Alzheimer’s disease is a form of dementia which primarily affects the parts of the brain that control memory, resulting in progressive and permanent neurological damage. According to the CDC, the disease currently affects more than 5 million Americans today. While research continues to bring us closer to effective Alzheimer’s treatments, there are additional steps that those affected, their families and caregivers can take to help fight this condition now.
- Physical exercise: Engaging in a healthy amount of physical activity has significant health benefits for the brain, as well as the heart, vascular system and body’s physical strength. Studies have shown that exercise can stimulate the brain’s ability to maintain older neural networks and stimulate new connections. It’s recommended that people over 65 years of age do 40 minutes a day of aerobic or non-aerobic exercise to experience the full physical and mental benefits.
- Mental exercise: A healthy body is important, but so is an active mind. Just like a muscle, the brain needs to be regularly challenged in order to maintain a healthy level of cognitive function. Stimulation is also vital to maintaining cognitive pathways and building new connections. Some of the best forms of mental stimulation include reading, doing crossword puzzles, playing games, social interaction and social activities such as going to museums or community events.
- Diet: Research has shown that certain foods can help keep the brain healthy, while others can be harmful to cognitive health. A diet rich in lots of fruit, fish oil, legumes, vegetables (especially broccoli and other cruciferous vegetables) and whole grains is recommended. Foods such as saturated fats and refined carbohydrates (like white sugar) should be avoided, as studies indicate these foods may assist cognitive decline, especially in the areas of the brain focused on learning and memory.
- Early diagnosis: Knowing the signs of early onset Alzheimer’s is key to working on mental and physical health. As well as having access to professional and medical assistance will help ensure your loved one is kept comfortable, healthy and independent for as long as possible. An early diagnosis will allow caregivers to start implementing the best measures available.
Memory care and support services at Lester Senior Living
Housed in our assisted living wing, the memory care suites at Lester are specially designed to support individuals with Alzheimer’s and other forms of dementia. By focusing on customized care plans and activities within our comfortable, apartment-style communities, we maximize your loved one’s dignity, safety and quality of life.
To find out more about our memory care services for Alzheimer’s residents in NJ, contact Lester Senior Living today or visit our website at: https://jchcorp.org/
When researching assisted living communities, most of us prioritize important things such as the size of the residential apartments, services offered, quality of care and costs. However, social interaction plays a crucial role in the quality of life of assisted living residents. Lester Senior Living in Morris County is dedicated to providing residents with the opportunity to lead a fulfilling life and here’s why:
- Strengthen relationships: Having a social circle that embraces different activities out of your loved one’s comfort zone will help them to build new relationships and strengthen established ones. Your loved one’s friends in assisted living will keep them in touch, busy and enjoying life in a community setting.
- Mental stimulation: Interacting socially with a range of people through different activities provides essential mental stimulation which is key to a healthy, functional brain. Studies show stimulation has been known to help reduce mental decline, lower the risk of dementia-related conditions and depression.
- Build confidence and trust: Seniors with active social lives are open to trying new things and learning new skills, which in turn boosts self-confidence and helps seniors to achieve their personal ambitions. By working together with others, relationships are built on a healthy foundation of trust, creating an environment where concerns can be shared and support is readily available if needed.
- Increased physical health and reduced stress: Social activities can help seniors stay physically active, maintain essential muscle strength and actively reduce harmful stress. Exercising in groups – whether in the form of yoga, nature walking or dancing – also helps keep seniors accountable, motivated to stay active and healthy.
Experience JCHC’s Social Events and Community Life
All JCHC communities place a strong emphasis on social interactions as part of our dedication to providing you or an aging loved one with the highest quality of care. While all activities are optional and seniors can participate as much or as little as they are comfortable with, we aim to deliver a wide range of activity options. Our support services at Lester Senior Living minimize daily tasks and free up time for activities such as:
- Live entertainment
- Physical fitness classes
- Themed social events
- University level seminars
- Torah study classes and synagogue services
- Game clubs like mahjong, bingo and board games
We encourage residents to take advantage of the many recreational activities and social outings provided by Lester Senior Living in Morris County. For more information about assisted living at Lester, contact us today or visit our website at: https://jchcorp.org/
If you are concerned with the safety and security of your elderly loved one, you might want to consider independent living. Independent living is ideal for individuals who can still live without assistance, but enjoy the peace of mind of having access to help with daily tasks when needed. In this article, the team at JCHC will discuss five key benefits of independent living for our senior residents at Lester Senior Living and Village Apartments.
Independent Living Benefits at JCHC Communities
- Senior-friendly housing – With high-quality, apartment living, seniors are able to downscale from costly, high-maintenance houses with ease. Accommodations at JCHC’s Lester Senior Living and Village Apartments are designed for easy navigation (whether a resident is mobile, using a walker or in a wheelchair), compact and free of potential hazards.
- Social Interaction – Independent living encourages residents to participate in the community at a level where they are comfortable. With year-round events, movie nights, clubs, fitness centers, and more on-site, you can easily reach out and connect with the rest of the community and your fellow residents.
- Safety and Security –In the basic sense, this means protecting access to the JCHC community in question. It also means ensuring that our residents’ needs are met and emergencies are discovered and responded to in a timely fashion. At Lester and Village, we solve this by taking care of all maintenance, offering residents 24-hour safety pendants and security personnel on-site.
