Caring for Seniors with Chronic Health Conditions

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Chronic health conditions impact 70% of the senior populations (source). There are many types of chronic health conditions including the following:

-Hypertension
-COPD
-Cataracts/Glaucoma
-Urinary tract disease
-Diabetes
-Arthritis
-Parkinson’s disease
-Alzheimer’s disease/Dementia
-Depression

Managing chronic conditions is costly and can be exhausting for caregivers. There are several options to finding help with care taking for seniors who are coping with chronic health conditions. Some of these include adult day care, assisted living and nursing home care.

If your loved one suffers from dementia and/or needs supervision during the day while you work, consider an adult day care center. Bon Vivant Adult Day Club is the premier adult day care center located in Fenton, MO. The club is dedicated to helping seniors with chronic health problems experience good living longer. The cost of adult day care is less than half of assisted living and less than one fourth of the price of nursing home care. Payment options include Missouri Aged and Disable Waiver, long term care insurance, veteran’s benefits and private pay.

Bon Vivant Adult Day Club is licensed by the State of Missouri. We welcome the opportunity to meet with you and your loved ones to answer your questions about adult day care.

Please feel free to visit the Bon Vivant website at www.goodlivinglonger.com or call Angela at 636-343-1600.

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Emotional Changes Related to Dementia

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Dementia is a difficult diagnosis to accept on many levels. It is important to be aware of the emotional changes that may occur as the disease progresses. Emotional changes vary from one person to another but these are the most common (source) :

· The brain damage that occurs as a result of dementia can sometimes impact the way emotions are expressed. Some people will stop expressing emotions while others will have strong emotional reactions that are not always socially acceptable. Try to be patient with your senior loved one and remember that they are not in control of their emotional expressions.

· Depression may develop in a dementia patient. You may notice physical changes or changes in mood or behavior. Depression can be treated so discuss these symptoms with your senior loved one’s physician.

· Anxiety is common in a dementia patient. There are many ways to help lessen anxiety including keeping your senior loved one engaged in an active daily life.

· Frustration and anger can be expected after a dementia diagnosis. Loss of independence and inability to remember things can be overwhelming for your senior loved one. Keeping your senior loved one engaged in activities may help with frustration and anger.

· Mistrust and suspicion is common among dementia patients. Your senior loved one may accuse others of stealing from them if they forget where they have placed objects. Keeping a regular routine may help with these issues.

If your loved one suffers from dementia and/or needs supervision during the day while you work, consider an adult day care center. Bon Vivant Adult Day Club is the premier adult day care center located in Fenton, MO. The club is dedicated to helping seniors with dementia experience good living longer. The cost of adult day care is less than half of assisted living and less than one fourth of the price of nursing home care. Payment options include Missouri Aged and Disable Waiver, long term care insurance, veteran’s benefits and private pay.

Bon Vivant Adult Day Club is licensed by the State of Missouri and welcomes the opportunity to meet with you and your loved ones to answer your questions about adult day care.

Please feel free to visit the Bon Vivant website at www.goodlivinglonger.com or call Angela at 636-343-1600. Follow Bon Vivant on Facebook and Twitter.

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Getting Help For a Senior Loved One with Dementia

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There are several reasons why it is essential to get help in the earlier phases of dementia:

  •  As short term memory fades away, it becomes impossible to learn new things in the traditional way.
  • Developing new routines and adapting to new caregivers in the early stages will set the stage for an easier transition during the later, more difficult stages of the disease.
  • A social network will provide a sense of purpose in life for the patient and provide a much needed break for the caregiver.
  • Education and support is helpful to the caregiver as the disease progresses.

If your loved one suffers from dementia and/or needs supervision during the day while you work, consider an adult day care center.  Bon Vivant Adult Day Club is the premier adult day care center located in Fenton, MO.  The cost of adult day care is less than half of assisted living and less than one fourth of the price of nursing home care.  Payment options include Missouri Aged and Disable Waiver, long term care insurance, veteran’s benefits and private pay.

Bon Vivant Adult Day Club is licensed by the State of Missouri and welcomes the opportunity to meet with you and your loved ones to answer your questions about adult day care.  Learn more about how Bon Vivant Adult Day Club can help your senior loved one with dementia by watching this informative video.

Please feel free to visit the Bon Vivant website at www.goodlivinglonger.com or call Angela at 636-343-1600.  Follow Bon Vivant on Facebook and Twitter.

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Dealing with Dementia

If your life has been touched by dementia, this video is a must see.  Angela Denicola, RN, discusses dementia and shares a time sensitive message. For more information, please visit our website http://www.goodlivinglonger.com

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Causes of Dementia

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As we discussed in our last blog, “What Is Dementia?” the effects of dementia are much more life changing than the mild memory loss that comes from aging.  Today, we are going to discuss the causes of dementia.

