Best Dog for Seniors

Senior women with her dog. What are the best dogs for Seniors?

If your loved one has a dog, it may be a little more difficult to place them into assisted living but don’t let that discourage you.

As a Senior Placement Agency here in Florida, we work with many assisted living and independent communities that will accept small dogs, usually not over 30 pounds.

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“Can I bring my pet with me to an Assisted Living Facility?”

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Top 11 Dogs for seniors living in an Assisted Living or Independent Living Communities

1. Boston Terrier

The terrier is small, usually around 10 – 25 pounds and their life expectancy is approximately 12 years. They prefer a more relaxing life with leisurely walks as opposed to strenuous exercise which makes them perfect for a senior.

2. Bichon Frise

This is another small dog that loves to give and get attention. They are hypoallergenic, sweet and affectionate. They range in size from 7 – 12 pounds so they’re perfect for seniors in a community and they live an average of 12 to 15 years.

3. French Bulldog

These dogs do well in small spaces and usually weigh under 28 pounds. They love other people, are loyal, do well with leisurely walks daily and live 10 – 14 years.

4. Cocker Spaniel

The cocker spaniel is happy, easy to train and extremely loyal to its owner. They weigh between 20 – 30 pounds, live 12 – 15 years and love being around people.

5. Italian Greyhound

These are smart, loving and playful lap dogs with a hypoallergenic coat; weighing less than 11 pounds. They love to snuggle and may need a sweater in cold weather. They are pretty energetic though and live 14 – 15 years.

6. Maltese

These lap dogs weigh only 4 to 7 pounds and live 15 – 18 years. They’re a great companion and are affectionate and smart. The best part is they are well under the weight limit most assisted living communities have for dogs.

7. Toy poodle

The toy poodle weighs anywhere from 6 – 9 pounds and can live up to 15 years. They are also hypoallergenic, smart and very loyal to their owner.

8. Pug

The pug can weigh between 14 – 18 pounds and live 13 – 15 years. They’re very playful, gentle and affectionate and prefer to take leisurely walks over strenuous activity.

9. Scottish Terrier

This dog weighs between 18 – 22 pounds and lives 11 – 13 years. They are hypoallergenic, intelligent, friendly and adapt easily to small places.

10. Shih Tzu

The shih tzu is sweet and friendly and loves being a lap dog. However, they do need walks and playtime. They weigh 9 – 16 pounds and live 10 – 16 years and do well in small places. The shih tzu tends to bark if left alone, so if you’re in an assisted living community you may not want to leave them alone.

11. Yorkshire Terrier

The little babies weigh 4 – 6 pounds and live 12 – 15 ears. They love cuddling and playtime and are happy with a short walk a day. Also very loyal and affectionate to their owner, they are wary of strangers and children.

Depending on the type of dog you have, arrangements can be made for you at an assisted or independent living community to move in with your dog.

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Questions to Ask Elderly Loved Ones

Ask these 10 engaging questions to your elderly loved one and never run out of things to talk about

Ask these 10 engaging questions to your elderly loved one and let the conversation begin. 

Never be at a loss for words again.

Have you ever been at a loss over what to talk to your parents or grandparents about? If you ask questions such as, how are you, you are asking one sided answer questions. Elderly people love conversing with others, especially family members and often feel left out of conversations.

Ask these 10 engaging questions to your elderly loved one and never run out of things to talk about

Here at Assisted Living Made Simple, we came up with some questions to ask that will help them join in the conversation and keep them engaged longer.

1. Did you ever play any tricks on your parents and what was the worst trick? Hopefully this will bring up some funny memories for them and tell you a little more about them. Perhaps you’ll find out you have more in common with them than you realize.

2. What was your first car and how did you pay for it? Maybe your parents or grandparents were really cool and had a Mustang convertible or some really cool car like that. Finding out how they paid for it can tell you something about how they may have struggled to raise enough money to afford a car.

3. Were you ever fired from a job? This may seem like an open-ended question, but you can try to pry if they just answer with a “no”. Try to keep the conversation going with more questions like really, not even close?

