Tuesday, January 15, 2019

Exercise Your Brain Daily

As we age, engaging in memory exercises is just important as physically exercising our bodies. The Alzheimer’s Association offers recommendations on some easy ways to daily exercise our brain with activities that include reading, writing and doing crossword or other puzzles, playing games and attending events such as lectures or plays. 

They state that there are four areas we can work on to help reduce our risk of cognitive decline: physical health and exercise, diet and nutrition, cognitive activity, and social engagement. In fact research has found that simply by keeping our brains active, we can actually increase its vitality and may even help to generate new brain cells. 

An article on the “6 simple steps to keep your mind sharp at any age” from the Harvard Health Publication outlines ways to help prevent cognitive decline and reduce your risk of dementia. The article stresses the importance of continuing to learn as challenging our brains with mental exercises is “believed to activate processes that help maintain individual brain cells and stimulate communication among them.”

MorningStar of Albuquerque could not agree more. Our senior living community is loaded with activities that are not only fun but also help to stimulate our brains. Just a quick look at our monthly calendar shows activities such as trivia, poker, spelling bees, bingo, dominoes, and more that help to challenge our brains. 

Regardless of personal interest, our seniors find plenty to do to keep them interested in life. With a range of activities such as a baking group, current events discussions, and live entertainment, residents stay social and keep their brains active. If you have been searching “senior living near me”, we encourage you to take a look at our exceptional community.

The unique mission statement of MorningStar of Albuquerque, “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 schedule a tour and see for yourself the finest senior living Albuquerque NM has to offer.

New Eye Test May Help to Detect Alzheimer’s Even Before Any Symptoms

Up until now, the only tests physicians had to actually diagnose Alzheimer’s disease were PET scans and lumbar punctures but these tests are both expensive and invasive. This is why many doctors make their diagnosis of the disease based on observing symptoms and ruling out other causes. 

However researchers now think there could be another option with the development of an optical imaging system that can detect a hallmark of the disease. Medical News Today writes that the “non- invasive, high-resolution imaging technique was able to detect beta-amyloid plaques in the retinas of patients with Alzheimer's disease.” The findings indicate that the retinal imaging technique was able to identify a 4.7-times greater abundance of beta-amyloid plaques in the retinas of patients with Alzheimer's disease as compared with the retinas of the controls. The small study was first reported in the JCI Insight journal.

Another study out of Washington University in St. Louis had similar results but researchers caution that both studies are from a very small group of people. Nonetheless it shows that retinal imaging may be a feasible, low-cost screening technique to detect Alzheimer’s in the future. Furthermore while there is no cure for the disease, scientists say early detection could lead to individuals being treated much earlier and could help to prevent some of the damage done by the disease.

Early signs of Alzheimer’s include memory loss that impedes one’s ability to manage daily activities such as forgetting recently learned information, repeatedly asking for the same information, and forgetting important events or dates. Other signs are having difficulty problem-solving and completing every-day tasks, confusion with time and place, and vision and spatial problems. Consult with your healthcare provider if you are experiencing any of the early signs of the disease. Your doctor will rule out other problems that may be causing your symptoms. 

MorningStar of Santa Fe offers the very best in senior living with our distinct 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 to create a true “home” for residents. Please visit our website to learn more about compassionate senior living in Santa Fe.

Sources:
medicalnewstoday.com/articles/319112.php
newsweek.com/alzheimers-disease-could-be-diagnosed-eye-test-research-suggests-1088892

Thoughts About Aging May have an Impact on Health


A recent study from the Yale School of Public Health suggests you may be more likely to develop brain changes typically associated with Alzheimer’s disease if you believe growing older is a negative thing.  Published in the American Psychological Association’s journal, Psychology and Aging, the report also found if a person shifts to more positive feelings about aging, it may help to mitigate the damages of Alzheimer’s.

“We believe it is the stress generated by the negative beliefs about aging that individuals sometimes internalize from society that can result in pathological brain changes,” explains the study’s leader, Becca Levy, an associate professor of public health and psychology at Yale.   She adds that “it is encouraging to realize that these negative beliefs about aging can be mitigated, and positive beliefs about aging can be reinforced, so that the adverse impact is not inevitable.”

