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Go Purple with a Purpose for Alzheimer’s Disease Awareness and Caregivers Month. President Ronald Reagan designated November as National Alzheimer’s Disease Awareness Month in 1983. At the time, fewer than 2 million Americans had Alzheimer’s; today, the number of people with the disease has soared to nearly 5.4 million.  Get involved this month, and help raise awareness for Alzheimer’s disease.

·        More than 5 million Americans have Alzheimer’s disease

·        Alzheimer’s is the sixth-leading cause of death in the U.S.

·        One-third of people age 85 or older have Alzheimer’s or another dementia

·        Middle-aged individuals can develop Alzheimer’s as well; approximately 200,000 Americans younger than 65 have Alzheimer’s disease.

The Alzheimer’s Association works on a global, national and local level to enhance care and support for all those affected by Alzheimer’s and other dementias. We are here to help.

•   The Alzheimer’s Association has local chapters across the nation, providing services within each community. Find a chapter near you.

•   The Alzheimer’s Association professionally staffed 24/7 Helpline (1.800.272.3900) offers information and advice to more than 300,000 callers each year and provides translation services in more than 200 languages.

•   The Alzheimer’s Association host face-to-face support groups and educational sessions in communities nationwide.

•   The Alzheimer’s Association connect people across the globe through our online message boards, ALZConnected®. Our online community is ready to answer your questions and give you support.

•   The Alzheimer’s Association provide caregivers and families with comprehensive online resources and information through our Alzheimer’s and Dementia Caregiver Center, which features sections on early-stage, middle-stage and late-stage caregiving.

•   The Alzheimer’s Association helps people find clinical studies through our free, easy-to-use matching service  Alzheimer’s Association TrialMatch®. TrialMatch connects individuals with Alzheimer’s, caregivers, healthy volunteers and physicians with current studies.

•   The Alzheimer’s Associations free online tool, Alzheimer’s Navigator®, helps those facing the disease to determine their needs and develop an action plan, and our online Community Resource Finder is a comprehensive database of programs and service, housing and care services, and legal experts.

•   The Alzheimer’s Association houses the Alzheimer’s Association Green-Field Library, the nation’s largest library and resource center devoted to increasing knowledge about Alzheimer’s disease and related dementias.

Its Alzheimer’s Month- check out this link to learn about signs and symptoms to watch out for http://www.alzinfo.org/about-alzheimers/signs-and-symptoms

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dr-mary-cuevaDr. Mary Cueva is board certified in Family Medicine. She received her medical degree from the University of California at San Francisco in 1975 and completed her residency at San Francisco General Hospital in 1978. Dr. Cueva is a former member of the North County Coastal Women Physicians and the California Hispanic-American Medical Association. She is a past president and acting board member of the Academy of Family Practice in San Diego County. Dr. Cueva has practiced in the Tri-City area for more than 25 years and speaks fluent Spanish.

Dr. Mary Cueva is board certified in Family Medicine. She received her medical degree from the University of California at San Francisco in 1975 and completed her residency at San Francisco General Hospital in 1978. Dr. Cueva is a former member of the North County Coastal Women Physicians and the California Hispanic-American Medical Association. She is a past president and acting board member of the Academy of Family Practice in San Diego County. Dr. Cueva has practiced in the Tri-City area for more than 25 years and speaks fluent Spanish.

New Name, Same Mission!

We are so pleased with how this program has started off. In the interest of keeping you involved and informed, we wanted to let you know about a minor adjustment we’re making. Starting with the new year, this wonderful program will be called POQ – Physician Of the Quarter, and awards will be presented every 3 months. This adjustment allows us the time in between to brainstorm and develop new and exciting ways to continue showing our appreciation for all that our local Doctors do for our wonderful community. In addition, it keeps things exciting for you – we wouldn’t want you to get bored now, would we? Thank you for your eager participation in this new and exciting program! We look forward to announcing our next POQ!

Jackie Frieden, SMA

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EAT WELL American – Join the American Diabetes Association® to put good food and good health on the table during American Diabetes Month® this November. Whether you are one of the nearly 30 million Americans living with diabetes or the 86 million Americans with prediabetes, or you simply want to live a healthier lifestyle, the Eat Well, America!sm campaign will show you how easy and joyful healthy eating can be for everyone. Visit diabetesforecast.org/adm or call 1-800-DIABETES for meal planning, shopping tips, grocery lists, chef’s preparation secrets, delicious recipes and more.

There is no doubt that care costs, no matter what facet of the health industry, are almost always higher than what we maybe had anticipated. And in most cases, the care your loved one really needs isn’t even covered by most insurances, including Medicare. That is where planning for Long-Term Care becomes so important. Vista Village strongly encourages families to explore long-term care planning options starting now – before you need to use it. Visit Integral Senior Living for more information.

to learn what long term care is, how it can help you and why you should start planning now – even before you are ready to consider Assisted Living as an option for yourself or your loved ones.

“To be prepared is half the victory” – Miguel De Cervantes, Spanish Author

October is Breast Cancer Awareness Month, an annual campaign to increase awareness of this disease. While most people are aware of breast cancer, many do not have an action plan to detect the disease in its early stages. Here at Vista Village we don’t just encourage awareness, we encourage taking positive steps toward prevention and treatment to whatever extent possible.

“Knowledge is knowing a tomato is a fruit. Wisdom is not putting it into a fruit salad” – Miles Kington

Let’s be wise and learn what we can do today to help ourselves and our loved ones by implementing these helpful reminders. Don’t forget, men are also at risk for breast cancer as well, so don’t be shy to share this information with them too.

To learn more visit http://www.nationalbreastcancer.org/breast-cancer-awareness-month

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Meet Dr. Luis Navazo, our Physician of the Month!

