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Pecan Pie

Legend is that this is an old pecan pie recipe originally from my family’s South Georgia roots.   A couple of tips from my secret kitchen: 1) I always use new crop Georgia pecans (pee’cans). While pecans can be stored in a freezer for longer shelf life, my experience for the best pies is to […]

Breast Cancer Awareness Month

Breast Cancer Awareness As we get older, our risk of breast cancer increases. According to BreastCancer.org, one in every eight women will be diagnosed with breast cancer in their lifetime. In honor of Breast Cancer Awareness Month, here are some action items that are crucial in early detection of breast cancer. Breast Cancer Risk Factors […]

Senior Citizens Day

Happy National Senior Citizens Day! We thank and salute you for your sacrifice, love, support, and encouragement, especially to the younger generation. We look to you for sense of purpose and guidance. Now, Therefore, I, Ronald Reagan, President of the United States of America, do hereby proclaim August 21st, 1988, as National Senior Citizens Day. […]

Shark Week

The annual obsession with Shark Week arrives at Tuscan Gardens®. For those who have no idea about Shark Week, here’s a brief history: Shark Week is TV programming at Discovery Channel devoted to sharks. It is the longest-running cable television event in history. It grew in popularity and is broadcasted in over 72 countries. (via […]

Virtual Dementia Tour

Virtual Dementia Tour® is a specially designed patented sensory tool and instruction based on research conducted by P.K. Beville, M.S., a specialist in geriatrics and the founder of Second Wind Dreams® – a stimulation experience that gives caregivers and health professionals an inside view of what it’s like living with dementia. Caring for a loved […]

What is Memory Care

When a senior is diagnosed with Alzheimer’s, dementia or other cognitive impairment, they require an attentive, safe and special care. Professional caregivers with experience interacting with memory care patients will become even more important. Memory care involves learning how to give your loved one the best support possible by managing challenges of early-onset memory care […]

Together We Can End Alzheimer’s Disease

The statistics are nothing short of alarming. Of the 79 million total Baby Boomers who are retired or retiring in the coming years, approximately 28 million are expected to develop some sort of dementia of which Alzheimer’s is the most common form. While great strides are being made around the world in this challenging field […]

Pet therapy: Llamas

We all adore pets, but when llamas come to visit, it is extra special. These big, soft, fluffy, gentle animals visited our residents last month and brought so much joy and comfort to our residents. We cannot wait to welcome them back soon. As we lose certain skills to aging, pet therapy is used to […]

Introducing Technology to Seniors

Introducing technology to seniors is vital in today’s senior living environment. We truly live in a time when more information is available on any conceivable topic than any other time in history. Being connected provides seniors with a voice and ability to make a positive social impact on all generations. Today’s senior is incredibly technologically […]

Maria’s Chicken Ricotta Soup

Among the many recipes that Grandmom Pino taught my mother, Maria Giordano, after Mom came to America as the first Italian war bride in 1944 was a delicious chicken ricotta soup which she affectionately called Sicilian soup to honor Grandmom’s birthplace near Messina, Sicily. Growing up, Sicilian soup, thickened with rice, became a trusted mainstay […]

Happy International Women’s Day

March is definitely a celebratory month for women. We are blessed to be surrounded by strong, talented, inspiring associates and residents here at Tuscan Gardens and it’s only fitting to celebrate these wonderful women on International Women’s Day. 😊❤ Fran is always spreading positivity and kindness. Pat is an amazing woman. She was married to […]

Fall prevention

Did you know that one in four older Americans fall in a significant way? And that fall is the leading cause of injury for people 65 and over? For information on fall prevention, here are some simple things you can do: If you wear glasses, make sure your prescription is up to date and that […]

Resident Spotlight: Mary!

