Friday, November 30, 2018

As One Resident Says, “Morningstar Is a Wonderful Place to Live!”

As it turns out, not only do we feel that we are one of the area’s finest senior living facilities, but many of our residents and families are glad to tell us they agree!  You cannot imagine how gratifying this is for the entire MorningStar of Billings’ team, as we are dedicated to providing residents with all the care and services they need for carefree retirement years. 

One of the things we always encourage interested families to do is to schedule a tour with us.  We sincerely believe that you cannot experience the loving, warm atmosphere of the Billing’s community without a firsthand view.  Therefore to hear the following from a resident’s family member was music to our ears.  They write, “I walked into a beautiful and clean community. The tour was fantastic and informative. After touring other facilities in Billings, I felt most comfortable having my parents here at MorningStar!”

We were again reminded of how very proud we are of our loving team as we read the words of another family member who writes that her mother has been a MorningStar resident for over a year and a half.   She ends her note by saying, “The quality of her life has improved dramatically. She’s made lots of friends, and is much more active than she was before. I highly recommend MorningStar.”

From the wise words of a resident who sums up the MorningStar of Billings’ experience as “Great apartment, good food, great management, and pleasant residents. A great place to live,” we think it says it all.  We invite area families to visit our website to set up a tour or to inquire about pricing and availability.  Be sure to ask us about our Lifetime Rate offer in memory care (rent & care included) and a Two-Year Rate Freeze (rent only) offer in assisted living.  Both are available for a limited time.   


MorningStar Senior Living of Billings represents the finest in senior living with our unique mission statement “to honor, to serve, to invest.”  Our foundation is built on honoring God, valuing our seniors and hiring staff with a felt calling to serve in order to provide a true home for residents.  We invite you to set up a tour to one of Billings’ foremost senior living facilities.        

Thursday, November 29, 2018

A Professional Diagnosis is Important if You Suspect Alzheimer’s Disease

Experts say it is important to seek the advice of your doctor if memory problems are seriously affecting your life.  To determine if you or a loved one has Alzheimer's disease, the Mayo Clinic explains, “doctors conduct tests to assess memory impairment and other thinking skills, judge functional abilities, and identify behavior changes. They also perform a series of tests to rule out other possible causes of impairment.” 

During your appointment, the Mayo Clinic says expect to be evaluated on:

·         Whether you have impaired memory or thinking (cognitive) skills
·         Whether you exhibit changes in personality or behaviors
·         The degree of your memory or thinking impairment or changes
·         How your thinking problems affect your ability to function in daily life
·         The cause of your symptoms

Tests include neuropsychological tests that are used to access your abstract thinking, problem-solving skills, memory, language usage and other related skills.  Your doctor may also schedule braining-imaging tests.  While these brain scans are not used to diagnose Alzheimer’s, they can detect other conditions such as hemorrhages, brain tumors or damage from a past stroke.  They are also used to establish a baseline in terms of the amount of degeneration seen on the scans. 

Your doctor may also talk with your family to learn more about the types of changes they have noticed and how they have affected who you are now.  All of the information is then used to rule out other conditions such as Parkinson’s disease, strokes, or depression that may be causing your symptoms.

It is understandable that people are often afraid to go to a doctor once they suspect Alzheimer’s disease.  Furthermore, many people feel that since there is no cure, what is the point?  However, doctors stress once you are diagnosed with the disease, you can start getting the proper treatment as well as consider your care options and plans for the future.
 
This post is intended for informational purposes only.  Please contact your health care provider with any questions or concerns you have regarding your health.
 
MorningStar at Bear Creek brings a unique vision to senior living with our mission statement “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. We are dedicated to creating a true home for residents within an ideal setting and invite you to schedule a tour to see the best assisted living dementia care in Colorado Springs


Source:mayoclinic.org/diseases-conditions/alzheimers-disease/in-depth/alzheimers/art-20048075

Wednesday, November 21, 2018

Tips on How to Help Your Parent Transition to Assisted Living


We know people react differently to the many challenges we face in our lifetime, so it is no surprise that some individuals have a more difficult time adapting to senior living. Experts surmise that one of the reasons may be is that some seniors end up feeling that the decision was thrust on them, and a decline in their health left them with few choices. 

It is important for families to keep in mind that the first few months will probably be the most difficult adjustment period for their loved one.  In fact, once the initial transition is over, studies show that many older adults actually prefer the lifestyle senior living offers. 

To assist your loved one with the transition, experts recommend a few things family member can do to help the process along.  They explain that it is especially important during the first few weeks to visit frequently, but also caution against being too protective.  Spending too much time with your loved one during their adjustment period can be counterproductive and may prevent them from adapting on their own. 

