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Hydration for Seniors

Posted by Silversphere Team

November 15, 2018 8:00:00 AM EST

Author: Hana Kašková

Hydration is closely monitored in the senior population due to the physiological changes that occur as our body goes through the aging process. The body composition changes by retaining less water, increasing the fat tissue, and diminishing the sense of thirst. The disease process that affects the senior population impacts the hydration status as well as increasing the likelihood of increased hospital stays, visits to the emergency rooms, and other health complications. Being aware of the symptoms of dehydration in seniors is essential.

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Topics: Healthy Aging, Senior Health

Tasty & Delicious: Senior Living Dining Tips to Attract Residents

Posted by Kathryn Wyckoff

December 9, 2016 1:17:43 PM EST

 

Think back to your school years, take it to high school or even further. In our pre-adult minds what was one of the top things we judged our educational institution on harshest? Surely it wasn’t how the education was superior and could lend itself to improving our adult life (you know the mature way of thinking). Nay, it was what they served in the cafeteria. Was it pizza roll day? Count me in! Meatloaf? Not so much.

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Topics: Senior Health

10 Things You Can Do in 2016 for Healthy Aging

Posted by Kaleb Scharmahorn

December 21, 2015 4:09:56 PM EST

Living a healthy lifestyle is even more important as we age. From slowing metabolism to an increase in chronic illnesses, seniors face a number of challenges their younger peers do not.

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Topics: Senior Health, Healthy Aging, Senior Living

Senior Living Safety: Help Protect Your Residents from Harmful UV Rays

Posted by Kaleb Scharmahorn

July 14, 2014 3:52:51 PM EDT

Recently, a stylish, fit woman in her 60s confided to me that she had just had some precancerous moles removed from her body. For the third time. Her nonchalance about this deadly topic was disturbing, but not as disturbing as the fact that her body had been exposed to so much ultraviolet radiation that her body had started to rebel and, essentially, attack itself. The effects of UV radiation are troubling, and cumulative, which means that excessive radiation can mean bigger problems down the road.

Understanding UV

In honor of July being National UV Safety Month, we thought it would be good to take the time to better understand the different types of UV and its effects. There are, essentially, three types of UV rays. UVC rays and most of UVB rays are absorbed by the ozone layer, never making it to the earth's surface. UVA rays, however, not only reach the earth, but they also penetrate the skin, causing significant damage. Premature wrinkling and age spots are only the beginning. Sunburn and skin cancers both present very real threats, but lesser known effects of UVA radiation include cataracts, macular degeneration, and a compromised immune system...

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Topics: Resident Safety, Independence, Assisted Living, quality, Senior Health, memory care, Resident Wellness, nurse call system, Independent living, Senior Living

Beating the Heat: A Guide to Heat Awareness

Posted by Kathryn Wyckoff

July 1, 2014 7:00:00 AM EDT

 

For many senior living communities, preparing for summer means ensuring that your emergency preparedness plan is up to date, but the greatest summertime risk for seniors doesn't come from hurricanes, tornadoes, or other natural disasters. It comes from a source we all love and embrace - the sun. According to the AARP, more seniors die from heat-related deaths than from all of the natural disasters combined. 

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Topics: Senior Health

The Value of Independence in Senior Living

Posted by kmanley2013

September 23, 2013 6:45:37 AM EDT

A few years ago, I read an article comparing American values to the values in some developing countries. The writer emphasized that autonomy and independence are as integral to American culture as the proverbial baseball and apple pie. In some countries, particularly developing nations, interdependence is emphasized, but in the United States, our goal as parents is to raise kids who can survive, and thrive, without us. A couple of years ago, I found that, at virtually the same time, both of my daughters went through tricky transitions on the road to independence. One wanted to do everything herself, but couldn’t. The other could do most things for herself, but wouldn’t. It was a frustrating phase, but in retrospect, it taught me a lot about the role of independence in senior living.

Setting Realistic Expectations

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Topics: Resident Check-In, Senior Living, Check-in, Assisted Living, Senior Health, Resident Wellness, Independent living, Emergency Call System

Dignity Can’t Exist Without Independence

Posted by kmanley2013

August 14, 2013 6:19:38 AM EDT

Dignity at All Ages

It’s never cool to walk in on someone when they’re going to the bathroom. Even when that someone is 5. And you’re there to, you know, help. I have learned this the hard way. If a door is closed, knock. Dignity is important, even to a 5 year old.

Kids can teach you a lot about the value of dignity. And privacy. And independence. Further proof, if we needed it, that people don’t really change all that much when they get older. Their abilities may evolve, or in some cases devolve, but the need for autonomy remains the same. Dignity simply can’t exist without independence. It’s a fundamental component of happiness, whether you’re 5 or 95, and research supports this claim. Studies have repeatedly shown that maintaining independence is a primary goal and concern from many seniors.

Avoiding Dependence on Caregivers

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Topics: Resident Check-In, Independence, Assisted Living, Senior Health, Resident Wellness, Technology, Independent living, Emergency Call System

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