Dr. Navazo has been a professional in his field for 26 years. He is a husband and a father of two. He graduated from UCSD in 1990 and completed his residency at UCSF East Bay. Surfing and Soccer are his two favorite sports.

Dr. Navazo’s favorite part of practicing medicine is that he gets to care for people and provide them the help they need.

Thank you Dr. Navazo!

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Five Alzheimer’s In-Home Caregivers    

HBO Documentary Tells Real-Life Stories About: Five Alzheimer’s In-Home Caregivers

Caregivers, an inspiring HBO documentary about the lives of five family caregivers who are caring for spouses or parents with Alzheimer’s disease, is available to watch for free at HBO’s The Alzheimer’s Project website.

The film shows five men and women caregivers openly discussing the challenges of dealing with changes in their loved ones, their own health concerns, and their feelings of loss and frustration. They also share the ways they cope, and how they find joy by staying in the present and savoring small, everyday moments.

Two seniors with Alzheimer’s are also featured, talking about changes in their brain functions, and how they adapt and stay positive.

The 48-minute film is one of four documentaries produced for The Alzheimer’s Project, a collaboration of HBO Documentary Films and the National Institute on Aging at the National Institutes of Health, along with the Alzheimer’s Association and two national charitable gift funds.

One of the most devastating forms of memory loss is Alzheimer’s disease, says The Alzheimer’s Project at its website. Alzheimer’s is estimated to affect as many as 5 million Americans—a number that could rise to more than 11 million as the baby boom generation moves through retirement.

While there is no cure for the disease, The Alzheimer’s Project shows there is now reason for optimism about the future. The documentary series looks at groundbreaking discoveries made by leading scientists, as well as the effects of this debilitating condition on those with Alzheimer’s and their families.

Let the sunshine in with these housekeeping tips

Now that the days are getting longer and spring flowers are basking in the warmer weather outdoors, it’s time to take a look at the inside of your senior loved one’s living space. The time-honored tradition of throwing open the doors and windows to welcome the springtime sun and the refreshing breezes is still important for all of us—especially for seniors who may need help tidying up after the long winter.

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Spring is the season of new beginnings, so here are tips for teaming up with your favorite senior to declutter, reorganize, and tackle corner-to-corner cleaning of living spaces.

Make a to-do list. Consult with your senior loved one to prioritize the tasks to get done, and write them down. Along with vacuuming, sweeping, wiping and scrubbing, don’t forget to include chores related to possible health and safety hazards:

·         Throw out expired medications and any that are no longer needed or prescribed.
·         Discard expired packaged foods and refrigerated or frozen items that might look (and smell) past their prime.
·         Test smoke detectors, carbon monoxide detectors, and other electronics (such as medical alert systems) used for health and safety monitoring. Replace batteries in needed.
·         Remove clutter from outside walkways, and indoor entryways, stairs, and heavily traveled areas.
·         Make sure all areas are adequately lit, and replace light bulbs if needed.
·         Remove slippery throw rugs and any other tripping hazards (such as ottomans and low-to-the ground furniture) that might cause falls.

Set a date. Unless you mark your calendar, as you would for a doctor’s appointment or any other important commitment, the spring-cleaning session might become a good idea that never happens. Decide whether the job can be handled over one weekend, or might be best spread out over several weekends.

Enlist help from family and friends. After you set firms dates and times to get the job done, ask family member and trusted friends if they’re available to pitch in. Let people know that any amount time they can devote to the task will be appreciated! Consider asking strong, healthy folks to come at a designated time to move furniture and do heavy lifting.

Involve your senior. It’s their home, after all, so give your seniors input into the cleaning process. Depending on their health, stamina and capabilities, older adults may not be able to easily manage some spring-cleaning duties. But jobs such as organizing shoes and clothing (and deciding which items can be discarded, handed down, or donated) or sorting through books and knick-knacks are often not overly demanding, and can help ensure seniors know that their contribution is critical to the cleaning and decluttering process.

Help raise awareness this month and all year long

More than 1 million people in the U.S. have Parkinson’s disease, says the National Parkinson Foundation, and as many as 60,000 new cases are diagnosed every year. Parkinson’s disease is a chronic, degenerative neurological disorder that affects one in 100 people over age 60. While the average age at onset is 60, some people are diagnosed at 40 or younger.

Parkinson’s involves the malfunction and death of vital nerve cells in the brain, called neurons, according to the Parkinson’s Disease Foundation. Some of these dying neurons produce dopamine, a chemical that sends messages to the part of the brain that controls movement and coordination. As the disease progresses, the brain produces less and less dopamine, and the person loses the ability to control movement.

Symptoms of Parkinson’s

Symptoms vary from person to person, according to a variety of factors, including age of onset and disease progression, but primary motor signs include the following:

  • Tremor or the hands, arms, legs, jaw and face
  • Slowness of movement
  • Rigidity or stiffness of the limbs and trunk
  • Instability of posture or impaired balance and coordination

Medications and Treatments

Many medications and treatments are available to help treat the symptoms of Parkinson’s, but there are none yet that reverse the effects of the disease. According to the Mayo Clinic, doctors may also suggest lifestyle changes, especially ongoing aerobic exercise. Physical therapy that focuses on balance and stretching may also be effective. Speech-language pathologists may help improve speech difficulties. In later cases, surgical procedures such as deep brain stimulation may be recommended.

Living Well with Parkinson’s

After a diagnosis of Parkinson’s each person’s journey is different, but the Parkinson’s Disease Foundation recommends these common strategies for maintaining a high quality of daily living with Parkinson’s:

Manage nutrition and medications. Find routines and treatments that work best for you and follow them consistently.

Pursue activities that are important to you. Keep doing activities you love to do, and you may alleviate your symptoms and boost your mental well being. Painting, tai chi, yoga, exercise—keeping up with these favorite activities may help you take charge of your life with Parkinson’s.

