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🌤 Watch Out for These 5 Warning Signs of Skin Cancer in Seniors

May is Skin Cancer Detection and Prevention Month. Why do we need a month dedicated to raising awareness about skin cancer? Because it’s the seventh most common form of cancer occurring in the United States.

Every year, more than 71,000 people Americans are diagnosed with melanomas of the skin, according to the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC). Of those, about 9,000 die from the disease. And as the population ages, that number is expected to continue growing.

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Do You Know All the Ways YOU Can Prevent Osteoporosis? ✋

Osteoporosis, or brittle bones, is a serious problem for many seniors living in Cincinnati — especially for older women.

Our bodies’ bone tissues are always breaking down and being rebuilt. Osteoporosis occurs when the rate of new bone creation can’t keep up with the rate of bone density loss. It’s a normal part of aging for most people, men and women alike, but the changeover from bone strength stasis to low bone density can be dramatic for women once they reach menopause.

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7 Tips to Help Your Older Loved One Recover from a Stroke 🏃🏽

May is American Stroke Awareness Month. And we need such a month, because strokes and other life-threatening, life-altering cardiovascular illnesses are a growing problem for our nation’s citizens. Research suggests that Americans suffer from the leading causes of stroke and heart disease — including high cholesterol and high blood pressure — disproportionately more than residents of other developed nations.

One of the reasons so many Americans suffer strokes and other vascular emergencies lies in the national obesity epidemic.

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What to Say — and NOT Say — to a Loved One with Dementia

When relatives or friends are diagnosed with Alzheimer’s disease or other dementia disorders, it can be difficult to know what to say. How do you treat them? Do they want to talk about their diagnoses? Will their personalities suddenly change? Will they even remember you the next time you approach?

Naturally, these can all seem like tough questions. And there are no easy answers.

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What to Expect When You Go from Short-Term Rehab to Home

It’s been quite a journey. You’ve made it through a major surgery or illness, spent days, weeks, or possibly months recovering in short-term rehab, and are now strong enough to return home.

But how can you be sure that you’ll have a safe, successful and stress-free transition back to your residence? How can you help to ensure your condition will continue to improve, and that you won’t develop a complication that would require re-admission to the hospital?

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💵 How to Pay for Care for a Loved One with Alzheimer's or Dementia

If you have an elderly loved one with Alzheimer's or dementia, you’re first concerned with what to do to care for them. But the second, natural concern you’re going to have is, “How much will it cost?”

And that’s nothing to feel guilty about. The cost of senior care is a significant cause of concern for many American families, especially given recent studies that have indicated the price of private, residential senior care has risen 11 percent since 2011.

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⏰ How to Tell the Difference Between Dementia and "Normal" Aging

Forgetfulness is common among elderly people. But how can you tell the difference between your older parent or grandparent’s temporary, age-related forgetfulness, and new-onset cognitive disorders like dementia or Alzheimer’s disease, which might require support services or moving to a residential memory care to safely manage?

It can be a bit tricky. But there are methods of distinguishing between memory lapse and memory loss. Today, let’s discuss the signs and signals you can look for when your older loved one is exhibiting possible symptoms of dementia.

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What's Happening in May at Marjorie P. Lee Retirement Home 🌸

Here we are in May. Hard to believe that 2017 is almost half over, isn’t it? But we’re keeping very busy, and we have a lot of fantastic activities on the calendar for the seniors living here at Marjorie P. Lee retirement community.

Curious what we’ll be up to this month? Then read on!

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⚾️ What's Happening at Marjorie P. Lee in April?

 

Batter up! If you’re a senior living in Cincinnati, you know that April means it’s . . . BASEBALL SEASON! Opening Day is a pretty big deal here in the Queen City; it’s virtually a holiday. Every year, we look forward to fresh starts and clean counts.

This month, our residents will join the rest of the Tristate in welcoming back our Cincinnati Reds, and in welcoming back warm weather. Here are all the ways we’ll be celebrating in April.

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Four Developments Shaping the Future of Memory Care

Dementia care and memory support have historically been difficult to provide. Alzheimer’s and other cognitive disorders have not been well understood, so effective treatments were slow to develop.

But memory care is changing. Now that doctors and medical researchers are beginning to gain a better understanding of dementia’s causes and symptoms, memory support care centers are being designed with patients’ needs and tendencies top of mind.

Here’s how people living with dementia and Alzheimer’s will be cared for in the future.

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