Although the number of people with Alzheimer’s is steadily growing, so too is the need to reduce the stigma surrounding this disease that affects one in three seniors.

June is Alzheimer’s and Brain Awareness Month, making it a logical time to take steps to increase awareness – and lessen the stigma – of Alzheimer’s. More than five million Americans are living with the disease, according to the Alzheimer’s Association. That number is expected to balloon to 14 million people by 2050.

suncareMany people think they look better with some color.

What they may not realize is that beloved color can lead to cancer. Skin cancer is the most common form of cancer diagnosed in America. Melanoma is the most serious form, causing 75% of all deaths from skin cancer. People of all ages are susceptible to melanoma – it can be caused by overexposure to ultraviolet (UV) rays from the sun or through indoor tanning.

Embassy Healthcare reminds you that up to 50% of people will develop skin cancer by the age of 65, with Caucasian men seeing the largest increase (almost 9% annually) of any group. More than 9,000 American men and women die of melanoma every year. It’s important to continue to protect your skin against cancer in the senior years, as melanoma can shorten an individual’s life expectancy by an average of 20 years.

2may2019It’s not always easy moving a senior parent from their home.

In addition to any feelings of anxiety or uncertainty they may feel over the move, there is always the physical demands of going through their belongings and determining what makes the move with them. That process can be exhausting, but planning for it and developing some strategies for the discussions that come with it can make this time easier for you and your parent.

1may2019Diabetes is a challenging condition for anyone to manage, especially for seniors faced with handling a host of other health concerns.

Older patients may struggle with both the emotional and physical aspects of diabetes and what it means to their quality of life. Fortunately, diabetes is manageable with the right education, resources and support.

Group of happy seniors in an Assisted Living FacilityAs we age, the thought of downsizing or taking on fewer responsibilities around the household is bound to pop up.

It’s also natural to be torn about moving out of our home, uncertain of what life outside those four familiar walls will look and feel like.

Rising Medication Costs

If you’ve been to the pharmacy lately, you know that health concerns aren’t getting any cheaper.

Senior citizens using Medicare have increasingly felt the sting of sharply rising medication costs. The AARP reports drug prices went up 8.4% in 2017, four times the rate of inflation. Nearly three-quarters of Medicare recipients have Medicare Part D prescription drug plans, but not all medications are covered by the plan and some that are covered are still very costly.

seniorswingingSpring is finally here!

As temperatures warm up, most of us are itching to relieve the serious case of cabin fever that’s been building up for the past five or so months.

With a little planning and understanding of how spring affects the body, senior citizens can safely enjoy the promise of the new season. Embassy Healthcare offers the following tips on helping older adults get active.

peopletalkingMany people have perceptions of what the later years of life look like – especially when they’re lived at a long-term care facility.

At Embassy Healthcare, we know many of these long-term care myths are ingrained into the minds of many, even if they are far from the truth. Here, we’ll take a realistic look of many of these common misconceptions about aging and care facilities.

occupational therapy 300 x 200Occupational therapists play an important role in helping people of all ages perform tasks important to their everyday lives.

April’s designation as Occupational Therapy Month makes it a perfect time to learn more about and celebrate the important role these therapists make in the lives of their patients.

congitivehealthBeing able to maintain good cognitive health – the ability to clearly think, learn and remember – is an important part of seniors’ overall health.

A large component of maintaining strong cognitive abilities is fueling your brain and body with the right nutrients supplied by a healthy diet.  At Embassy Healthcare, we know the importance of proper dietary and nutrition care. Chefs and nutrition specialists at each of our communities plan menus according to nutritional guidelines, preparing three healthy, home-cooked meals every day.