According to WebMD, here are many reasons that a person may develop dementia:

  •   Diseases that cause the brain to degenerate or lose nerve cells, including Alzheimer’s, Huntington’s and Parkinson’s disease.
  • Diseases, such as stroke that affect blood vessels
  • Toxic reactions in the body from excessive drug or alcohol use.
  • Deficiencies in diet, such as vitamin B12 and folate.
  • Fluid accumulation in the brain that can result from brain tumors, infections or injuries.
  • Infections that impact the brain and spinal cord, such as AIDS dementia complex and Creutzfeldt-Jakob disease.
  • Head injury
  • Illnesses in other parts of the body, such as kidney, liver and lung.

If your senior loved one suffers from dementia and/or needs supervision during the day while you work, consider an adult day care center.  Bon Vivant Adult Day Club is the premier adult day care center located in Fenton, MO.  The cost of adult day care is less than half of assisted living and less than one fourth of the price of nursing home care.  Payment options include Missouri Aged and Disable Waiver, long term care insurance, veteran’s benefits and private pay.

Bon Vivant Adult Day Club is licensed by the State of Missouri and welcomes the opportunity to meet with you and your loved ones to answer your questions about adult day care.  Please feel free to visit the Bon Vivant website at www.goodlivinglonger.com or call Angela at 636-343-1600.  Follow Bon Vivant on Facebook and Twitter.  Take a picture tour of Bon Vivant Adult Day Club by clicking here.

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What Is Dementia?

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Dementia is a term that we hear often among the senior population.  It is not a disease, per se, but rather a general term used to describe a loss of mental ability that impacts daily functioning.  Memory loss is the most common symptom of dementia.

Mild memory loss is common among seniors and is not necessarily indicative of dementia.  If your senior loved one is struggling with memory loss, a visit to the doctor is the first step in identifying the severity of the problem.  Alzheimer’s Disease is the most common form of dementia, followed by vascular dementia, which occurs as a result of a stroke.

While not everyone develops dementia, the risk does increase with age.  If your senior loved one is struggling with memory loss, it is imperative to seek help immediately, as dementia tends to get worse over time (source).

Angela Denicola, RN has worked with dementia patients throughout her entire career.  She shares this advice with caregivers:

“I encourage families to see help as soon as they notice increase in memory loss or inability to engage in routine hobbies.  As dementia progresses, seniors often develop new behaviors to cope with cognitive impairment.  These behaviors, such as shadowing or always wanting to go home (even if they at home) create a situation that is difficult for the caregiver to cope with and sets the stage for limited care taking options.”

If your senior loved one suffers from dementia and/or needs supervision during the day while you work, consider an adult day care center.  Bon Vivant Adult Day Club is the premier adult day care center located in Fenton, MO.  The cost of adult day care is less than half of assisted living and less than one fourth of the price of nursing home care.  Payment options include Missouri Aged and Disable Waiver, long term care insurance, veteran’s benefits and private pay.

Bon Vivant Adult Day Club is licensed by the State of Missouri and welcomes the opportunity to meet with you and your loved ones to answer your questions about adult day care.  Please feel free to visit the Bon Vivant website at www.goodlivinglonger.com or call Angela at 636-343-1600.  Follow Bon Vivant on Facebook and Twitter.  Take a picture tour of Bon Vivant Adult Day Club by clicking here.

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Meeting the Nutritional Needs of Seniors

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As our loved ones age, they often struggle with loss of appetite for many reasons, including illness, memory loss and side effects of medication.  This loss of appetite can lead to weight loss and other health concerns.  As we find ourselves in the role of care giving, we need to prepare meals and encourage our elderly loved ones to eat throughout the day.  This becomes difficult if our loved one is home alone while we work.

Adult Day Care is a great option for seniors who are struggling to meet their nutritional needs during the day.  A good facility will provide nutritious snacks and a healthy lunch every day.  The social atmosphere of an adult day care allows seniors to sit with friends as they eat, encouraging conversation and preventing loneliness.

In addition to the clean environment provided by an adult day care facility, the nursing staff should oversee menu planning and can help families with meal planning to meet nutritional requirements created due to medical problems, such as diabetes.  Staff monitor food intake, so that we can ensure that our seniors get the nutrition they need during the day.

If you senior loved one struggles with nutritional needs during the day, consider getting help from an adult day care center.  Bon Vivant Adult Day Club is the premier adult day club located in Fenton, MO.  Angela Denicola, RN, is the owner and on-site director of Bon Vivant Adult Day Club.  She oversees all nutritional planning and helps educate families about meeting the nutritional needs of their senior loved ones.

The cost of adult day care is less than half of assisted living and less than one fourth of the price of nursing home care.  Payment options include Missouri Aged and Disable Waiver, long term care insurance, veteran’s benefits and private pay.

Bon Vivant Adult Day Club is licensed by the State of Missouri and welcomes the opportunity to meet with you and your loved ones to answer your questions about adult day care.  Please feel free to visit the Bon Vivant website at www.goodlivinglonger.com or call Angela at 636-343-1600.  Follow Bon Vivant on Facebook and Twitter.  Take a picture tour of Bon Vivant Adult Day Club by clicking here.

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FALL RISK FOR SENIORS

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The CDC reports that one out of three adults aged 65 and over fall each year.  In addition, falls are leading cause of injury death in that age range.  It is imperative that caregivers keep their senior loved ones safe from falls.

