Monday, March 20, 2017

Hillside Terrace Joins The Alzheimer’s Association Advocacy Forum in 2017!

Did you know that 1 in 3 seniors dies with Alzheimer’s or another form of dementia?

Are you or a loved one at risk of suffering Alzheimer’s?

Do you want to help increase the funding to find a cure?

According to the Alzheimer’s Association, “more than 5 million Americans are living with Alzheimer’s. By 2050, this number could rise as high as 16 million.”
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Amanda Harvey and Nanya Litz at the Alzheimer's Association Advocacy Forum last year.

Here at Hillside Terrace, we’re very passionate about helping others! Alzheimer’s is a cause that’s very near and dear to our hearts. Many residents here at Hillside Terrace, a facility for memory care in Ann Arbor, suffer from this terrible disease with no hope for a cure.

Nanya Litz, owner of Hillside Terrace, experienced the struggle in a very personal way, losing her father to the disease in 2010. “More research needs to be done to find a cure!” says Nanya Litz. “It saddens me to see families go through the same struggle we had.”

This Alzheimer's Association Advocacy Forum is the nation's premier Alzheimer's disease advocacy event. Hillside Terrace joins more than 1,000 advocates in Washington, D.C. on March 27-29, 2017, to advocate for research, care and support services.

This year, Nanya Litz will be joined by her son Trey Litz, Director of Community Relations at Hillside Terrace, to meet Michigan Senators Gary Peters and Debbie Stabenow and members of Congress to consider an increase in funding to the National Institute of Health (NIH) by $414 million for Alzheimer’s research. “We’ll discuss what needs to be done on a state level to help pass legislation and figure out ways we can help lead the effort,” says Trey.

Do you want to help create a better future for your loved ones?

Send a letter to your state senators and representatives letting them know you don’t want funding to disappear! We need the help of our state officials to get things done. Let your voice be heard! Let them know you don’t want your loved one missing out on a promising future!
Join the cause! Donate today!

Wednesday, March 15, 2017

7 Signs Elderly Parents Need Help With Finances

Does your parent need assistance paying bills each month?

Has your parent forgotten to pay an important bill?

Does your Mom or Dad have a hard time keeping track of money?

If you answered, “Yes” to any of the above questions, then your parent may be showing signs of possible memory loss that could lead to financial problems down the road. You’re not alone! It’s very common nowadays for children to have to assist their parents with finances as they get older. You may have to re-teach them what they taught you ... to be financially responsible.

According to A Place For Mom, here are some warning signs that your parent(s) may need assistance:

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  1. Bills and mail are piled up and unopened
  2. Creditors are calling
  3. They’re mishandling money and unaware of finances
  4. They make sudden expensive purchases
  5. They’re complaining about not having enough money
  6. You suspect they’re victims of elder fraud or a financial scam
  7. They seem unable mentally or physically to keep up with daily living tasks

Are you still having problems dealing with your Mom or Dad’s finances? At Hillside Terrace, we understand that it can be a challenging time and we want to help you in any way we can to make things easier. We’re focused on holistically improving and maintaining the well-being of our residents through promoting independence, a stimulating environment, and building rapport.

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Is your parent prepared for their end of life care? Discussing moving your parent into assisted living can be a scary thing for any adult to face. However, it’s the scary reality of so many in this country. We can help your family create peace of mind. When you’re at home, you’ll know your loved one is taken care of and in good hands!

For more information about memory care in Ann Arbor and the other services we provide, visit us at HillsideTerrace.net, or contact us here! Hillside Terrace – “Where our family shares life with your family!” Schedule a tour today!

Wednesday, March 1, 2017

7 Tips to Boost Your Memory!

Does Alzheimer’s run in your family?

Are you showing signs of memory loss?

Are you worried about forgetting who you are and where you come from?

Building a healthy routine can help improve your memory, foster emotional connections, self-expression, lessen anxiety and irritability, and help you feel happier about the life you’re living!
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According to our Partnered In-house Hospice provider, Great Lakes Caring, here are seven simple ways to sharpen your memory:

  1. Stay mentally active
  2. Socialize regularly
  3. Get organized
  4. Sleep well
  5. Eat a healthy diet
  6. Include physical activity in your daily routine
  7. Manage chronic conditions

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Is your parent prepared for their end of life care? Discussing moving your parent into assisted living can be a scary thing for any adult to face. However, it’s the scary reality of so many in this country. We can help your family create peace of mind. When you’re at home, you’ll know your loved one is taken care of and in good hands!

