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Alden Leader Summer 2018

August 6, 2018 — The Alden Leader is a community newsletter that provides useful information regarding special programs, services and events. It also highlights the accomplishments of patients, residents and staff. Current Issue Summer 2018 The Alden Network Podcast Accreditation by The Joint Commission Horizon Independent Senior Living Family Home Health Network Alden Courts of Huntley Memory Care

Five Fun Ways to Give Your Brain a Workout

July 31, 2018 — By now most of us know that physical activity is an important way to protect our memory and thinking. Exercise increases blood flow to the brain, helps us maintain a healthy weight, and promotes a healthy heart, blood pressure and sleep quality—all of which lower our risk of Alzheimer’s disease, stroke and other conditions that... Read More

For Older Drivers, All Cars Aren’t Created Equal

July 15, 2018 — “Mom had two fender benders this year—I wonder if she is safe behind the wheel?” As seniors experience the normal changes of aging and health conditions such as arthritis, vision problems and memory loss, they often wonder if it’s safe to keep driving. Family members wonder, too, and they often pressure an older loved one... Read More

Measuring Liquid Medication? Don’t Use a Kitchen Spoon!

July 2, 2018 — Many older adults have trouble swallowing pills, so their doctor may prescribe a liquid version of the medications they need to take. Other medications, such as cold syrups and antacids, already typically come in liquid form It’s important to take these medications as directed. For example, we’re usually advised to shake the container so that... Read More

From the Alden Podcasts: Best Practices for Rehab After Orthopedic Surgery

June 15, 2018 — All surgeries require some post-operative accommodation as your body heals. Orthopedic surgery impacts your mobility, and the amount of time you’re “out of commission” depends on the severity of the procedure. Many people will attempt to recover at home, and for some that may not be enough. While you may have the mental determination to... Read More

Introducing New Mediterranean-Style Menus in All Facilities and Communities

May 21, 2018 — The Alden Network recently introudced new Mediterranean-style additions to its menus throughout the company. Mediterranean-style diets – which place an emphasis on eating lots of fruits, vegetables and whole grains and eating moderate amounts of fish, while using healthy fats and oils like those found in nuts, olives and avocados – have been particularly successful... Read More

Family Often First to Spot Hospital Delirium

May 14, 2018 — A May 2018 study from Harvard Medical School found that when a senior experiences delirium during a hospital stay, it’s more distressing to their family than it is to the patient. Delirium can certainly be an upsetting thing to see and hear! Perhaps your elderly mother goes to the hospital for a hip replacement. As... Read More

May Is Better Hearing and Speech Month

May 1, 2018 — Changes that occur in our ears can make it harder to hear as we grow older. Exposure to noise, both on the job and during our leisure hours, adds to the problem. So by the time we turn 65, we have a 30 percent chance of suffering significant hearing loss. By age 75, half of... Read More

Volunteer to Give Your Brain a Boost

April 2, 2018 — April 15–21, 2018 Is National Volunteer Week We honor our volunteers in April and all year long. Older adults in particular are stepping up to help out where they’re needed—in schools, museums, social services agencies, in scouting, in hospitals, for cultural organizations and faith communities. At The Alden Network, we value our volunteers and appreciate... Read More