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Getting Your Affairs in Order: Preparing for the “what ifs”

May 11, 2020

You never know what the future may hold, and the COVID-19 crisis adds another layer of uncertainty. In times like this, it becomes clear how important it is to have your affairs in order. Contemplating end-of-life concerns can be overwhelming at first, but knowing you are prepared can provide peace of mind. Planning for the unknown helps protect your assets and ease an already difficult time for your loved ones. Here’s a checklist of important documents and decisions to make while you’re healthy. Designate those who will manage your estate. Select a person or people to be the executor of your estate, power of attorney and health care power of attorney. Decide who will become the guardian of your pets,…

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Keep Moving During Social Isolation: Tips for Staying Active

April 27, 2020

The coronavirus is disruptive to many areas of our daily life — including exercise and fitness routines. Many fitness centers and pools are closed to the public, and group classes in our communities or fitness groups are on hold while social distancing guidelines are in place. While it might be tempting to take time off, keeping active has both mental and physical health benefits including stress reduction, improved mood, and better sleep. Exercise can help boost your immune system and manage symptoms of some chronic illnesses like diabetes. HOW MUCH EXERCISE SHOULD YOU GET? The Physical Activity Guidelines for Americans advises older adults to strive for at least 150 minutes (2 hours and 30 minutes) of moderate-intensity activity each week.…

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Food and Anxiety During COVID-19

April 14, 2020

As we all muddle through this time of uncertainty and unrest, let us be mindful of our eating habits while practicing self-care and realizing that yes, we all intend to eat healthy foods for health but that sometimes we may “slip up” in our minds. Messing up the “perfect diet” is not going to derail all of your efforts for a day or week. Food is often very comforting and something that we KNOW and can alleviate some anxiety. We all can afford to be a little more forgiving of ourselves as we face the “new norms” and changes.  Spring is usually a time where we get out of our wintry routines and enjoy socializing with others in our communities.…

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Needing Assisted Living or Memory Care During COVID-19 Lockdown?

April 7, 2020

During this time of isolation and lockdown in COVID-19, we are finding that many people are realizing that their parents may not have been doing as well as they thought they were at home by themselves. This may prompt them to see the benefit of moving into a congregate setting with caregivers nearby 24 hours a day, seven days a week. This would also include a team of professionals making sure that they are staying socially engaged in a safe manner, spiritually nurtured, and nutritionally taken care of. These are all benefits of living in a senior living community. Deciding on a Senior Living Community As a family member, helping your loved one decide on a senior living community can…

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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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