There are plenty of great reasons to choose an assisted living facility for yourself or a loved one-- the caring community, delicious meals three times a day, fun activities, knowing that housework is no longer on your to-do list. For fifty thousand Americans each year, however, there's an added reason to consider a senior care facility: a Parkinson's diagnosis.
Parkinson's doesn't get the same level of attention as other disorders associated with aging, but a million Americans live with the condition, which primarily affects adults over fifty. Some of the symptoms are famous, including muscle rigidity and tremors. Others are peculiar and don't at first seem connected to a larger medical picture, like slowly losing the ability to smell pickles, liquorice and other smells.
The process to get diagnosed can take careful attention to changes you might be going through, including shifts in mood and speech. Some symptoms, like the loss of smell, can begin 4-6 years before movement dysfunction sets in. Others, like chronic constipation, are easy to mistake for the kind of changes you expect your body to go through as you age and can start over a decade before other symptoms start. There's no blood test for Parkinson's, so it will take a visit to your doctor to get an official diagnosis.
If you or a loved one does have Parkinson's, you'll not only have a diagnosis but also learn the stage of the condition. Parkinson's has no cure, and it is progressive. It's not life-threatening, however, so you can plan on enjoying your retirement with just a few adjustments. If the physical effects of Parkinson's, like a shuffling gait or shaking hands, makes it hard to manage everyday chores, assisted living can be a great option to keep things simple. That way you can focus on time with loved one and your hobbies.
A senior care community can also make a positive impact in Parkinson's patients' lives by helping to ameliorate the condition's impact on mood. Parkinson's is caused by the degeneration of your brain's ability to create and process dopamine, which can lead to depression and anxiety as well as the disorder's physical effects. That's why it's crucial to avoid a sense of isolation or limitation. Your doctor may prescribe medication or recommend therapy, too, but it can also help immensely to live near friends and neighbors, staying engaged in your favorite pastimes, and having the support of a compassionate staff can all help you stay on an even keel.
Whether you have already confirmed Parkinson's or are just trying to plan for everything retirement might hold, know that a senior home can grow with you, offering as much or as little support as you need, even if that changes over time. When a place like Maybelle Carter has your back, you can be confident in just how much there is to anticipate.
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Most of us are familiar with the concept of a will-- the document that lays out who will receive the things you own and the money you have after you’ve passed away. But what if you need help managing your affairs before death? How can you guarantee that you won’t be taken financial advantage of, or that your healthcare will be handled according to your wishes, if you’re unable to advocate for yourself? That’s where other kinds of legal documents can be useful.
The perfect time to discuss measures like revocable trusts, conservatorships, and power of attorney is when you are considering moving into a senior living facility, or if you already a member of a retirement community. Discuss with your loved ones how you want medical decisions to be made on your behalf, and who the best point person might be to handle the management of your estate or trust, your legal decisions, and/or your finances.
A revocable trust can even do double duty in tandem with or in lieu of the traditional will, outlining how your affairs should be handled during your lifetime as well as after your death. And if your needs change or you change your mind about who you want to put in charge of administering the trust, that’s entirely possible with this type of arrangement.
Power of attorney is another way you can appoint a backup person to handle your money, medical needs, and legal proceedings even if you aren’t able to speak for yourself or make decisions. That could occur in such instances as advanced dementia and Alzheimer’s, if you have a disease or condition that causes you to become unconscious or brain dead, or if you become severely disabled. You can also appoint multiple people as power of attorney, which could be one way to ensure no one in your trusted circle takes on more responsibility than they want to or can accommodate.
A conservatorship is typically only used when the person it’s designed to protect is already unable to care for themselves, including being unable to appoint power of attorney. In the case of a conservatorship, the conservator must go to court and prove that the beneficiary needs assistance in managing his or her finances, medical decisions, and other aspects of care. The conservator must also provide documentation to the court once a year to demonstrate how the beneficiary’s money is being managed, and to update the court on the beneficiary’s condition.
