Assisted Living Reforms - Changes in the Laws

Assisted living is an alternative to more expensive — and often more institutional — care in a skilled nursing facility. In assisted living, staff help seniors with daily needs, such as meals, medicine-taking and bathing. The homes range from small mom-and-pop places with six beds to corporate chains with over 100 beds. A growing number offer dementia care.

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Assisted Living Reforms

California's assisted living facilities are facing a wave a change.  This is one report on the lack of online information provided by the states to customers.  How can your facility provide more real-time, real-life reviews of your facility?  Customers are searching and they should have more options than third party internet review sites.  

Ward off Alzheimer's


A recent study "found compelling evidence that diet, exercise and other prescription-free interventions are the best way to ward off Alzheimer's disease."  This further supports the idea that a healthy life requires that one pays attention to sleep, nutrition, and exercise.  For the addition of prosperity add "delay of gratification" to be prior list of three.


Don't Delay

Is this Dementia?  When in doubt talk to a doctor.  Although there is no cure, there are treatments to slow the progression, counseling to prepare the individual and family, and time to get affairs in order.  Delaying and denying robs the person and family of precious time together and the opportunity to correct past misunderstandings.  

Retirement & Happiness

"Money can't buy you happiness."  Studies find this is not entirely true.  Having enough money, so that money is not a worry produces security and greater sense of well-being.  Beyond that, it is important to extend our focus to hobbies, friends, and exercise.  Combining all three is especially beneficial.  These three maintain our body, mind, and soul.

Proper Care

Intellectual stimulation and engagement in cognitive exercises helped delay the onset of dementia for approximately nine years, according to the study results from the Mayo Clinic research. The level of education had no bearing on protection against Alzheimer’s. To put it another way, those individuals with little or no education are also able to perform mental gymnastics and exercises to help stave of the onset of dementia and particularly Alzheimer’s. That is a re-affirmation of the old adage, it is never too late to learn.

A known method of keeping your body healthy longer is exercise. One can perform exercises for the brain and delay the onset of dementia with proper treatment, such as learning and practicing how to play a musical instrument,  juggling or playing chess.

There are 10 early indicators and manifestations of Alzheimer’s. Memory loss, forgetting recently acquired information, forgetting important dates such as birthdays or anniversaries, forgetting a recipe, being unable to keep track of monthly bills, and being unable to concentrate or stay focused on a task are challenges in planning or solving problems. These are all issues found in those with dementia. Other examples include such things as not being able to complete a familiar task, or not remembering the rules of a game like Monopoly. Also forgetting where they are or how they got to a particular place, not knowing how much time has passed during a day, or not remembering what season it is, are known as a confusion of time and place.

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Inhibiting Memories

Several past studies have shown that the main hallmark of AD is the loss of irreplaceable nerve cells in the brain, resulting in empty spaces called plaques...Dr. Chen and his team report that the reason why previous clinical trials have failed is that probably the drugs were only targeted at minimizing plaque production and not at controlling downstream reactions such as excessive GABA release triggered by plaque formation