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Dealing With People Who Don’t Know They Have Dementia

Published on 10 02, 2015 by in Blog
Anosognosia refers to a lack of awareness of an impairment. Most people who have an ailment do not know they are ill. In fact, for people struggling with Alzheimer’s disease, anosognosia affects upwards of 81 percent of people who live with Alzheimer’s disease. Is it denial or anosognosia? - Dealing with Dementia If the situation was not difficult enough as is, it is possible for anosognosia to be selective or complete. Some people are entirely unaware of the fact that they have Alzheimer’s disease, reacting with defensiveness or anger if confronted about it. This makes diagnosing anosognosia even more of a challenge. Anosognosia can be difficult to distinguish from denial. If you ar...

The Dangers Of Seniors Living Alone

Published on 09 30, 2015 by in Blog
A study from the University College London that went on for decades has shown that isolation and loneliness can drastically shorten someone’s life. This is one of the reasons that seniors living alone can be dangerous. According to the American Association of Retired Persons, almost 90 percent of those over the age of 65 would prefer to be in their home for as long as possible. Staying in the home that they have always been in makes sense, and it may even offer benefits to their emotional well-being. However, research shows that the vast majority of elderly Americans who live at home and receive assisted living care are still very much alone. Perhaps even more shocking is the result ...

The Top Duties Of A Caregiver

Published on 09 21, 2015 by in Blog
Even though being a caregiver for a loved one is one of the most rewarding and gratifying experiences, it is also unrelenting, demanding, and challenging. These are some of the top duties that a caregiver has, which should provide you with a good understanding of why so many prefer to rely on the professional caregiving service offered by one of the long-term care facilities. Duty #1 – Assessing medical needs Perhaps you have a loved one who needs help with pain management or requires prescription medication. Having to provide medical assistance is one of the most challenging aspects of being a caregiver, especially because a simple mistake could have serious consequences. Duty #2 – A...

What Is Behind The Aggression In Some Alzheimer Patients?

Published on 09 18, 2015 by in Blog
Sometimes, having a loved one struggle with Alzheimer’s almost feels as though you have already lost them a long time ago. Amongst Alzheimer's patients, Alzheimer's aggression is fairly common. Every year, 4.5 million Americans are diagnosed with Alzheimer's disease, and this is expected to explode to 16 million Americans in 2050. Most people believe that Alzheimer's only has an effect on our memory, but there are many other neuropsychiatric symptoms associated with the disease as well. Patients who have Alzheimer's sometimes develop delusions; patients may become irritable, and sometimes very aggressive. This often leads to unnecessary anxiety, because the family members sometimes beli...

Weekly Yoga Helping Residents & Guests Stay Limber at Carlton Senior Living

Published on 09 16, 2015 by in Blog
Yoga instructor Laura Ho is leading classes for residents and guests at Carlton Senior Living in Fremont every Friday at 9:30 a.m. Ho teaches seniors poses that are traditionally done on a mat, but can be done while seated in a chair. The classes, offered at no charge and open to people of all skill levels and physical abilities, focus on stretching, breathing, increasing mobility and strengthening muscles. “We pay a lot of attention to breathing exercises and poses just about anyone can do,” said Ho. “We end with time for meditation.” Ho studied Chinese perspectives of holistic health at San Francisco State University while simultaneously completing the 200-hour registered ...

Carlton Senior Living Raising Funds & Awareness for Alzheimer’s Walk

Published on 09 16, 2015 by in Blog
On Saturday, October 17, associates from Carlton Senior Living will take to the streets at Heather Farm Park in Walnut Creek for the Alzheimer’s Association’s annual Walk to End Alzheimer’s. The Carlton Senior Living team is gathering support for Alzheimer’s research through multiple fundraising efforts, including the team’s online donation page on the Alzheimer’s Association website, http://act.alz.org/goto/PoetsCorner, a donation box at local Carlton Senior Living communities and “Casual for a Cause,” a fundraiser that gives employees of the community the opportunity every day through October to donate a dollar to the cause in exchange for dressing casually for the day....

What Infections Are Most Common Amongst The Elderly?

Published on 09 14, 2015 by in Blog
Common infections like influenza or a urinary tract infection can happen to anyone, but amongst those over the age of 65, infections may be much harder to diagnose. This can lead to a higher risk of hospitalization, chronic poor health, and ongoing discomfort. In fact, around a third of all deaths of seniors over the age of 65 are attributed to infectious diseases. While seniors are already more susceptible to infection, those in long-term care or living with dementia are at an even greater risk. That is one of the reasons that we wanted to focus on the most common infections in the elderly. Gastrointestinal infections Seniors are at an increased risk of gastrointestinal infections because...

Ways To Reduce The Costs Of Assisted Living

Published on 09 11, 2015 by in Blog
Finding good senior living facilities can be expensive, emotionally taxing, and challenging. Especially when your loved one requires personal care such as a memory care facility or an assisted living facility. For some families, paying out of pocket is just not necessarily an option, but we are here to tell you that there are ways to reduce the costs of assisted living. If you want quality senior care that can fit your budget, we have a number of different tips. Tip #1 – Plan ahead – do your research If you have limited time available before you need to make your choice, chances are that you will not properly evaluate all your options. Giving yourself enough time to evaluate senior car...

The Connection Between A Lack Of Sleep And Heart Health

Published on 09 07, 2015 by in Blog
Most people recognize that not getting enough sleep is going to make it difficult to function the next day. However, what few people realize is that a lack of sleep can lead to serious health problems – especially for seniors. As seniors get on in years, their bodies become more vulnerable to illnesses. New studies reveal that a poor sleep pattern can have a negative impact on heart health. A study from the Russian Academy of Medical Sciences found that a lack of good-quality sleep can have a number of negative impacts. One of the reasons that this is especially important for seniors is because our sleep patterns often change as we get older. This makes it more difficult to fall asleep ...

Focusing On Your Health If You Are A Caregiver

Published on 09 04, 2015 by in Blog
Throughout the country, the number of adults over the age of 65 continues to grow – and with it the number of caregivers. If you are someone who is currently working as a caregiver, it is important that you take steps yourself to maintain your own health. This is a challenge for many caregivers, because they have to balance between maintaining their loved ones’ wellbeing and ensuring that their own mental and physical health is in check. Especially if you are looking after a family member, studies have shown that there is a wide range of mental and physical side effects that will begin to take their toll on the overall wellbeing of a caregiver. This is why it is so important to be ...

Why Is Senior Mental Health So Important?

Published on 08 31, 2015 by in Blog
It is problematic that mental health amongst seniors is often untreated and overlooked. Many seniors have to deal with anxiety, depression, and mental stress – all of which reduce their overall quality of life. Fortunately, it is possible to ensure that your loved ones are doing OK. Why do seniors experience mental health issues? According to the latest statistics from the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, around 20 percent of people over the age of 55 have some form of mental health condition such as depression, cognition issues, bipolar disorder, or anxiety. The one that is usually the least recognized is also the most common amongst seniors – depression. Depression...

Carlton Plaza of San Leandro – Resident Testimonial

Published on 08 28, 2015 by in Blog
Learn more about Carlton Plaza of San Leandro and what it has to offer here. "When he arrived yesterday, it was a lovely homecoming, virtually all staff were warm, professional and welcoming. When I left him last night he was chocked up, tears welling in his eyes, clearly pleased to be home again. Thanks to all." ~J.T., Carlton Plaza of San Leandro...
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