All of these measures are designed to protect you in the most vulnerable and challenging of occasions, and to provide clear instructions not only to your loved ones, but also to your caregivers. By having legal documentation in place that indicates who can make decisions for you, you are also providing your senior care facility with information on which point person to communicate with. That can reduce confusion should you experience a sudden decline, create a clear strategy for how to handle extended illness, or even a transition from assisted living to a memory care facility like Maybelle Carter’s Remembrance Village.
If you want to take that first step towards long-term planning for the future, contact an attorney who specializes in estate law, or a trusted medical professional who can help you draw up a DNR or advanced directive. Though it might be trying to contemplate how to handle challenges you hope not to face, you can rest easy knowing that you and your loved ones have a clear plan and legal arrangements in place. With that taken care of, you can get back to living your best life.
Maybelle Carter Senior Living - Our Senior Care Services Include Medication Management
Over time, our bodies tend to become increasingly vulnerable to acute and chronic conditions. These may result from various contributing risk factors or simply the effects of the natural aging process. But just because aging may bring some unwelcome changes does not mean it should hold your loved ones back from doing the things they love! Maybelle Carter Assisted Living of Nashville offers quality senior care services including medication management that can help regain control of pain, promoting a healthy, active lifestyle.
Incidents of poor medication management can be scary for seniors and their families, alike. They are often the reason for a transition into an Assisted Living community. Perhaps a senior loved one forgot they already took their medicine and overdosed, or missed doses.
Studies show that every 1 in 4 seniors take between 10 and 19 pills per day. Therefore, it can be difficult to remember what each medication is for, when it needs to be taken, or how it needs to be taken (e.g. with food or on an empty stomach).
Maybelle care providers ensure residents are regularly given their medications at the right times, taken on schedule and at the correct dosages,offering you and your family peace of mind.
Our certified staff is trained to manage complicated medication schedules from multiple prescribers and healthcare providers while managing the accuracy and confidentiality of health records. In many cases, our staff must coordinate with all residents, including many who may have impaired cognition and communicate in a confused state.
Because of all these challenges, the importance of training our staff cannot be overemphasized. We work to provide the resources needed to help staff provide quality and excellence in care and safety.
Our goal at Maybelle is to provide residents with the necessary assistance needed to manage health and wellness, including daily medication reminders, activities, and a wholesome diet. It is commonly said that the food we eat is a medicine within itself. Our Nashville senior living community offers personal senior care to each and every resident. Our nutritionists and dietary staff ensure that each meal is not only full of flavor, but also caters to the residents’ needs by factoring in management of chronic health conditions during meal preparation.
Finally, Assisted Living communities like Maybelle offer scheduled activities to keep residents moving because this encourages longevity and better overall health, as well as creating opportunities for social interaction that research suggests may be critical to long life and happiness.
For more information about our senior care services including medication management, call (615) 868-2290 today!
Many seniors cope with health conditions related to aging, such as hypertension, diabetes, heart disease, gout, chronic kidney disease, and even depression. All of those can impact senior mobility, their ability to cook, and understanding of the dietary needs for adults. Fortunately, there are a number of resources available to help maintain senior health in one of the most enjoyable ways possible, such as the pleasure of a quality meal enjoyed within your community.
Some nutrition guidelines, such the DASH diet, developed by the American Heart Association or the ADA Diet for Diabetics, are specifically designed to address particular health conditions. Others are relatively similar for people of all ages, advising a high-fiber, low-sodium diet rich in plant-based foods, seafood, chicken, and legumes. It might seem like a lot to keep up with, but that’s where a retirement community like Maybelle Carter can come in handy. We provide the appropriate dietary needs for adults and seniors.
We have a chef on staff at our senior living facility to prepare a healthy breakfast, lunch, and dinner every day, with options for residents with different tastes and dietary needs. Our dining room provides a space for seniors to not only eat right and eat well, but share that time with fellow residents and visitors to converse and socialize. This can have a big impact on the health and wellbeing of seniors who were struggling with isolation or depression prior to joining a retirement community—two ailments that can also impact a seniors’ ability to keep up with nutritional needs.
