Choices in Senior Living and Care, Volume 1 | Issue 2

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Algiers Point Community Information on Page 13

Assisted Living & Memory Care that Fits the New Orleans Lifestyle

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To advertise in this magazine call 985-264-8748


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Companionship • Personal Care and Hygiene • Light Housekeeping Memory Care • Meals and Nutrition • Respite Care • Hospice Support Medication Reminders • Ambulation and Transfers • 24-hour Care

The World’s Leading Provider of Home Care Services for Seniors At Home Instead, it’s about providing the highest-quality home care services to fit your family’s needs.

Call Today to Discover an Individualized Care Approach for Your Aging Loved One.

Greater New Orleans: 504-455-4911 • HomeInstead.com/339

The North Shore: 985-726-2668 • HomeInstead.com/525

Licensed - Bonded - Insured Each Home Instead Senior Care Franchise is Independently Owned and Operated.

Same Day in Hospital Consultations

Licensed & Insured Transportation Medication Reminders Personal Care & Hygiene Meal Preparation 24-Hour Care Available

www.Nol aHom eCar e.com Locations in New Orleans & Baton Rouge

(504) 605-3993

Alzheimer’s / Dementia Care Specialists VA Benefits & Long-Term Care Insurance

Owners Kim & Brian Flaherty


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Choices in Senior Care & Living Housing and Services Descriptions

INDEPENDENT LIVING Independent Living Communities offer amenities like a regular apartment community but have a minimum age requirement. In some communities, the minimum age is 55, and in others 62. Some may offer a reduced rent rate for those who qualify. Some of these senior communities have a pool, community room, and activities. They may or may not offer meal services.

RESIDENTIAL CARE HOMES Residential care facilities provide rooms, meals, and personal care for those finding it difficult to live at home. Personal care may include assistance with bathing, dressing, taking medication, and help with toileting. Residential care facilities are most likely a single-family home, caring for a small number of adults.

ASSISTED LIVING Assisted Living Communities offer help with all aspects of daily living such as bathing, grooming, and dressing assistance, in semi-private or private living units. Most assisted living facilities offer a wide range of services and amenities such as meals, educational classes, exercise activities, and beauty parlors. Some allow residents to have pets.


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MEMORY CARE Memory care facilities provide specialized care for those suffering from dementia or Alzheimer’s disease. Individuals with these conditions often need expert care in a safe environment. Memory care facilities offer enhanced medical services, social activities, 24-hour supervision, and daily meals. Memory care units offer increased security for those who may wander due to dementia or Alzheimer’s.

ADULT DAY CENTERS Adult day care centers offer a variety of programs and activities designed to promote well-being through social and health related services. Adult day care centers operate during daytime hours, usually Monday-Friday and provide a safe, supportive environment. Meals are typically included and snacks during the day.

HOSPICE At some point, it may not be possible to cure those with a serious illness and a person with a terminal illness may choose to discontinue treatment. Hospice care offers comprehensive comfort care and support for the patient and their family. The hospice team includes physicians, nurses, social workers, chaplains, and trained volunteers. Hospice care can be provided in the home, nursing homes, hospital, and in a specialized hospice center. The care team visits regularly and provides support 24/7.

HOME HEALTH Home Health care is a wide range of health care services that is provided in the home after illness or injury. Skilled nursing, physical, occupational and speech therapies, as well as social services may be provided based on the need. Home health is usually less expensive, more convenient, and just as effective as services provided in a skilled nursing facility (SNF).

SKILLED NURSING FACILITIES A Skilled Nursing Facility (SNF) is a special facility or part of a hospital providing necessary medical and professional services such as nursing care, physical, occupational and speech therapies. Stays in skilled nursing facilities are normally temporary to resolve a medical need or further recover from a recent hospital stay.

REHAB FACILITIES Rehab Facilities provide specialized medical care and comprehensive rehabilitative services (physical, occupational, and speech therapy) to those who are injured, disabled, or suffer with a disability due to a stroke or other debilitating disease. Patients admitted to an acute rehabilitation facility are expected to make functional improvements in activities of daily living.

NURSING HOMES Nursing homes provide residential long-term care for the elderly or disabled. Nursing homes offer custodial care like bathing, dressing, and feeding.

*Insurance rules apply to medical facilities. When evaluating facilities, caregivers should consult quality ratings available by CMS on the internet.


