An in-house beauty shop keeps the residents at their comfortable and fashionable best. Brookdale offers a unique “Optimum Life” approach to its resident activities to tackle all aspects of a resident’s wellness. Be it purpose, emotional, physical, social, spiritual or intellectual. Residents may choose to receive as much or as little help they need. Food wise, they are served a variety of healthy menu options with fresh, regional cuisine. Each resident received a tailor-made solution for their medical and health needs, to make sure they are as comfortable and happy as they could be at home.

Click here to contact us now to see if Brookdale Bossier City may be right for you.

 

Top 10 Assisted Living Facilities in Kentucky

Wondering where to spend your silver years in? Think Kentucky, where the cost of living is 14% below the national average and there’s no tax on the first $41,000 of retirement income, pension or annuities. And while the state does produce 95% of the bourbon consumed in the US and 75% of all Kentucky Derby winners; it also boasts of a thick, unique colored grass which is why it is known as the Bluegrass state. Abundant grassy fields, natural beauty and plenty of outdoorsy activities in the form of hiking, boating and fishing – Kentucky is full of nature’s loveliness and an ideal place to just sit, kick back those shoes and watch the magic of the sky; or indulge in some Midwestern warmth, peppered with Southern hospitality… So here’s a list of ten wonderful assisted living properties in Kentucky, arranged in no particular order.

So here’s a list of ten wonderful assisted living properties in Kentucky, arranged in no particular order.

Horizon Bay

901 Blankenbaker Parkway
Louisville, KY 40243
502-208-4199

Home to the Kentucky Derby, Louisville can get overrun with tourists and boasts of many attractions indeed. That said, if you would like to stay in a city that never really sleeps and yet is surrounded by natural beauty, Louisville may be for you. And Horizon Bay can be an excellent choice for you since it not only gives you options for assisted living but also specializes in memory care. You are also welcome to bring a pet here and pet care will also be provided along with plenty of activities designed for the elderly to keep minds full of wisdom, happy and active.

Click here to contact us now to see if Horizon Bay may be right for you.

Atria Stony Brook

3451 South Hurstbourne Pkwy
Louisville, KY 40299
502-287-1449

Atria Senior Living is a leading senior care provider that offers many options for independent living, assisted living, supportive living as well as memory care communities in more than 180 locations in 28 states. At Atria Stony Brook, a wide array of services and amenities is provided in a tailored way as per the needs of each individual resident – so that you can live your life as independently as you want, with help and reassurance available at every corner. A wide array of activities coupled with caring staff along with nearby shopping and other in-town activities make this an ideal place to spend your later years in.

Click here to contact us now to see if Atria Stony Brook may be right for you.

Morningside of Bowling Green

Morningside of Bowling Green
981 Campbell Lane Bowling Green, KY 42104
270-746-9600

Bowling Green is an excellent place to retire, and start a post-retirement business too if you are so inclined since it has low rent and labor costs, and a low unemployment rate. And if you choose Morningside of Bowling Green to make your home, you can be assured of many social, recreational, and educational activities, regular outings, restaurant-style dining but serving home-style food, an in-house salon, a games room and a well-stocked library. Along with this, there are beautifully landscaped grounds to take in some nature in with a walk, stroll or jog around the environs. A caring staff will make the sun seem brighter and the air seems crisper here as well.

Click here to contact us now to see if Morningside of Bowling Green may be right for you.

Chandler Park

2643 Chandler Dr,
Bowling Green, KY 42104, USA
270-842-2626

At Chandler Park, residents are encouraged to be independent but a highly compassionate and trained staff is there 24/7 to take care of you. Your stay is in your choice of spacious and private one or two bedroom suites – and the staff will tailor a service plan for you targeted to meet individual needs and wants. And once you move in, meet some friends for an ice cream or a milkshake at the ice cream shop, or get your hair done at the salon, or simply take part in the many Life Enriching activities of the day. And in case your needs change, so can your plan.