Connect with the Parkinson’s community. Become better informed about Parkinson’s, and meet other people who are living with the disease.

Get involved with advocacy groups, clinical trials, support groups and educational conferences. Be both a benefactor and a participant in the Parkinson’s community and the community at large.

Plan ahead to adapt to the disease on your own terms. Make a priority of living well at home and at work as the disease changes by using assistive technologies and seeking the expertise of professionals such as occupational therapists, speech therapists and nutritionists wen needed.

Innovative Program Begins at the Community

Vista, CA April 2016Vista Village, a senior memory care community knows well that living a vibrant life at any age is a life worth living. Now the senior living community is taking the idea a step further by making it easier for residents to be vibrant with its new Vibrant Life® program beginning this April.

Vibrant Life® offers a pioneering approach designed for enhancing and enriching residents’ lives across seven core components for well-rounded and meaningful experiences. These core components provide the balanced structure for implementing diversity across the Vibrant Life® program, which is embraced through several signature programs.

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“Each component fosters an overall well-being of living, truly living. There is a trend in today’s society that says ‘my kids are grown, my career is complete, now what?  What purpose do I have, now?’  We as a community are challenging ourselves to answer those thoughts.  With each day, there is a purpose, each day brings vibrancy all on its own. It’s time to embrace life and we are here to help residents do just that with our Vibrant Life® program,” said Debbie Kavenaugh for Vista Village.

Vibrant by definition means full of energy and enthusiasm. Vibrancy is what separates the mundane from the brilliant.  It is the key ingredient that changes mediocrity to exceptional, and conventional to extraordinary. The key to living is to live vibrantly.

The Vibrant Life® program consists of seven core components to foster the overall well-being of residents. In order to promote the ongoing focus of these core components, the community has created four Signature Programs to ensure its residents experience a Vibrant Life®.

The 7 main components to living a Vibrant Life®:

  1. Be Inspired— Gain a deeper sense of spirituality & feed the soul!
  2. Be Well— Intellectual stimulation, get moving & stay active!
  3. Be Challenged— Ignite competitive spirit, learn, grow & motivate!
  4. Be Adventurous— Try something new every day, explore & experience the unique!
  5. Be Family— Cherish family connections, share & continue family traditions!
  6. Be Social— Embrace friendships, celebrate the moments, talk, laugh & listen!
  7. Be Connected— Engage in meaningful community involvement, share experiences & expertise!

The 4 Signature Programs include:

  • PATH TO WELLNESS is a program that encompasses all aspects of wellness with tiers of achievement to encourage participation and provide the satisfaction of personal accomplishment.
  • LIVIN’ THE DREAM is a program designed to take our residents dreams and make them a reality.
  • THIS IS YOUR LIFE encourages social connectivity. Individual residents are showcased throughout the year to share their life stories and personal accomplishments.
  • VIBRANT LIFE® INSPIRES promotes the ability to give back to the local community through charitable endeavors.

The community is assisting residents to find their purpose, to search out how each can better incorporate the seven components to living: Be Inspired, Be Well, Be Challenged, Be Adventurous, Be Family, Be Social and Be Connected.

“Our mission is ‘to optimize health and well-being by passionately promoting a Vibrant Life® filled with joyful experiences, meaningful endeavors, and abundant opportunities so that our residents connect with family, friends and the local community,’ adds Jaclin.

To learn more about a healthy senior lifestyle in senior living contact Vista Village at 760-941-3233.

About Vista Village

Vista Village provides the finest in senior living with assisted living and memory care options for residents. Located in Vista, California, the expertly trained staff provides residents with the highest standards of senior care services. It is operated by Integral Senior Living, which manages independent living, assisted living, and memory care properties. ISL is founded on a care philosophy that fosters dignity and respect for residents and promotes their independence and individuality. For more information on Vista Village call 760-941-3233 or visit www.vistavillageseniorliving.com.

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How can families afford the costs of senior living communities?

Once families have decided that a senior living community is a safe and comfortable option for aging loved ones, the big question looms: how to pay for it. The national median monthly rate for a one-bedroom unit in an assisted living facility is $3,500, according to a recent Cost of Care Survey. Other research shows monthly fees can range from $1,500 to more than $10,000.

The National Center for Assisted Living (NCAL) reports that the typical assisted living resident has an income of about $19,000 per year. Most residents therefore must tap additional resources to cover the costs of assisted living.

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Consider talking to an elder law attorney to help your family figure out how to pay the costs of senior living accommodations. These specialized attorneys can answer important questions about qualifying for Medicaid to pay for care, protecting family assets while still affording needed care, and making sure a spouse has money left after his or her partner’s care expenses are covered. The lawyer fees could be well worth it if your family ends up saving thousands of dollars.

Here’s an overview of options to consider when you’re looking for ways to pay for senior living options.

Personal savings. If your older adult has substantial savings or access to family money, paying out of pocket can cover the costs, but for how long? Consult with a financial adviser to confirm that personal savings or family assets will last though the years.

Sell the house. Some older adults can sell their house and use the money to pay for senior-living expenses. If the senior’s need for assisted-living care is too urgent to wait for the house to sell, consider a bridge loan until the house sells. Be aware that these are short-term loans, and can be risky in some situations, so consult with a financial adviser.

Reverse mortgage. This special type of home loan for homeowners who are age 62 or older allows long-time homeowners to borrow cash against the value of their home without having to sell the home. These loans may not be the best option for some seniors. Consult with an independent financial adviser—a neutral party, not a salesperson who wants to sell you a loan.

Long-term care insurance. This insurance covers nursing home care, home health care, assisted living care, and other medical services. Consult with an insurance agent to find out what coverage you can afford. Premiums are based on factors such as age, health, benefit amount and duration, and when the insurance company will start paying benefits. Other factors can affect the cost of coverage, including the region you live in.

