Understanding Senior Care

Are Seniors Really the "Silent" Generation?

According to Pew Research, large shifts have been detected in U.S. society and culture over the past five decades, “from the time when the Silent Generation was entering adulthood to the adulthood of today’s Millennials.” We have chosen one of the seven comparisons from Pew’s research to further investigate, providing our real-life examples as to what else these large shifts within our culture have created for our own seniors and their families.

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6 Things I Should Have Said

Recently, a dear friend of mine shared that she and her husband had numerous people in their life who have had a stroke or other brain related issue. Those individuals were weighing heavily on her husband’s mind, and eventually he decided he had to write his thoughts down.

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#HeartYourHome: Laurel Oaks Renovation Nears Completion!

Hearts. They can tell us two things: where home is, and why it's home. That is what swayed our decision in choosing #heartyourhome to represent the latest two-bedroom apartment renovations here at Laurel Oaks. Because not only will you feel right at home, but you'll understand why Laurel Oaks is North Shore's most trusted senior living community for nearly 50 years.

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Simplicity: Why This Selfie with Our Senior Matters

I plopped down on the couch next to Carol and listened as a lively gentleman in a chair to my left filled the common area with his very impressive singing voice. Great company and live entertainment—what more could you want during your work day at a senior living community? I can imagine right now Carol turning towards me with that smile saying, “That is absolutely it. You understand!”

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Lessons I Learned in my Journey to Understand Seniors

When I began working with older adults many years ago, I was determined to help them figure out their future housing and care needs.I was going to be the best resource they ever had. But on my way to solving all their problems I had the rude awakening that I didn’t begin to understand them, let alone their “problems.” I had answers, but they weren’t necessarily the answers my clients needed.

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Caring or Caregiving?

There have been many articles written about caregivers. In recent weeks there have been conversations I’ve been a part of where the question was asked, do all caregivers identify themselves in that role?

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New Medicare Cards

Chances are you’ve heard about the new Medicare cards that are being delivered in the coming year for beneficiaries. Identity theft has been on the rise, especially for adults over the age of 65, and this is an effort to reduce the problem. The new Medicare cards will no longer display Social Security numbers. This will aid in preventing fraud and identity theft. Cards will automatically be mailed between April 2018 and April 2019 to over 58 million Medicare recipients, so no action is necessary on your part.

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A Generational View of Caregiving

Caregiving, a term that means so many different things to each of us. Our definition is often based upon our experience with it, either firsthand or watching a friend or loved one live it.

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Senior Living: An Environment of Love and Kindness

When you think of senior communities, what’s the mental picture that first comes to mind? Is it an elderly person who needs care, or nursing staff? Maybe you picture the bus taking residents shopping. Recently I’ve spent some concentrated time in one of the Laureate Group communities. Here are some of the amazing things I’ve experienced firsthand.....

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Breaking Down Senior Care Myths

Most families that I assist are going through the process of looking at senior care services for the first time. Many are dealing with a crisis, have limited time to make big decisions, and need to get versed on the subject fast. This blog is intended to address some of the difficult questions older adults and their families encounter. My goal is to separate myth from fact and provoke thought.

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Assisted Living versus In-home Care

“I am going to live on my own in my own home to the end.” Of course, we all want to live independently, as we have done for years, in the neighborhood we have grown accustomed to. There can come a time, however, when the choice becomes looking at in-home care or moving into an assisted living community. One thing we’ve learned after talking with thousands of seniors and their families is that most people really don’t understand what assisted living is. Nor, do they have a realistic view of what living at home with in-home care really is like.

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Out and About with Diana

Diana has been a resident at Oak Hill Terrace for about a year. She had moved out of her home into a senior apartment elsewhere but a series of falls made her family concerned. Oak Hill Terrace seems to have been a good choice for Diana. I just want to tell you how much I love it here.

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Independent and Assisted Living: Understanding the Differences

Many people have little understanding of senior care. Until an aging parent or loved one begins to require additional help or suffers a health change, there really is little pressure to do research on care options. Some older adults feel that looking at options somehow means acquiescing to old age. Yet, aging requires making many small adjustments over time. Everyone does it.

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Caregiving For Older Adults Comes Naturally

Christine Koss, now a resident assistant at Oak Hill Terrace, has spent a lot of time around older adults over the years. Her mother Marion was the benefits specialist for the county and a case manager for older adults. Some of her clients lived at Oak Hill Terrace.

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What's Life Like in a Senior Community?

When people attend an open house in one of our communities or take a tour, they tend to ask questions to try to answer this very question. What is a typical day like? They want to know how it compares to where they are living now. Will they feel at home? As our residents will tell you, it is remarkably familiar to life in a single-family home –only better in many ways.

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A Guide to Living Options for Seniors

As we age it is natural to think about what we might need in the future if our health changes or we simply find our current living situation is no longer ideal. There are many living options for seniors today, and the different options vary greatly in terms of amenities, services and cost. Understanding the options is the first step.

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Specialty Care For More Complex Needs

Families usually begin looking at assisted living communities when there is a concern over a loved one’s health or safety. Assisted living programs typically offer the convenience services found in independent living, such as dining, housekeeping and transportation, but add assistance with medications and help with self-care such as grooming, dressing, or bathing.

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We Thank All Our Volunteers

This is the week in April when we take the time to thank the many people who volunteer in our senior communities. We have resident volunteers as well as those who come in from the greater community. We like to do something special to recognize them for the impact that they make on the lives of others.

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The Power of a Cat's Purr

Most everyone has heard that cat videos on social media are the most watched around the world. So, it is not a big surprise that a story of a cat in Great Britain by the name of Cleo got some notice. Cleo’s owner Nancy rescued him from the streets eight years before she found herself needing to move into a care community. While she had a neighbor who could take Cleo, her cat had other plans.

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Giving Thanks

People who work in our communities are a special group. Workers in long term care are some of the most dedicated employees you can find. They understand that the people who call Laureate Group home are relying on them each day. Supportive care, dining, fitness classes, fun activities are all part of our daily routine. As we approach Thanksgiving I am reminded how grateful I am to work with my kind, compassionate and caring coworkers.

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