Wednesday, August 15, 2018

The Benefits of Walking for Exercise

Experts agree that walking is beneficial to seniors’ health as it can stop bone mass loss, strengthen leg and abdominal muscles, and improve circulation by helping to lower blood pressure and reduce the risk for heart disease.  Walking can also lead to weight loss or maintain your weight, help you sleep better, increase your mental sharpness, and improve balance and stability.  It can even increase your lifespan.  However if you have not exercised in a while, doctors recommend you start slowly and only gradually increase your distance and pace.

If you let your health care provider know you are going to start walking, they can help you determine a safe starting point.  From the onset you may only be able to walk a block, but over time, you will be able to go farther and should start noticing benefits fairly quickly.  Additionally experts say even if you need a cane or a walker to safely move about, don’t let that stop you from walking, just take it with you.  Also wear properly fitted comfortable shoes that provide good arch support.   If you have foot problems, talk to your doctor about orthopedic shoes. 

Remember to not overexert yourself.  Walk at a safe pace and keep in mind that the most important thing is to just get started.  For your safety, tuck your cell phone into a pocket that you can easy get to if the need arises and stay hydrated.  To help keep you motivated, walk with a buddy or join a walking group. 

At MorningStar, we wholeheartedly agree that walking is great exercise for seniors and we have a Walking Club at many of our communities.  Please visit our website to learn more about our beautiful new community opening this fall in Arvada, Colorado.

Please consult your health care provider before starting any type of exercise.


The unique mission statement of MorningStar of Arvada, “to honor, to serve, to invest,” sets us apart from other senior living communities. Our foundation is built upon honoring God, valuing all seniors, and investing in staff with a felt calling to serve. Dedicated to creating a real home for residents within a beautiful setting, we encourage you to visit to see for yourself our exceptional community for independent and assisted living.

MorningStar of Beaverton’s Memory Care









MorningStar of Beaverton’s philosophy and approach to memory care includes our guiding principle that: whatever the extent of the memory loss, whatever the form of dementia, a person’s essence remains.  We feel it our calling as well as our privilege to find ways to connect with and nurture that essence.

Our individualized care starts by meeting with the senior and their family members to learn all we can about the person’s background including their vocation, talents and preferences.  Taking this information, we put together a daily routine that will be used to stimulate or calm the resident in response to their mood or the surrounding circumstances.  Throughout the senior’s stay with us, we also engage the family members as we know our services are as much for them as for the residing senior.

MorningStar’s memory care provides an atmosphere of safety and well-being, while at the same time, encourages and supports choice and independence whenever possible.  Our residents participate in daily recreational and purposeful activities that include life skills, art, music, and exercise and are included in special events and scheduled outings. 

The Reflections Neighborhood is designed to permit residents the freedom to move about in spacious surroundings and include an enclosed courtyard that is reserved just for their use.  Our extensive services include around-the-clock care, daily health monitoring, a licensed nurse and a caring and devoted staff.    

MorningStar is honored to partner with the Alzheimer’s Association in every market we serve.  Our team members work to support their local chapter by donating their time, talent and treasure.  In addition, MorningStar of Beaverton will participate in Alzheimer’s events including Memories in the Making, The Longest Day and Walk to End Alzheimer’s.  Please visit our website for contact information as well as to learn more about our assisted living and memory care community. 

MorningStar of Beaverton proudly provides the very best in senior living with our unique mission statement of “to honor, to serve, to invest.” With a foundation built on honoring God, valuing all seniors and selecting staff with a felt calling to serve, we create a true home for residents amid a beautiful setting. Please contact us or stop by the Information Center on our construction site to learn more.


Monday, August 13, 2018

Finding the Best Assisted Living Community


Searching for an assisted living community for yourself or a parent can feel like an overwhelming task.  We know you want to make the best choice and there are a couple of things you may want to consider before you take such an important step. 

First, you will want to research the various options in your preferred area.  The Internet is an efficient and easy way to discover what is out there, and you will find several websites that offer a search directory of communities.  Also you can check with your health care provider for any recommendations they may have. 

Once you have narrowed down your list to several communities in your target location, give them a call to get more information.  While on the phone, have a list of questions handy such as are there immediate openings available, and if not, how long is the wait, the price range and services and amenities offered. 

A community tour or a visit to the information center for a new property is your best opportunity to get a real feel for the place.  You want your future home to have a caring and warm staff and everything necessary to meet your needs.  If you are looking for assisted living for a family member that is not very mobile, you can visit a few and narrow down the selections so they only see the top choices.  The Caring.com website has a checklist available for researching and visiting a community that you may find helpful. 

