Monthly Archives: May 2017

Celebrating Mother’s Day at Findlay Primrose

Resident Nancy’s Mother, Hazel

Resident Nancy’s Mother, Hazel

Findlay Resident Nancy has some wonderful memories of her mother, Hazel, who owned and operated “Hazel’s” restaurant in Carey, Ohio.

One of seven children, Nancy recalls that they moved several times throughout her childhood, but no matter how humble the structure of their residence, her mom always managed to make their house a home.

“She had great taste in decorating and our place always looked classy,” she said.

“And birthdays were always a special day for each of us,” she added.

This was a tradition carried down to the next generation, and her grandchildren always loved to visit Grandma Hazel.

Employee Celebrates with Mom

Pauline and Karen

Pauline and Karen

Assistant Executive Director Karen Barchent enjoyed having her own mother living at Primrose.

“She moved here in 2010 after being referred by resident Bud,” she said.

“She absolutely loved the apartment she shared with her tiger kitty, Jade. I got to visit her often since we live only a few miles from here, so when an office assistant job became available in 2014 I was happy to fill the position.”

Pauline lived in Apt. 103 until her death in 2015 and Karen will cherish those memories always.

Zanesville Primrose Residents Stay Active

Primrose residents enjoying exercise time

Primrose residents enjoying exercise time

Participating in a balanced fitness program contributes to your well-being at every age – and regular exercise is vital for older adults. Regular exercise can help control your blood pressure, body weight, and cholesterol levels. It reduces your risk of hardened arteries, heart attack and stroke. It also strengthens your muscles, and bones to help fight osteoporosis and lower your risk of falling or other injury. Keeping your body strong and limber can help you maintain your independence as you age. It allows you to continue the kinds of activities you have enjoyed your entire life.

If you have not been physically active for a while, start slowly. Gradually build your endurance, strength, balance and flexibility. Just walking for five or ten minutes at a time on several days each week, is a great way to begin. Once you can walk for 30 minutes at a time, you have built a solid foundation and are ready to add more challenging activities to your routine.

Endurance, or aerobic activities increase your breathing and heart rate. Strength exercises make your muscles stronger. Balance exercises prevent falls. Flexibility exercises stretch your muscles and can help your body stay limber.

Any activity that increases your heart rate helps build aerobic endurance. It doesn’t take long to see significant changes. Even small changes to your overall muscle strength can have a huge impact on your life. Reports state that 2.5 million Americans are treated in emergency departments for injuries caused by falls. For older adults, even minor injuries can have serious consequences.

Have you noticed that reaching for objects on high kitchen shelves or doing basic activities, such as getting dressed, aren’t as easy as they used to be? Do your muscles often feel tight? You may need to add some stretches to your daily routine. Stretching is something you should do every day to help you maintain your range of motion as you age.

Celebrating Prom Days at Kansas City Primrose

Rosemary and Gary Duffy, King and Queen

Rosemary and Gary Duffy, King and Queen

We just finished celebrating our third annual prom on our newly remodeled patio!

We enjoyed margarita’s and a beautiful cake donated by Focus Home Care. Our residents also enjoyed a collection of great oldies music provided by CarrieOke!

Our theme this year was “Under the Big Top” in honor of the Ringling Brothers’ Barnum and Bailey Circus which is closing this month. Everyone voted for our prom king and queen, Gary and Rosemary. They are a huge part of our community and always helping neighbors in need.

It was a perfect day! The weather was 72 degrees and everyone enjoyed relaxing on the patio and visiting with friends. There was lots of laughter and dancing along with a few jokes. We are looking forward to fourth annual prom and enjoying many days and nights on our new patio.

Spring Fling at Sioux Falls Primrose

Spring Fling

Spring Fling

It is springtime here in Sioux Falls! We recently celebrated the warm weather and green grass with a spring fling for the residents. Entertainer Sandra Harmon provided a great variety of music for us to listen to, and the residents enjoyed seeing all the beautiful tables decorated with spring colors, pretty dishes, and real plants.

Each resident enjoyed some homemade treats made by our Life Enrichment Coordinator which included lemon cheesecake crescent rolls, fruit salad, nuts, mints, tea, and coffee. Everyone was also able to take home a little gift to remember the event. Door prizes were handed out, and each of the lucky winners received a beautiful spring plant. It was a wonderful morning for everyone. We would like to thank Sandra for the beautiful music and we hope all of you are having a great spring!

Safety First – Prevent Those Falls!

_a_blg-FallPrevention There are many reasons a person loses their balance and falls. It may be simply bending over to pick up an object that has fallen on the floor, causing you to lose your balance and fall forward. Maybe you are attempting to reach something that you have placed on a bottom shelf, way in the back, so you must bend over to attempt to reach the item and fall hitting your head on the cabinet. That pretty throw rug you just purchased to keep your floors clean has caused you to slip and fall.

