There are Trusted Treatment Options for Dementia

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Receiving news of a dementia or Alzheimer’s diagnosis does not signal the end of an individual’s full life. The way they once understood the world will change and communication with them will become different, but the conscious choices we make to treat dementia and other forms of memory loss make all the difference to the individual struggling. There is currently no cure for dementia or Alzheimer’s, but we still have the choice to make thriving treatment plans that respect and honor seniors with dementia. Holistic memory care for dementia patients is offered at MorningStar Senior Living in Boise which encourages specialized treatment for those struggling with memory loss. 

The ambition of holistic dementia care is to thoughtfully enter, embrace, and explore the diagnosis of dementia and Alzheimer’s– not to avoid it. This means treating an individual’s illness on a case-by-case situation. It is important to not assume that every dementia care plan will work the same for every senior struggling with memory loss. Like a fine coat, care should be tailored and specialized to whom it belongs. MorningStar’s memory care focuses on relationship-based care. Compassionate, selflessly trained professionals get to know and understand each resident on a personal level and meet unique needs with a custom approach. 

At MorningStar at Englefield Green, we provide all the amenities and services to ensure a resident’s utmost comfort and safety in memory care. There are extensive onsite amenities and services adjacent to their daily activities. Residents in memory care can conveniently and safely visit our salon to have their hair styled or be pampered with a manicure or pedicure, participate in meaningful wellness programs and activities, or enjoy a movie in our theatre. We also provide scheduled transportation for doctor appointments and other errands, as well as engage in activities such as scenic drives in the Boise area or walks around the neighborhood. Weekly, talented entertainers from the area come in to offer live music, dance, or other forms of entertainment for our residents enjoyment.

The diagnosis of dementia is devastating, but we are here to walk with you through this difficult journey. If you need loving, professional memory care in Boise, Idaho, trust the experts at MorningStar at Englefield Green. Contact us today to learn more about our senior living options in Boise ID. Our staff is happy to answer any questions you have. Our website also provides information on our company’s history and vision, as well as what sets us apart from other senior living facilities in Idaho.  

The unique mission statement of MorningStar Memory Care of Englefield Green “to honor, to serve, to invest,” sets us apart from other senior living communities. Our foundation is built upon honoring God, valuing all seniors, and investing in staff with a felt calling to serve. Dedicated to creating a real home for residents within a beautiful setting, we encourage you to see for yourself our exceptional offering for independent and assisted living in Boise, Idaho. 


Helping a Loved One Adjust to an Assisted Living Community

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Many times, a move to assisted living for an elderly loved one is due to an event such as a recent hospitalization for a fall or a worsening medical condition. This means the person does not have the time to process the move from a beloved home, and the sudden change may be very upsetting. Even for seniors who have had the time to plan a move into assisted living, it may be challenging. 

At MorningStar of Happy Valley, we know the many benefits assisted living communities such as ours afford to residents; but at the same time, we recognize any change is difficult and moving into assisted living is certainly one of those events. In addition to our own experience, experts also offer suggestions to families on how best to support their loved one during the transition. 

It may ease the transition for the person to get as familiar as possible with the new community and staff before the move.  Also, after a decision is made, let your loved one decide what furniture and keepsakes they want to move with them and help them decorate.   If possible, arrange furniture and decorations in a similar way and display photos and other keepsakes to make the new place feel like “home.”  

Keep in mind the person may feel abandoned, or frustrated with their perceived loss of independence and decision making, and have a hard time adjusting to a change in their routine. Give the person plenty of support during the first days and weeks at the community, but don’t overdo it. This could actually be counterproductive and prevent a loved one from making an adjustment. Instead, emphasizing the move is an opportunity to start a new chapter in their life.  

In some cases, seniors make a quick adjustment and recognize the advantage of no longer worrying about their homes’ maintenance or preparing meals. They like the ease of a more robust social life and feel a peace of mind knowing help is around whenever they need it. For others it may take a little more time.

In addition to assisted living, MorningStar of Happy Valley offers individualized memory care, respite care (short recuperative stays) or trial stays (from a week to a full month) to see if we are a good fit.  Please visit our website for information on our company’s history, vision, and mission as well as what sets us apart from other senior living communities.

