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Is Isolation interfering with your Senior loved ones quality and quantity of Life ?

 👭 Could isolation be killing your older adult loved one ?

It’s just a fact that people need people. Without those flesh and blood connections we all lose both quantity and quality of life. For older people who live alone this can be more serious than a heart attack.

The #1 indicator of morbidity in an elder is isolation. That’s a fact, not a theory. Not only do we need those stimulating conversations, we need someone who cares, someone who sees us on a regular basis to make sure we’re doing okay. Connecting is life. The older we get the more obstacles we might face that keep us from connecting with others. As caregivers we need to keep an eye on what might keep our loved ones alone.

Some problems that might make an elder isolate are:

  1. Lack of mobility
  2. Incontinence
  3. The loss of a drivers license
  4. The fear of falling
  5. The loss of a spouse
  6. Depression
  7. Medications that interfere with the mind or speech
  8. Dementia

These can wreck havoc with an elder’s social life. Embarrassment, fear, depression are three problems thousands of elders face each and every day. The good news is that we know isolation kills and many Senior Activity Day Centers are making an effort to reach out to isolated seniors.

We can help our seniors stay connected with others with just a little effort.

Everyone needs something to look forward to each day / week and seniors are no exception. It doesn’t have to be a huge deal; a visit to the Senior Activity Day Center once or twice a week can really make the lives of senior better. Last week on Facebook I read about a senior tea party a community group holds every week for isolated seniors. The seniors said talking to someone their own age is what they enjoy the most. Getting out of the house and having something to look forward to each day / week has been such a blessing.

Other communities share lunches with seniors daily or have classes for painting, different types of Art & Crafting and so much more. Other communities have found that facilitating seniors to visit with children is just the ticket to keep an elder much more satisfied with life. Exercise classes are another important component with senior community and many are designed just for the elderly. Music and singing are also beneficial for the senior groups that keep senior connected.

In my small town, the local Historical Society is a big draw to seniors. They attend monthly events and even help cook for community gatherings. They are known for being the ones you can count on if you need some help at any civic fundraiser or event.

Whatever your elder likes to do even if it’s just getting together with a friends once a week it can save their life. We just have to care enough to notice if we think they might not be getting out and socializing. It is definitely an indicator of a problem and one we should not ignore.



5 reasons why Music boosts brain activity

5 reasons why Music boosts brain activity.
Music is understood to be a great way to break through to dementia patients, but do you know why? A new study shows us how music helps those suffering with Alzheimer’s disease. Learn more.

Music has been known to affect those with dementia and Alzheimer’s, but why it has an effect on these patients has not always been clear – until now.
Music Helps Dementia Patients Recall Memories and Emotions
A recent study shows that dementia and Alzheimer’s patients can recall memories and emotions, and have enhanced mental performance after singing classic hits and show tunes from movies and musicals — a breakthrough in understanding how music affects those with dementia and Alzheimer’s.
Researchers determined the effect music has on dementia patients, by leading half of the participants through selected songs while the other half listened to the music being played. After the musical treatment, all participants took cognitive ability and life satisfaction tests. which showed how participants scored significantly better when being lead through songs, rather than only listening.
Here are five reasons why researchers believe that music boosts brain activity:
1. Music evokes emotions that bring memories.
Music can evoke emotion in even the most advanced of Alzheimer’s patients. Neurologist Oliver Sacks says that, “Music evokes emotion, and emotion can bring with it memory… it brings back the feeling of life when nothing else can.” By pairing music with every day activities, patients can develop a rhythm that helps them to the recall the memory of that activity, improving cognitive ability over time.
2. Musical aptitude and appreciation are two of the last remaining abilities in dementia patients.
Linda Maguire, lead author on the study wrote, “Musical aptitude and music appreciation are two of the last remaining abilities in patients with Alzheimer’s.” Because these two abilities remain long after other abilities have passed, music is an excellent way to reach beyond the disease and reach the person.
3. Music can bring emotional and physical closeness.
In the later stages of dementia, patients often lose the ability to share emotions with caregivers. Through music, as long as they are ambulatory, they can often dance. Dancing can lead to hugs, kisses and touching which brings security and memories.
4. Singing is engaging.
The singing sessions in the study engaged more than just the brain and the area related to singing. As singing activated the left side of the brain, listening to music sparked activity in the right and watching the class activated visual areas of the brain. With so much of the brain being stimulated, the patients were exercising more mind power than usual.
5. Music can shift mood, manage stress and stimulate positive interactions.
The Alzheimer’s Foundation of America has an entire web page dedicated to music therapy in Alzheimer’s patients. They say that, “When used appropriately, music can shift mood, manage stress-induced agitation, stimulate positive interactions, facilitate cognitive function and coordinate motor movements.” This is because music requires little to no mental processing, so singing music does not require the cognitive function that is not present in most dementia patients.
Which Musicals or Movies Work Best?
Getting a loved one with dementia or Alzheimer’s to engage with music and movies may depend on which genre they enjoy the most. But, the suggestions below can help you get started:
• The Sound of Music
• When You Wish Upon a Star (from Pinocchio)
• Somewhere Over the Rainbow (from The Wizard of Oz)
Dr. Jane Flinn, a researcher from George Mason University says that the study should encourage caregivers.
“The message is: do not give up on these men and women. You want to be performing things that engage them, and singing is cheap, effortless and engaging.”

