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Senior Living 101: Aging in Place vs. Personalized Supportive Care

When it comes time for retirement, there are a lot of questions to ask. What do you want to do? How do you want to live? And, perhaps most importantly, where do you want to live? Overwhelmingly, ask this question to 10 seniors and at least 9 of them will say, “I want to live at home.” Most everyone wants to live in a place that’s comfortable and familiar, and a home where you’ve spent the majority of your adult life makes a lot of sense, at least when you first think about it. ...

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Warning Signs It Might Be Time for Memory Care for Your Aging Loved One

When someone is diagnosed with dementia, it’s not like a switch is suddenly flipped. It’s a progressive disease that can go slowly, fast or anywhere in between – it varies by person. Because there is no set timeline or symptoms that any one person will experience, it can be hard for individuals with dementia or their caregivers to know when it’s time for the assistance and specialized support that a memory care community can provide. 

“Many loved ones start off as caregivers to their...

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Home Sweet Home: How to Personalize Your Loved One's New Space

As Dorothy said, “There’s no place like home,” and we tend to agree. But when you’re moving a loved one from a family home into a personal care or memory care community, “home” may not feel very homelike at first. Besides safety, services and everything else that a community has, you should also remember that familiarity, comfort and happiness are just as important.  

“The number one priority once you’ve decided on a personal care or memory care community for your loved one is to make...

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Caregiving Coping: Expert Tips for Managing Stress and Burnout

Caregiving is an overwhelming job, and even if you start with the best of intentions, it’s easy to become overwhelmed and stressed out. If this sense of anxiety goes on too long, it can end up having very real consequences on your health, in your relationships and your overall mental well-being. We call this end result of overwhelming stress “caregiver burnout,” and it affects many more caregivers than most people realize. 

“Caregiver burnout is a state of exhaustion – mental,...

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7 Ways The Bridges at Bent Creek Celebrates Senior Living

“Celebrated senior living.” What do those words mean to you? At The Bridges at Bent Creek, we believe it can mean anything you want. Freedom to do the things you love. The support you need in order to live independently. A caring community where you know you’ll always have a home. 

“Celebrating life and giving you the opportunity to live your senior years in the way you see fit is what we do at The Bridges at Bent Creek,” says Sarah Wiser, Marketing and Admissions Counselor at...

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A Caregiver’s Guide to Understanding Memory Care: Education for the Entire Family

If you’re a caregiver to a loved one with a dementia such as Alzheimer’s disease, you know that there will come a time when your loved one needs more care than you can provide. Neurocognitive diseases such as dementia are progressive, which means that, eventually, around-the-clock care from professionals will be necessary for their health and safety. 

“Time and time again, we’ve spoken to family caregivers who feel that moving their loved one to a memory care community is giving...

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Beat the Heat: Summer Safety Tips for Seniors with Memory Loss

When you’re caregiving for a senior loved one with a dementia such as Alzheimer’s disease, “summer fun” can be a loaded phrase. On one hand, the summer months are a perfect opportunity for your loved one to get out, enjoy fun activities and events and stimulate all five senses. On the other hand, summer can mean stress, worry and a lot of headaches for a caregiver who’s constantly worrying that their loved one won’t drink enough fluids, will wander out during the heat of the day, will get...

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Seven Reasons Aging Adults Should Go Outside More Often

Ever wish there was a magic pill you could take that would make you healthier and happier – just like that? Well, look no further! We know of a miracle cure that can help improve your mood, lessen pain, improve sleep and even strengthen relationships. And best of all – it’s completely free!

Sound too good to be true? Well, here’s the catch: you have to do a little work in order to reap the benefits of this magical cure-all. You’ll have to put on your shoes, lace them up, open your...

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Senior Health and Wellness: Nurturing the Mind, Body and Spirit

When we think of our senior years, many of us imagine all the things we want to learn, experience or do. What we don’t always think about is how accomplishing these things is contingent on staying healthy. Nobody likes to think about becoming frail or ill, but it’s important to recognize the challenges that age brings to our bodies – as well as what we can do to maintain our health and wellness throughout our senior years.  

“Just because you’re getting older doesn’t mean your health...

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The Benefits of Engaging Activities and Programming in Senior Living

Your senior years are the perfect time to do the things you’ve always wanted to do. Travel, learn a new language, finally do some yoga. By moving into a senior living community, you also get the benefit of not having to do tedious chores like home upkeep, laundry or even grocery shopping. That means that you, really, have all your time to do exactly as you want. However, you need more than just time in order to live an engaged and fulfilled life in your golden years. 

“Having the time...

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