Withings BP800 Blood Pressure Monitor Review

Withings BP800 Blood Pressure monitor is a way for patients to work with their health care professionals to manage blood pressure and cardiovascular health using any Apple device, which in an of themselves represent state of the art technology. This blood pressure monitor is not only an effective way for patients to chart the readings …

Recognizing Symptoms of Parkinson’s Disease in Elderly Patients

Parkinson’s disease is a neurological disease that is characterized by body tremors, stiffness and difficulty moving. This disease is often difficult to diagnose in the elderly; thus, caregivers and family members should familiarize themselves with the symptoms of this disease. Body Tremors and Stiffness Body tremors and stiffness are two of the most common symptoms …

Eatsmart Precision Plus Digital Bathroom Scale Review

The Eatsmart Precision Plus Digital Bathroom Scale is a revolutionary scale that is meant to be one of the most accurate digital scales for home use, and it is especially useful for aging adults to keep track of their overall health. The clean design and ease-of-use are only a couple of the popular features of …

Weight Loss in Elderly Relatives: When Should You Worry?

As elderly relatives grow older, caretakers and relatives need to keep an eye on warning signs of problems. The signals come in many forms, and one common symptom the elderly experience is weight loss. Weight loss in the elderly, however, is not always a sign of a problem, which can make it particularly difficult to …

Fitbit Ultra Wireless Activity Plus Sleep Tracker Review

The Fitbit Wireless Activity/Sleep Tracker is a multipurpose health monitoring unit that has all of the functionality of a normal pedometer, but also features several additional features that are surprisingly useful for overall sleep health. Like a pedometer it can track your walking activity, and in addition also can monitor the quality of your sleep …

MRSA UTI Prevention – 5 Contributing Factors to Developing a MRSA UTI in a Nursing Home

Methicillin Resistant Staphylococcus Aureus (MRSA) UTIs are increasing throughout the United States, and transmissions acquired in hospitals and care facilities are of particular concern. A MRSA UTI cannot be treated with traditional antibiotics and the prevalence of antibiotic resistant bacteria is a growing problem, especially for the elderly living in residential care facilities, as more …

Announcing the Senior Housing Guide and Senior Housing Trends Infographic

For many seniors and their family members, the choices for senior citizen housing can be overwhelming. From aging in place with the assistance of caregivers in independent living communities or senior assisted living facilities, to more extensive care giving options for seniors with higher levels of acuity like memory care centers and skilled nursing facilities, …

Convalescent Homes – Exploring Convalescent Homes for the Elderly

If you are a loved one or caretaker of an elder with long-term illness, a convalescent home may be something that you have considered looking in to. Convalescent homes are generally considered housing for elderly or ill patients to recover from long term illnesses. They offer specific and immediate medical care and support to post-surgical …

Technology is Helping Seniors Keep in Touch

Assisted living facilities provide a lot of peace of mind for people who have elderly family members or friends who can no longer care for themselves on their own, but even with medical specialists checking in on them, it’s still helpful to keep in touch personally. Regular visits aren’t always possible, particularly for those who …

The Average Cost of Senior Living: Can You Afford It?

The average cost of senior living can range from $500 to $1500 a month, according to the United States Bureau of Labor Statistics. Seniors residing in assisted living facilities have a monthly average cost ranging from $1,500 to $3,500 a month. The average cost of senior living varies by state and region, but expenses are …

Announcing the “Baby Boomer Blues: Which Pills are You Popping” Infographic

We’ve just released our latest infographic: “Baby Boomers Blues: What Pills are You Popping?” The infographic takes a look at some of the most common health issues  senior citizens and Baby Boomers deal with on a daily basis (from Hypertension to Erectile Disfunction) and the specific medications they use to help deal with and ease …

The Top Five Dementia Medications For Seniors

There is no cure for dementia, so in a best case scenario, medications that are currently available are only able to slow the rate at which the symptoms progress. Four out of the top five dementia medications are Acetylcholinesterase inhibitors, also referred to as AChE inhibitors: Donepezil (Aricept) Galantamine (Razadyne) Rivastigmine (Exelon or the Exelon …

The Importance of Phones for the Elderly

Reliable communication is such a common, ordinary thing that we do not even think about it anymore. The invention of the telephone by Alexander Graham Bell in 1876 revolutionized the way we think about communication. Now, today, we have cell phones and email as well as landlines. But, to many of the elderly, a phone …

Episcopal Assisted Living – Tips for Finding an Episcopal Assisted Living Community

Whether you are looking for an Episcopal Assisted Living Community for yourself or for a loved one, choosing an Assisted Living Community can be an emotionally charged experience that is frustrating and confusing to make with all the different choices out there, but it doesn’t need to be. There are a number of important considerations …

What is Frontal Lobe Dementia?

