Francine O’Neill serves as a clinical resource for resident care directors, overseeing ongoing quality improvement programs and regulatory compliance. She assists with identifying and implementing programs that enhance care delivery and service to our residents and their families. Francine has more than 20 years of experience in health care, serving in both clinical leadership and operations management positions across the continuum of care including assisted living, long term care and acute care. Francine's favorite traits in others are COMMITMENT and ACCOUNTABILITY.
The senior living industry has changed extensively over the past few decades, aiming to meet the needs of baby boomers. Even if you have some past experience with senior living, you may not be completely informed about the solutions available in the current market. In fact, you may believe one of the many common myths about senior care that circulate on social media or around cups of coffee among friends.
The baby boomer generation is changing the face of aging, and teaching younger generations that growing older doesn’t have to mean growing sicker or moving slower. One way boomers are leading the charge of healthy aging is by choosing to remain active throughout retirement. While some are running marathons or lifting weights, other seniors are falling in love with the ancient practice of yoga.
Sunny days and warmer temperatures are here, which signals all summer fun to begin. However, in the midst of the fun family get-togethers and neighborhood barbeques, the dangers of summer for older adults are significant. If you find yourself caring for an elderly loved one, you may already be preoccupied with keeping them safe while at home and while out and about. You may not, however, be aware of a few key safety measures to take during the summer months.
You’re never too old to be physically fit. Age accelerates the loss of muscle and bone mass. This can lead to weakness, play a role in osteoporosis and increase the risk of falls. Exercise can reduce this risk. Seniors who remain physically active may live longer, maintain a more independent lifestyle, have less physical pain due to joint health issues and arthritis, have a lower risk of dementia and have better mental health.
Personality types allow us the chance to know more about ourselves and those around us. Generally, there are two broad categories that people fit into: extroverts and introverts. There are benefits and challenges for each of the types, and sometimes people evolve from one type to another as they experience new phases in life. Older adults can often be designated as introverts or extroverts as well, and no matter what type of personality they have, all seniors can find homes and friendships in senior living communities.
The summer season is on its way, bringing warmer temperatures and more sunshine. Before you participate in your favorite seasonal activities with your aging loved one, be sure you are caring for elderly parents by taking a few precautions. Seniors are especially prone to health risks in the summer months, including complications from dehydration or overheating. However, a few easy precautions can keep your summer activities safe for everyone involved.
According to the Alzheimer’s Association, 1 in 3 seniors die with some form of dementia. The longer a person lives, the more vulnerable his or her brain becomes to dementia. So the frustrating reality is that a senior who lives a long and healthy life may ultimately need dementia care.
Seniors across the country are living more active lifestyles than the generations that came before them. Retirement years are now the years for you to pursue new hobbies, make new friends, and learn new things. Thanks, in part, to longer lifespans and increased financial security, today’s seniors are finding new ways to connect with one another and stay engaged with the communities around them.
Your retirement years are made for doing what you love, trying new things, and exploring favorite (and new) places. Your eventual move to a senior living community should not prevent you from achieving your travel dreams. In fact, a move to a senior community can actually make traveling easier.