It was not that long ago that seniors moving into an assisted living community had to leave behind an important companion, their pet. Today however, more and more retirement communities are recognizing the benefits of pets to the elderly, and many such as MorningStar of Arvada, allow residents to bring their pets with them.
There has been a lot of research that validates the benefits of pets in seniors’ lives. In fact, A Place for Mom website reports on a study that shows, “just 15 minutes bonding with an animal sets off a chemical chain reaction in the brain, lowering levels of the fight-or-flight hormone cortisol and increasing production of the feel-good hormone serotonin. The result: heart rate, blood pressure and stress levels immediately drop.” They go on to say that interactions between pets and humans can “lower cholesterol levels, fight depression and may even help protect against heart disease and stroke.”
Another reason pets can be good for the elderly is that animals live in the here and now and do not think about tomorrow, which for some seniors, can be worrisome. In addition animals offer unconditional love, emotional support and affection. This is one reason why pet therapy programs are used in convalescent homes, hospitals, mental health centers and children centers. Many people participating in such programs experience an improvement in appetite as well as “more social interaction and tactile and cognitive stimulation after interactions with pets.”
There is even research that indicates pet therapy is beneficial for those suffering from dementia diseases such as Sundowners Syndrome and Alzheimer’s. The animal’s complete acceptance and non-verbal communication has proven to be soothing for patients.
Please contact us to learn more about MorningStar of Arvada. Offering a lifestyle of comfort, wellness and community along with beautifully appointed spaces, we are confident you will be impressed.
The unique mission statement of MorningStar of Arvada, “to honor, to serve, to invest,” sets us apart from other senior living communities. Our foundation is built upon honoring God, valuing all seniors, and investing in staff with a felt calling to serve. Dedicated to creating a real home for residents within a beautiful setting, we encourage you to visit to see for yourself our exceptional community for independent and assisted living.
Experts agree that walking is beneficial to seniors’ health as it can stop bone mass loss, strengthen leg and abdominal muscles, and improve circulation by helping to lower blood pressure and reduce the risk for heart disease. Walking can also lead to weight loss or to maintain your weight, help you sleep better, increase your mental sharpness, and improve balance and stability. It can even increase your lifespan. However if you have not exercised in a while, doctors recommend you start slowly and only gradually increase your distance and pace.
If you let your health care provider know you are going to start walking, they can help you determine a safe starting point. From the onset you may only be able to walk a block, but over time, you will be able to go farer and should start noticing benefits fairly quickly. Additionally experts say even if you need a cane or a walker to safely move about, don’t let that stop you from walking, just take it with you. Also wear properly fitted comfortable shoes that provide good arch support. If you have foot problems, talk to your doctor about orthopedic shoes.
Remember do not overexert yourself. Walk at a safe pace and keep in mind that the most important thing is to just get started. For your safety, tuck your cell phone into a pocket that you can easy get to if the need arises and stay hydrated. To help keep you motivated, walk with a buddy or join a walking group.
At MorningStar at Dayton Place, we wholeheartedly agree that walking is great exercise for seniors and we have a Walking Club for both our assisted living residents and independent living residents. Please visit our website to learn more about our beautiful independent living, assisted living and memory care community, activities and programs, and our wide range of amenities.
Please consult your health care provider before starting any type of exercise.
MorningStar at Dayton Place offers the very best in senior living with a unique mission statement of “to honor, to serve, to invest.” Our foundation is built on honoring God, valuing all seniors and selecting staff with a felt calling to serve as we work toward creating a true home for residents amidst a serene setting. Please call or email to setup a tour of the area’s finest senior living in Denver CO.
The team of MorningStar of Glendale is getting excited as the opening of the newest senior living community in the area is getting closer. Scheduled to open in late 2018, our new community will offer 38 Casitas for independent living, 65 bright suites for assisted living, and another 35 secure suites devoted the individualized care of those with Alzheimer’s and other forms of dementia.