Of the diagnoses involved with various types of dementia and their symptoms, frontal lobe dementia may go unnoticed due to its low rate of incidence. Although relatively rare, frontal lobe dementia is a combination of degenerative diseases that may produce some of the same symptoms as the more common vascular dementia. It is described as …

Fighting Back the Fear of Falling

“I’ve fallen and I can’t get up!” was a catchphrase popularized in the late 80s and early 90s based on a series of commercials aimed at getting elderly television viewers to purchase medical alarms. It would later go on to be used as a source of comedic relief by such iconic television characters like Steve …

The Three Best Ways to Find Income Based Apartments for Seniors

Finding affordable housing for seniors can often be a difficult task, especially when financial resources are extremely limited. One possible avenue is to check into income based apartments for seniors that consider tenants’ income when determining the amount of the monthly rent. There are three potential resources that can provide help in locating available income …

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

Alzheimer’s disease is a progressive, debilitating condition that is characterized by significant loss of memory. It is the most common form of dementia, and affects millions of people around the world. With no known cause or cure, it is quite understandable that Alzheimer’s remains a subject of much research and debate in the medical community. …

Spotlight On: The Atwater at McLean Memory Care Assisted Living

Located in a separate and safe neighborhood within the McLean Assisted Living Center, The Atwater at McLean provides a compassionate, inspiring, person-centered memory care assisted lifestyle. Our small, personal setting allows residents to live each day in a stimulating environment best suited to their individual needs. It features: 23 private and deluxe suites Balcony off the …

Handicapped Vans Give You Freedom To Travel

If you’re living with a disability that makes walking difficult or you need a wheel chair than you already know that it can complicate getting from point A to point B. Buses have sections that can be adjusted to fit wheelchairs but it takes a few minutes to set up. Depending on where you live …

Spotlight On: Fuller Village

Fuller Village at Milton is more than just a senior living retirement. It’s an experience in living. Each and every member of the Fuller Village community is encouraged to live their lives to the fullest; making the most of each new day. With Milton Massachusetts being recognized by Money Magazine as one of the top …

Preventing Bruising in the Elderly

Our skin gets thinner as we grow older, and this causes the elderly to bruise easily. It may take only minor bumps or brushes against something to cause bruises. It can be months before the marks heal. Some medications contribute to bruising in the elderly. Prescription blood thinners and over-the-counter medicines can cause the blood …

Finding the Best Lutheran Assisted Living Facility in Your Area

The first National Lutheran Home for the Aged was founded in 1890 to offer comfortable housing to elderly adults regardless of their economic or religious background. This commitment to caring for seniors from all walks of life continues today. Lutheran assisted living facilities have established a reputation for offering not-for-profit care in a secure, homelike …

5 Ways to Alleviate Family Stress when Moving Elderly Parents

With an expected elderly population of over 55 million by the year 2020, making decisions about a parent’s elderly care is a harsh reality that many adult children will have to face in the coming years. Moving elderly parents into an assisted living center isn’t always the easiest choice, but the reality is that it …

5 Tips for Preventing Dehydration in the Elderly

Dehydration in the elderly is a serious widespread condition that is easily overlooked. Thankfully, there are a number of small and easy steps to take that make it possible to prevent dehydration in the elderly and avoid further health complications as a result. Here are 5 tips for preventing dehydration in the elderly, whether at …

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 …

5 Tips for Finding the Best Senior Living Properties for Your Lifestyle

Senior living properties are designed to be diverse to meet the needs of any senior and his or her family. Although many seniors need highly specialized medical care or help with daily tasks, some simply need activities and events to keep them connected or the opportunity to communicate with others on a daily basis. The …

Announcing the “Gaming with Granny” Infographic

We’ve just released our latest infographic, titled “Gaming with Granny,” which takes a look at the growing trend of senior gaming. Did you know that senior citizens and Baby Boomers make up 38% of all social game players? And that number is only going to continue to rise in coming years. The infographic also looks …

Benefits for Veterans – Assisted Living Costs and Expenses for Veterans

According to the most recent census, there are approximately 21.8 million veterans in the United States, 9 million of which are over the age of 65. For elderly veterans, finding the resources to continue to live in their own home, or provide for veterans assisted living can be a challenge. It is important to realize …

Subsidized Senior Housing – 5 Tips for Securing Safe, Affordable Subsidized Senior Housing in a Down Economy

Securing safe and affordable subsidized senior housing can feel daunting. Here are five subsidized senior housing tips to help you find the right match: 1. Plan In Advance Of Senior Housing Needs The most important tip for seniors looking for affordable subsidized senior housing is to plan in advance of your housing needs. Current homeowners …

