As our populations life expectancy extends, it can be difficult to adapt to the changes that are occurring both mentally and physically. Learning to cope with a new set of physical challenges like limited mobility, diminished sight, or a new disease diagnosis can have a significant impact on how you see yourself aging. What many people fail to realize is that you dont have to give up your dream of aging in place.OVERCOMING STAIRSThe stairs that you once ran up with a full laundry basket are now a significant challenge because of less flexibility or even vision decline. Many people tell me that they simply avoid going upstairs to the bedroom and choose to sleep downstairs because they are afraid of falling. Others have said that they crawl or scoot up and down the stairs. This is not ideal for aging in place and unsafe in some cases.Instead of avoiding the stairs in your home or scooting, consider installing a stair lift. Many homeowners dont consider adding this option because they dont think it will work or the cost is too high. Most brands offer both straight and curved stair chair configurations and can go in most homes. They are an affordable alternative to buying a new home or moving into an assisted living community.ENTERING and EXITING YOUR HOMEOne of the most common problems we hear is that getting through the front door or the garage door is no longer possible. Steep steps, many steps, and lack of handrails can make these areas dangerous or impossible for those who use a cane, walker, or wheelchair.The addition of ramps and railings to the front of your home or in your garage can make getting out and going easier. With a variety of material choices available, selecting the right ramp and railings for your needs and budget can make this solution a game changer. Wood and concrete ramps add beauty and function to your home, while metal ramps offer a no maintenance, quick install option. These are just a couple options that make staying in your home feasible; they can be seen at Accessiblesystems.comEditors Note: Article submitted by Karli Johnson with Accessible Systems. For more information contact Karli at 719-387-0675
If you are 62 or better, a reverse mortgage loan could help you to enjoy the retirement you deserve, with less financial worries. A reverse mortgage is a home-secured loan that allows homeowners 62+ to convert a portion of the equity in their home into cash and defer repayment until a later date. Benefits of a Reverse Mortgage You are not required to make monthly mortgage payments for so long as you live in the home as your primary residence and pay the property-related taxes, insurance, and general upkeep expenses. You can use the loan proceeds for just about anything, including supplementing retirement income and paying for in-home care or home renovations. You retain title and ownership of your house for so long as you meet the loan obligations. You (or your heirs) will never owe more than the home is worth when its time to repay the loan in full and the home is soldthanks to it being a non-recourse loan.Editors Note: This article was submitted by Bill Niehus, a Reverse Mortgage Planner at Fairway Independent Mortgage Corporation. He can be reached at 719-650-2620
Understanding Types of Dementia When people hear the word dementia, they often think of it as one condition. However, dementia is a term used to describe a variety of conditions relating to a form of memory impairment. Dementia doesnt discriminate. It can affect any of us, regardless of health history or genetic makeup. But while receiving a dementia diagnosis can be frightening, it is important to remember that someone living with dementia can still enjoy the rich experiences that life has to offer. Having a fuller understanding of the different types of dementia that exist can help guide individuals and their loved ones care decisions. Alzheimers disease is the most common type of dementia, accounting for 60 to 80 percent of cases. With Alzheimers, abnormal proteins develop and disrupt the connections between neurons and nerve cells in the brain. As more of these connections are lost, the symptoms of Alzheimers disease (memory loss, confusion about time, etc.) become more prevalent. Frontotemporal dementia affects the nerve cells and connections in the frontal and temporal lobes of the brain. Because these lobes are associated with personality, behavior, and language, individuals with frontotemporal dementia experience symptoms and changes involving these areas. Vascular dementia is caused by conditions that limit or block blood flow to the brain, resulting in oxygen deprivation that causes a decline in thinking skills. This type of dementia is generally caused by conditions such as atherosclerosis (hardening of the arteries), heart disease, and stroke. Management of dementia starts with understanding it. While there is currently no cure for dementia, there are therapies and services that focus on cognitive health and enhancing the lives of those living with dementia. Vivage is committed to providing person-centered dementia care. To learn how we promote compassion, connection, safety, and health, visit www.vivage.com. This article was submitted by Julie Davie. Julie is a Sales and Marketing Director with Vivage and may be reached at 303-238-3838 or by email at email@example.com.
The Fine Art of Living is what you will find at Someren Glen, a Continuing Care Community. Life is brimming with opportunities to relax with a maintenance-free lifestyle or to get involved with programs that foster social, intellectual, purposeful, physical and spiritual growth. Our spacious assisted living apartment homes offer a wide variety of floor plans ranging from studio to two-bedrooms and offer you privacy coupled with the reassurance that experienced care partners are there to assist you. Basic services include meals, weekly housekeeping and laundry, wellness programs and enriching, enjoyable opportunities. Additional service packages are available as needed. Call for a personal visit today!
Life at Someren Glen, a Continuing Care Community, is brimming with opportunities to relax with a maintenance-free lifestyle or to get involved with programs that foster social, intellectual, purposeful, physical and spiritual growth. Offering residential and assisted living, Someren Glen has newly-renovated one and two-bedroom apartment homes, some with patios and balconies, all surrounded by beautiful landscaping in a quiet Centennial neighborhood. Amenities include an emergency call system, secured building access, twice a month housekeeping, cable television, and enriching opportunities. Enjoy chef-prepared meals, a gift/convenience shop, beauty salon, wood shop and fitness center all located within the community. At Someren Glen you'll discover the Fine Art of Living. Call for a personal visit today!