Living Life to its Fullest at Cambrian Senior Living
Cambrian is the premiere senior living community in Southeast Michigan, providing comfortable elegance, gentle care, and peace-of-mind. Specializing in assisted living and memory care services for those living with dementia and Alzheimer’s, Cambrian carefully identifies each individual’s needs and preferences ensuring he or she receives the proper care for every situation. The caring team at Cambrian will focus on not only the physical demands but the emotional, social, and spiritual needs of residents.
This is an exciting new phase for your loved one: compassionate caregivers, robust life enrichment programs, maximum independence, and aging with the utmost dignity. Making decisions about a major change for a loved one can be difficult, but Cambrian works hard to make the process simple and comforting. It is so much more than a place to live, it’s a place to call home.
- By Alzheimer's Association Alzheimer's caregivers frequently report experiencing high levels of stress. It can be overwhelming to take care of a loved one with Alzheimer's or other dementia, but too much stress can be harmful to both of you. Read on to learn symptoms and ways to avoid burnout. Caregiver Stress Check: Alzheimer caregivers frequently report high levels of stress. Take the quiz and get resources to help.
SYMPTOMS OF CAREGIVER STRESS
- Denial about the disease and its effect on the person who has been diagnosed. I know Mom is going to get better.
- Anger at the person with Alzheimer’s or frustration that he or she can’t do the things they used to be able to do. He knows how to get dressed — he’s just being stubborn.
- Social withdrawal from friends and activities that used to make you feel good. I don’t care about visiting with the neighbors anymore.
- Anxiety about the future and facing another day. What happens when he needs more care than I can provide?
- Depression that breaks your spirit and affects your ability to cope. I just don't care anymore.
- Exhaustion that makes it nearly impossible to complete necessary daily tasks. I'm too tired for this.
- Sleeplessness caused by a never-ending list of concerns. What if she wanders out of the house or falls and hurts herself?
- Irritability that leads to moodiness and triggers negative responses and actions. Leave me alone!
- Lack of concentration that makes it difficult to perform familiar tasks. I was so busy, I forgot my appointment.
- Health problems that begin to take a mental and physical toll. I can't remember the last time I felt good.
TIPS TO MANAGE STRESSIf you experience signs of stress on a regular basis, consult your doctor. Ignoring symptoms can cause your physical and mental health to decline. Know what community resources are available. Adult day programs, in-home assistance, visiting nurses and meal delivery are just some of the services that can help you manage daily tasks. Use our online Community Resource Finder or contact your local Alzheimer's Association chapter for assistance in finding Alzheimer's care resources in your community. Use Alzheimer’s Navigator, our free online tool that helps evaluate your needs, identify action steps and connect with local programs and services. Get help and find support. Our online Care Team Calendar helps you organize friends and family who want to help provide care and support. Our 24/7 Helpline (800.272.3900), ALZConnected online community and local support groups are all good sources for finding comfort and reassurance. If stress becomes overwhelming, seek professional help. Use relaxation techniques. There are several simple relaxation techniques that can help relieve stress. Try more than one to find which works best for you. Techniques include: Visualization (mentally picturing a place or situation that is peaceful and calm), Meditation (which can be as simple as dedicating 15 minutes a day to letting go of all stressful thoughts, Breathing exercises (slowing your breathing and focusing on taking deep breaths, Progressive muscle relaxation (tightening and then relaxing each muscle group, starting at one end of your body and working your way to the other end) Learn more about relaxation techniques on the Mayo Clinic website. Sign up for our weekly e-newsletter. Get ideas for balancing caring for your needs with the needs of a loved one with Alzheimer's or dementia. Subscribe now. Get moving. Physical activity — in any form — can help reduce stress and improve overall well-being. Even 10 minutes of exercise a day can help. Take a walk. Do an activity you love, such as gardening or dancing. Find time for yourself. Consider taking advantage of respite care so you can spend time doing something you enjoy. Respite care provides caregivers with a temporary rest from caregiving, while the person with Alzheimer’s disease continues to receive care in a safe environment. Learn more about respite care. Become an educated caregiver. As the disease progresses, new caregiving skills may be necessary. The Alzheimer's Association offers programs to help you better understand and cope with the behaviors and personality changes that often accompany Alzheimer's. You may also find it helpful to talk to other care partners and caregivers about how they are coping with the challenges of the disease and uncertainty about the future. Take care of yourself. Visit your doctor regularly. Try to eat well, exercise and get plenty of rest. Making sure that you are healthy can help you be a better caregiver. Make legal and financial plans. Putting legal and financial plans in place after an Alzheimer’s diagnosis is important so that the person with the disease can participate. Having future plans in place can provide comfort to the entire family. Many documents can be prepared without the help of an attorney. However, if you are unsure about how to complete legal documents or make financial plans, you may want to seek assistance from an attorney specializing in elder law, a financial advisor who is familiar with elder or long-term care planning, or both. Learn more about planning ahead. (End of Article) Cambrian Senior Living is an alternative to assist caregivers when it becomes too much to continue doing so on your own. Cambrian features specialized memory care services offered in a secure setting designed with the needs of an individual living with dementia in mind. With locations in both South Lyon and Tecumseh, Cambrian can assist you with getting back to the things that matter most, keeping a healthy relationship with your loved one. Also, Cambrian offers support groups on a monthly basis, and the general public is welcome to attend. For more information call 517-423-5300 for the Tecumseh area and 248-344-0001 for the South Lyon area.
