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Charter Healthcare

Non-Medical 6671 S Redwood Rd Ste 101, West Jordan, Utah, 84084

Through years of hard work and dedication, we've earned our reputation as a premier provider of hospice, home health, and transitional care in the communities we serve. We have the experience and compassion required to make sure you and your loved one get the care you deserve. Our programs are individually tailored to meet our patients' changing needs. Under our services, you will have your own personal plan of care and a team of dedicated professionals at your side to ensure the most meaningful and comfortable experience possible. Let us navigate your total Home Health Care together!

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Harmony Home Health & Hospice

Home Health 5650 S Green St, Murray, Utah, 84123

At Harmony Home Health & Hospice, we understand that each persons needs are unique, and that theres never a one-size-fits-all approach when it comes to effective home health care. We also know that those in need of care prefer the comfort of home over a nursing home, rehabilitation center, or hospital, which is why were pleased to provide the exceptional home health pediatrics and senior care Salt Lake City, Utah families need. Let us help your loved one remain in the familiar environment of home throughout recovery, healing, or ongoing care needs.

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Utah Senior Care Advisors

Housing Placement & Resource Specialists 2251 S Hannibal Street, Salt Lake City, Utah, 84106

As experienced local assisted living administrators, our goal is to take the stress out of finding the perfect assisted living community for your loved one. As a free service, we will guide you in your journey, ensuring that all of your needs are met and all important questions are asked. We have contracts with all of the best assisted living communities in the valley and will make sure that you are 100% satisfied with your loved ones new home.

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Legacy Retirement Residence

Independent Living 1617 West Temple Ln (10200 S), South Jordan, Utah, 84095

Within walking distance of the LDS Jordan River Temple, Legacy Retirement Residence of South Jordan is Salt Lake's premier independent living community. Legacy Retirement Residence of South Jordan provides independent living services and has been serving the community since 1996. Our residents enjoy daily activities, restaurant-style dining, beautifully decorated living areas and a variety of apartment floor plansall in a home-like setting.At Legacy Retirement Residence of South Jordan, we believe that the more our residents can be independent, the healthier they are and the better they feel. No matter what stage of life we're in, maximizing independence, maintaining dignity and having choices are important.Nevertheless, there comes a time when we all could use a helping hand, even for the most basic daily activities like meal preparation, housekeeping, transportation or social interactions. At Legacy Retirement Residence of South Jordan, we recognize those times and provide just the right amount of help to meet those needsits part of our Personal Touch philosophy.

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Six Tips to Commit to Brain Health in the New Year