4. What is the worst thing you ever got in trouble for? Oh boy! You could be opening a whole bag of worms here!! This subject may keep them talking longer than you like, but at least they’ll be conversing; let them go with it and enjoy!

5. Did you ever face any disadvantages? You may find out they lived through the great recession, or perhaps saw many people die from polio, you never know what you may find out when asking some of these questions.

6. What did you think of me when you first saw me? This is where you can find out the truth about what they thought of you, if they tell you the truth (HAHA)! Actually, this answer may make you cry, so get out the kleenex prior to asking this question.

7. What did you learn about life? You may find you have learned some of the same things they learned, or you may learn that they really do know what they’re talking about!

8. What five things have you discovered that are most important in life? Here’s another question that may help you learn some very interesting things about your loved one(s). You may find out they’re so much smarter than you think.

9. Did you find the happiness you were looking for? This could be another question to have the kleenex ready; it could be a real tear-jerker of an answer.

And then the last question . . .

10. What does it take to be happy? Who really knows what it takes to be happy? An elderly person will know what happiness is more than we do because their journey has been a lot longer than ours. Remember, they have been through it all, the good, the bad, the ugly. If anyone knows what it takes to be happy, it could be your parents or grandparents.

When visiting with your elderly relatives and are at a loss of what to talk about, try using some of the above questions to start an engaging conversation. You could learn more about life than you ever expected to and also hear some funny stories and gain incredible wisdom.

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Assisted Living vs Memory Care

Assisted Living vs Memory Care Communities: What's the Difference?

What are Alzheimer’s/Dementia/Memory Care Communities?

Memory Care communities feature specially trained staff and medical personnel who are there to aid your loved one. All staff must undergo a background check, including fingerprinting.

memory care facilitiesThey must also have certain certifications and the administrator of the community must have more certifications than the staff; all employees must pass a test to deal with the needs of dementia residents.

Ask to see the certification if you’d like to ensure they know what they are doing.

This environment is secure and safe and designed to give your loved one the best quality of life available.

Normally, the floor plans are one level. Most communities have novelties such as textured pictures on the walls, for sight and touch, enclosed courtyards for freedom and security. Semi-private rooms are available and sometimes preferred.

They have activities that are specific to people with Alzheimer’s and Dementia.

What services do memory care facilities provide?

Memory care communities are specialized, they have trained staff that are knowledgeable in dealing with Alzheimer’s and Dementia clients. They help with all aspects of care – dressing, bathing, feeding, activities, redirection, keeping your loved one safe. They have programs to keep them active, offering the best possible quality of life.

How much does memory care cost per month?

Each community is unique. Memory care is specialized – it’s more than a locked door. They range in cost starting at $4000.00/month.

Does insurance pay for memory care facilities?

Medicare does NOT pay for memory care communities!

Most communities, whether independent, assisted, or memory care are private pay, however, there are resources out there to help you with the cost should you qualify.

We found a page full of information for you, just click the link provided here:
https://www.dementiacarecentral.com/memory-care/florida

What questions should I ask my memory care community?

  1. What training/criteria is required for your staff?
  2. Has your staff had a background check?
  3. Are they certified to work with Alzheimer’s and Dementia patients?
  4. How often is their training updated?
  5. What is your staff ratio to residents?
  6. What specialized activities do you provide?
  7. It’s always best to ask local placement companies for recommendations.

What’s the difference between Assisted Living vs Memory Care Communities?

Assisted Living vs Memory Care Communities: What's the Difference?

If you have memory care “issues” you can go to an assisted living community, however, if you start to show signs of cognitive declination, behaviors, and/or wandering, you will need to be moved to a memory care community.

When it comes to choosing the correct memory care community for your unique situation, please don’t go to the internet, call the experts at Assisted Living Made Simple. We really do make it “simple” for you!!!

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5 Myths About Memory Care

Let’s Debunk the Five Biggest Myths when it comes to Memory Care

There are so many myths out there about Memory Care Communities that are just not true. We will shed some light on the most common five (5) myths when it comes to memory care.

