January is National Glaucoma Awareness Month. While glaucoma is the leading cause of preventable blindness, many people don’t realize they have the disease until it is too late because glaucoma doesn’t show symptoms. Spreading awareness about the importance of regular vision will help more people receive treatment while the disease is still in its early stages.
A month when many people prioritize health and wellness, January is a fitting time to dedicate increased awareness to an often overlooked but hugely impactful influence on our health: the thyroid gland. The American Thyroid Association (ATA) has designated January as Thyroid Awareness Month. Throughout January, the ATA promotes outreach, education, and fundraising efforts to support the prevention, treatment, and cure of thyroid diseases and thyroid cancer.
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.