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Kristin Davenport

Kristin Davenport
Kristin Davenport is the Director of Communications for Episcopal Retirement Services (ERS). Kristin leads ERS’ efforts to share stories that delight and inspire through social media, online content, annual reports, magazines, newsletters, public relations, and events. Kristin earned her BFA in graphic design from Wittenberg University. She joined ERS after a 25 year career as a visual journalist and creative director in Cincinnati. Kristin has a passion for making Cincinnati a dementia-inclusive city. She is a Lead SAIDO Learning Supporter and a member of the Wellbeing Team at ERS. Kristin and her husband Alex live in Lebanon, Ohio with their 2 daughters. She also serves as a Trustee and the Secretary of the Lebanon Food Pantry.

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5 Unexpected Trends in Today’s Long-Term Care

The words “nursing home” often bring to mind thoughts of colorless, sterile and depressing environments. This stereotype couldn’t be further from the truth—especially when you consider the emergence of a new model of long-term care designed to maximize independence, dignity and personal choice among residents. How, specifically, are these senior living communities raising the bar when it comes to positive aging?

Read on for a roundup of five exciting—and unexpected—trends transforming the face of long-term care.

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When a Parent's Short-Term Rehab Becomes Long-Term Care

For some seniors, short-term rehab can end up becoming a transition stage to long-term care. Medical science can't always predict how the human body will heal. There are times when a person just doesn't respond as expected to treatment, or when there is simply more deterioration than the body can overcome.

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7 Fun Things to Do With Your Aging Parent Around Cincinnati This Summer

Need fun things to do with your aging loved one now that the weather is warming up? Look no further! An active social calendar is instrumental to positive aging, and there’s no better time to get out and explore the Queen City than summer. Check out the list below for our favorite senior friendly things to do in Cincinnati.

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Tablet Technology Debuts at Marjorie P. Lee

Technology is changing the way we live. It helps us stay connected with loved ones—even when they’re thousands of miles away. It allows us to find nearby restaurants with the click of a button. More importantly, it improves seniors’ quality of life.

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Senior Fraud: How to Protect Aging Loved Ones From Digital Scammers

US Senator Susan Collins dubbed it a “growing epidemic.” The National Council on Aging (NCOA) called it “devastating to many older adults.” While these comments may seem like they’re referencing a healthcare issue, they actually sound the alarm about another pressing topic: senior fraud in the digital age.

Below, we take a closer look at the issue as well as discuss ways you can keep your aging loved one—and their nest egg—safe from online scammers.

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Meyer Family Rehabilitation Center Provides Top-Notch Care at Marjorie P. Lee

Rehabilitation plays an invaluable role in helping seniors recovering from illnesses and injuries stay active, independent and healthy. But all rehabilitation centers aren’t created equal. Five years after first conceptualizing what an updated therapy center at Marjorie P. Lee would look like, we’re delighted to announce that our major renovation project is complete. The result? The exceptional Meyer Family Rehabilitation Center.

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4 Steps to Take when Mom or Dad is Diagnosed with Alzheimer’s or Dementia

 

An estimated one in three Americans will be diagnosed with Alzheimer’s disease or dementia. That translates to millions of Americans living with a dementia diagnosis, and many more millions of family caregivers providing support to them.

When your parent is diagnosed with dementia, it can be devastating for both of you. What should you do? What steps should you take to make sure that your parent has the care and support he or she needs?

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What Are the Signs of "Normal" Aging vs. “Abnormal” Aging?

 

Greying and thinning hair. Reduced sight and reduced hearing. Bones becoming more brittle and joints becoming stiff and sore. Receding gums and loose teeth. These are all processes we consider a normal part of aging, and many seniors in Cincinnati deal with them every day. 

But what about abnormal aging? Are there warning signs that could show us when Mom or Dad's health isn't what it should be at their age?

There are. In fact, we have a guide all about positive aging for seniors. In it, you'll learn about the stages of aging, normal vs. abnormal aging, implications of aging on overall wellness, and strategies, tips and local resources for positive aging.

Below, we'd like to take a moment to discuss some of the warning signs of abnormal aging, so that you'll know what to look for...and when to intervene.

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10 Questions to Ask When Choosing a Long-Term Care Community

When senior loved ones require more daily nursing care than they could safely receive at home, Cincinnati families often wonder how they should choose a senior living community to meet their needs.

You want to be sure that the provider your family chooses is not only providing quality, person-centered care but that your loved one is happy with the arrangement and will have everything he or she needs.

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Holiday Gift Ideas for a Senior Loved One with Dementia

 

Do you have someone with dementia on your holiday shopping list this year? If so, you may be worried about finding the perfect present. Factor in the progressive nature of Alzheimer’s disease and other forms of dementia, and choosing something appropriate can be even more challenging.

To that end, we’ve created a holiday guide to gifts for seniors with dementia broken out by stage of the disease. Whether you're looking for something personal, practical, or in between, we've got a gift idea for you.

 

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