After all, food isn’t just a matter of feeding the body. It’s about the soul, too. As American humorist, Lewis Grizzard put it, “It’s difficult to think anything but pleasant thoughts while eating a homegrown tomato.” We source local ingredients when possible and like to emphasize fresh, seasonal flavors. And as for Grizzard’s proverbial tomato, it’s never been easier to balance meals that emphasize fruits and vegetables first, then lean protein, and then carbohydrates and fats with a few indulgences here and there. Our residents love themed food days like "Chocolate Milk Shake Day", "Fortune Cookie Day", and "Cream-Filled Donut Day" and community activities such as Wine Down Wednesday and Summer Sipping at the Picnic Pavilion. We firmly believe that variety is the spice of life.
On the flip side of the occasional sweet treat, talk to your healthcare provider about which nutritional guidelines you should be following. Everyone’s body is a little different, depending on if you have a chronic condition, genetics, your weight, age, and other factors. Everyone will want slightly different proportions of, say, sugars, salts, or protein depending on the medications they take or if they have a condition like diabetes, Crohn's, or fatty liver. But once you find the right way for you to eat, we’re here to help. If a resident isn’t feeling his or her best, we offer short-term meal delivery to their room, and we can also help you stick to your doctor’s recommendations for what and what not to eat.
Our goal, in all areas of our Nashville senior community is to make your life as simple and enjoyable as possible. After all, this is your time to savor, whether it’s a yoga class, watercolor painting, or a warm slice of lasagna served up with new-found friends.
Written by: Meghan O'Dea
It might be surprising to those familiar with dementia and Alzheimer’s that music can have such a profound effect on those living with these conditions. After all, some of the hallmarks of various forms of dementia, including Alzheimer’s, are less likely to tolerate distractions like background noise, crowded spaces, or other overstimulating environments. However, our brains process music differently than other types of sound, and music awakens connections to other parts of the brain in a way that, say, the chatter of a crowded restaurant or a garbage truck coming down the street would not.
Stanford researcher Daniel Abrams found that participants in a study who listened to the same symphony all had nearly identical responses. MRI scans showed that regions of the brain, dedicated to movement, planning, attention, and memory—the exact same parts of the brain that are most affected by dementia, were stimulated. Scientists have numerous theories about why we evolved to be hardwired for music in this way. Some think it is a result of language acquisition skills earlier in life. Others believe it is because of our innate ability to process history, thus retaining large amounts of crucial information. Another theory is derived from the way we socialize and communicate with one another. Whatever the reason might be, it is evident that music has had a profound effect on people for as long as we’ve been, well, human.
That opens a broad realm of possibilities for how music can be used to help seniors with dementia in effort to slow the rate of memory loss or ease the isolating symptoms of more advanced cases. From mnemonic devices that can be sung to help remember routines or daily processes to soothing melodies that can help calm a senior agitated by their inability to remember an almost-familiar face, there are all sorts of ways that music can be used therapeutically.
Music that inspires a great deal of emotion in the listener, positive or negative, has a proportional effect on the brain. The more a song affects the listener emotionally, the more his or her brain lights up in response. That means that hearing a favorite song can stimulate an otherwise withdrawn senior, help jumpstart a conversation, or match the mood enjoy on a good day. Similarly, mellow songs can be used to set the tone for bedtime or periods of rest.
You can enjoy music with your loved one by collecting some of their favorite songs, whether it’s Scott Joplin, Beethoven, Red Buttons, Frank Sinatra, or another artist. Perhaps your senior loved ones have some old records or CDs still that could provide clues as to what might create a positive response. Or you can try to chat with them about songs they enjoyed when they were younger. You might even ask family members or old friends about your loved one’s favorite tunes. When you play music, be sure you have good quality headphones or speaker setup, and if necessary, that it is compatible with hearing aids. You want to make sure the volume is comfortable, but loud enough to hear.
