There’s no substitute for the bond between a grandparent and grandchild. Many people spend their whole lives looking forward to spoiling grandchildren, so dementia in someone who has grandchildren can feel especially cruel.
Arbor is proud to be celebrating 30 years of revolutionizing what senior living means through service to our community and their loved ones. As the beloved home of countless seniors, we’ve been privy to thousands of special memories over the years. Here’s a recap of some of our favorites.
When you think of senior care communities, do you envision sterile, hospital-like environments full of rushing nurses and unstimulated seniors? For many people, these old stereotypes of nursing homes are forever in mind due to childhood visits to a great grandmother decades ago. Now, nursing homes are more resident-centered than in the past, but are still not appropriate venues for all older adults.
Thoughts of a memory care facility may immediately raise concerns that you’ll be leaving your loved one in a nursing home with a bunch of strangers. Yet, today’s memory care communities are loving, nurturing places that maximize independence, preserve your loved one’s memory as long as possible and alleviate the caregiver of the burden that prevents you from having a better relationship with your loved one.
In 1988, President Ronald Reagan signed a proclamation designating August 21 as National Senior Citizens Day. Now, every year, you can find plenty of low-key celebrations surrounding this national observance, including discounts at stores and restaurants or fun events at local senior centers. If you are looking to celebrate the senior citizens in your life (including yourself), here are a few ways to take your celebrations to the next level. Cheers to seniors everywhere!
The term “nursing home” has scary connotations; you may picture seniors wiling away their time in rocking chairs with little socialization. To most people, a nursing home marks the end of a fulfilling life. Today’s seniors are leading more engaged lives than ever before. They’re going back to college, helping to raise their grandchildren, even going skydiving. Many are interested in alternatives to nursing homes. They insist that their golden years should afford a chance to consider growing, learning, and improving their communities. Senior living communities give seniors the care they need, but in an engaged space where they can continue living lives of passion and meaning.
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.
Growing older is hard. It often means more aches and pains, less mobility, and increased difficulty managing one’s own life. It’s no wonder that so many seniors are determined to remain independent. One survey found that about 90% of seniors hope to “age in place,” remaining in their current homes for at least the next 5-10 years. Yet about two thirds of seniors need help completing at least one daily task. It’s painful when your mind wants one thing and your body seems determined to push you in a different direction. This is why so many seniors who need assisted living refuse.
The Alzheimer’s Association reports that more than 5.7 million Americans are living with the disease each year. While this number is staggering—and it is only expected to increase over time—the statistic does not include seniors living with other types of dementia.