November is National Alzheimer’s Disease Awareness Month. President Ronald Reagan first designated the month in 1983, at a time when not much was known about the disease.
Today, Alzheimer’s affects over 5 million Americans, and the resulting memory loss can be scary for those it touches. Adults with Alzheimer’s may need additional attention and tailored care.
Though it may be tough, it’s never too early to start a conversation with your aging parent or loved one about their future.
Aging can be a taboo topic. It’s hard to begin a conversation about senior or assisted living. But with the right steps, you can make it as smooth as possible.
Here are some guidelines for starting the conversation with your parent:
1. Be Mindful of Your Environment
Schedule a meeting in a place where you’ll have more than five minutes to talk. Make time to listen. It may be helpful to have the conversations at a neutral site such as a quiet restaurant where you can truly have a serious conversation.
Don’t wait for a health crisis to start talking about senior living. Begin the conversation when your loved one is in good health, and can easily make their wishes be heard.
2. Invite the Right People to the Table
It’s also important to make your loved one as comfortable and relaxed as possible. Part of this can be having the right people present. Involve the entire family in the conversation, whether or not they can physically be there to sit down with you and your parent. Give everyone a voice.
3. Do Your Research
Know what options are out there before you talk with your parent. They are likely to have questions and concerns about what living in a senior or assisted living community might involve or what the transition would entail.
Even as you read up on the subject, don’t forget that this decision is a collaborative process. Work with your family members to see what options you have. Don’t be afraid to take tours of communities and take a hard look at finances together.
4. Listen to Your Loved One
Aging may scare them. They may not like the thought of a senior living community. That’s ok—hear them out and don’t cut them off from speaking. Let them know that you understand and respect how they feel.
Make a point to ask your loved one about their needs and wishes. If you’re well-researched, you may be able to calm some of their concerns. However, you should think of the conversation as opening the door to another series of conversations. You don’t need a definitive answer the first time you speak about senior living.
Don’t be afraid to speak from the heart and tell your loved one that you are concerned, that you are putting their interests first. But also keep in mind that you are not a parent in this situation: you are a partner in your loved one’s well-being.
With a little soul-searching, some research and the right pair of listening ears, your conversation with your parent may still be difficult, but it doesn’t have to be impossible.
It’s a scary statistic: one in four older adults falls each year, according to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. Many of those falls can lead to a serious injury, but the good news is falling doesn’t have to be a normal part of aging.
September 22nd is Falls Prevention Awareness Day. A fall can happen to anyone. Take note of these tips to reduce the risk for you or a loved one over age 65:
1. Get active.
“Physical activity can go a long way towards fall prevention,” says the Mayo Clinic.
Some adults may worry that exercise could make them more prone to falling. However, with a doctor’s OK, gentle exercise can be a welcome addition to an older adult’s routine – lowering their fall risk.
Mother of Mercy’s nursing care center offers a popular Fit 4 Life program to improve balance, agility, and strength. Or, work with a physical therapist to find an exercise program that’s right for you.
2. Feel Your Best
Preventing falls is a team effort. Make an appointment with a doctor and eye doctor to stay in tip-top shape. It’s an easy way to reduce those key risk factors.
3. Mind the Details
Sometimes the smallest steps can do the most good. Add grab bars near a bathtub, shower or toilet. Use a cane or walker. Wear shoes that won’t make you slip. Brighten those lightbulbs. Add non-skid mats and remove slippery rugs.
In winter, icy sidewalks can bring a whole new set of challenges. Keep them salted or put down kitty litter to improve your traction.
When a living space is safe, bright, and easy to navigate, falls are less likely to occur. Keeping active and in full health can help you and your loved ones stay independent as you age.
Support Mother of Mercy by attending one of the most fun country concerts in central Minnesota! The Rock the Prairie concert is located in the Albany Amphitheater off County Road 54 and proceeds go to the Mother of Mercy Foundation. Here is a rundown of what to expect!
Musicians Playing at Rock The Prairie
Phil Vassar is the main performer for our country concert. He has achieved 10 Number-One hits, 15 Top-10s, and 26 Top-40s! He has worked with Alan Jackson, Jodee Messina, and Tim McGraw. Phil will be performing songs from his ninth album, American Soul, at Rock the Prairie.
Three talented bands will perform leading up to the main event. The Devon Worley Band is a country rock band featuring female vocalist Devon Worley. Her talented drummer Grant Thelen and guitarists Adam Durand and Jason Medvec back her up with edgy, soulful music. Also on the docket is Levi Pelzer, an up-and-coming local artist. He recorded his debut album with a Nashville producer and is currently on tour gaining a lot of attention throughout the Midwest. Last, but not least, is the fresh faced and lively group The Edge of the Ledge. These three boys play classic country and classic rock and are the opening act for the Rock the Prairie concert this year.
Make The Most of The Event In The VIP Tent
Tickets for Rock the Prairie are just $40, but to get the best experience at the concert, opt for the VIP Tickets at $75. VIP tickets include preferred parking, free hors d’oeuvres prepared by a chef in the VIP tent, two beverages at the VIP bar overlooking the stage, and private port-a-potties. It is really the best way to enjoy the concert!
Support Mother of Mercy and join us for the Rock the Prairie concert September 9th from 4:30 to 11:30 pm! For all information about the event, visit the Rock the Prairie's website.
At Mother of Mercy senior living, we strive to provide an unparalleled quality of care for our residents. An overview of some of our services make it clear we do our best to ensure those benefiting from MOM are living life to the fullest.
The Suites Rapid Recovery
When illness or surgery slows you down, the last thing you want is more time in a hospital bed. Our Suites Rapid Recovery is designed to help you get better faster, transitioning out of hospital care and reducing re-hospitalizations in the future. Our highly skilled team offers physical, occupational, and speech therapy, rehabilitation nursing, recreation therapy, nutrition counseling and social services. The knowledge and care you will receive from the Suites Rapid Recovery will enable you to live a healthier life moving forward.
We take pride in our Catholic roots and believe spiritual health is just as important to your well-being as anything else. This is why we offer many ways for you to get more in touch with your spiritual faith while staying at Mother of Mercy. Mass, the rosary, bible study groups, prayer services and pastoral care are available to all residents regardless of their church affiliation. We have a spiritual care staff available to our residents as well as their families to assist in times of crisis and celebrate in times of joy. Our chapel space is open 24/7 and hosts both Catholic and Lutheran services.
It can be easy for elderly people to lose a sense of community when moving into a senior living facility. At Mother of Mercy, the neighborhood you once lived in is not so unlike the community which thrives at our senior living homes. Monthly community activities bring everyone together and nourish our lively social environment. Some highlights include a senior prom, a Halloween costume party, and Christmas caroling. On a daily basis, you can find activities to join; from bingo to coffee hour to movie nights. Our Activity Department offers a variety of fun for every kind of person and works hard to ensure you are enjoying your days spent with us.
These are just some highlights of the many services we offer at Mother of Mercy senior living. We care for your health, nurture your spirit, and join in the fun that life can bring. Learn more about joining us here.
A Capital Campaign for the Mother of Mercy Chapel and Gathering Space Renovation Project.
Mother of Mercy (MOM) Foundation has selected it 2013 Fall Scholarship recipients.
On September 25, 2013, Mother of Mercy Campus of Care (MOM) of Albany, Minnesota, held its annual meeting.
Director of Nursing returns to MOM!