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D i r e c t or y

AS SI STED L IV I N G | MEM ORY CA R E

Ashton Manor

270 Ashton Plantation Blvd. | Luling

Beau Provence

100 Beau West Drive | Mandeville

Christwood

100 Christwood Blvd. | Covington

Inspired Living of Kenner 3801 Loyola Drive | Kenner

Laketown Village

1600 Joe Yenni Blvd. | Kenner

Park Provence Senior Living 1925 Possum Hallow Road | Slidell

Solution Care Homes 204 W. 21st Ave | Covington

St. Anthony’s Gardens 601 Holy Trinity Drive | Covington

The Suites at Algiers Point 813 Pelican Avenue | New Orleans

The Suites at Sugar Mill Point 220 Valhi Blvd. | Mandeville

985-240-4546

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985-292-1212 985-292-1219

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985-231-0835 504-313-6600 504-467-1000 985-718-5409 504-278-0309 985-214-4436 504-584-4914 985-601-2994

The Windsor Senior Living Comm. 985-624-8040

1770 N.Causeway Blvd. | Mandeville (Assisted Living Only, Memory Care Not Available)

Vista Shores

504-584-4913

At Your Service By Christwood

985-302-3324

5958 Saint Bernard Avenue | New Orleans

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CA R E MA NAG EMENT | CO MPA NI O N S ERV I CES 100 Christwood Blvd. | Covington | We also offer Adult Day Stay at our Facility

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ComForCare Home Care

985-781-6619 or 504-833-7726

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NOLA Home Care

504-605-3993

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Home Care Solutions Right At Home

504-828-0900 504-780-8128

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D i r e c t or y

HEA LTH | WELL NES S | FI TNESS

At Your Service By Christwood 100 Christwood Blvd. | Covington

Ashton Manor

270 Ashton Plantation Blvd. | Luling

Community Center at Christwood 100 Christwood Blvd. | Covington

Lotus Spa at Christwood 100 Christwood Blvd. | Covington

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985-240-4546

985-302-3324

HO ME MA INTENA N CE | HO ME SERV I CES

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985-302-3324

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Heart of Hospice New Orleans

844-464-0411

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Christwood

985-292-1212 985-292-1219

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985-718-5409

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At Your Service By Christwood 100 Christwood Blvd. | Covington

Smooth Transitions

Packing, Unpacking, Downsizing, Move, Estate Sales

HO SP ICE

985-210-7172

I N D E P EN D E N T L I V I N G 100 Christwood Blvd. | Covington

Inspired Living of Kenner 3801 Loyola Drive | Kenner

Park Provence Senior Living 1925 Possum Hallow Road | Slidell

St. Anthony’s Gardens 601 Holy Trinity Drive | Covington

504-313-6600

985-214-4436

The Windsor Senior Living Comm. 985-624-8040 1770 N.Causeway Blvd. | Mandeville

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MENTA L HEA LTH SERVI CES

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Oceans Behavioral Hospital

504-349-1661

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Belle Vie Living Center

504-393-9595

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504-887-6414

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Kenner 504-464-8895 Westbank 504-207-4905 Marrero 504-349-1661

R EH A B I LI TATI O N FO R H EA LTH 535 Commerce Street | Gretna

Christwood

985-292-1212 985-292-1219

100 Christwood Blvd. | Covington

Colonial Oaks Living Center 4312 Ithaca Street | Metairie

R ES P I TE | SH ORT TER M CA R E

Belle Vie Living Center 535 Commerce Street | Gretna

4312 Ithaca Street | Metairie

Inspired Living of Kenner 3801 Loyola Drive | Kenner

Laketown Village

SENI OR SERVI CES

Beverly Hobbs Shea, Realtor Dena Rayer, Realtor

Home Instead Senior Care Skilled Nursing Facility Placement Specialists “SNFPS”

Christwood

100 Christwood Blvd. | Covington

Colonial Oaks Living Center 4312 Ithaca Street | Metairie

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504-455-4911 New Orleans 985-726-2668 North Shore

504-390-8942

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S K I LLE D N UR S I N G 535 Commerce Street | Gretna

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Belle Vie Living Center

504-313-6600

985-302-3324 504-669-8826

At Your Service By Christwood

Senior Care Authority

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504-467-1000

1600 Joe Yenni Blvd. | Kenner

Care Patrol of SE Louisiana

504-393-9595

504-887-6414

Colonial Oaks Living Center

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504-717-9992 985-640-5692 985-210-7172

