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What Assisted Living Residents Need To Know If They Want To Live Past 60

August 17, 2011 Leave a comment

Every 70 seconds a senior is diagnosed with Alzheimer’s disease. If you intend to live past the age of 60 you need to learn more about Alzheimer’s disease, especially since there is no cure. Today it is the 7th leading cause of death in the United States. Our brains change as we age just as the rest of our organs do. Most of us notice some slowed thinking and occasional problems with remembering certain things. However, serious memory loss, confusion and other major changes in the way our minds work are not a normal part of aging. These may be signs that your brain cells are failing. September 21st was World Alzheimer’s Day, when the Alzheimer’s Association joined with organizations and people around the globe to raise awareness about the disease and its impact on families. Today, 35 million people worldwide are affected by Alzheimer’s as well as related forms of dementia and assisted living facilities have realized that this number is rapidly growing. Assisted living facilities are educating seniors about the deadly disease so they are aware of the signs, symptoms and possible precautionary methods.

World Alzheimer’s Day is an opportunity to raise donations and awareness about Alzheimer’s disease. There is a need for more education, support and research on this disease. As a citizen of society you can participate by joining one of the many World Alzheimer’s Day events within your community. Assisted Living Facilities celebrate this day by organizing fundraisers and events to help raise awareness. Memory Walk 2010 is a perfect example. Participants come together and walk in order to change the course of Alzheimer’s Disease. Memory Walk is the nation’s largest event to raise awareness and funds for Alzheimer care, support and research. Since 1989, Memory Walk has raised more than $300 million for the cause.

What Exactly Is Alzheimer’s Disease?
The human brain is your most unique and powerful organ, yet a healthy brain weighs only about three pounds. It has three main parts:
The Cerebrum fills up most of your skull. It is involved in remembering, problem solving, thinking, and feeling. It also controls movement.
The Cerebellum sits at the back of your head, under the cerebrum. It controls coordination and balance.
The Brain Stem sits beneath your cerebrum in front of your cerebellum. It connects the brain to the spinal cord and controls automatic functions such as breathing, digestion, heart rate and blood pressure.

The real work of your brain goes on in individual cells. An adult brain contains about 100 billion nerve cells, or neurons, with branches that connect at more than 100 trillion points. Scientists call this dense, branching network a “neuron forest.” Signals traveling through the neuron forest form the basis of memories, thoughts and feelings. Neurons are the chief type of cell destroyed by Alzheimer’s disease. Signals that form memories and thoughts move through an individual nerve cell as a tiny electrical charge. Nerve cells connect to one another at synapses. When a charge reaches a synapse, it may trigger release of tiny bursts of chemicals called neurotransmitters. The neurotransmitters travel across the synapse, carrying signals to other cells. Scientists have identified dozens of neurotransmitters.

Alzheimer’s disease disrupts both the way electrical charges travel within cells and the activity of neurotransmitters. 100 billion nerve cells! 100 trillion synapses! Dozens of neurotransmitters! This “strength in numbers” provides your brain’s raw material. Over time, our experiences create patterns in signal type and strength. These patterns of activity explain how, at the cellular level, our brains code our thoughts, memories, skills and sense of who we are. Alzheimer’s disease leads to nerve cell death and tissue loss throughout the brain. Over time, the brain shrinks dramatically, affecting nearly all of its functions.  Alzheimer’s gets worse over time, and is fatal. Visit alz.org to find a Memory Walk event in your area or locate another volunteer opportunity to help end the disease.

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 Houston, Home Health, Skilled Nursing, Hospice Care, Medical Supplies, as well as a variety of Assisted Living Facilities 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.

Napping In The Afternoon Can Improve Learning & Memory For Seniors

August 17, 2011 Leave a comment

Napoleon Bonaparte napped because he had chronic insomnia and could only sleep about three hours a night.
Thomas Edison napped in lieu of sleeping at night. He believed that sleeping was a waste of time, “a deplorable regression to the primitive state of a caveman,” but he napped frequently and for long periods. Albert Einstein felt that his daily naps “refreshed the mind” and made him more creative. During World War II, Winston Churchill scheduled his cabinet meetings around his daily catnaps. Salvador Dali napped in his armchair, holding a spoon over a metal pan on the floor below. When Dali hit REM sleep and lost muscle control, the spoon would fall from his grip, bang the metal pan and awaken him. Studies show that taking a nap is a great way to increase alertness and reaction times, improve mood, and reduce accidents. For many people, napping is also a highly pleasurable experience.