Mary has an attitude. A positive one, of course! Mary is part of our Tuscan Gardens Family and is the embodiment of an amazing attitude. Maya Angelou wrote “if you don’t like something, change it. If you can’t change it, change your attitude.” Smart lady. As far as Mary is concerned, everything is wonderful. And […]

An Invitation To Living A Life of Purpose, Passion & Joy

Today’s seniors represent myriad backgrounds and beliefs. Every senior, regardless of background, has the right to live well. Tuscan Gardens® is fully focused on creating a resident experience that doesn’t simply address factors which relate to physical and psychological well-being, but to factors which offer the opportunity for purposeful and joyful expression. We at Tuscan […]

Maria’s Ricotta Pie

My dad, Sam Pino, was an Air Force Captain during World War II and fell in love with my mom, Maria, and brought her home – she was the first Italian war bride to come to the United States! Upon arriving, my mom learned how to cook from her new mother-in-law. Grandmom Pino taught her […]

Alzheimer’s Support Group

Caring for a loved one with Alzheimer’s disease or another form of dementia is a journey no one should have to take alone. In times of trials and triumphs, caregivers need the support of a loving community who understands their perspective. Tuscan Gardens® of Venetia Bay is excited to announce our Alzheimer’s Group ­­– a […]

Sense of Aesthetic

The Art of Living with Purpose, Passion & Joy® clamors for original art, sculpture, and photography that represent real collectibles. When we talk about history, art, elegance, grace, and finesse, the end goal is a “sense of the aesthetic” – an appreciation for the quality of the contribution that history, art, finesse, and elegance offer […]

Happy International Day of Italian Cuisine!

“As they say in Italy, Italians were eating with a knife and fork when the French were still eating each other. The Medici family had to bring their Tuscan cooks up there so they could make something edible.” — Mario Batali In honor of celebrating Italian cuisine, we’ve compiled a video filled with mouthwatering Italian […]

Resident Spotlight: Ms. Sue

There’s nothing like the aroma of fresh-baked cookies. Mmmm! Participating in culinary activities is one of the many choices in the Community. The cookie baker shown here is Ms. Sue and she’s one of our wonderful residents. Originally from Freeport, Illinois, Sue is a retired teacher who holds a doctorate in education. You can find […]

Happy 2018

Dear Friends, Happy New Year from our Tuscan Gardens® family to yours. We would like to begin 2018 by thanking our wonderful residents, associates, and suppliers for making 2017 an unforgettable year. As we dive into setting new goals for 2018, we would like to take this opportunity to reaffirm our commitment for Tuscan Gardens®. Tuscan […]

Happy Birthday, Ms. Jessie!

Wednesday, November 21st 1917 : 100 years ago. On this day: The President of the United States was Woodrow Wilson. The average home price was $5,000. The average price for a car was $400. A loaf of bread cost $0.07. Only eight percent of homes had telephones. The maximum speed limit in most cities was […]

Aftermath of Hurricane Irma

In the aftermath of Hurricane Irma, we are happy to report: Our community weathered the storm well and all residents are safe and comfortable. We did not experience power loss and all operations are continuing normally. Our staff was amazing and truly showed their leadership and abilities with Irma. The entire team at Tuscan Gardens […]

Proactive Brain Health for Seniors

We’ve all heard that the mind is a terrible thing to waste, most likely from our parents or a schoolteacher trying to persuade us into good academic standing. As kids, we probably shrugged off the warning. But as we get older and reach our retirement years, this phrase begins to carry more truth as the […]

Preventing Wandering: Management Tips for Caregivers

According to the Alzheimer’s Association®, approximately 60 percent of those living with Alzheimer’s or dementia will wander. Managing the risks of wandering requires careful observation and creative safety measures, as well as having a good emergency plan. At-Risk Wanderers: Warning Signs Your loved one has trouble locating familiar places They ask where people are Frequent […]

Preventing Wandering: Management Techniques for Caregivers

For many family caregivers of a loved one with memory loss, keeping their loved one from wandering off by themselves is part of their reality. According to the Alzheimer’s Association®, approximately 60 percent of those living with Alzheimer’s or dementia will wander. Confusion or disorientation, mood swings and other symptoms of the disease can convince […]

Tips on Positive Coping Techniques for Caregiver Stress

The demands of caregiving can be a lot to bear. If caregivers don’t take the time to care for themselves, too, the consequences could be damaging for everyone involved. It’s important to know how to recognize caregiver stress and learn positive coping techniques for relieving it. Signs of caregiver stress include feeling overwhelmed and constantly […]