Debunking the 5 Myths about Memory Care

Myth #1 – The biggest myth is that your loved one will have no interaction.

This is simply not true! The memory care communities we recommend in Palm Coast have many engaging activities for all of the memory care residents to enjoy together.

Some of the activities include:

Just to name a few.

So, if you think your loved one will have nothing to do and be isolated, think again. They’ll probably want to come home to get some rest and relaxation!

Seniors can choose to opt-out of the activities if they prefer to be alone. The communities offer outside areas where they can sit or walk around; some even offer spa services.

Myth #2 – Another myth is that all memory care communities are the same.

Another big falsity.

All communities range in what is provided based on the needs of the client. The memory care communities are no different; they range from basic care services to more advanced services depending on the level of care needed for your loved one.

This is why we at Assisted Living Made Simple personally escort you to at least three (3) different communities so you have a chance to see the differences for yourself and are able to make the best decision for your loved one’s unique situation.

Myth #3 – My loved one will lose their independence.

No way!

They may gain more independence in a memory care community. They will be able to go outside (with supervision) and have much more freedom than if they were home with you or a caregiver. Memory care communities have specialized trained staff to care for residents and their job is to ensure their safety. The staff is not trying to prepare dinner, do the laundry, run errands and watch the resident; they’re only there to watch the resident. This will also help ease your mind knowing your loved one is being well taken care of.

Myth #4 – My loved one’s health will decline.

If anything, their health will improve due to the wellness approach and healthy meals our Palm Coast Memory Care communities offer. Every day they offer exercises, healthy snacks and nutritious meals. They have a smoothie bar where the resident can get a nice, refreshing, healthy smoothie as well.

Myth #5 – Memory care costs so much money.

Yes, memory care communities are not cheap, but how can you put a price on caring for your loved one? Remember, the community is taking care of everything for your loved one; ensuring they thrive during possibly the final days, months, years of their life.

If you’re worried that you can’t afford a memory care community for your loved one, give us a call and let us see if we can help you find any extra cash, or the perfect community for your situation.

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Is Memory Care The Right Choice?

Seniors moving out of home into memory care

10 Signs That it’s The Right Time For Memory Care?

Memory care communities are specifically designed to meet the unique needs of people living with dementia and/or Alzheimer’s. Dementia symptoms can include forgetfulness, delusions, agitation, extreme personality changes, confusion, and disorientation that can put you and your loved ones at risk.

Families do all they can to provide compassionate and loving care services, but this can be very taxing on everyone involved.

Those who have dementia and Alzheimer’s require specialized care from people who are trained to meet their needs.

How do you know when you can no longer provide the care your loved one needs?

Seniors moving out of home into memory care
1. You worry about their safety all the time –

Whether your loved one lives alone, with you, or in an assisted living community, if you are constantly worried about his or her safety, it may be time to move to memory care. Memory care communities are designed to meet the specialized needs of people living with dementia and Alzheimer’s and they can keep your loved one safe around the clock.

2. You worry about your own safety –

Many people experience significant personality changes as dementia progresses and can develop confusion and agitation that leads to violence or threats of violence. If your loved one is showing signs of violence and you are concerned about your own safety or others in your home, it may be best for your loved one to move to memory care. Memory care communities are familiar with these symptoms and know how to help your loved one in a more productive manner.

3. You are exhausted –

Caregiver burnout is real and caring for someone with dementia or Alzheimer’s is emotionally and physically exhausting. Many caregivers let their own health suffer while they are taking care of a loved one and caregiving alone is not a continual position. Memory care communities have these caregivers on staff and can give you rest while still involving you in important care decisions.

4. Your loved one is neglecting finances –

If your loved one lives alone, check their mail. Do they have late notices on unpaid bills? Do you find creditor and collection notices? Have an open and honest conversation with your loved one about their financial situation. Neglecting finances is one of the first signs of dementia and can leave your loved one open to financial scams, putting their finances at risk.