Click here to contact us now to see if Chandler Park may be right for you.

Glendale Place

905 Glendale Rd,
Murray, KY 42071
270-759-1555

Earlier known as Glendale Place, now as Brookdale Murray, is located in what could be the friendliest town in America. Brookdale Murray offers cost-effective studios, one-bedroom apartments that are cozy and comfortable to spacious two-bedroom apartments. Residents are encouraged to add their own personal touch to the apartment with decor and furnishings, to make it truly home. The community also provides plenty interactive opportunities among its residents from an old-fashioned ice cream social to a monthly family night potluck, so that no senior ever feels alone. Amenities include but are not limited to being pet-friendly, a well-stocked library, an arts-and-crafts studio, and an onsite beauty salon, a greenhouse with gardening opportunities, a game room and computer/internet access.

Click here to contact us now to see if Glendale Place may be right for you.

The Lafayette

690 Mason Headley Rd,
Lexington, KY 40504
859-278-9080

A posh senior living community, The Lafayette’s elegant furnishings, and beautifully landscaped grounds make it a beautiful and homey place for active seniors to live the kind of lifestyle they enjoy – at home with Kentucky’s famous icons – horses and bourbon! Amenities include restaurant-style dining, full-service salon, an exercise room, a cocktail lounge, a library and reading room, as well as laundry, transportation, and housekeeping. They also have elevated gardening boxes for seniors to explore their green thumbs in comfort and of course, regular outings. The Lafayette is centrally located off Harrodsburg Road with easy access to hospitals, downtown, and a variety of excellent dining, shopping, and cultural attractions, including museums and Keeneland.

Click here to contact us now to see if The Lafayette may be right for you.

Culpepper Place

2121 New Holt Rd,
Paducah, KY 42001
270-554-6911

So what used to be the Culpepper Place is the Brookdale Paducah now, and it’s a senior living community in one very charming city indeed! Best known for its rich quilting heritage: Paducah is also home to the National Quilt Museum of the United States and keeping this in mind, the residents of the Brookdale Paducah enjoy many outings, shopping trips, live performances, quilting classes from local artists, bridge groups and monthly special theme events, often hosted in the restaurant to make food, fun! Your choice of living can be studios, one-bedroom and two-bedrooms that are all one level and stair-free, with wall to wall carpeting and kitchenettes.

Click here to contact us now to see if Culpepper Place may be right for you.

Bluegrass Assisted Living

1108 Regency Way,
Elizabethtown, KY 42701,
270-234-9440

With a crime rate is far below average, and quick and easy access to the beautiful Appalachians – Elizabethtown is a perfect place for seniors to live out their silver years in, especially if they choose to live at Bluegrass Assisted Living. Thi community offers different assisted living plans with their specialized plans of Foundational Support, Promotional Guidance, Motivational Living, and Enriched Reinforcement focusing on safe, secure memory care through the Alzheimer Care Enrichment Philosophy. Along with this, the apartments are brightly colored, the meals nutritious, amenities are a step above the rest and a there are a variety of engaging activities to make the residents feel completely at home within the community.

Click here to contact us now to see if Bluegrass Assisted Living may be right for you.

Regency Manor

11725 Madison Pike,
Independence, KY 41051
859-356-9294

Health concerns are often at their peak once you start aging, and at Regency Manor, each resident gets an attending physician, licensed nurses, medical specialists, therapists, registered dietitians, activity directors, and nursing assistants – who in turn, work together in tandem to create the perfect assisted living program for you. Here, most of the residents share a room and eat their healthy meals in a central dining room. They accept pets, provide offsite devotional services and have wheelchair accessible showers. Located centrally, Regency Manor is near to many pharmacies, parks, churches and of course, the hospital to provide the best services there is to its beloved residents. Plus, who wouldn’t want to live in a town called Independence!

Click here to contact us now to see if Regency Manor may be right for you.