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uncertain waters

LETTER FROM THE EDITOR

Navigating

In January, we launched our inaugural Choices in Senior Care magazine. It seems like ages ago. The coronavirus pandemic has changed our lives in ways we never could have imagined. Who would have dreamed that a virus could instantaneously shut down our entire country, and force us all to modify the way we do business? Our senior living communities have been front and center, working tirelessly to protect the lives of the Assisted Living & Memory Care most vulnerable of our community. I want to ChoicesinCare.com thank you for your leadership, diligence and dedication to serve the elderly. You are truly heroes who deserve to be recognized for your persistence in protecting your residents. Summer/Fall 2020

Algiers Point Community Information on Page 13

that Fits the New Orleans Lifestyle

To advertise in this magazine call 985-264-8748

As we reflect on the new normal, the things we miss the most are those which we should be most grateful for - school, work, a warm meal, faith, friends, family, and the wisdom of our seniors. Practicing gratitude gives us hope and keeps us focused on the recovery of our community. No one predicted that this pandemic would last as long as it has, but with patience and perseverance, we will get through this together - as New Orleanians - we always do! Soignez vous-autres!

Jan & Dena Jan K. Autin, Editor-in-Chief

Dena Rayer, Account Manager

985-264-8748

985-640-5692

Jan@JAKPublishing.com ChoicesinCare.com

Dena@JAKPublishing.com ChoicesinCare.com


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Estate Planning

Now is the perfect time!

One of the hardest things a person can do in life is to plan for their death. Having an estate plan consists of having a Last Will and Testament, a Living Will, and a Power of Attorney. By having these types of documents prepared for you, they can provide your family members with a list of your desires not if but when a situation arises. The Last Will and Testament not only lists the people who you want to inherit, but who will also administer your estate. In a Will, you can list an Independent Executor, who is the person who you want be in charge of distributing your assets and paying debts if any. Under Louisiana Law there are two types of Last Will and Testaments, a Notarial Will and an Olographic Will. The most popular type of Last Will and Testament is a Notarial Will. A Notarial Will is one that is prepared by an attorney and executed before the Notary and two witnesses. This is the preferred type of will to have because an attorney can help you list your bequests, possibly setting up a testamentary trust, and having a contingency plan in case one of your legatees predeceases. The second type of testament is an Olographic Will. An Olographic Will is completely handwritten by the testator, signed and dated (LA CC 1575). This type of Testament is not recommended because most of the time they are found to be invalid. Another document you should have when preparing your Last Will and Testament is a Living Will. A Last Will and Testament does not take effect until your death, a Living Will comes into play when you are still alive but found in a continuous profound comatose state with no reasonable chance of recovery. You probably have heard of a Do-NotResuscitate order or a DNR. A Do-Not-Resuscitate order is found in a Living Will. A Living Will can inform the health care provider if you would like to refrain from procedures like heart-lung resuscitation (CPR); mechanical ventilator (respirator); tube feedings (food and water delivered through a tube); intravenous feeding (nutrition or fluids through an IV tube); and/or surgery. The last document is a Power of Attorney. Many people do not think about having a Power of Attorney as part of their estate plan, but could be beneficial for children who take care of their senior citizen parents who may start to show signs of Alzheimer's or dementia. It is important to have this type of document before you start to lose your memory or deprived of reason at the time of contracting a Power of Attorney. A Power of Attorney can also include a Medical Power of Attorney that complies with Health Insurance Portability and Accountability Act or also known as HIPPA. A Medical Power of Attorney will allow the health care provider to disclose all or any of the following protected health information from their medical records to your appointed agent.


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Jan Autin, Publisher 985-264-8748 Ads@ChoicesinCare.com Dena Rayer, Account Manager 985-640-5692 Dena@JAKPublishing.com Katrina Shrode, Graphic Design Ads@ChoicesinCare.com

Next Issue Ad Submission Date: Wednesday, December 3, 2020 View Our Magazine Online Anytime

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Copyright 2020, JAKPublishing holds the copyright to each issue of Choices in Senior Living. The copyright applies not only to the magazine but the consitiuent parts as well.


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Signs of Demenita?