Another thing that will help is to encourage your parent to participate in the community’s activities.  The more involved they get in the community, the more likely they are to make new friends and start to feel at home.  

Also take the time to help them personalize their suite by adding treasured mementos and framed family photos as well as wall art they loved from their last home.  Add in furnishings like a comfy chair and a cozy throw in a color they love.  Furthermore is space is at a premium, consider mounting the TV on a wall.  When helping to decorate, do not forget safety.  Make sure cords are safely tucked away and not in endanger of becoming trip hazards and that pathways are uncluttered and free of objects that could cause a fall. 

Visit MorningStar of Billings website to learn more about one of the area’s premium senior assisted living facilities.  Our beautiful community offers independent living, assisted living and memory care.  

MorningStar Senior Living of Billings represents the finest in senior living with our unique mission statement: “to honor, to serve, to invest.”  With a foundation built on honoring God, valuing our seniors and hiring staff with a felt calling to serve, we create a true home for residents.  Please set up an appointment to experience firsthand one of the area’s best senior living facilities.     


Source:  assistedliving.com/helping-elderly-aging-parents-adjust-senior-living-01112013/

Tuesday, November 20, 2018

Learn More About MorningStar at Arrowhead


If you or your loved one is searching for Glendale senior living, we encourage you to take a look at the best - MorningStar Assisted Living & Memory Care at Arrowhead.  A quick look through our photo gallery will show you our outstanding d├ęcor which is a credit to the work of Thoma-Holec Design, the award-winning specialist in senior living interiors.  Although we provide beautiful surroundings and range of resort style amenities and services, our most outstanding feature is a care staff that is genuinely committed to working with seniors. 

Before you even move in, we will sit down with you and your family to discuss a care plan that addresses your various needs.  For our assisted living residents, we offer as many as five Care Levels.  Furthermore, as your care is managed and evaluated throughout your stay at our Glendale senior living community, we adjust the level of care as needed.  In addition to the cost of the suite, your monthly fee is determined by a simple point system that takes into account the cost and time of providing each service whether it is help with daily personal activities or medical assistance.  This individualized care plan ensures you get the right amount of assistance as you need it.

For our Reflections Neighborhood memory care residents, our pricing is all-inclusive, regardless of the level of care needed.   Also you should know that our community has the ability to care for residents from the onset of the disease all the way through to the advanced stages. 

MorningStar at Arrowhead is comprised of 60 private assisted living suites and 25 suites in our Reflections Neighborhood devoted to those suffering from Alzheimer’s or other dementia-related diseases.  While our website photos may show-off our beautiful home, you need to schedule a tour to see firsthand our loving community.  


MorningStar Assisted Living & Memory Care at Arrowhead represents the best in Glendale senior living with a distinct mission statement - “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.  We are dedicated to providing a true home for residents amidst a beautiful, serene setting and invite you to schedule a visit to experience one of the area’s finest senior living communities.        

Monday, November 19, 2018

It’s Not Too Late to Get a Flu Shot


Along with changing leaves and cooler temperatures, autumn also signals the start of the flu season. Although the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) recommends that everyone 6 months of age and older gets a seasonal flu vaccine each year by the end of October, getting vaccinated later can still be beneficial. Even as late as January, there is still time left in the flu season, so it's still helpful to get protected.

The flu season begins to increase in October, and typically peaks between December and February but can last as late as May.  Also, as it takes about two weeks after your vaccination for the protective antibodies to develop, it is important to get it as soon as possible. These antibodies provide protection against infection with the various viruses that are in the vaccine.    

The CDC stresses it is especially important for people 65 years and older to get a flu shot as they are at greater risk for serious complications that can result in hospitalization and, in some cases, even death.   This is because seniors’ immune systems are generally weaker than those of younger adults.  Complications of flu can include: bacterial pneumonia, ear infections, sinus infections and worsening of chronic medical conditions, such as congestive heart failure, asthma, or diabetes.  The CDC also recommends people 65 years and older get a flu shot approved for their age group and not a nasal spray vaccine.   

Additionally you need to know that last year’s flu shot will not protect you from this season’s flu virus.  Not only has your immunity from last year’s shot started to wane, but each year the viruses change so you need the protection of the new antibodies.  The flu shot you receive this year has been designed to protect against the flu viruses that researchers have determined will be the most common in the 2018- 2019 flu season.   

At MorningStar at Bear Creek, under the guidance of our extraordinary care team, we proudly provide assisted living for dementia residents suffering from Alzheimer’s disease and other memory impairment. Our community offers 48 secure suites including studio and one and two-bedroom floor plans along with all of the services and amenities to ensure your loved one the best care. Please visit our website to learn more.

