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 Mandy Otto July is Social Wellness Awareness Month. Social wellness is defined as nurturing yourself by building healthy, supportive relationships with others. Making genuine connections with those around you is critical to physical and psychological health. Research shows that the physical risks of being socially isolated are comparable to the risks associated with heart disease, cigarette smoking, high blood pressure, and obesity. However, for people with healthy relationships, their heart and blood pressure respond better to stress. Having a healthy social network can also enhance the immune system’s ability to fight off infectious diseases and speed healing. Maintaining relationships—giving and receiving emotional support—ensures that you have a network of friends, family, and others to turn to in times of need. Why is social wellness important for those with dementia-related diseases and their caregivers? Benefits of Social Wellness for Memory Care Perhaps a friend or loved one has displayed intermittent symptoms of mild cognitive decline such as forgetfulness, difficulty driving, word searching, or trouble concentrating and problem solving. Having a group of close friends or family members may help them maintain their independence and adjust to their changing needs. If you’re a caregiver, being able to discuss your concerns with others can provide you with a broader perspective and, perhaps, helpful resources. In early-stage dementia or Alzheimer’s disease, signs of mental impairment begin to become more visible. It’s not unusual for the person affected by the disease to become moody, to express negative emotions (e.g., anger, frustration, anxiety, depression), or to withdraw socially. A study published in the American Journal of Geriatric Psychiatry (James & Burke, 2011) found that seniors who were housebound or socially isolated were not only more likely to develop Alzheimer’s disease, but they experienced more rapid cognitive decline than seniors who got out and interacted more with others. According to lead author Bryan D. James, “People who don’t leave their home as much aren’t engaging with their environment and meeting new people. They may not be using their minds as much.” The study does not conclude that social isolation causes Alzheimer’s or dementia; however, it does indicate a potential connection between social isolation and the development of cognitive decline and Alzheimer’s. Social wellness involves being present as the friend, colleague, or loved one learns to navigate the impact of the physical, emotional, and cognitive changes as they occur. It also involves encouraging a loved one’s continued interaction with others. With the rise in the number of Alzheimer’s cases (68 percent from 2000–2010, according to the Alzheimer’s Association), it’s more important than ever to practice the tenets of social wellness by having a number of good friends and an active social life. At Cambrian Senior Living, with locations in Tecumseh and South Lyon, Michigan, seniors are given many opportunities to engage in social wellness. We offer many programs throughout the day to nourish the mind, body, and soul. Please see our dynamic programming calendar available on our website. If you’d like to learn more about living life to its fullest, and Cambrian’s daily promotion of wellness, contact Laura Beyer at 517-423-5300, or check us out at www.CambrianSeniorLiving.com.
- By Laura Beyer Now that summer is in full swing, it’s time to get outside and enjoy a little sunshine. There’s a reason why a little time outside on a sunny day can lift our spirits and give us a boost of energy. Sometimes called the “sunshine vitamin”, vitamin D is produced in your skin from direct exposure to sunlight. Vitamin D is important in regulating calcium absorption which leads to healthy teeth and bones as well as strengthening resistance to certain diseases. However, many healthy adults have a deficiency in vitamin D. According to a study published by the International Society for Clinical Densitometry, vitamin D deficiency is “extremely prevalent among the elderly and is associated with a higher risk of fracture”. It can also have an impact on the immune system, contribute to depression and fatigue. An estimated 40 – 75% of all adults are vitamin D deficient. Senior citizens are typically more prone to vitamin D deficiency due to their diet and a lack of outdoor activity. While few foods contain the vitamin naturally, several foods are fortified with it. Foods with naturally occurring Vitamin D include egg yolks, shrimp, sardines, salmon and beef liver while fortified foods include milk, yogurt, orange juice and cereals. Vitamin D is produced naturally in the body by direct exposure to the sun. Research suggests that as little as 10 – 15 minutes of sun exposure to untreated skin (no sunscreen) can be sufficient in providing a healthy dose of this essential vitamin. However, as we age, the skin can become less efficient at converting sunlight to vitamin D. Due to the difficulty in getting enough vitamin D many seniors are often found to be deficient. Vitamin D deficiency can be linked with osteoporosis, cardiovascular disease, asthma and cancer and may also help in the prevention of diabetes, multiple sclerosis, hypertension and cognitive decline. A study by the University of Exeter Medical School has found that a deficiency in vitamin D substantially increases the risk of developing Alzheimer’s disease. “We expected to find an association between low Vitamin D levels and the risk of dementia and Alzheimer’s disease, but the results were surprising – we actually found that the association was twice as strong as we anticipated.” Dr. David