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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...

How to Combat Loneliness for Senior Citizens

Loneliness is a common struggle seniors face, and one that has more than an emotional impact. Loneliness and isolation can also affect cognitive and physical health. Researchers at the University of California at San Francisco found that 43 percent of seniors say they feel lonely and isolated. A study published by National Institutes of Health found that loneliness in adults over age 60 can lead to: Decreased participation in activities of daily living Decline in mobility Increased risk of death In addition, the impact of loneliness can lead to increased risk for Alzheimer’s and dementia and a higher likelihood of depression, anxiety and/or stress. Loneliness isn’t unique to seniors who live alone. Many of those who reported feeling lonely in the UCSF study were married or living with other people. Understanding the impacts of loneliness in our older loved ones is only part of the solution. How can we combat feelings of isolation and help our loved ones live a happier, more fulfilled life as they age? First, it’s critical that we learn to recognize the common behavioral and physical signs of loneliness and/or depression, which include persistent sadness and lack of motivation or energy. Early intervention can have a positive impact on quality of life. Loneliness that is not addressed quickly can lead to more serious problems. Lessening the effects of loneliness may be as simple as increasing social activities and connection. Here are a few suggestions to help fight loneliness: Take advantage of technology to connect with family and friends. Pursue shared interests with others, such as gardening or book club. Play games at home, online or...

TULIP Training: Innovation in Alzheimer’s Care

Showing perfect love with TULIP training for staff and families Frisco, Texas, Sep 17, 2018 – The tulip flower is a symbol of perfect love. With this inspiration, The Cottages, an Alzheimer’s assisted living community, has developed a training program that is like none other. Their dedication continues to shine through all of Texas. TULIP stands for time, understanding, life quality, increased awareness, pills on time, and support. “The goal of TULIP is to help families and staff give the best care possible to their residents, through understanding and awareness of what Alzheimer’s disease is and what Alzheimer’s assisted living can provide.” says Trent Quinn, founder, president and CEO of The Cottages. The Cottages are taking Alzheimer’s assisted living in Texas to a new standard. With the help of a home health agency, The Cottages are able to provide this training in virtually any setting. The training will cover basic knowledge of the disease, sleep changes, and pain control. The Cottages handle all care needed for their residents and also teach families how to administer basic daily care needs to their loved ones. Those living with Alzheimer’s disease deserve the best care possible. Quality of life is all important and no shortcuts should be taken in achieving this goal. TULIP training is just one step performed in elevating the care residents receive from The Cottages. All assisted living facilities in the The Cottages community are providing this training. This is why choosing The Cottages Alzheimer’s assisted living facilities is the right choice to make. About The Cottages The Cottages is dedicated to care for those with Alzheimer’s disease and...

Caregiving Long Distance: How to Make a Long-Distance Relationship Work

We don’t need to see the latest romance movie to understand that long-distance relationships often do not work. For caregivers who live far away (an hour or more) from the home of their loved one (what we call long-distance caregivers) can face difficult and demanding challenges that could turn into real problems. These challenges could become even more complicated with loved ones who are living with Alzheimer’s or dementia. Long-distance caregivers who travel to assisted living care homes for dementia residents have to think through not being present to keep constant tabs on their loved one, travel time which can be a real problem during emergency situations where time is key, and the expenses of having to drive a long distance and potentially miss work. Despite these challenges, many caregivers simply don’t have a choice, so how can they make long-distance caregiving work? Here are seven ways you can be an effective long-distance caregiver: Be organized. Develop a system that works for you to keep track of information about medication, pharmacies, contact information, etc. Do your homework. T he more you know and understand about your loved one’s dementia, the better prepared you’ll as the disease progresses, and you’ll also be more equipped to plan ahead in regards to traveling, medical care and assisted living. Reach out. Talk to friends, family, and doctors who are close by about your loved one to help provide care and support. Hire a caregiver. You may feel most confident having an experienced professional providing in-home care for your loved one. Put technology to use. Facetime, Skype and other face-to-face video chat programs and apps are priceless tools when you’re trying to...

Using Specific Activities for Memory Care at The Cottages

Frisco, Texas, August 15, 2018 – Memory care programs at The Cottages are helping residents and their families live fulfilling lives as memory disorders such as Alzheimer’s start to affect their loved ones. “Activities are planned throughout the day to help residents stay relaxed and engaged.” says Trent Quinn, founder, president and CEO of The Cottages. “Activities include physical as well as educational programs.” At times, an expert in a specific interest will be invited to participate in programs for residents. The staff at The Cottages has designed a schedule for all residents, so they may have a routine. Routines help those living with memory disorders stay relaxed. Activities in the morning are designed to help residents wake up and get the day started. Mid-day activities are specific to the interests of the residents, and hand/eye coordination and memory recall programs are scheduled for the afternoon. Residents of The Cottages enjoy a comfortable and homey atmosphere. Religious services are provided throughout the week for residents and their families. Creating a life full of comfort and joy is the goal of all staff members. Dedication to residents and their families shines through all activities and programs that residents take part in. The Cottages are dedicated to helping people living with memory disorders enjoy the highest quality of life possible. Activities are carried out by Alzheimer’s certified activity directors and all residents are encouraged to attend and participate. About The Cottages The Cottages are 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,...