If you looked back 40 years ago, senior living was not what it is today. In fact, assisted senior living was not even an option for senior care. It was not until the 1980s that Dr. Keren Brown Wilson established the idea of “assisted living” facilities. In the years that followed, assisted living facilities spread throughout the country and became more widely available. Even so, the idea of an assisted living community has dramatically changed in recent years.
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Growing older brings changes to our minds and bodies. These changes are unique to us and may happen at a different rate than those around us. That being said, it is not uncommon for your mom and dad to require different levels of senior care.
Discovering a family member is living with memory impairments can be difficult, and transitioning him or her into memory care can be an overwhelming experience. This is especially true if one is hesitant or resistant to making the transition into a memory care community. Navigating through all of the unknowns is a task by itself, but ensuring that your family member is comfortable with the change adds another layer.
Over the years, many myths about senior living have accrued that paint an unflattering picture of how these communities operate. A majority of these myths stem from the media’s representation of what a senior care community is, as well as from negative experiences a friend or family member may have dealt with.
Although many people may think dementia itself is a disease, it is only a means of describing changes in the brain that are characterized by memory loss and cognitive decline. While Alzheimer’s disease is the most commonly known and diagnosed type of dementia, it is not the only form of the condition.
Moving into a senior living community, like The Pavilion Senior Living, is frequently regarded as a great way to revitalize and redefine our retirement living. As the baby boomer generation reaches retirement, senior living communities throughout the country are evolving their services as seniors redefine what it means to retire.
While palliative care is becoming a more sought out care option selected by millions of Americans every year, a large portion of the public may still be unaware of what these services are. In some ways, palliative care is a similar solution to hospice care, but the main difference is the altered approach behind it.
Caring for a parent or loved one shows your love and compassion, but can the development of caregiver burnout. Caregiver burnout can begin as a caregiver focuses all their attention on a loved one, but neglects their wants and needs.
While researchers are hard at work searching for a cure for Alzheimer’s disease, they are also always seeking to understand the disease better. The Pavilion Senior Living previously shared a blog that discussed the history of Alzheimer’s disease. Now we want to highlight recent Alzheimer’s disease research and breakthroughs that bring hope for the future!
Technology has come a long way and has pushed senior care and the senior living space from generic nursing homes to beautiful, welcoming communities. As technology evolves, senior living communities have changed with it. Communities have adapted to make their locations more connected, safer, and overall give a better living experience.