5. Your loved one is neglecting their personal hygiene –

Unwashed clothing, body odor, unkempt hair, and other personal hygiene issues are another sign that it may be time to move to memory care. It can mean your loved one is forgetting to bathe, forgetting to do laundry, and can be a sign of dementia. Memory care services will include personal care and assistance with activities of daily living that help your loved one stay on track.

6. Your loved one wanders –

If your loved one wakes in the middle of the night or becomes confused and disoriented he or she may wander outside. Wandering can be extremely dangerous as your loved one will walk around and not realize where they are, or how to get back home. It can put seniors in dangerous situations and leave them exposed to harsh elements in the winter and summer. Memory care communities are secured and often have enclosed outdoor spaces to keep your loved one from wandering off without a caregiver.

7. Living conditions are poor –

One sign of early dementia can be hoarding. If you see that your loved one is no longer caring for his or her home, such as mail piling up, food spoiled in the refrigerator, dishes are being left out, and other household messes become uncontrollable, it may be time to move to memory care. Memory care communities include housekeeping and linen services, helping your loved one stay clean and well in their apartment.

8. Your loved one is isolated and lonely –

Getting out with a loved one with dementia can be difficult for caregivers and it’s very easy for people with dementia to plummet into isolation and loneliness. These feelings can increase the risk of depression. Memory care communities have active and engaging activities that are specifically designed for people with dementia. Activities are meant to be purposeful and fun while also soothing some of the agitation and anxiety dementia brings.

9. Your loved one has unexplained physical changes –

Changes in your loved one that should make you think it may be time to move are; weight changes, changes in posture, and mobility problems. Your loved one may be forgetting to eat, or that he or she forgot they already ate and are eating again. Slow movements may be an indicator of confusion or disorientation. Memory care communities will closely monitor your loved one’s nutrition and wellness making sure that he or she is eating well.

10. You want to restore your relationship with your loved one –

Moving your loved one to memory care can help restore your relationship with them so you get to spend time doing the things you love to do together while someone else handles the professional care. Being their caregiver can make you feel detached from them and having someone else care for them gives you the opportunity to be the family member again.

As you can see, there are many things to consider when deciding to move to memory care. You may feel you shouldn’t place your loved one in a community, but believe us, it is the best decision you can make for yourself and for them!!

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Isolation During The Holidays

Avoiding Isolation During the Holidays

Some of us tend to get a little down during the holidays, but can you imagine being a senior living by yourself with no one visiting you or no one to talk to? Please make sure you visit your senior parents, aunts, uncles, grandparents, or neighbors especially during the holidays.

Isolation can lead to so many debilitating health problems, both physically and mentally. Isolation leaves us vulnerable and wide open for scammers because we will talk to anyone and do anything to make that person happy so they come back to us over and over again.

We ALL need social interaction in our daily lives to survive and thrive!

Avoiding Isolation During the Holidays

What are the health effects of isolation?

Some of the effects isolation and loneliness can have on a senior are high blood pressure, a weakened immune system, obesity, heart disease, cognitive decline, anxiety, Alzheimer’s disease and sometimes death.

What are the causes of isolation and loneliness?

The number one cause of isolation and loneliness in a senior is the death of a spouse. However, other factors play a role as well. If a senior moves away from friends and family or vice versa, this can cause them to become withdrawn and isolated. Some people become isolated when they retire or lose the ability to drive their vehicle. Losing your mobility is another big factor to become isolated and withdrawn; you may feel like an outcast or dependent on others.

Symptoms of isolation in seniors:

Lack of energy or motivation
Not sleeping well
New or worsened aches and pains
Sadness or depression
Loss of interest in socializing or hobbies
Lack of hygiene
Loss of memory

Ways to reduce isolation and loneliness:

Exercise – exercising stimulates every part of the body and keeps you moving. It has been shown to enhance your mood also, so whether you just do chair exercise or go for a walk, just keep MOVING!!

Socialization – get out and get active with other people. Meet new people, go to a social gathering with a friend or family member and meet others, anything to keep social and engaging.