Positive Coping Techniques for Caregiver Stress

According to the Mayo Clinic, nearly 80% of long-term care in the United States is provided by informal caregivers such as a spouse, adult child or close friend. If you’re caring for an aging loved one, you’re not alone. But just because the role of family caregiver is increasingly common doesn’t make the job any […]

Laying the Foundation: Tips for Creating Your Plan for Senior Care

For any adult nearing retirement age, it’s never too soon to make plans about your future care. Even if your health never declines to the point of needing support, having a plan can offer priceless peace of mind for you and your family. There’s a lot to consider when it comes to making plans about […]

Laying the Foundation: Creating Your Plan for Senior Care

For any adult nearing retirement age, it’s never too soon to make plans for your future care. While we would all like to imagine retirement life free from the necessity of long-term care, in reality approximately two-thirds of people ages 65 and older will require long-term care in some form, according to AARP. Every older […]

Is It Normal Aging or Early Memory Loss?: Tips to Know the Difference

Many symptoms of early memory loss can look a lot like normal aging. Without understanding diseases like Alzheimer’s and dementia, it can be hard to tell the difference. If you suspect that you or a loved one might be exhibiting early signs of memory loss, consider these comparisons between memory loss and normal aging: 1. […]

Is It Normal Aging or Early Memory Loss?: How to Know the Difference

Many symptoms of early memory loss can look a lot like normal aging. Without understanding diseases like Alzheimer’s and dementia, it can be hard to tell the difference. Unlike normal aging, where a few forgetful moments are commonplace, the symptoms of Alzheimer’s disease completely disrupt a person’s daily life. In addition to memory problems, seniors […]

Tips for Seniors: The Importance of Fall Prevention

According to the National Council on Aging, falls are the leading cause of injury for older adults. Even when a fall doesn’t result in a serious injury, it can still have negative consequences for an individual’s quality of life. The fear of falling can cause poor physical health, social isolation, feelings of helplessness or depression. […]

The Importance of Fall Prevention for Seniors

“Often, we think an accident will never happen to us,” says Nancy Clanton, Community Relations Director at Tuscan Gardens® of Venetia Bay in Venice, Florida. “Many seniors think that they won’t suffer a serious fall, or that fall prevention is just common sense. But as we see time and again, accidents can happen to any […]

Benefits of Embracing Humor as a Caregiver

When we think about caring for an ill or aging loved one, humor and laughter are not words that typically come to mind. Rather, we think about responsibility, stress and sacrifice. We generally approach caregiver health with serious self-care practices that reflect the serious nature of our caregiving role. But, something as simple and natural […]

Tips for Embracing Humor as a Caregiver

Although you probably won’t see it written on any prescription, humor has numerous benefits for our physical and mental health. According to caregiver expert and author Sherri Snelling, multiple scientific studies have proven the benefits of humor and laughter since the late 70s, when laughter was first recognized as a legitimate form of self-healing. Key […]

Tips for a Healthy & Successful Visit with a Person with Memory Loss

Memory care specialists agree; those living with Alzheimer’s disease and other forms of memory loss benefit greatly from social interaction. If you have a friend or loved one living with Alzheimer’s disease or dementia, learning about their condition is a great first step toward spending time with them successfully. Experts in memory care, as well […]

Make Their Day: Preparing for a Healthy & Successful Visit with a Person with Memory Loss

Memory care specialists agree: Those living with Alzheimer’s disease and other forms of memory loss benefit greatly from social interaction. Visits from friends and family members who engage them in conversation help to promote cognitive functioning and emotional health, even if they don’t clearly recognize their visitor. However, the possibility that they won’t be remembered […]

Tips on Holistic Treatments for Memory Loss

Leading memory care communities are turning to holistic methods of memory loss treatments for several reasons, including evidence-based proof in their success as well as their ability to enhance daily life. Consider the following: Fewer Medications – Holistic therapies can sometimes eliminate the need for certain medications, such as anti-depressants. Fewer medications mean fewer unwanted […]