As we age our reflexes and sense of balance decreases, our bones become more fragile and we are at increased risk for fractures and head injuries. Let’s admit it, we don’t bounce like we used to! You can decrease your risk for falls. Re-arrange your furniture so you have clear pathways. Keep items used within reach, usually waist high. Wear non-slip footwear at all times. Sit on your bed or chair to dress yourself instead of standing. No throw rugs! Sit when reaching for an object instead of standing. If you use a cane or walker, do not let go of it until you are seated. And of course, don’t forget to ask for help.

Remember, if you do not feel safe doing something for yourself let a family member or a Primrose Staff member know. We are happy to assist you!

by Rene Kilgore, RN, DON

Living with Diabetes

Diabetes has a disproportionate effect on older adults. It can be a debilitating disease that adversely affects the body’s functionality over time, and it is vital to understand how to properly manage it if you do. About 25% of people over the age of 65 living in the United States have diabetes, and although it can be hard to manage, there are some simple things than can be done to treat the disease and improve overall health.

Eat Healthy

As we age, it becomes harder for our bodies to maintain a good balance of nutrients. This can lead to moments of low blood sugar. This can happen without diabetes, but having the disease can further complicate these types of episodes – leading to problems with mobility, confusion and excess fatigue. Simply adopting a well-balanced diet can lead to improvements in health almost immediately. Natural foods like fruits and vegetables, and proteins that come in eggs, meats, and dairy are much better for the body than processed foods and sweets.

_K0C5921Exercise

Physical exercise is beneficial to everyone, regardless of age, but for seniors with diabetes it is especially important. An important thing to remember when making your exercise plan is that consistency is key. A low-impact exercise, like walking, several days a week is more beneficial to your body than a strenuous workout once or twice a week that could lead to injury.

Communicate

If you notice changes in your body, like sores that are not healing or an intense feeling of thirst or fatigue, tell someone! Nobody likes to go to the doctor, but when you have diabetes it is important to keep the lines of communication open. Developing the right treatment plan and maintaining your system of support will go a long way towards making your diabetes manageable. An ounce of prevention is worth a pound of cure! If you or a loved one are living with diabetes and have questions about how senior living might be able to help, Primrose would be honored to visit with you. Just go to www.primroseretirement.com for more information.

Understanding the Different Stages of Alzheimer’s

If you or a loved one have been diagnosed with Alzheimer’s Disease, you know the fear and confusion it creates regarding what the future may hold. Each person experiences the disease in a different way, but it’s overall trajectory from early to late-stage is similar. Here is a summary of the stages of Alzheimer’s Disease.

No Visible Impairment

During this stage, the only way to detect Alzheimer’s is through a brain scan. No memory issues or other symptoms are present.

General Forgetfulness

Generally, the symptoms shown in stage two are often just chalked up to getting older and natural forgetfulness. Maybe personal items like keys or cell phones are misplaced. Perhaps names become more difficult to remember, or the wrong name is used when talking to someone.

_K0C6989Mild Cognitive Impairment

This is generally the stage where loved ones begin noticing that there is an issue. Medical testing may also expose cognitive impairment at this stage as well. People in stage three of Alzheimer’s may struggle to find the right words to say in general conversations, they may also exhibit difficulty in remembering things that they just read or information they just heard. It can also become difficult to plan and organize things.

Mild Alzheimer’s Disease

More clear cut symptoms of the disease are apparent at this stage. People at stage four can have trouble with simple arithmetic and financial management, forget the month or season, and have poor short term memory (they may not remember what they had for lunch).

Moderate Alzheimer’s Disease

During stage five of Alzheimer’s, people will need assistance with many of the basic activities of daily living. They will often become confused about where they are or what time it is. Dressing appropriately for the season or occasion will also become difficult. Generally, people at this stage still remember their families and can recall some details from the past, especially their youth.

Moderately Severe Alzheimer’s

At this stage, people need constant supervision to ensure their safety. They can mistake a person for someone else, causing alarm and sometimes violent behavior. Bathing and toileting are often not possible without assistance, and wandering becomes a major risk at this stage as well.

Severe Alzheimer’s

This is the final stage of the disease. Professional care is generally needed because people lose the ability to respond to their environment or to communicate. Alzheimer’s has no cure, but science is continually working to develop new treatments that help to delay the symptoms until one can be found. If you or a loved one are experiencing this disease and have questions, Primrose would be honored to assist you. Just visit www.primroseretirement.com for additional info.

The Secret to Happiness

“It’s not the things you accumulate or the money you have in the bank that truly makes you happy.” How many of us have heard this from friends and family members over the years? It turns out they were right all along according to data collected from a study on adult development being conducted at Harvard University.

