Senior Living Blog - June, 2018

For many older adults, maintaining a healthy weight is difficult. Often times, their appetites diminish and their preferences for certain foods change as they age. They lose their sense of taste. These factors can all lead to weight loss, thus, posing additional heath concerns as proper nutrition is essential for optimal health. In fact, research studies show that seniors who have a healthy diet and are in a healthy range of weight reduce their risk of certain cancers, heart disease, high blood pressure, and osteoporosis. They have more energy and engage in more activity. read more

"A common misconception is that if someone moves into an Assisted Living facility they lose their independence. That is not the case. This is their home, they can drive, they can administer their own medication, they can have family visit and stay overnight, they can even have a pet! Assisted Living simply offers them a place to live, meals made for them and that extra set of eyes on their care when needed." - Melissa Green, Executive Director of Journey Senior Living of Valparaiso read more

With the advancement of medical technology, we can live longer and receive continued care from an array of medical providers. However, as medical science and technology accelerate at such a rapid pace, we can be faced with many present and future decisions about the intervention of care we are receiving and what the quality of life will be after receiving such care. read more

Gardening has long been a part of our culture as both an art and a science of plant cultivation. With the hustle and bustle of daily living in the 21st century, gardening offers a way of slowing down, working with your hands, and watching a patch of soil turn into an array of colors of various plants and produce to be enjoyed. Gardening can be a wonderful experience at any age, and for seniors, it can offer various health benefits that may help you decide to pick up some soil and seeds for this growing season! read more

Recent research reports that generalized anxiety disorder (a feeling of excessive, unrealistic worry and tension with little or no reason) is the most common mental disorder among the elderly, affecting twice as many elderly who suffer from depression. Generalized Anxiety Disorder can seriously affect the senior's quality of life and lead to other complications, most notably obsessive-compulsive disorder, panic disorder, other phobias, and depression. read more

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