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How to Make Your Assisted Living Apartment Feel More Like Home

Depending on what you make of it, moving into an assisted living apartment can either be treated as a new adventure or signal the start of trying times. Any move can upset a familiar routine, it will likely be at least a short while before the new surroundings feel like "home, sweet home." But when you learn the tricks of individuals and families who move a lot, you can start making a new place feel like home quickly.

The best advice from these experienced movers is to pack a small "Survival Kit." The components of that kit will vary from one person to another, but the idea is the same.

Just as a child will fall asleep in peace while clutching a beloved stuffed animal, even seniors will benefit by having some sort of 'security blanket" readily available. A cherished reminder of the previous home is an antidote to the stress and anxiety of a move. Solace can come from a framed photo of children or grandchildren, a favorite tea cup and silver spoon, any memento of friends, family and lifestyle, or a cozy knitted throw to chase away the chill— both the physical kind and the emotional.

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Use Your Assisted Living Apartment to Improve Your Life

Safety is a concern no matter where you live, but for an older person with vision challenges, it can be a matter of life and death.

By the time you’re ready to help plan a move into an assisted living apartment, it may be necessary to adjust the environment to accommodate for physical changes like mobility and vision impairments. When you are getting ready to assist with this transition, talk with the move-in coordinator to see how the community can accommodate the following four improvements.

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Wave at Your Neighbors: Rebuilding Social Ties in Assisted Living

Many seniors have, at some point in their lives, felt the sting of social isolation or loneliness— which are actually two independent but related conditions. A person in a state of social isolation has minimal contact with other people while someone who is lonely experiences the negative feelings associated with perceived social isolation. In other words, social isolation is a state of being alone that can cause feelings of loneliness.

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These Gadgets Are Great for Even the Least Tech-Savvy Senior

The quick advancement of technology has always presented a challenge to seniors, but never more so than over the past two decades. The digital revolution has proceeded at a breakneck pace. Technologies that seemed outlandish and alien to some older people just ten years ago have been completely eclipsed and made obsolete by rapid innovation.

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10 Ways for Seniors to Enjoy Creativity Month in Cincinnati

With Creativity Month upon us, why not consider ways seniors can enjoy the wonders of the imagination? A 2009 report published in The American Journal of Public Health looked at how engagement in creative arts provides health benefits. Whether in an assisted care environment or just enjoying retirement, creativity stimulates cognitive processes, relieves stress and promotes healing. What are some ways a senior living in Cincinnati can reap the rewards of creativity?

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How Frequently Is Dementia Misdiagnosed?

Though cognitive disorders like Parkinson's disease and Alzheimer's disease are commonly encountered in senior health care, dementia is nonetheless difficult to diagnose. Often, dementia is a diagnosis of last resort, once more acute conditions like strokes or chemical imbalances have been ruled out.

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10 Truths about Memory Care

When arranging a move into a retirement community, most senior parents and their adult children prepare a list of what criteria they're hoping for— amenities, recreation activities, onsite healthcare and so on. Unfortunately, future assisted care needs rarely top the list.

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When to Start Looking into Assisted Care

As we approach retirement age and beyond, it’s natural to start thinking about future care. Aging is a surety and, for those of us fortunate enough to live into our advanced years, so is the eventual need for help with the necessities of daily life. But when do you actually start planning for and taking steps toward a move into assisted care? 

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Busting 5 Major Myths about Assisted Living in Cincinnati

Many older people (and their caregivers) who are considering a move to an assisted living community in Cincinnati have no idea what to expect.

Naturally, this leads to some worries and a lot of questions. It can also lead to misconceptions. In this post, we’ll address some of the common myths so that you’ll be better prepared and less concerned when the time comes to make a transition to assisted living.

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Don’t Equate Assisted Care with a Nursing Home

Although you’re probably quite familiar with the terms “assisted living” and “nursing care,” you may not realize that you’re working with the wrong definitions of the words. Both may be offered by the same providers, but they really are quite different from one another.

In the past, you may have equated assisted care with nursing home living because the two seem similar at first glance. The intent of both types of care is to provide daily support for older adults and individuals with certain disabilities. Both are associated with retirement living, and they can often be found within the same building!

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