Holistic Treatments for Memory Loss

While research is still working to find a cure for Alzheimer’s disease and other forms of dementia and memory loss, experts have discovered remarkable benefits of holistic methods for treating the symptoms of Alzheimer’s disease. From music therapy to sensory stimulation and more, memory care teams are turning to holistic treatments to engage and encourage […]

Tips for Managing Everyday Challenges of Memory Loss

If your loved one is living with Alzheimer’s disease or another form of memory loss, everyday tasks can become challenging. As their memory loss progresses, the brain loses many of the basic abilities it needs to perform the simple functions involved in self- care. This is just one of the many reasons why your role […]

Managing Everyday Challenges for Your Loved One with Memory Loss

If your loved one is living with Alzheimer’s disease or another form of memory loss, everyday tasks can become challenging. As their memory loss progresses, the brain loses many of the basic abilities it needs to perform the simple functions involved in self-care. This is just one of the many reasons why your role as […]

Tips for Estate Planning: 3 Ways to Avoid Probate

For many of us, the legacy we leave to future generations matters a great deal, so it’s important that your estate plans ensure your surviving loved ones get the most out of their inheritance. One of the best ways to do that is to avoid the time and costs involved in probate court. Probate is […]

Estate Planning Considerations: 3 Ways to Avoid Probate

If you are in your retirement years, it’s likely that you’ve already started to consider your estate planning options. For many of us, the legacy we leave to future generations matters a great deal, so it’s important that your estate plans ensure your surviving loved ones get the most out of their inheritance. One of […]

Tips on Finding the Funds to Pay for Senior Living

While many seniors just look to their personal savings to determine whether they can afford to move to a senior living community or receiving care at home, there are many other places to find available funds. A number of resources for those seeking to pay for senior living include: Real Estate Solutions – Often, seniors’ equity […]

Finding the Funds to Pay for Senior Living

For seniors aspiring to a carefree retirement lifestyle at a senior living community, or families searching for the best living options for their older loved ones, there is a growing number of communities available today offering independent living, assisted living and memory care services. Most leading senior living communities offer a range of services and […]

Tips for Creating an End-of-Life Plan

Putting together a good end-of-life plan long before you need it can both ensure all your wishes are honored and protect your loved ones from the emotional hardships that could accompany any difficult decisions they’re forced to make. Even if some of your end-of-life plans are never used, the comfort of knowing they’re ready if […]

3 Important Pieces for Your End-of-Life Plan

If you or a loved one is advancing in age, end-of-life planning may not be your first choice for how to spend your time and energy. However, having an end-of-life plan in place can give seniors and their families immense peace of mind for years to come. According to senior living specialist and Community Relations […]

Tips for Encouraging Independence in Your Aging Loved One

We all want our parents to live as independently as possible for as long as possible. Yet, even when your loved one is in full health, the aging process can naturally slow them down and make everyday tasks more difficult. When it comes to maintaining independence, four aspects of our daily lives play a vital […]

How to Encourage Independence in Your Aging Loved One

We all want our parents to live as independently as possible for as long as possible. Yet, even when your loved one is in full health, the aging process can naturally slow them down and make everyday tasks more difficult. Combatting aging’s decrease in strength and energy is the key to helping older adults remain […]

Tips for Understanding Elder Law and Legal Planning

Although we would like to think that we’ll always be able to take care of ourselves, we never know what each day will bring. Legal plans offer seniors and their loved ones security and peace of mind from knowing that whatever the future holds has already been taken care of. Some of the most important […]

Understanding Elder Law & The Importance of Legal Planning

Even for seniors in near-perfect health, legal planning should be a top item on their to-do list. Before a crisis makes getting your affairs in order a stressful, urgent matter, older adults should consider their elder law options for protecting their assets, finances and personal health for the future. “It’s never too soon to start […]

Tips on Upsizing Your Senior Living Lifestyle: A New Perspective on Downsizing

Downsizing often brings to mind thoughts about decluttering, packing, moving hassles, selling your home. However, many who have made the move to a senior living community have experienced life-changing benefits. Here are just a few you can expect to experience when you downsize to a senior living community: No More Maintenance – Keeping up with […]