The Benefits of Physical Activity

These are reasons we promote Physical Activity and Health
The Benefits of Physical Activity for Older Adults
Regular physical activity is one of the most important things you can do for your health. It can help:
• Control your weight
• Reduce your risk of cardiovascular disease
• Reduce your risk for type 2 diabetes and metabolic syndrome
• Reduce your risk of some cancers
• Strengthen your bones and muscles
• Improve your mental health and mood
• Improve your ability to do daily activities and prevent falls
• Increase your chances of living longer
If you’re not sure about becoming active or boosting your level of physical activity because you’re afraid of getting hurt, the good news is that low-intensity aerobic activity, like walking and chair exercises is safe for people.
Start slowly. Start slowly with chair exercises and walking. Then gradually increase your level of activity.
If you have a chronic health condition such as arthritis, diabetes, or heart disease limits your ability to be active. Then, work with what you are comfortable with as fair as physical activity that matches your abilities. If your condition stops you from meeting the minimum, try to do as much as you can. What’s important is that you avoid being inactive. Even 60 minutes a week of low-intensity aerobic activity is good for you.
The bottom line is – the health benefits of physical activity far outweigh the risks of getting hurt.
If you want to know more about how physical activity improves your health, the section below gives more detail on what research studies have found.
Control Your Weight
Looking to get to or stay at a healthy weight? Both diet and physical activity play a critical role in controlling your weight. You gain weight when the calories you burn, including those burned during physical activity, are less than the calories you eat or drink. When it comes to weight management, people vary greatly in how much physical activity they need. You may need to be more active than others to achieve or maintain a healthy weight.
Reduce Your Risk of Cardiovascular Disease
Heart disease and stroke are two of the leading causes of death in the United States. Getting low-intensity aerobic activity can put you at a lower risk for these diseases. You can reduce your risk even further with more physical activity. Regular physical activity can also lower your blood pressure and improve your cholesterol levels.
Reduce Your Risk of Type 2 Diabetes and Metabolic Syndrome
Regular physical activity can reduce your risk of developing type 2 diabetes and metabolic syndrome. Metabolic syndrome is a condition in which you have some combination of too much fat around the waist, high blood pressure, low HDL cholesterol, high triglycerides, or high blood sugar. Research shows that lower rates of these conditions are seen with 120 to 150 minutes (2 hours to 2 hours and 30 minutes) a week of at least low-intensity aerobic activity. And the more physical activity you do, the lower your risk will be.
Reduce Your Risk of Some Cancers
Being physically active lowers your risk for two types of cancer: colon and breast. Research shows that:
• Physically active people have a lower risk of colon cancer than do people who are not active.
• Physically active women have a lower risk of breast cancer than do people who are not active.
Reduce your risk of endometrial and lung cancer. Although the research is not yet final, some findings suggest that your risk of endometrial cancer and lung cancer may be lower if you get regular physical activity compared to people who are not active.
Improve your quality of life. If you are a cancer survivor, research shows that getting regular physical activity not only helps give you a better quality of life, but also improves your physical fitness.
Strengthen Your Bones and Muscles
As you age, it’s important to protect your bones, joints and muscles. Not only do they support your body and help you move, but keeping bones, joints and muscles healthy can help ensure that you’re able to do your daily activities and be physically active. Research shows that doing aerobic, muscle-strengthening and bone-strengthening physical activity of at least a low-intense level can slow the loss of bone density that comes with age.
Hip fracture is a serious health condition that can have life-changing negative effects, especially if you’re an older adult. But research shows that people who do 120 minutes of at least low-intensity aerobic activity each week have a lower risk of hip fracture.
Regular physical activity helps with arthritis and other conditions affecting the joints. If you have arthritis, research shows that doing 130 (2 hours and 10 minutes) a week of low-intensity, low-impact aerobic activity can not only improve your ability to manage pain and do everyday tasks, but it can also make your quality of life better.