MorningStar at Bear Creek brings a unique vision to senior living with our mission statement “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. We are dedicated to creating a true home within an ideal setting and invite you to schedule a tour to see firsthand the best assisted living for dementia residents in Colorado Springs.


Thursday, November 15, 2018

MorningStar at Arrowhead Offers Services to Meet Your Every Need

Glendale senior living at MorningStar at Arrowhead is just the place for those who require a little assistance with their daily personal care and wish to live in a community with a home-like atmosphere.   You will find a wealth of amenities such as delicious, nutritional meals as well as an on-site chapel/theatre, library (including a computer), salon, general store and much more.  Every day our residents are treated to a choice of daily activities that include games, scenic drives, arts and crafts, social hours, movie nights, and a variety of physical activities to name but a few.  

In addition we provide a wide range of professional clinical services to meet your health needs like having a full-time licensed nurse on staff and 24-hour Care Managers.  Each shift also has a CPR trained staff member.  We have Certified Med Care Managers and each resident has their care plan reviewed periodically as well as scheduled health and wellness evaluations. 

The MorningStar community offers the convenience of pharmacy services and onsite dental and podiatry services.  Furthermore, we partner with home health agencies to provide our residents with nursing, therapy, and social work services if needed.  As a resident, you will have a choice of physicians and receive scheduled visits.  We also provide diabetic management, oxygen administration, and catheter and colostomy care as well as palliative and hospice care and much more.       

All of our resident-centered clinical assistance is done through the full authority of our license from the Department of Health with the goal of providing each resident with a higher quality of care at a lower cost.  Please visit our website for more information about the extensive services provided to MorningStar residents. 

MorningStar at Arrowhead represents the best in Glendale senior living with a unique mission statement “to honor, to serve, to invest.” We have built our foundation on honoring God, valuing all seniors and selecting staff with a felt calling to serve…all of which contributes to creating a true home for residents amid a beautiful, serene setting. Call to schedule a visit to our exceptional community.


Wellness Program and Special Activities at MorningStar at Bear Creek

Looking at Alzheimer homes in the Colorado Springs area?  MorningStar at Bear Creek provides loving, compassionate memory care to seniors with mild to advanced stages of Alzheimer’s and other forms of dementia.  Through our wellness programs and special activities, we find ways to connect with and nurture the essence of the person each and every day regardless of the level of memory loss.

Life enrichment at Bear Creek includes a wide variety of physical activities designed to keep residents moving and engaged in life.  Throughout the week, we have a Sunday Stretch, Monday Movement, Sit & Be Fit, Wednesday Groove, Aerobic Thursday, Friday Fitness, and Saturday Stretch class. 

Residents and staff alike enjoy playing games that are both challenging and fun such as Crossword and Word Search, Alphabet Game, Board Game Fun, Puzzles and Bingo. Other types of activities include jewelry making, movie nights, baking club, and arts and crafts time.  In addition, local entertainers come in and perform for us a couple of times a week, and residents enjoy scenic drives on a regular basis.      

Furthermore, holidays and special occasions are always another reason to celebrate at MorningStar at Bear Creek.  For example, our Halloween Family Party included costumes, “spooky” food and lots of visits from family members. From Mother’s and Father’s Day to St. Patrick’s Day, Valentine’s Day, Easter, etc.; our Bear Creek family enjoys celebrating the holidays together.  

Please visit our website to learn more about our committed, caring community.  We put our energies toward continuing to find ways to celebrate and elevate life, and it is our honor to walk alongside the memory-impaired (and their families) on this unexpected journey.


MorningStar at Bear Creek embodies the very best in Alzheimer homes and dementia care with a distinct mission statement of “to honor, to serve, to invest”.  With a foundation built on honoring God, valuing seniors and investing in a staff with a felt calling to serve, we offer loving, compassionate care within a beautiful home-like setting.  Please set up a tour to see for yourself our unique approach to memory care.   

Monday, November 12, 2018

Do You have Questions about Senior Living Facilities?

Many families know next to nothing about senior living facilities when they first begin to look at the various options available for a loved one.  At MorningStar of Billings, we understand it is important to have answers ready for all of the questions and concerns that family members may have regarding our senior living community.

In fact even before you contact us, you can visit our website and browse through the many informative resources we offer.  To get a sense of our history, mission and philosophy as well as the type of services we assume both locally and globally, take a few minutes to read through MorningStar’s “Our Heart” links.