The first part of the study was conducted with 52 men and women who were a part of the Baltimore Longitudinal Study of Aging, a long-term study out of Baltimore.  The group answered surveys that examined their opinions on aging.  Negative views included the belief elderly people are sickly and have little to contribute, or that they cannot concentrate well and are absent-minded.  Positive beliefs included the notion that older people can lead vibrant lives and be engaged in society. 

Each participant had regular MRI brain scans to check for signs of Alzheimer’s.  Those who answered questions more negatively had a “greater decline in the volume of the hippocampus, a part of the brain critical for memory.”  This is significant as “the hippocampus is one of the first areas of the brain to shrink in the early stages of Alzheimer’s disease.”  

The second part of the study included a much larger group of elderly people.  At the time of the report, 74 have died and researchers have conducted autopsies on their brain.  Those who held more negative beliefs on aging tended to have an increase in the amount of amyloid plaques and the buildup of tau, the “telltale signs of Alzheimer’s.” 

Researchers note that people in America typically hold more negative views on aging as compared to countries such as India, which venerates the elderly, and could be one reason Alzheimer’s is five time more prevalent in the U.S.  While positive thinking is no guarantee, the study suggests that “not stressing so much about old age may help to keep the brain young.”

MorningStar of Sparks represents the best in Reno assisted living with a unique mission statement “to honor, to serve, to invest.” We have built our foundation on honoring God, valuing all seniors and selecting staff with a felt calling to serve…all of which contributes to creating a true home for residents amid a beautiful, serene setting.  Please schedule a visit to experience firsthand our beautiful senior living community.      


MorningStar at Arcadia’s Fun and Engaging Activities

MorningStar Assisted Living and Memory Care at Arcadia is dedicated to providing the best senior living Phoenix has to offer. Our community is specifically designed for seniors who value their independence but need a little assistance. We provide a “true home” for our residents and strive to create a family-like atmosphere that is supportive and loving. In addition to our wide range of wellness and fun activities and outings, we host special celebrations and events throughout the year. 

Looking at the “Life Around Our House” section on our website, you will see an assortment of pictures from some of our special events at MorningStar at Arcadia. These activities range from making our residents feel extra special with goodie bags for Grandparents Day to MorningStar of Arcadia residents and team members observing National Kindness Day by making snow cones (on a hot Arizona day) for the Life Care of Scottsdale nursing home residents. 

We also encourage you to look at the pictures of MorningStar at Arcadia celebrating our company’s 15th anniversary in style last August. As the 15-year mark is traditionally symbolized by crystal, our party was a glittery affair…reflective of our clear and sparkling love for our residents and their families. The photos show how we met the challenge with a crystal happy hour!

Along with events like Spirit Week with days such as Twin Day and 70’s Day, our community celebrated Christmas with a number of special activities and outings in December. Early in the month brought Christmas tree decorating and two evenings of Christmas lights viewing drives. Continuing the festivities, in mid-month we created ginger bread houses and enjoyed the Saint Thomas Choir. Other December activities included a Christmas Choir, Ugly Sweater Day, Open House and Christmas Celebration.

Our community has 80 private assisted living suites along with 30 suites in our Reflections Neighborhood devoted to the individualized care of those with memory impairment. Please visit our website to learn more about our exceptional community.

MorningStar at Arcadia represents the best in senior living with a unique mission statement “to honor, to serve, to invest.” We have built our foundation on honoring God, valuing all seniors and selecting staff with a felt calling to serve…all of which contributes to creating a true home for residents amid a beautiful, serene setting. Please contact us to set up a tour to see firsthand the finest senior living Phoenix offers.

Friday, January 11, 2019

Senior Living – Join the “MorningStar Family” and Be Part of Something Special

As our beautiful MorningStar of Santa Fe opens its doors, we are excited to finally get the chance to start serving our special residents. Our whole team is committed to being one of the finest senior living communities in Santa Fe and to live up to our unique mission statements as follows:

  • Honor God in our business practices and relationships — a commitment to strong moral values and ethics
  • Value all seniors as gifted and contributing individuals — a commitment to creating a community that promotes a healthy, engaged lifestyle, while providing security and independence
  • Invest generously in our team’s ability to serve well — a commitment to hiring and retaining employees who use creative minds and compassionate hearts to serve residents invite you to learn about connections. Please visit our website or our onsite Information Center to learn more. 