50 million people worldwide live with dementia, a condition marked by an impaired ability to remember, think, or make decisions that interferes with everyday activities1. Age is the strongest known risk factor for dementia. Anthology Senior Living communities offer residents exclusive access to an evidence-based cognitive stimulation program called Fit Minds.Anthology Senior Living and Fit Minds offer these six tips to help anyone commit to brain H.E.A.L.T.H. in the New Year.Brain health begins with commitment, and New Years Resolutions are borne out of commitment, says Janet Knupp, founder and Chief Executive Officer of Fit Minds, We encourage you to make a New Years commitment to your brain health alongside Anthology Senior Living and Fit Minds.H- Healthy DietAccording to Knupp, one of the top reasons seniors are admitted to hospitals is for dehydration. When you have dementia you often forget to drink, says Knupp. As we age, the amount of fluid in our bodies begins to decrease, resulting in fewer available water resources available in our bodies. Knupp advises making drinking water part of the daily routine, particularly for seniors. Not only is drinking water an important part of supporting brain health, Knupp adds, when a person has a diagnosis of dementia, structure and routine are essential.Healthy eating may help protect your body and your brain. Harvard researchers recommend limiting sugar and saturated fats while increasing your intake of healthy fruits, vegetables, and whole grains. Fatty fish, berries, plant oils, nuts and coffee (limited to two cups a day) contain omega-3 fatty acids or antioxidants that boost brain health. The DASH diet (Dietary Approaches to Stop Hypertension) and the Mediterranean diet reduces inflammation, potentially lowering the risk of Alzheimers.E-Exercise Your BodyExercising for as little as 30 minutes a day can benefit brain health. Specifically, regular physical exercise may help lower the risk of Alzheimer's and vascular dementia, a type of dementia caused by diseased blood vessels that reduce blood supply to the brain. Exercise increases the heart rate, which increases blood and oxygen flow to the brain. A medically-approved exercise program such as the group classes offered at Anthology Senior Living communities are designed to safely improve cardiovascular fitness while also benefiting brain health.A- Attitude of Mutual RespectCreating an environment of mutual respect is important for the brain health of the caregiver as well as the senior, according to Knupp. Take time for your own self-care as a caregiver. Self-care matters because our seniors need us to be in our best state, Knupp said. It is important to treat a person with dementia with kindness and dignity. Theyre not children. Knock before you enter their room and ask, May I please come in? At the end of each session, Fit Minds professionals are trained to empower participants. Knupp advises finding small ways to grant individuals with dementia decision making power and ability to exert control, such as deciding which activity to participate in on a Monday morning. According to Knupp, People with dementia know who is treating them with respect.L- Learn Every DayExposure to new ideas is one of the cornerstones of the Fit Minds program. This includes engaging with novel and complex content beyond crossword puzzles, trivia and bingo. While people like trivia and crossword puzzles, they pull from your long-term memory, says Knupp. Its even more important to help develop and strengthen connections. Learn new material versus looking backward, Knupp adds.Christine Baker implements the Fit Minds program in her role as Director of Elements at Anthology of Clayton View. Im a huge believer in learning as you age and continuing to engage in educational activities, Baker said. Baker pairs the FIT Minds program with an editorial club in which residents read an article sometimes a controversial article over the weekend and engage in discussion the following Monday. I like to use a white board with markers to make it interactive. We also use the iN2L, a giant, immersive touch screen, or we stream visual content from an iPad to our movie theatre, Baker said. Baker earned her undergraduate degree in art therapy and enjoys infusing art and creativity into cognitive stimulation programming.Learning a new language or the history behind a piece of classical music are other ideas for introducing novel content.T- Train Your BrainEven if you dont have access to a program such as Fit Minds, Knupp recommends finding diverse ways to exercise the brain based on the five dimensions of the program: language and music; visual and spatial orientation; memory; critical thinking; and computation. Some activities will resonate more than others, so its important to employ variety. Jigsaw puzzles and maps are popular tools to explore; these activities activate visual and spatial orientation located in the hippocampus and surrounding medial temporal lobes. At Anthology Senior Living communities, team members vary activities to suit the needs and interests of residents. A typical session of FIT Minds focuses on building cognitive resilience through question-answer sessions, worksheets, and manipulatives that have been adapted for safe engagement during COVID-19.H- Higher PurposeA sense of purpose in life believing what you do matters may also help to protect the brain against the damage of Alzheimers according to a study from Rush University Medical Center in Chicago, where researchers studied more than 1,500 seniors since 1997. A sense of purpose matters a lot, both for the caregiver and the person with diagnosis, says Knupp. She points to the benefits of exploring personal purpose, passion and spirituality.Weve stayed on our toes during COVID to encourage cognitive therapy, according to Mallory Disbrow who serves as Director of Elements at Anthology of Louisville. Disbrow, who earned her undergraduate degree in sociology and philosophy, says Fit Minds allows her to utilize her academic background for the benefit of residents. Having that scholarly background really pays off because I never know who will move into our community. Disbrow says she enjoys tailoring cognitive therapy programming to inspire and engage individual residents.Christine Baker of Anthology of Anthology of Clayton View adds, Our cognitive stimulation program gives residents a sense of purpose, in helping themselves. Baker and Disbrow say residents families enjoy hearing of their loved ones success in the program. The Fit Minds program and so many programs Anthology offers help our residents keep their brains sharp, Baker said.Described as a personal trainer for the mind, the Fit Minds program is designed to activate the brain in five key areas. Residents at Anthology Senior Living assisted living and memory care communities nationwide experience twice-weekly Fit Minds activities designed to maintain their cognitive resilience, defined as the ability of the brain to recover from disease trauma.At Anthology Senior Living, Fit Minds provides an opportunity to connect with community and engage the brain, a clear benefit during a time of social isolation due to COVID-19.To learn more about Fit Minds, visitFitMinds.netCommit to your brain health and schedule a tour to learn more about cognitive stimulation therapy at your local Anthology Senior Living community.

