TowerLight Blog

Immune-Boosting Nutrition Tips

March 18, 2020

Although we cannot be with every senior during this time or peoples with compromised health systems, we still want to be a resource. Our Corporate Registered Dietitian will be putting together some short video segments to provide nutrition tips and fun little recipes for people to try on their own. We are hopeful that with these precautions we will be able to move on to our “normal lives” soon. Nutrients found in foods can help boost our immune systems and provide our bodies with extra protection. That being said, it is not guaranteed that any of the foods will actually prevent you from ever becoming sick. However, here are just a few foods that can give us a little help…

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How to Help Your Aging Parents Maintain Independence

March 9, 2020
Hugging aging mother

Watching your parents age is a difficult process for everyone involved. When someone we used to rely on so heavily now becomes dependent on us, it can feel destabilizing. It’s important to remember that your aging parent is also going through some difficult emotions as well. Specifically, people often struggle with losing their sense of independence and autonomy. Whether your parents live in our St. Louis Park assisted living community or not, it’s important to find ways to help them feel like they are still in control of their own life. Here are some tips and tricks to help you ensure that your aging parent maintains as much autonomy and independence as possible.   Include Them in the Decision-Making Process…

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Healthiest Foods for Seniors to Eat

February 14, 2020

What a person eats is important in order to maintain their health no matter what age they are. However, as someone gets older and reaches the point where they move into an assisted living community in St. Louis Park, their diet suddenly becomes even more important. If someone makes sure to maintain a healthy diet in their older years, then they can postpone or sometimes entirely prevent the occurrence of some age-related diseases. But since people in an independent living home in St. Louis Park are responsible for deciding what they do or do not eat, it is important that they know which foods they should be making sure to consume on a more frequent basis. Here are a few…

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How to Persuade a Senior they Need Help

December 6, 2019

Here’s some advice from someone who’s been there You’re doing what any good person would do, trying to keep tabs on a loved one who’s growing older. You’re afraid to broach the idea of getting involved in their affairs because you don’t want to hurt their feelings–or worse, start a fight. Maybe you’ve even tried to offer your help, only to get rebuffed. Heidi Sklenar Telschow, a personal advisor to clients of Fairview’s Caregiver Assurance service, knows it’s a predicament. She hears it on a daily basis. When a senior repeatedly resists help, “it creates a lot of frustration for the son or daughter or spouse,” Heidi says. “People will make unsafe and uninformed decisions, and you just want to…

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What are the Stages of Dementia?

November 13, 2019
Warm embrace to a loved one in a senior living community

Care partners of persons with dementia are often eager to know what stage their loved one is currently in and how best to work with and relate to the person in these phases.  I will give you some general tips here, but first, let me say two things for a larger context: Remember that people with dementia have strengths, no matter where they are at. Please think about those specific strengths, as this is what our care and interaction are built upon. Everyone has a sense of humor. With some individuals, we may need to work harder than with others to tease that out. People with dementia can be very creative and expressive. Their connection to and memory of music…

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Care for Seniors with Chronic Conditions

September 6, 2019
Senior woman being helped by a caregiver

Approximately 85 percent of older adults have at least one chronic health condition, and 60 percent have at least two chronic conditions, according to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. For many older people, coping with multiple chronic conditions is a real challenge. Learning to manage a variety of treatments while maintaining quality of life can be problematic. People with chronic conditions may have different needs, but they also share common challenges with other older adults, such as paying for care or navigating the complexities of the healthcare system. Clinicians can play an important role in educating patients and families about chronic health conditions and can connect them with appropriate community resources and services. One resource that many people…

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When to Look for Assisted Living

August 13, 2019

If you have older family members, you may end up having to look into an assisted living facility in St. Louis Park at some point in the future. This is common among those who develop memory problems or physical disability due to aging. However, knowing the right time to look into an assisted living facility can be very difficult for the caretaker, especially if this is the first time one has ever had to make this kind of decision. There are a few signs to look out for in order to know when the right time to look into such a facility has come.   Worsening Medical Conditions One of the most common reasons that family members may decide that…

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Boosting Safety for Seniors at Home

August 8, 2019

Every year, 3 million older adults are treated in emergency departments for fall injuries. If you live alone, guard yourself against falls by ensuring your home is as fall-proof as possible. Flooring is Key Many seniors slip and fall because of slippery surfaces. Marble can get very slippery when wet but is also very tough on bones and muscles if a fall should ensue. The carpet will give you a much better grip. If you have asthma or dust allergies and you prefer hard flooring, wood or laminate are preferable to natural stone, ceramic, or porcelain tiles. Talk to a builder about specific anti-slip material as well. Home Layouts Matter It is important to take a long hard look at your home…

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Why do we wait until a crisis happens to make decisions on senior care?

March 1, 2019

We hear these stories unfortunately far too often. “Well, mom didn’t want to move so we thought that we were helping her by keeping her home.” The sad but true fact is that if you allow yourself or a loved one to wait until something bad happens, you’re not giving yourself the opportunity to keep some of that independence or to keep that same quality of life. If you were driving and heard loud noises coming from the engine or saw a little smoke coming out of the hood, would you get it checked/fixed or wait until it completely broke down and you’re stranded on the side of the road? Having a big fall on the ice or having a…

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But I’m not ready for Assisted Living…

February 5, 2019

“I’m not ready yet.” It’s a phrase often heard these days. Navigating the senior living industry and different care options is often challenging and frustrating. We’d all love to stay in the comfort in our  homes and take care of our own self to keep our independence up until we go to our forever home. The reality is that most people won’t get to do that. The majority of every senior 65 and up should expect to need at least a few years of long-term care, probably in an assisted living or care center. For many older adults there comes a point in time where living on their own just isn’t safe. Additionally, when the “it’s time to move,” decision has been made, we…

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