Llewellyn, University of Exeter Medical School. Vitamin D Study Press Release Even with exposure to ultra violet rays and eating foods containing the vitamin it can still be difficult to get the recommended amount of Vitamin D each day. The National Institute of Health recommends 600 IU (International Units) per day for adults up to age 70 and 800 IU for adults over the age of 70. NIH Recommendations Several sources suggest that even higher daily amounts, some up to 2000 IU, are needed, particularly for those over age 50. A simple blood test is all that is needed for your health care provider to determine deficiency. If a deficiency is found, they can recommend the right supplement for you and while the sun is shining bright this summer make sure to take the time to get outside and enjoy! At Cambrian Senior Living, with locations in Tecumseh and South Lyon, Michigan, seniors are given many opportunities to soak in the sunshine to promote the regulation of their calcium absorption. With various courtyards throughout, comfortable seating is made available to allow for enjoyment of the luscious landscaping, fragrant flowers, as well as the beautiful creatures who come and go. Indoor sunroom spaces allow the rays to shine through the abundance of windows panes also enough to benefit your vitamin D needs. And, the robust life enrichment programming at Cambrian Senior Living includes a long list of fun excursions that get seniors outside and active. Our summer calendar includes fishing, strolling through Hidden Lake Gardens, a Toledo Mudhens baseball game, attending the county fair, going to Clarklake Beach and Boat Club, and many more activities along these lines. We also fire up the bbq grill and picnic outside every Friday for lunch. So, if you’d like to learn more about living life to its fullest, and Cambrian’s daily promotion of wellness, contact Laura Beyer at 517-423-5300. Or check out our website, www.CambrianSeniorLiving.com.
- When a parent begins to show their age, do you know where to go to learn more about how to keep them well and safe? There are many resources out there, but where should you begin? Well, your local governmental department on aging is a great place to start. Here are links to two Southeastern Michigan agencies: Lenawee County Area Agency on Aging located in Brooklyn, Michigan and Oakland County Area Agency on Aging located in Southfield, Michigan. You can certainly make a visit to the office, or you may find what you need via their websites. These agencies can also direct you to the list of senior living services available within your local community. When an older adult is aging in place at home, there can be potential hazards which should be addressed. If living alone, are they properly managing their medication regime? If not, this can lead to side effects such as dizziness or drowsiness which can easily lead to a fall. Therefore, insuring your parent is taking the correct medication at the correct time in the correct dosage is very important. If this becomes a problem, you may need to make arrangements to call or stop by at the appropriate times. There are also resources such as choosing to live at a senior living community where their staff can keep track of their medications, and insure the resident is taking their medications as prescribed by the physician. Another potential concern should be their living environment. Is it free from clutter, and area rugs that could be a tripping hazard? Or, does the setting require a walk up or down stairs? Is the hand railing secure? Do they have the required strength to safely maneuver the steps as frequently as required? Having to climb a flight of steps to get to the bathroom can lead to incontinence issues if they begin to delay the visit to the bathroom due to the effort required to get there. Most senior living communities have a barrier free setting so that seniors can ambulate easily without the need to climb stairs. As well, the flooring surfaces are carefully selected in a senior living community. Carpets will often have very low piles, or there may be solid surfaces making it easy to walk with a shuffled gait, as well as with an assistive device such as a cane, walker, or wheelchair. Finally, is your parent getting some exercise. Getting the blood flowing has tremendous benefits and often yields an increase in muscle strength which is very beneficial when ambulating. Failure to exercise can lead to muscle weakness which also puts a person at a much higher risk for falling. Fall Prevention Older Adults If you are worried about your parent, you can make arrangements for senior services to assist them at home. Or, you could consider having them reside in a senior living community where the setting is barrier free, and especially designed for the unique needs of the aging older adult. Cambrian Senior Living has two campuses in Southeastern Michigan. They are located in Tecumseh and South Lyon. The assisted living settings offer many attractive common areas to enjoy. The apartments and private and include a spacious bathroom with a barrier free shower. Three chef inspired meals are served daily, and housekeeping and laundry services are provided on a weekly basis. The life enrichment programming includes a focus on health and wellness activities, as well as arts & crafts, games, and all sorts of other types of entertainment, music and otherwise. Cambrian Senior Living has a bus which allows for scheduled trips to the grocery store, as well as a variety of fun outings such as bowling, fishing, shopping, and even dining out. For more information about Cambrian Senior Living and how they may be able to assist your parent with their needs, please call Laura at 517-423-5300, or visit www.CambrianSeniorLiving.com.