- The Village Effect: How Face-to-Face Contact Can Make Us Healthier, Happier, and Smarter. Published by Penguin Random House (2015). (End of Article) With this being said, if you have a parent or loved one living at home alone without a strong social network you should consider seeking a community setting where The Village Effect could benefit. Cambrian Senior Living has locations in both South Lyon and Tecumseh, Michigan. The South Lyon location serves seniors from Lyon Township, New Hudson, South Lyon, Novi, Wixom, Northville, Brighton, and surrounding areas. The Tecumseh location serves Tecumseh, Onsted, Brooklyn, Britton, Dundee, Adrian, Blissfield, Deerfield, Milan, and surrounding areas. For more information visit www.CambrianSeniorLiving.com
- By Jeff Anderson Ageist stereotypes about seniors are pervasive in our culture. In films, on television and even in the jokes we hear, misconceptions and stereotypes about aging and seniors are ever present. Like any form of bias, ageism has led many of us to make false assumptions about seniors. Learn more about some of the top myths of aging: Myth: Aging is Depressing Contrary to the myth that aging is depressing, many studies find that seniors are among the happiest age group. Happiness levels by age follow a U-shaped curve, with self reported levels of happiness at their lowest at age 40, but then growing thereafter. In addition, those who think aging is depressing also believe that it makes seniors grumpier. People who are unhappy in their younger years will likely continue to be in their later years, and similarly, good-natured people continue on a happy trajectory as they age. In other words, one’s attitude comes down to their individual personality, not an age group. Myth: Aging Leads to Loneliness Though social isolation can be a problem for seniors, especially to those who have limited mobility, lack of transportation or who have recently lost a spouse, most seniors are able to stay stay socially engaged. Activities and visits with family and friends, and at places such as the local senior center or a place of worship, also help seniors stay socially active and happy. Myth: Aging Dulls Wits and Inevitably Causes Dementia While aging can create cognitive changes, older people may perform better in certain areas of intelligence and poorer in others. For example, while seniors may have slower reaction times, “mental capabilities that depend most heavily on accumulated experience and knowledge, like settling disputes and enlarging one’s vocabulary, clearly get better over time,” writes Patricia Cohen in the New York Times. What’s more, dementia is anything but inevitable. According to the Alzheimer’s Association, only 5% of those over age 65 will develop dementia. Myth: Aging Makes You Unproductive Though retired people may have left the workforce, they are hardly unproductive. They contribute countless hours to activities like helping with child-rearing and volunteering, which makes an enormous impact on society. In fact, a report by the Bureau of Labor Statistics indicates 24% of senior citizens report engaging in volunteer work after retirement. Myth: Aging Makes You Less Creative There are countless examples that dispel the myth that aging makes you less creative. In fact, many artists actually find their calling or achieve mastery in their later years. A great example is the immortal “Grandma Moses.” Anna Mary Robinson Moses was an ordinary, unassuming woman who lived on a farm in upstate New York in the mid 1800’s. After her husband passed away, Mrs. Moses (as she liked to call herself) transitioned from farm work to a quieter life of embroidering for fun and making delicious preserves for her now grown children. But, when arthritis made embroidering too painful, a friend suggested she try painting. Mrs. Moses took to painting scenes of rural life, and even hung a few of her paintings in the local drugstore. Her paintings caught the eye of a prominent art collector who was passing through town and the rest is history. Her first one-woman art show was held in 1940 when Moses was already 80-years-old. She became famous and was dubbed “Grandma Moses,” a name that stuck. She continued to paint until the age 101. Myth: Aging Makes You Unable to Adapt to New Situations Older people are not only able to adapt to new situations, they are actually experts at adapting. By the time one has become a senior, they have had to adapt to innumerable changes and transitions in life, many of which could have certainly been challenging. Seniors may be slower to change their opinions, but one of humanity’s’ greatest traits, adaptability, is generally retained as we grow old. Myth: Aging Erases Your Libido Discussing the love and sex lives of seniors is largely taboo in our culture and has led to the stereotype that the elderly are sexless. This stereotype is harmful because it can cause seniors to have conflicted feelings or unnecessary guilt about their sexuality, while simultaneously causing younger people to hold misconceptions about aging and the elderly. As a state of Oregon document notes adroitly: “Research has found that sexual activity and enjoyment do not decrease with age. People with physical health, a sense of well-being and a willing partner are more likely to continue sexual relations. People who are bored with their partner, mentally or physically tired, afraid of failure or overindulge in food or drink are unlikely to engage in sexual activity. These reasons do not differ a great deal when considering whether or not a person will engage in sex at any age.” Myth: Aging Makes You More Religious Seniors certainly have a higher rate of religious attendance than younger people, but this is a generational phenomenon rather than an aging phenomenon. If you regularly attended church growing up, you’re likely to continue to do so as you age. Today’s senior’s haven’t become more religious with time. Instead they grew up in a time when more people went to church, which is why seniors are the most religious age group.