Senior Topics

  • Sleep or Lack Thereof

    Sleep or Lack Thereof

    The definition of sleep is defined as, “a condition of body and mind such as that which typically recurs for several hours every night, in which the nervous system is relatively inactive, the eyes closed, the postural muscles relaxed, and consciousness practically suspended.” There you have it. You or your loved one may not be…  Read More...
  • Music Therapy in Dementia Patients

    Music Therapy in Dementia Patients

    “Music gives a soul to the universe, wings to the mind, flight to the imagination and life to everything.” – Plato. Music is everywhere and in some cases it’s attached to everything inside us. For others, it’s sound that travels around the room and is nice to listen to every once in a while. For…  Read More...
  • Risks of Eating Alone at Home

    Risks of Eating Alone at Home

    A diet consisting of cream and sugar sounds yummy, but as you can guess, isn’t nutritionally sound and won’t sustain you throughout the day. That’s exactly what my grandma would put on most everything. Cream and sugar on her cereal, pancakes, potatoes, etc. The list goes on and on. Not everyone is like my grandma…  Read More...
  • Engagement for Seniors with Dementia

    Engagement for Seniors with Dementia

    What’s the weather like today? Are you coming home soon? How many kids do you have now? Is it nice outside? When are you coming home? You have two boys and one girl? For those with Dementia, if they are not actively engaged in a conversation or activity, and depending on their level of Dementia,…  Read More...
  • Services Offered Within Assisted Living

    Services Offered Within Assisted Living

    Making a transition from your home to assisted living is a monumental change for anyone and while it may be the best decision for everyone involved, there still may be questions about what services are offered for your loved one. Although every state and facility is different, the level of care and services offered should…  Read More...
  • Dealing with Sundowners for Caregivers

    Dealing with Sundowners for Caregivers

    You either know what Sundowning is or you don’t. For those caregivers having to deal with it, they know all too well what this neurological behavior is like.  For those that don’t know what Sundowning or sundown syndrome is, let’s define it. Wikipedia defines Sundowning as a neurological phenomenon associated with increased confusion and restlessness in…  Read More...
  • How to Settle Into Assisted Living

    How to Settle Into Assisted Living

    This is a brand new era in your life, which can be exciting and maybe even a little nerve-wrecking. Making the transition from your home to an assisted living community is a big change. We’ve put together a few tips on how to settle into assisted living and make it your new home. Just because…  Read More...
  • Mourning the loss of friends to Dementia/Alzheimers

    Mourning the loss of friends to Dementia/Alzheimers

    Dementia and Alzheimer’s Disease are two separate diseases that both demand the loss of memory. Dementia is an overall term that describes a group of symptoms associated with a decline in memory and thinking skills. While Alzheimer’s Disease is a type of dementia that causes problems with memory, thinking, and behavior. Both Dementia and Alzheimer’s…  Read More...
  • Pet Ownership and Seniors

    Pet Ownership and Seniors

    Animals play a huge role in our everyday lives. They comfort us when we need a pick me up, the play with us when we need a break, they give us exercise when they need to be walked, and most importantly, they greet us with overwhelming energy when we walk through the door. But, there…  Read More...
  • The Importance of Respite Care

    The Importance of Respite Care

    You know when the stewardess on the plane tells you to put your oxygen mask on before you help anyone next to you in the case of an emergency? That’s because you need to take care of yourself before you can properly take care of others. The same can be said for taking care of…  Read More...
  • Heart Disease

    Heart Disease

    The number one leading killer of adults over the age of 65 is heart disease. Although this may be a shock to some people, others know this all too well. According to the CDC, within the United States, more than 630,000 people per year are killed by heart disease. About half of Americans (49%) have…  Read More...
  • Identifying Alzheimer’s Before it Occurs

    Identifying Alzheimer’s Before it Occurs

    Identifying Alzheimer’s Disease Before it Occurs Alzheimer’s an ugly disease that can take anyone. Your loved one is still right in front of you and even looks exactly the same, but can’t remember your wedding day. What are scientists and researchers doing about Alzheimer’s disease? An international team of scientists are seeking a better way…  Read More...
  • Siblings Taking Care of Mom

