Six tips for a good conversation with your elderly parents

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“Constantly talking isn’t necessarily communicating.” ― Charlie Kaufman Providing care for elderly parents – whether it’s your full-time responsibility or you’re simply researching the differences in assisted living facilities, nursing homes, and the rest – is an honor. We can anticipate life’s physical changes as medicine, physical therapy or other resources become a part of the daily routine. Emotional changes can be more difficult to predict. When the roles of “caregiver” and “receiver” begin to reverse and blur, life becomes frustrating. After all, your loved one is going through a chapter filled with emotional, social and financial changes, on top of the physical proof of growing older. We hope these tips for communicating with your elderly loved one can ease the transition. But don’t over-parent. Remember when your parent...

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Chestnut Ridge Blog: Folks just want to have fun.

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We’ve all read too many articles and blog posts to count. So it’s refreshing to find something that offer alternative resources. Specifically, we’re excited about games. Best Alzheimer’s Products is a website that has earned international recognition for its positive impact on people living with Alzheimer’s disease and other forms of dementia. John Schmid, a co-developer of the website, writes, “I came across a study in the American Journal of Alzheimer’s Disease and Other Dementia. The authors reported that … individuals participating in the study who played Bingo performed significantly better on measures of cognition than participants who did not play. Staff members reported increases in alertness and awareness in the test subjects, and this effect lasted for hours after testing was complete.” Chestnut Ridge is proud to offer...

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Let’s be honest: Three facts about our independent living community

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Giving a parent the best possible care sometimes means letting others lend a hand. However, this certainly does not mean shipping your loved one off to a nursing home, a phrase that probably conjures up dismal mental images. Senior care facilities have evolved over the years, keeping pace with advances in the medical community. From assisted living facilities to Alzheimer’s care units, there are more options than ever before. And your constant involvement in the transition is vital. The Residences at Chestnut Ridge offers a variety of services dedicated to making life easier and safer for each person. We’re the perfect place for seniors who value their independence, but may need occasional assistance with daily living tasks. Maybe you’re researching options for a parent or friend. Or maybe you’re...

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What to expect at the beginning of Alzheimer’s

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Each person is affected by Alzheimer’s in a unique way. If you are just stepping into the role of caregiver for a loved one, breathe easy. We’re here to help on your journey. In the early stages of Alzheimer’s, your most important responsibilities are to provide support and companionship as you plan for the future. There will be frustrating moments. But don’t let those moments make you forget about all of the irreplaceable skills and personality quirks that you’ve always loved about your parent or spouse. Use his or her strengths as encouragement to continue living as independently as possible. Establish a routine, stay involved in the same activities that have always provided enjoyment and provide gentle reminders about appointments and medication. A diagnosis of Alzheimer’s presents numerous questions...

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Chestnut Ridge Team Walks to End Alzheimer’s in Philadelphia

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The Residences at Chestnut Ridge, a rehabilitation and living facility for people 50 years of age and older, is participating in the 2015 Alzheimer’s Association Walk to End Alzheimer’s® in Philadelphia on November 8. So far, the team at Chestnut Ridge has raised over $1,000 with an overall fundraising goal of $2,000. Funds raised through the Walk to End Alzheimer’s go to supporting its mission to advance research on the disease. The walk is held annually in more than 600 communities across the country, and is the nation’s largest event to raise awareness and funds to fight Alzheimer’s. Participants can register their teams online, either through corporations like Chestnut Ridge or with friends, family and neighbors. “About 80% of our residents have been diagnosed with some form of Alzheimer’s...

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A long life of purpose

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Our team works hard to provide a sense of community at the Residences at Chestnut Ridge. We believe that community provides a sustained sense of purpose and better quality of life. After all, feeling purposeful in life is important. “It’s a very robust predictor of health and wellness in old age,” Patricia Boyle, a neuropsychologist at the Rush Alzheimer’s Disease Center in Chicago, told the New York Times. Through a study on the relationship of a purposeful life and Alzheimer’s, Dr. Boyle and her team found that people with high purpose scores were 2.4 times more likely to remain free of Alzheimer’s than those with low scores. An assisted living community can be an excellent option for aging parents. With the help of our resources and expertise, here are...

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Five great reasons to choose independent living for your loved ones.

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Watching parents lose their independence as they age is one of the most challenging realities we face. About 14 percent of all people over age 65 have two to three chronic conditions that erode their ability to live independently. Fortunately, options are far more varied than the antiquated view of an “old folks home.” When the timing is right, begin a gentle conversation with your parents about their choices and decisions. Here are five benefits of moving to a community designed especially for them. Safety Assisted living communities are set up to provide a safe, comfortable environment for aging loved ones. You don’t have to worry about a dangerous fall down the stairs. And your parents don’t have to worry about hiring someone to fix a leak or shovel...

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We need to talk about Alzheimer’s.

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According to the Alzheimer’s Association, one in ten Americans have had a family member with Alzheimer’s. The disease damages pathways between the brain’s nerve cells, which may cause memory failure, personality changes and difficulty with daily activities. As it progresses, those with Alzheimer’s will require more assistance with daily living. A person’s ability to communicate may also be affected. Ongoing communication with your loved one is important, no matter how difficult it may become. While someone with Alzheimer’s or a related form of dementia may not seem engaged in every conversation, he or she still requires your love and support. Here are some tips for communicating with an individual diagnosed with Alzheimer’s. DO be patient and reassuring. Having to correct and repeat information often can become frustrating, but try...

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