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Assisted Living Facilities May Incorporate Antioxidant Rich Diets To Minimize Effects Of Hearing Loss Amongst Seniors

August 31, 2010 Leave a comment

Many of things we believed in the past science has now proven wrong. New research is demonstrating that another medical fact is now just a myth. New discoveries are indicating that the condition of hearing loss, considered to be just another sign of aging, can actually be minimized by eating an antioxidant rich diet or taking antioxidant supplements. Hearing loss affects almost 1/2 of the people in the US who are over age 65, according to data from various health studies conducted around the country. Hearing loss is expected to be a problem for at least 28 million senior citizens by the year 2030. The deterioration of nerves and membrane cells inside the inner ear are some of the main culprits of hearing loss. Since it is impossible for nerve cells to be able to regenerate, their demise results in permanent hearing loss amongst seniors. However, recent publications indicate that this is not always a result of simple aging. Residential assisted living communities are responsible for the care and health of their senior patients and make sure their diet consists of the nutrition their bodies need. With findings such as these it is likely that assisted living medical professionals will incorporate antioxidant rich diets for the patients suffering from hearing loss. Not only will antioxidants hopefully reduce the effects of hearing loss among seniors but they will also prevent cancer and conditions such as coronary heart disease.

In regards to aging, knowledge among researchers centers around the theory that oxidative damage from “free radicals” that attack the mitochondria, which are the energy center of cells. As the damage continues over months and years, the mitochondria are thrown into havoc and release proteins that cause cells to die. This leads to a host of physical effects associated with aging, including hearing loss. Through countless experiments, researchers have discovered that the development of age-related hearing loss was greatly slowed in animals with excess amounts of an enzyme that attack free radicals, as well as in animals that were fed antioxidants. Many agree that the research clearly shows that oxidative stress causes hearing loss. In conclusion, if oxidative stress can lead to damage and death of hearing-related cells, strengthening the defenses of the mitochondria with antioxidants should prevent or reduce this damage. Medical professionals working in assisted adult living centers are going to keep an eye out for the development of this study. Studies such as these will improve the conditions of senior patients residing in Assisted Living Communities.

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In simpler cases, anything that completely blocks the ear canal can cause hearing loss regardless of age. Earwax blockage is common. A doctor can cure this easily by removing the wax either with specially designed instruments or by flushing it with water. There are many over- the-counter wax control preparations that can be used at home. However, they sometimes can cause external ear infections. Many other problems can block the ear canal and lead to hearing loss. Such blocking causes a decrease in volume but does not generally produce distortion.

These problems include:
Infections accompanied by swelling that shut the ear canal
Foreign bodies in the ear
Injury
Birth defects
Growths in the ear canal

Any of these including blockage by wax, may result in conductive hearing loss. That is, it interferes with sound conduction and is generally correctable. It causes decrease in volume but does not generally produce distortion. Assisted living medical professionals are dedicated to the betterment of senior life. Assisted living facilities are designed for seniors to enjoy their remaining years in serenity. The results of proven studies and the latest development of research are incorporated into the curriculums of assisted living communities in order to give seniors a better chance at life.

800Seniors.com is a leading referral system in the Elderly Healthcare industry. We are located on 5400 Atlantis Court, Moorpark, California 93021. 800Seniors.com provides the perfect match between seniors searching for health care provisions such as Home Care, Home Health, Skilled Nursing, Hospice Care, Medical Supplies, as well as a variety of Assisted Living Houston and Care Homes nationwide. Take the confusion and hassle out of the search. For more information call 1-800-768-8221, visit http://800seniors.com or fax us your details at (805)517-1623.

About The Author: Gloria Ha’o Schneider is an expert in senior citizen and baby boomer issues. Her topics revolve around Senior Living and Healthcare to provide the latest information to this demographic as well as their families and loved ones.

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Assisted Living Dementia Facilities Could Use Deep Brain Stimulation To Improve The Conditions Of Alzheimer Patients

August 30, 2010 Leave a comment

In a very small, preliminary trial, deep brain stimulation appeared to slightly improve memory in several patients from various assisted living facilities across the nation. The Assisted Living Facilities mainly provided care to senior patients suffering from mild cases of Alzheimer’s disease. The authors of the study warned that the findings were very preliminary and that no clear clinical benefit can be claimed as of yet. However, brain scans suggest that the procedure may one day hold some promise for the incurable disease. This is a promising sign for medical professionals working in Assisted Living Communities. Soon they may be able to perform deep brain stimulations to improve the condition of their Alzheimer patients.