A group of pioneers

The study began in the 1930’s and 40’s with two different groups of teenagers and has continued to monitor the participants, who are now well into their late 80’s and 90’s, to this day. One group consisted of Harvard graduates with affluent families and another of low-income inner city men between the ages of 11 and 16. For over 70 years, Harvard has been in regular contact with these men – keeping tabs on their health, their marriages, their financial status, their families – in order to determine what keeps them happy and healthy.

_K0C6727The key to happiness

Over seven decades, the data collected indicates that happiness and good health are not driven by wealth or fame. Instead, what they found consistently is that those who were the most socially connected to their families and friends were the ones who were the happiest and who lived the longest lives. Those who were well-off financially but lived in relative isolation lived shorter lives and experienced more health and memory-related complications while they were alive.

Stay connected

Maintaining regular, personal contact with others and finding ways to stay involved in your community are necessary to maintain health and happiness as we age. Senior living communities like Primrose offer many opportunities to spend time with other seniors, and they make it easy for family to visit as well. If you or a loved one have questions about senior living, we would be honored to assist you. Just visit www.primroseretirement.com for more information.

Supporting Loved Ones with Depression

If you currently have a loved one struggling with depression, you know how difficult it can be and how helpless it can make you feel. Senior citizens are at greater risk of experiencing the effects of depression, but those whose families best understand how to approach the condition are more likely overcome it.

Know the symptoms

According to the Centers for Disease Control, 7 million American seniors age 65 or older suffer from depression symptoms each year. If you notice overwhelming sadness, talk of death, loss of memory, or if your loved one talks of hopelessness of emptiness, it is a warning sign. There are also physical symptoms associated with depression like fluctuations in weight, weakness in the immune system resulting in more illness, and a greater risk for serious heart conditions like high blood pressure. If you notice any of these things, or any other behaviors that are unusual, be sure to talk to your loved one about seeing a medical professional.

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It can be embarrassing for loved ones to talk about their feelings. This is especially true if they have become secluded from the rest of the world. They are more likely to open up to family, though, so it is very important to be asking them questions about how they feel. Asking questions shows them that you care about their situation, and that you are trying to understand what they are going through. Once you know the cause of their depression, you can begin the work of finding them the help they need to recover. Questions such as “How long have you been feeling this way?”, or, “What would need to happen for you to feel better?”, or, “What is it that makes you feel bad?” are great ways to begin a conversation with your loved ones.

Be reassuring

Always be sure to let your loved ones know that you are there for them no matter what. Knowing that they have someone by their side oftentimes is the first step toward recovery from depression. Let them know that depression is not permanent, and that their situation will change. Many residents at Primrose came to us in a state of depression, having lost friends and family members. Many of them found that being surrounded by their peers – others who have experienced the same things they have experienced – was therapeutic in their recovery. If you have questions about senior living, Primrose would be honored to assist you. Just go to www.primroseretirement.com for additional information.

3 Ways to Reduce the Risk of Dementia

In 2031, the baby boomer generation will begin turning 85 – and more than 3 million of them will have Alzheimer’s or some other form of dementia. Despite the best efforts of researchers around the globe there is still no cure, but there are things you can do today that may help reduce your risk of developing dementia.

_K0C6512Avoid stress

Overthe years there have been many studies that link high anxiety with the development of dementia. This is especially true of those who are already at high risk for the disease either genetically or because of certain physical conditionslike high blood pressure or diabetes. Examine your situation and determine what your main stressors are, and then develop a plan to eliminate as many of them as possible. Then, find ways to do more of the things you love. It could be anything from gardening to world travel, but the more time you spend on these things the better your overall health will be.

Quit bad habits

Put down the cigarettes! If you are a smoker, you have a 45% higher risk of developing dementia than a non-smoker of the same age. Also, up to 14% of all dementia cases could possibly be attributed to smoking. Eat more fish and berries and less fast food. Fish, especially salmon, is high in omega-3 fatty acids which build new cell membranesin the brain, control blood clots, and slow Alzheimer’s and other forms of dementia. Berries contain high levels of compounds that fight memory impairment and reduce plaque development in the brain.

Stay connected

Maintaining strong social connections with friends and family, and keeping your brain active, could lower the risk of dementia. This is an area that is still being studied, but experts think that social and mental stimulation strengthen the connections between the brain and nerve cells. If you or a loved one are thinking of making a move to a retirement community like Primrose, it is easy to stay connected. There is always something going on to keep our residents active, and new friendships and social opportunities abound.

If you have questions about senior living, we would be honored to assist you. Just go to www.primroseretirement.com for additional information and to find the Primrose community closest to you