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Caring people make the difference at American Senior Communities and that commitment to quality care has been recognized with six Silver Commitment to Quality Awards for 2019. These awards are bestowed by the American Healthcare Association and National Center for Assisted Living (AHCA/NCAL). This recognition is part of the AHCA/NCAL’s National Quality Award Program, which recognizes long-term and post-acute communities nationwide for demonstrating dedication to improving the lives of their residents through consistent, quality care.

Applicants for the Silver Award status must have already attained the Bronze- Commitment to Quality Award, which focuses on a community’s ability to implement a performance improvement system. At the Silver level, applicants continue to learn and develop effective approaches that improve performance and healthcare outcomes. Communities are assessed on their systems of organization, their effectiveness and their tools for improvement in their approaches. This award lays the foundation for the program’s next designation, which is the Gold- Excellence in Quality Award.

Of the 18 Bronze award recipients across Indiana in 2019, 10 are ASC communities. Our award winners for this year are:

All 2019 honorees will be recognized at AHCA/NCAL’s 70th Annual Convention & Expo in Orlando, Florida this October.

American Senior Communities operates senior health and living communities throughout Indiana and in Louisville, KY. Living options and services include Independent Living & Wellness, Assisted Living, Rehabilitation, Alzheimer’s & Memory Care and Skilled Nursing Care.

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Fireworks, barbeques and parades— the Fourth of July always brings a variety of traditional celebrations. However, some of these events may not always be well suited for older adults. By including your loved ones in your celebrations, you allow them to feel more connected with friends and family and to become more engaged in a social setting. There are many different ways to make sure your loved one has the opportunity to join in on all of the fun!

For Seniors Who Enjoy the More Traditional Activities:

Some seniors will enjoy a backyard barbeque at a friend or family members home, or the night sky lit up with fireworks! Some ways to make these activities senior friendly include:

  • Be cautious of direct sun exposure. Make sure there is a cool, nicely shaded area for them to enjoy the day. Don’t forget the SPF!
  • Keep in mind that socializing and standing can become tiring, so provide your loved one with a comfortable seating option so they can support their back and feet. Portable chairs, cushions and wheelchairs if needed can provide your senior with the comfort to enjoy the day.
  • Hydration is key during hot summer days. Make sure you’ve got their favorite drink of choice so they stay well hydrated.
  • Summer days and summer nights can provide very different weather temperatures. Make sure your loved one is dressed appropriately for the day and has a light jacket for the evening activities.
  • Some seniors may have a different schedule than you. Be sure that they can enjoy their day with friends and family, but don’t over exert them and have someone available to take them home if needed.

For Seniors Who Prefer to Stay In:

While many seniors still enjoy the more traditional Forth of July events, they may not be able to participate outside of their home due to health restrictions. That doesn’t mean they can’t still have the opportunity to be involved with their favorite traditions, just bring the festivities to them!

  • Invite a few friends and family to their home and host a small get together with a classic barbeque meal.
  • Plan patriotic themed crafts such as door hangers, wreaths, photo frames and patriotic puzzles. Hang your crafts around so they can enjoy their artwork.
  • Who doesn’t love a little friendly competition? There are a variety of patriotic themed trivia games, bingo and more that the entire family can have a blast participating in.
  • Create a mix of patriotic themed songs so you and your loved ones can have a sing-along!
  • Involve older children in assisting with making delicious patriotic themed treats such as red and blue jello or fruit kabobs with strawberries and blueberries.

It is important to keep your loved ones engaged in life, but always remember that their needs may differ from yours. For more tips on senior safety and wellness, don’t forget to subscribe to our blog.

For more information on American Senior Communities, visit ASCCare.com

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Caring people make the difference at American Senior Communities and that commitment to quality care has been recognized with 10 Bronze Commitment to Quality Awards for 2019. These awards are bestowed by the American Healthcare Association and National Center for Assisted Living (AHCA/NCAL). This recognition is part of the AHCA/NCAL’s National Quality Award Program, which recognizes long-term and post-acute communities nationwide for demonstrating dedication to improving the lives of their residents through consistent, quality care.

This designation recognizes a community’s commitment to strive for quality improvement and the communities resulting ability to implement a performance improvement system. This award lays the foundation for the program’s next designation, which is the Silver – Achievement in Quality Award.