Outings – if there are senior outings in your area, JOIN THEM!!

Go places, see things and get out of the house!!!

Senior activities – if you are in a community there are plenty of senior activities to keep you engaged and social. If not, find your nearest senior center and join in the senior activities they offer.

Move into an assisted, or independent living community – if you live alone and are finding it too hard being on your own or are just lonely, think about moving into an assisted or independent living community. You will have much more social interaction and there is always something going on in the communities.

If you are feeling lonely or isolated or if you notice someone is isolating themselves, please reach out for help.

There are many places and organizations that can help alleviate that feeling. The holidays are especially difficult for many people, don’t go it alone. Assisted Living Made Simple has your back! Call us today!

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Alzheimer’s Awareness With Early Screening

The importance of Alzheimers Early Screening

Why should you get checked for Alzheimer’s disease?

As I state in all my blog posts, early detection is the key!!

There is no cure for Alzheimer’s, but if detected early you can control it with medication and proper living.

This will also give you the time you need to decide if a memory care community would be best for you or your loved one. 

The importance of Alzheimers Early Screening

How do you know if you should get checked?

If you notice any of the signs below, please see your doctor immediately.

Signs of Alzheimer’s disease are:

  • Memory loss that disrupts daily life
  • Challenges in planning or solving problems
  • Difficulty completing familiar tasks
  • Confusion with time or place
  • Trouble understanding visual images and spatial relationships
  • New problems with words in speaking or writing
  • Misplacing things and losing the ability to retrace steps
  • Decreased or poor judgment
  • Withdrawal from work or social activities
  • Changes in mood and personality

The signs above may not even be Alzheimer’s, but if they are an early diagnosis allows you the following benefits…

Benefits of an early diagnosis:

  1. Access to treatment options earlier; this may help lessen the intensity of the disease on your brain. The medications for Alzheimer’s are effective at slowing the progression of the disease so an early diagnosis may help in keeping your current cognitive functioning.
  2. You will have the option to participate in clinical trials which may provide more medical benefits. Many of these trials are open to those with early stages of Alzheimer’s thus allowing you to participate and perhaps making it easier for you to benefit from the trial medications.
  3. You will be able to record the memories you have so when the disease progresses you can look back at the things that were of importance to you. Take pictures and create a photo book, write a journal, or make a video, however you choose to record the memories will serve as a cherished keepsake.
  4. You will have the chance to improve your health now. You can make healthier changes to the way you live your life; quit smoking, exercise, control your blood pressure and get out there and be active physically and mentally. All of those can help to improve your cognitive functioning.
  5. An early diagnosis gives the caregiver time to prepare for what is coming; it will give them the opportunity to understand what is going to happen and learn how best to support the person with Alzheimer’s.
  6. You will have the opportunity to plan for the future concerning your health care. You can designate your health care surrogate and power of attorney while you’re still of sound mind. You are able to make your financial decisions during this time as well.
  7. This is the time to become informed about what to expect as your disease progresses. Visit support groups with your caregiver to become educated on what your caregiver will be dealing with to help prepare them as well as yourself.

As you can see, there are many reasons for early screening for Alzheimer’s disease. This is a very debilitating disease and can wreak havoc on a family that is not educated. Assisted Living Made Simple holds three Alzheimer’s caregiver support groups a month; don’t try to do this alone!

Should you feel the time has come for a memory care community, we can help with that also. Please call us first! Our service is free! We care about YOU and YOUR loved one and are here to help! 386-847-2322

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Gift Ideas for Breast Cancer Survivors

Someone you know had or has breast cancer and you’d like to support them by buying them a gift, but whatever in the world do you buy them?

We’ve put together a list of some practical, thoughtful, and humorous gifts below.

Mastectomy Post-Surgery Pillow

The pillow is designed to rest easily over your chest and it tucks under your arms so you can sleep better. After this surgery, you will have to sleep on your back and if you’re not used to sleeping on your back it can be very difficult.