Although most assisted living communities have activity-packed calendars, many seem to leave a couple of hours open in the afternoons so residents can rest or simply have free time. Recent research is providing evidence that a well-timed afternoon nap may be the best way to combat sleepiness, improve performance, and overcome the late day grogginess commonly known as the “midday dip.” Gregory Belenky, MD, Research Professor and Director of the Sleep and Performance Research Center at Washington State University, says, “A large number of the world’s people divide their sleep into two blocks, with the afternoon sleep called a siesta in most Spanish speaking countries. Mediterranean countries have always kept attuned to the biorhythms that American culture tries to ignore, and they’ve found a way to work around the body’s internal clock. It’s called the riposo in Italy.

Italy, Spain, Portugal, and Greece traditionally observe an early afternoon shutdown that begins at noon to 1:30pm and runs until 2:30 to 4pm.  Museums, most churches, shops, businesses, just about everything except restaurants, lower the shutters and lock the doors so that proprietors can either go home or head to a local trattoria for a long lunch and perhaps a snooze during the day’s hottest hours. There are a variety of studies that prove that nighttime sleep improves learning. The idea is that newly learned knowledge or skills are integrated in the brain during sleep. But do naps serve the same role? A new study by researchers at Harvard University has provided strong evidence that it does. The Harvard researchers found that taking a 45 minute nap helps improve learning and memory and has a benefit similar to that of nighttime sleep.

Combining nighttime sleep with napping has twice the positive effect. It is even possible that divided sleep is more recuperative than sleep taken in a single block. Author, Cathleen Schine, romantically describes her families’ love affair with the art of napping when she writes, “naps float, weightless and temporal, they are nature’s whim.” Although appreciative of the Harvard research, when describing her son’s early inability to sleep, she said, “I was even more grateful for a family legacy that taught me, and allowed me to teach him, that not everything has to be useful, not everything has to lead to something more.” She adds that, “Sometimes, for no reason and with no purpose, you can just curl up on the couch, feel the soft breeze, and drift into a soft, delicious sleep that leads to nowhere in particular, and back again.” When fatigue sets in, a quick nap can do wonders for your mental and physical stamina.

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 Chicago, Home Health, Skilled Nursing, Hospice Care, Medical Supplies, as well as a variety of Assisted Living Facilities 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.

Marion Illinois Seniors Are Proud Of Their 3 Time World BBQ Champion Hometown

August 17, 2011 Leave a comment

Located at the southernmost tip of the state of Illinois, the city of Marion is an Interstate boomtown and serves the rural area as one of the region’s largest retail trade centers. Marion’s location, at the crossroads of Rt. 13 and Interstate 57 make it a prime candidate for future growth. In 2006, Marion became the home of one of the country’s largest Walmart Supercenter Stores. It measures a staggering 206,000 square feet and employees 500 workers. According to a special census conducted in 2008, Marion is home to 17,388 residents. The city’s longtime municipal leader, Mayor Robert L.”Bob” Butler has borrowed Boston, Massachusetts’s nickname, stating the city is “Marion: Hub of the Universe.” Marion is a conservative, Midwestern town that puts emphasis on tradition and family values. The city is home to several nursing and assisted living homes that provide options for its aging residents. 33.1% of all households in Marion are made up of individuals and 16.4% of those have someone living alone who is 65 years of age or older. 20% of Marion’s overall population is 65 years of age or older.