Listening to music together can be a great pastime that inspires conversation and helps you get to know your loved one on a whole new level. It can be such a joy to watch their faces light up and their bodies start to move to the beat. Be prepared to listen to stories that the song recalls or to thoughts and opinions about the artist. You never know what associations might be conjured up as neurons fire and the brain responds to each beat.
As with any other activity you undertake with loved ones with Alzheimer’s, be prepared to take a break if they become frustrated or overwhelmed. Going for a short walk or having a snack can be great way to hit the pause button. Also, make sure there is not any background noise or any other distraction that could make it hard for your loved one to focus on the activity at hand. If you need support in any aspect of senior caregiving with Alzheimer’s, contact the Alzheimer’s Foundation of America’s national toll-free helpline at 866.232.8484. From 9AM to 9PM, they have licensed social workers who can answer your questions. They are also available on Skype, live chat, and via email.
Written by: Meghan O'Dea
Pastor Harry Emerson Fosdick once said, “Don’t simply retire from something; have something to retire to.”It’s sound advice—all too often, we can lose our sense of purpose when we leave jobs behind and families grow up. We spend so much time looking forward to retirement we forget what exactly what we want to fill that time newly found free time with. Fortunately, a city seeing a comeback, like Nashville, is the perfect place to stage your own renaissance. Let the city be your guide for how you can make retirement everything you dreamed it can be, and more.
These Boots Are Made for Walking
Nashville is a wonderful place to stay active. Try a tour like Walk Eat Nashville and not only get some exercise, but try some exciting new foods. Or you can explore Riverfront Park and the surrounding area around the Parthenon. The Nashville government also offers Senior Dance Clubs through community centers and some even perform throughout the city! You can take the grandkids to see the famous dragon sculpture at Fannie Mae Dees Park, or to the shops around Jenni’s Ice Cream in East Nashville. Studies show that as little as 15 minutes of exercise a day can improve cognitive and cardiovascular health, improve balance, and reduce the risk of chronic diseases. By turning exercise into social time, you can greatly multiply the benefits.
Try Something New
Take advantage of being off the 9-5 and schoolyard schedule and do something fun in the middle of the day— after all, your time belongs to you and no one else! Take a break from your routine and do something unexpected. Walking up and down Broadway is a great way to hear some music you might not have heard before, too. The honky-tonks often have live music playing day and night. There’s also so many great up and coming bands that cover popular favorites, such as The WannaBeatles, the Sinatra Tribute Show staring Matt Snow, or ForeverPatsyCline. You could try an unexpected flavor at one of Nashville’s many amazing restaurants, like Wild Cow in East Nashville or brunch at the Frothy Monkey. Studies show that a wide variety of cultural experiences make for lower stress levels and greater feelings of happiness. Who knows, you just might find something you’ve been missing out on this whole time!
Never Stop Learning
If you could study anything just for your own enjoyment, what would it be? You spent years cultivating many useful skills, but it’s never too late to learn knew ones. Perhaps there was a subject you wanted to study in school, but didn’t see a vocational benefit. Or a craft you always felt drawn to, but couldn’t squeeze in the time with a busy life of pay checks, report cards, or soccer games. Now is your time! You can take courses in anything from art, foreign language, literature, or psychology at Nashville’s many higher education institutions. Finish that degree you started or simply sit in and audit a class on a new subject that interests you! It’s easy to take learning into your own hands with video tutorials online, audio books, e-books, or print text on everything from leather working to landscape design to history. You’d be surprised how much learning something new can lead you to new connections, inspirations, and motivations.
Look to Tradition
Nashville might be a modern city, but it’s one with deep Southern roots. You're no different. Even in a new era of your life, you are still deeply connected to your history. Memory is a powerful thing, and you can travel in and out of time, simply by reminiscing about your experiences and sharing those narratives with friends, neighbors, and family. Get in touch with your roots, whether it’s revisiting a favorite food from your childhood, an old fishing spot, or books you loved in school. If you're looking to retire to something, your past can hold major clues as to what that something might be. Look at what was meaningful to you in the past and you might just find what you want to dedicate your time and energy towards in the present and future, much as Nashville has built an exciting new era on the foundation of its heritage. Loved ones might enjoy hearing about your experiences and perspectives, and that might in turn, guide them towards their own passions and values in life.