Vans x Breast Cancer Awareness Collab Sneaker Collection

Not only are these shoes stylish and comfortable, they also help fund breast cancer awareness and early detection!

All Boobies Need Support Socks 

These socks come three to a pack and are embroidered with a heart; they have extra arch support and extra padding. These socks also support education for young people on breast cancer awareness and prevention.

InterestPrint Breast Cancer Ribbon Rose Gold-plated Watch

How fashionable is this watch? Makes a perfect gift for any age!

Nobody Fights Alone T-shirt

Many color and size options are available for this awesome t-shirt. The best part about purchasing this shirt is 100% of the proceeds go to breast cancer treatment. How fabulous is that?

Prefer a hoodie? Check out below!

Cancer Awareness Hoodie Winning the Fight Against Breast Cancer

Cozy fleece zip-up hoodie.

Breast Cancer Lokai Bracelet

This bracelet is made of pink silicone and is infused with water from Mt. Everest. It carries mud from the Dead Sea and stretches over the wrist to easily slip on and off. For every bracelet sold, $1.00 is donated to the breast cancer research foundation.

Blissy Dream Set in Pink

How about something so soft, snuggly and comfy? This dream set could be just what the survivor ordered!! This is the ULTIMATE beauty sleep set and includes a silk pillowcase, sleep mask and two scrunchies. They are handmade and crafted from 100% pure Mulberry silk!! So, so soft!!

“Cancer Just Messed With The Wrong Boobs” Card

This has to be MY favorite! After all, you survived breast cancer!! Why not laugh about it? You can personalize the inside and add some pink and purple confetti as a nice surprise when they open the card.

There are many, many gifts out there for breast cancer survivors and those who have breast cancer. Pink roses are great, some companies make special cookies for breast cancer awareness and don’t forget pink pajamas.

Whatever the person you know is into, you can find it out there somewhere! A small gesture can go a long way in showing how much you support the person dealing with breast cancer.

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Breast Cancer and Hair Loss

Most people experience hair loss from chemotherapy as the treatment for breast cancer. The chemo drugs target the cells so some healthy cells get damaged along with the cancerous cells.

The good news is that not all chemotherapy causes hair loss; how much hair loss you experience depends on the type of drug you are given and the dosage.

This can be devastating, especially for women, so how do you prepare for losing your hair?

You may choose to cut your hair short or start wearing headwear now in order for you to get used to the feel and look. If the cancer is caught early enough and you have long hair, you can cut it short and take it to an organization that makes wigs out of your own hair.

If this is not the case for you, you may want to start looking at wigs, or choose to go bald; after all bald is beautiful!!

Make sure you protect your scalp should you decide to go au naturel.

Your head will be particularly sensitive so be sure to use plenty of sunscreen underneath your hat; remember, your head hasn’t had the full effect of the sun, your hair was always there to protect it.

If your scalp becomes dry, flaky, or itchy, using a moisturizer or an oil such as almond or olive may help.

As I stated above, losing your hair can be devastating and some people tend to feel guilty because they get so upset over it. They feel there are many worse things to be upset over other than hair loss, but it can make you feel vulnerable and exposed.

There is no right or wrong way to feel about losing your hair or about getting breast cancer; you feel the way you feel and you have a right to be upset if you choose to be.

Hair loss is a noticeable side effect and can change how you see yourself. Men who experience breast cancer have a very difficult time with losing the hair from their chest. Losing your hair may be a constant reminder of your cancer, or perhaps you are a very private person and now everyone can see you have cancer; this can be extremely difficult to deal with.

Some people have no problem with hair loss, others find it terribly difficult to accept and adapt.

There are some cultures and religions where hair has a special significance and losing it may affect your religious identity as well as your self-esteem. If the latter is the case, you may need to speak to a counselor for additional support.

How are others going to react to your diagnosis?

Who cares?!?!

This is your journey and your journey alone; no one has to know unless you want them to know. Some people only tell their close friends and family, while many others want everyone to know.

