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The Impact of Architectural Design on Dementia

Exposure to natural light can be therapeutic, even healing. It is not a new concept that exposure to daylight is good for the soul, but it is also essential for our health. Studies have shown that workers in offices with daylight exposure are more productive and more content. On the flipside, research has also shown that people who work the night shift are more likely to have Type 2 diabetes or be obese. One study found that inadequate natural light in homes contributes to an increased risk of depression and falls.  New research from USC Assistant Professor Kyle Konis reinforces the benefits of architectural design to maximize natural light for aging adults with a variety of health issues. Konis’ study looked at approximately 80 residents of dementia communities in California and found that those who had early morning exposure to natural light had improved mood, reduced depression and fewer psychoactive symptoms. Memory loss is just one of the devastating challenges facing senior adults living with dementia. Depression, agitation and difficulty sleeping are common with Alzheimer’s and other forms of dementia. Inadequate exposure to daylight only exacerbates these symptoms, while pharmaceutical drugs can affect the quality of a person’s life.  Could a change in environment make a difference, slowing cognitive delay and mitigating associated behavioral issues? Although more research on the impact of daylighting on dementia is needed, what we do know is that exposure to daylight may reduce depression for residents of memory care facilities. At The Cottages, we believe exposure to natural daylight is essential for physical, emotional and mental health. That’s why each of The Cottages communities...

Stand Up to the Darkness of Alzheimer’s on The Longest Day

Each year on the longest day of the year — the summer solstice on June 21 — participants from around the globe join together to fight the darkness of Alzheimer’s Disease. The Longest Day events worldwide raise funds and awareness for the care, support and research efforts of the Alzheimer’s Association. In the U.S. alone, more than five million people are living with Alzheimer’s disease. By the year 2050, this number is expected to rise as high as 16 million, according to the Alzheimer’s Association. Alzheimer’s disease is the sixth leading cause of death in the United States. The Longest Day is a global effort to fund research efforts until together we can end Alzheimer’s. June 21 is the day with the most light. The Longest Day symbolizes the dark and difficult journey faced by those living with Alzheimer’s disease and their caregivers. Teams are encouraged to turn their passions and hobbies into unique experiences they can share with others as they participate in The Longest Day to honor those living with the disease. Watch this video and be inspired. <iframe width=”560″ height=”315″ src=”https://www.youtube.com/embed/ff3uXoOuJLw” frameborder=”0″ allow=”accelerometer; autoplay; encrypted-media; gyroscope; picture-in-picture” allowfullscreen></iframe> Here’s how you can participate in The Longest Day 2019: Select an activity you love. Do something you love — or honor a caregiver, someone living with Alzheimer’s, or someone you’ve lost by selecting his or her favorite hobby. Pick a way to participate. Start or join a team, host an event, or register as an individual. Choose the way that works best for you! Learn more here. Raise money to move the cause forward. To advance research...

Stunning Senior Care in Texas

Tailor-made care that a loved one deserves Frisco, Texas, April 6, 2019 – There is quite a bit that goes into helping loved ones with dementia and the assisted living arrangements that follow. When these conditions become too much for a loved one, sometimes support is necessary. The Cottages Senior Living in Texas offers the Alzheimer and Dementia assisted living support that is needed. The Cottages are a memory care facility with homes in Frisco and several other Texas locations. They specialize in dementia assisted living and are dedicated to helping residents around the clock. The staff truly care about each person and wants to see them get the best care possible. The Cottages build relationships that last between the staff and residents. Every floor plan is handcrafted to give each loved one a cozy, homelike feel. All families are invited to be on the property, which is complete with meals and activities. This allows the family to see how care is administered and what can be expected. The Cottages assisted living homes are available throughout Texas to help loved one’s living with Dementia or Alzheimer’s. They will be sure your loved one is taken care of when placed in their residence, and will be treated like the family that they are. The Cottages in Frisco are open and willing to help. About The Cottages The Cottages is dedicated to care for those with Alzheimer’s disease and other memory disorders.  The Cottage concept provides a home-like environment tailored to meet individual needs based on physical, mental and emotional needs. The Cottages offers all-inclusive pricing with no level of care charges...

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...

Commitment to Offer Support for Those Living with Memory Disorders

The Cottages offer assistant living care for their residents Frisco, Texas, March 11, 2019 – The Cottages, the premier Alzheimer’s assisted living facilities, celebrate years of commitment and support to loved ones living with this disease. The experienced professionals at The Cottages can help assist loved ones with Alzheimer’s through numerous mental and physical activities. The 24/7 staff at the facility will help residents with the necessary care that they need. The Cottages offer four convenient Texas locations: Frisco, Amarillo, Round Rock, and League city. Building good ties with the residential communities have been the bedrock for the longevity of The Cottages. The Cottages are pioneers in Alzheimer’s assisted living care. They have developed specialized activity programs with certified Alzheimer’s-trained activity directors. Also, resident physicians regularly visit the facilities, along with mobile labs and X-rays, which help with wellness monitoring of their residents along with pharmacy consultant services that are available in order to facilitate any foreseeable need. The Cottages are a family-owned and operated business which means they understand the importance of family support during times of illness. They greatly encourage family members to come visit the facility and share a meal with their loved ones. The dietician-curated menu offers three meals a day with assorted snacks in between. The all-inclusive pricing offered ensures that no hidden fees will be issued for the state-of-the-art quality in Alzheimer’s care. The Cottages realizes that residents may struggle with day to day tasks, which is why bathing assistance is available along with many other domestic duties such as laundry and housekeeping. The central pillar behind the success of The Cottages has been their...