Are You or a Loved One Taking a Medication that Could Lead to a Fall?

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The Harvard Medical School reports it is estimated 1 in 3 people over age 65 will fall each year and every 19 minutes a senior dies from a fall-related injury. Statistics show women are at higher risk for a fall but men are more likely to die from their injuries than women. 

Seniors should be aware of several things that can affect balance and lead to a fall. These include certain medications, inner ear problems, foot pain, weight changes and a vitamin D deficiency. Anti-hypertensive medications prescribed to keep blood pressure under control or decrease the risk of stroke and heart failure are all known to affect balance. A common side effect is orthostatic hypotension, a condition that happens if blood pressure gets too low; and results in lightheadedness, faintness and dizziness especially when the person attempts to stand from a sitting or lying down position. 

Medications that suppress the central nervous system may also result in a fall as they reduce alertness, and slow reactions and movements. Some of these types of drugs include anti-anxiety medications like diazepam (Valium) and lorazepam (Ativan). Additionally, antihistamines can cause drowsiness and are used in over-the-counter sleep aids like Nyquil and Sominex, or combined with acetaminophen in products like Tylenol PM.  

If you or a loved one takes medication to treat an overactive bladder or tricyclic antidepressants to help lessen chronic pain, they too can affect a person’s balance. Other drugs that increase the risk of a fall are opioids such as codeine, hydrocodone and oxycodone.

At MorningStar of Happy Valley, our assisted living lets seniors comfortably and safely age in place with a range of hospitality and care services, resort-style amenities and a complement of wellness programs and activities. For seniors suffering from Alzheimer’s disease and other forms of dementia, we provide comprehensive memory care. For trusted senior living in Happy Valley, OR, visit our website or contact us for further information.

MorningStar is guided by a culture rooted in our mission of honoring God, valuing seniors, and investing in our team, which allows us to deliver services with warmth, sincerity and depth of purpose. We have built a reputation for creating true homes filled with an atmosphere of love and community. Please contact us to learn more about the finest senior living in Happy Valley, OR.

Source: health.harvard.edu/promotions/harvard-health-publications/preventing-falls


Why Assisted Living & Memory Care are the Best Options for Seniors

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The aging process can be difficult to watch. As our loved ones age, we want to make sure they are well taken care of – but we also want them to maintain their independence. This can be a difficult balance to strike. Assisted living and memory care communities like MorningStar of Rio Rancho strike that perfect balance. Our residents receive the care and assistance they need to age in place, while also enjoying a social and engaging lifestyle.

If you are considering assisted living or memory care for a loved one, keep reading to learn more about why we believe it is the best option for seniors.

Comprehensive Care and Assistance

At assisted living and memory care communities, residents have access to comprehensive care and assistance. Our team of trained professionals are available 24/7 to help with needs like bathing, dressing, and medication management. This kind of care and assistance is not always available for other styles of senior living. 

Social and Engaging Lifestyle

At MorningStar of Rio Rancho, there are plenty of opportunities for socialization and engagement. Our residents enjoy activities like exercise classes, outings, and parties. They also have the chance to interact with their fellow residents on a daily basis. 

A Supportive Community

When living independently, seniors may not have anyone to rely on for help or support. But at an assisted living or memory care community, there is always someone available to lend a helping hand. Our residents enjoy the peace of mind that comes with knowing they have a supportive community around them. 

A Safe and Secure Environment

Safety and security are a top priority at MorningStar of Rio Rancho, which is why our communities are designed with seniors’ safety in mind. We have 24/7 care managers as well as full-time licensed nurses, and we now offer SafelyYou technology for memory care residents, which can detect and prevent falls.

A Well-Rounded Lifestyle 

Our residents enjoy a well-rounded lifestyle that includes plenty of opportunities for socialization, recreation, and education. If you are considering a senior living community for a loved one, we encourage you to visit MorningStar Assisted Living & Memory Care of Rio Rancho. Our team would be happy to show you around and answer any questions you may have.


The Benefits of Specialized Memory Care Communities

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If you have a family member who has been diagnosed with Alzheimer’s or another type of dementia, you may be wondering how to provide the best care for your loved one. A specialized memory care community such as MorningStar of Happy Valley may be your answer.  

Memory care communities such as MorningStar’s Reflections Neighborhood care for individuals with Alzheimer’s and other forms of dementia from the onset of the disease right through to the most advanced stages.  Services include 24-hour supervision and typically offer a secure environment specifically designed to keep residents safe and secure. This means residents are encouraged to be as independent as possible and are free to explore their surroundings.     

Another thing to know about memory care is that it has evolved through the years.  Today’s communities now offer wellness programs that help deal with memory impairment and wandering issues as well as other common dementia behaviors.  At MorningStar of Happy Valley, we provide residents specialized programs and highly personalized care that addresses their unique needs.   

