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Six Flu Prevention Tips for Your Elderly Loved One

While the flu can strike anyone, seniors are at increased risk — both for the disease and serious complications related to it. In fact, people 65 and older have accounted for up to 90 percent of all seasonal flu-related deaths in recent years, as well as up to 70 percent of seasonal flu-related hospitalizations, according to research published in the academic journal, PLOS One.

The good news? Several precautions can help decrease your aging loved one’s chances of getting this extremely contagious and life-threatening respiratory illness. Read on for a roundup of six flu prevention tips for seniors.

 

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Four Tips to Help Seniors Stay Active This Winter

Oh, the weather outside is frightful, and no matter just how delightful the fire may be, winter brings with it unique challenges — particularly for seniors. Between falling temperatures and shorter darker days, the cold weather season can tempt many older adults to hibernate until spring.

Unfortunately, lack of physical and mental activity during this time can lead to some detrimental outcomes, including everything from loneliness to a higher risk of developing Alzheimer’s disease.

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Can Lifelong Learning Preserve Your Memory?

 

One of the keys to keeping your mind limber is regular mental exercise. Your muscles need physical training to stay strong; your brain needs to be stretched out, too!

One of the best ways to exercise your brain is to challenge it by learning a new skill. Research has shown is that seniors who continue to learn after retirement may experience a lower incidence rate of memory loss and cognitive disorders, such as Alzheimer’s and dementia.

 

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When Should Your Elderly Loved One Get on a Retirement Home Waitlist?

Baby Boomers have a lot on their plates. In addition to raising families and planning for their own retirements, many of them are also caring for aging loved ones. A common concern among this group of people known as the “sandwich generation”: What will happen when a parent is no longer able to live independently?

If you’re in this situation and wondering whether or not the time is right for your elderly loved one to put his or her names on a retirement home waitlist, here’s what you need to know.

 

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Short-Term Rehab vs. Straight Home: What's the Best Option for Your Elderly Client?

When elderly patients are discharged from the hospital following an injury, illness or surgery, they’re often faced with the decision of whether to recover in a short-term rehabilitation center, such as Marjorie P. Lee in Cincinnati’s Hyde Park neighborhood, or at home.

Wondering which is better for your clients? Read on for a closer look at the pros and cons of short-term rehab versus rehabilitating at home.

 

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Marjorie P. Lee Master Plan Renovations Reach the Halfway Point

We’ve reached a milestone here at Marjorie P. Lee senior living community: Our $20 million, three-year master plan renovation project has reached its halfway point.

Residents who need rehabilitation care will begin moving into MPL’s Shaw building as soon as inspectors give the green light, and then work will begin on Lee Gardens and Armstein House.

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MPL Residents Get Each Other Singing With the Java Memory Care Program

(Photos: Gary Kessler)

Here at Marjorie P. Lee, we offer a full suite of person-centered cognitive therapies for our residents with Alzheimer’s and dementia. It’s called Living Well Memory Support, and it’s one of the most comprehensive suites of memory care programs in the Cincinnati area.

And while you may have heard of art therapy or music therapy programs for seniors, these aren’t your typical therapies. Today, we’re proud to tell you more about our Java Memory Care program.

 

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How To Spend Grandparents Day With A Loved One Who Has Memory Loss

As Grandparents Day approaches on Sept. 9, you and your children may be interested in celebrating your parents and their grandparents. But that’s likely easier said than done if one of your parents has Alzheimer’s or some other form of dementia.

On Grandparents’ Day or any other special day, here’s how you can plan an enjoyable experience for everyone involved:

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4 Steps for Safe Travel with a Parent with Alzheimer's or Dementia

If your parent is living with Alzheimer’s or some other form of dementia, you might think that travel is off the table. In fact, not only can people who have dementia travel, but trips can also help them stay stimulated and reconnect them with loved ones in distant locations.

Nonetheless, traveling with a parent who has dementia does create some unique risks and challenges. By following these tips, you can prepare for those challenges and make sure you both have a safe, happy and enjoyable trip:

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6 Ways To Help Loved Ones Cope With Sundowner's Syndrome

(Photos: Gary Kessler)

Of all the challenges that arise when a loved one has dementia, few are more terrifying for them or more difficult for you than sundowner’s syndrome. Sometimes called “sundowning syndrome,” this condition affects many with dementia during the evening. It’s marked by feelings of confusion, aggression, and anxiety, as well as a tendency to ignore directions and pace or wander.

For the sake of their happiness and mental health, it’s critical that you help them cope with this condition. Through the following methods, you can keep sundowner’s syndrome to a minimum and provide comfort and relief for your loved one.

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