Veterans benefits. Assisted-living costs can be covered by veterans benefits. To apply, you’ll need military discharge papers, a valid medical condition with a doctor’s letter, and minimum financial asset conditions. Spouses of veterans may also qualify.

Medicare and Medicaid. For those who qualify (based on disability and income), Medicaid pays for long-term assisted living care. Medicare does not pay for long-term assisted living, but sometimes pays for short-term rehab stays, usually after hospitalization. Each program has specific rules about what services are covered, how long you can receive benefits, whether you qualify for benefits, and how much you have to pay in out-of-pocket costs.

During National Nutrition Month, Vista Village emphasizes the importance of good eating patterns for seniors

Vista, CA (March 2016) Every March, American’s are asked to put a focus on good nutrition by celebrating National Nutrition Month®, sponsored by the Academy of Nutrition and Dietetics. This year’s theme is “Savor the Flavor of Eating Right.” All consumers, including seniors, are encouraged to take time to enjoy food traditions and appreciate the pleasures, great flavors and social experiences food can add to anyone’s life.

“Mealtime is definitely a time when residents enjoy the many benefits of our wonderful dining program “Dining by Design”, taking the time to appreciate each other’s company, centered around meals they enjoy and look forward to everyday,” said Jaclin Frieden for Vista Village.

eat-rightThe dining experience at Vista Village, a local senior living community, features delicious food, great conversation, and an inviting atmosphere. The community’s signature “Dining by Design” program was developed to enhance social interaction, proper nutrition, and overall resident well-being. “Dining by Design” won the Assisted Living Federation of America’s (ALFA) prestigious “Best of the Best” award, enabling the community to offer one of the best culinary practices in senior living.

Essential to Dining by Design are:

•    Chef-prepared meals

•    Signature dishes served with well-rounded food choices

•    Restaurant-style ordering and service

•    Resident involvement in meal planning

Following mindful eating patterns doesn’t mean turning away from favorite foods, or ignoring long-established family traditions. In fact they can enhance and savor the experience.

Eat slowly. We often rush through our meals—either because we feel our lives are too busy, or eating has become mundane, a routine to be gotten through.

It is suggested to eat one bite at a time. Stop and take time between bites. Eating slowly not only allows you to enjoy your food, but it can also help you eat less by giving your stomach time to tell your brain that you are full.

Pay attention to flavors. Try to savor the overall eating experience—the different flavors, spices, and textures. Notice how different foods complement each other. If you’re a cook, experiment with subtle variations of favorite recipes.

Take a look at your eating patterns. Mindful eating includes observing not only which foods you eat, but where and when you eat, and how much. Notice when you snack, and why. Do you eat in your work space, in your bedroom, or in front of the TV? Think about finding a quiet place where you feel comfortable, away from other distractions, where you can eat slowly and mindfully, and savor the eating experience instead of multitasking through it.

Visit http://www.eatright.org/nnm for helpful tips and nutrition education resources to spread the message of good nutrition.

To learn more about a healthy senior lifestyle in senior living contact Vista Village at 760-941-3233.

About Vista Village

Vista Village provides the finest in senior living with assisted living and memory care options for residents. Located in Vista, California, the expertly trained staff provides residents with the highest standards of senior care services. It is operated by Integral Senior Living, which manages independent living, assisted living, and memory care properties. ISL is founded on a care philosophy that fosters dignity and respect for residents and promotes their independence and individuality. For more information on Vista Village call 760-941-3233 or visit www.vistavillageseniorliving.com.

Is it the IRS Calling?

As we enter the tax season, the incidence of IRS scams rise. The Federal Trade Commission reports that from 2013-2014 complaints about IRS scams increased- with 54,000 complaints filed in 2014 alone. Fraudsters often look to target older Americans who may appear to be more susceptible to such actions.

The IRS continues to warn consumers to guard against scam phone calls. Criminals pose as the IRS to trick victims out of their money or personal information.

According to the IRS, here are several tips to help you avoid being a victim of these scams:

•    Scammers make unsolicited calls.  Thieves call taxpayers claiming to be IRS officials. They demand that the victim pay a bogus tax bill. They con the victim into sending cash, usually through a prepaid debit card or wire transfer. They may also leave “urgent” callback requests through phone “robo-calls,” or via phishing email.

•    Callers try to scare their victims.  Many phone scams use threats to intimidate and bully a victim into paying. They may even threaten to arrest, deport or revoke the license of their victim if they don’t get the money.

•    Scams use caller ID spoofing.  Scammers often alter caller ID to make it look like the IRS or another agency is calling. The callers use IRS titles and fake badge numbers to appear legitimate. They may use the victim’s name, address and other personal information to make the call sound official.

•    Cons try new tricks all the time.  Some schemes provide an actual IRS address where they tell the victim to mail a receipt for the payment they make. Others use emails that contain a fake IRS document with a phone number or an email address for a reply. These scams often use official IRS letterhead in emails or regular mail that they send to their victims. They try these ploys to make the ruse look official.

•    Scams cost victims over $23 million.  The Treasury Inspector General for Tax Administration, or TIGTA, has received reports of about 736,000 scam contacts since October 2013. Nearly 4,550 victims have collectively paid over $23 million as a result of the scam.

The IRS will not:

•    Call you to demand immediate payment. The IRS will not call you if you owe taxes without first sending you a bill in the mail.

•    Demand that you pay taxes and not allow you to question or appeal the amount you owe.

•    Require that you pay your taxes a certain way. For instance, require that you pay with a prepaid debit card.

•    Ask for your credit or debit card numbers over the phone.

•    Threaten to bring in police or other agencies to arrest you for not paying.

