Nutrition has far-reaching effects on our wellbeing, influencing everything from physical health to mood to energy levels and even cognitive function. As we age, nutrition has an even greater impact on our quality of life. Unfortunately, due to the myriad physiologic and lifestyle changes that accompany aging, many seniors don’t maintain a sufficiently healthy diet or consume the quality of nutrition they need to feel their best.
The decision to move a loved one to assisted living is never an easy one to make, but it can be especially difficult if your aging parent has been living independently for a number of years. Some of the signs that it’s time to move to assisted living are subtle, making them easy to overlook or deny for some time. If you haven’t seen your aging parent in a while, spending time together over the holidays provides an ideal opportunity to pay attention for changes that may have cropped up since your last visit.
The holidays can be a stressful time of year for seniors in assisted living care, particularly those whose families don’t live close enough to make an easy visit. If someone doesn’t feel they can fully participate in the festivities—whether due to distance or due to personal limitations—it can be easy to experience feelings of isolation and loneliness. Vista Prairie Communities does a lot throughout the holidays to help seniors feel engaged in the holiday spirit by making it easy to celebrate with families and staff. There are also many things you can do to make your senior’s holiday season special, no matter if you leave near or far. Continue reading “Tips for Making the Holiday Season Special in Senior Living” »
Moving a loved one from a familiar place where they feel at home into a new senior living community or assisted living apartment is always a difficult transition, but the process becomes more complicated when moving a loved one into memory care. For someone with dementia, disruptions to routine and changes in environment can be particularly stressful, causing them to lash out, resist the move, or grow upset if they’re unable to fully comprehend what is happening.
For many, the decision to move into senior living isn’t an easy one. It’s normal for seniors to feel some reluctance about the perceived loss of independence and anxiety about leaving behind the beloved familiarity of a longtime home. However, there is a great deal that family members can do to help ease a loved one’s transition into a senior living community.