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View a virtual tour of our floorplans:
The Heritage & Grace
The Rose-Marie
The Mayflower

For more information about memory care in Ann Arbor and the other services we provide, visit us at HillsideTerrace.net, or contact us here! Hillside Terrace – “Where our family shares life with your family!” Schedule a tour today!

Wednesday, February 15, 2017

5 Hidden Costs of Family Caregiving

Are you finding it hard to make ends meet while caring for your loved one?

Caregiving can be a big expense. After all, assisted living communities can be quite expensive, so it must be cheaper to do it yourself, right?

Wrong!

Here are a few benefits you could be missing out on by being your family’s caregiver, according to A Place for Mom:
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  1. Lost wages- Caregivers frequently have to give up on their own career to take care of their loved one, missing out on an average $143,000 in lost wages.
  2. Decreased employability- Caregivers find that it’s difficult to find a new job when their time as a caregiver ends.
  3. Increased health care costs- Caregiving can take a toll on your physical and mental health.
  4. Lost savings and retirement- Out-of-pocket expenses can really add up! The National Alliance for Caregiving and Evercare found that a stunning 47% of working caregivers reported having used up all or most of their savings.
  5. Reduced productivity- Caregiving not only effects the caregiver, but the economy too. MetLife found that American businesses lose an estimated $34 billion each year due to employees’ need to care for aging loved ones.

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We can help your family create peace of mind. When you’re at home you’ll know your loved one is taken care of and in good hands. Hillside Terrace – “Where our family shares life with your family!” Come see the difference we can make when your family shares life with our family. Schedule a tour of Hillside Terrace today– a facility for hospice care in Ann Arbor.

For more information about hospice care offered at Hillside Terrace, visit us at HillsideTerrace.net, or contact us here!

Wednesday, February 1, 2017

Be Aware of These 5 Senior Scams!

Have you or a loved one fallen victim to a scam in the past?

Is your elderly parent gullible enough to believe anything they hear?

Do you have a hard time distinguishing between what is a real offer and what is a scam?

Seniors are often the target of scams. Cognitive problems can impair seniors’ judgment as they get older making them vulnerable to cons. Seniors may face scammers on a daily basis. Navigating scams can be a difficult challenge for the elder generation, since the internet is still new to them. It’s important to be aware of the scams that are out there and how to protect yourself in case you come across one!
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According to A Place for Mom, some common tactics scammers use to trick seniors include:

1. The Grandparents Scam-Someone calling claiming to be your grandchild in need of money.

Your Way Out: Don’t fully commit to wiring them funds. Check the story by asking other family members first if this grandchild is in trouble and in need of financial assistance.

2. Investment schemes- Scammers like to offer ways to safeguard your money after retirement, but really they’re after your cold hard cash!

Your Way Out: Remember that if the offer sounds too good to be true, it probably is. Be suspicious of anyone who promises massive returns on an investment and be sure to only deal with reputable and credible institutions.

3. Email Scams- Many scams spread via email. Be sure to never open emails from a sender you don’t recognize.
 
Your Way Out: Never disclose private information online except to a trusted organization. If you have questions about whether an email you received is legitimate, call that organization directly.

4. Medicare ID Card Theft Scams- If a caller is claiming to be from a government agency to tell you your card needs to be replaced this is merely a trick to get your personal information.

Your Way Out: Never give personal information like your social security number or banking information over the phone, and be suspicious of calls from people who claim to represent official agencies and then request personal information.

5. Repair Fraud- Seniors fall victim to unnecessary repairs all of the time. If you notice that they’re being charged multiple times for something, then they could be developing dementia. 

Your Way Out: If you find yourself making poor purchasing decisions, talk to a younger family member about getting help, and possibly a financial power of attorney.

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The transition from living at home independently to assisted living can be one of the most difficult decisions families and their loved ones have to make. When a family member can’t take care of themselves, it can put a heavy burden on those they love. Many people aren’t up to the task of the daily care their loved one may require.

