Mary's Corner: Music Treatment for Dementia

November 26, 2014
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By: Mary Cordova If your loved one suffers from dementia, there's a very real possibility that -- at some point -- you'll no longer be able to communicate with them. There's a flood of emotions that come with this, not the least of which is the frustration that you'll never be able to know what they do understand you. Yes, dementia is a gradual symptom, but when you're enmeshed in the caregiving routine, you can lose track of time and not realize they've progressed to the next stage. Or, if your elder is in a senior living community or even at home receiving care, then it may have been awhile... Read more >>

News: Alzheimer’s and Schizophrenia Linked

November 24, 2014
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By: Kecia Lilly BBC News recently reported on a study carried out by the Medical Research Council that links schizophrenia with Alzheimer’s disease . Before continuing further, it’s worth stating the disclaimer that these two diseases are distinct! It’s not that they’re the same disease, but that they are both start in the same area of the brain. That may not be surprising to all since both disease affect the brain – and many doctors have speculated a correlation between dementia and schizophrenia for years – but now there is quantifiable proof. The Research Study The study was conducted on... Read more >>

Support Widowed Spouses This Thanksgiving

November 20, 2014
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Although the topic is still up for some debate, there’s no doubt of the correlation: widowed spouses (in older people) tend to pass away within a year of their loved one. Maybe you’ve heard of it, maybe it’s happened to your parents, or maybe this is your first time hearing about it, but regardless it’s important to be more aware of it, especially around the holidays. According to a study conducted by Dr. S.V. Subramanian at Harvard School of Public Health , 66% of the time a surviving spouse passes away within 3 months of their significant other – that’s when the rate is highest. Other... Read more >>

When Opportunity Knocks, Answer: Senior Living Expectations

November 19, 2014
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By: Heather Souve We know how you feel about senior living; the stereotypes people think of and the general perception of “nursing homes.” Senior living homes are a place people want to avoid – or avoid thinking about. Unfortunately, it is that mentality that leads so many seniors and their families to a crisis state. They don’t get help until they absolutely need it. All they really know is that they don’t want their parent to move. This mentality NEEDS to change. Destroy All Expectations If you’re looking into senior living for the first time, it’s best to go into without any expectations... Read more >>

Get Covered for Life: Nursing Care in Federal Way

November 18, 2014
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By: Kecia Lilly In 2011, we were approached by a family whose senior was diagnosed with dementia and recently suffered a stroke. He needed speech therapy and a strong recovery plan from a skilled nursing facility. Needless to say though, he would need a long-term care community; a place that could provide rehabilitative care, memory care, and eventually hospice care. We needed to find a facility that could provide all three because when an elder is that fragile, they cannot afford to move more than once. We didn’t anticipate that the senior would pass away (he hasn’t!), but hospice is... Read more >>

Be Young at Heart: Finding a Retirement Community in West Seattle

November 14, 2014
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You know that saying, “ You’re only as young as you feel ?” As with any cliché, idiom, or meme, when it gets repeated enough it loses meaning. It’s something we don’t even think about. However after working with a particular senior, I felt it necessary to bring up because she was 74 years young, but convinced she was as ancient as Mesoamerican ruins. Time is Arbitrary This is something we know, but don’t assess – and why would we? In America we work, school, and plan around a calendar. We operate around a time table because how else would our economy function, how would we make it to doctor’s... Read more >>

Build Me Up, Don’t Hand-Me-Down: When Assisted Living No Longer Fits

November 13, 2014
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By: Heather Souve Easily, one of the most sought after senior housing options is assisted living. These apartment-styled residences offer a great deal of care and security, but – more importantly for seniors – they also offer privacy and independence. Essentially, staff help with all the chores while the elders enjoy their freedom and independence – including being able to leave the community at will. However, every assisted living is different and what’s more, if you don’t have a care advisor – or anyone – to walk you through the steps of senior care, then you may end up in an assisted... Read more >>

Care Advisors' Stories: One Mom's Hero

November 11, 2014
By: Marni McDuff Veterans Day is very important to my family. It means celebrating thousands of men and women who have given their lives to serve us in a way we could never repay. I know this oh too well because 4 years ago my son went in to the Navy to become a Navy Seal. Not long after entering into the most highly sought after Navy position, much to his dismay, circumstances around his dream fell apart. I am happy to share that dreams don’t always die. In February 2015 he will get a second chance to pursue his lifelong dream. A Humble Beginning He spent his early years dreaming of... Read more >>

How to Support a Senior Veteran Suffering PTSD

November 10, 2014
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“The dog has been esteemed and loved by all the people on earth and he has deserved this affection for he renders services that have made him man's best friend.” ~ Alfred Barbou Veterans Day is designed to be a time to bring focused attention to those that have bravely served our country through the armed services. Currently, there are many veterans returning from wars and deployment. And, if you’re anything like the Care Advisors, then you’re constantly wondering, “ What can I do to support them ,” and “ How do I give back ,” and “ Where can I show my appreciation? ” Fortunately, working in... Read more >>

Veteran Finds Assisted Living with Memory Care

November 7, 2014
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In 2012, we were approached by a family whose senior was suffering from dementia. They had not taken all the tests to determine the cause of her dementia, but it was evident that it was a problem. Fortunately, the senior’s mind had not debilitated very far. She was still capable of taking care of herself with minimal assistance, so the family asked what their options were. After assessing the woman and her family, we and the doctors agreed that while the family could take care of their senior, the best scenario would be to hire a professional or move the elder into a senior living community... Read more >>