Find support now

Dementia is a general term used for memory loss which is caused by physical changes to the brain. There are hundreds of different types of dementia with Alzheimer’s being the most prevalent diagnosis. Alzheimer’s is a disease that causes nerve cell death and tissue loss throughout the brain which will physically decrease the size of the brain. Unfortunately, in the United States Memory Care issues are on a steady rise. According to the Alzheimer’s Association in 2019 the United States had 5.8 million diagnosed cases which is a number projected to double in the next 20 years. At this time there is no cure for the disease but various treatment options are available. What should you do if you suspect a loved one may be showing signs of Dementia? First, consult your trusted physician. You can find a wide variety of information on the topic. We suggest using trusted sources like a medical professional or sites like ALZ.ORG. Also, know what signs you should be looking for. The most common early signs of Dementia include but are not limited to memory problems, behavior/personality changes, increased confusion, inability to recite recent events and withdrawal/depression. We are asked by families on a regular basis what they can do to help slow the progression of dementia with their loved one. Our first answer would always be to follow the instruction of your trusted physician. Next is a simple answer, physical activity. Through our cases we have observed that dementia generally tends to show steady progression in people that are not active. Dementia wants your loved one to sit on the couch and watch tv. You can read endlessly on how physical activity could be a great avenue for families. You will always want to consult your physician regarding what are ideal levels of physical activities to ensure you are not causing any harm. What can you do to help? The prevalence of this disease has warranted national attention on several levels. Locally you can support this cause in a variety of ways. I choose to do my part to combat this disease that has affected my family by supporting the Alzheimer’s Association Walk to Find a Cure. On Page 32 you will find more information on how you can support, sponsor, start a team or join our virtual walk to support finding a cure. If you are looking for additional support for your family, you have a large volume of resources to choose from. Resources range from additional care in your home, local support organizations or facilities that cater specifically to memory care. In the senior care community, we understand that memory care support is a team effort and family caregiver burnout is a reality. Taking care of a family member with dementia can be an exhausting role, taking care of yourself is critical to ensure you can do you best for your loved one.

Brian Flaherty,

Founder/President brian@nolahomecare.com 504-605-3993

nolahomecare.com


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Downsizing, Transitioning or Estate Selling?

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Are you looking to downsize your existing home or your family member’s residence for something smaller, maintenance free or a possible move into an assisted living facility?

I can help!

Dena Rayer Realtor®

985-640-5692

“Move To What Moves You”

90 Louis Prima Drive, Suite A Covington, LA 70433

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As a Realtor® in Louisiana, I have the experience and knowledge to make that process as simple as possible.

Single Family Homes Estate Homes Downsizing Maintenance Free

Office: 985-898-5888 Denarayer@gmail.com www.DenaRayer.reg.com Licensed in Louisiana


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220 Valhi Boulevard (985) 601-2994 www.SugarMillPoint.net

813 Pelican Avenue (504) 584-4914 www.AlgiersPointSuites.com

5958 Saint Bernard Avenue (504) 584-4913 www.VistaShores.com

100 Beau West Drive (985) 231-0835 www.BeauProvence.com

1925 Possum Hollow Road, (985) 718-5409 www.ParkProvence.com

270 Ashton Plantation Blvd. (985) 240-4546 www.Ashton-Manor.com

We know seniors.

We are Schonberg Care.

We know the importance of family.

Louisiana’s largest family-owned and operated senior living provider of the finest in Assisted Living & Memory Care.

We know southern hospitality. We are close to home. We are dedicated to a safe & healthy home for all.

www.schonbergcare.com

Our beautiful communities, located in six Louisiana locations, are accepting reservations now. Call your nearest

community for a tour today.


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220 Valhi Boulevard (985) 601-2994 www.SugarMillPoint.net

813 Pelican Avenue (504) 584-4914 www.AlgiersPointSuites.com

5958 Saint Bernard Avenue (504) 584-4913 www.VistaShores.com

100 Beau West Drive (985) 231-0835 www.BeauProvence.com

1925 Possum Hollow Road, (985) 718-5409 www.ParkProvence.com

270 Ashton Plantation Blvd. (985) 240-4546 www.Ashton-Manor.com

We know seniors.

We are Schonberg Care.

We know the importance of family.

Louisiana’s largest family-owned and operated senior living provider of the finest in Assisted Living & Memory Care.

We know southern hospitality. We are close to home. We are dedicated to a safe & healthy home for all.

www.schonbergcare.com

Our beautiful communities, located in six Louisiana locations, are accepting reservations now. Call your nearest

community for a tour today.


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Covid-19

Know the Effects of Social Isolation on Seniors

By Oceans Behavioral Hospital, Greater New Orleans.

