Getting Older is Not the End: Tips for Healthy Aging

There is no way to prevent the process of getting older. The years go by, and you may find your body changing year after year in response to further wear and tear. Your bones and muscles ache, stairs or walking long distances is harder, and your memory isn’t what it used to be. The whole …

What is Dementia and What Causes Dementia?

Individuals suffering from dementia have a loss in their mental functions affecting memory, reasoning, and thinking. Although not a disease, it is a group of symptoms caused by a disease or condition. However, pseudo or false dementia is treatable if, for example, it is due to an infection or certain nutritional deficiencies. Decision-making, language, learning, …

Pneumonia in the Elderly – Simple Tips for Prevention and Treatment

Pneumonia in the elderly may be caused by bacteria, viruses, or fungi, and it results in an inflammation of one or both of the lungs. As circulation to the lungs decrease, oxygen in the blood declines. While cases of pneumonia can range from mild to severe, the elderly, along with children and people with weakened …

Top 20 Assisted Living Facilities in Massachusetts

Whether you’re preparing for the future or the need is now, being educated on the senior care choices available to you and your loved ones will help the transition from independent living to assisted living.  A quick search of assisted living facilities may leave you feeling a little overwhelmed, so we’ve broken it down for …

Assisting with Chemo Brain…or Avoiding It Altogether?

What is Chemo Brain? Many patients who have gone through chemotherapy complain of “chemo brain” after their treatment. This impairment includes difficulties in remembering things, completing tasks or learning new things. Some doctors will only refer to the symptoms as chemo brain if they don’t improve over time, or don’t go away. The duration of …

Nursing Shortage: What the Future Holds for Nursing Homes

The nursing shortage in the United States adds to the growing problem of how to provide appropriate care for senior citizens who need nursing home services. Nursing homes have lost funding in recent years; in addition, more and more senior citizens are in need of nursing home services. Thus, experts predict that by the year …

12 Daily Living Aids That Make Life Easier

As we get older, small annoyances in our daily life start to get more difficult. It can be harder to grip things, and vision and hearing may deteriorate. Fortunately, there are plenty of products and inventions that can be conveniently used as daily living aids, that can help make your life much easier. Reachers With …

Coping with Dementia: Joining Dementia Support Groups

Dementia is a syndrome that affects the elderly more than any other group. It can cause a greater degree of memory loss than is common with normal aging, even causing elderly people to become moody or hostile. Dementia causes a host of problems for both the sufferer and the friends and family, and because of …

Better Sleep Leads to Better Health

It can be easy to overlook the importance of sleep- after all, it takes so long and there is so much to do! As we get older, we might even feel like we need less sleep, but this is due to a natural change in our circadian rhythm- the body’s natural sleep cycle. We may …

Spotlight On Jacqueline Marcell: ‘Elder Rage’ Author, Radio Host and Caregiver Advocate

This week’s spotlight is on Jacqueline Marcell who is an author, radio host, caregiver advocate, and Alzheimer’s speaker. Her personal story as caregiver to a challenging elderly father and sweet ailing mother, both with Alzheimer’s which went undiagnosed—and Jacqueline’s subsequent challenges as a breast cancer survivor, makes her a remarkable figure to watch and admire …

MRSA and the Elderly – The Real Risks and How to Prevent It

MRSA is the abbreviation for methicillin-resistant Staphylococcus aureus, a Gram-positive coccal bacterium. Prior to the development of penicillin, MRSA was the cause of death for many people. Usually death was caused by pneumonia, an infection of the lungs that was called ‘the old person’s friend’, meaning that a frail, sick, elderly person would be taken …

Announcing the Winners of the 2012 ALTY Blog Awards

We’ve got some big news! Winners for The 2012 ALTY Blog Awards have been decided. You the voters have spoken and you’ve chosen this year’s best senior care and senior living blogs from across eight different awards categories. And you spoke loudly, with more than 12,000 votes being cast over the course of a month. …

Mesothelioma and Seniors: What You Need to Know

This article is a reprint courtesy of our friends over at Asbestos.com and was authored by Rachel Gilner, Outreach Coordinator. Mesothelioma is most commonly found in seniors, with the average age of diagnosis at 62 years old.  Mesothelioma has a latency period of 20-50 years, so an older demographic who may have been exposed in …

5 Questions to Ask When Choosing Home Care Agencies

When the decision is made to provide a senior citizen with assisted care, there are a number of questions that should be kept in mind when talking to the various available home care agencies. Here are five questions to ask home care agencies in order to help you find the best match for your situation: …

Elderly Depression: 5 Effective Treatments

Elderly depression can often be difficult to treat due to the variety of factors that can contribute to depression in the elderly. Options for treatment of elderly depression seem more limited than those for younger individuals due to the higher likelihood of medical factors contributing to the disorder in senior citizens, dementia being particularly difficult …

5 Non-medical, Natural Alzheimer’s Treatments that Work

Alzheimer’s disease ranks sixth in the list of top mortality causes in the United States. The Alzheimer’s Association estimates that there are 5.4 million people afflicted with the disease, and this number is expected to rise rapidly in the coming years as the baby boomer population ages. While we have yet to find a cure …