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The Granny Starr Foundation

The Granny Starr Foundation (non-profit) was created to honor photographer, Rachael Collins grandmother, Evelyn Starr Cutler (Granny Starr). Evelyn was born in 1923, spoke seven languages and was ahead of her time. She lived in Indiana for many years and then finally moved to Utah. In 2007, she resided at the Sarah Daft Assisted Living in Salt Lake City. Rachael thought it would be fun to do a free photo shoot for the residents there. The experience wound up being heart-warming and an idea was sparked. Rachael could see the value in bringing this opportunity to a nursing home. The residents could feel loved and special while being photographed, and the families would forever have a photo of their loved one.Evelyn Starr Cutler passed away in December of 2009. A year later, the foundation was born and over a hundred facilities in Utah have had their residents photographed. For some it was the last portrait ever taken. The foundation visits nursing homes, assisted living homes, senior centers and retirement communities to take professional photographs. The residents are then provided with a 5x7 photo. The part its all FREE.Granny Starr has been featured numerous times in the paper and was featured on KSL Studio 5 morning show in 2011. It is Rachael's hope to eventually expand the foundation outside of Utah and reach as many seniors as possible.Later in life as people age, it is less likely for one to go out and get photos taken, especially professionally. Granny Starr Foundation takes pride in being the first and only non-profit professional photography option for seniors. Capture the Wisdom.For more information go to www.grannystarr.org. or 801-645-5790

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What Does Assisted Living Cost and How to Pay For It?

One of the first questions families ask about assisted living is how much does it cost?Many people are surprised at how affordable it is when given when given specific information about whats included, such as; utilities, food, cooking, cleaning, entertainment, transportation and 24/7 nursing care.What does Assisted Living cost in Utah?Communities charge anywhere from $2,000 a month to as much as $6,500, but the average is about $3,500.This amount largelydepends on 3 factors. How much care does the resident require? For individuals that need help with a lot of activities of daily living (ADL's), the cost can be more. This is important to keep in mind and understand that the cost may increase over time ascare needs increase. Location. As will any real estate, location affects the cost. Size of the room.Most communities have different size rooms from small studio apartments to 2 bedroom suites. Most individuals are completely comfortable in astudio or 1bedroom.In addition to the monthly cost for Assisted Living, most communities charge a "move-in" or "community" fee for new residents. Make sure you understand all the costs associated with moving before you sign the agreement and move in.There are great communities at every price level.Does Medicare or Medicaid pay for it?Traditionally Medicare does NOT pay for Assisted Living. It can, in some cases, pay for a nursing home stay or for in-home care. Medicaid can be used to pay for some of the costs associated with Assisted Living. In Utah the Medicaid program that helps pay for some assisted living charges is called the New Choices WaiverLong Term Care InsuranceLong term care insurance is a great way to help pay for some or all of assisting living costs. Some life insurance policies have a long term care rider.VA Aid and AttendanceThe VA Aid and Attendance Pension is a great benefit for many veterans. It can pay up to $2,120 (2016 amount) to a married veteran and their spouse. The veteran must have served 90 days active duty and at least 1 day during wartime. This can also be an eligibly benefit for a surviving spouse.If you have any questions about assisted living costs or how to pay for it, CarePatrol's Certified Senior Advisors can help. Please call 801-717-9328 for more information.Editors Note: This article was submitted by Randy Chipman, CSA, MBA. He may be reached at 801-717-9328 or by email at RandyC@CarePatrol.com