Studies also show residents in memory care communities have a higher quality of life.  A Place for Mom, the largest senior living referral website, reports that residents in memory care have “reduced medication and medication side effects; fewer falls, injuries, and hospital visits; increased nutrition and wellness; and greater independence and social interaction.”  They also add that close to 75 percent of residents experience an improvement or maintenance of mental functioning.   

As a family member of a loved one suffering from Alzheimer’s or another dementia, you may be struggling to understand the disease and its consequences.  MorningStar of Happy Valley recognizes many of our residents’ families need help navigating through the various challenges of the disease, and we are grateful we can provide the support they need.  Please visit our website to learn more about our individualized, holistic memory care.  

MorningStar is guided by a culture rooted in our mission of honoring God, valuing seniors, and investing in our team, which allows us to deliver services with warmth, sincerity and depth of purpose. We have built a reputation for creating true homes filled with an atmosphere of love and community. Please contact us for more information about the finest senior living in Happy Valley, OR.


The Move to MorningStar of Happy Valley

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If you are looking for exceptional senior living, MorningStar of Happy Valley may be your answer. Along with a beautiful interior designed by the award-winning senior interior design company, Thoma-Holec Design, MorningStar of Happy Valley provides an extensive range of amenities, wellness programs, care services and more.   

When a loved one needs more care than they can get in their own home, it may be time to start thinking about a move to assisted living.  If your family is new to the concept of senior living and all it means, please know that MorningStar will work with you each step of the way to help you make informed decisions, and make the eventual move-in process easier.  

To start with, we understand that for your parent or elderly relative, the move is a major lifestyle transition, which is why we approach each move-in with great sensitivity.  One way we do this is to try and nurture a relationship from the start that reinforces the positive aspects of community life and tries to help the person envision the many possibilities of a new adventure.  

Once your family puts down a deposit to secure a chosen suite, our “House to Home” plan goes into full swing.  This starts by collecting pertinent information, agreements and permissions inherent to the move-in including a medical assessment and physician’s care plan for each new assisted living and memory care resident.     

On a more practical level, we offer packing tips including what items are most important to bring such as furnishings and personal belongings that are most significant emotionally, nostalgically as well as functionally.  We want the resident’s new “home” to bring them comfort and joy, which is why we suggest if possible, furnishings should be arranged similar to their prior residence.  Keep in mind; it is especially helpful to those with low vision or cognitive impairment.     

This is just a start of the on-going support we extend to new residents and their families.  We are ready to answer any questions you may have and direct you to our website for contact information as well as other pertinent details.  MorningStar of Happy Valley’s entire team is engaged in finding ways to build a true family, one loving relationship at a time. 

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 for more information about exceptional senior living at MorningStar.


Choosing Healthy Snacks

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While most of us love to snack, nutritionists say making poor choices can impact our overall diet and negate the effort we make with healthy breakfasts, lunches and dinners. Lauri Wright, chair of the Department of Nutrition & Dietetics at the University of North Florida, explains snacks should not only satisfy hunger but add to our nutritional intake. Moreover, keep in mind data suggests up to a quarter of our daily calories come from snacking. 

Add to that while our metabolism decreases around 2 percent as we age and we require 150 fewer calories per day each decade after age 20, our nutritional needs do not. Snacking on foods high in sugars and sodium can contribute to a steady weight gain over the years. 

Nutritionists recommend consuming foods low in calories but filling, and to limit yourself to around 100 to 150 calories. Afternoon snacks high in protein such as yogurt or low-fat cottage cheese allow you to feel fuller longer. Studies found those who ate high-protein snacks rather than crackers or chocolate ate up to 100 fewer calories at dinner. 

Fiber is another component to smart snacking. Wright explains, “Fiber aids digestive health and can assist us with blood sugar control and lowering cholesterol.” Good snacks high in fiber include almonds, unsalted soy nuts, berries, carrots with hummus, and whole grain crackers. 

Sugary cookies and candies are loaded with calories and neither fill you up nor add to your daily nutritional intake. Dietary recommendations include avoiding sugar, fried foods and processed foods, which have been shown to trigger fat tissue inflammation, an indicator of heart disease, and worsen arthritis inflammation. 

For trusted assisted living or memory care, we encourage you to consider MorningStar of Happy Valley.  Along with beautiful private suites, we offer residents resort-style amenities and services as well as a range of activities, wellness programs and nutritional, tasty meals.  We believe food is a healing medicine unlike any other and is one of the great joys of living, especially when enjoyed within a community setting.  

The dining service at MorningStar is under the direction of our own Executive Chef.  Residents enjoy seasonal menus that are prepared largely from scratch and are modified to accommodate low sodium, sugar free, no sugar added, vegetarian and low-fat choices so that residents can self-manage any dietary restrictions.  MorningStar also makes it a priority to use foods that have been recognized by the medical community to support brain health and have a high concentration of vitamins, minerals, antioxidants, and anti-inflammatory compounds.  Contact us or visit our website for more information.

