high cholesterolKnowing what factors go into our cholesterol numbers is a significant part of knowing what to do about those numbers. Knowing what factors go into our cholesterol numbers is a significant part of knowing what to do about those numbers.

Seniors are recommended to have cholesterol levels lower than 200 mg/dL to maintain a healthy heart.

Fotolia 114065844 Subscription Monthly XXLOlder bodies need exercise as much as younger ones.

However, only one in four senior citizens between the ages of 65 and 74 exercise regularly, according to the National Institute on Aging. Many older people may cite time, money and a lack of energy as being reasons for not exercising more. Exercise can help aging bodies in the following ways:

Image 3 senior citizens playing bingo.Being diagnosed with Alzheimer’s disease and dementia is a frightening event for any individual and family.

Embassy Healthcare’s Grande Pavilion has added the Allen Cognitive Level Screen (ACLS) assessment to help families facing memory loss. The ACLS is an evidence-based, standardized assessment of functional cognition.

The screen – developed by the Allen Cognitive Group – estimates a person’s learning and problem-solving skills during three visual tasks of growing complexity. Different versions of the screen are available to suit the individual’s vision, hand function or infection control needs.

Image of man in wheelchair talking to nurseEmbassy Healthcare’s Longmeadow community offers a unique way to help Parkinson’s disease patients improve their speech and limb movements.

The LOUD speech therapy program was developed by LSVT Global in 1993 to assist those with Parkinson’s and other neurological conditions who find it difficult or impossible to communicate. In 2014, the company developed the BIG program to apply these same concepts to physical movements.

Getting LOUD

The American Parkinson Disease Association (APDA) identifies three factors causing speech problems in Parkinson’s patients:

  1. Motor: Slow, jerky muscle movements affect speech via the tongue, larynx and diaphragm.
  2. Sensory: Processing disorders may make them unable to tell that their voice is getting too quiet.
  3. Cueing: Although they can respond to directions to speak louder, they may find it difficult to cue the behavior on their own.

Woman holding hands with older womanHelping someone die the way they lived can seem like a lofty goal, but isn’t it what we all deserve?

Knowing what to say to a loved one in hospice care can be intimidating and frightening, but it’s important to show them that you care – even if it’s just with your presence.

Before your visit, prepare yourself emotionally by realizing that even though they may look different, they are still the same person you’ve known and loved. It may help to make a list of things you want to say to them.

womans handsThe pain associated with arthritis can affect many areas of your life, including the physical, emotional and social aspects.

Arthritis, one of the most common chronic conditions, affects the joints and connective tissues of more than one in four Americans. Symptoms generally include pain and stiffness in and around joints of the body. Types include osteoarthritis (OA), rheumatoid arthritis (RA), fibromyalgia, gout and childhood arthritis.

Image of Granddaughter and grandmother walkingCaring for a parent with Alzheimer’s disease or other forms of dementia is an emotional, challenging time for anyone.

To lessen the feelings of frustration and stress, Embassy Healthcare reminds you there are a number of steps you can take to make things easier on the both of you.

Use technology to your advantage

When you can’t physically be there with your loved one, you can track their GPS location and monitor calls and messages using a cell phone monitoring app – try searching for “GPS tracking.” Recommended for those with early to mid-stage Alzheimer’s, this will help you have peace of mind in knowing their whereabouts.

Image of Woman talking with elderly motherIt’s only natural that Mom and Dad want to stay in their home instead of moving to an assisted living or long-term care community.

At Embassy Healthcare, we understand a parent’s desire to stay in the comfortable surroundings of their own residence. We believe we can help ease the minds of both the senior and the family by showing them the social, nurturing life they can have in one of our communities.

There are several ways to gently but purposefully approach assisted living when a parent refuses or is resistant to the idea.

Senior man having physical therapyAlthough stroke rehabilitation varies widely by patient, the ultimate goal is to get them to the highest possible level of functionality.

A stroke occurs when the blood supply to the brain is blocked by something or when a vessel in the brain bursts. A stroke can cause disability or even death – stroke is the fifth-leading cause of death in the United States, according to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention.

Image of 3 generations of women cleaning dishes.

This time of year is a perfect time to spruce up the home – it’s not called “spring cleaning” for nothing.

This seasonal tidying up is particularly important for seniors, giving them a chance to make their home safer, cleaner and more healthy. These tips will help make the process as easy as possible for your loved one.