Covington Ladies Home

702 Garrard Street
Covington, KY 41011
859-431-6913

So here’s a senior living community with a difference – one that does not allow males! This non-profit community promotes an atmosphere of quiet dignity and individual respect, security and care for women aged 62 and above. Located in a gorgeous Victorian Mansion in the rather prestigious Licking River Historic District, it provides private rooms, 24-hour on-site nursing staff, and affordable rates along with being a smoke-free facility with 24 hours interactive family time. All this and more makes Covington Ladies Home a perfect choice for ladies above 62, looking for a safe haven with kindred spirits that they could call home and that too in a beautiful building.

Click here to contact us now to see if Covington Ladies Home may be right for you.

 

 

Top 10 Assisted Living Facilities in Kansas

Why retire in Kansas? Well, it’s what Dorothy called home for starters and went about clicking her red heels to get back to! Seriously though, with a cost of living 12% below national average, the cost of assisted living goes down too; so Kansas becomes a haven for those looking for active but affordable silver years, with wide open spaces, lower than average taxes and a really low unemployment rate as well – a boon for those looking for a second chance at employment in their later years.

The hilly grasslands, bubbling brooks, and plenty hunting trails offer a truly diverse life after retirement and despite a pricey neighborhood or two, Kansas offers so much to anyone looking to move to a great place to spend their silver years in, with its easy pace of living. We bring you the top ten assisted living facilities in Kansas, in random order…

Watercrest at Cherry Creek

8200 E. Pawnee
Wichita, KS  67207
316.684.0905

Fancy Wichita? Famous for being known as the Air Capital of the World, Wichita’s history is tied to aviation manufacturing and is a great place to live in. One great place for assisted living in Wichita is Watercrest at Cherry Creek (earlier known as Carrington) that offers individual climate control, an emergency call system, a secured entrance and plenty of security cameras, warm and lovely patios, balconies and independent kitchens in all apartments, 24-hour nursing staff and a great option to pay month-to-month rent, which is rather affordable too. Situated in a quiet neighborhood but fairly accessible because of its location, Watercrest offers four different floor plans and sizes of apartments to best suit your preferences.

Click here to contact us now to see if Watercrest at Cherry Creek may be right for you.

Sedgwick Plaza

2455 North Woodlawn Avenue
Wichita, KS 67220
316.687.3741

Fancy living in a 60s style hotel – the grand ballroom, the fireplace and the ornate chandelier and all? One of the first places in Kansas to be certified as a personal care one, the luxurious apartments at Sedgwick Plaza are spacious, have plenty storage space for your memories and have large windows for you to let in the world. At Sedgwick Plaza, you are free to furnish your apartments at will, and there are plenty of activities organized by the staff for you to socialize with new faces, or hang around with the old ones… Planned exercise sessions, creative arts and crafts and diverse social opportunities such as mocktails hour, movies, bingo, and billiards make this one grand place to live indeed.

Click here to contact us now to see if Sedgwick Plaza may be right for you.

Legend at Capital Ridge

1931 SW Arvonia Pl
Topeka, KS 66615
785.272.9400

In native American, Topeka means a good place to dig for potatoes. Green, fertile and gorgeous, Topeka is a wonderful place to retire to, especially if you plan to live at Legend at Capital Ridge – known to be one of warmest assisted living facilities in Topeka. With five distinctive apartment styles that support a kitchenette with microwave, refrigerator, sink and cabinetry, a large bathroom with endless shower, an emergency call system with speaker response, phone and TV connections as well as individually controlled heating and air conditioning, topped with dog and cat acceptance – this place will provide you all that you dream of when it comes to retirement.

Click here to contact us now to see if Legend at Capital Ridge may be right for you.

