Monday, May 15, 2017

The Power of Laughter for Senior Health

Looking for an easy way to boost your health and happiness during the senior years of your life? Caring for a senior family member or friend who has been a little less than perky lately?

You’ve heard it before and we’ll say it again: laughter is the best medicine! Well, as far as non-medicine medicines go. There’s no replacing blood pressure prescriptions if that’s something your doctor has assessed you need, but the powerful medicine of laughter can do wonders for our health.

Read a list of the amazing benefits of laughter!

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  1. Studies show that taking a break to laugh can improve your short-term memory performance by 40%. That’s a big deal as we start to get older.
  2. Laughing significantly reduces levels of cortisol, the stress hormone, which is linked to cardiovascular disease.
  3. A good laugh relaxes the entire body and can alleviate muscle tension and stress.
  4. Laughter releases endorphins, the body’s natural pain killer lessening the aches and pains common with old age for up to two hours.
  5. A healthy chuckle reduces blood pressure and improves circulation and oxygenation.
  6. Laughing regularly boosts the immune system and the body’s ability to fight disease and infection.
  7. Laughter reduces stress, anxiety, and depression while increasing levels of dopamine in the body.
  8. Laughing exercises the muscles of the core which are crucial for breathing, posture, and mobility.
Each of these benefits happen immediately and as a direct result of laughing. The long-term and greater psychological benefits of laughing and humor are far too many to count here!

To add some laughter into your day, choose comedies over dramas, get everyone to tell a joke or funny story at dinner, or subscribe to a joke of the day email and share it with friends.

If you have questions about the power of laughter or providing elderly care in Ann Arbor, please give us a call. We’re confident you’ll see the difference in quality of care when our family shares life with yours. Schedule a tour of our facilities today. 

Monday, May 1, 2017

Why Seniors Should Join a Knitting Club

Retired and looking for a way to spend your new found free time? Interested in finding a rewarding activity for older parents or a friend?

For a senior activity, you’d be hard-pressed to find something more beneficial for its members than a knitting club. With their relaxed and rewarding environment, these groups are full of opportunities to put both the hands and mind to work. Read on and discover 5 benefits seniors get from joining a knitting club.

Physical
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The dexterity and fine motor skill exercised in knitting and crocheting help knitting club members maintain and improve these abilities. Being physically active is also good for both the mind and body.

Mental


Not only is learning or practicing an intricate skill good for mental health and cognitive function, but being part of a social group puts seniors in a stimulating environment. Neurons will be firing all over the place!

Social


Depression can be a common malady of the elderly, especially those living in isolation or prone to spending time alone. Involvement in a group that promotes socialization, like a knitting club, can be a simple way to help an elder family member beat their blues.

Emotional


Engagement in knitting activities can help stay the stresses and anxieties in a senior’s life. Because knitting requires moments of great focus, it’s also a perfect time for relaxation and tranquility as the mind quiets to allow the hands to work.

Purposeful


Settling into retirement after decades of working a regular job can lead seniors to a low valuation of self, missing the feeling of making a contribution to a team or effort. Being creatively active with knitting projects can provide new purpose. A plan to donate projects to hospitals or charities can lead to an even greater sense of purpose.

The importance of these 5 benefits cannot be understated! Joining a group such as a knitting club could be an act which truly saves quality of life at a senior age. If you have questions about knitting or other social clubs, or providing elderly care in Ann Arbor, please give us a call. We’re confident you’ll see the difference in quality of care when our family shares life with yours. Schedule a tour of our facilities today. 

Monday, April 17, 2017

How to Tell the Difference Between Normal Forgetfulness & Dementia!

Aging is a part of life, there’s no doubt about it! But, is forgetfulness normal?

Is it normal to forget the little things as we age? Whether you forget an appointment, forget to pay a bill, or walk into a room and forget why you’re there, is that normal?

According to the Alzheimer’s Association, “in Mild Cognitive Impairment (MCI), a person has problems with memory or another core brain function. These problems are severe enough to be noticeable to other people and show up on tests of mental function, but not serious enough to interfere with daily life.
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People with MCI have an increased risk of developing Alzheimer’s disease in the near future, especially when their main problem involves memory. However, not everyone diagnosed with MCI progresses to Alzheimer’s or another type of dementia.

What is Dementia?