To find answers to some of the questions you may have regarding care and services, we encourage you to take a look at our FAQs page.  One important question is how our prices are structured.  For assisted living residents, monthly rental fees are based on the apartment’s square footage, location within the building, views and suite choices along with the level of care we will provide (based on a thorough assessment with our Wellness Director).  Also we offer various auxiliary medical and non-medical services priced a la carte.

Another important resource from MorningStar is our Decision Guide, which is designed to help families decide whether the time is right for Senior Living, particularly Assisted Living.  You will find warning signs to look for and advice on how best to broach the subject of making the move to a senior assisted living facility. 

Please keep in mind that while it is a great way to familiarize your family with the many care services offered by MorningStar of Billings, our team is more than happy to answer any questions not addressed.  As one of the area’s leading senior living facilities, our community has 32 free-standing cottages and 72 bright suites for independent living and 70 assisted living suites.  We have 36 secure suites devoted to caring for those with Alzheimer’s or another form of dementia. 

MorningStar Senior Living of Billings represents the finest in senior living with a unique mission statement of: “to honor, to serve, to invest.”  Proving a true home for residents, our foundation is built on honoring God, valuing all seniors and hiring staff with a felt calling to serve.  We invite you to setup a tour to experience firsthand the loving atmosphere of one of the area’s top senior assisted living facilities.    


Saturday, November 10, 2018

Assisted Living at MorningStar



MorningStar at Arrowhead offers 60 private assisted living suites that are specifically designed to meet the needs of seniors who wish to retain their independence but require a little help each day.  Once you decide that MorningStar is the place you want to call “home,” you and your family will meet with our Wellness Director to discuss your needs and set up a care plan that ensures your comfort, well-being and safety.

Some of the services we provide include help with daily personal activities such as bathing and grooming; 24-hour Care Managers; a CPR-trained staff member on each shift, and a licensed nurse on call 24/7 and on-site 5 days a week.  We also provide regular Care Plan reviews, medication management, scheduled health and wellness evaluations, pharmacy services, and much more.  Each MorningStar Care Level has its own monthly fee and is based on the cost and time it takes to provide the service.    

In addition we know that a good diet is important to keeping seniors healthy, which is why we have a trained Executive Chef on staff that prepares daily meals that are both tasty and nutritional.  Our menu is tailored to accommodate various needs and tastes and include low sodium, sugar free, vegetarian and low fat choices. 

MorningStar at Arrowhead’s assisted living also includes a range of wellness programs and activities designed to entertain and stimulate our residents.  Along with scheduled transportation services, we also have special scheduled outings to local parks, malls and other recreational venues.  

The best assisted living Peoria & Glendale AZ has to offer, we are located on the north side of Glendale near Peoria in the residential neighborhood of Arrowhead. MorningStar at Arrowhead is convenient for residents as well as visiting family members as we are close to banks, hospitals, churches, restaurants and retail.  We encourage you to visit our website for more information, and while you are there, set up a tour to see for yourself the caring environment that makes MorningStar at Arrowhead a real home. 


MorningStar at Arrowhead represents the best in senior living with a unique mission statement “to honor, to serve, to invest.” We have built our foundation on honoring God, valuing all seniors and selecting staff with a felt calling to serve…all of which contributes to creating a true home for residents amid a beautiful, serene setting. Call to schedule a visit to the finest assisted living Peoria AZ has to offer.

Social Connections May be Key to Preserving Memory

According to an article published by the Frontiers in Aging Neuroscience journal from the Ohio State University Wexner Medical Center, social connections may be key to preserving memory.  The study, led by Elizabeth Kirby, an assistant professor of behavioral neuroscience at the university, explains their findings influence "a body of research in humans and animals that supports the role of social connections in preserving the mind and improving quality of life.”   

The university’s research involved studying a group of mice 15 months to 18 months old, which is the period in a mouse’s life when it starts to have significant memory decay.  For three months, some mice lived in pairs while others were housed in groups of seven.  The researchers put the mice through a series of trials each day that tested their recognition and memory skills.  Consistently the mice housed in larger groups improved their performance on the tests, which researchers believe may suggest they “used their hippocampus, an area of the brain associated with memory.”  

The study is important for humans as our hippocampus declines with age as it does in mice and other animals, and helps to identify the impact of social connections on brain health.  Kirby says seniors should “think about your living situation as you age.”  If you have the privilege of choosing where you live, make the choice that lets you be socially engaged as long as possible."

MorningStar at Bear Creek provides compassionate, loving assisted living dementia care to those suffering from Alzheimer’s and other memory impairment.  We recognize the importance of strong social connections and offer an array of wellness programs and activities that encourage social as well as physical, intellectual and spiritual connections.  Please see our website for more information about our exceptional community. 