MorningStar of Happy Valley provides the very best in assisted living and memory care with our distinct mission statement “to honor, to serve, to invest.”  Our foundation is built on honoring God, valuing all seniors and selecting staff with a felt calling to serve to create an atmosphere that promotes a healthy, engaged lifestyle.  Visit our website to learn more about exceptional senior living at MorningStar.


Memory Care is Individualized in Boise

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Many of us joke of “senior moments” when things slip our mind as we age. However, a true diagnosis of brain disease, where memory loss and other cognitive functions begin to deteriorate, is a crushing reality. The news of a dementia diagnosis ushers seniors and their families onto a winding and mysterious road that often feels misguided. Dementia care for seniors that is individualized to their specific needs is inclusive memory care that focuses on the individual, not the illness. MorningStar is a senior living facility that offers specialized care for individuals with dementia aged 55 and up in Boise, Idaho. MorningStar is honored to offer supported and senior living for those with memory impairment.

Newly opened in the fall of 2017, MorningStar takes a unique, holistic approach to memory care, striving to find ways to connect with and nurture the individual, no matter the level of memory loss. As dementia care experts, our unique philosophy and approach to memory care is encompassed under the possibilities we call “Lavender Sky,” in which we compassionately choose to thoughtfully enter, embrace, and explore. By leveraging the power of music, dance, art, aromatherapy, and animals, we comfort and heal, and have proudly created a community that feels like a true home. 

When a family makes the decision to entrust Englefield Green with the memory care of their loved one, we meet with them to learn as much as we can about the individual’s background, talents, interests, and personal preferences as possible. To know our residents is to love our residents. Once becoming part of the community, all memory care residents participate in a range of purposeful and meaningful activities that engage their passion, interest, and creativity collectively to encourage collaboration and socialization. 

The diagnosis of dementia is devastating, but we are here to walk with you through this difficult journey. If you need loving, professional memory care in Boise, Idaho, trust the experts at MorningStar at Englefield Green. Contact us today to learn more about our senior living options in Boise ID. Our staff is happy to answer any questions you have. Our website also provides information on our company’s history and vision, as well as what sets us apart from other senior living facilities in Idaho.  

The unique mission statement of MorningStar Memory Care of Englefield Green “to honor, to serve, to invest,” sets us apart from other senior living communities. Our foundation is built upon honoring God, valuing all seniors, and investing in staff with a felt calling to serve. Dedicated to creating a real home for residents within a beautiful setting, we encourage you to see for yourself our exceptional offering for independent and assisted living in Boise, Idaho.


Overlooked Benefits of Assisted Living

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Many times, a move to assisted living facilities is not only good for the senior but for the family as well. Mom or dad living alone, perhaps already experiencing a fall or another type of health emergency, is stressful for everybody involved. 

Senior living experts point out the benefits of receiving attentive senior care along with services like nutritional meals, access to meaningful programs and transportation to and from appointments. At communities like MorningStar of Rio Rancho, we sit down with in-coming residents to create a Personalized Service Plan designed to help with the ADLs (activities of daily living), which include things like bathing, grooming, transferring (such as from bed to a wheelchair), feeding and toileting. 

Dee Pekruhn, director of life plan communities’ services and policy for LeadingAge, the association of nonprofit providers of aging services, says, “Whether they stand alone or are part of a larger continuing care campus, assisted living communities offer a wide variety of community and social activities.” These typically include arts and crafts, physical exercise classes such as chair yoga, live concerts and other entertainment, and educational and technology classes. At MorningStar of Rio Rancho, we tell our residents if we don’t already have a class addressing one of your interests, to start one. 

Special outings and trips are another component of many senior living communities including MorningStar of Rio Rancho. Bus trips to local, scenic spots, or trips to the mall or cultural events are just some of the activities residents enjoy.  

Another important service is medication management as statistics show the average older adult takes four or more prescription drugs each day, and as high as 39 percent of seniors take five or more. Medical management ensures seniors take the proper medication they need, when they need it. 

