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How to Prevent the Leading Cause of Accidental Death Among Senior Adults

Heart attacks, stroke, cancer — each of these gives us reason to worry about the health of aging loved ones. But did you know that household hazards could pose an even greater risk to the health and well-being of senior adults? Falls rank among the leading causes of accidental death in the United States and are the top cause for fatal and non-fatal injuries among older adults. Falling can be dangerous at any age, but for senior adults, slipping or tripping and falling can cause hip fractures, broken bones and head injuries. According to the Centers for Disease Control, one-third of older adults who fall, suffer a hip fracture and are hospitalized, die within a year. Even without hospitalization, a history of falling could also lead to anxiety and depression that prohibits older adults from maintaining an active lifestyle. Fear of falling causes many senior adults to lose confidence and become less active as a result. The good news is that there is much we can do to help prevent accidental falls by making living environments safer for our aging loved ones. Senior adults can fall for any number of reasons. Some of the most common causes of falls include: Loss of coordination, flexibility and/or balance Vision or hearing loss Side effects of medications, such as dizziness, dehydration or interactions with other meds Environmental factors, such as tripping hazards around the home Chronic conditions such as diabetes, stroke or arthritis If you are a caregiver and/or loved one of a senior adult, here are six simple steps the National Council on Aging recommends to help prevent falls: Talk about...

The Cottages: Not an Average Senior Care Facility

Enhancing the lives of individuals with Alzheimer’s and Dementia Dallas, Texas, Jan 15, 2019 — Dementia and Alzheimer care can be stressful and difficult. The Cottages, with many locations throughout Texas help those living with dementia or Alzheimer’s disease. Their memory care residence located in the Dallas area has used the Mayo Clinic design to create a beautiful, calm space for their residents. “What is necessary for persons suffering from dementia is a familiar environment with ample space to move, as well as structured, predictable and meaningful activities to participate in and enjoy. The Cottages are just such a place.” ~ Jonathan M. Evans, MD – Mayo Clinic Dementia assisted living facilities come in many shapes and sizes. The Cottages have gone above and beyond to be a premiere memory care facility. Using a townhome architecture, residents feel like they are home. Color codes help them find their “townhome” when needing to retreat and rest. The Cottages offer dementia assisted living that includes family-style meals cooked by a gourmet chef, activities scheduled throughout the day, and beautiful gardens to enjoy. Along with all these wonderful attributes, religious services are provided throughout the week. Dementia assisted living at The Cottages is about independence, not dependence. This memory care home in Dallas strives to enhance the lives of their residents by developing meaningful relationships. These relationships are forged by the use of small-scale facilities. Alzheimer and dementia assisted living facilities at The Cottages are equipped with all the support a family needs for their loved one. The Cottages are not the same as a regular senior care facility. Memory care is...

Senior Citizens and Holiday Etiquette 101: Tips to Keep Your Aging Loved Ones Comfortable at Your Next Holiday Gathering

The holidays are a time of celebration we all look forward to spending with friends and family. This time of year is for making memories and cherishing time spent with those you love. As you prep your menu, deck the halls, and plan activities for your holiday gathering, be sure to put special consideration into how to keep your aging loved ones comfortable. Here are some helpful holiday etiquette tips from Aging Care Solutions. Don’t take offense. Sensory deficits — such as loss of taste buds — are common for older adults. Don’t take offense to commentary such as “it doesn’t taste like it used to,” from the senior citizens at your table. Older adults may lose up to half of their taste buds, so foods they once loved may not taste as they remember. Keep salt, pepper and extra condiments on the table so your older guests can add spices to their food as needed. Consider noise levels. Hearing loss is also common among aging adults. The more people and background noise at your holiday gathering, the more difficult it will be for older adults to hear conversations. Turn off the holiday music, place children at a table in the next room and consider using paper plates and plastic utensils to cut down clinking and clatter. Seating older adults with their backs against a wall can also help to maximize the sounds of conversation. Keep an eye on the temperature. Maintaining an ideal body temperature can be difficult for senior adults. Keep a sweater or shawl handy, or an afghan folded on the sofa so your guests can...

The Cottages Offers a State-Of-The-Art Memory Care Community Dedicated to Providing Highly Personalized, Unsurpassed Care.

Frisco, Texas, Dec 07, 2018 – As your loved one’s age, it can become increasingly difficult to care for their quality of life, as problems with dementia or Alzheimer’s become more severe than in past years. In times like this, it is important to find a solution that is both easy on your family life, while ensuring that your aging loved one living with a memory disorder will have the quality of care they need to ensure they continue a meaningful and fulfilling life. This is where The Cottages can step in. With locations all over Texas (Frisco, Round Rock, League City, and Amarillo), The Cottages makes it convenient for your family to be able to make frequent visits. The Cottages encourages family visits, with regular meals that family can share in, as well as participating in activities with your senior. “The combination of its homelike atmosphere, family setting and dedication to empowering those living with Alzheimer’s disease to live their lives to the fullest is what sets The Cottages apart from other memory care residences.” says Trent Quinn, founder, president and CEO of The Cottages Senior Living. The Cottages does not have level-of-care charges, you can expect an experience free of any hidden fees, no matter what care your loved one needs to receive. The last thing you want to worry about when finding care for a loved one is whether to expect additional charges you are not aware of. The Cottages has beautiful views of park-like settings, with caring staff who are interested in the whole person, in addition to caring for their medical and other needs. Don’t...

The Cottages Are Helping Seniors Reduce Loneliness Through Socializing

Frisco, Texas, Nov 08, 2018 – As we move through our working years, we envision an older aged version of ourselves who are enjoying free time, family and friends. But often the reality is that we end up quite lonely, especially when single and family live far away. Not only is this emotionally sad, but it is also actually detrimental to our health. When seniors are isolated, even in memory care facilities, they often become lonely, and this leads to an assortment of health-related issues. Studies have shown that seniors who spend a majority of their time alone and without socialization are at higher risk for: Depression, lower self-esteem, increase in dementia and Alzheimer’s and are subject to thoughts of suicide. More health-related issues such as high blood pressure, obesity, diabetes, and neurological malfunctions Changing the Social Scene for Our Seniors Luckily, in today’s world, there are many resources to bring seniors to a more social, active, and stable lifestyle. From Alzheimer’s and dementia assisted living facilities such as The Cottages in Texas to senior community centers, elderly individuals have many options to be more engaged. These facilities make social activities a priority and residents benefit greatly. “At The Cottages, we have programs and activities designed for memory impairment,” says Trent Quinn, Founder, President and CEO of The Cottages, a highly respected group of regional assisted living residences for people living with Alzheimer’s and other memory disorders in Texas. “Activities at The Cottages include physical activity that is suitable for those living with memory impairment and dementia, as well as motivating activities and relaxation. We have Alzheimer’s Certified Activity...