TowerLight Blog

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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Medications and Older Adults

January 7, 2019
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It’s a common concern that we hear about often in senior care. Older adults missing medications, mixing medications; and truly not understanding the medications they take. As you get older, your body changes. These changes can increase the chances that you’ll have side effects when you take medications. Older people often have more health problems and take more medications than younger people. Because of this, older adults are more likely to experience harmful interactions be […]

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Winter Move-in Special—Limited Time

January 5, 2019

Mention this offer at your visit and receive $1,280 off Second Month’s Rent or $1,280 towards moving services provided by Gentle Transitions. TowerLight Senior Living is a modern and energetic community that provides a full continuum of senior living options for aging adults. We offer diverse programming, quality care, and one-of-a kind intergenerational experiences with our in-house childcare. Located in the heart of St. Louis Park, we are conveniently located near shopping, health providers, restaurants, and more! In addition to our Independent Living, we provide Assisted Living as an option for those needing minimal to higher care assistance. A full array of services can come to any apartment, so there’s no need to move when you need help–you can age…

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Who says dreams don’t come true?

November 6, 2018

Integrity. That word has a lot do with truth and honesty, things that can get a bit murky in dementia care, as we work to validate feelings and honor the way a person with dementia views the world.  At our recent Mission Breakfast event at Ebenezer, I was asked to prepare a story that related to Integrity, one of our five core Ebenezer values. To tell the truth (ahem), I wasn’t quite sure (at first) that I could spin the story I really wanted to tell (yes, I chose the story before bei […]

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Independence vs. Isolation – How Senior Living Improves Lives

September 4, 2018

Many older adults want to stay in their home as long as possible. There is an assumption that staying in your home means you are independent, but the reality is it can often lead to loneliness and isolation. The health effects of long-term isolation are measurable and include chronic health conditions, depression, anxiety, dementia and even premature death. One study reported the negative health effects of long-term isolation are equal to smoking 15 cigarettes a day. Loneliness is on the ri […]

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Apathy, Dementia and Activities

July 23, 2018

Apathy.  It’s one of the approximately 500 symptoms you might well find under the umbrella term of dementia.  According to Microsoft Word, apathy’s synonyms include lethargy, boredom, unconcern, droopiness, and dispiritedness.  For a person with dementia, this state of being may result in the inability to initiate activity, and/or spontaneous thought.  Many of us, when feeling bored or droopy, have the ability to switch gears, maybe go for a walk, call a friend, o […]

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What to Look for in a Memory Care Community

January 4, 2018

Few processes are more stressful than deciding upon the best place to move a loved one when it is determined that a move to memory care is the best option.  Keep in mind that when this decision needs to be made, it is often critically important, not only for the well-being of the person with dementia, but in order to maintain the health and safety of the family member who is their current care partner.If you are in the process of making this potentially agonizing decision, here are some qu […]

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Spirituality and Aging–Holding On and Letting Go

December 11, 2017

Religious and spiritual beliefs and practices are important in the lives of many of us. When we get older, we reflect back on our lives and also look forward to a sense of meaning, purpose and connectedness in aging. Some of that involves deciding what we want to hold on to or let go of. So many of Ebenezer’s new residents have to engage in the process of holding on and letting go simply by moving into a smaller apartment than the home they had previously lived in. “What d […]

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Considering Moving Your Parent To Memory Care? Here Are Some Tips!

October 2, 2017

There could come a time when your parent with Alzheimer’s disease or another type of dementia will need more care than can be provided at home. During the middle and late stages of dementia, sometimes 24-hour supervision is required to ensure the person’s safety.  As dementia progresses further, round-the-clock care requirements become more intensive.Making the decision to move a parent into a specialized memory care environment may be difficult, as it is tough to suddenly be faced wi […]

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