How to Upsize Your Senior Living Lifestyle: A New Perspective on Downsizing

For seniors looking to downsize to a senior living community, the process of moving out of their family home can be bittersweet. It’s not always easy to leave a house that holds so many memories. Yet, beyond nostalgia’s powerful tug, downsizing presents new possibilities for those looking for a simpler, more manageable retirement lifestyle. Our […]

Tips for Demystifying Resistance in Loved Ones with Dementia

When older adults without memory problems refuse care or assistance, we can usually infer their behavior is caused by embarrassment or the fear of losing independence. Adding dementia to the mix, and the loss of cognitive abilities it causes, the reasons for resistive behavior become more complex. Several reasons why dementia causes loved ones to […]

Demystifying Resistance to Care in Loved Ones with Dementia

As a caregiver of a loved one with Alzheimer’s disease or another form of dementia, you work hard to constantly learn new ways of offering support and assistance with their daily struggles and challenges. But what do you do when they refuse your help? The best laid plans of a caregiver can derail quickly when […]

Tips on Dementia: A 360° View of Alzheimer’s Disease

When a family member is diagnosed with dementia, the dynamics of life change for everyone who loves and cares for them. So how does a family deal with the life-altering effects of a loved one’s dementia? It helps to know what to expect. Learning how Alzheimer’s will affect your loved one, yourself and the rest […]

Dementia 360: A Complete View of Alzheimer’s Disease

When a family member is diagnosed with dementia, the dynamics of life change for everyone who loves and cares for them. Unlike other physical conditions, Alzheimer’s disease and other types of dementia interfere with who a person is: how they act, what they say, who they remember. These changes ripple through the entire family, impacting […]

Tips for Coping with Dementia-Related Sleep Problems

Sleep problems are a common symptom of Alzheimer’s disease and other dementias, causing a person to be drowsy during the day, wake up at night or feel restless irritation known as sundowning. If you figure out what symptoms or side effects are causing sleep issues, you can take steps to eliminate them as much as […]

Uncover the Causes & Coping Methods for Dementia-Related Sleep Problems

As a caregiver of a loved one with dementia, getting enough sleep is crucial to staying healthy and energized in order to provide the care your loved one needs. However, if your loved one isn’t sleeping well, chances are that neither are you. Sleep problems are a common symptom of Alzheimer’s disease and other dementias. […]

Tips for Maintaining a High-Nutrient Diet for a Loved One with Dementia

For those living with a cognitive disease like dementia, it can be difficult to maintain a diet that gives them the nutrients they need to stay healthy. According to the Alzheimer’s Association, the three most common factors that lead to eating problems and the lack of a nutritious diet are poor appetite, loss of daily […]

How to Maintain a High-Nutrient Diet for A Loved One with Dementia

For those living with a progressive cognitive disease like dementia, it can be difficult to maintain a diet that gives them the nutrients they need to stay healthy. The symptoms of progressive memory loss, such as agitation, forgetfulness and the eventual loss of basic skills can make eating well a challenge. However, with the proper […]

Tips for Dementia & Driving: What to Do When Your Loved One Should Hang up the Keys

Driving requires good judgment, quick decision-making and fast reaction time. Unfortunately, dementia gradually diminishes these abilities, making it hard or impossible for individuals with the disease to accomplish complex tasks. If you’re concerned about your loved one’s ability to drive, helping them transition from the driver’s seat is the best thing you can do to […]

Dementia & Driving: What to Do When Your Loved One Should Hang up the Keys

When you’re caring for a loved one with Alzheimer’s disease or another form of dementia, ensuring their safety is a top priority. Some safety measures, such as securing their home or checking in frequently, are subtle in nature and make it easier for your loved one to continue enjoying their independent lifestyle. Telling them it’s […]

Tips for Combatting Depression in Those with Dementia

Out of the estimated 5.4 million people with Alzheimer’s disease or other forms of dementia, approximately forty percent suffer from depression and its debilitating symptoms. Usually, depression occurs in the early and middle stages of Alzheimer’s, when symptoms are beginning to present themselves and the individual has to learn to cope with the cognitive changes […]