Sundown Dementia Episodes at Home: 3 Sundown Dementia Management Tips for Caregivers

Caregivers of family members with dementia often notice a particular set of symptoms that may start around dusk and last well into the evening. It is called sundown dementia, sundowner’s, or simply sundowning. The person with dementia usually becomes more disoriented, more agitated, more anxious, more confused and more unsettled during this time. This can …

Professional Caregiver Job Skills

Working as a professional caregiver requires understanding how to maintain quality standards in delivering care while providing consistent behaviors.  If you are exploring becoming a professional caregiver, you may apply for a part-time or full-time caregiving position on Caregiverlist.com (professional senior care companies subscribe to Caregiverlist’s hiring tools and hire new caregivers each week). Completing …

Senior Care Options: Nursing Home Costs and Ratings for Medicare and Medicaid Insurance

Seniors in the U.S.A. qualify for the government senior health insurance programs once they turn 65-years-old.  At this age, they must sign-up for either  Medicare or Medicaid.  Medicaid is the option for very low-income seniors with few financial assets.  The benefits are different for each of these insurance programs and Medicaid is provided in partnership …

Announcing the 2012 ALTY Blog Awards

Welcome to the first annual Assisted Living Today Blog Awards, aka The ALTY Awards! The ALTY Awards is our annual blog awards event that will honor the best articles and blog posts from across the assisted living and senior care industry from the previous calendar year.The way the ALTYs work is our committee of writers …

Senior Site Spotlight: 55+ Magazine

This week’s senior spotlight is on “55+ Magazine,” South Florida’s preferred free bilingual senior magazine. 55 Plus Magazine offers a full directory of community resource organizations, hospital and hospices, rehabilitation centers, assisted living facilities, home care, adult day care and other services in Southeastern Florida. 55+ Magazine, which is published in print on a quarterly …

Memory Impairment Q & A with Merilee Griffin of Memo Touch

We recently interviewed Merilee Griffin, PHD, the founder and president  of Memo Touch. Dr. Griffin developed Memo as an interactive device to help those with memory impairment maintain their independence as long as possible while helping to lessen the demands placed upon caregivers.  She cared for her mother who suffered from Alzheimer’s and recognized that there was a need for a simplistic and …

Spotlight On: The Pavilions at Forrestal

For many older adults, a debilitating illness, a catastrophic fall or even a planned surgery like a hip replacement can take more rehabilitation than anticipated.  Often, skilled nursing facilities provide the much needed therapy in order to get the patient back home. But in some instances, the skilled need of a nursing home is gone, but …

When to Hire an Elder Care Attorney

If you have a loved one living in an elder care center, you will typically want to monitor their care to ensure the comfort and safety of the person. Neglect is a serious concern for those who have family members living in nursing homes or other care facilities for the elderly. While accidents can happen, …

Senior Site Spotlight: The Other Side of 50 (TOS50.com)

This week’s senior spotlight is on “The Other Side of 50,” which is a great online community and online forum for seniors for anyone on the “other side of 50.” TOS50.com offers baby boomers and others over 50 some fantastic resources as well, which include: A Financial Fitness Section with article on senior financial planning, …

The One Key Urinary Tract Infection (UTI) Symptom You May Be Ignoring

Urinary Tract Infections (UTIs) are the second most common infection type, according to the National Center for Health Statistics. Caused by bacteria in the urethra, UTIs occur more often in women due to the close proximity of the urethra to the anus, where bacteria proliferates. More than 50% of all women will suffer from at …

Assisted Living Today’s Week in Review

The Holiday Season is in full swing.  This week marked the beginning of the Hanukkah celebration with the first three candles having been lit and the fourth to be lit on Friday night.  Christmas is just a few days away and last minute shoppers are still searching for that perfect gift.  Regardless of your faith …

The Most Effective Sundowner’s Syndrome Treatment Strategy

Sundowner’s syndrome can be worrisome and perplexing to the family of an elderly person. Symptoms generally grow worse as evening approaches, or may not even be present until the sun goes down. Knowing how to deal with symptoms such as restlessness and agitation are challenging because the patient typically cannot be reasoned with. It is …

Spotlight On: Twin Towers Senior Living Community

Twin Towers Retirement Community has a world record holder among them.  Russ Witte took home five gold medals this year, three of which earned him a place in the history books.  And he did while competing in the 95 to 99 year old age group. Residents like Russ are not unusual at Twin Towers where …

Spotlight On: The Remington Club

It has long been known that most people do not want to leave their homes, assuming they will be giving up their privacy and dignity by moving into an senior living setting.  But, at The Remington Club in Rancho Bernardo, this is not the case. “Many of our resident’s say that it’s very welcoming. They …

Sundowner’s Syndrome: Information for Senior Citizen Care

One of the significant health challenges in senior citizen care is related to the steady decline of cognitive processes and function. This is especially magnified in those suffering from dementia such as Alzheimer’s disease. A particularly difficult ailment associated with this is Sundowner’s syndrome. Sundowner’s syndrome, also known as ‘sundowning,’ is a characterized by symptoms …