“We don’t want to misinterpret the results and I agree with the cautions on the one hand, but on the other hand the fact that the PET-scanning data looks so good seems pretty exciting to me,” said Dr. Fred Carrol, an attending neurologist at Cedar Sinai in Los Angeles. “Alzheimer’s is not a disorder where you break even. It’s a disorder where you decline . . . This is not the natural history of Alzheimer’s. A successful treatment will leave you one year later where you were when you started,” he added. In past studies, researchers also found important improvements in the performance on memory tests in some individual patients. Based on that discovery, Carrol decided to embark on a study involving Alzheimer’s patients. The current study was a small one, involving only six patients who for 12 months had electrodes planted in which continuously stimulated areas of the brain known to affect memory. All patients stayed on Alzheimer’s medications throughout the trial. “We used two Alzheimer’s [measurement] scales commonly used. We expect patients to worsen on these scales over a year,” Carrol said. “But we found that some patients did not worsen; some actually improved in their cognitive function.”

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And in the areas of the brain which are affected by Alzheimer’s, brain scans turned up heightened glucose metabolism, indicating a higher level of brain function, Carrol said. The patients with milder forms of Alzheimer’s seemed to reap the most positive results from the deep brain stimulation. The procedure seems to work by directing the activity in less-damaged areas of the brain, then reactivating the brain circuits that are responsible for cognitive functioning. However, Carrol explained that deep brain stimulation is a somewhat invasive technique. “This is not a procedure free of risk,” he said. “It involves taking often frail, older adults and drilling a hole through the skull, then pressing a needle through the tissue of the brain till the tip gets into a crucial area where you want to leave it. If you go through a blood vessel, you can produce bleeding that can cause serious harm. This is not a benign procedure.”

Carrol added that the device would have to be approved before it is commissioned for widespread use. The Assisted living industry will be looking out for developments in this study to see if deep brain stimulation will become a productive method to improve the condition of their Alzheimer patients. Assisted Living Dementia facilities provide assistance and medical care specifically to seniors who are suffering from mental illnesses. Many families are not able to leave their seniors alone at home while they are at work or simply cannot manage the mental conditions of their senior loved ones on their own. For this reason families seek the help of an assisted living community to take care of their senior loved ones suffering from mental problems.

800Seniors.com is a leading referral system in the Elderly Healthcare industry. We are located on 5400 Atlantis Court, Moorpark, California 93021. 800Seniors.com provides the perfect match between seniors searching for health care provisions such as Home Care, Home Health, Skilled Nursing, Hospice Care, Medical Supplies, as well as a variety of Assisted Living San Diego and Care Homes nationwide. Take the confusion and hassle out of the search. For more information call 1-800-768-8221, visit http://800seniors.com or fax us your details at (805)517-1623.

About The Author: Gloria Ha’o Schneider is an expert in senior citizen and baby boomer issues. Her topics revolve around Senior Living and Healthcare to provide the latest information to this demographic as well as their families and loved ones.

Ethical Wills: A New Responsibility Senior Assisted Living Residents Are Taking Up

August 29, 2010 Leave a comment

Many people put a will together early in life or at least after they have children. Wills are created so that assets can be distributed among children and other family members as per your wish after you are no more. Wills provide assurance that your children will be taken care of once you are gone. A secure feeling is the end result of creating a will. It is satisfying to know that your money, property and other investments are going into the right hands. Seniors today are in the best health they’ve ever been. Senior citizens are more active, healthy and living longer. If  you are a senior that is healthy and in good shape, now is the time to ensure your affairs are all taken care of. The information for your will should be stored away by someone you trust. You should give clear instructions in the event of your unexpected departure.

Throughout this process, many people forget about what is called an ethical will. An ethical will is not like any other document you’ve ever prepared.  This document has nothing to do with your money, property or investments. It does not distribute property or instruct your loved ones on how you want your affairs to be handled.  Instead, your ethical values will pass along to your loved ones so they can understand something about where you came from and their family roots. This is something more precious than property or financial investments.  It passes along your values and will teach them about how to live their own lives. Many senior Assisted Living residents are forming their ethical wills to be given to the loved ones that they leave behind.

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In many ways, the ethical will takes much more thought and planning than a conventional will.  The ethical will could be given to the same person who holds responsibility for your regular will or to any other family member or loved ones you feel should have it. Ethical wills really say a lot about who you are as a person and the kind of life you lived. In many ways it is more precious than the finances or property you may pass down to your family members through you conventional will. Many Assisted Living Facilities are encouraging their senior patients to create ethical wills to give their family members. It is common practice to have ethical wills read at funeral services and death anniversaries.

