Living with dementia is difficult, and being a caretaker has its own challenges. Unlike many other health conditions, dementia comes on gradually and the signs can often be easy to miss. Dementia symptoms may include agitation, sleeplessness, delusions and extreme personality changes. At Eskaton, a 50 year old nonprofit, we understand what you are going through and we strive to make the process a little easier for you and your loved ones. To be better suited to care for a loved one living with dementia or Alzheimer's disease, here are a few tips.
Topics: Living with Dementia
If you are like most children of aging parents, you have high expectations for the assisted living community you and your parents choose. You want your parents to be comfortable, make connections with others, and generally enjoy a high quality of life. These are all wonderful and realistic things to expect from a high-quality assisted living community.
Steve Jamison, a resident at Eskaton Village Carmichael, has great enthusiasm for writing. He recently joined the new poetry group at the Village and wrote this poem to celebrate the community he loves.
Searching for an assisted living community for your parent can feel like an overwhelming task. How do you know which place is the best choice? If you have never gone through this experience before then how can you figure out what to look for amongst all the options?
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The needs of your aging parents are unique and will continue to change over time. As you explore the option of assisted living for your parents it is essential that you make sure their current and future needs will be met. They can receive a wide range of help in an assisted living community. If your parents are still relatively independent, they can get intermittent or regular help in assisted living. When their needs intensify then they can receive the frequent or constant help they require. Keep reading for a detailed description of each level of help.
Maintaining brain health as you age will help with clarity, memory and your ability to reason and make decisions. Brain fitness is achievable through a combination of diet and exercise, including mental exercise. When you add brain fitness into your overall fitness routine, you’ll notice an increase in your ability to be engaged and full of energy. Brain fitness includes a multitude of activities from physical exercise, video games, puzzles and new experiences. When you think about brain fitness consider:
Topics: Wellness Tips
Heart health is important regardless of your age, but risk can increase as you grow older. It is important to understand what you can do to avoid heart disease as well as understand the signs of a heart attack.
Topics: Wellness Tips
Senior adults often need the assistance of loved ones to decide when it is time to get more help with daily tasks. As an adult child of aging parents, you are in a unique, and sometimes difficult position. You may have to start taking a more active role in helping your parents with important decisions. One of the biggest decisions your parents will make as they age is where to live during their golden years. You can help them determine when it is time to move into assisted living by keeping an eye out for a few telltale signs.
There are a number of elements to consider as you help your parents navigate their options for senior living. In order to make a true comparison between staying at home and moving into assisted living you will have to delve deep into your parents’ monthly living expenses. You need to get a true understanding of what it costs your parents to stay home each month so you can appropriately compare it to the costs of a senior living community.