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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...

Could Supplements Interact With Senior Medications?

Published on 08 28, 2015 by in Blog
Elderly Americans tend to take more and more medications. One as a diuretic, one for high blood pressure, and one to help someone sleep at night. Moreover, the chronic lower back pain that they struggle with means that they have to use a pain patch. Add in the fish oil capsule, a multi-vitamin supplement, and a baby aspirin and you might begin to see that some people are simply taking “too much.” We want to let you know that sometimes, you have to be careful with what you are putting in your body. What exactly are supplements? Dietary supplements include herbs, minerals, vitamins, and other substances that you consume to take in additional vitamins and minerals in addition to the food ...

National Banana Split Day Celebration – Carlton Plaza Davis

Published on 08 26, 2015 by in Blog
National Banana Split Day (yes, there really IS such a thing) is Tuesday, August 25 and Carlton Senior Living of Davis is celebrating with a free banana split party featuring signature house-made toppings created by the community’s chef, Andrew Moret. The event starts at 5 p.m. The banana split, originally invented by an apprentice pharmacist in Pennsylvania in 1904, has seen countless variations of ice cream and toppings. The traditional banana split consists of one scoop each of vanilla, chocolate and strawberry ice cream placed between the split sides of the banana with pineapple, strawberry and chocolate sauces as well as whipped cream, nuts and a maraschino cherry on top. Mo...

Things You Need to Know About Memory Care

Published on 08 24, 2015 by in Blog
You may have heard about the differences between traditional care and memory care. There are a few facts about memory care that you need to be aware of that set it apart from other methods of caring . Memory care does not isolate people with dementia This is one of the most frequently cited misconceptions that people hold. Even though it is home to a separate unit in a larger assisted living facility, residents are kept happy and engaged. There is a continuum of care, including therapeutic and specialized social programming. Memory care costs more – but it is more comprehensive Traditional assisted living offers personal care support, including medication management, help getting dress...

The Hidden Costs of Family Caregiving

Published on 08 21, 2015 by in Blog
At any point, we have 10 million adult children caring for older parents across the country. According to a report from Indiana University, this level of unpaid care that is being provided is estimated to be worth $375 billion per year. Despite the fact that most caregivers offer help because of duty and love, cost is also a part of the equation for many. Many caregivers believe that professional senior care is too expensive, and that caring for elderly patients may be more affordable. The problem is that this is often a miscalculation. Before offering fulltime care giving for an aging loved one, it is important to look at all the facts. Oftentimes people only look at the amount of mon...

Bertha Turns 103!

Published on 08 20, 2015 by in Blog
It's not everyday a resident turns 103. It's not everyday a resident makes a picture collage and shares with the community management. Good times! Fun was had by all! Great music, good cake, gifts and some crazy dancing. Bertha deserves such a celebration. Bless her heart! ...

Memory Loss – What Is Normal?

Published on 08 17, 2015 by in Blog
Most of us know that there is such a thing as normal age-related memory loss. However, given that memory-related cognitive disorders such as Alzheimer’s disease and dementia are becoming more prevalent, it is important to note the difference between what is normal, and what might be cause for concern.   What is normal? According to a number of studies, around 40 percent of the people over the age of 65 are going to experience some form of memory loss. This is referred to as “age-associated memory impairment” and there are no exacerbating medical issues behind it. This is considered the result of normal aging. However, something quite different happens with the many different ...

Lifestyle Changes To Guard The Aging Brain Against Alzheimer’s

Published on 08 14, 2015 by in Blog
There is a clear theme to the latest Alzheimer's research: if you want to protect your aging brain, you need to change your lifestyle. With an aging population at risk NOW, and several more years needed for scientists to prove that specific drugs are capable off at least delaying the onset of Alzheimer's disease – change is needed immediately. So far, the lifestyle changes that we have mentioned here are more promising than any drug study. Even if there were some magical breakthrough in the field of medicine, these lifestyle changes would still be able to help in a number of different ways. Change #1 – Eating healthy In order to support the arteries that ensure proper blood flow to ...

Five Senior Nutrition Myths

Published on 08 10, 2015 by in Blog
We know that good nutrition can help to improve and extend lives. Yet it is not always clear to most people what “eating right” is. This is especially true for seniors, because they have different nutritional needs. These are a handful of senior nutrition myths that are important to know about. Nutrition Myth #1 – You can have whatever you want if you are not overweight We all know people who are thin, but can stuff themselves with double-cheeseburgers or eat a half gallon of ice cream. The truth is that this is still harmful, even if it does not lead to weight gain. Eating too many high-fat foods can still lead to heart disease. An improper sugar-heavy diet can still lead to diabete...

Communication and Dementia

Published on 08 07, 2015 by in Blog
Watching a parent, spouse, or loved one deteriorate because of Alzheimer’s disease or any other type of dementia is indescribably painful. What starts are impairment eventually transforms into a disease that compromises the very individuality of the person we love. For many people, this makes it incredibly difficult to communicate with people who struggle with dementia. Just because communication is difficult, does not mean that it is impossible. It is possible to connect to a loved one who has dementia on an emotional level. If you know someone who has moderate to severe dementia, these are tips on how to communicate. There are good and bad days – There is no denying that people ...

Medication Management Tips for Seniors

Published on 08 03, 2015 by in Blog
Many different people regularly take some type of medication. It is not strange to take more than one medication as we get older. According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), about 31 percent of Americans have to take at least three or more prescription drugs daily. That can be difficult to manage.   The dangers of not managing medication properly If you are not managing your multiple medication usage properly, it can lead to adverse effects. These can negatively affect your health and disrupt your daily life. Given that seniors often have more fragile health than younger people do, it is important that they avoid these negative effects. When managing your med...
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