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Winter Wellness for Seniors

Winter Wellness for SeniorsBy Patrick Troumbley, MS, CSCSBalancing the 8 Pillars of Wellness for Seniors in Winter: Evidence-Based Insights Introduction As winter descends, the well-being of seniors becomes a paramount concern. Aging individuals must navigate the unique challenges that colder temperatures and reduced daylight hours bring. This article delves into the intricacies of balancing the 8 pillars of wellness for seniors during the winter season, substantiating insights with scholarly references. Physical Wellness Physical wellness, a cornerstone of senior health, demands careful attention during winter. Maintaining physical activity is essential for avoiding the adverse effects of inactivity and cold weather. A study by de Rezende et al. (2014) emphasizes the importance of regular physical activity for seniors, citing its role in reducing the risk of chronic diseases. Indoor exercises like yoga and chair exercises, as recommended by the American Heart Association (2021), offer viable options to stay active during winter. Mental Wellness The winter months often usher in feelings of isolation and seasonal affective disorder (SAD). A study by Melrose (2015) underscores the prevalence of SAD among older adults. Engaging in cognitive stimulation activities can alleviate symptoms. Seniors can find solace in local clubs, virtual classes, and community events, as advocated by Forrester (2017), who highlights the significance of social engagement in mitigating SAD symptoms. Emotional WellnessEmotional wellness hinges on effective emotional regulation. Mindfulness and relaxation techniques are integral components of emotional wellness. A systematic review by Rusch et al. (2019) supports the efficacy of mindfulness-based interventions in reducing stress and anxiety. Seniors can access mindfulness resources and guidance on emotional wellness through organizations such as Seniors Blue Book Utah. Social WellnessMaintaining an active social life is pivotal for seniors. The adverse effects of social isolation on senior well-being have been extensively documented (Holt-Lunstad et al., 2015). Seniors are encouraged to participate in local clubs and community events, as promoted by Senior Expos, to foster social connections. Intellectual Wellness Intellectual wellness necessitates ongoing learning and mental stimulation. Seniors can embrace hobbies like reading and learning new languages to foster intellectual growth. A study by Verghese et al. (2003) associates intellectual engagement with a reduced risk of cognitive decline in aging individuals. Occupational Wellness Occupational wellness transcends traditional work and relates to engaging in purposeful activities. Volunteering, as explored in a study by Okun et al. (2016), offers seniors a sense of purpose and fulfillment. Seniors can explore volunteer opportunities through organizations like Seniors Blue Book Utah. Environmental Wellness Winter introduces environmental challenges, such as slippery sidewalks and heating concerns. Seniors must ensure their living environments are safe and comfortable. The National Institute on Aging (2021) provides valuable tips for creating senior-friendly environments. Spiritual Wellness Spiritual wellness revolves around finding meaning and purpose in life. Engaging in spiritual practices, such as meditation and prayer, can provide solace and inner peace. A study by Carlson et al. (2016) explores the positive effects of mindfulness-based spiritual practices on well-being. Conclusion Balancing the 8 pillars of wellness is paramount for senior well-being, especially during the winter months. Evidence-based insights emphasize the need for regular physical activity, cognitive stimulation, social engagement, and emotional regulation. Seniors can access resources and information from reputable organizations like Seniors Blue Book Utah and Senior Expos to aid in their pursuit of wellness. By integrating these scholarly insights into their winter routines, seniors can not only survive but thrive during this season, enjoying a life marked by health, happiness, and purpose. References: American Heart Association. (2021). Recommendations for Physical Activity in Older Adults. https://www.heart.org/en/healthy-living/fitness/fitness-basics/aha-recs-for-physical-activity-in-older-adults Carlson, L. E., et al. (2016). Mindfulness-based interventions for coping with cancer. Annals of the New York Academy of Sciences, 1373(1), 5-12.de Rezende, L. F. M., et al. (2014). Physical activity and preventable premature deaths from non-communicable diseases in Brazil. Journal of Public Health, 36(3), 514-522. Forrester, A. (2017). Seasonal affective disorder in older adults: improving mood and well-being through leisure interventions. Activities, Adaptation & Aging, 41(1), 39-53. Holt-Lunstad, J., et al. (2015). Loneliness and social isolation as risk factors for mortality: A meta-analytic review. Perspectives on Psychological Science, 10(2), 227-237.Melrose, S. (2015). Seasonal affective disorder: An overview of assessment and treatment approaches. Depression Research and Treatment, 2015, 1-6.National Institute on Aging. (2021). Winter Safety Tips for Older Adults. https://www.nia.nih.gov/news/infographics/winter-safety-tips-older-adults Okun, M. A., et al. (2016). Volunteering by older adults and risk of mortality: A meta-analysis. Psychology and Aging, 31(6), 634-645. Rusch, H. L., et al. (2019). A randomized controlled trial of the effects of mindfulness-based stress reduction on posttraumatic growth among survivors of interpersonal violence. Journal of Traumatic Stress, 32(6), 936-946. Verghese, J., et al. (2003). Leisure activities and the risk of dementia in the elderly. New England Journal of Medicine, 348(25), 2508-2516.Patrick Troumbley, MS, CSCS

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