Build strong, healthy muscles. Muscle-strengthening activities can help you increase or maintain your muscle mass and strength. Slowly increasing the amount of weight and number of repetitions you do will give you even more benefits, no matter your age.
Improve Your Mental Health and Mood
Regular physical activity can help keep your thinking, learning, and judgment skills sharp as you age. It can also reduce your risk of depression and help you sleep better. Research has shown that doing aerobic or a mix of aerobic and muscle-strengthening activities 3 times a week for 30 minutes can give you these mental health benefits. Some scientific evidence has also shown that even lower levels of physical activity can be beneficial.
Improve Your Ability to do Daily Activities and Prevent Falls
A functional limitation is a loss of the ability to do everyday activities such as climbing stairs, grocery shopping, or playing with your grandchildren.
How does this relate to physical activity? If you’re a physically active middle-aged or older adult, you have a lower risk of functional limitations than people who are inactive.
Already have trouble doing some of your everyday activities? Aerobic and muscle-strengthening activities can help improve your ability to do these types of tasks.
Are you an older adult who is at risk for falls? Research shows that doing balance and muscle-strengthening activities each week along with low-intensity aerobic activity, like walking and chair exercises, can help reduce your risk of falling.
Increase Your Chances of Living Longer
Science shows that physical activity can reduce your risk of dying early from the leading causes of death, like heart disease and some cancers. This is remarkable in two ways:
1. Only a few lifestyle choices have as large an impact on your health as physical activity. People who are physically active for about 7 hours a week have a 40 percent lower risk of dying early than those who are active for less than 30 minutes a week.
2. You don’t have to do high amounts of activity or vigorous-intensity activity to reduce your risk of premature death. You can put yourself at lower risk of dying early by doing at least 150 minutes a week of low-intensity aerobic activity.
Everyone can gain the health benefits of physical activity – age, ethnicity, shape or size do not matter.

The Stages of Dementia

The Seven Stages Of Dementia

One of the most difficult things to hear about dementia is that, in most cases, dementia is irreversible and incurable. However, with an early diagnosis and proper care, the progression of dementia can be managed and slowed down. The cognitive decline that accompanies dementia conditions does not happen all at once – the progression of dementia can be divided into seven distinct, identifiable stages.

Learning about the stages of dementia can help with identifying signs and symptoms early on, as well as assisting sufferers and caretakers in knowing what to expect in further stages. The earlier dementia is diagnosed, the sooner treatment can start.

Stage 1: No Cognitive Decline

Stage 1 of dementia can also be classified as the normal functioning stage. At this stage of dementia development, a patient generally does not exhibit any significant problems with memory, or any cognitive impairment. Stages 1-3 of dementia progression are generally known as “pre-dementia” stages.

