Becoming the primary caregiver for a senior parent or loved one can be overwhelming. Where do you start? There is so much information that you will need to learn regarding safety and health, along with discovering the extent of the tasks your loved one may need assistance in his or her daily life.
Dementia itself is not a disease; it is an overall term that describes significant changes in the brain characterized by cognitive decline and memory loss. While Alzheimer’s disease is the most common form of dementia, accounting for 60-80 percent of dementia cases, it is not the only form.
When you walk through the doors of even the cleanest and best-maintained senior living community or nursing home, you may detect a slightly musty or grassy odor. Depending on whom you're talking to, this might be deemed "old people smell” and associated with uncleanliness. But, is there really a common odor to senior living communities, and if so, what causes it?
Over the years, myths and misconceptions about senior living have developed. As these begin to accumulate, it can be hard for families to decipher what is a myth and what is fact regarding senior living.
Similar to buying a new car or a new house, senior housing is an investment for you or your loved one. While retirement costs shouldn’t break the bank, it’s essential to understand the value of what you or your loved one are paying for.
Mental wellness is a staple of our health, and the older we get, the more important it becomes. Of course, evaluating your mental health isn’t necessarily easy to do as it doesn’t have as many noticeable signs as your physical well being.
Despite what some may think, depression is not a normal part of aging. However, it is estimated that 6 million older adults have late-life depression. Of these 6 million, less than 10% are receiving treatment as the symptoms of depression can often be overlooked or confused with the side effects of certain medications.
Arthritis is an informal way of referring to joint pain or joint disease. There are over 100 different types of arthritis that can create inflammation in one or more joints causing pain and stiffness. If you or the senior in your life are looking for techniques to manage arthritis, there are various ways to alleviate the symptoms and manage the condition.
Diabetes is one of the most pressing health concerns in the United States, currently affecting over 30 million people, and 25% of those diagnosed are 65 years old or older. At Franklin Park Senior Living, we understand that managing diabetes is no easy task, and it can be especially challenging if you are the caregiver of a senior with diabetes.
If you have a loved one who is dealing with a form of dementia, you may be seeking or considering senior care options. Franklin Park Senior Living knows it can be challenging to understand your options and determine which is the best choice for your family.