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The Importance of Socialization in a Retirement Community

Posted on: March 26th, 2018 by hhmin

Retirement Home SocializationEven though getting older naturally means that parts of our lives slow down, socialization is one thing that you and your family can help your loved one keep up to par.

Many of us take for granted our current friendships and constant interaction with the world around us. When you stop, think, and take a step back, you will realize that socialization is what keeps our minds sharp. This is exactly why it is important for you to encourage socialization with your loved one in a retirement community or senior assisted living.

Social Isolation is a Risk

Social isolation among the elderly demographic is something that has a serious impact on this groups health. With age, health conditions deteriorate, the body becomes substantially less mobile, and these issues contribute to someone being less social than they once were.

Social isolation is a direct cause of several problems with loved ones living out their Golden Years. These problems include:

  • High Blood Pressure,
  • Decreased Physical Health
  • Decreased Emotional Health
  • Depression

Not surprisingly, all of these factors lead to the ultimate negative: a poor quality of life leading into a greater risk of death.

Being Socially Active in a Retirement Community has its Benefits

Not only can you keep your loved one’s blood pressure under control, but there are several other benefits to encouraging social activity on a regular basis.

1. Raised Self-Esteem

Some seniors struggle with self-esteem issues. Socialization brings about a sense of community and belonging that directly results in higher self-esteem.

2. Mental and Physical Health Improves

Where loneliness can become feelings of despair and longing for interaction, socialization makes your loved one feel exactly that–like a loved one. This is a great way to keep mental health intact and encourage activities that make the mind sharp.

Physical health improves because when positive interaction occurs like good conversation, the body releases natural chemicals that help to improve the immune system.

3. Sense of Community and Belonging

Having interaction with one’s family does a lot to improve health but having a community does wonders for giving your loved one a sense of home in a retirement community. Having their own friends and private conversations help to form a place in what may be a trying point in their life.

Holly Hall Retirement Community Offers a Social Life for Your Loved One

Growing older can be a challenge for everyone and it is important that every aspect of your loved one’s life is taken care of well. At Holly Hall Retirement Community, we have a Christian background that helps our community members overcome the challenges of age with our different levels of care.

If you are looking for the right fit in communities for your loved one, we offer independent living, assisted living, and healthcare living. Get in touch with us today to schedule a tour or have one of our team members answer any questions you may have. At Holly Hall, your loved one is not just a community member, but a part of our family.

Helping Your Assisted Living Loved One with Sundowners

Posted on: March 5th, 2018 by hhmin

sundowners in assisted livingAround 40 million people in America each year suffer from sleep disorders. Some sleep disorders can occur in the elderly with mental disorders like depression, dementia, or Alzheimer’s. One sleep disorder that science is still grasping to understand in the elderly is sundowners. Here is some important information on what it is, the symptoms to look out for, its triggers, and some ways to mitigate the problem with your loved one in assisted living.

What Is Sundowners?

Sundowners syndrome, or “sundowning,” is a symptom of Alzheimer’s disease and dementia. Another reference to the syndrome by name is “late-day confusion.”

The term sundowners is a term that describes patterns of behavior problems that onset in the late afternoon and early evening. Aside from Alzheimer’s disease, this syndrome is also sometimes found in older people recovering from surgery. Someone exhibiting the symptoms of this syndrome may frighten loved ones experiencing this for the first time. That is why it is important to understand the symptoms of sundowners.

Symptoms

When your loved one is sundowning, some of the symptoms that you may notice include:

  • Agitation
  • Restlessness
  • Irritable
  • Disoriented
  • Suspicious
  • Demanding
  • Pacing
  • Hearing or Seeing Things That Aren’t There
  • Mood Swings

It is known that 1 out of 5 people with Alzheimer’s are susceptible to sundown syndrome.

What Triggers Sundowners?

Sundowners is probably the most direct name that could be given for this illness. Scientists believe that changes in the brain of someone that has dementia or Alzheimer’s is what triggers sundowners in people. These brain changes impact a person’s inner body clock and they become unable to properly determine when they need to be awake or sleep.

Some common triggers for the syndrome are:

  • Less light in the house
  • Being unable to separate dreams from reality

What Are Some Ways to Soothe Symptoms?

There are several ways to help your loved one in a retirement home deal with life and sundowners. Some basic approaches include:

  • Encouraging exercise to expend energy
  • Limit caffeine intake
  • Plan family activities during the day so that the transition to the evening is easier
  • Create a private spot where your loved one can relax
  • Calm them with music or other therapeutic sounds
  • Consult with their doctor about medications that support those with the syndrome

Another key approach to easing sundowning is to regulate your loved one’s sleep. Knowing his or her routine will help you to understand when sundowners usually sets in for him or her. Once you understand his or her sleep cycle, you will be able to prevent excessive napping and help your loved one sleep through the night.

Holly Hall Offers Skilled Nursing at Our Facility that Helps with Sundowners

If you or your loved one are considering a move to our Christian retirement community, but are concerned with the onset of sundowners, you have nothing to worry about. The professional nursing staff at Holly Hall has the experience and capabilities to handle sundowners and other medical conditions that make senior living difficult at home. Get in touch with us today to arrange a tour and find out more about our assisted living community.