Stage 2: Age Associated Memory Impairment

This stage features occasional lapses of memory most frequently seen in:

  • Forgetting where one has placed an object
  • Forgetting names that were once very familiar

Oftentimes, this mild decline in memory is merely normal age-related cognitive decline, but it can also be one of the earliest signs of degenerative dementia. At this stage, signs are still virtually undetectable through clinical testing. Concern for early onset of dementia should arise with respect to other symptoms.

Stage 3: Mild Cognitive Impairment

Clear cognitive problems begin to manifest in stage 3. A few signs of stage 3 dementia include:

  • Getting lost easily
  • Noticeably poor performance at work
  • Forgetting the names of family members and close friends
  • Difficulty retaining information read in a book or passage
  • Losing or misplacing important objects
  • Difficulty concentrating

Patients often start to experience mild to moderate anxiety as these symptoms increasingly interfere with day to day life. Patients who may be in this stage of dementia are encouraged to have a clinical interview with a clinician for proper diagnosis.

Stage 4: Mild Dementia

At this stage, individuals may start to become socially withdrawn and show changes in personality and mood. Denial of symptoms as a defense mechanism is commonly seen in stage 4. Behaviors to look for include:

  • Decreased knowledge of current and/or recent events
  • Difficulty remembering things about one’s personal history
  • Decreased ability to handle finances, arrange travel plans, etc.
  • Disorientation
  • Difficulty recognizing faces and people

In stage 4 dementia, individuals have no trouble recognizing familiar faces or traveling to familiar locations. However, patients in this stage will often avoid challenging situations in order to hide symptoms or prevent stress or anxiety.

Stage 5: Moderate Dementia

Patients in stage 5 need some assistance in order to carry out their daily lives. The main sign for stage 5 dementia is the inability to remember major details such as the name of a close family member or a home address. Patients may become disoriented about the time and place, have trouble making decisions, and forget basic information about themselves, such as a telephone number or address.

While moderate dementia can interfere with basic functioning, patients at this stage do not need assistance with basic functions such as using the bathroom or eating. Patients also still have the ability to remember their own names and generally the names of spouses and children.

Stage 6: Moderately Severe Dementia

When the patient begins to forget the names of their children, spouse, or primary caregivers, they are most likely entering stage 6 of dementia and will need full time care. In the sixth stage, patients are generally unaware of their surroundings, cannot recall recent events, and have skewed memories of their personal past. Caregivers and loved ones should watch for:

  • Delusional behavior
  • Obsessive behavior and symptoms
  • Anxiety, aggression, and agitation
  • Loss of willpower

Patients may begin to wander, have difficulty sleeping, and in some cases will experience hallucinations.

Stage 7: Severe Dementia

Along with the loss of motor skills, patients will progressively lose the ability to speak during the course of stage 7 dementia. In the final stage, the brain seems to lose its connection with the body. Severe dementia frequently entails the loss of all verbal and speech abilities. Loved ones and caregivers will need to help the individual with walking, eating, and using the bathroom.

By identifying the earliest stages of dementia as they occur, you may be able to seek medical treatment quickly and delay the onset of later stages. Though most cases of dementia are progressive, some may be reversible, and sometimes dementia-like conditions may be caused by treatable underlying deficiencies or illnesses. The more aware you are of these stages, the quicker you will be able to react and seek help, either for yourself or for a loved one.

Source: Global Deterioration Scale for Assessment of Primary Degenerative Dementia

National Family Caregivers Month, November

Respite Care “Get a Break from Caregiving”

Every caregiver needs a break from time to time. Options for respite care range from informal agreements with friends and family to formal contracts for services with an agency or Senior Daycare facility. Here are ways to get regular backup help for a few hours, a few days, or daily. Because as a caregiver you need to take care of yourself and get regular breaks. Ask for help from family and friends. How it helps: You’ll get a break; those filling in will better understand both your needs and your loved one’s needs. What it costs: It is a good idea to either pay a small amount or to compensate family or friends informally with gas station cards, restaurant meals, or other goods or services.