The Homestead Apartments

11800 S. Shannan Street,
Olathe, KS 66062
913.937.8374

Olathe was founded by John T. Barton, who when taken with verbena flowers asked the Shawnee tribe for their name and so the reply came ‘O-lay-thee’ ergo Olathe. The natural beauty of Olathe is stunning, more so if you decide to live at The Homestead Apartment Homes – and they rightly call themselves more of a happy community than just another assisted living facility. Rather affordable to live at, Homestead offers you all the facilities you need and more – all first floor suites with no need for stairs or elevators, three nutritionally balanced meals served daily in the dining room, 24-hour health care and emergency communication, housekeeping and personal laundry and many varied events to suit every taste and background. Topped with a lovely courtyard and lovelier environs.

Click here to contact us now to see if The Homestead Apartment Homes may be right for you.

Brookdale of Emporia

1200 W 12th Ave
Emporia, Kansas 66801
620.342.1000

Home to Emporia State University and Flint Hills Technical College, Emporia was named after ancient Carthage, known for economic prosperity. And if you too want to spend your silver years in the best that Emporia has to offer, think of Brookdale of Emporia (formerly known as Sterling House of Emporia) that not only offers intimate setting to provide access for individuals with limited mobility but plenty outdoor amenities such as patios, raised gardening beds, and walking paths – everything that makes a life lived so much better. Be it the furnishings or the wall treatments, everything is carefully selected to make it one of the best assisted living facilities in the state, with plenty of indoor and outdoor activities to keeps its residents happily occupied.

Click here to contact us now to see if Brookdale of Emporia may be right for you.

Victory Hills Retirement Community

1900 N 70th Street
Kansas City, KS 66102
913.299.1166

After a massive renovation, Victory Hills Retirement Community offers plenty amenities like covered parking and storage units and is one place where you can stay in the assisted living (floors two to five) or the independent living apartments (floors six to ten). With 14 apartments on each floor, this is a great place for anyone looking for assisted living with 24-hour nursing care, or independent living with the added comfort of medical aid just a quick call away. For assisted living, the place offers medication management, assistance with ADL’s, doctor’s appointments, weekly housekeeping and days filled with fun activities. They accept small pets as well and are placed near the lovely Painted Hills Golf Course, if you fancy a game.

Click here to contact us now to see if Victory Hills Retirement Community may be right for you.

River Bend by Americare

3820 Broadway Ave
Great Bend, KS 67530
620.603.0775

So Great Bend is another great city in Kansas to think about after retirement with its wetlands, a water park and a really great zoo and a really lovable hometown, old school charm. River Bend by Americare is one of the best assisted living facilities in Great Bend, offering a really active lifestyle for its residents with a morning exercise club, a bridge club for the cards oriented and tons of social entertainment as well – in-house musicians, food galore and incredible entertainment. With eggs, the way you like them for breakfast, plenty of comfort foods and all at affordable prices – think of River Bend as simply the place to be, once you want to live a life of leisure, with medical care a back and call away.

Click here to contact us now to see if River Bend by Americare may be right for you.

Sunrise at Lenexa

15055 West 87th St Pkwy
Lenexa KS 66215
913.305.5829

If you are looking for a place with pets, how about Sunrise at Lenexa, that has its own dog and cat? With a very homey feel to its exterior and plenty flower beds that also brighten up the interiors, along with the fresh and smiling faces of the staff – Sunrise at Lenexa would feel just like home. Adjacent to a park with a lake and walking paths; and close to Hen House, Walgreens, Legler Barn Museum and multiple other restaurants, shops and houses of worship – Sunrise at Lenexa is wonderfully located to give you the most active life at a price that won’t pinch your pocket! They also boast of a special neighborhood for the memory impaired and basically do everyting they can to improve the life of every resident that decides to live with them.

Click here to contact us now to see if Sunrise at Lenexa may be right for you.

Brookdale at Liberal Springs

1500 Terrace Ave
Liberal, KS 67901
913.904.0483

Peaceful settings, a restaurant style dining experience that serves home-style meals, plenty of activities to keep you busy, and a staff that tries its best to see a smile on your face, goes towards making Brookdale at Liberal Springs a wonderful living environment. Special events, activities, clubs and many an ongoing cultural enrichment program ensure that all the residents lead a happy social life. Four acres of beautifully landscaped land with gorgeous walking paths, Brookdale is near to the Southwest Medical Center, a rehabilitation facility, as well as shopping centers, restaurants, and hotels, making it a lovely and convenient option for residents and family members as well.  residents.