Above all, Nashville is a city that believes in community. It’s as close knit, as it is country. That sense of community is often just what seniors need to feel the same sense of connectedness they did when they were plugged in to workplaces, schools, neighborhoods, and more. Isolation and boredom can leave you feeling adrift and depressed. Meeting you goals and cultivating a new sense of purpose can be jumpstarted just by spending time with others and defining a new era of life at our senior living community. If you’d like to learn more about how Maybelle Carter Senior Living can be a part of your journey, call today at (844) 602-2602.
Written by: Meghan O'Dea
Did you realize that religious participation can offer higher levels of physical and mental prosperity in seniors, as opposed to non-religious seniors? Medical benefits have been linked to regular religious practices. Participation was correlated with:
Studies report that:
Religious seniors that attend religious services on a weekly basis, were described “very happy” at 45%, as compared to those who never attend at 28%.
Non-religious seniors reported to be “very unhappy” ranked at 4%, as compared to religious seniors at 2%.
Offering the feeling of self and social identity, 67% of seniors said that having religion in their lives offers more social fulfillment.
Out of the majority of seniors studied, statistics revealed that religion is the means of navigating through life’s difficulties, for example, the loss of a spouse or mobility.
The takeaway? These statistics that tie happiness and health to religion holds true. The correlation is clear, but the explanation of “why” for this relationship is less clear.
Regardless of the reason one thing is clear, we welcome all religious practice for the overall health of our community. This may incorporate nearby church organizations, neighborhood Catholic officials administering fellowship to parishioners, and honoring holy days, for example, Hanukkah for our Jewish occupants.
For many people, religion is not just a matter of spirituality but also a means of social connection. Many residents still attend church services or their pastor will make home-bound visits at communities to let seniors know they are still important to a church family, even if they are no longer able to make the service each week because of poor health or mobility issues.
In senior care facilities, meeting the needs of seniors comes with the job. However, at Maybelle Carter, we like to go above and beyond for our senior residents and staff, providing more than assisted or memory care. We can also guarantee the best religious and spiritual care through congregational services, worship, learning, and prayer. Living in senior retirement with neighbors that share the same or a similar religious belief can furthermore excel happiness, growth, and health. That is what we're about at Regency – giving the best opportunities and care to our senior community.
At Maybelle Carter, faith is commonly known as our cornerstone. Being a Christian organization, we urge the practice of religion, regardless of belief or culture. If you’re looking for a senior living community to meet your religious needs, take a visit through our facility and spend the day to get to know our staff and residents. Better yet get the full experience, and join in the fun at one of our activities or events. Call us to schedule your next visit us today. We are happy to welcome you and your family to our Maybelle Carter family!
Written by: Katie Hanley
Did you know that there are many different levels of Senior Care? In the event that you are thinking about senior care but do not know which option will be the best fit, there are multiple senior care choices accessible to you that differ greatly according to the level of self-reliance and senior satisfaction. At Maybelle Carter seniors are offered full continuum care, alongside similar aged peers. Listed below are the list of pros and cons for each.
Independent Living: this retirement way of life is perfect for individuals who are still dynamic and free, but also like to have someone cook and clean for them.
In-Home Care: this senior care, also known as “aging in place” is dependent upon the state of the senior, which includes standard checkups to ensure the health of the senior.
Assisted Living: this senior living alternative is perfect for seniors who find they require more hands-on assistance with daily tasks like showering, dressing and, administering pharmaceuticals.
Memory Care: this specified senior care program offers care to residents experiencing the onset of dementia or Alzheimer's.