- Free Time – The most common reason that seniors transition from their own homes to JCHC independent living is the freedom gained. Downsizing from a large home minimizes personal chores, errands and time spent on home maintenance. Residents find that independent living gives them the time to pursue other long-delayed interests, like mahjong, gardening and yoga – just to name a few!
- Independence – Lester Senior Living and Village Apartments have the same goals as their residents – to keep them as independent as possible without infringing on dignity or privacy. This means we only provide the support as you need it, within the community. Additional amenities include social programs, university-level classes, laundry services, housekeeping services, scheduled transportation, and more.
At JCHC, our aim is to ensure that each of our independent living residents at Lester and Village maintain their dignity, quality of life and independence. Our programs ensure residents are encouraged to get involved with the communities at a level they are comfortable with and we tailor our services to ensure that each resident gets the support they require to live a full and happy life.
For more information about independent living in Morris County, visit our website at: https://jchcorp.org/
Ultimately the choice between assisted living and independent living should be determined by the needs of your elderly loved one. If an aging adult has difficulties with daily activities or anticipates their needs changing in the near future, he or she may want to consider moving to an assisted or independent living community. To make the best decision, it is helpful to fully understand the differences between these lifestyle options at Lester Senior Living in NJ.
What is Independent Living?
Independent living is ideal for individuals who can still live without assistance but enjoy the peace of mind of having access to assistance when needed. An independent lifestyle minimizes personal chores and errands along with the costs and stress of homeownership.
Independent living services include:
- Handyman/maintenance services.
- Meal options.
- 24-hour security and wearable alert pendants
- Utilities cost (excluding cable television and telephone).
- Transport services.
- Social activities within the community.
- Scalable services to increase support as and when it is required.
What is Assisted Living?
Assisted living is designed for seniors who can no longer live safely on their own but don’t require advanced medical care like that provided by a nursing home. As part of an assisted living program, a resident would move into a private apartment in the community that offers an ideal living space – compact, easy to navigate and fitted with grab bars and a walk-in shower with seating.
Assisted living will ensure you stay as independent as possible with access to support services, including:
- Handyman/maintenance services.
- Health monitoring.
- Three meals daily and snacks
- Reminders for daily activities/medication reminders.
- Personal care and hygiene assistance.
- Transport services.
- 24-hour security and wearable alert pendants.
- Social activities within the community.
When considering independent senior living options, it is usually a good idea to plan with the future in mind. For more information about JCHC communities, please visit our website at: https://jchcorp.org/
Nobody knows mom and dad like you do. Which means you will most likely be able to tell if they’re having an “off” day or if there is something else going on. Adult children are often the best at picking up on senior health, mobility and memory care issues first because they can accurately determine whether the behavior in question is just a personal quirk or a real indicator for a higher level of care. If you’re unsure of what types of behaviors to look out for, please refer to our 5 major signs that your senior parent may need assisted living below.
- Uncharacteristic neglect of home maintenance/housekeeping: If your loved ones are known for the pride they take in their home and garden, a lapse in this care can be a sign they are no longer coping. Ignoring excess clutter, the garden overgrowth, and home maintenance issues can also increase the risk of falls and injuries in the home. If you suspect they feel overwhelmed, offer to help out with certain tasks, but if your parents can’t seem to regain control over their home it may be time to suggest assisted living.
- Bills aren’t being paid – or are being overpaid: An occasional lapse or moment of confusion is understandable when it comes to a person’s finances, but if you notice bills starting to pile up or your loved ones making other financial errors, it is right to feel concerned. Managing your own money is a hallmark of independence, so this may be a difficult conversation to have, especially with parents, but it is important to help your parents trust that they can have help handling their finances.
- Weight loss: This can be linked to a number of issues, such as grief, depression, and fear of driving or leaving the house. Stay on the lookout for spoiled food, empty fridges or an unwillingness to leave the house to run errands such as grocery shopping. Identifying the issue can help your parents manage their health and stress.
- Uncharacteristic, inappropriate behavior: This covers a wide range of issues from odd conversations, forgetting to dress properly and decreased personal hygiene, to paranoia, accidentally taking too much medication and notably increased forgetfulness (like burning food on the stove, etc.).
- A serious medical diagnosis: Medical conditions such as dementia and Alzheimer’s will affect your loved ones’ ability to cope with day-to-day activities and permanent caregiving is key to slowing the condition’s progression and ensuring their quality of life. While you may be able to assist in the early stages, it’s important to remember that qualified professionals such as those at Lester Senior Living memory care residences are available to provide additional compassion and support.
If you are worried about your parents or aging loved ones, a gentle conversation is often the best first step to help determine if they need daily assistance and what support is available to them.
Compassionate memory care and community assisted living
At Lester Senior Living of New Jersey, our priority is to deliver affordable, expert assisted living and independent living services to seniors based on their individual needs. With residential apartments designed for optimal access and mobility, meal programs and 24-hour medical and security services, we help our residents to live full lives while retaining their independence. We also have a great selection of social programs, classes, events and trips, as well as advanced memory support services for Alzheimer’s and dementia residents.
For more information on our assisted living communities and memory care services, contact us today or visit our website at: https://jchcorp.org/