If you don’t owe taxes, or have no reason to think that you do:

•    Do not give out any information. Hang up immediately.

•    Contact TIGTA to report the call. Use their “IRS Impersonation Scam Reporting” web page. You can also call 800-366-4484.

•    Report it to the Federal Trade Commission. Use the “FTC Complaint Assistant” on FTC.gov. Please add “IRS Telephone Scam” in the notes.

If you know you owe, or think you may owe tax:

•    Call the IRS at 800-829-1040. IRS workers can help you.

Phone scams first tried to sting older people, new immigrants to the U.S. and those who speak English as a second language. Now the crooks try to swindle just about anyone. And they’ve ripped-off people in every state in the nation.

Vista Village residents to live a heart healthy lifestyle

Vista, CA (February 2016) Ask any older American and they can tell you that heart disease is a major health threat, with risk rising as one gets older. In fact heart disease accounts for 84% of deaths of those 65 years and older. To help curb the incidence of heart disease, the month of February is dedicated to American Heart Month- a time to focus on taking steps to help prevent heart disease. Seniors especially should be encouraged to make those all important heart healthy choices. At Vista Village, a senior memory care community meals and exercise are incorporated into resident’s choices, making a difference in their lives.

“Our residents find that eating a healthier diet and participating in exercise programs does make them feel better, and more energized,” said Jaclin Frieden for Vista Village.

The America Heart Association is challenging all Americans including seniors to learn more about heart disease and its risk factors, and to join its mission to promote healthier families and communities, free of cardiovascular diseases and stroke.

Heart disease can often be prevented when people make healthy choices and manage their health conditions, says the American Heart Association. Communities, health professionals, and families can work together to create opportunities for people to make healthier choices.

Key Risk Factors for Heart Disease

High blood pressure, high cholesterol, and smoking are key risk factors for heart disease. Nearly half of Americans (47 percent) have at least one of these three risk factors.

These medical conditions and lifestyle choices can also put people at a higher risk for heart disease:

• Diabetes

• Overweight and obesity

• Poor diet

• Physical inactivity

• Excessive alcohol use

Healthy Lifestyle Factors

Seniors can prevent and control many coronary heart disease (CHD) risk factors by engaging in a heart-healthy lifestyle. For example some risk factors can be controlled or at least made better like high blood cholesterol, high blood pressure, and obesity. Only a few risk factors—such as age, gender, and family history—can’t be controlled through healthy choices.

To reduce the risk seniors should try and control each major risk factor:

• Heart-healthy eating

• Maintaining a healthy weight

• Managing stress

• Physical activity- at least 30 minutes 5 times a week

• Quitting smoking

The good news is that making changes can help control several risk factors at the same time. For example, physical activity may lower your blood pressure, help control diabetes and prediabetes, reduce stress, and help control weight.

About Vista Village

Vista Village provides the finest in senior living with assisted living and memory care options for residents. Located in Vista, California, the expertly trained staff provides residents with the highest standards of senior care services. It is operated by Integral Senior Living, which manages independent living, assisted living, and memory care properties. ISL is founded on a care philosophy that fosters dignity and respect for residents and promotes their independence and individuality. For more information on Vista Village call 760-941-3233 or visit www.vistavillageseniorliving.com.

Vista Village offers assistance to navigate when help is needed

Vista, CA (January 2016) – Whether traveling many miles or merely spending more time with those closest to them, a visit home for the holidays is an annual tradition for many families. Though these visits are often filled with warmth, laughter, and good cheer, it is also a time when adult children come face to face with the increasing and changing needs of aging parents and family members. Each and every January, following the holiday season, senior living communities see an increase in inquiries from concerned family members looking for help and answers. At Vista Village, a local senior Living community, an appreciation and understanding of this period in adult children’s lives is clearly recognized with assistance and guidance.

“The holidays are a time when families spend more time together. And often, it is during this period that the reality of where a parent or loved one is health wise becomes all too apparent,” said Jaclin Frieden for Vista Village. “After the holiday’s we experience a surge in inquiries from families looking at options as they seek new living residences for loved ones, and we are here to help.”

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Many times people confuse moving to a senior living community with having to give up all the things they love about life. Thankfully today’s communities are a far cry from those of decades ago. They’re for people who want to maintain a healthy lifestyle, expand their horizons, and spend their days with fewer worries and chores and more time with activities and friendships- taking in all that life has to offer in the golden years.

Before or even after a loved one mentions, “I’m not ready for a senior living community,” consider asking these questions to engage in a conversation about making a move.

–    Are you tired of shopping and preparing meals?
–    Are you eating well?
–    Do you worry about home maintenance?
–    How do you feel about your personal safety?
–    Do you feel secure in your home?
–    Are you paying your bills on time and managing all the mail?
–    How is your health these days? Are you getting enough exercise and moving around well?
–    Can you get to your appointments easily?
–    How much socializing do you do, are you seeing friends and engaging in activities outside the home?
–    What are your thoughts about moving into a senior living community?
–    What are your concerns?
–    If not now, can you suggest a better time to move?

It is important to understand the many choices that make up the new face of senior living in the 21st century. Here is a brief description between the differences in the level of care and services offered in each.

Independent Living

In senior living communities, active older adults continue enjoying private dwellings, control over their own schedules, and freedom to come and go as they choose. Social networking, optional events and clubs, and conveniently located services, such as beauty salons, banks, and technology centers, increase convenience and personal freedom of choice rather than limiting it. Medical, dietary and other help is available when needed.

Assisted Living

An assisted living community is a special combination of housing, personalized supportive services and health care designed to meet the needs — both scheduled and unscheduled — of those who need help with activities of daily living. Assisted living is quickly becoming the fastest growing long-term care option in the U.S. because of its philosophy, which embraces independence, choice and the opportunity for seniors to live enriching lives.

