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Downsizing with a Smile

Downsizing with a Smile to Raise Your Quality of Life

Today, with our large and fast-growing population of senior adults, many families are re-evaluating their priorities in life and considering the advantages of downsizing to a more manageable and liberating lifestyle. For many of these individuals and families, their home of many years has become a challenge to take care of, and in some cases, a considerable burden. This is especially the case for those who now have some physical limitations that make it increasingly difficult to keep up with the responsibilities of home ownership.

The Valuable Role of Assisted Living Today

Elaine Austin, Executive Director of...

Holistic Treatments for Your Loved One with Memory Loss

Effective Holistic Treatments for Your Loved One with Memory Loss

Far from being “hocus pocus,” certain “holistic” therapies are now viewed by memory care experts as a legitimate and highly useful form of treatment for loved ones living with Alzheimer’s and other forms of dementia. In fact, researchers have found that these types of “engagement therapy” can reduce anxiety and agitation, open sensory channels and provide a sense of purpose and accomplishment that reinforce the individual’s dignity, sense of belonging and connection to the outside world.

Backed by leading authorities, including the Mayo Clinic and the Alzheimer’s Association, therapies that utilize art, music, pets, reminiscence and pleasant...

Controlling Diabetes with Diet and Exercise

Controlling Diabetes with Diet and Exercise

Eating well and staying physically active are key components to any healthy lifestyle. However, if you or a loved one are living with type 2 diabetes, diet and exercise are vital to your health and well-being. With a proper diet and exercise routine, combined with medication management, you can take control of your diabetes – rather than diabetes controlling you.

Elaine Austin, Executive Director at Provident Village at Creekside in Smyrna, GA, has witnessed firsthand the success of diabetes management through healthy living habits. “At Provident Village, our care plans are highly individualized for each resident’s health needs....

Musical Moments: How Music Therapy Benefits Those with Memory Loss

We’ve all experienced the power of music at some point in our lives. Music has helped us enhance our mood, calmed us down or allowed us to express ourselves, communicating thoughts and feelings we couldn’t otherwise say. For those who are living with memory loss such as Alzheimer’s disease and other forms of dementia, music is a particularly beneficial communication tool.

“Music therapy is one of the many holistic treatments we use for our memory care residents,” says Elaine AustinExecutive Director at Provident Village at Creekside in Smyrna, GA. “Not only does it help families find a source of emotional and physical connection with their...

Advice for Eating Safely as You Age

Every year, foodborne illnesses, commonly referred to as food poisoning, affect millions of people. These illnesses can cause serious health problems for older adults. Seniors who come into contact with contaminated food often stay sicker longer and are hospitalized longer than younger adults.

Elaine Austin, Executive Director at Provident Village at Creekside in Smyrna, GA, speaks up about the prevalence of foodborne illness and the importance of eating safely. “Common reasons for food poisoning today include eating out more often, longer shipping distances and new kinds of pesticides and resistant bacteria,” says Austin. “...