Of the 18 Bronze award recipients across Indiana in 2019, 10 are ASC communities. Our award winners for this year are:

All 2019 honorees will be recognized at AHCA/NCAL’s 70th Annual Convention & Expo in Orlando, Florida this October.

American Senior Communities operates senior health and living communities throughout Indiana and in Louisville, KY. Living options and services include Independent Living & Wellness, Assisted Living, Rehabilitation, Alzheimer’s & Memory Care and Skilled Nursing Care.

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There is a growing number of Americans today who juggle their many predictable responsibilities while also caring for an elderly loved one who needs regular assistance to live independently. Often this duty involves caring for a loved one with dementia.

If this describes you or someone you know, an upcoming Dementia Caregiver Workshop will provide a wealth of resources and education to inform your journey as you care for someone with dementia. On Saturday, May 11th, the IU School of Medicine, American Senior Communities and the Alzheimer’ Association are teaming up to present a free Dementia Caregiver Workshop from 9 am to 2 pm. The all-day event is designed to benefit those in the community who are caring for someone with Alzheimer’s disease or a related form of dementia.

In addition to hearing key-note addresses by IU School of Medicine professionals, participants will receive free boxed lunches, optional hand massages and more at the event’s Resource Fair. Breakout sessions will provide education on care options, legal and financial planning, art and music therapy, nutrition and more. Joy’s House, an adult daycare provider will provide care options for those participants needing care assistance while attending the workshop.

The Dementia Caregivers Workshop will be held at the IU Neuroscience Center, Goodman Hall, 355 W. 16th St., Indianapolis. The event will run from 9 am – 2 pm. Registration, parking and lunch are free for participants. Online registration is available at:  http://bit.ly/dementiacaregiverworkshop

There is a growing number of Americans today who juggle their many predictable responsibilities while also caring for an elderly loved one who needs regular assistance to live independently. Often this duty involves caring for a loved one with dementia.

If this describes you or someone you know, an upcoming Dementia Caregiver Workshop will provide a wealth of resources and education to inform your journey as you care for someone with dementia. On Saturday, May 11th, the IU School of Medicine, American Senior Communities and the Alzheimer’ Association are teaming up to present a free Dementia Caregiver Workshop from 9 am to 2 pm. The all-day event is designed to benefit those in the community who are caring for someone with Alzheimer’s disease or a related form of dementia.

In addition to hearing key-note addresses by IU School of Medicine professionals, participants will receive free boxed lunches, optional hand massages and more at the event’s Resource Fair. Breakout sessions will provide education on care options, legal and financial planning, art and music therapy, nutrition and more. Joy’s House, an adult daycare provider will provide care options for those participants needing care assistance while attending the workshop.

The Dementia Caregivers Workshop will be held at the IU Neuroscience Center, Goodman Hall, 355 W. 16th St., Indianapolis. The event will run from 9 am – 2 pm. Registration, parking and lunch are free for participants. Online registration is available at:  http://bit.ly/dementiacaregiverworkshop

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American Senior Communities has designated eight of its memory care centers as Purple Butterfly Memory Care Centers of Distinction, designating those centers as top providers of memory care.

Award Winners:

Memory care centers provide 24-hour care to those with Alzheimer’s disease and other forms of dementia.  They must meet state and federal standards, but these eight communities surpass standards in providing care.

Click here to learn more about the different types of Memory Care provided by ASC.

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Wouldn’t you love to control your Parkinson’s disease so that you could move better, speak better and enjoy life? Now a nationally-recognized, medically-proven wellness and exercise program is designed to help you do just that! Delay the Disease™ targets your daily challenges with activities specifically designed to address each of your symptoms. Those who have tried it report a greater ability to manage the disease and better enjoy life. Many cannot believe how significant the improvements have been!

Delay the Disease™ addresses those newly diagnosed as well as those with more advanced symptoms. The more traditional therapies (physical therapy, occupational therapy, speech therapy and language therapy) are available on site if additional skilled intervention is needed.