MorningStar of Rio Rancho is proud to offer the finest senior housing Rio Rancho offers with our distinct mission statement “to honor, to value, to invest.”  Our community offers 51 private assisted living suites and 26 suites in our distinct Reflections Neighborhood devoted to caring for those with Alzheimer’s and other dementia-related diseases. Contact us to inquiry about availability, and be sure to ask about our Move-in Specials.   

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How to Help a Parent Transition to Assisted Living

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No matter how old we are, change can be challenging. For seniors who have had just that much more time to get used to the way things are, a change in the status quo can be difficult. When faced with a change in lifestyle and residence, a person may mourn what they perceive as a loss of their independence and younger self, and the loss of a home filled with a lifetime of memories. However, regardless of how we long to keep things the same, change is a fact of life; and for many seniors, life could be better with a little daily help. 

When mom or dad would benefit from the many services offered by assisted living, there are a few things families can do to help ease the transition. To start with, senior care specialists recommend making the effort to set up mom or dad’s new suite with familiar, well-loved furnishings and mementos rather than buying all new things.

Another important step toward a smooth transition is to give it time. Experts say it generally takes anywhere from three to six months to adjust to community life, but in some cases, residents settle into it quickly. If your parent is one to make a slow adjustment, remember why the move was necessary in the first place including a real concern for their safety and well-being as well as your need for peace of mind. 

Some experts say it may be helpful to limit your visits and phone calls to allow your parents some time to find their own way. Also if they want to vent about how unhappy they are, give them some space to do so. Validating their feelings can help them work through their fears and uncertainty about the changes they are experiencing. 

At MorningStar of San Jose, our team is experienced in helping new residents feel at home and work with both them and their family to help with the transition. We offer assisted living and memory care along with senior care and hospitality services, luxury amenities, and wellness programs and activities designed to enhance quality of life. 

MorningStar’s distinct mission statement: “to honor, to value, to invest” sets us apart from other senior living communities. Please visit our website for more information on senior living in Rio Rancho, NM and ask about our Move-in Specials.    


Research has Shown Pets are Beneficial to Seniors

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Research has shown pets are beneficial to seniors. A Place for Mom’s website reports on one study, which found “15 minutes spent bonding with an animal sets off a chemical chain reaction in the brain, lowering levels of the fight-or-flight hormone cortisol and increasing production of the feel-good hormone serotonin. The result: heart rate, blood pressure and stress levels immediately drop.” Researchers explain interactions between humans and pets can lower cholesterol levels, fight depression and may even help protect against heart disease and stroke. 

Pets can teach seniors to live in the here and now as they do, and dogs and cats are great at offering their owners unconditional love, emotional support and affection. In fact, animals lift the spirits of those in hospitals, convalescent homes, mental health centers, nursing homes, and assisted living communities through pet therapy programs. Moreover, pet therapy has proven beneficial for people with Alzheimer’s disease and other forms of dementia. Experts point to the animal’s full acceptance and non-verbal communication as being soothing for patients.      

It was not that long ago that seniors moving into an assisted living community had to leave behind an important companion, their pet. Today however, more and more senior communities are recognizing the benefits of pets to the elderly, and many such as MorningStar of Happy Valley, allow residents to bring their pets with them. We do ask that you check with us regarding our pet policy.  

Please contact us with your questions regarding availability, choice of suites, pricing, care services and more. Our beautiful community offers 61 stylish suites for assisted living in a range of configurations to accommodate residents’ preferences and needs.   In addition, 27 secure memory care suites are devoted to those with Alzheimer’s and other dementia-related diseases.

MorningStar of Happy Valley provides the very best in assisted living and memory care with our distinct mission statement “to honor, to serve, to invest.”  Our foundation is built on honoring God, valuing all seniors and selecting staff with a felt calling to serve to create an atmosphere that promotes a healthy, engaged lifestyle.  Visit our website to learn more about exceptional senior living at MorningStar.


Compassionate, Individualized Memory Care in Happy Valley, OR

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Along with assisted living, MorningStar of Happy Valley offers 27 secure suites in a range of floor plans for the comprehensive care of those with Alzheimer’s disease and other forms of dementia.  Our home is honored to provide compassionate, individualized care for residents from the earliest stages of the disease to the most advanced. 

