According to the Anxiety and Depression Association of America, anxiety disorders are the most common mental disorder in the United States. With so many Americans affected by this disorder, it is common for most people to think that anxiety is easy to treat.
When caring for a loved one, you can often overlook what you need to truly take care of yourself. If you stop paying attention to your personal needs and wants, other things can follow shortly after. Usually, when one neglects themselves, they can experience a lack of confidence, and their self-esteem can drop tremendously. Obviously, it is essential for your loved ones to be cared for but it is also vital for you to take care of yourself along the way.
Learning about a diagnosis of diabetes can be very frustrating, and furthermore, frightening. While fear may be your first initial response, questions and concerns may quickly consume you. You might wonder: Do I have to adjust my diet? Can I still go out to eat? If you are in senior care and managing diabetes, this new diagnosis may be very overwhelming. The Pavilion Senior Living is here to let you know that you can still enjoy an exciting culinary life - you just need to be more cautious.
Looking to get away this season, but worried traveling may be a challenge, especially because of your age? Even for those residing in an assisted living facility, travel can still be and should be an option for you. Traveling can be an enjoyable, rewarding experience that can be made even better with friends or family. Here are a few ways to make travel more accessible, especially if you or a friend are of senior age.
Did you know that 5.7 million Americans are living with Alzheimer’s? This startling number can make anyone anxious. If you have an older loved one who has expressed early signs of the disease or if your own parent has Alzheimer’s, it can be even more intimidating. That is precisely why The Pavilion is increasing education efforts for dementia-related illnesses. Fortunately, there are options for Alzheimer’s care and even steps for prevention!
One of the unique privileges we have at The Pavilion Senior Living is working with people that experience full, rich lives. We may ask ourselves "why was it fulfilling?" Where did the senior in my life once find their purpose? By addressing those questions, we can understand how we can help seniors keep passions alive. How do you help the resident that discovered their true purpose in serving their community? How do you support the resident that found purpose in teaching? By exploring each individual’s passions, we are given the gift of doing something transformative with our life enrichment here at The Pavilion.
If you care for an older parent or if someone close to you is in an assisted living community, you know that from time to time staying positive can be a challenge. At The Pavilion, we know how it is crucial for staff to keep their mental state healthy while also helping our residents be healthy. When caregivers ignore their own health, it can result in caregiver burnout. Luckily, the adverse side effects can be prevented, and there are ways to staying positive when caring for an older loved one.
When you or someone close to you rely on a wheelchair in a senior assisted living community, it can be hard to muster enough motivation to exercise. Even when someone is non-disabled and young, it can still be a challenge to gather enough motivation to get moving. Often, seniors give up when it comes to being fit, especially if they face a mobility limitation. Here at The Pavilion, we try to encourage all our residents to get the exercise they need as often as they can. We offer fitness and wellness programs for our assisted living residents. However, if you or someone close to you haven’t been active for a while, it can be intimidating to jump in and join a group. If this is how you feel, try working out with a close friend in a more private setting. Be sure to get confirmation from a doctor and have a work out buddy or physical therapist with you through the whole activity. If you and your close friend are still having trouble getting started, we are here to help you get past all the barriers.
Here at The Pavilion, we understand it can be a challenge to schedule time with your mom or dad in a senior living community. And that’s why we are here to offer some great suggestions for you. Cooking together can be an amazing way to spend time together without it feeling forced. Sometimes it is easier to open up when your hands are busy. And even if you don’t chat all that much, the time spent together will mean more than you might even realize.