We’re confident in our ability to provide the best quality of elderly care, the security, and the family atmosphere that you’re seeking! We warmly invite you to see the difference we can make when your family shares life with our family. Schedule a tour of Hillside Terrace today! (734) 761-4451

Sunday, January 15, 2017

How to Deal With Personality Changes in Seniors

Does someone you know suffer from Dementia or Alzheimer’s?

Does your loved one feel like a stranger?

Are you struggling with ways to cope with these changes in your loved ones’ personality?

According to A Place For Mom, “although this can be a difficult situation to deal with, it helps to remember that this is not something you are causing in your loved one, rather, that the behavior is the direct result of the health condition.” Please know that nothing you did made them this way.

Lewy Body Dementia Association (LBDA) suggests that “when your loved one exhibits an undesirable behavior, your reaction may be to try to stop or change the behavior. But remember, you can't reason with or teach new skills to a person with dementia. Instead, try to decrease the intensity or frequency of the behavior. Consider these approaches:
  • Remember that your loved one isn't acting this way on purpose. Try not to get angry or upset or take it personally.
  • Speak calmly and softly to the person.
  • If the behavior is aggressive, back away. Give your loved one space. Then calmly approach him or her. Don't argue.
  • Consider the potential cause of the behavior. Is your loved one tired, hungry, in pain, frustrated, lonely, bored? Could it be a side effect of medication?
  • Respond to the emotion, not the behavior. If your loved one keeps asking about a certain family member, he or she may need reassurance that this person is healthy and safe. Avoid trying to reason with the patient, this may often lead to frustration for both of you, because he or she may be unable to follow lengthy explanations.”
Are you still having problems dealing with personality changes in your loved one? At Hillside Terrace, we understand that it can be a challenging time and we want to help you in any way we can to make things easier. We’re focused on holistically improving and maintaining the well-being of our residents through promoting independence, a stimulating environment, and building rapport.

Best Memory Care in Ann Arbor: Schedule a Tour Today!


Is your parent prepared for their end of life care? Discussing moving your parent into assisted living can be a scary thing for any adult to face. However, it’s the scary reality of so many in this country. We can help your family create peace of mind. When you’re at home, you’ll know your loved one is taken care of and in good hands!

For more information about memory care in Ann Arbor and the other services we provide, visit us at HillsideTerrace.net, or contact us here! Hillside Terrace – “Where our family shares life with your family!” Schedule a tour today!

Sunday, January 1, 2017

Ways to Help Seniors Avoid Isolation

Are you or a loved one isolated from other people?

Do you or a loved one get social anxiety?

Do you prefer to be by yourself?

According to a study conducted by the Drexel University of Public Health, “seniors living in areas with greater social capital had significantly higher physical mobility scores than those living in lower social capital neighborhoods. Living in a place with greater social capital—where there is more trust and more helpful neighbors—you will feel more comfortable walking around to get to places you need to go, which helps you stay mobile,” and less isolated.

If your parent or loved one doesn’t live in an area with social capital, then it is important to encourage them in certain ways to get involved in something they enjoy doing to promote social health.

A Place for Mom suggests the top ways to promote connectedness and social health include:
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  1. Making transportation available
  2. Promote sense of purpose or hobbies that interest them
  3. Encourage religious seniors to maintain attendance at their places of worship
  4. Give a senior something to take care of
  5. Encourage a positive body image
  6. Encourage hearing and vision tests
  7. Make adaptive technologies available
  8. Notify neighbors of your loved one’s condition so they can keep a friendly eye out in case anything seems amiss
  9. Encourage dining with others
  10. Address incontinence issues
  11. Give a hug
  12. Giving extra support to seniors who have recently lost a spouse
  13. Identification of socially isolated seniors by public health professionals
  14. Help out a caregiver in your life
Have you or a loved one overcome isolation? Please let us know your story and what helped you! We’d LOVE to hear your story!

Hillside Terrace Retirement Community offers elderly care in Ann Arbor and the surrounding areas. Trust is an important factor when placing your family member under someone else’s care. We can help your family create peace of mind. When you’re at home, you’ll know your loved one is taken care of and in good hands. Hillside Terrace – “Where our family shares life with your family!”

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