Delay the Disease Programming Includes:

  • One-on-one Personal Training and Support
  • Group Activities
  • Care-partner Training and Support
  • Educational Discussion Groups and Seminars
  • A lot of fun!
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With the advancements of social media and mobile technology, some seniors may find it difficult to stay connected to their family and friends online. With social media being one of the top platforms to share photos of special moments like weddings, graduations, family gatherings and more, we wanted to provide a source for our residents to stay connected easily.  At American Senior Communities, we’ve made an investment in our residents’ happiness by partnering with LifeShare, an innovative technology that’s changing the way they communicate with the people in their lives. Here’s more about LifeShare and how our residents are using it:

What is LifeShare?

LifeShare is a box that connects directly to your existing TV and connects to the internet to retrieve information that can then be displayed on the screen. LifeShare users can send and receive messages, view a slideshow of pictures shared to their account, play a variety of fun and challenging games, read the news , play music and listen to  faith-based programs representing various religions. The LifeShare box is easy to install and the app is easy for anyone to use.

How Does LifeShare keep Loved Ones Connected?

LifeShare’s easy to use smart phone app allows for friends and families to communicate on their phone and/or tablet through their loved one’s television. This mobile device app allows messages and pictures to be sent so even the smallest of moments do not go unnoticed. American Senior Communities team members can help you setup your account . LifeShare can even integrate with Facebook so you won’t miss a single post! And if you have pictures or messages you’d like to send them, you can do so right on your TV; there’s no need to get a smartphone, computer or mobile device. In addition, American Senior Communities will display announcements such as daily activities, menus, upcoming events, daily history facts and so much more. 

At American Senior Communities, we’re dedicated to ensuring our residents get every opportunity to keep in touch with their loved ones. That’s why we’re so excited about our partnership with LifeShare. LifeShare makes it simple for seniors by displaying pictures, messages, games and more right on the TVs they already own. You and your family members will love sharing pictures and messages with LifeShare. To learn more, ask a Thrive Lifestyle Coordinator in an ASC Senior Living community near you.

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As we get older, it becomes more important than ever to maintain a healthy lifestyle. You may think that just means eating right and getting regular exercise but if that’s your fitness philosophy, you may be neglecting one important area: your brain health. While proper diet and exercise are both crucial components of a healthy lifestyle, keeping your brain healthy can be a bit trickier. To work out your brain, you’ll need to regularly perform activities that challenge memory, coordination, attention and cognition. Your usual workout may not check all these boxes but American Senior Communities knows of one activity that not only helps you flex your muscles and your brain, it’s also a lot of fun. If you’re looking to improve your brain health, dancing may be exactly what you need. Here’s some information about how dancing can be the ideal way to keep your mind sharp well into your senior years.

How Does Dancing Affect the Brain?

Whether you’re 5 years old or 75 years old, dancing requires the same level of mental activity. In addition to the complex movements that need to be coordinated with music, you’ll also need to remember and recall a series of dance moves. Performing these types of movements provides significant stimulation to the brain, a fact that’s been documented by numerous studies. The efficacy of dance in improving mental function has been so widely accepted by the medical community, in fact, it’s currently being used to help treat patients with Parkinson’s disease as well as for those living with diagnoses of Alzheimer’s disease and related forms of dementia.

People with Parkinson’s suffer a number of debilitating motor skill symptoms including slowed movement, tremors, difficulties with balance and coordination and stiffness in the limbs. While most research in this area is purely observational at this point, many people with Parkinson’s have experienced significant improvements in motor function after a regular regimen of rhythmic auditory stimulation similar to the types of movements associated with dancing. With more research, these techniques could likely be adapted to a treatment program for Parkinson’s disease and other brain disorders.

For those living with various forms of dementia, dancing has also been shown to improve quality of life from a variety of standpoints. For example, physical activity has been shown to have benefits related to the physical, cognitive and emotional domains of wellness for those living with Alzheimer’s disease and other memory challenges. Additionally, the social component of dancing cannot be overlooked when considering the importance of human interactions in the lives of those living with dementia.

Of course, dancing isn’t just for people with Parkinson’s or Alzheimer’s disease; literally anyone can benefit from dancing in a number of ways: mentally, physically and socially. If you’re a senior who’s looking for a fun way to stay in shape, meet new people and keep your mind sharp, American Senior Communities would like to suggest that you consider talking to your doctor about whether or not you’re healthy enough to take up dancing as a hobby. If you’re in the clear, there are lots of ways for you to discover your joy of movement, from signing up for a dance class to simply putting on some music and dancing at home. Learning new moves and dance routines will help you make new connections in your brain that can slow the progression of neurological degenerative disorders, so don’t be afraid to try something new. Get out there on the dance floor and get moving!