MorningStar takes tremendous pride in the reputation we have earned for excellence and authenticity since our inception in 2003.  We believe the human capacity to grow, to learn and to contribute is ageless; and we act upon that truth daily, as we care for, inspire, and love the residents under our roof. Contact us to learn more about the finest assisted living and memory care in Happy Valley, Oregon.

Source: aarp.org/health/healthy-living/info-2019/5-ways-to-snack-smarter.html


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.


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


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


Preventing Dangerous Medical Errors

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A National Institute of Health survey found patients who were most satisfied with their healthcare were those engaged in self-advocacy. This included a person becoming knowledgeable about their injury and health care needs; and being persistent about speaking up for those needs. The NIH also explains those who felt better about their experience practiced communication skills, were organized, talked to peer mentors and kept a positive attitude. 

Research shows practicing self-advocacy, or when a family member actively advocates on the behalf of a loved one, reduces medical errors in hospital settings, doctors’ offices or at the pharmacy. It is important as the World Health Organization reports “an estimated 10% of patients in high-income countries are harmed while receiving hospital care.” Also, according to a 2021 report in StatPearls, “medical errors result in about 100,000 deaths in hospitals and clinics annually.”  

Most errors are related to diagnoses, prescriptions and use of medicines; and misdiagnoses means delayed treatment and taking the wrong medicines. To ensure the best care you need to be honest with your healthcare provider. This includes providing an account of your symptoms and a list of current prescriptions, over-the-counter medications, herbs, supplements and vitamins you take. Be sure to let them know if you have any drug allergies and provide as complete a medical history as you can including your personal medical record as well as that of your family’s. In addition, let your medical team know if you are a smoker and the amount of alcohol you consume. 

Additionally, remember the time you spend with your doctor is short, so prepare beforehand the things you wish to discuss. The Johns Hopkins Armstrong Institute Center for Diagnostic Excellence at Johns Hopkins Medicine in Baltimore has a QuestionBuilder app available by AHRQ at Google Play or the Apple store to guide you in questions you should ask. 

Experts also say to remember you and your doctor are a team. Being your own health advocate or that of a loved one means helping them follow the medical advice recommended by the doctor regarding diet, rest, exercise, smoking, alcohol use and taking medications as prescribed.  

For exceptional senior housing, Rio Rancho seniors and their families are encouraged to consider MorningStar. Our beautiful home provides assisted living and memory care with a wide array of amenities, care services, wellness programs and activities. Please contact us or see our website for more information about MorningStar of Rio Rancho.

MorningStar takes tremendous pride in the reputation we have earned for excellence and authenticity since our inception in 2003.  We believe the human capacity to grow, to learn and to contribute is ageless; and we act upon that truth daily, as we care for, inspire, and love the residents under our roof. Contact us to learn more about the finest senior housing Rio Rancho has to offer.

Source: webmd.com/healthy-aging/aging-health-advocate#1


Holistic Memory Care from the Dementia Experts

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When you have a family member or loved one struggling with a Dementia related illness, you are in search of the very best care that can be specialized, individualized, and effective. Newly opened in the fall of 2017, MorningStar at Englefield Green specifically cares for those with mild to advanced stages of Alzheimer’s and other forms of dementia. MorningStar at Englefield Green takes a unique, holistic approach to memory care called “Lavender Sky” where we strive to find ways to connect with and nurture the individual, whatever the level of memory loss or specialized needs they may have. 

It is important to seek out memory care that affirms your loved one’s dignity and value as an adult. While your loved one that is struggling with Dementia or Alzheimer’s may not be able to live independently, their independence is still a highly valued part of themselves. At MorningStar in Boise, Idaho, we take the time to get to know our seniors in memory care. Regardless of the extent of the memory loss, we know the essence of the person you love remains, and our job is to connect with and nurture that essence as we put our energies toward finding ways to celebrate life.

As dementia care experts, our unique philosophy and approach to memory care is encompassed under the possibilities we call “Lavender Sky.” Under this holistic memory care, we compassionately choose to thoughtfully enter, embrace, and explore the difficult realm of Dementia. MorningStar at Englefield Green utilizes the power of music, dance, art, aromatherapy, and animals to help comfort and promote rich, full lives in our seniors. In our memory care in Boise, ID, we have proudly created a community that feels like a true home.

If your loved one is diagnosed with Alzheimer’s or another form of Dementia, please contact MorningStar at Englefield Green to learn more about our Alzheimer’s care or memory care in Boise, Idaho. Unlike many memory care communities, our home was designed to promote independence and to give residents the freedom to safely explore their spacious surroundings. Our staff are trained to give loving, experienced care from the onset of the disease to its advanced stages.


MorningStar at Englefield Green proudly provides the very best in assisted living and memory care with a foundation built on honoring God, valuing all seniors, and selecting staff with a felt calling to serve. We create a true home for residents amid a beautiful setting. Please contact us for more information about one of the finest retirement homes Boise, Idaho has to offer.