MorningStar Senior Living’s founder and CEO, Ken Jaeger, began the company out of his desire to create senior living that was defined by the human touch. He said his intention was to “re-create my grandmother’s house, a place where one can go and feel a sense of family.” Fifteen years later, MorningStar has continued to grow and prosper as with the opening of our MorningStar of Santa Fe community as well as another New Mexico community, MorningStar of Rio Rancho, which is currently under construction. 

Our team is made up of a group of individuals who do the right thing even when no one is watching and feel privileged to serve seniors. Our compassionate community is filled with love and laughter as we aspire to and nurture our core value of Love, Respect, Honesty, Fairness, Goodness, and Kindness. Please visit our website to learn more about our community as well as for information on pricing and availability. 

MorningStar of Santa Fe offers the very best in senior living with our distinct 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 to create a true “home” for residents. We invite you to give us a call or set up a tour to see firsthand what the best senior living in Santa Fe looks like.

Thursday, January 10, 2019

Does Your Loved One Need More Care?

It is sometimes difficult for adult children to realize their parent needs more care in order to ensure their safety and wellbeing.  This is why MorningStar offers a Decision Guide to help families navigate through the process of making the move to senior living, especially assisted living, which is a new paradigm in wellness and engagement. 

Some of the typical signs that indicate your parent needs more help include falling, driving mishaps, and forgetting significant things such as leaving the stove-top on.  Also really take a look at how they are living.  Does their home seem a lot more cluttered and less tidy?  Is unopened mail piling up?  Does your parent suffer from failing eyesight, poor balance or forgetfulness?  Another sign your parent is not doing well on their own is if they look less groomed or appear to be wearing the same clothes for days at a time? 

When you put all of this together, it probably means your loved one is not able to care for themselves as they once did, and it is time to begin discussing alternatives to ensure their safety and wellbeing.  Start by gathering your family together in a relaxed atmosphere and approach the conversation slowly.  Remember your first conversation is just a starting point and the decision will most likely be make in stages.  During the conversation it should be noted that getting the care your loved one needs will benefit the whole family.  You may even be pleasantly surprised to learn your parent has started to think they need a change. 

We want you to know MorningStar of Sparks’ team is ready to help.  Please give us a call or email us with questions or to set up a tour to see our Sparks - Reno assisted living community. 

MorningStar of Sparks represents the best in Reno assisted living with a unique mission statement “to honor, to serve, to invest.” We have built our foundation on honoring God, valuing all seniors and selecting staff with a felt calling to serve…all of which contributes to creating a true home for residents amid a beautiful, serene setting.  Please schedule a visit to experience firsthand our beautiful senior living community.      


Answers to FAQs About MorningStar at Arcadia’s Assisted Living Community

At our assisted living home, MorningStar at Arcadia offers 80 beautiful, all-inclusive private suites on three levels in a choice of studio, one-bedroom and two-bedroom configurations. Our monthly rental fee is based on square footage as well as the location within the building and view, and is designed for seniors 62 years and older. 

If you are worrying about getting the level of care that you need in our community, don’t. Before you even move in, you will sit down with our Wellness Director to discuss your current health and review your medical history to determine the type of care you need. We offer five levels of care that provide assistance with the Activities of Daily Living (ADLs) as well as various auxiliary services, both medical and non-medical that are priced a la carte. 

During our assessment, we will discuss your personal preferences and normal routines so we can put together a care plan that is customized for you. And again, don’t worry about things changing after you are a resident, as we regularly re-evaluate what you need to accommodate the changes. 

Also, if you are wondering, couples are welcome at MorningStar at Arcadia and can share a private suite surrounded by their own, familiar possessions. Or if you would like, you are welcome to share a suite with a close friend or relative (must be of the same sex). We also offer respite care for up to 30 days, or a “trial stay” for as short as a week or up to a full month.

It is our privilege to serve seniors and we foster a culture where kindness and authenticity are paramount. Furthermore, while rooted in Judeo-Christian beliefs, we welcome all faiths among our residents and team members. 

MorningStar at Arcadia’s mission statement “to honor, to serve, to invest” sets us apart from other senior living options. We have built a foundation on honoring God, valuing our seniors and selecting staff with a felt calling to serve. Set in a warm, loving atmosphere with exceptional architecture and resort-style amenities, MorningStar at Arcadia offers our residents an exceptional assisted living home.