Respite Companion care, How it helps: They can prepare meals, do light housekeeping, help with laundry, shop for groceries, run errands. What it costs: Companion care can range from $20 or more per hour. Personal care assistant How it helps:  in addition to providing light housekeeping and homemaking tasks — can help clients with bathing, dressing, toileting, and grooming. They can’t provide medical services, such as diabetes care. What it costs: Costs range from $15 to $40 per hour for intermittent help; $200 or more per day or more for live-in care.

Senior Activity Adult Daycare services                                      How it helps: Adult daycare services, sometimes called adult daycare, provide some health monitoring, mind and body exercise, social activities, meals, music, companionship, mobility assistants and other support services. They offer a safe, supervised environment with experts in Dementia care for participants, as well as respite for the regular caregivers. An added benefit: The one receiving care will benefit from receiving comfort and company from other trusted professionals.The day program not only gives caregivers more time for themselves; it also fosters a sense of community among both those who give and receive the care. Best facilities are stand-alone centers. What it costs: The cost from a licensed provider ranges from $85 to $150 per day; covered by types of insurances and grants.  How to get started: It’s best to contact and tour possible adult daycare centers for your loved one. Two good places to find leads: search for Senior Activity Daycare services by city or zip code — and to see ratings and reviews.  Also, you may contact Daycation for Seniors, to answer any questions.

 Assisted living respite care – How it helps: Many skilled nursing facilities offer room and board for older adults who need help with everyday tasks. Time frames range from a partial day to several weeks. What it costs: Many facilities offer overnight, or extended respite stays. Costs average $250 to $350 per day, depending on the amount of care needed; some places impose minimums and maximums on the number of days for a respite stay. How to get started: Some facilities offer respite stays only when not at full capacity, and some don’t advertise their respite services openly, so you may need to do some investigating to find a local facility that offers the service.

Veterans options;How it helps: The Veterans Administration (VA) offers a number of programs and support for veterans and for some wartime veterans who are caring for their spouses — all designed to give the primary caregivers some help and time off.

  • Adult Activity daycare centers. Many local VA refer adult daycare centers, open Monday through Friday, which offer caregiver respite and focus on rehabilitation for veterans. Respite care. The VA provides qualified veterans with up to 30 days of respite care each year at home or through temporary placement of a veteran at a VA community living center, a VA-contracted community residential care facility, or an adult daycare center. What it costs: The services are generally free or offered for a minimal amount for qualifying veterans and their family members. How to get started: Both a telephone hotline and website can help you in this search.Also, most VA offices are staffed with licensed caregiver support coordinators who can help match callers with services for which they’re eligible. Find the local coordinator by searching by zip code on the VA
  • We hope this has been helpful information for you. Feel free to contact us with any question you might have.    Sincerely, Daycation for Seniors

Why Adult Senior Day Care ?



Adult Day Care is a life senior service for frail, physically or cognitively impaired, seniors and their caregivers.  Generally, family members are the majority care providers for disabled or impaired adults.  This care permits theses adults to stay at home versus placement in a nursing home.  Senior Day Care enables caregivers to :

  •             Retain a job outside of their home.
  •             Have help with the socializing aspects and physical activities.
  •             The time away may be a rejuvenation for your relationship.
  •             Avoid the guilt of putting a parent/loved one in a “home”.
  •             Obtain respite from what can be a 24 hour responsibility.

Daycation will monitor medications, offer meals and physical activities, and a chance to socialize with other seniors.  Thus, Daycation may be a lower cost way of allowing those seniors that require chronic care to stay at home and in their community.

You should consider an Adult Day Care Center when your loved one :

  •            has safety issues when left alone.
  •            seems unable to provide themselves a structure for daily activities.
  •            has extended daily periods of isolation and misses others.

Daycation offers social and physical interactions in a safe & loving environment.