Click here to contact us now to see if Brookdale at Liberal Springs may be right for you.

Waldron Place

1700 E 23rd Ave
Hutchinson, KS 67502
620.860.0302

Waldron Place Assisted Living by Americare is a very peaceful assisted living residence, right next to a hospital and a clinic. It also has the added advantage of being ideally situated near many other medical facilities as well the mall, Wal-Mart, and grocery store. Any and all assistance is provided, letting the residents or “neighbors” live as gracefully as possible, leading as independent or as assisted life as needed. Social events are often organized to encourage people to meet-up with each other, to live full lives and to be as happily active as they can be, in comfortable and beautiful surroundings.

Click here to contact us now to see if Waldron Place may be right for you.

 

Specialized Alzheimer’s Care Assisted Livings

memory_careThere are many assisted living facilities in the world today. Each varying in size and style, all provide care for the average senior who is aging and needs assistance with the activities of daily living. Many assisted livings (AL) are licensed, designed and staffed for care associated with general needs that go along with aging.  The intense level of care and security necessary for seniors who suffer from a memory loss disease require a different environment than is typically found in general AL. While you will often find a general AL community with an area or wing sectioned off for those with memory related diseases, there are a growing number of specialized assisted livings. Specialized Alzheimer’s care assisted livings are licensed, designed and staffed to offer the higher level of care and assistance required for seniors with memory loss.

An AL that only cares for people with Alzheimer’s or dementia has the ability to focus on specific needs that arise with this very vulnerable population (learn more about care giving for Alzheimer’s patients). The staff is trained in how to recognize different behaviors and habits that arise throughout the Alzheimer’s disease. They understand how to effectively communicate with the residents through body language and words. Activities for the residents are shorter and more engaging with a focus on brain stimulating games such as puzzles, Bingo Qwirkle and simple art projects. Ideally the building itself is designed for those with memory loss to help provide familiarity and comfort for the residents. Smaller rooms and living spaces, a continuous walking path through out the building so the residents never get “lost” at the end of a hallway, minimal doors and rooms to help reduce confusion, open gathering areas that make it easier for caregivers to monitor residents, and safe and accessible outdoor areas are all something to look for in an Alzheimer’s AL.

Alzheimer’s and dementia diseases are unique in that they affect everyone differently. Placing your loved one in an assisted living that is tailored to help care for your dad, mom, spouse or grandparent is one of the best acts of kindness you can do for them. You can be comforted by the fact that specialized assisted livings have the training and knowledge to handle all aspects of memory loss and causes and ideally, the staff has the heart and compassion for this population. Specialized Alzheimer’s assisted livings can differ from each other in their size, design, management style and heart, but one thing remains the same, they are the experts in caring for those who battle with memory loss.  To learn more about specialized assisted living visit, AutumnGrove.com.

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Autumn Grove provides Unique Alzheimer’s Care in Houston and San Antonio. Their blog covers personal stories related to Alzheimer’s and Dementia.

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Announcing the Alzheimer’s Action Day Guide

A Comprehensive Resource for Caregivers, Loved Ones and Alzheimer’s Patients

Today, September 21, 2012, is Alzheimer’s Action Day. This nationally recognized event aims to raise awareness of the need for continued education and research to combat this devastating illness. The Alzheimer’s Association notes that Alzheimer’s disease is the most common form of dementia, accounting for 50 to 80 percent of all cases. Overall, 5.4 million Americans, and one in eight older Americans, have Alzheimer’s disease. More than 15 million family caregivers and other loved ones are providing unpaid care to those suffering from the disease, totaling a startling $210 billion in care.

