By 2020, the national average cost for a private room in a nursing home is projected to be approximately $9,000 per month. At that rate, an extended stay in a long-term care facility could drain a person’s savings in a hurry. There are insurance products that help pay long-term care costs. But premiums can be expensive, and the policies often limit the types of care covered.
Experts use the term dementia to describe a deterioration in mental skills required to perform daily activities. Symptoms of dementia include memory loss, behavioral changes, and disorientation. Alzheimer’s disease is by far the most common form of dementia, with more than 5 million Americans living with the condition.
There is no cure for dementia, nor absolute treatments to slow its progress. However, there are ways to manage its various symptoms.
In the early 1990s, Bill and Julie Thomas began developing a new approach to elder care. Their cutting-edge method, now known as The Eden Alternative, gave nursing home residents greater privacy, independence, and control over their lives. With the goal to improve the wellbeing of older adults, The Eden Alternative aims to eliminate what Bill Thomas calls the “three plagues” commonly found in senior living facilities: loneliness, helplessness, and boredom.
Sleep is essential to human life, and a good night's rest has significant effects on our ability to carry out daily functions. Getting an appropriate amount of sleep enables us to concentrate and remain engaged in various settings. But as we age, many of us experience difficulty falling—and staying—asleep.
Aging Americans lose an estimated $36.5 billion each year to financial scams—and deceptive activity is especially high during the winter holiday season. Many older adults are trusting individuals with good credit and savings in the bank—qualities that make them likely targets for financial fraud. What’s more, scam victims are often too ashamed to report the crimes, making law enforcement efforts extra difficult.
Providing care for an aging family member is almost always a difficult task. The challenge is often intensified when you must be a long-distance caregiver.
We usually associate the winter holiday season with joyful times spent celebrating with family and friends. However, the holidays can leave some older adults feeling depressed. If you’re caring about a loved one this time of year, it’s wise to watch for depression’s symptoms.
Family members often express concern to us about the safety of their elderly loved ones who live alone at home. With aging comes higher risks for serious injuries resulting from accidents, so making sure a home is a safe living space is essential. Here are some around-the-house tips for making any home safer.
Ashanti Hospice and Palliative Care, a service of Sunset Communities, presents Take Direction: Navigating through the Maze of Advance Directives. This seminar will provide information and an engaging conversation about advance directives with local attorney Dean Horrigan. Join us on Tuesday, September 25 from 11:30am – 1:00pm, at Epworth United Methodist Church in Toledo, Ohio. Lunch will be provided.
Sunset Village Rehab is holding a free fall-risk screening on Wednesday, September 26, 2018, from 11am-2pm. By assessing your balance and strength, and reviewing your health and medications, the evaluation will help you determine how likely you are to suffer a fall. Participants will have opportunities to visit with healthcare vendors and be eligible to win raffle prizes.