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Brickmont Answers: What’s It Really Like To Be a Senior Caregiver?

Posted by The Brickmont Assisted Living Team on Mar 1, 2021 8:00:00 AM | 4 minute read

When you start a new job or career, you’ve probably had experience with similar roles before. You’ve likely gone through several interviews, had sufficient training, and typically have a good idea of what to expect in your new position.

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Topics: Caregiving

Understanding and Managing Diabetes in Seniors

Posted by The Brickmont Assisted Living Team on Feb 15, 2021 8:00:00 AM | 7 minute read

While diabetes is a worldwide health concern that doesn’t target based on age, according to the Center for Disease Control (CDC), around 25% of those 65 and older—an estimated 12 million—have diabetes.

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Topics: Health, Nutrition

The Importance of Dental Health for Seniors

Posted by The Brickmont Assisted Living Team on Feb 1, 2021 8:00:00 AM | 5 minute read

From a young age, we’re taught the importance of dental and oral health: brush your teeth twice a day, floss regularly, avoid sticky candies, etc. And while it’s undoubtedly important to instill proper oral health habits in children, it seems like this practice and ideology declines with age.

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Topics: Helpful Tips, Health

Great Minds Train Alike: Activities to Promote Brain Health

Posted by The Brickmont Assisted Living Team on Jan 15, 2021 8:00:00 AM | 5 minute read

Like many things, forgetfulness is a normal part of aging. As we get older, it’s completely natural and not usually a cause for concern when we misplace our keys, forget someone’s name, or miss an appointment.

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Topics: Memory Care, Helpful Tips, Health

Understanding Glaucoma & the Importance of Eye Health As We Age

Posted by The Brickmont Assisted Living Team on Jan 1, 2021 8:00:00 AM | 4 minute read

Our vision can be something that we take for granted. We can often forget to appreciate how incredible the power of sight is when we’re reading a book, watching our grandchildren play, or looking out at a beautiful landscape of mountains or oceans. However, as soon as our vision begins to fade or lose some of its sharpness, we are forced to realize how crucial this sense is to our overall health and well-being.

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Topics: Health

Caught in The Middle: Overcoming Sandwich Generation Stress

Posted by The Brickmont Assisted Living Team on Dec 15, 2020 8:00:00 AM | 4 minute read

School drop-off. Client meetings. Doctor’s appointment with mom. School pick-up. Finish that work presentation. Pick up dad’s medication. Cook dinner. Help with homework. Go to sleep. Repeat. 

Pretty hectic day, right? It may seem like this chaotic schedule doesn’t occur in real life and only exists in comedy sitcoms. But, in reality, this could be a typical day for someone in the sandwich generation - those who take care of their children, their aging parents, and (when time permits), themselves.

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Topics: Respite Care, Caregiving

Improving Lung Health One Breath At A Time

Posted by The Brickmont Assisted Living Team on Dec 1, 2020 8:00:00 AM | 5 minute read

Everyone knows the feeling. You’re walking up a steep flight of stairs and feel your breathing get a little heavier than usual, or you’re running on the treadmill and feel a slight tightness in your chest. This is fairly typical—lungs don’t have unlimited capacity, and at a certain point of exerting them, you will run out of steam—and breath. 

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Topics: Health

Start Shopping:Gift Ideas for Older Parents

Posted by The Brickmont Assisted Living Team on Nov 15, 2020 8:00:00 AM | 4 minute read

It can be challenging to find the perfect gift for someone you love. What do you get for someone who has everything, or for someone who wants nothing? Or, in the case of your older parents, what do you get for someone who has received a lifetime of gifts, or may have a different idea of what a “good” gift is?

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Topics: Helpful Tips, Caregiving

No Bones About It: Osteoporosis Risk Factors and Prevention

Posted by The Brickmont Assisted Living Team on Nov 1, 2020 8:00:00 AM | 4 minute read

When you think of chronic conditions, you may think of diabetes or high blood pressure and cholesterol. Others you may not think about as much, like lupus, muscular dystrophy, or osteoporosis. However, with over 54 million Americans living with low bone mass, osteoporosis is more common than you may realize.  

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Topics: Health

Misconceptions About Memory Loss, Dementia, and Alzheimer’s

Posted by The Brickmont Assisted Living Team on Oct 15, 2020 8:00:00 AM | 4 minute read

Several stereotypes have come to be associated with memory loss: the image of a person who is always confused, wanders alone, gets angry easily, or doesn’t even remember their name. Not only can these stereotypes be untrue, but they can also be hurtful to those living with memory loss and their families.

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Topics: Memory Care, Health

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