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 …

Common Alzheimer’s Care Concerns for Home Caregivers

An Alzheimer’s Patient Caregiver – For a loved One A caregiver for an Alzheimer’s patient often does not realize the emotional and physical strain it will be on their own health in general. When someone first is told their loved one has this disease, it is quite a shock for them and the whole family. …

Christian Assisted Living Facilities and Elder Care Homes

If you are one of the many people in need of an assisted living facility then you understand the stress and anxiety this search can cause in your life. Although this can be a little scary, using your faith to assist you in your search can make this endeavor much easier. Understanding that God is …

Jewish Assisted Living Facilities and Elder Care Homes

Assisted living is often the perfect answer for any senior who wants to stay active and continue enjoying life. It might take some time to find the best assisted living facility because there are so many different options to choose from but it is worth taking the time to make this important decision. Often family …

Catholic Assisted Living Facilities and Elder Care Homes

Catholic assisted living facilities are found in most communities and in every state. A Catholic assisted living facility is an option that will seem just like home. The Catholic religion provides various opportunities for worship. If an individual is active in religious studies and participates in worship services, they will want to make certain that …

Avoiding Hip Fracture: 8 Tips that Could Save Your Life

Hip fractures in the elderly are more than a painful nuisance; they can lead to life threatening conditions. Below are 8 tips to help you avoid injury. Take Simple Steps to Prevent Falls at Home One of the easiest ways to prevent hip fractures in the elderly is to closely evaluate the safety of your …

10 Tips for Choosing a Skilled Nursing Facility

The desire of an elderly person to stay in their own home must be weighed against the type of care they require. A time may come when your parent or grandparent will have to be placed in a skilled nursing facility. Otherwise known as nursing homes and convalescent homes, these facilities are able to provide …

5 Ways to Help Prevent the Spread of Pneumonia in Nursing Homes

Infectious pneumonia strikes up to 3 million people per year in the United States alone. 40,000 to 70,000 of those cases are fatal. Sadly, pneumonia is one of the leading causes of death among elderly patients in nursing homes. Pneumonia in Elderly People Pneumonia in elderly patients often begins as viral pneumonia, which is less …

5 Things Caregivers Must Know About Elder Care Law

Caring for the elderly is a difficult task. It is physically demanding and emotionally challenging. The closer you are to the elderly person, the more difficult you may find the job. It’s hard watching someone who used to take care of you wither and slide as age and disease begin to take their toll. Hiring …

Senior Care Spotlight: Alzheimer’s and Dementias by Terry Townsend

Today’s senior care spotlight is a Website that was created to provide as much information and help as possible to those with a degenerative mind disease of any kind and to make available Terry Townsend’s book titled “Living Alone With Dementia/Alzheimer’s” (How to Keep Your Loved One in Their home as Long as Possible). In …

5 Key Benefits of Assisted vs. Unassisted Senior Home Living

Continued growth in the elderly population, and the chronic diseases strongly associated with aging, is an inevitable byproduct of modern healthcare systems. The conventional choice for long-term care of the elderly, especially those experiencing a loss of self-efficacy due to disease, has been the nursing home. These facilities carry a lot of stigma though, both …

Elder Care Law Interview – Matt Parker on Elderly Law & Senior Legal Issues

In the interview below Matt Parker of Marshall, Parker & Associates LLC. You can find a collection of useful links and resources related to elderly care law on the Marshall Parker and Associates site, and Matt shares a ton of helpful information on elderly care legal issues in the interview below. You can play the …

3 Simple Ways to Prevent a UTI in Elderly Women

Urinary tract infections, or UTI’s, are more than a painful medical condition. Left untreated, these infections can spread through the body. The leading cause of sepsis, an undiagnosed and untreated UTI can ultimately result in death. For caregivers of elderly patients, learning how to recognize a UTI can be tricky as the symptoms are varied. …

Seniors in Assisted Living Facilities Could Be Evicted when Funds Dry Up

Budget talks are consuming. It doesn’t matter who you are, what you do or where you live, financial uncertainty will affect you one way or another, this includes patients in assisted living facilities. As states prepare for the 2012 fiscal year to begin, many have made budgetary changes to their Medicaid program.  Some of which …

Hospice & Assisted Living – Hospice Care Combined with Assisted Living

It has long been thought that when a resident at an assisted living facility is declining in health, the only option is to give up their “home” and enter a nursing home.  But, this isn’t necessarily the case.  For many terminal patients their final wish is to die at home, and for many home is …

The Best Blogs for Seniors – Best Senior Living and Elderly Care Blogs

When seeking advice about senior care, assisted living, healthcare or caregiving, the web is full of information.  Many sites are designed by professional experts and those who are experts of circumstance.  These blogs span the realm of senior oriented material, from the tech savvy senior to the caregiver raising their children while caring for their …

Dealing with Early On-Set Dementia – An Interview with Holly Eburne

Holly Eburne is a life energy coach who has a background in physical therapy, and also has personal experience with early on-set dementia as her husband was diagnosed with Frontotemporal Dementia at the age of 57. Holly was kind enough to share some of her personal experiences along with practical advice for caregivers in the interview …

5 Signs It’s Time to Hire a Home Health Aide

Yesterday we posted three disadvantages to in-home senior care, but as we noted in the post: there are many instances when in-home care is indeed the best choice. Everyone wants to do what’s best for their aging parents, but it can be hard to know when it is time to hire some extra help. Home …

3 Disadvantages to In-Home Senior Care Services

For many senior citizens, the emerging opportunities to receive in-home care as they age are welcomed. Many seniors fear being placed in nursing homes after reaching a point where they can no longer live independently, and they view in-home care as a better option than nursing homes or hospitals. And while senior home care services …

Senior Care Spotlight: Robert Weathers, Senior Care Author

Roberta Weathers is an author and self-proclaimed perpetual blogger. She has worked with the seniors for more that twenty years in different capacities: first as a nursing assistant then as a home health aide and also as a Social Services Director in a long-term care facility. Roberta writes about subjects that are near and dear …