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Veterans and footballers likely to develop dementia.

Posted on July 19, 2011 at 10:22 PM Comments comments (3)
New study reveals that the brains of veterans are very similar to football players; both groups are likely to suffer from dementia or alzheimer's at higher rates than others.  This study which was printed in the New York Times today shows that repeated blows to the brain physically by footballers has the same negative end result as veterans who witness high volumes of traumatic events such as death.  
Given this grim revelation, is the VA and the NFL doing enough to address this health concern by ensuring added preventative measures are established for veterans and players?  Those of us whose families and friends are impacted by dementia and alzheimer's must voice our discontent with the VA and NFL by calling for organizations like the Alzheimer's Association to make evidence-based recommendations.
More research needs to be done with outcome measures aimed at reducing dementia rates  for our veterans and football players - they  deserve our support.

Signs of good Assisted Living facilities

Posted on July 13, 2011 at 8:15 AM Comments comments (5)
Signs of good Assisted Living facilities:
1. Management Methodology: the ways in which management/owners operate the facility is telling.  Observe their attention to detail and how they intereact with their staff.  Don't be impressed by what is said but how it is said.  Is there an open door policy whereby staff and family can comfortably in approach unannounced?  How are complaints and compliments handled?  What level of response do you get when one is submitted and how timely?  Both are critical to a good work environment and a safe and caring resident environment. 
2. Staff Style:  Assisted living facilities have staff from diverse backgrounds.  There should be a good sense of cultural appreciation from management teams to regular staff.  A content staff exudes signs such as easy rapport with other staff members, residents, family members, managers and visitors.  If staff with-holds critial information for fear or repraisal - be very wary as this may indicate an intimidating leadership style and is not conducive to a good care environment.  Transparency is the key.  A well trained staff will be comfortable in readily disclosing sensitive information to management in a timely fashion and be rewarded for doing so.
3. Resident Regard:  You should expect your loved one to be treated with a high level of regard.  Well regarded residents indicate a caring culture which is exemplified by the management and owners.  This is a good sign and is not easily masked.  Look for how problemmatic residents are handled.  There should be a rehearsed approach to problem resolution by team members frin the residents' perspective.  Are residents' individual needs addressed individually?  Large facilities struggle with handling personalized/individualized care to residents as staff ratios are often high and unrealistic.

Five signs you need Assisted Living

Posted on July 13, 2011 at 7:08 AM Comments comments (7)
Five tell-tale signs for assisted living:
1. Care-giver burn-out -  Particularly if care is primarily being given by a family member such as the spouse for a long period of time.  Even if you have a home health aide of CNA coming into the home, be sure to rotate them out for much needed breaks so they are rejuvenated in proving better care in the future.
2. Difficult Behaviors - If your loved one is exhibiting behaviors that are making you feel unomfortable, ou should begin to explore why this is occurring.  Behaviors that are unsafe to self or to others should not go unaddressed.
3. Challenging Care Coordination - Difficulty is coordinating appropriate care for your loved one is a big indicator for assisted living programs.  Many seniors reeived episodic care that is poorly coordinated by all the physicians specialties involved that key factors are overlooked.  This is the time for case management at it's best to ensure all aspects of care are rendered in a timely, efficient manner.
4. Medication Management - Be vigilant about medication changes.  Observe and document the effect of new medication and discuss with the primary care physician.  Watch out for over-medication which frequently occurs particularly with difficult patients.
5. Excellent Assisted Programs - Take advantage of the facilities with excellent assisted living programs particularly if it is recommended by others and is within your geographically preferred areas.  Be candid about what you can afford.  Many facilities are willing to reduce advertised rates to get a good resident admitted. 

Seniors not leaving the work force.