Dementia & Depression: How to Combat the Difficult Combination

For those living with Alzheimer’s disease and other forms of dementia, the chances of experiencing depression are significantly higher than their cognitively healthy peers. Out of the estimated 5.4 million people with Alzheimer’s, approximately forty percent suffer from depression and its debilitating symptoms. That equates to just over 2 million seniors struggling to deal with […]

Tips on Coordinating a Team for Your Loved One’s Care

Providing full-time care for an aging parent or loved one is not easy to do without help. Especially if that loved one has a chronic health condition or suffers from a degenerative disease such as Alzheimer’s, the responsibility of ensuring a loved one’s health and well-being can be too much to bear alone. For family […]

It Takes a Village: Coordinating a Team for Your Loved One’s Care

The phrase, “it takes a village,” is often used in reference to raising children. It implies that rearing a child is so complex a task that accepting support from the people and resources around you is not only necessary, but natural. The same idea can also be applied seamlessly to the task of caring for […]

Maintaining Independence Through a Home Safety Plan

Most seniors agree that living independently in their homes as long as possible is a priority for their ideal lifestyle. This is often an attainable goal for healthy seniors, but for those who have mobility limitations, chronic illness or experience cognitive decline, staying safe at home may require more effort and supervision from the person’s […]

Tips on Maintaining Independence Through a Home Safety Plan

For seniors who have mobility limitations, chronic illness or experience cognitive decline, staying safe at home may require more effort and supervision from the person’s family members. If living on their own is a priority for your loved one, creating a home safety plan can help both of you sleep better at night knowing plans […]

Tips for Keeping Your Diabetes Under Control with Diet & Exercise

Experts tell us that there is no true ‘diabetic diet. Watching what you eat every day, balancing out carbohydrates, sugars, and fats throughout your meals and making smart choices at the dining table is the best way to keep your diabetes under control. Combine a balanced diet with the benefits of exercise and weight loss, […]

Keeping Your Diabetes Under Control: Simple Steps with Diet & Exercise

One of the most commonly misunderstood lifestyle changes among diabetics is their diet. Myths abound claiming they need to cut out sugar and carbs completely; yet, keeping your type 2 diabetes under control doesn’t have to involve depriving yourself of your favorite foods. In fact, living well with diabetes can be as simple as eating […]

Tips for Keeping Your Spouse Safe Through Challenging Dementia-Related Behaviors

If you’re caring for a spouse in mid- to late-stage dementia, you can prioritize their safety by learning about and managing the most challenging behaviors that can accompany the disease. While memory loss alone can lead to dangerous situations, dementia causes many other serious symptoms that influence behavior. Wandering – People with dementia can easily […]

Danger & Dementia: Keeping Your Spouse Safe Through Challenging Behaviors

In the middle and later stages of dementia, symptoms often develop beyond occurrences of mild memory loss, confusion and cognitive difficulties into behaviors that are challenging for caregivers to handle. These challenging behaviors are not only strenuous on the caregiver, but they also have a greater risk of threatening a loved one’s safety. “Being a […]

Tips for Turning Your Loved One’s Life into a Celebration

After an Alzheimer’s diagnosis, the last thing to cross a family member’s mind is a celebration. However, as many individuals and families have discovered, one effective way of coping with degenerative disease or terminal illness is through positivity and gratitude for what we have. Whether you’re honoring family milestones or simply cherishing time spent together, […]

Turning Life into a Celebration for Your Loved One with Alzheimer’s

After an Alzheimer’s diagnosis, the last thing to cross a family member’s mind is celebration. However, as many individuals and families have discovered, one effective way of coping with degenerative disease or terminal illness is through positivity and gratitude for what we have. How we choose to live is still within our control, even if […]

What to Expect When You’re Caregiving: The Effects of Caregiving on Everyday Life

When you first enter a caregiving role, it can be hard to imagine how your new responsibilities might change your daily life. If you’re caring for a parent or spouse, facing their chronic illness or declining health involves a daily emotional cost that can put a strain on family caregivers more than professional ones. This […]

Tips on Anticipating Caregiving’s Effects on Your Life

It doesn’t come as much surprise that caring for the health and well-being of another person affects almost every aspect of your life. You will serve both yourself and your loved one best if you’re prepared for the kind of life-altering commitment you’re making. Just like other major life transitions, becoming a full-time caregiver brings […]