How To Prepare Grandchildren For a Visit To An Assisted Living Facility

It’s important to have granchildren and great-grandchildren visit their loved ones in an assisted living facility. Although it can be challenging at times, having children around can brighten the days of not only their own relatives, but of everyone at the facility. A visit from grandkids can completely alter the mood of their struggling grandparents …

How to Budget For Assisted Living Costs

As we grow old, the need for senior care approaches. While it is possible to stay home with family, relatives or close friends, most seniors and retirees choose to live by themselves either for independence or to avoid burdening their loved ones. However, what most people are not prepared for is the cost of senior …

How to Create Retirement Plan With Assisted Living in Mind

Planning for retirement can be difficult. There are many variables to consider and many things that can change as you age. When planning for retirement it is important to make sure that you plan for a normal standard of living but it is also important to include some extras. Most people do not like to …

LogicMark Guardian Alert Emergency Phone: Review

The LogicMark Guardian Alert Emergency Phone system is not just an emergency phone system for the home, but it is peace of mind that you cannot get anywhere else. The features of the phone system are such that you can use it for any purpose and with any person. What to Expect When you purchase …

DRIVE Patient Alarm Review

Caring for or living with a senior citizen who has trouble functioning or getting around can be an involving and difficult process. In many cases these seniors, even those with no mental or health risks beyond age, require nearly constant supervision to avoid tragedy. They are often too physically impaired to walk on their own …

Using the Internet for Locating Caregiving Information Caring for the Elderly

As our family members age it’s important for us to take care of them in their time of need. They are wise, they’re experienced, they’re the ones who truly lived. It’s important not to neglect the elderly just because of their age. We shouldn’t just put our grandparents in homes unless it’s necessary. They’re a …

Elderly Abuse: Is Your Loved One is at Risk?

When you think of child abuse or even domestic abuse, you often think of images of bruises and black eyes. Most abuse, however, goes undetected as perpetrators find alternative ways to tear down and abuse their victims. The same holds true for those who are victims of elder abuse. Although laws vary from state to …

10 Tips for Aging Gracefully

Graceful aging is obviously something most people want to do. Not only to look fantastic later in life, but also to feel good, and still be vibrant at any age. Of course, we cannot stop the march of time, but there are things that can be done to age more gracefully. 1. Healthy Diet A …

Assisted Living Today’s Weekly Roundup

Labor Day has come and gone, signifying the unofficial end to summer. Many of us enjoyed the extended weekend with picnics surrounded by family and friends as we say goodbye to the sweltering heat and begin anticipating the cooler days of September. Football season is full force and the political arena is heating up. We …

Recognizing Depression in the Elderly

  The Golden Years of retirement are supposed to be enjoyed, but it’s a sad reality that many seniors spend their retirement yeas battling the demons associated with mental health disorders. What’s worse is the fact that Americans over 65 have the highest rate of suicide than any other age group. Statistically, the percentage increases …

What Happens To Your Body As You Age

If there is one certainty in life (outside of taxes, of course) it is your body ages. Often times, it ages so gracefully and slowly you just never see it, until one day you look in the mirror and realize you’re not as young as you once were. Of course, you may still feel as …

Assisted Living Today’s Weekly Roundup

As we look back and remember that fateful day in September, we remember those who have lost their lives in the 9/11 attacks and those who have fallen protecting our freedoms. We also honor those who have pledged to continue fighting to keep us safe. To all the veterans and current military men and women, …

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 …

10 Essential Tips for Caregivers

Caring for a loved one or employer should not make you forget about taking care of yourself daily. Caregivers have a stressful strenuous rewarding job that seems to go on forever. Having help and support, while taking care of yourself will make you a better caregiver and allow you to be a better caregiver for …

4 Wheel Rolling Walker with Shopping Basket, Padded Seat Review

Ease of use is often one of the most important characteristics of any tool. But, it’s even more important when mobility is compromised. With the 4 Wheel Rolling Walker with Shopping Basket, Padded Seat by American Bantax, users not only get a durable and reliable walker, but get one that is easy to use and …

Different Options for Retirement Living

After you have worked pretty much your whole life you deserve to enjoy the rest of it. The one important rule about retirement is that you enjoy every second of it. This is the time when you get to do what you want when you want. You can officially celebrate not having to work crazy …

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 …

What To Look For In An Assisted Living Facility

Deciding that your loved one may need to be placed in an assisted living facility can be a difficult decision. However, an assisted living facility can provide your loved one with a safe place where she can receive assistance from certified staff members for basic activities, such as bathing, household chores and attending medical appointments …