To help raise awareness of the significant impacts Alzheimer’s disease has on families and loved ones, we’ve put together the Alzheimer’s Action Day Guide, a comprehensive resource covering the latest research, treatments, fact and figures, as well as informative tips for caregivers.

The the Alzheimer’s Action Day Guide contains:

The Caregiver’s Guide to Alzheimer’s Disease

To provide caregivers with valuable insights and information to aid in the task of caring for a loved one suffering from Alzheimer’s disease, we interviewed a panel of 20 leading memory care experts. Each of our experts answered three pertinent questions related to caregiving for a loved one with Alzheimer’s:

  • Advice for Alzheimer’s Caregivers: This question evoked an incredible range of responses from our panel, resulting in a robust list of expert tips.
  • Techniques for Treating Alzheimer’s Patients: When faced with the range of emotions that comes with caring for a loved one with Alzheimer’s, it’s difficult to keep important points in mind. We tend to react, instead of taking a proactive approach in our own behaviors to help our loved ones cope with the difficulty of memory loss and other symptoms. These tips will help caregivers learn techniques for treating their loved ones in a way that helps them feel as though they’re maintaining their independence and own sense of self-worth.
  • Key Questions to Ask About Alzheimer’s: This third and final question asks our expert panel for tips on getting the necessary information they need from healthcare providers and other caregivers. Asking these questions will help you identify other resources to assist you and your loved one along this difficult journey.

Dementia vs. Alzheimer’s: Are They the Same Thing?

Dementia and Alzheimer’s are two terms that are often used interchangeably, but they’re actually not the same. Alzheimer’s disease is the most common type of dementia, while dementia is an overall term used to describe memory loss. This article will offer you a firm understanding of the differences between the two terms.

5 Signs of Alzheimer’s Disease You May Not Be Aware Of

One of the most common questions asked is, “How do I know if my loved one is suffering from Alzheimer’s disease?” Without an official diagnosis, there are many signs and symptoms that may lead you to think your loved one is entering the early stages of the disease. While diagnostics are improving, one of the most reliable diagnostic tests is a simple questionnaire still used by physicians across the U.S. If you suspect your loved one may have Alzheimer’s disease, check out this list of signs you may not be aware of – and consult a physician as soon as possible, as there are treatments that have been proven to slow the progression of the disease.

10 Common Memory Loss Causes

Dealing with the frustrating symptoms of Alzheimer’s disease puts patients and caregivers on an emotional rollercoaster. One of the most frustrating aspects is a lack of understanding of why Alzheimer’s disease, other types of dementia and memory loss occurs. While we still don’t have a definitive cause, there are a number of factors that have been associated with memory loss. This article discusses 10 of the most common causes.

The Eye Test – Alzheimer’s Disease Detection at The Most Crucial Point

Diagnostic tests to detect Alzheimer’s disease are improving, but to date, there’s no globally accepted standard test that definitively diagnoses the disease. However, a group of researchers in Australia have developed a non-invasive eye test that can be used to detect Alzheimer’s disease based on findings that show the disease affects the eyes in addition to the brain.

Top 5 Dementia Medications for Seniors

Current treatment options consist primarily of medications that can help slow the progression of the disease. Here’s a look at the top 5 current medications used to treat dementia in the senior population.

5 Non-Medical Alzheimer’s Treatments That Work

Despair. Anger. Frustration. These are all common emotions you may experience upon learning yourself or your loved one has Alzheimer’s disease, a devastating illness for which there is no cure. But there are treatments, and researchers are working towards more promising treatments every day. There are even some natural treatments that may help with the symptoms. We’ve rounded up a list of five non-medical treatments that actually work.

Dementia with Lewy Bodies (DLBs) – how it differs from Traditional Dementia in the Elderly

Lewy-Body Dementia is a very specific type of dementia that has some key differences when compared to traditional dementia. There are differences in symptoms, particularly during the early stages of the disease, and some standard treatments aren’t as effective in treating Lewy-Body Dementia. We’ve broken down all the differences for ease of understanding how the two differ.

