4 Tips New Family Caregivers Need to Know

Posted by Franklin Park on Mar 15, 2020 8:00:00 AM | 3 minute read

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.

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Topics: Senior Living, Family & Caregiving

3 Common Types of Dementia

Posted by Franklin Park on Mar 1, 2020 8:00:00 AM | 3 minute read

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.

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Topics: Health & Wellness, Alzheimer's & Dementia

"Old People Smell"... What is It?

Posted by Franklin Park on Feb 15, 2020 8:00:00 AM | 5 minute read

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?

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Topics: Healthy Aging, Health & Wellness

4 Myths About Senior Living

Posted by Franklin Park on Feb 1, 2020 8:00:00 AM | 3 minute read

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.

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Topics: Senior Living, Franklin Park Communities

Understanding the Value of Senior Housing

Posted by Franklin Park on Jan 15, 2020 8:00:00 AM | 3 minute read

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.

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Topics: Retirement, Moving, Franklin Park Communities

4 Tips to Improve Senior Mental Wellness

Posted by Franklin Park on Jan 1, 2020 8:00:00 AM | 3 minute read

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.

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Topics: Healthy Aging, Health & Wellness

Recognizing Signs of Depression in a Loved One this Holiday Season

Posted by Franklin Park on Dec 15, 2019 8:00:00 AM | 3 minute read

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.

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Topics: Social Wellness, Health & Wellness

How to Manage Arthritis: 5 Tips to Alleviate Symptoms

Posted by Franklin Park on Dec 1, 2019 8:00:00 AM | 3 minute read

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.

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Topics: Family & Caregiving, Health & Wellness

Diabetes and Seniors: Managing Diabetes as a Caregiver

Posted by Franklin Park on Nov 15, 2019 7:00:00 AM | 3 minute read

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.

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Topics: Senior Living, Diet & Nutrition, Health & Wellness

Understanding the Differences: Dementia Care vs. Skilled Nursing

Posted by Franklin Park on Nov 1, 2019 7:00:00 AM | 3 minute read

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.

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Topics: Senior Living, Safety, Alzheimer's & Dementia

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