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Our taste buds and our sense of smell are inextricably linked when it comes to our interpretation of the way food tastes. And in addition to giving us a sense of the vibrant flavors of our food, they’re two of our senses that are most closely linked with memories. A certain smell or a bite of a particular piece of food can instantly have you reliving days gone by just as vividly as if they were happening right now. Unfortunately, as we age, our senses of taste and smell can change, making it more difficult to enjoy foods and fragrances that we appreciated in the past. If you’re experiencing a change in the way you taste and smell as you get older, here are some reasons why that might be happening:

Natural Causes

As we get older, all our senses naturally start to decrease. When we’re young, our taste buds slough off and are renewed constantly; this process begins to slow down around age 40. By the time you reach retirement age, you’ll be losing taste buds more quickly than they’re being replaced, leading to an overall reduction in your sense of taste. When coupled with corresponding reductions in our sense of smell, these two factors can make food taste blander than we remember.

Medications

There are a number of different medications that can alter your senses of taste and smell. Any medication that causes dry mouth can not only make food taste different, it can also make it difficult to chew and swallow. Other medications can also change the way food tastes, including antibiotics, blood pressure medications and medicines designed to lower cholesterol. If you’re experiencing a change in your sense of taste or smell after starting a new medication, be sure to talk to your doctor about the problem and they may be able to prescribe an alternate medicine that doesn’t cause the same side effects.

What to do about Diminished Sense of Taste

You might think that a change in the way you taste food is no big deal but it can actually have effects beyond just spoiling your dinner. If you can’t taste as well as you used to, it may cause you to lose interest in food, leading to malnutrition, weight loss and even depression. That’s why it’s so important to talk to your doctor right away if you experience changes in the way you taste. If it’s related to a medication you’re taking, your doctor may be able to address the problem. If it’s due to natural causes, they can suggest dietary changes that might renew your interest in food.

Whatever you do, don’t let your diminishing sense of taste lead you to load up on salt, especially if you’re taking medication for high blood pressure as a high-sodium diet can exacerbate the problem. Instead, you might want to try looking through your spice rack for some new flavors you haven’t tried yet; who knows, you might even gain an appreciation for flavorful international cuisines you never even considered trying before!

American Senior Communities offers a variety of senior healthcare services throughout our locations in Indiana and Kentucky. Contact us today to request more information.

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April is National Occupational Therapy Month and it’s the perfect opportunity to show our nation’s occupational therapists how much we appreciate everything they do to improve the lives of people with disabilities, people recovering from injuries and seniors who need assistance with their activities of daily living. At American Senior Communities, we employ hundreds of occupational therapists, so we have the opportunity to see their contributions firsthand as they interact with our residents and provide customized care that treats the individual, rather than their condition. If you or a loved one is under the care of an occupational therapist, we hope you’ll take some time this month to thank them for their hard work.

Often misunderstood, an occupational therapist works with helping folks regain function- as basic as self-care needs ranging from bathing and grooming, household tasks, balancing checkbooks or discovering new hobbies that will help them stay active like knitting or playing cards. If a person lacks the ability to do it “the old way,” OTs can help them with adaptive equipment or strategies to do it a “new” way. Their creative thinking and innovation can make life better in countless ways.

Write a Thank You Note

Occupational therapists don’t choose their careers because they want recognition; they perform this often difficult job because they care about other people and want to do everything they can to improve their lives. We would like to suggest that in this case, even the smallest gestures can be more meaningful than something grand. A simple thank you note can speak volumes. A brief message written from the heart can have a huge impact on an occupational therapist. We all want to know that we’re appreciated, so let your occupational therapist know that have made your life better simply by doing their job.

Providing care to people with disabilities, injuries, and medical conditions isn’t always easy but America’s occupational therapists do it because making life better for the people in their care is the right thing to do. From all of us at American Senior Communities, thank you to all the occupational therapists on our staff and all across the nation who spend their time improving the lives of those around them. For more information about American Senior Communities, visit us at www.ASCCare.com.

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