Dementia is not a disease. It’s a general term that describes a set of symptoms that may be caused by a number of different brain disorders. These symptoms involve mental decline severe enough to disrupt daily life that affects more than one of the following core brain functions:

  • Recent memory (the ability to learn and recall information)
  • Language (the ability to write or speak, or to understand written or spoken words)
  • Visuospatial Function (the ability to understand and use symbols, maps, etc. and the ability to correctly judge where objects are)
  • Executive function (the ability to plan, reason, solve problems and focus on a task)”

You may ask yourself: Will I get dementia? Is my forgetfulness a sign that I’ll be diagnosed with dementia when I’m older?

No, not necessarily. There are certain factors that increase your risks as you age. If you’re aware of those things and make some lifestyle changes, you should be well on your way to living a long and happy life!

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Our memory care facility is available for those who suffer from the following memory illnesses: long-term memory loss, short-term memory loss, Huntington’s disease, Dementia, Alzheimer’s, and even those who suffer from a traumatic brain injury.

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!” 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– a facility for memory care in Ann Arbor.

Contact us for more information about memory care offered at Hillside Terrace.

Tuesday, April 11, 2017

What is "The Longest Day”?

The Longest Day on Wednesday, June 21, 2017, is all about bringing people together to support a common goal: the fight against Alzheimer’s. It’s the celebration of the year!

We help raise funds and awareness for research while doing activities you can enjoy. You can honor a caregiver, someone living with Alzheimer's, or someone you’ve lost by selecting his or her favorite hobby and doing it from sunrise to sunset.

Do you know someone fighting the disease?

Are you at risk?

Are you noticing symptoms?

According to the Alzheimer’s Association, “The Longest Day is all about love. Love for all those affected by Alzheimer's disease. On the summer solstice, team up with the Alzheimer’s Association and select any activity you love — or an activity loved by those affected — to help end Alzheimer’s. Together, we will raise funds and awareness for care and support while advancing research toward the first survivor of Alzheimer’s.”

Thousands contribute to The Longest Day activities on the longest night December 21, and the longest day, June 21. Last year, over 10,000 people from nine countries participated in 3,200 Longest Day tributes and $3.8 million was raised for the Alzheimer’s Association. That’s incredible!

“What motivates us year to year is the fact that the Alzheimer's disease is now more than ever not just an "Old Person" disease. People of all ages are being affected by Alzheimer's. There is still no prevention, no cure, and not enough funds and research to provide us with a possible cure. We live and breathe this disease everyday here at Hillside Terrace. Our mission this year is to raise as much awareness as possible at our "Longest Day" to the youth and to the community,” says Trey Litz, Director of Community Relations.

This year we’re partnering with Bumpin' Bubbles and giving people and businesses in the area a chance to sponsor an hour of team building skills while playing Bubble Soccer. The orchard will be set up like a real soccer field with bleachers for fans, food & drinks, silent auctions, live DJ, Cardio Drumming, NuStepping, Zumba, Yoga, and even Jon Falk from the UM Athletic Department will be there handing out and signing his books!

For more information on how you can donate to the Hillside Terrace team visit The Alzheimer's Association's The Longest Day page.

All donations help provide care and support to all those facing Alzheimer’s. The Alzheimer’s Association also helps drive new research studies toward new treatment, prevention and ultimately, a cure. Donate today!  

To learn more about how you can get involved in Hillside Terrace Retirement Community’s Longest Day, contact us today! (734) 761-4451

Monday, April 3, 2017

The Benefits of Art Therapy For Seniors!

Does your parent love art?

Do they do any kind of creative activity?

Do they live in a retirement community that provides the opportunity for seniors to be creative?
Gene Cohen, MD, PhD, director of the Center on Aging, Health & Humanities at George Washington University in Washington, DC, and the first researcher to conduct a national study on the quality of life, found that the arts have a positive effect on health and illness as we age. His research found that art therapy benefits seniors by:
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  • helping individuals relax;
  • providing a sense of control;
  • reducing depression and anxiety;
  • assisting in socialization;
  • encouraging playfulness and a sense of humor;
  • improving cognition;
  • offering sensory stimulation;
  • fostering a stronger sense of identity;
  • increasing self-esteem;
  • nurturing spirituality; and
  • reducing boredom.
At Hillside Terrace, we believe art is very beneficial to the health and well-being of seniors. We make it a priority to offer activities that will help stimulate the mind, body, and spirit! Our monthly activities try to appeal to everyone’s likes including:

  • Arts & Crafts
  • 3D Painting
  • Manicures
  • Baking
  • Ring Toss
  • Bocce Ball
  • Bridge
  • Meditation
  • Bingo
  • Volleyball
  • and more!

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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! Hillside Terrace – “Where our family shares life with your family!” Schedule a tour today!

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!