There are several ways to reduce the risk of falls.  Staying active and exercising is an excellent way to improve balance.  There are many options for staying active including walking, gardening and exercise routines designed for seniors.  Talk to your senior loved one’s doctor about the best option for their level of mobility.

Medication management is important when analyzing the risk of falls for your senior loved one.  Some medications cause dizziness which can be exacerbated by other health risks.  Discuss any changes in mobility or dizziness with your senior loved one’s doctor immediately.  In some cases, a change in medication may alleviate the problem.

Keep you home safe for your senior loved one.  An occupational therapist can visit your home to determine the need for furniture rearrangement, grab bars and improved lighting.  If your senior loved one spends time at an adult day care or community center, take time to assess the design of the facility to ensure the optimum fall prevention.

If you senior loved one is a fall risk, consider getting help from an adult day care center.  Bon Vivant Adult Day Clubis the premier adult day club located in Fenton, MO.  Bon Vivant offers a “Walking Club” which encourages members to stay active in addition to other physical activities throughout the day, all of which are catered to the member’s ability.  Angela Denicola, RN and owner of Bon Vivant Adult Day Club designed the layout of the facility to maximize safety for her members.

The cost of adult day care is less than half of assisted living and less than one fourth of the cost of nursing home care.  Payment options include Missouri Aged and Disabled Waiver, long term care insurance, veteran’s benefits and private pay.

Bon Vivant Adult Day Club is licensed by the State of Missouri and welcomes the opportunity to meet with you and your loved ones to answer your questions about adult day care.  Please feel free to visit the Bon Vivant website at www.goodlivinglonger.com or call Angela at 636-343-1600.  Follow Bon Vivant on Facebook and Twitter.  Take a picture tour of Bon Vivant Adult Day Club by clicking here.

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The Benefits of Pet Therapy for Seniors

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Pets can enrich our lives at any age.  The offer unconditional love and acceptance, encourage us to stay active and are always willing to listen.  Pet therapy utilizes a pet, typically a dog or cat, as a form or therapy with the goal of improving social, emotional and cognitive functioning

According to The Aged Care Guide, research has shown the following benefits of pet therapy:

  • Decreased blood pressure
  • Improved communication and reminiscence
  • People who are normally unresponsive to other therapies will often react positively to pet therapy
  • Pets motivate seniors and encourage exercise as well as a feeling of being needed.

In addition, pet owners tend to make fewer trips to the doctor and take fewer medications than seniors who do not own pets.  Pet owners also recover more quickly from illness and are less lonely.  In those situations where pet ownership is not feasible, pet therapy is a great alternative.

A quality adult day care facility will provide pet therapy on a regular basis.  Bon Vivant Adult Day Club is the premier adult day care center located in Fenton, MO.  In addition to a full time dog on-site, the Club offers pet therapy throughout the month.  The cost of adult day care is less than half of assisted living and less than one fourth of the price of nursing home care.  Payment options include Missouri Aged and Diabled Waiver, long term care insurance, veteran’s benefits and private pay.

Bon Vivant Adult Day Club is licensed by the State of Missouri and welcomes the opportunity to meet with you and your loved ones to answer your questions about adult day care.  Please feel free to visit the Bon Vivant website at www.goodlivinglonger.com or call Angela at 636-343-1600.  Follow Bon Vivant on Facebook and Twitter.  Take a picture tour of Bon Vivant Adult Day Club by clicking here.

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Relieving Compassion Fatigue


Caring for a senior loved one is very rewarding in many ways, but can also be overwhelming.  Compassion fatigue, otherwise known as secondary traumatic stress, is defined as the gradual lessening of compassion over time (source).  Caregivers often give of themselves until they are exhausted, which sets the stage for depression and physical illness.

The most important step to relieving compassion fatigue is recognizing the signs and symptoms.  These can vary from one person to another, but the general description is feeling overwhelmed with both care taking duties and life.  For more specific symptoms, please visit our blog post entitled “Recognizing The Signs of Compassion Fatigue”.  You can also click here for three online tests which can were designed to help caregivers recognize the symptoms of compassion fatigue.

 

Caregivers who are experiencing compassion fatigue need to start with self care:

*Get help with your care taking duties.

*Enhance your awareness with education

*Exchange information and feelings with people who can help

*Take care to care for yourself physically and emotionally.

Adult day care is a great option for caregivers who are suffering from compassion fatigue.  As a caregiver, you get a much needed break during the day while your senior loved one enjoys the company of friends in a safe environment. Bon Vivant Adult Day Club is the premier adult day care center located in Fenton, MO.  The cost of adult day care is less than half of assisted living and less than one fourth of the price of nursing home care.  Payment options include Missouri Aged and Disabled Waiver, long term care insurance, Veteran’s benefit and private pay.

Bon Vivant Adult Day Club is licensed by the State of Missouri and welcomes the opportunity to meet with you and your loved ones to answer your questions about adult day care.  Please feel free to visit the Bon Vivant website at www.goodlivinglonger.com or call Angela at 636-343-1600.  Follow Bon Vivant on Facebook and Twitter.  Take a picture tour of Bon Vivant Adult Day Club by clicking here.

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