Practicing social distancing is recommended by the CDC & has been widely accepted as one of the best methods for reducing the spread of COVID-19, but it can cause concerns for those in isolation. Seniors are among the most vulnerable, but they are also the most susceptible to increased feelings of loneliness and isolation. What Causes Loneliness? Loneliness is often caused by feelings of isolation or a lack of human connection. At a time when Americans are being asked to distance themselves from others, an extended limit on social interactions can have an even more severe impact on those already experiencing mental health challenges. A lack of social and emotional connections can be linked to many mental health disorders. Prolonged loneliness can lead to anxiety, depression, or physical ailments. Preventing Lonelines - Staying in touch with seniors is more important than ever. Holding frequent phone or video calls, or sending hand-written cards, photos and emails are crucial to staving off feelings of loneliness. Family members and health care providers should be alert to the warning signs of isolation and loneliness, including changes in communication patterns, sleep, appetite, purchasing behaviors or physical activity. If you think a loved one is impacted, contact a behavioral health provider for support. Oceans Greater New Orleans is a network of behavioral health facilities caring for patients 55+. Call 504-464-8895 for more information or visit www.oceanshealthcare.com/greater-new-orleans.


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In a Covid-19 World

By : Mark Francis Vice President of Schonberg Care

There are so many factors that go into deciding to seek out the services of an Assisted Living or Memory Care Community for yourself or a loved one. Add in the fear and general concerns that accompany the current state of affairs with Covid-19 and the anxiety surrounding that process rises to a whole new level. It is widely known that the elderly population, especially those with underlining health issues is the group most vulnerable to Covid-19. This has been evident worldwide, and the data confirmed this reality. There are a few extremely important things to remember here that might add a comfort to your search for needed Assisted Living support. First, remember that this is a virus. The fact that senior living communities have experienced positive cases within their walls is not necessarily a reflection of their care. The Covid19 virus has been found in some of the most elegant and exceptional senior living communities throughout the world. What is important is to know, understand, and feel comfortable with, however, is how the community actually handled the Covid-19 crisis. What was done at the onset? How quickly did they take action? What action did they take? What is currently being done to control the infection? What are future plans for safety and precaution? These are just some of the questions you should be asking the communities you are considering. Look for direct, straight-forward answers to these questions and your search will be much easier! In actuality, if there have been zero new cases reported in a community you are interested in, there is probably no safer place to be. The residents don’t regularly come and go, so they are at a low risk of contracting the virus externally. Many communities limit or prohibit care staff from working at other places.


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when is it safe to make a move to an Assisted Living or Memory Care Community? Some also ask employees to limit outside public places where they might be exposed, also greatly cutting down on risk. Daily tempature and symptom checks for the foreseeable future for all-staff, all new and existing residents will become the new norm. The most important thing you can do is ask questions-lots of them. This is a big decision that deserves the time and respect for your every concern. But, if you do you research and choose wisely, assisted living can be one of the best life decisions you can make for yourself or a loved one!

Mark Francis is Vice President of Special Projects for Schonberg Care. Schonberg Care is Louisiana’s largest family owned and operated Assisted Living and Memory Care provider offering beautiful communities in Mandeville, Houma, Luling, New Orleans and Slidell. (See ad on pae 16/17).


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Taking the Keys

Knowing when it’s time

Driving safety for seniors is more than just about being able to drive their car. It affects our sense of being mobile and independence. For many seniors, when they can no longer drive, there is a true sense of loss. It is important to keep seniors driving safely for as long as possible. That said, if the time comes when a family member’s driving ability comes into question, it can be the beginning of a difficult process for all involved, particularly the person who may be losing the independence afforded by being able to simply get behind the wheel and go somewhere at will. AARP has created a list of the top ten signs for you or a loved one to look for and consider. If you or a loved one experience even one of these occurrences there may be cause for concern. You might want to use this list as a conversation starter. 1. Almost crashing, with frequent close calls 2. Finding dents and scrapes on the car, on fences, mailboxes, garage doors, curbs, etc. 3. Getting lost, especially in familiar locations 4. Having trouble seeing or following traffic signals, road signs, and pavement markings 5. Responding more slowly to unexpected situations, or having trouble moving their foot from the gas to the brake pedal; confusing the two pedals 6. Misjudging gaps in traffic at intersections and on highway entrance and exit ramps 7. Experiencing road rage or causing other drivers to honk or complain 8. Easily becoming distracted or having difficulty concentrating while driving 9. Having a hard time turning around to check the rear view while backing up or changing lanes 10 Receiving multiple traffic tickets or warnings from law enforcement officers