MorningStar at Bear Creek brings a unique vision to senior living with our mission statement “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. We are dedicated to creating a true home for residents within an ideal setting and invite you to schedule a tour to see the best assisted living dementia care in Colorado Springs.  


Source:usnews.com/news/health-care-news/articles/2018-05-31/study-a-social-circle-is-key-to-protecting-the-aging-mind

Monday, November 5, 2018

It’s Important to Get Screened for Osteoporosis


The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) states that 25 percent of American women aged 65 years or older suffer from osteoporosis.  In men over 65 years, it is closer to 5 percent.  Since anyone with osteoporosis is more at risk for dangerous fractures, it is important for seniors to be aware of whether they suffer from the condition. 

According to the National Osteoporosis Foundation, “Osteoporosis means “porous bone.” Healthy bones look like a honeycomb when viewed under a microscope, but for those with osteoporosis, the holes and spaces in the honeycombs are much larger and the abnormal porous bone is compressible or sponge-like.  As the bones lose density or mass and are made up of more abnormal tissue structure, the bones become less dense, weaken and more likely to break.    

Healthy, strong bone is composed of protein, collagen and calcium. Osteopenia is the term used when a person’s bones are slightly less dense than normal bones but are not considered as severely compromised as those with osteoporosis.   

Thankfully it is easy to evaluate a person’s risk of fracture with a painless X-ray absorptiometry test (also called DXA or DEXA).  The noninvasive test measures the bone mineral density (BMD) of the spine, hip or total body bone density and only takes about 10 to 20 minutes.   

Health care professionals recommend a bone mineral density test for all postmenopausal women with risk factors and all women 65 or older.  Men should be tested at age 70 or at age 50-69 based on risk factors.  The test lets you and your doctor know if you have normal bone density, low bone density (osteopenia) or osteoporosis, and if there appears to be a problem, what steps to take to help prevent broken bones in the future.  If you are taking osteoporosis medications, professionals advise having a bone density test by central DXA annually or once every two years to determine if your medication is working.   

This post is intended for informational purposes only.  Please contact your health care provider with any questions or concerns you have regarding your health.

MorningStar at Arrowhead represents the finest in senior living with our unique mission statement “to honor, to serve, to invest.” Arrowhead’s foundation is built on honoring God, valuing all seniors and selecting staff with a felt calling to serve, all directed at creating a true home for our residents. Contact us to schedule a tour to fully experience the finest senior living Peoria AZ & Glendale AZ has to offer.


Learn More About Macular Degeneration

The National Eye Institute states that age-related macular degeneration is the leading cause of visual loss in America.  According to their statics, close to 2.1 million people 50 years and older had macular degeneration in 2010.  That number is expected to more than double by 2050.  The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) say approximately 6.5 percent of Americans age 40 and above have some degree of the disease.  

Age-related macular degeneration (AMD) occurs most often after age 60 and causes loss in the center of the field of vision. The two types of macular degeneration include dry macular degeneration that causes the center of the retina to begin to deteriorate.  In wet macular degeneration, new blood vessels grow beneath the retina and leak blood and fluid.  Unusually fuzzy or distorted vision is one symptom and the dry form (85 to 90 percent of AMD cases) is more common than the wet form.  Wet macular degeneration typically leads to more serious vision loss. 

The degeneration of the macula affects our ability to read, recognize faces, drive, and many other visual tasks that requires us to see fine detail.  As the condition progresses, the areas of blurred vision may increase and blank spots may appear. 

The good news is that patients with dry AMD are less likely to go blind than in the past with today’s treatment options that include a specific combination of high-dose vitamins and minerals.  Dr. Peter Campbell, a retina specialist, says that “Prompt recognition of macular degeneration is important to avoid it advancing to the point where failing central vision means people can no longer recognize faces.”  The most important advice he gives is for people over 60 to get regular eye exams.  Risks for the disease include age, smoking and family history. 

At MorningStar at Bear Creek, our community is devoted to providing assisted living for dementia residents.  Our memory care is based on our extensive knowledge and experience with dementia-related diseases and we support residents from the early onset of the disease through the final stages.  Please visit our website to learn more. 

This post is intended for informational purposes only.  Please contact your health care provider with any questions or concerns you have regarding your health.

MorningStar at Bear Creek brings a unique vision to senior living with our mission statement “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. We are dedicated to creating a true home within an ideal setting and invite you to schedule a tour to see firsthand the best assisted living for dementia residents in Colorado Springs.


Source:health.usnews.com/health-care/patient-advice/articles/2018-02-23/macular-degeneration-managing-this-vision-condition