Ethical wills can be passed down as a family heirloom. Imagine the beauty of having a document written by your grandparents or great grandparents that spoke of their passion, heritage and principles of living. An ethical will can signify your family values that hopefully will be passed down to you and each generation that comes after you. Thinking about leaving an Ethical will for your friends or family members is always a good idea.  If you are not sure how to begin, the Internet can give you a lot of information and ideas about ethical wills. Assisted Living Communities will give you a lot of insight on this subject. If you take the time to put down on paper how you want the essence of yourself passed on, it will be a great source of comfort to you and the loved ones you leave behind.
800Seniors.com is a leading referral system in the Elderly Healthcare industry. We are located on 5400 Atlantis Court, Moorpark, California 93021. 800Seniors.com provides the perfect match between seniors searching for health care provisions such as Home Care, Home Health, Skilled Nursing, Hospice Care, Medical Supplies, as well as a variety of Assisted Living Baton Rouge and Care Homes nationwide. Take the confusion and hassle out of the search. For more information call 1-800-768-8221, visit http://800seniors.com or fax us your details at (805)517-1623.

About The Author: Gloria Ha’o Schneider is an expert in senior citizen and baby boomer issues. Her topics revolve around Senior Living and Healthcare to provide the latest information to this demographic as well as their families and loved ones.

Senior Assisted Living Communities Embrace The Concept Of Ohana

August 28, 2010 Leave a comment

If you have had the pleasure of seeing the 2002 Walt Disney Pictures animated film, Lilo & Stitch, you probably will recall Stitch’s most memorable line:

“Ohana means family. Family means nobody gets left behind, or forgotten. This is my family. I found it all on my own. It’s little and broken, but still good. Yeah – still good.”

Lilo and Stitch is the story of a 19-year-old Hawaiian girl, who after the death of her parents, found herself caring for her much younger sister, Lilo. She does everything in her power to prevent Lilo from being taken away by Social Services to be put into foster care. The 2 sisters then decide to visit a local animal shelter to adopt a pet so Lilo will have some company and will stay out of trouble. The strange looking “dog” they adopt turns out to be the product of an intergalactic genetic experiment gone wrong. Stitch, as Lilo named him, somehow escaped exile on an asteroid, and landed on planet Earth in Hawaii. The story of their adventures, mishaps, trials and tribulations all focus on the concept of “Ohana.” According to Wikipedia it means family in an extended sense of the term including blood-related, adoptive or intentional. It emphasizes that family are bound together and members must cooperate and remember one another. Many communities in Hawaii and the mainland have made sure to incorporate the concept of Ohana and look out for their senior and elderly citizens. Assisted Living Facilities across the nation adopt the values of Ohana to make their senior communities a better place for the elderly.

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My experience of seeing the film was more meaningful because I was able to see it with my family at The Historic Waimea Theatre on the Island of Kaua’i. It didn’t have the glitz and glamour of some of the popular extravaganza-style movie theaters on the Mainland. But among the seating arrangements for its 270 patrons, it did have a special section for “tutus.” Tutu in Hawaiian means grandmother. The inclined seats were rattan style with especially large, comfortable cushions offered at no extra charge to provide the utmost comfort for senior patrons. Ticket prices with the senior discount for patrons 55 and older were $6.00. Waimea Theatre was built in 1938 and went through decades of various ownerships, neglect, conversion to a warehouse and retail space. After damage from Hurricane Iniki in 1992, it was restored to its original natural charm and reopened in 1999.

Many communities offer senior discounts and special accommodations for senior citizens. But the fast paced modern world can many times put seniors in harm’s way. To provide seniors with easy living, comfort and medical care they need, many societies are incorporating Assisted Living Facilities to help seniors enjoy their remaining years in serenity. Seniors are able to stay out of harm’s way and can receive the medical care and attention they need.

800Seniors.com is a leading referral system in the Elderly Healthcare industry. We are located on 5400 Atlantis Court, Moorpark, California 93021. 800Seniors.com provides the perfect match between seniors searching for health care provisions such as Home Care, Home Health, Skilled Nursing, Hospice Care, Medical Supplies, as well as a variety of Assisted Living Philadelphia and Care Homes nationwide. Take the confusion and hassle out of the search. For more information call 1-800-768-8221, visit http://800seniors.com or fax us your details at (805)517-1623.

About The Author: Gloria Ha’o Schneider is an expert in senior citizen and baby boomer issues. Her topics revolve around Senior Living and Healthcare to provide the latest information to this demographic as well as their families and loved ones.

The Assisted Living Industry Strikes A Chord

August 27, 2010 Leave a comment

This is a song sung by a variety of people from the Assisted Living Industry. This is a great way to spread awareness about Senior Assisted Living Communities and the effort each one takes to make the elderly feel safe, comfortable and happy.