Memory Care

The diagnosis of dementia or Alzheimer’s presents a wide array of emotional and practical challenges for a family. Thankfully, the research and information regarding Alzheimer’s and dementia has led to the establishment of residential options specifically designed to care for those living with memory loss. Many independent and assisted living communities offer memory care areas within their communities. Residents live in a secured space and enjoy an environment and activities coordinated by staff members trained specifically for caring for those with memory impairment.

For more information on senior living options contact Vista Village at (760) 941-3233.

About Vista Village

Vista Village provides the finest in senior living with assisted living and memory care options for residents. Located in Vista, California, the expertly trained staff provides residents with the highest standards of senior care services. It is operated by Integral Senior Living, which manages independent living, assisted living, and memory care properties. ISL is founded on a care philosophy that fosters dignity and respect for residents and promotes their independence and individuality. For more information on Vista Village call (760) 941-3233 or visit www.vistavillageseniorliving.com.

2016It’s the New Year and with 2015 behind us, we look forward to all that 2016 has to offer. With the coming of any New Year there are countless trends and predictions that come up. While many can be wrong, it is fun to look ahead—here’s a glimpse at what to expect in the coming year.

Top Trends for 2016

Grocery

Tired of going to the grocery store–shopping and ordering groceries online has been growing steadily for a few years, but will surge in 2016.

Fitness

For the first time in a decade, the American College of Sports Medicine’s survey of fitness professionals says that wearable technology, including fitness trackers such as Fitbit and Jawbone, GPS and heart monitors, and smart watches such as the Apple Watch, will be the No. 1 trend for the New Year.

Real Estate

America’s 55-74 year-old generation is expected to start selling their bigger, traditional homes and opt for smaller, more manageable living arrangements in greater numbers this year.

Baby Boomers

The first wave of Baby Boomers turn 70 in 2016. And ready for this the Millennials have surpassed Baby Boomers in numbers this past year to become the largest U.S. generation. There are an estimated 75.3 Millennials (ages 18 to 34) compared with 74.9 million Baby Boomers.

Food

  • Power Bowls: Bowls are the new plates. All sorts of creative one-dish meals are being served in a bowl with various monikers – protein bowls, Buddha bowls, broth bowls, quinoa bowls and globowls – for globally inspired bowl meals.
  • Ancient Grains: Quinoa darted to the top of the heap, but 2016 will be a time for other ancient grains to shine – including teff, millet, amaranth, spelt, kamut, kaniwa, freekeh and farro.
  • Avocado Oil: According to Pinterest, it will become the new coconut oil.

Senior Travel

  • Of the 95% who will travel domestically in 2016, Summer Vacations, Multi-Generational trips, and Weekend Getaways are the primary impetus behind such plans.
  • Popular domestic destinations are either a city/town or a beach, with Florida, Las Vegas, California, New York and Hawaii being mentioned the most.

Events

  • 2016 is a Leap Year- enjoy Friday, February 29, 2016
  • This July 4 – NASA’s Juno spacecraft is expected to arrive at Jupiter
  • August 5–21 – The 2016 Summer Olympics will be held in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil
  • The United States presidential election of 2016, scheduled for Tuesday, November 8, 2016, will be the 58th quadrennial U.S. presidential election.

Top Anticipated Movies – get ready for prequels and superheroes

  • Batman vs. Superman: Dawn of Justice March 25
  • Captain America: Civil War May 6
  • Independence Day: Resurgence June 24
  • Ghostbusters July 15
  • Star Trek Beyond July 22
  • Bridget Jones Baby September 16
  • The Girl on the Train October 7
  • Rogue One a Star Wars Story December 16

Ready or not 2016 is here. We wish you the best and a Happy New Year!

You don’t need to break the bank on gifts and decorations to make the holiday season memorable for your loved ones and friends.

5 Ways to Save on Gifts

Make a list and stick to it. It’s easy to succumb to impulse buys while you’re shopping. If you want to watch what you spend, be sure to stick to your list.

Get daily deals delivered to your inbox. Sign up for emails from sites like Gilt.com and Zulily.com, which offer discounts on popular brand for women, men, kids and the home each day.

Take advantage of in-store pickup. In-store pickup allow you to save money on shipping fees by having your items delivered to your local store, instead of to your home or office.

Hit the sales. Black Friday and Cyber Monday are popular because consumers can save money on big ticket items. Research sales circulars before you shop to make the most of your trip and enjoy big savings.

Play Secret Santa. Do you come from a large family or have a large group of friends?  Instead of buying gifts for everyone, each person draws a name from a hat and purchases a gift for that person. Be sure to set a spending limit that keeps everyone’s budget in mind.

csu-san-marcosSAN MARCOS, Calif. – The residents at the Vista Village Senior Living Center had a few special visitors join them earlier this month. Members of the Cal State San Marcos volleyball team took a break from their busy schedules to bring a bit of fresh air to the seniors.

The Cougars have been visiting Vista Village for three years, stopping by once a month during season and twice a month during the off-season.

“The words, there are not enough, some of these people have no one, so when anyone takes the time to visit and spend time with them it’s a blessing,” said Vista Village Vibrant Life Director Debbie Kavanaugh. “Then when young people take the time out of their day to hang out with them, it is quite special, so thank you to all that come and visit.”

After checking in to see how everyone was doing…

Read more at csusmcougars.com

Thanksgiving is a time for being “thankful” and about Gratitude. At Vista Village we are thankful every day for our residents and staff who truly care about one another. We show our appreciation in many ways. Most recently our residents made Harvest wreaths that could be placed on their doors. Kay, a very creative and caring resident placed her wreath on the Marketing Director’s door as a thank you for always being so nice. Sometimes a simple gesture can be all the difference. We’re here for each other. Any day we can make someone smile is a wonderful day.

