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Tips for Addressing Hearing Challenges for Seniors

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Hearing Challenges for Seniors: Addressing a Problem No One Wants to Hear

One of the most common issues seniors face as they age is hearing loss. Research shows that approximately 17 percent of American adults suffer from some degree of hearing loss, and that number only increases with age (climbing to 47 percent of adults ages 75 and older). Many seniors don’t want to admit to their hearing challenges due to embarrassment or fear, but staying silent on this issue keeps them from receiving the treatment they need to live a happier life. Heather O’Banion, Executive Director at Village Manor, understands these concerns. “Too many older adults go without the proper treatment for their hearing impairments. When seniors won’t admit or fail to recognize there’s a problem, they ultimately cut themselves off from enjoying the quality of life that comes from daily communication, entertainment and socialization.” Listen to the Warning Signals If you suspect you or a loved one are beginning to…
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Tips to Prevent Falls and Maintain an Independent Lifestyle

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The Role of Fall Prevention in Maintaining Independence

Heather O’Banion, Executive Director of Village Manor in Bowling Green, KY, says, “According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, each year one in every three adults ages 65 or older suffers a fall, and two million are treated in emergency departments for fall-related injuries. The risk of falling also increases with each decade of life. “The long-term consequences of fall injuries, such as hip fractures and traumatic brain injuries, can have a devastating impact on the health and independence of older adults. Today, falls are also the leading cause of injury-related deaths among people ages 65 and older. “Balance problems among older adults are of particular concern as they are a major contributor to falls. As we age, our vision and hearing can also decline and make us even more at risk of falling. “Fall prevention is essential to protect older family members and help them stay safe,…
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Tips for How The Best Friends™ Approach Means Better Memory Care

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The Best Friends™ Approach to Memory Care: 7 Ways it Improves Your Loved One’s Life

The Best Friends™ Approach is an internationally recognized model of memory care originated by Virginia Bell and David Troxel while they were working at the University of Kentucky Alzheimer’s Disease Research Center. Heather O’Banion, Executive Director at Village Manor in Bowling Green, Ky., says, “This powerful approach to memory care reduces the stress, anxiety and agitation of the loved ones in our care and offers greater peace of mind to their families. It has demonstrated that person-centered, relationship-based care makes a difference in creating meaningful, fulfilling days for loved ones with Alzheimer’s disease and other forms of dementia.” Why Best Friends™ Is Uniquely Effective Heather adds, “The Best Friends™ Approach represents the first comprehensive philosophy geared towards caregivers of those with memory loss. It teaches caregivers how to have a special “knack,” in relating to residents and enhancing their sense of well-being.” For example, a person with memory loss might mistakenly say,…
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Tips for Choosing the Right Assisted Living Community

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What to Look for in an Assisted Living Community

“It is a fact that many Americans are living longer today,” says Heather O’Banion, Executive Director of Village Manor in Bowling Green, Ky. “If you are blessed with a long life, you might at some point need some additional help with the basic activities of daily life. These can include such as things as bathing, dressing, eating, managing medications and handling transportation – all of which are essential for leading a normal, independent life. “While none of us likes the thought of relinquishing any of our independence, the normal aging process can affect our safety, health and ability to live without some form of assistance. As a result, an increasing number of older Americans and their families are discovering the advantages of modern Assisted Living. This can be either basic Assisted Living requiring no medical support and Assisted Senior Care, which also offers medical services such as medication management and wound care.”…
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