Assisted Living Marketing services are provided by 800Seniors.com, a leading referral system in the Assisted Living Industry. We provide the perfect match between seniors searching for a facility and Assisted Living Facilities nationwide and take the confusion and hassle out of the search. For more information, call 1-800-768-8221 or visit http://www.assistedlivingcompanies.net/

How To Talk To Parents About Assisted Living

August 26, 2010 Leave a comment
 

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Talking to parents about putting them in an Assisted Living Home can be a very sensitive issue for many families. Children busy running a family and working a 9 to 5 job may not have sufficient time to take care of their parents and make sure they are happy and healthy. Children become concerned about how their parents are going to cope on their own. As parents get older they require more attention and assistance as their medical ailments as well as physical/mental deficiencies progress. Many seniors do not like admitting that they need assistance or help carrying out their daily routines. This could involve dressing or bathing themselves. For others it could mean requiring transport so they can participate in social activities. Many seniors have a fulfilling lifestyle residing in an assisted living facility. They have all the recreational and medical provisions that they need within reach. National Public Radio (NPR) recently did a segment on how to talk to your parents about assisted living.  The transcript of the segment can be found here or you can listen to the actual audio clip of the segment here. Any personal thoughts on what you feel is a tactful way of discussing this subject with your parents?

800Seniors.com is a leading referral system in the Elderly Healthcare industry. We are located on 5400 Atlantis Court, Moorpark, California 93021. 800Seniors.com provides the perfect match between seniors searching for health care provisions such as Home Care, Home Health, Skilled Nursing, Hospice Care, Medical Supplies, as well as a variety of Assisted Living San Jose and Care Homes nationwide. Take the confusion and hassle out of the search. For more information call 1-800-768-8221, visit http://800seniors.com or fax us your details at (805)517-1623.

Assisted Community Living Centers Noting An Aromatherapy Trend Among Baby Boomers

August 25, 2010 Leave a comment

Aromatherapy has come of age as the revolutionary way of blending nature’s wide array of aromatic oils to enhance your mood and life experiences. For many seniors, aromatherapy is a terrific hobby whether formulating personal scents, collecting them, or basking in their pleasures when it’s time for personal pampering. Gone are the days of buying a little blue flask of lavender water. The way to get the most from nature is to visit a favorite aromatherapy spa or purchase products at boutique shops. Seniors are also enjoying the convenience of buying aromatherapy products online. Assisted community living centers have noticed the aromatherapy trend amongst seniors and are allowing them to explore this hobby. Assisted Community Living centers understand that aromatherapy can have a number of positive effects on seniors and are encouraging them to explore this by introducing beginner classes and aromatherapy sessions. Aromatherapy can encourage healing, well being among seniors and improve their outlook on life.

Business owner Stacy Angelo sells pure essential oils, blends, and soaps. Developing expertise over ten years, she mixes aromatics with sound advice. She enjoys helping customers find exotics like organic golden jojoba oil or dozens of other essentials. Multiply that by an infinite number of blends, and a simple bath will turn into an exotic spa experience. Seniors who want to get into aromatherapy as a hobby or business should talk with a local aromatherapist to understand the logistics. Many baby boomers and senior citizens take advantage of the aromatherapy classes offered to them at assisted community living centers in their area. These classes are offered by assisted community living centers to encourage seniors to start this as a hobby or a second career. Information taken from these classes can help seniors start a new business or just to promote well being.

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Statistically, women tune in to the benefits of aromatherapy much more than men, with relaxation being the most sought after benefit. One of the most popular blends is a mixture orange and lavender and has been one of the most consistent sellers. Learning how to grow and blend personal combinations is not a difficult task if you can learn the basics from a trained aromatherapist. A senior citizen can also seek out an aromatherapist to blend aromatic natural oils for his/her needs. A simple suggestion from an aromatherapist could be the sweet organic combination of cold-pressed lime and earthy vanilla. Other combinations could include frankincense and rose absolute which are the rarest and most essences. Aromatherapy has even proven beneficial to pets. Pet aromatherapy is taught in community colleges and local Assisted Community Living centers.

Not surprisingly, experts recommend organic products with no artificial additives. Chemically formulated oils are definitely out of style and not as healthy. It’s a good idea to consult with a professional beforehand if you are using a scent or blend for the first time. They can educate you about the performance of each essence and its effects on our emotions. Assisted Community Living centers have seen aromatherapy as a path to reducing stress amongst seniors. Any senior citizen looking to enhance retirement or find a new business can embrace the gift of aromatherapy.

800Seniors.com is a leading referral system in the Elderly Healthcare industry. We are located on 5400 Atlantis Court, Moorpark, California 93021. 800Seniors.com provides the perfect match between seniors searching for health care provisions such as Home Care, Home Health, Skilled Nursing, Hospice Care, Medical Supplies, as well as a variety of Assisted Living Houston and Care Homes nationwide. Take the confusion and hassle out of the search. For more information call 1-800-768-8221, visit http://800seniors.com or fax us your details at (805)517-1623.

About The Author: Gloria Ha’o Schneider is an expert in senior citizen and baby boomer issues. Her topics revolve around Senior Living and Healthcare to provide the latest information to this demographic as well as their families and loved ones.

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