For further counsel on selecting the appropriate senior care, consult with a specialist or primary care physician. Also, if you have questions regarding senior care arrangements, get in touch with us today to schedule a no obligation evaluation! We cheerfully welcome you, your friends, and family to join our Maybelle community today.
Written by: Katie Hanley
There are many great reasons for retirees to visit or relocate to the Madison area, but one key to the quality of life here is the rich abundance of things for seniors to see and do in Nashville, TN – many of the activities at a reduced price for seniors, or free.
Here in Madison, veteran residents often enjoy paying tribute to the fallen soldiers at the Nashville National Cemetery. It is a humbling experience to visit the monuments of the service men and women who so bravely fought, dating back to the Civil War Era. A quiet afternoon stroll through the greenway allows time for reflection and gratitude, while also enjoying a breath of fresh air and exercise. It’s a wonderful place to visit, especially on Memorial Day to see each grave decorated with small patriotic flags.
Looking for some good, ol’ fashioned bluegrass music? Look no further than Larry's Grand Ole Garage & Blue Grass Music Park. As many would describe this hole in the wall dive as Madison’s hidden gem, it offers family-friendly, foot-stomping music in true Southern style! Here, seniors and their families can enjoy good music, good food, and an overall good time.
We’re about 15 minutes from Downtown Nashville, which offers a wealth of things to see and do. The major attractions are:
Cheekwood Botanical Gardens and Museum of Art – Nestled in the foliage of the Tennessee hills, browse through the 55-acre historical estate, an elegant Georgian-style mansion surrounded byspectacular gardens. Don’t miss the garden-scale, outdoor train made entirely from materials found in nature. Bridges and cedar mountains make this exhibit fun for the whole family! Admission to the inside is $8 for adults, $7 for seniors, $4 for youth, and free for children 2 or under.
Grand Ole Opry – Seniors and their families can enjoy a piece of country music history at the Grand Ole Opry, which began as a broadcast radio station in 1925. Since then, the iconic home of American music has hosted country music legends, award-winning artists, and defined the Nashville music scene.
Ryman Auditorium – This performance hall has seen the likes of artists such as Elvis Presley, Paul Simon, and B.B. King. The Ryman is a tried and true testament of how one stage can connect us all through toe-tapping tunes. Visit the home where bluegrass music was born for a guided or self-guided tour today.
Belle Meade Plantation – A 34-acre Southern plantation with a name that literally translates to beautiful meadow is sure to not disappoint. The estate was founded by John Harding in 1807. Today, the grounds are a part of Tennessee’s historic architecture preservation and equestrian education. Visitors are welcome to tour the property, as well as shop, dine, and enjoy wine tastings. Tours begin every 30 minutes. Adults 65+ ask about their senior admission discount!
Nashville Showboat – All Aboard The Nashville Riverboat General Jackson to experience the city in an elegant “Old South” style. Carving through the banks of the Cumberland River, this luxury riverboat is reminiscent of the Victorian Era, offers stunning views, a delicious, freshly prepared meal, and entertainment.
Lane Motor Museum – Calling all automotive enthusiasts! Take a tour of Nashville’s beloved automotive collection. During your tour, you will spot restored and uniquely different automobiles, as well as motorcycles, aviation machines, and even some amphibious crafts. Lane Motor Museum isone of the few displays to specialize in sporty, European models.
John Seigenthaler Pedestrian Bridge – Also known as the Shelby Street Bridge, this 3,150-foot-long iconic pedestrian bridge spans the Cumberland riverbanks, as one of the largest pedestrian bridges in the world. There’s no charge to visit this popular walking spot. There are benches along the way for those who need to stop and rest while enjoying the view of the river and the people enjoying their day.
Senior discounts are available at select hotels, retail stores, restaurants, and grocery stores near these attractions. At Maybelle Carter Senior Living, we arrange for our residents to participate in group outings to local attractions. Being part of a group of peers living together in Nashville Assisted Living makes for a great way to experience these sights and sounds.
To learn more about things for seniors to do in Nashville TN, visit http://www.visitmusiccity.com/visitors
Written by: Katie Hanley