Posted on June 12, 2011 at 5:13 PM Comments comments (3)
 Upside Down Why millennials can’t start their careers and baby boomers can’t end theirs. - National Journal 6/11/11.
This article depicts the growing problem of new college graduates who can't find jobs due to the large  numberof seniors still in the work force.  Seniors are working either because they need the financial resources or they are experiencing meaningful employment at later stages in life.  Either way, their refusal to leave the work force creates a dilemma for young graduates who need work.  It is the iniput of these younger workers who will contribute to social security and medicare for the seniors.
What's the solution to the conundrum?

Social Security runs out in 2035

Posted on May 13, 2011 at 3:47 PM Comments comments (3)
Social Security & Mecicare runs out in 2035!
What's your retirement plan? Don't depend on Social Security or Medicare!
Both will be bankrupt one year earlier than previous estimates due to the slow recovery of the economy.  We all know this can continue for a while longer.  Seventy percent (70%) of those of us younger than the baby boomers may be covered.  Where does that leave the other 30% = non-coverage.
Cascadia Courts and Assisted Care Consultants can help you with your retirement needs now. www.assistedcareconsultant or  Call: (240) 461-3441.

Mild Cognitive Impairment - early stage of Alzheimer's

Posted on April 19, 2011 at 11:32 AM Comments comments (0)
Mild Cognitive Impairment (MCI) - first sign of Alzheimer Disease
New research from Johns Hopkins shows that there is a pre-clinical stage of Alzheimer's disease where individuals who are experiencing difficulty with memory recall may be in the very early stages of the disease.  At times individuals may not show symptoms or may show very mild symptoms.
This will double the number of people considered to have the disease.  Note, that dementia brought on by other medical conditions is not considered alzheimer's related. 
More to come...

Hospital Acquired Conditions

Posted on April 12, 2011 at 4:31 PM Comments comments (6)
I've attached a very interesting article on how closer scrutinuy of hospitals can reduce government cost and hospital acquired conditions.  So much more can be said about hospital acquired conditions that it needs special attention. 
The CDC and The Center for Medicare/Medicaid Services(CMS) have done some work in monitoring hospital acquired conditions such as infections but so much more needs to be done.  The public should be better educated on the true risks or the potential thereof when they enter a hospital either as a patient or a visitor.
Patient care units that tend to more critically ill patients tend to have higher levels of exposure. More needs to be done to ensure the safety of staff and visitors to these units.  Hospital leadership teams and external monitoring agencies such as CMS and The Joint Commission (TJC) must ramp up their level of monitoring in order to effectively manage the concerns of all stakeholders.  Until that is done consumer of health care must be savvy and explores creative methods of self protection from hospital acquired conditions.

New genetic findings in Alzheimer's disease

Posted on April 4, 2011 at 11:11 AM Comments comments (4)
What a hopeful article on the new discoveries in alzheimer's disease research!  Genetic scientist have discovered 5 new ways for detecting the disease bringing it to a total of 10 genetic markers.  While this has not yet resulted in a cure, it is certainly good news for those who have close ties to seniors and young people suffering from this disease.  Three theories generated from these findings point to:
1.  Plagues that develop on the brain
2.  Innate Immunity where the system attacks itsel
3.  Cholesterol metabolism

When Alzheimer's becomes violent

Posted on March 30, 2011 at 2:29 PM Comments comments (0)
Read this interesting article above on indicators for when alzheimer's disease can be detrimental to the individual as well as family and friends.  Note, this violent stage may be extensive and last well over a year.  Remember, when these situations occur:
-  To remain calm and apologetic 
-  Redirect and/or distract the individual
-  Get help or call 911

Welcome to Cascadia Courts

Posted on March 27, 2011 at 8:21 PM Comments comments (5)
Welcome to Cascadia Courts senior residential services. Our approach to service provision is that we focus on bringing joy to our residents.  Each day we challenge our staff to find creative ways to  bring moments of joy in the daily loves of our seniors.  That 'joy' at times is very specific to the client's interest and creates happiness in the lives of our staff members as well.
Future blogs will include topics on:
- how to choose quality senior programs,
- financing long-term care
- other current information impacting seniors
Coming Soon:
Cascadia Courts Open House - April 2011