At MorningStar, the thing we brag the most about is our atmosphere of love and community that is built on one relationship at a time.   Opening in late 2018, MorningStar of Glendale is conveniently located in central Glendale, and will have a choice of 71 private assisted living suites with various floor plans.   In addition, the campus will include Casitas for independent living as well as suites devoted to the specialized care of residents with memory impairment.  Please call us or stop by the onsite information center for more details.

The unique mission statement of MorningStar of Glendale, “to honor, to serve, to invest,” sets us apart from other senior living communities.  Our foundation is built upon honoring God, valuing all seniors, and investing in staff with a felt calling to serve.  Dedicated to creating a real home for residents within a beautiful setting, we encourage you to see for yourself the area’s finest independent living, assisted living and memory care.

Source: caring.com/articles/assisted-living-facilities-choosing-the-right-one 


Saturday, August 11, 2018

Seniors Still Need to Take Care of Their Skin


Not that we are older, most of us wish we had been more careful about limiting our time in the sun, especially during peak hours.  However that does not mean we should stop trying. Protecting our skin from further skin damage and the risk of skin cancer is important at any age.  When outside, we all need to apply liberal amounts of sunscreen with a SPF of 15 or higher, and as sunscreen wears off, we need to remember to reapply it.  Also wear protective clothing including a wide brim hat, long sleeves and sunglasses.

As our skin ages, it becomes thinner and has less fat, which is why we see bones and veins more easily and small injuries such as scratches, cuts and bumps take longer to heal.  It may be helpful to make a few adjustments as to how we treat it.  Some tips include regularly applying thick lotions on our bodies every day, drinking plenty of fluids (remember alcohol is a dehydrator), and reducing or stopping smoking.  Experts suggest you also try to avoid stress and to keep in mind that hot baths can result in even more dryness. 

Accumulated years of sun damage cause dryness, wrinkles and age spots that can lead to skin cancer, and it is important to note any changes in your skin.  The CDC (Centers for Disease Control and Prevention) describes the most common signs of skin cancer, which includes a new growth, a sore that doesn’t heal or a change in a mole.  An easy way to remember the signs of melanoma is to use the A-B-C-D-Es of melanoma:
  
·         “A” stands for asymmetrical. Does the mole or spot have an irregular shape with two parts that look very different?
·         “B” stands for border. Is the border irregular or jagged?
·         “C” is for color. Is the color uneven?
·         “D” is for diameter. Is the mole or spot larger than the size of a pea?
·         “E” is for evolving. Has the mole or spot changed during the past few weeks or months?

If you have any of these symptoms present, please call your doctor to schedule an examination. 

This blog is for informative purposes only, please seek the advice of your
health care provider if you notice any changes in your skin
 
MorningStar at Dayton Place offers the very best in senior living with a unique mission statement of “to honor, to serve, to invest.”  Our foundation is built on honoring God, valuing all seniors and selecting staff with a felt calling to serve as we work toward creating a true home for residents amidst a serene setting.  Please call or email to setup a tour of the area’s finest senior living in Denver CO.


Source: cdc.gov/cancer/skin/basic_info/sun-safety.htm

Friday, August 10, 2018

Annual Eye Exams Recommended After Age 60


Eye problems are a common complaint among the elderly.  The American Optometric Association advises that older adults need to be aware of the warning signs of age-related eye health problems as they can cause loss of vision.  Also since some eye diseases have no early symptoms, they recommend annual eye examinations for everyone over age 60.  It is important to remember that while many eye conditions are easily treated, diseases such as diabetes and high blood pressure can lead to serious eye problems.

One almost universal vision change experienced by older adults is Presbyopia, which is the gradual, age-related loss of the eyes' ability to focus clearly on nearby objects.   Typically the condition is not treated with any intervention other than a pair of reading glasses. 

Floaters are another problem seniors experience and appear as tiny specks or spots that seem to float across your field of vision.  The Mayo Clinic says that most eye floaters are caused by “age-related changes that occur as the jelly-like substance (vitreous) inside your eyes becomes more liquid. Microscopic fibers within the vitreous tend to clump and can cast tiny shadows on your retina, which appear to you as floaters.”  It is important to have the condition checked by an eye doctor as it can also be a sign of more serious eye problems including retinal detachment. 

Dry eyes are also common in seniors and can cause itching, burning and even loss of vision.  Treatment includes nutritional supplements, medications to reduce inflammation, or eye drops that simulate real tears.  On the other side some older adults can have too many tears that may result from temperature changes or sensitivity to light.  Taking precautions such as wearing sunglasses can help but you should be checked by your doctor as it could signal an infection or blocked tear duct.   