Here are 8 Great Benefits of Gratitude:

  • Improves your attitude. Expressing gratitude makes you feel more positive and optimistic, which can reduce stress and help improve your overall mental fortitude.
  • Builds stronger relationships. A simple ‘thank you’ lays the groundwork for a stronger relationship, whether you’re expressing gratitude to a loved one or to a stranger. Saying ‘thanks’ is a way to acknowledge a person for their help, which encourages them to feel special.
  • Improves your mental health. The next time you fell upset or frustrated, write down what you’re thankful for. Studies show that expressing gratitude helps you to deal better with your emotions and may even reduce depression.
  • Enhances your physical health. Studies show a strong correlation between gratitude and health. Put simply, people who are thankful tend to be healthier. Not only do they exercise more frequently and visit the doctor for their annual checkups, but they report feeling healthier as well.
  • Boosts your self-esteem. Taking stock of what you’re grateful for helps you maintain perspective and makes you less likely to compare yourself to other people.
  • Promotes better sleep. Jotting down what you’re thankful for each day boosts your mood and reduces your stress, which can help you sleep better at night.
  • Increases your empathy for others. Gratitude may make you more sensitive toward other people’s feelings. Studies show grateful people are less likely to resort to retaliation when they experience negativity from others.
  • Spreads happiness! Gratitude positively impacts your overall well-being, making you happier and more satisfied with your life.

At Vista Village, we know that staying active can prevent boredom and depression – this includes older adults too. Nobody wants to sit around doing nothing all day, no matter what their age. Our residents at Vista Village enjoy the time spent being creative while engaging in arts and crafts led by our Vibrant Life director and her assistants. Not ready for an empty canvas? A great activity for seniors is to explore their artistic side with coloring books. They’ll get the joy of creating a beautiful work of art with no artistic skills required!

And not all coloring books are created for kids. We found some good coloring books that are perfect for seniors. The pictures are realistic and the subjects will interest many older adults. Colored pencils, crayons, or watercolor paint can be used on the high-quality paper and the lines are gray, so they’ll basically disappear after the pictures are colored in. They can be found at Dover Publications.

Why not give it a try today? Vista Village residents will join in this project with you by downloading some of these pictures and creating their own master pieces.

We all know and value our 5 senses. We here at Vista Village know the important role that hearing plays in our lives and those of our loved ones. That being the case, do you ever wonder why someone who is obviously having trouble hearing won’t get hearing aids? You are not alone.

On average most people have been having trouble hearing for 7 to 10 years before they actually make the trip to see an audiologist.

There are about 26.7 million people over age 50 with a hearing impairment, and of those only one in seven use a hearing aid. Most would agree “If you think you have a hearing loss, you probably do.”

Why so much resistance to getting hearing impairment diagnosed and treated?
#1 – Denial. Many older adults just don’t think they have a problem. And those with a hearing problem are often the last to notice it, because the change comes on gradually over years and starts subtly. Many older adults think it’s normal to lose some hearing ability in fact 55 percent of those over age 70 have some hearing loss.

#2- The stigma’s- Men may think it’s a sign of weakness and women don’t’ want to show their age.

The good news is that hearing aids are getting smaller and less visible.
How can you help convince someone to see a doctor? It can be quite simple- ask them to pay attention or better write down every time they say, ‘What?’ or ask people to repeat something. This usually helps enlighten those afflicted. Next step is to see an audiologist.

For more information on hearing aids check out http://www.asha.org/public/hearing/Hearing-Aids/.

Vista Village is ideally located next to a Hospital and medical buildings that house various professionals such as audiologists. Call and ask for a referral today!

See a change in your parent or loved one that leads you to believe they might benefit from an assisted living community? You don’t know where to turn. As the healthcare industry experiences a digital boom, 77% of us begin our healthcare search online, according 2015 Healthcare Consumer Trends survey. But how do we know who and what to trust?

Here are 5 of the most trusted locations to help you begin your search!

  1. Always talk to your family, friends, and neighbors first – word of mouth is powerful
  2. Connect with people who serve seniors such as,
    • Senior centers
    • Rehabilitation Centers
    • Clergy
    • Meals on Wheels volunteers
    • Pharmacists and Dieticians
    • Hospital Administrative staff, nurses, and paramedics
    • Physical, occupational and speech therapists
    • Physicians, including ophthalmologists, neurologists, psychiatrists and geriatricians
    • Psychotherapists, psychologists and licensed counselors
    • Home care and hospice providers
  3. Research online reviews. Review sites publish reviews of local businesses, written by people who have had first hand experiences with the business. The top sites we recommend are Google and Yelp. Some review sites even help users find out which assisted living community will provide the best care for aging parents.
  4. Go to their Facebook page! Check out the vibrancy of the community. Do they go out on outings? Are they consistently connected to family, friends and the community? Are they promoting health and wellness? Do the residents look inspired or challenged? Are they happy?
  5. Call a handful of your favorite communities and set up a tour with your loved one. Experience first-hand what is offered at each community while asking questions.

Vista Village Celebrates National Assisted Living Week With “Nourishing Life: Mind, Body, Spirit” 

Today’s seniors are expecting more from every aspect of their lives, and the senior housing industry has responded by creating assisted living communities where senior residents thrive. To celebrate the way more than one million people live, there is National Assisted Living Week® which takes place this year from September 13-19, 2015. This year’s theme “Nourishing Life: Mind, Body, Spirit” showcases the integral role caregivers play in assisted living residences such as ours who reside here at Vista Villlage.

nourishing-lifeThis theme celebrates the countless ways assisted living caregivers nurture the whole resident. Communities across the country work each and every day to ensure that the lives of their residents are fully nourished in each and every way. Conversely, residents nourish the lives of team members and volunteers by, with the support of loved ones, sharing their inspiring lives.