Assisted Living Today’s Week in Review

Have you been enjoying the festivities of the season?  Many schools are performing their annual winter shows with resounding choruses of “Let it Snow” and instrumental versions of “Jingle Bells.” Proud parents and even prouder grandparents beam with pride as their little angels shine on stage. Or, perhaps you’re showing off your talents, joining the …

Senior Care Spotlight: The Boomington Post

This week’s senior care spotlight is The Boomington Post, which was nice enough to publish a guest post from Assisted Living Today recently. The Boomington Post, unsurprisingly, focuses on issues facing the baby boomer generation and about senior living in general. The site offers a mix of: Topical coverage of news items related to senior …

Senior Assisted Living or Independent Living: What’s the Best Choice?

When health begins to deteriorate in the elderly, it’s accompanied by a loss of control over certain aspects of their lives. For those who’ve lived with intermittent health problems all through life, the impact isn’t as great and it’s easier to make the necessary adjustments that may be required with senior assisted living. However, for …

Preventing Water Infections in the Elderly

Water infections are associated with symptoms that bother both men and women, with women facing a higher risk. Water infections are also known as Urinary Tract Infections (UTI), which mostly affect the urethra and bladder. They may also affect different sections of the urinary track, with each type having a different name. Symptoms of Water …

Assisted Living Today’s Week in Review

In many parts of the county the unseasonably warm temperatures, much to everyone’s dismay, have finally been replaced with more typical December weather.  Plow trucks are up and running in much of the north, while snow birds in the south continue to enjoy the mild temperatures.  It’s the time of year to be weary of …

Preventing Dehydration in the Elderly Year Round

Preventing dehydration in the elderly is challenging, especially since people lose their ability to detect thirst as they age. Creating a system that allows older people to track their water intake is ideal. With a good idea of how much water has been consumed, you don’t have to rely on guesswork to determine whether you …

Top 50 Assisted Living Facilities in Texas

When care at home is no longer an option, making the decision to enter an assisted living facility can be a difficult. The sheer number of facilities can be overwhelming and weeding out the good from the bad can be difficult, which is why we’ve compiled our list of “The 50 Best Assisted Living Facilities …

Hiring an Elder Care Lawyer for Estate Planning

Time quickly passes us by, doesn’t it? It probably seems like just yesterday when you first bought your home, became a parent, sent the children off to grade school, and then to college. Now you have entered your senior years, and it all seems to have gone by in a blink. Through these changes in …

Assisted Living Today’s Week in Review

December is officially upon us.  The countdown has begun and the shops and malls are bustling.  Most of us have finally recovered from the Turkey Coma and Black Friday madness.  At Assisted Living Today are dedicated to bringing you some of the most up-to-day info in senior news, so check back often to see the …

Long Term Care Insurance Benefits and Advantages

The last thing anyone wants after years of saving for retirement is to see all that hard-earned money whittled away by medical costs for ongoing assistance, particular when personal help is required. Both nurses and medical assistant services are expensive, even if just part-time, and these costs can quickly eat away at bank accounts that …

Diagnosis and Management of Sundowner’s Syndrome

Sundowner syndrome, known as sundowning, or night-time dementia, is a condition that increases confusion and disorientation during sunset or sunrise. It is most common in elderly residents who have established dementia, Alzheimer disease, delirium, or those who have had surgeries. Not all people who have these ailments will experience sundowning, but as each person reacts …

What is a Revocable Living Trust?

A Revocable Living Trust is an estate planning tool, intended to avoid the time and expense of probate, and to ensure the property transfer wishes of the grantor are carried out as easily as possible. The trust also allows another individual to handle the financial affairs of the grantor in the event of incapacity. The trust …

Senior Life Settlement: Is it Right for You?

A difficult economy, growing unemployment and a volatile stock market have made the future even more uncertain for those who have retired or will retire soon. For those needing more money beyond pensions or other savings (especially seniors who may need to finance assisted living settings) life settlements can be an attractive option. Life settlements …

Comparing Nursing Home Options: 5 Important Factors

Making the decision to put a loved one into nursing home care is one that is never taken lightly. Not just any facility will do when it comes to the comfort of a family member. Reports of nursing home abuse and neglect are everywhere, and the question of how one nursing home compares to another …

Reverse Mortgages for Seniors: Benefits of a Reverse Mortgage Loan

With the downturn in the economy and home sales at a halt, many seniors are having trouble surviving on their fixed income. Applications for reverse mortgages are on the rise because they offer seniors options that traditional home equity loans and lines of credit do not offer. To help defray the costs of living, many …

Presbyterian Assisted Living Facilities and Elder Care Homes

Presbyterian assisted living facilities provide peace of mind that you or your loved one will be very well taken care of. There is the additional reassurance when you start your search for faith-based assisted living homes of financial dependability exercised with one’s money. Additionally, you can look forward to reliability from those who present full …