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Explaining the Best Friends™ Approach to Care

Since The Best Friends™ Approach to dementia and Alzheimer’s care was introduced in 1997, the approach has grown to become an internationally recognized model for senior care. It was developed by Virginia Bell, MSW, and David Troxel, MPH, both masters in the field of senior caregiving for those living with Alzheimer’s disease and other dementias. Together, Bell and Troxel have over 60 years of experience working at the university and community level, using their expertise to create an effective, meaningful model of care. At the heart of the Best Friends™ Approach is the understanding that relationships are fundamental to supportive care. Empathy, respect, support, trust and humor – the essential elements of friendship – create a meaningful bond between seniors and their caregivers and allow aging adults to live with dignity and purpose, despite their physical or cognitive disabilities. Where Best Friends Are Made In many cases, families wait until…
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Managing Caregiver Isolation for a Healthy Lifestyle

Adjusting to life as a caregiver for a loved one is full of challenges. From learning how to keep them well to discovering new family dynamics and different schedules, your role and responsibilities have the power to overwhelm your daily life. With your attention and energy stretch in all directions, it’s no surprise that some things fall through the cracks. For many caregivers, the most often neglected element is their own social life and emotional health. Isolation among caregivers is extremely common, according to senior living expert Heather O’Banion, Executive Director at Village Manor, a continuing care retirement community in Bowling Green, KY. “Many don’t realize how isolated they’ve become until they’re already weeks or months into their new role,” says O’Banion. “A loved one’s health and well-being often takes so much priority that caregivers don’t even think about their own, let alone seemingly unnecessary activities like social events or…
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Nutritional Tips for Seniors: Eating for Wellness

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Eating for Wellness: How Seniors Should Think About Nutrition

A good diet, packed with nutrients like protein, vitamins, minerals and healthy fats, is important for people of all ages. Healthy eating habits play a huge role in our present and future health. For adults over 50, though, the impact of a good diet (or a bad one!) can have more serious effects. As we age, our bodies naturally become more vulnerable. Our metabolism slows, bones and muscles weaken, our immune system balks and our digestive system reacts differently. Maintaining a great, nutritional diet is just as important for seniors now as it was years ago. “In addition to exercise, a nutritious diet is a great way for seniors to keep going stronger, longer,” says Heather O’Banion, Executive Director at Village Manor, a continuing care retirement community in Bowling Green, KY. “Older adults should think about nutrition in terms of fuel they need to keep their bodies energized and healthy.…
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Tips on How Caregiving Affects Your Daily Life

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Caring for an Older Loved One: How It Affects Your Daily Life

When you first agree to care for an older loved one, it can be hard to imagine how your new role might change your daily life. Like other responsibilities you take on, you surely believe in your abilities, but the day-to-day impact of caregiving is something you’ll have to discover as you go. However, most first-time caregivers feel much more prepared for the job ahead if they have an idea of what life will look like from now on. This job extends beyond the category of chores or checklists – it becomes a new way of life for you and your family. Heather O’Banion, Executive Director at Village Manor, a senior living community in Bowling Green, KY, states that family caregivers experience the impact of caregiving differently than they do other jobs. “Especially if you’re caring for a parent or spouse,” she says, “facing their declining health involves a daily…
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Tips for Choosing a Community to Meet Future Care Needs

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Choosing a Community for Tomorrow: Planning for Future Care Needs

Not all senior living communities are the same. While most share a common goal of enhancing the aging experience for senior residents, the ways they go about reaching that goal can differ greatly. Some communities may be limited in their range of options for living accommodations, amenities and care services. If you or someone you love is considering a move to a senior living community, you want to be sure that the choice you make benefits your life for the long-term. Continuing care retirement communities (CCRCs) are designed to give active seniors a carefree lifestyle with the promise of accessible care for any future health needs. According to Executive Director Heather O’Banion from Village Manor in Bowling Green, KY, this senior living option gives residents the comfort of aging in place. “Since CCRCs provide a continuum of care, ranging from independent living to skilled nursing care and memory care, residents…
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