Marion is conveniently located near major cities such as St. Louis, MO to the west and Nashville, TN to the south. There are a number of lodging and dining options for out of town visitors wishing to visit friends or loved ones in assisted living homes. Currently, there are 14 hotels and motels inside the city limits as of July 2010. Overall, there are 1050 rooms inside the city limits. In addition, there are two additional motels and three small specialty lodging facilities outside the city limits but within the Marion zip code.  As of the summer of 2010, a new bed and breakfast was announced in the historic Queen Anne style Aikman mansion on Main Street in midtown. A variety of popular local restaurants in Marion include Walt’s, Bennie’s, 17th Street Bar and Grill (Three Time World Champion in BBQ), La Fiesta and Tequilas, Honeybakers, McAlister’s Deli, Thai-D Classic and Sao Asian Bistro.

Easy access from Interstate 57 has made Marion a market of choice for several popular chain restaurants like Applebee’s, Red Lobster and Cracker Barrel. Marion sits at the edge of the beautiful Crab Orchard National Wildlife Refuge and the Shawnee National Forest. Major attractions that compliment Marion hotels include Southern Illinois Miners’ games at Rent One Park, events at Southern Illinois University Carbondale, the two dozen wineries within a 45 mile radius of the city including those on the Shawnee Hills Wine Trail and Southern Illinois Wine Trail.

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 Chicago 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.

Assisted Living Residents Live Large & Think Big In Dallas

August 17, 2011 Leave a comment

Dallas has the essence and vitality of a city built on big dreams, freshly blazed trails and an attitude that all things are possible. This richly diverse city offers a thriving culinary scene, leading arts district, countless luxury accommodations, professional sports, trendy entertainment districts and endless shopping opportunities. The Dallas Fort Worth area exemplifies their “live large” philosophy by offering their senior population a multitude of choices for spending their retirement years. The area has many well rounded senior living communities offering independent and assisted living environments that provide various activities in the relaxing atmosphere of western culture. The city of Dallas is also big on pride when it comes to offering choices that allow their seniors to live their lives the way they want. It’s a simple, Texan concept that means you can take control of your time, find comfort in your surroundings, and be part of a community of friends and neighbors, whether it’s at a cookout, hoedown or day trip.

With a population of 1.3 million according to a 2009 US Census report, Dallas is currently the third most popular destination for business travel in the United States. The Dallas Convention Center is one of the largest and busiest convention centers in the country, at over 1,000,000 square feet and the world’s single largest column free exhibit hall. The Dallas Fort Worth Arlington Metroplex is the number one visitor and leisure destination in Texas. There are more than 30,000 hotel rooms in the city of Dallas with over 73,000 available throughout the surrounding area providing ample choices for out of town conventioneers and family or friends visiting their loved one in an assisted living residence. Dallas is centrally located and within a four hour flight from most North American destinations. It is served by two airports; Dallas/Ft. Worth International and Dallas Love Field that together provide more than 1,900 flights daily. Dallas Ft. Worth airport is also the hub city for American Airlines, the third largest airline in the country, as well as the headquarters for Southwest Airlines.  AMTRAK also provides daily service to Dallas via Union Station.

The climate in the “live large” city has an average minimum temperature of 55 degrees Fahrenheit and average maximum temperature of 76 degrees. Average annual rainfall is approximately 33 inches. Since 2000, the real estate market in the Dallas Forth Worth Metroplex has been relatively resilient. The Metroplex has one of the largest concentrations of corporate headquarters for publicly traded companies in the United States. The city of Dallas has twelve Fortune 500 companies, and DFW as a whole has 23. Between 2007 and 2008, Comerica Bank and AT&T located their headquarters in Dallas. Texas Instruments, a major manufacturer, employs 10,400 people at its corporate headquarters and chip plants in Dallas. Defense and aircraft manufacturing dominates the economy of nearby Fort Worth. In terms of the healthcare industry, Susan G. Komen for the Cure, the world’s largest breast cancer organization was founded and is headquartered in Dallas.