The Reflections Neighborhood is meticulously designed to accommodate the special needs of memory care residents.  As such, it means we can encourage and support independence as much as possible and let residents move freely about their environment including an enclosed courtyard.  In fact, every aspect of our community from the physical design to a range of purposeful activities, food service, security and more offers residents a comfortable, stress-free lifestyle.

MorningStar’s holistic approach to memory care involves treating each of our residents with the respect and dignity they deserve.  Even before a resident joins our community, we meet with them and their family to find out as much as we can about their background and interests as well as personal preferences.  From there, we create an individualized care plan that takes all of this into consideration.

Most importantly we are blessed to have a team of individuals with big hearts who recognize it is a privilege to serve seniors. They enjoy listening to life stories, view family photos and make sure each one feels loved, safe, and respected. All team members, regardless of position, receive training in Radiance, which is much more than a customer service program. It is how we build a culture of consistency, authenticity and genuine concern for the needs of others and guides the way we dispense service – with sincerity, warmth and depth of purpose.   

If a parent, spouse or another loved one is suffering from Alzheimer’s or another dementia-related disease, the MorningStar of Happy Valley team is here to help. Our loving care is designed to provide the highest quality of life possible. Please visit our website or contact us for further information.

MorningStar of Happy Valley’s mission statement of “to honor, to serve, to invest” sets us apart from other senior living communities. We have built a foundation on honoring God, valuing our seniors and selecting staff with a felt calling to serve. Set in a warm, loving atmosphere with beautiful surroundings and resort-style amenities, we provide outstanding assisted living and memory care


These Dementia Experts Offer Trusted Memory Care in Boise

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Under a “Lavender Sky,” this community differs from other senior living communities in that their purpose was built to encourage and support a resident’s right to choice and independence to the fullest extent possible while not discounting safety or health. At MorningStar at Englefield Green, MorningStar feels it is their calling and privilege to serve the most tender memory care seniors in Boise. They provide the type of care that affirms seniors’ dignity and value. 

As dementia care experts, our unique philosophy and approach to memory care is encompassed under the possibilities we call “Lavender Sky,” in which we compassionately choose to thoughtfully enter, embrace, and explore the world of dementia. Through our philosophy of a “Lavender Sky,” our dementia care in Boise, ID leverages holistic healthcare and the power of music, dance, art, aromatherapy, and animals. We have proudly created a community that feels like a true home.

Once a family makes the decision to entrust Englefield Green with the care of their loved one, we meet with the family and potential resident to learn as much as we can about the individual’s background, talents, interests and personal preferences. To fully know our residents is to love them as if they are our own family. All residents participate in a range of purposeful and meaningful activities and engage in special events and outings.

The diagnosis of dementia is devastating and hard to navigate on your own. MorningStar at Englefield Green is here to walk with you through this difficult journey and help you make the best choices possible for your loved one. If you need loving, professional memory care in Boise, Idaho, trust the experts at MorningStar at Englefield Green.

Contact us to learn more about MorningStar Memory Care at Englefield Green in Boise, Idaho and how we became a trusted provider of memory care families rely on. MorningStar at Englefield Green cares for those with mild to advanced stages of Alzheimer’s and other forms of dementia. Our staff is happy to answer any questions you have. Our website also provides information on our company’s history and vision, as well as what sets us apart from other senior living facilities in Idaho.  


The unique mission statement of MorningStar at Englefield Green, “to honor, to serve, to invest,” sets us apart from other senior living communities. Our foundation is built upon honoring God, valuing all seniors, and investing in staff with a felt calling to serve. Dedicated to creating a real home for residents within a beautiful setting, we encourage you to see for yourself our exceptional offering for independent and assisted living in Boise, Idaho


Important Cell Phone Safety Tips for Seniors with Dementia

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Being able to communicate with your loved one in memory care is important in the event anything happens or if they need your help while you’re away. Even in the most apt and trusted senior care facilities, such as MorningStar at Englefield Green, knowing your loved one has an extra way to contact you in case of an emergency gives you a much-needed feeling of relief. However, there are also problems that may arise when individuals with dementia have access to fully functioning cell phones. 