In addition cataracts and glaucoma are frequent problems affecting older adults.  In the case of cataracts, once they begin to affect your eyesight they can usually be removed by surgery.  Glaucoma is not curable but it is treatable, and without treatment, it can eventually lead to permanent blindness.
   
This post is intended for informational purposes only.  Please contact your health care provider with any questions or concerns you have regarding your health.

MorningStar of Beaverton proudly provides the very best in senior living with our unique mission statement of “to honor, to serve, to invest.” With a foundation built on honoring God, valuing all seniors and selecting staff with a felt calling to serve, we create a true home for residents amid a beautiful setting. Please contact us or stop by the Information Center on our construction site to learn more.

Sources:aoa.org/patients-and-public/good-vision-throughout-life/adult-vision-19-to-40-years-of-age/adult-vision-over-60-years-of-age?sso=y    nia.nih.gov/health/publication/aging-and-your-eyes  

mayoclinic.org/diseases-conditions/cataracts/basics/definition/con-20015113

Thursday, August 9, 2018

Affordable Independent Living in Glendale AZ


The MorningStar of Glendale campus opening in late 2018 includes 38 Casitas with attached garages designed for active, independent seniors seeking a carefree lifestyle.  To be eligible to move into one of the stylish homes, one of the residents must be at least 55 years old. 

Compared to other similar properties in the area, The Casitas offer an unparalleled value when you consider all of the premium upgrades and amenities offered to residents.  Another advantage to moving into our charming community is you now have predictable month-to-month budgeting as virtually all your living expenses (including homeowner’s insurance and property taxes) are bundled into your Monthly Rental Fee.  Also you will find our yearly adjustments (typically 3 to 7%) are quite modest and are a true reflection of the current cost of labor, energy and food. 

The carefree aspect of living at The Casitas includes no longer doing maintenance on your own home or being surprised by unexpected repair costs.  Additionally, you can travel or spend time with your family knowing we will keep a close eye on your casita during your absence.  In fact if you want us to, we will even water your plants. Your monthly fee includes a continental breakfast in the Clubhouse Monday-Friday, twice monthly housekeeping, interior/exterior maintenance, repairs and replacement, and more. 

As a resident of The Casitas, you will have priority access to the supportive care of MorningStar of Glendale if the need should ever arise.  We offer 71 suites for assisted living, including two-bedroom, one-bath floor plans.  Our Reflections Neighborhood, located in a separate wing, is devoted to caring for those with memory loss due to Alzheimer’s and other forms of dementia.  Please visit our website for more information.


The unique mission statement of MorningStar of Glendale, “to honor, to serve, to invest,” sets us apart from other senior living communities.  Our foundation is built upon honoring God, valuing all seniors, and investing in staff with a felt calling to serve.  Dedicated to creating a real home for residents within a beautiful setting, we encourage you to see for yourself the area’s finest independent living, assisted living and memory care.

Sunday, August 5, 2018

Beaverton’s Newest Senior Living Community


The team of MorningStar Assisted Living & Memory Care of Beaverton is getting excited as the opening of the newest senior living community in Beaverton is drawing near.  Scheduled to open in late 2018, our new community will offer 66 bright suites for assisted living, and another 38 secure suites devoted the individualized care of those with Alzheimer’s and other forms of dementia.

For assisted living, we offer various levels of support for the activities of daily living designed to preserve and extend the independence, choices and privacy of our residents.  After a thorough assessment with our Wellness Director, a Care Plan is put together in agreement with both the senior and their extended family.  Our Care Managers are onsite 24/7 ready to ensure the safety of our residents and see to it that all of their needs are met.  As our private suites are available in variety of configurations including spacious studio, one-bedroom and two-bedroom floor plans with some as large as 974 square feet, we are sure you will find one that is perfect for your needs.        

In our Reflections Neighborhood, we are set up to care for those in the early onset of the disease all the way to the most advanced stages.  MorningStar’s unique approach to memory care includes finding ways to connect with and nurture the individual essence of each resident, and our energy is put toward finding ways to celebrate and elevate life.

We may be new to the area but MorningStar has communities across the country, and we have in place a dedicated, experienced team that knows how to provide a quality of life for our seniors that is unmatched by other senior living communities.  Visit our website for more information and while you are there, take a look at our gallery of renderings to see what our beautiful community will look like.
MorningStar of Beaverton proudly provides the very best in senior living with our unique mission statement of “to honor, to serve, to invest.” With a foundation built on honoring God, valuing all seniors and selecting staff with a felt calling to serve, we create a true home for residents amid a beautiful setting. Please contact us or stop by the Information Center on our construction site to learn more.


The Benefits of Walking for Exercise

Experts agree that walking is beneficial to seniors’ health as it can stop bone mass loss, strengthen leg and abdominal muscles, and imp...