The University of Texas Southwestern Medical School is located in the city’s Stemmons Corridor. It is one of the largest groupings of medical facilities in the world. The school is very selective, admitting only around 200 students a year. The facility enrolls 3,255 postgraduates and is home to four Nobel Laureates,  three in physiology medicine and one in chemistry. Aside from being the city that invented the frozen margarita, Dallas lives up to its claim of “thinking big,” with some of the following statistics under their hat:

During the winter holiday season, the Galleria Dallas is home to the country’s tallest indoor Christmas tree.
With the roof enclosed, the entire Statue of Liberty could fit into the new Cowboys Football Stadium. The largest permanent model train exhibit in the country is on display in the lobby of Dallas Children’s Medical Center. The Dallas Arts District is the largest urban arts district in the United States. The 52 foot ‘Big Tex’ statue that greets visitors at the annual State Fair of Texas is the tallest cowboy in Texas.
The Trinity River Corridor Project, when completed, will be more than 10 times the size of New York’s Central Park. The Dallas area is the largest metropolitan area in the nation not on a navigable body of water. Not surprisingly, The Dallas/Fort Worth Metroplex is home to 41 of the richest Americans. On a historical note, The Dallas Public Library permanently displays one of the original copies of the Declaration of Independence, printed on July 4, 1776, and the First Folio of William Shakespeare’s “Comedies, Histories & Tragedies.” For Texans all throughout the big state and those seniors enjoying life in assisted living homes in the Dallas area, comfort is the “living large” feeling that means you are home!

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 Dallas 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.

Bakersfield is Hot – Assisted Living & Senior Care Options Approach Triple Digits

August 17, 2011 1 comment

The Southern Gateway to the Central Valley, Bakersfield, approximately 100 miles north of Los Angeles, is the 11th largest city in California and one of the fastest growing regions in the nation. Steeped in music history, the city is the birthplace of the country music genre known worldwide as the” Bakersfield Sound.”
The genre is commonly described as a crisp mix of guitar, drums, fiddle, and steel guitar – a departure from the string orchestras and studio production tricks used in Nashville. The most well known Bakersfield Sound artists include Buck Owens, Merle Haggard and Don Rich. The sound evolved when the dust bowl roared across the central plains of Texas and Oklahoma in the 1930’s, and many families packed up and moved west to California. Those families may have left the plains, but they did not leave behind their love of country music.

Bakersfield, in Kern County generates 76 percent of the state’s oil supply and ranks third among all counties in the United States in agriculture-related production. From museum exhibits to a variety of regional attractions and its proximity to National Parks, Bakersfield has something for everyone. Apparently, that includes seniors. According to government sources, Bakersfield and its surrounding areas boast 97 facilities that include assisted living facilities, nursing homes, Alzheimer’s Care centers, Adult foster care or In-home care.

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 Los Angeles 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.

Assisted Living Communities Savor Seattle’s Best Java Treats

August 17, 2011 Leave a comment

It’s no wonder Seattle is home to the very first Starbucks, the city has a reputation for frequent rainfall, approximately 150 days out of the year. Loyalists who live in and around the city would not have it any other way though. What better environment could there be to enjoy a cup of brew while cozying up on a plump corduroy couch amid an electronic orchard? Actual rainfall in Seattle is not as bad as reputed. Most of the precipitation falls as drizzle or light rain. The city receives less rain than New York, Atlanta, Houston and most cities of the Eastern Seaboard of the United States. Seattle is not among those listed in a study that revealed the 10 rainiest cities in the continental United States. Overall climate is temperate and summers are usually dry. As of April 2009, the city’s population was approximately 617,000 within a metropolitan area of some 3.4 million inhabitants. The Port of Seattle and Seattle Tacoma International Airport are major gateways to Asia, Alaska and the rest of the world.

Seattle and its surrounding cities and areas is headquarters for JP Morgan Chase, Amazon.com, Nordstrom’s, Safeco, Costco, Alaska Airlines, Microsoft, Nintendo, biotech GlaxoSmithKline and of course, Starbucks as well as coffee companies, Seattle’s Best Coffee and Tully’s. Because the city treasures its community vibe, it is also home to a plethora of retirement communities, independent and assisted living homes. Assisted living residents enjoy the magic of the seasons with nature’s beauty at their doorsteps. Seniors have access to a reliable public transportation system giving them proximity to culturally diverse fabulous food, art, music and outdoor activities. Pacific Ocean breezes on a relaxing ferry ride in Puget Sound is just one of the many activities assisted living residents and their guests can enjoy. Seattle’s Public Library in downtown is considered an important community resource for assisted living residents and their guests, as are the year round free musical performances at City Hall. The city is home to a number of popular sightseeing attractions including of course, its famous Space Needle architectural wonder:

Seattle Center is the original grounds of the 1962 World’s Fair and has been transformed into a center of arts and cultural events.
Woodland Park Zoo is a conservation and educational institution that promotes the value, beauty and interdependence of all living things.
Seattle Aquarium is a see and touch exploration of the amazing underwater world located on the Seattle Waterfront.
Pike Place Market is dubbed the “soul of Seattle,” where people and products create a unique shopping destination.
One of the largest air and space museums in the world is the independent, nonprofit Museum of Flight in Seattle.
The Port of Seattle is a major economic engine.

Despite the recession, Seattle has retained a comparatively strong economy and remains a hotbed for start up businesses, especially in green building and clean technologies. The organization, smartercity.org, ranks Seattle America’s #1 “Smarter City” based on its government policies and green economy. The Seattle housing market, especially in downtown neighborhoods, has not seen the sort of drop in value most housing markets around the nation have seen in recent years. The Seattle region’s economy is increasingly diverse and widespread throughout the surrounding area.  Seattle is a great place to live and the city’s economy is driven by a mix of older industrial companies, and “new economy” Internet and technology companies, service, design and clean technology companies and a large selection of residences to assist their senior population and their families.

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 Seattle 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.

Assisted Living Facilities Nestled Within Minnesota’s Warm Community

August 17, 2011 Leave a comment

A stereotypical Minnesotan trait includes manners referred to as “Minnesota nice,” a strong sense of community and shared culture. “Minnesota nice,” not to be confused with “Minnesota Ice,” carries over nicely into the roughly 4,000 healthcare facilities in the state. The facilities include nursing homes, independent and assisted living facilities, hospices and adult day care centers for seniors. Millions of years ago, glaciers sculpted the state of Minnesota, flattening the land and carving out thousands of lakes, which are now linked by great rivers such as the Mississippi. Minnesota’s lyrical Sioux name, meaning ‘land of sky-tinted water’, is a reflection of its aquatic nature. The state is also known as the “Land of 10,000 Lakes.”  These waters, together with forests, parks, and wilderness areas, offer residents and tourists a variety of outdoor recreational opportunities during the summer months.

Nearly sixty percent of Minnesota’s residents live in the Minneapolis-St. Paul metropolitan area known as the “Twin Cities”, the center of transportation, business and industry, education and home to an internationally known arts community. Minnesota is home to the Mayo Clinic, a world renowned medical practice, based in Rochester. Mayo and the University are partners in the Minnesota Partnership for Biotechnology and Medical Genomics, a state-funded program that conducts research into cancer, Alzheimer’s disease, cardiovascular health and obesity. Minnesota’s residents participate in high levels of physical activity, and many of these activities are outdoors. Their strong interest in environmental issues has been attributed to the popularity of these pursuits. The interest in exercise and health is well known in the state and assisted living facilities incorporate regular exercise programs into their schedules to keep their residents resilient and healthy. The warmer months during summer are cherished, and many activities often involve water. Weekend and longer trips to family cabins on Minnesota’s numerous lakes are a way of life for many residents. The staffs at assisted living facilities frequently arrange nature day excursions for their residents during the summer months.

The hobby of fishing is extremely prevalent considering the numerous amounts of lakes, streams, and rivers. More than 36% of Minnesotans fish, second only to Alaska. Fishing does not cease when the lakes freeze; ice fishing has been around since the arrival of early Scandinavian immigrants. Minnesotans have learned to embrace their long, harsh winters in ice sports such as skating, hockey , and snow sports such as cross country skiing, snowshoeing and snowmobiling. Minnesota’s north boundary is Lake Superior. The north shore is lined with interesting harbor towns and villages, including the international shipping port of Duluth, the gateway to the Scenic Hwy-61 Lakeshore Drive that offers superb views all the way to the Canadian border. There is something else Minnesota is known for and it is their Minnesota Vikings professional football team. It’s no wonder nearly every assisted living facility in Minnesota has a Monday night football party on their calendar!

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 Minneapolis 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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