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Tips for Recognizing and Relieving Caregiver Stress

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How to Recognize and Relieve Caregiver Stress

If you’re caring for an aging loved one, you’re not alone. According to the Mayo Clinic, nearly 80 percent of long-term care in the United States is provided by informal caregivers such as a spouse, adult child or close friend. However, just because the role of family caregiver is increasingly common doesn’t mean the job is any easier. Those caring for a loved one with declining health or abilities often suffer from physical and emotional burnout and significant levels of stress. Heather O’Banion, Executive Director at Village Manor, a continuing care retirement community in Bowling Green, KY, sees the effects of caregiver stress regularly. “The demands of caregiving can be a lot to bear,” says O’Banion, “and unfortunately, the signs of caregiver stress often go unnoticed or ignored. While caring for a sick or aging loved one is important, caregivers need to take good care of themselves, too – both…
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Tips for Maintaining Mobility with Parkinson’s Disease

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How to Maintain Mobility with Parkinson’s Disease

Many older adults experience muscle weakness, poor posture and balance problems as part of the aging process. With Parkinson’s disease, these mobility issues are much more severe and can limit one’s ability to complete activities of daily life. Fortunately, those who suffer from Parkinson’s can maintain their mobility with a steady, comprehensive exercise routine. “Mobility is the most affected function for people with Parkinson’s disease,” says Heather O’Banion, Executive Director at Village Manor in Bowling Green, KY. “Limited movement and mobility significantly decreases one’s quality of life. So for someone with Parkinson’s disease, or someone caring for a loved one, creating an effective exercise regime can be the best thing to do for their overall well-being. “Research shows that exercise not only helps those with Parkinson’s manage the various mobility challenges caused by the disease, but it may even be able to protect the brain, prevent mobility constraints and keep…
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Tips for Upsizing Your Lifestyle by Downsizing Your Home

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How Downsizing Your Home Can Upsize Your Lifestyle

Today, more and more older adults are choosing to downsize their home after retirement to enjoy the worry-free lifestyle available at a senior living community. Despite the sadness that leaving a familiar home might cause, many find that downsizing to an Independent Living community, releasing the burdens of homeownership and enjoying the services, amenities and lifestyle of their community, gives them the quality of life they want – and deserve – at this time in their lives. “Every reason is unique,” says Heather O’Banion, Executive Director at Village Manor, a Continuing Care Retirement Community in Bowling Green, KY. “Whether it’s for health concerns, easier home management or the desire for a carefree retirement, seniors who move to Village Manor find that by downsizing their home, they’re really upsizing their lifestyle.” Benefits of Upsizing to Independent Living According to an American Senior Communities article, “The Joys of Downsizing Your Home,” the…
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Tips for Managing Sensory Changes in Those with Memory Loss

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How to Manage Sensory Changes in Those with Memory Loss

As we age, it’s not unusual to experience changes in our senses. Vision or hearing may weaken, or food may no longer smell or taste as strongly as it once did. However, for those living with Alzheimer’s disease and other forms of memory loss, these sensory changes have a cause other than age. The degenerative nature of Alzheimer’s or dementia affects more brain cells as it progresses, eventually limiting the person’s basic abilities to see, hear, feel, taste and smell. Heather O’Banion, Executive Director at Village Manor, addresses these changes in the community’s memory care residents. “As basic functioning abilities diminish, those with memory loss experience increased risks to their health and safety. When sensory changes occur, they interfere with the person’s ability to interact with the world around them and threaten their safety and well-being. “Our caregivers monitor sensory changes carefully, but for families who are caring for their…
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