Cellphones, such as smartphones, have the ability to create communication with individuals across many platforms and apps. While these services are beneficial to most people, the ability to explore the internet in this capacity may pose some threats to a senior dealing with memory loss. If left to full access to a smartphone, an individual with dementia may unknowingly contact strangers or give away private information that could potentially harm them or their family. The unlimited amount of interface on a smartphone may also frustrate and confuse a senior with memory loss, causing an emotional outburst. 

Senior care facilities, such as MorningStar’s memory care in Boise, Idaho, advocates for independence and exploration of their dementia care residents. However, senior safety is still of utmost concern. In this way, limiting a cell phone’s ability may be the most beneficial to your loved one living with memory loss. Altering a cell phone to only be able to call and text a few individuals keeps your loved one safe and allows for that added form of communication between a select few. 

The simpler a cell phone is, the easier your loved one will be able to navigate it without many issues. A phone with a large screen and clear, plastic buttons helps absolve frustration many seniors may feel about not knowing how to work a cell phone. Uploading games or streaming services onto your senior’s phone can be an easy form of entertainment and comfort for them, just make sure the software is user friendly. 

Contact us to learn more about MorningStar Memory Care at Englefield Green in Boise, Idaho and how we became a trusted provider of memory care families rely on. MorningStar at Englefield Green cares for those with mild to advanced stages of Alzheimer’s and other forms of dementia. Our staff is happy to answer any questions you have. Our website also provides information on our company’s history and vision, as well as what sets us apart from other senior living facilities in Idaho.  


The unique mission statement of MorningStar at Englefield Green, “to honor, to serve, to invest,” sets us apart from other senior living communities. Our foundation is built upon honoring God, valuing all seniors, and investing in staff with a felt calling to serve. Dedicated to creating a real home for residents within a beautiful setting, we encourage you to see for yourself our exceptional offering for independent and assisted living in Boise, Idaho


Foods From the Bean Family are Linked to Longevity

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When we look at cultures with a reputation for longevity, leading nutritionists and food scientists say there is one food group that stands out. “Blue zones,” areas known for having many of their inhabitants live to an advanced age of hundred years or more, include in their diet, five of the ten most recommended foods. All are from the bean family and include lentils, soybeans, peanuts (a legume in the same family as peas and lentils), chickpeas and black beans.

People living on the Japanese island of Okinawa might enjoy a dinner of stir-fried green beans, soybeans or mung sprouts. Another meal in Nicoya, Costa Rico typically includes black beans. Known for a high level of anthocyanins, a pigment that gives red, purple, and blue plants their rich coloring, beans help fight free radicals and offer anti-inflammatory, anti-viral, and anti-cancer benefits. In fact, anthocyanins offer 10 times the antioxidants of an equivalent serving of oranges. 

Nutritionists say beans also boost the immune system by supplying the fiber our microbiomes need. They suggest the local diet of people in blue zones help them avoid many of the same health risks Americans suffer from such as obesity, diabetes, heart disease, dementia and cancers. 

At MorningStar of Happy Valley, we offer residents a lifestyle in which to comfortably and safely age in place with a range of hospitality and care services, luxury amenities and a complement of wellness programs and activities. In addition, our all-day dining service includes meals prepared under the direction of our Executive Chef and made largely from scratch using the freshest ingredients. 

Convenient to medical facilities, shopping and other services, MorningStar of Happy Valley offers 61 suites for assisted living in spacious studio, one-bedroom and two-bedroom floor plans. In addition, the Reflections Neighborhood has 27 secure suites devoted to specialized dementia care for residents with memory impairment. Contact us or visit our website for more information and to request a tour.

MorningStar of Happy Valley’s mission statement “to honor, to serve, to invest” sets us apart from other senior living options. We have built a foundation on honoring God, valuing our seniors and selecting staff with a felt calling to serve. Set in a warm, loving atmosphere with beautiful surroundings and resort-style amenities, we provide residents exceptional assisted living and memory care.

Source: cnbc.com/2020/09/15/adding-this-simple-food-to-your-diet-may-help-you-live-to-100-says-longevity-health-researcher.html