Interview with Carol Steinberg of AFA Teens

AFA Teens is a national organization with the goal of engaging teenagers in the fight against Alzheimer’s. We had the opportunity to chat with Carol Steinberg, Executive Vice President of the Alzheimer’s Foundation of America about the AFA Teens branch of the organization, its mission and efforts and the unique challenges the younger generation faces when coping with a loved one who suffers from the disease.

Interview with Tommy Whitelaw on Caring for Loved Ones with Dementia

Tommy Whitelaw is publisher of Tommy on Tour, a short movie and blog chronicling Tommy’s journey to bring awareness to dementia and the challenges of caregiving for this population. Tommy’s inspiration is his 72-year-old mother, Joy, who suffers from vascular dementia. When he found himself as the primary caregiver for his mother and realized the need for further education and resources. Tommy took a few minutes to share some information with us about his tour to raise awareness.

Ideal Living Settings for Alzheimer’s Patients

Changes in environment can be stressful for Alzheimer’s patients. There are environmental factors and situations that can cause an increase or decrease in symptoms and behaviors. Read this guide to determine how to best prepare your loved one’s living situation.

Memory Care

If it’s come time to consider placing your loved one in a safe, nurturing environment with appropriate round-the-clock care, this guide to memory care breaks down costs, services, what to expect and more about the available memory care options.

When you or your loved one has been diagnosed with Alzheimer’s disease, the first step in a successful journey is developing an understanding of what you’re up against and what options you have. The resources provided in this guide will help you learn how to cope with your emotions, understand what treatment options you have available and develop skills to enable you to continue a healthy, happy relationship with your loved one.

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What is the ideal living setting for Alzheimer’s Patients

Caring for an Alzheimer’s patient is extremely challenging. The Alzheimer’s patient’s mood and levels of ability will change each day. They forget the basic concept of caring for themselves in such things as dressing, bathing and feeding themselves. Caregivers will find that if they have a daily plan for the patient, they can cope with the problems that crop up each day. You will also have to learn how to be flexible with your own daily routines. The Alzheimer patient will have good times in a day and moody times. If the patient is cooperative in the mornings, try and plan your shopping during those hours. If the patient usually gets confused in the afternoons, try doing activities at home where the patient is more familiar with his or her surroundings.

Home Safety Tips

When caring for an Alzheimer’s patient at home you will need to make sure the home is safe and secure. Locks should be placed on all doors that lead to the outside and all the windows. You should also take off the lock on the bathroom door. Patients sometimes will wonder during the day and you do not want him or her to be locked in the bathroom. Any cabinet or closet where you store chemicals or cleaning products should have childproof latches on them. The lower kitchen cabinets also have the childproof latches. If the patient can reach the upper cabinets and has a habit of going into the cabinets you might want to latch them as well.

Make sure that all medications are labeled properly and locked up. Guns should have childproof locks on them and stored in a locked cabinet or out of sight completely. If the patient smokes, you will need to be with the patient when he/she wants to smoke. Keep the cigarettes, lighter and ashtrays out of sight. If the patient does not see the items he may just stop smoking altogether. Make sure all knives are locked up. Kitchen knives should go into a drawer with a childproof latch.

The clutter in your home needs to be put away and safe walk through areas in the home needs to be defined. Small scatter rugs and any objects that may cause the patient to fall should be put away. The lighting in your home should be bright enough for the patient to walk around comfortably without straining to see each step. Have lighting on the front step and up the walkway to the front door and the entrance into the garage, if you have a garage.

Equipment and Pool Area

All your lawn equipment and electrical equipment needs to be locked up in a shed where the patient can not get in to and be harmed. If you have a pool, you should have an alarm on the door leading out to the pool and the door should have a lock placed high up on the door. Have safety devices such as a long pole and a life ring out by your pool at all times. When the family is out at the pool and the patient is with you keep the devices handy in case the patient decides to take a swim without warning.