Our caregivers provide comfort, care, and companionship to enhance the lives of our residents. This celebration recognizes the bonds built between residents and the assisted living caregivers who are committed to providing residents with person-centered care and services

To celebrate the week, Vista Village is proud to present our personalized theme of: “Nourishing life – Western style”.

The weeks festivities will include daily color themes of healthy foods and beverages top encourage a healthy style.

Our residents will enjoy Banana Bandana Smoothies on Yellow Monday, Sept. 14th and Cactus Slushies on Green Wednesday, Sept. 16th! Entertainment and education provided in the way of Wii games, impersonators and mental health discussions hosted at a local Walgreens @ 3 pm on Thursday, Sept. 15th.

Our residents won’t be the only ones having fun – our staff has a special week to look forward to as well! They too will have their very own color-coded week and special prizes awarded to the Vista Village team member who knows this community inside and out. Find out who the winner is on the following weeks blog!

Healthy Aging®  Month is an annual observance month designed to focus national attention on the positive aspects of growing older.

Vista Village would like to share with you some tips from the editors of Healthy Aging® Magazine (www.healthyaging.net) to get older adults started reinventing themselves

10 Tips for Reinventing Yourself during September Is Healthy Aging® Month:

  1. Do not act your age or at least what you think your current age should act like.
  2. Be positive in your conversations and your actions every day.
  3. Have negative friends who complain all of the time and constantly talk about how awful everything is? Drop them. As cruel as that may sound, distance yourself from people who do not have a positive outlook on life.
  4. Walk like a vibrant, healthy person. Come on. You can probably do it.
  5. Stand up straight! You can knock off the appearance of a few extra years with this trick your mother kept trying to tell you.
  6. How’s your smile? Research shows people who smile more often are happier.
  7. Lonely? Stop brooding and complaining about having no friends or family. Do something about it now. Right this minute. Pick up the phone, landline, or cell and make a call to do one or more of the following: Volunteer your time, take a class, and invite someone to meet for lunch, brunch, dinner, or coffee.
  8. Start walking not only for your health but to see the neighbors.
  9. Make this month the time to set up your annual physical and other health screenings.
  10. Find your inner artist.

Vista, CA  (August 2015) In August summer is in full swing- a season that reminds adults of favorite childhood memories like outdoor picnics, long bike rides and visits with family and friends. Those good memories are carried in the hearts and minds of seniors everywhere, and many relish the season fondly and should seize the moment. Vista Village Senior Living celebrates summer with events and activities that take advantage of summer and all it has to offer seniors.

Aug. 3    Golf Tournament at Shadowridge Country Club benefiting Angel’s Depot
Aug.13   Dinner to Go (Dinners for our neighboring medical staff)
Aug. 28  Luau Family Night

Vista Village would like to suggest some ideas to take advantage of the last month of summer with the seniors in your life.

  • Family get-togethers: The summertime is a good time to invite family over because you can use the outdoors as part of your entertaining space.  Make it easy and ask everyone to bring a favorite dish.
  • Take a short trip. Find places to visit within your city or town, or in the near vicinity. Ideas include zoos, sculpture parks, museum grounds, ponds or lakes, marinas, beaches, community gardens or nurseries, hiking trails, shopping villages and downtown areas. Even a walk around a pretty neighborhood you don’t visit very often can provide surprising sightseeing opportunities.
  • Backyard Picnic: Everyone loves a picnic! Eating outside can make even a simple meal seem a welcome change of pace. But you don’t have to trek to a park, beach, or forest preserve; it’s just as fun and much easier to have one in your own backyard.
  • Summer Events: In the summer, many community centers, churches and others serving seniors offer a variety of special summertime events that are fun and easy to partake in. A good place to look for information for these events is in your local newspaper, the library, or you can search online for senior events in your city.
  • Walks: With warm weather and extended daylight, take a walk in the early to mid morning or around dinnertime.
  • Ice Cream: Buy a box or two of your favorite ice cream at the grocer or head out for this all American cold treat, it is truly one of life’s pleasures.
  • See, Smell and Touch: Choose a good summer book to read in the shade of the outdoors; buy toiletries in a favorite summer scent, like lavender, or strawberry and bring in flowers from the garden. Sounds simple- it is.

And Remember:

  • Drink Plenty of Liquids: It’s mentioned all the time for good reason, people and especially seniors  forget to stay hydrated. It may be easier to drink several small glasses of water or a favorite beverage throughout the day and at meals instead of a few big glasses.
  • Keep your drinks cold: Place your beverage bottles or cans in a bucket; add a layer of ice, followed by a layer of salt and repeat until you reach the top. Fill the bucket with cold water. The water in the ice bucket will be colder than normal, chilling in less than 10 minutes.
  • Freeze the ordinary: Freeze coffee into ice cubes to make a delicious iced coffee and freeze fruit for a delicious, healthy cool snack.

Caregiver Vacation: Everyone needs a break now and then for a long weekend or vacation, especially caregivers. If you are not able to find someone to step in as caregiver while going away, take advantage of respite beds at senior living communities where rooms may be available for short-term stays – helping to give caregivers time off.

To learn more about a healthy senior living lifestyle contact Vista Village at 760-941-3233.

About Vista Village
Vista Village provides the finest in senior living with assisted living and memory care options for residents. Located in Vista, California, the expertly trained staff provides residents with the highest standards of senior care services. It is operated by Integral Senior Living, which manages independent living, assisted living, and memory care properties. ISL is founded on a care philosophy that fosters dignity and respect for residents and promotes their independence and individuality. For more information on Vista Village call 760-941-3233 or visit www.vistavillageseniorliving.com.

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