Everyone will respond to your hair loss in different ways and some may be hard to understand. Not everyone will know what to say or do; if they say or do anything it may be the wrong thing because they won’t know what to say. Be patient, they try.

Whatever you do, don’t quit being social.

This is so important, you may not feel like socializing, but you must otherwise you may become isolated and depressed.

Hanging out with friends can also serve as a wonderful distraction and help keep some level of normalcy in your life. Other people’s reactions may bother you at first, but your reaction to them should improve over time. Talk to others who have experienced this to see how they handled it.

If you have children, please talk to them about your breast cancer AND your hair loss.

Children don’t want to see their mother lose her hair if they don’t know what’s happening; help them prepare for what they will witness. Life is so stressful on kids now-a-days, please don’t add to their frustration.

If you find dealing with breast cancer and hair loss overwhelming, please seek support.

There are many organizations who will gladly help you. You may just have to check with your doctor’s office for local support.

Facebook has support groups, you can go to cancer.org to find support, breastcancernow.org has many resources also.

PLEASE find the help you need!!

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Fall Activities for Seniors

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Fall is the perfect time of year for seniors to get active again; it’s not too hot and not too cold.

If you think that you can’t enjoy activities because you are going into assisted living or already live in one, think again!!

Our Palm Coast assisted living communities offer all kinds of activities to keep you engaged and fit.

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Whether you enjoy card games, crafts, puzzles, or going on outings, these communities have something for everyone. Some examples are provided below with how they can help:

    • Yoga and Tai Chi – helps improve balance, strength, range of motion and can reduce pain and your risk of falling
    • Walking clubs – can offer a sense of well-being and an increase in health through the social connections made
    • Name that tune – it’s always fun to guess the song and sing-along to the music, plus it’s a great game to keep the mind sharp
    • Table games – help improve memory and sharpen cognitive skills
    • Corn hole – this helps with mobility and leg and arm strength
    • Cooking workshops – these are a great way to improve memory function. Remembering recipes and ingredients helps to sharpen and stimulate the brain
    • Dance classes – dancing helps improve your cardio, balance and mood and it’s fun too!
    • Painting classes – painting improves cognitive function because you have to use both sides of your brain at the same time
    • Bingo – bingo takes concentration which can help your short term memory and it promotes socialization
    • Wine socials – wine socials have improved a person’s morale, zest for life and sleep
    • Bible study – bible study classes bring you closer to your Faith and can provide you with peace of mind you may need
    • Movie night – back to socialization again which is so important and improves focus and can further delay memory loss
    • Excursions to local attractions – engaging and uplifting – the fresh air and sunshine does wonders for your health and your attitude
    • Sunday brunch – once again socialization here also and most important FOOD!! Yummy
    • Happy hour gatherings – camaraderie and engaging conversations
    • And let’s not forget the amazing holiday parties!! – a time to dress up, if you have the attire. Meeting new people is always exciting as family members are usually invited to holiday parties

The physical activities they offer are designed to keep you healthy and strong, plus they help you burn off the calories from the Sunday brunches!!

The games and puzzles are designed to keep your brain healthy and strong so you can stay engaged with other residents during the wine socials and happy hours.

And who doesn’t love wine socials and happy hours? How about a movie night? The camaraderie alone is fantastic! If you live alone, how much fun is that? Do you have anyone to talk to? Anyone to enjoy a movie with? Is there someone to enjoy the great meal you just prepared with, how about preparing the meal with someone?

Assisted living communities are the places to remain engaged and with Fall here it’s the best time of the year to be active.

These communities have wonderful activity directors who work hard to keep you young and young at heart.

There is always something happening in Palm Coast so there is never a lack of something to do; whether you live on your own, with someone else, or in an assisted living community there are plenty of activities to keep you robust and thriving.

The above is one of the reasons we at Assisted Living Made Simple want to know your social needs, we do NOT want to place you somewhere that has no activities when you are a social butterfly.

We want to ensure you have others to engage with if that’s the type of person you are.

We take the time to get to know YOU so you only move once!!

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