This is a comprehensive checklist when visiting aging parents to make sure they are still doing well on their own.
Many adult children can’t make it home to see their aging loved ones as often as they would like. The holidays offer an opportunity to visit with parents and grandparents. Are there things that changed since your last visit?
These are things you should look for:
It is unbelievably painful to witness a loved one with Alzheimer’s disease, or any other type of dementia deteriorating. As the disease becomes more advanced, we see forgetfulness slowly transform into severe decline in memory, language, problem solving, and thinking skills. Eventually our loved one loses their individuality completely.
Therefore, understanding how to connect and communicate with our loved ones is so important. Learn about the communication strategies for dementia.
At The Retreat at Sunny Vista, we truly believe that finding a cure for Alzheimer’s is possible. One of our team members, Kristi Breakell, has partnered with the Alzheimer’s Association to help find the cure by sitting on the Alz Fundraising Committee for several years. This year, she has helped raise over $8,000 towards the Walk to End Alzheimer’s. Our campus is going to match the donations that she has raised.
Kristi discussed the benefits of living in a community setting where people are specially trained to help though going through the dementia progress. Watch her on Fox21 here: https://www.fox21news.com/community/annual-walk-to-end-alzheimers-saturday/
A common question individuals ask when touring senior living or assisted living is, “What’s Included in the Monthly Rent?” or “Why Is the Rent So Expensive?” More often than not, the response is a basic answers like meals, housekeeping, transportation etc. These are surface level answers.
Here at The Retreat, we believe in being transparent, and that starts with what’s included in the monthly rental rate for our apartments.
Moving tips for seniors going to assisted living or memory care
No matter what your age, moving is stressful. But the process can be extremely emotional and physically challenging for seniors who have lived in the same place for years or decades. Packing up belongings accrued over a lifetime and going to an Independent Living, Assisted Living or Memory Care community brings opportunities for traveling down memory lane, but it also can create anxiety about being without those special possessions.