Senior Topics

  • 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 show you numerous options in the Kansas City area that advertise “senior placement services.” What should I look for when choosing a senior placement service to help in finding a senior living community in Kansas City? How are they different?
  • 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.
  • 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 age of 68 have an average of 8 to 12 daily medications to take, the chances of accidental overdose are greater now than ever before.
  • 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 can have on seniors. As a team of medically trained professionals (RNs) we want to help with providing a better quality of life for seniors in the Kansas City area. This article will focus on some of the positive effects of socialization.
  • 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 the things they are most proud of, and in many cases, the very last thing that they can call their own. Left unchecked, this independence coupled with physical and mental challenges, can find a senior withdrawn and lonely as they seek to tackle the challenges in life while holding on to their independent spirit. In this article we will address some of the warning signs to look for when your loved one is trying desperately to hold onto their independence in Kansas City.
  • 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 Kansas City have not only been able to help many through this process; but have had this discussion with their loved one as well. Click the title to read some tips and considerations to think about when discussing the need of a nursing home with the parents or loved one.
  • 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 knowledge to work to help make a sound decision about their quality of life. If the topic has come up more than once in conversation recently; perhaps it’s time to consider looking at a few things that might help.