How Do I Choose An Assisted Living Facility?

How Do I Choose An Assisted Living Facility?

Many people will have to answer this question, either for themselves or for a much beloved family member. This may be one of the most important and difficult matters any of us ever face. It is a choice that will have lasting, far reaching effects on the happiness, health and well-being of the person involved. Unfortunately, most people are not prepared or qualified to make this choice. After all, very few of us think about it before we are forced to do so. When the time comes, most people have little background knowledge and no idea of where to turn for trustworthy, knowledgeable advice. First, you should understand what the term “assisted living facility” (ALF) actually means. An assisted living facility is a form of senior housing that blends independent, private living space with some level of support service.  The level of support services offered may vary, but it generally includes housekeeping, meal prepara­tion, assistance with daily living functions and some level...
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Is it Alzheimer’s?

Is it Alzheimer’s?

More and more people are aware of and concerned about Alzheimer’s disease. Unquestionably, this awareness and concern is a good thing, but it can also cause confusion and lead to needless worry.  When a young adult forgets an appointment, a deadline or the name of a movie, they may be excused as “being too busy” or “having too much to think about”. The same lapse of memory in an older person may cause those around them to immediately think of Alzheimer’s. It is important to know that the normal age-related memory changes experienced by many people are not a sign of dementia or Alzheimer’s. Alzheimer’s is not a normal sign of aging. Many factors related to health and lifestyle can affect memory. Depression, thyroid problems, overuse of alcohol, some types of vitamin deficiencies and use of “recreational drugs” are a few of the factors that can cause memory problems in people of any age. These causes are treatable, reversible and not...
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