    Siblings Taking Care of Mom

    What happens when mom gets to the point where she needs constant care? Does she go into assisted living, do the siblings take turns taking care of her, or do we hire in home care? That’s a question most everyone has to meet at one point in their lives. For some people, it’s an easy…  Read More...
  • How to Take Car Keys from an Elderly Loved One

    How to Take Car Keys from an Elderly Loved One

    It’s a touchy subject no one likes to bring up, but it is something the needs to happen. When is it time to take the car keys away from your parents or grandparents? For my Grandma, her vehicle was more than just a car. It was her independence. It was her freedom. She babysat children…  Read More...
  • Cost Savings of Living at Home vs. Senior Living

    Cost Savings of Living at Home vs. Senior Living

    There is no simple answer when it comes to whether or not it’s less expensive to live at home or join a senior living community. However, there are a few steps to help you decide if one or the other is better for you at this stage in your life. Factors such as physical and…  Read More...
  • Benefits of Living in a Senior Community

    Benefits of Living in a Senior Community

    Is Living in a Senior Community Right for You? Accepting and embracing change can be difficult, especially when it’s time to say goodbye to a house you’ve been coming home to everyday for years. Replacing that home is impossible, but there are numerous advantages to living in a senior community. One of the advantages is…  Read More...
  • Bathroom Safety for Aging Loved Ones

    Bathroom Safety for Aging Loved Ones

    The typical person spends a minimal portion of their day in the bathroom getting ready for their day, using the facilities, brushing their teeth etc., but most people don’t think of the dangers lurking in a bathroom when it comes to the elderly. In 2015 alone, more than one in four older adults reported falling…  Read More...
  • How do I know which senior living placement service is the right one?

    How do I know which senior living placement service is the right one?

    If the time has come to consider placing your loved one into a senior living community, there are many questions that need to be answered. At this delicate time in your loved one’s life, this may be one of the most important decisions that you will ever make. A quick search of the Internet will…  Read More...
  • 3 ways to break the stigma of “nursing homes” amongst our elderly loved ones

    3 ways to break the stigma of “nursing homes” amongst our elderly loved ones

    Today the all-inclusive title of “nursing home” no longer applies. Currently, senior living can consist of independent living communities, assisted living communities and memory care homes. These types of communities are very different and not synonymous with the traditionally thought of “nursing homes” that are still available.  Read More...
  • Dangers of Medication Mismanagement at Home with Elderly

    Dangers of Medication Mismanagement at Home with Elderly

    This topic is one of the underlying social concerns that does not get the attention that it should. Every day in America our elderly Kansas City citizens are being prescribed medications to provide a greater quality of life, in some cases, quite a few of them. With many studies identifying that most seniors over the…  Read More...
  • Positive Effects of Socialization by Living in a Senior Community

    Positive Effects of Socialization by Living in a Senior Community

    It is a proven scientific and medical fact that loneliness and isolation can lead to a chemical imbalance and depression. Depression can effect someone both emotionally and physically presenting additional biological and physical challenges that can become debilitating. At Cherished Transitions, serving the Kansas City area; we have seen the effects that isolation and depression…  Read More...
  • How to tell when someone, trying to hold onto their independence, is actually leading to their own Isolation and Loneliness

    How to tell when someone, trying to hold onto their independence, is actually leading to their own Isolation and Loneliness

    As our loved ones get older in Kansas City, things begin to change; strength, tolerance and patience begin to show clear signs of this change. However, seniors are often very scared of losing the independence that has defined them over the course of their lives. It is their independence that has allowed them to achieve…  Read More...
  • Tips for discussing the need of a nursing home with a loved one

    Tips for discussing the need of a nursing home with a loved one

    In this article we will discuss some techniques to speak with a loved one about a nursing home or assisted living scenario. Discussing this type of care with seniors can be a very difficult, sensitive and emotional topic that needs to be approached with a delicate hand. The medically trained professionals at Cherished Transitions in…  Read More...
  • How to know when it’s time to consider a senior care community or nursing home?

    How to know when it’s time to consider a senior care community or nursing home?

    The decision to place a loved one into a nursing home or senior care community in Kansas City can be one of the most difficult decisions that you will ever make. For years, you have relied on their wisdom, energy and guidance to help you through difficult times and now it’s time to put that…  Read More...