There are several steps that you can take before the keys need to be surrendered. Recognizing that there may be a problem is the first step toward a solution. AARP has plenty of resources including Driver Safety courses and information to talk to friends or family about when discussing driving. Safe Driver classes and refresher courses are available in many communities. Another possibility is to speak with your doctor regarding any concentration or memory problems you or your loved one may be experiencing. If you are a close relative and are concerned, it might be helpful to ask for the doctor’s help in speaking with the person whose driving is in question. Carolyn Olson, Senior Care Adviser and Dementia Consultant Senior Care Authority (985) 210-7172


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Tips to Help Aging Parents By: Rachel Palmer, LMSW • Community Liaison | Home Care Solutions The scenario of a loved one struggling to remain independent and “not become a burden” is all too familiar. While understandable, the drive for independence can result in a common and difficult problem- aging parents resisting the help they need. However, research has shown that the best strategy to get your loved ones to accept help is to emphasize that it can actually help to EXTEND their independence. Aging in place is a newer concept of assisting seniors in remaining in their homes with their independence, for as long as possible- and in some cases, forever. This is done largely by putting a variety of supports in place; this can include items like supportive devices- an emergency alert button, bathroom grab bars, bed rails, etc.; working with a physician to get home health established, especially if a loved one has had a recent fall or medical change; and hiring private caregivers for help with things ranging from activities of daily living, to running to the grocery store, to accompanying them to lunch with a friend. Some common examples of assistance that seniors resist the most are: decisions about whether to continue driving, getting needed home health care, and getting assistance with household chores like cooking, shopping, and cleaning. Top 6 tips to help overcome aging loved ones’ resistance to needed help: • Determine which family members should participate in the conversation with your parents/loved ones. • If a parent/loved one has dementia, it may be best to consult with their physician for some specific recommendations on how to handle a conversation. • Emphasize that accepting help can maintain their self-sufficiency and allow them to continue to live independently. • Acknowledge their fears/concerns and discuss what might ease their minds. • Be sure to start slowly with caregiving and others entering the home- even if you know that they need many hours of help; Prepare caregivers and any healthcare professionals with your loved ones’ likes and dislikes and for possible resistance.


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and Loved Ones Overcome Resistance to Your Help. • Assure your loved ones that nothing is set in stone. They are free to have a “trial period” and give feedback after meeting new caregivers/providers. • Remember that caregivers and home health providers are not “one size fits all”; sometimes it requires more than one person to find that perfect fit. • Maintain firm boundaries; your loved one will likely continually try to change your mind and show you why they do not need assistance. It’s important to remain steadfast and remember your reasons as to why some intervention is necessary.

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Advertisers Index

Algiers Point................................................................................................Page 1/17

Alzheimer’s Association..................................................................................Page 32

Ashton Manor................................................................................................Page 17

At Your Service by Christwood......................................................................Page 26T Beau Provence..............................................................................................Page 17

Belle Vie........................................................................................................Page 27T

Beverly Shea Hobbs......................................................................................Page 19T

Care Patrol...................................................................................................Page 23B

Christwood...................................................................................................Page 24T

Colonial Oaks..............................................................................................Page 27T

ComForCare Home Care.............................................................................Page 27B Dena Rayer....................................................................................................Page 15

Heart of Hospice New Orleans.....................................................................Page 22T

Home Care Solutions...................................................................................Page 29B

Home Instead.................................................................................................Page 5T

Inspired Living of Kenner.................................................................................Page 4

Laketown Village.............................................................................................Page 2

NOLA..............................................................................................................Page 5B

Oceans Behavioral Hospital..........................................................................Page 18

Park Provence Senior Living...........................................................................Page 17

Senior Care Authority...................................................................................Page 24B

Skilled Nursing Facility Placement Specialists "SNFPS"..................................Page 19B Solution Care Homes...................................................................................Page 19B

St. Anthony's Gardens......................................................................................Page 3

The Suites at Algiers Point..............................................................................Page 17

The Suites at Sugar Mill Point.........................................................................Page 17

The Windsor Senior Living Community..........................................................Page 23T

Vista Shores....................................................................................................Page 17


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The world may look a little different right now, but one thing hasn’t changed: our commitment to ending Alzheimer’s. The Alzheimer’s Association Walk to End Alzheimer's is moving forward in 2020, and this year, Walk is everywhere — on every street, trail and treadmill. To ensure the safety of our participants, volunteers and staff, we won’t physically gather as a large group this year. Instead, on your local event day, participants will walk on their own or with family while others are doing the same. Because we’re all walking, fundraising and working together for the same thing: a world without Alzheimer's and all other dementia. Please join us by registering your team at:

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