• Windsor Gardens

    Windsor Gardens Vancouver WA is a unique, small community that caters to the memory impaired. The beautiful grounds were once a botanical garden featured in the National Geographic.

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  • Brookdale at Stonebridge

    Brookdale Senior Living At Stonebridge

    Brookdale Senior Living at Stonebridge, located in Vancouver, WA is a beautifully appointed senior living memory care facility with an active community presence.

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  • Seniors And Pets

    The Benefits of Pets

    Pets not only provide companionship and help dispel the loneliness seniors can struggle with, but their presence also has real health benefits. Pets can be very good company and provide comfort to their owners in a way only a nonjudgmental animal can. The loving presence of a pet actually produces chemicals in the brain that helps lower stress. The levels of the stress hormone, cortisol, drop, and serotonin levels increase when one spends time with a pet. Living with a beloved pet can help anyone live a healthier life. It has been shown to reduce blood pressure and heart rate. It also can help lower cholesterol, fight depression, and contribute to the prevention of heart disease. For these reasons and many others, Cascade Inn in Vancouver welcomes pets to live with residents. Living with a pet has been shown to reduce stress for those with memory loss. It can also strengthen self-esteem, help build social relationships, and encourage seniors to […]

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  • Windsor Gardens Vancouver WA

    Memory Care At Windsor Gardens

    Windsor Gardens is one of the best facilities in Vancouver providing memory care and assisted living services to seniors who have dementia or Alzheimer’s Disease. With its dedicated staff, warm and friendly atmosphere, and secure environment, Windsor Gardens makes the perfect place for you or your loved one to feel at home. Services Daily meals Housekeeping and laundry service Medication management 24-hour staffing Personal assistance with activities of daily living Specialized memory care support Amenities Private and semi-private furnished apartments Phone and cable television in every room Emergency call system in every room and bathroom Outdoor video monitoring Electronically armed gates for the safety of our residents Non-smoking environment Although there is no cure for Alzheimer’s, communities that provide memory care programs report a higher quality of life for residents in several areas. A significant number of residents even experience an increase in mental function, or at least maintenance of their skills. Special memory care features Secure environment High staff-to-resident […]

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    Technology For Seniors

    The numbers of seniors using some form of technology is rapidly growing. According to a 2012 survey, more than half of older adults use the internet and cell phones. It’s an important¬ trend because today’s technology can help seniors be engaged, connected, safe, and mentally active. Technology will play a bigger and more important role in the lives of seniors as we move into the future. Many seniors are already using tablets and iPads. These enable them to participate in activities that exercise their brains, and also to maintain their social ties. The new devices are lightweight, have easy-to-use touch screens, and are easy to see, making them ideal for senior use. Tablets can be used to view photos, access email and social media, listen to music, read, play games, and stay informed. Video and computer games are¬ also¬ becoming more popular with the older generation. They can improve cognition and mental agility. Game systems such as the Wii can […]

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    How Is Depression Related To Dementia?

    Researchers have done a lot of theorizing about how depression is related to dementia. A recent study¬ (published in the journal, Neurology)¬ finds that there is, indeed, a link between depression and¬ dementia, and further research is needed to understand more about the cause and effect relationship between the two.¬ The major theories on the reason depression and dementia often occur together fall into three groups. One theory says that depression¬ is an early sign or symptom of dementia. Another theory is that when depression occurs, it damages the brain, leading to dementia. Stress and depression result in the release of cortisol. Over the course of time, cortisol can cause harm to the brain. A third theory is that depression may cause reduced brain volume which is a significant risk factor of dementia. There are some important take-aways from this research. One valuable¬ conclusion of these findings is that people with depression symptoms should get treatment for it even if […]

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  • Diagnosing Dementia

    While it is often under-diagnosed and misdiagnosed, the dementia problem is growing. Dementia is not one disease, but a group of different subtypes, each with a different cause, prognosis and treatment. The various types also have differing manifestations. There is a widespread belief that because there is no cure, that means there is no hope. However, it is clear that getting an accurate diagnosis early in the process can make a huge difference in the quality of life for both the dementia patient and their family members. There are several other reasons why an accurate diagnosis is so important. In vascular dementia, new vascular events can be prevented. This can limit worsening of the dementia. The diagnosis of a mild cognitive impairment can prompt some patients to make lifestyle changes in order to delay or avoid progression of the disease to full-blown dementia. If an exact type of dementia is not diagnosed, it can make it difficult for caregivers to […]

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  • Decreasing The Risk of Dementia

    There is a growing body of research that shows that older adults who participate in a consistent exercise plan are less likely to develop dementia as they age. The decline of cognitive functioning is not necessarily inevitable as we age. The good news is that there are ways to boost brain power and prevent¬ memory and thinking problems. The latest research shows that the best way to increase your odds of growing into old age without dementia or other memory problems is to exercise regularly. One study conducted by a neuroscientist found that a group of older adults who engaged in aerobic exercise three times a week for 45 minutes per day, after one year showed a significant change in their brains. The follow-up MRI scans of these people showed that the volume of their brains actually increased by an average of 2%. The other group in the study, who did not perform aerobic exercise, showed an average loss of […]

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  • Maintain A Healthy Brain In Adult Family Homes Vancouver, WA

    The foods you eat can play a big role in how your brain ages through the years. Here are some easy and healthy suggestions for improving your odds of maintaining healthy brain function into your later years. Before you reach for that candy bar, consider eating some almonds and blueberries instead. They can lower blood sugar and provide omega-3s and antioxidants to keep your brain healthy. Another good nut to eat is walnuts. You can put them on your salad, or use walnut oil in your salad dressing. Walnuts are also rich in omega-3s, which can decrease brain inflammation, a precursor to many cognitive problems. It also keeps oxygen-rich blood flowing to your brain. There are some types of tea that are recommended for maintaining brain function. Gotu Kola tea, made from an ayurvedic herb, and used for centuries in India, helps regulate dopamine, the brain chemical that increases pleasurable feelings and has been shown to improve memory and focus. […]

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  • News For Assisted Living Clark County, WA

    There is an interesting program being implemented in senior care facilities throughout the United States. It’s called Music and Memory, and it’s based in New York. It developed from the theory that music triggers memory, and that music has therapeutic qualities. Music and memories are linked in the brain. Some songs have stronger attachments to memories than others. For everyone, there are songs that remind us of emotional moments in our lives. Certain songs remind us of events or people or feelings. We can hear a particular tune and we are transported back to that time in our life. This has relevance for people in assisted living Clark County, WA. The Music and Memory program gets donated iPods into senior care facilities where they are given to residents and programmed with a customized playlist of that resident’s own favorite songs, songs from the past, songs that trigger the individual’s personal memories. Memories that are associated with important events from their […]

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