Eliminate Stress for Patient

Holidays can be stressful enough without having an Alzheimer’s Patient to care for and worry about with all the decorations and company that will be coming over. You will need to limit how much you put out for decorations, depending on how the patient will react to having the clutter around. Limit friends and family to just a few people at a time for a visit. Make sure the patient can sit and rest when he/she wants to get away from all the excitement. Try to avoid large crowds or changing the patients routine to much.

Alzheimer patients have a tendency to wonder. Protect your patient with a medical alert bracelet and proper identification so the police or neighbors can bring the patient home safely. Tell your neighbors about his/her condition so if they do see the patient wondering they will bring the patient back.

Ask for Help

Do not be afraid to ask for help. Your family and the community can pitch in and give you a break even if it is only for a couple of hours. Most communities have a day program where the patient can go and join into activities and you can relax or shop while the patient is enjoying time with other people.

The Three Most Common Types of Dementia and Their Differences

For anyone who is responsible for the care of someone suffering from dementia it is important to know about the different types of dementia, and what particular form of the disease he or she is dealing with. Whether a healthcare professional or a family member, the more that is known about the disease the better the demands of the patient’s care can be handled.

Each of the following three types of dementia have different causes and can affect the patient differently. All have common symptoms and the only way to determine the type of dementia in a patient is through a thorough examination by an expert.

The three most common types of dementia are:

1. Alzheimer’s Disease
2. Vascular Dementia
3. Dementia with Lewy Bodies

Let’s take a look at each of the types of dementia in a bit more detail:

Alzheimer’s Disease

This most common form of dementia is not curable and is irreversible. It first affects memory and progresses to destroying the patient’s other cognitive skills like the ability to reason, speak, move, and eat.

This disease is not a normal step in the aging process, but people are more apt to develop Alzheimer’s as they age, with symptoms often appearing after the age of 60. Plaques and tangles form inside the brain causing chemical deficiencies. It is believed that this can start to have an effect on the memory center long before a person shows any symptoms. It can take 8 to 10 years for the disease to progress to its worst stage.

Even though there is not a cure for Alzheimer’s disease, the progress of the disease can be slowed by a number of treatment options.

Vascular Dementia

This is a type of dementia that, like Alzheimer’s disease, causes loss of memory and cognitive abilities and most commonly affects patients over the age of 60. But unlike Alzheimer’s where the symptoms come on gradually, the symptoms of vascular dementia may come on more quickly, with memory loss being one of the last symptoms to appear.

Vascular dementia is different from Alzheimer’s in that it is caused by damaged blood vessels in the brain, commonly caused by strokes. Atherosclerosis– the shrinking of the blood vessels, allowing for fatty deposits to collect– can also be a cause, as well as high blood pressure. Regardless of the cause of blood vessel damage, the result is the same — decreased blood flow the brain.

Approximately 20% of all dementia cases are vascular, making it the second most common type. Risk factors include a history of heart attacks, strokes – especially multiple strokes, diabetes, or high blood pressure.

Dementia with Lewy Bodies

This is the third most common form of dementia and is caused by build-ups of a certain type of protein in the brain. These deposits are called Lewy bodies and they effect a person’s perception, behavior, and thinking. Lewy bodies are often found in Parkinson’s disease and Alzheimer’s patients, making this form of dementia harder to diagnose.

Unlike Alzheimer’s and vascular dementia, most of the symptoms of dementia with Lewy bodies resemble those of Parkinson’s disease, such as muscle stiffness, slow movements or a shuffle when walking, falling, and tremors. Unlike any other form of dementia, this form also can present with hallucinations, severe sleep issues, acting out dreams, and extreme drowsiness followed by sudden spurts of energy.

This has been just a brief overview of the three most common types of dementia. As you can see, many symptoms can overlap and it can be difficult to properly diagnose a patient suffering from dementia. If you suspect that a loved one is suffering from any of these types of dementia, it’s best to take him or her to a specialist for further diagnosis, and to always stay as informed as possible as a caregiver.