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.

2AdobeStock 202728044 ConvMany of us take it for granted until it becomes an issue.

Being able to breathe properly is obviously a critical part of life. Maintaining a healthy respiratory system is of the utmost importance to senior citizens, who may face a number of challenges to their breathing ability as they age.

bingoA fun way to keep a senior’s mind sharp is to play games.

Older brains benefit from being challenged on a daily basis. Games are an engaging, social way of accomplishing this – they can be played with family and friends, encouraging social interaction as well as finding new ways of approaching problems.

Senior with CancerOur likelihood of developing cancer grows with age.

Statistics show that 60% of both cancer patients and survivors are 65 or older. Age can affect cancer treatments, with older bodies being more likely to be dealing with other chronic health conditions, including heart disease, diabetes and high blood pressure.

Heart Disease 300 x 200Heart disease is the leading cause of death in the United States – and the risk of developing it increases with age.