The Casitas for independent living offer incomparable value, which you will readily discover upon seeing all that is included with our homes. With easy access to shopping, restaurants, major medical facilities and recreation, your lifestyle at MorningStar of Glendale can be as active or relaxed as you choose. And with priority access to our adjacent assisted living and memory care suites, you have the security of knowing additional support is nearby—if you should ever need it.
For assisted living, we offer various levels of support for the activities of daily living designed to preserve and extend the independence, choices and privacy of our residents. After a thorough assessment with our Wellness Director, a Care Plan is put together in agreement with both the senior and their extended family. Our Care Managers are onsite 24/7 ready to ensure the safety of our residents and see to it that all of their needs are met. As our private suites are available in variety of configurations including spacious studio, one-bedroom and two-bedroom floor plans, we are sure you will find one that is perfect for your needs.
In our Reflections Neighborhood, we are set up to care for those in the early onset of the disease all the way to the most advanced stages. MorningStar’s unique approach to memory care includes finding ways to connect with and nurture the individual essence of each resident, and our energy is put toward finding ways to celebrate and elevate life.
Please stop by our onsite information center during construction, visit our website or contact us for more information.
The unique mission statement of MorningStar of Glendale, “to honor, to serve, to invest,” sets us apart from other senior living communities. Our foundation is built upon honoring God, valuing all seniors, and investing in staff with a felt calling to serve. Dedicated to creating a real home for residents within a beautiful setting, we encourage you to see for yourself the finest independent and assisted living in Glendale AZ.
As it turns out, many seniors are quite happy with their decision to move into an assisted living community. In part, that may be due to the fact that typically today’s assisted living communities are loaded with numerous amenities and activities. As a resident, you are provided with a lifestyle of comfort and community as well as a sense of safety and security.
When seniors move out of their family home into a senior community, they find themselves freed from lots of responsibilities. Owning a home requires routine care and maintenance such as mowing lawns, shoveling snow, pulling weeds, and other housekeeping chores.
Furthermore, seniors often live alone and experience feelings of loneliness and isolation. Also as people age, many are reluctant to drive, which means they end up spending a lot of time at home by themselves. This is something that is not a problem in assisted living communities. While activities are optional, there is generally something of interest for everyone.
For seniors who do not drive anymore, assisted living communities usually offer some form of transportation. In addition many communities routinely schedule day trips to activities such as plays, museums, shopping malls or other events.
We also know that many seniors who live alone do not eat well. In some cases, preparing food has become more difficult as well as grocery shopping. Most assisted living communities make healthy, nutritious food a priority and serve residents three daily meals. This is especially important for residents with dietary restrictions as most diets are accommodated.
Another frequently overlooked benefit of seniors moving into assisted living is they do not need to depend on their grown children or other family members as they did when living on their own. This allows both parties to just enjoy one another again. Grown children no longer find themselves in the position of have to parent their parent as the senior is getting needs meet at their “new home.”
Finally we cannot forget the importance of socializing and making new friends at any age. Even for individuals who value their privacy, there is still the comfort of having other people around. If the event of a fall or medical emergency, help is always close at hand for residents at an assisted living community.
Opening in late 2018, MorningStar Assisted Living & Memory Care of Beaverton will offer residents a safe and secure place to age in and to enjoy our many amenities and activities. Contact us to learn more and discover for yourself why MorningStar residents are happy to call our communities “home”.
MorningStar of Beaverton proudly provides the very best in senior living with our unique mission statement of “to honor, to serve, to invest.” With a foundation built on honoring God, valuing all seniors and selecting staff with a felt calling to serve, we create a true home for residents amid a beautiful setting. Please contact us to learn more about the finest assisted living in Beaverton Oregon.
At MorningStar Senior Living we strive to create a true home where you can enjoy your retirement years as carefree as possible. Offering a lifestyle of comfort, wellness and community, our care team is committed to giving residents a quality of life that other senior living communities simply cannot match.