Marleyn Awuy, Wellness Nurse at Eskaton Village Roseville, shares signs that your loved one may need assisted living:
Most people have heard the term dementia but don’t have a personal experience with it. Often the term is interchanged with Alzheimer’s disease. However, Alzheimer's disease is just one type of dementia that accounts for 60 to 80 percent of cases. There are many types of dementia ranging from Parkinson’s disease to vascular dementia to Dementia with Lewy Bodies (DLB). The term dementia is used to describe a wide range of symptoms associated with cognitive change including memory loss, impaired judgment, difficulty speaking and mood changes such as depression. Dementia may cause a person's ability to perform day-to-day activities to become challenging over time. But there is hope that the challenges can be lessened by creating the right supportive and adaptive environment.
Eskaton is calling on seniors to sign up for its Telephone Reassurance program, where volunteers reach out to let them know they are not alone.
For more than two decades, Eskaton, a nonprofit organization serving seniors for 50 years, has reached out to home bound and isolated seniors via its Telephone Reassurance program. The program consists of volunteers who contact seniors to check up on them and provide an opportunity to socialize.
Here are excerpts from keynote speaker Darlene Cullivan, community engagement manager of Eskaton.
Eskaton launches resources and seminars to help older adults and their children navigate healthcare and senior services, including an informative breakfast on May 17 at Arden Fair.
Eskaton, a nonprofit community-based organization serving seniors in Northern California for 50 years, offers important resources for older adults and their children needing to navigate healthcare and senior services. For people with questions about senior care, Eskaton provides invaluable resources via its website. For more information about the issues facing older adults, please visit https://blog.eskaton.org/ and subscribe to the blog.
Medicare is a large and potentially overwhelming topic for everyone, and can be especially confusing for the people approaching 65 years old. Limited computer knowledge and low health literacy can factor into the confusion surrounding the vast maze of benefits that is Medicare.
It is easy to enjoy an active lifestyle in Nevada County given the ample opportunities for hiking, biking, swimming, boating, tennis, Bocce Ball, snow sports and a great variety of stimulating fitness classes. The City of Grass Valley is even adding pickleball courts at Memorial Park! Each season offers its own full roster of activities and outdoor fun. Just a few of the types of activities that are beneficial to seniors include:
Activities of Daily Living, also known as ADLs, are routine tasks people do almost every day without assistance. Although some of these tasks can become more difficult with age, it does not mean that everyone will require assistance when they grow older. However, it is good to familiarize yourself with ADLs just in case a parent or loved one needs a helping hand.
As you are planning your retirement, keep in mind downsizing can have a huge upside. There are many financial strategies to keep in mind, but the best way to be prepared is to know your options. The most common ways people afford senior living is by sellilng a home they have equity in and using their retirement savings or a pension. Social Security benefits were designed to be a supplement, and help many people afford living expensives long after retirement.
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