Show Yourself Some Love: Practicing Self-Care as a Family Caregiver

When you become a caregiver of someone you love, the priorities in your life are sure to shift. Those who are caring for a parent often juggle careers, household chores, raising children and other obligations along with the responsibilities of caregiving. With all of these important duties demanding their attention, caregivers often neglect their own […]

Tips for Practicing Self-Care as a Family Caregiver

When you become a caregiver of someone you love, the priorities in your life are sure to shift. Those who are caring for a parent often juggle careers, household chores, raising children and other obligations along with the responsibilities of caregiving. With all of these important duties demanding their attention, caregivers often neglect their own […]

Recognizing Caregiver Stress & Depression: Tips for Avoiding Burnout

Caring for an ill or aging loved one can be a rewarding experience. Most people consider helping a loved one during their time of need as a noble and selfless responsibility. However, ongoing selflessness can easily lead to poor self-care, physical illness and emotional burnout, especially if the loved one in your care is suffering […]

Tips for Recognizing Caregiver Stress & Avoiding Depression and Burnout

If you’re busy caring for a loved one, you may become so focused on providing care that it may be difficult to realize or admit that you truly are experiencing harmful levels of stress. Even for the most resilient and capable individuals, caring for someone close to you involves challenging emotional elements to which no […]

Tips for Utilizing Respite Care: Benefits for Caregivers and Loved Ones

When caring for a loved one becomes your top priority, everything else – catching up with friends, doing what brings you joy, caring for your own health – is often pushed to the wayside. What many family caregivers don’t realize is that it is possible to take care of your loved one and still enjoy […]

Respite: A Period of Renewal for You and Your Loved One

If your older loved one requires daily assistance with everyday tasks, stepping into the role of their caregiver becomes a full-time commitment, especially if they are living with a chronic illness or degenerative disease, such as Alzheimer’s or Parkinson’s. When caring for a loved one becomes your top priority, everything else – catching up with […]

Communication Techniques For Loved Ones With Memory Loss

When a loved one has memory loss, it affects your entire family. A loved one who isn’t able to remember people or talk about cherished memories is painful to experience. To make communication more positive and fulfilling, there has to be a change in the way you communicate with your loved one with memory loss. […]

Tips For Communicating With Loved Ones With Memory Loss

Communication with a loved one who has memory loss is a bit different than communicating with someone who doesn’t. Small changes in speech patterns and wording will make your messages more clear to your loved one and will make conversations much easier for both to participate. Communication Changes: Stay calm. Don’t sound frantic or stressed […]

Tips for Recognizing the Signs of Alzheimer’s Disease

With the increasing prevalence of Alzheimer’s disease in our population, it’s more important than ever to make families aware of early symptoms of this disease. The sooner the disease is detected and diagnosed, the sooner a loved one can start receiving the proper care, including guidance in how to best plan for the future. Recognizing […]

Beyond Normal Aging: Knowing the Signs of Alzheimer’s Disease

It’s a sad fact that so many Alzheimer’s cases are left undiagnosed because the symptoms of memory loss are often misjudged as a normal part of “getting old.” Unlike normal aging, where a few forgetful moments are commonplace, the symptoms of Alzheimer’s disease completely disrupt a person’s daily life. In addition to memory loss, seniors […]

How to Avoid Senior Scams

Scams can come in all forms: through the Internet, phones calls and even from door-to-door con artists posing as salesmen. Unfortunately, senior citizens are a targeted group because they’ve had more time to accumulate wealth. Some scams are obvious but others can seem legitimate. “It’s hard to believe people would take advantage of the elderly […]

Tips for Avoiding Senior Scams

Seniors are often targets for con artists and scams because of their wealth. Whether it’s through the phone, sent through the mail or email, scammers will try to get personal and financial information for their own gain. Knowing different types of scams and how to avoid them will help seniors protect their personal identities and […]

Tips for Families on Coping with Their Loved One’s Alzheimer’s

Alzheimer’s disease affects everyone it comes in contact with, especially the close family members of a person with the disease. Families facing an Alzheimer’s diagnosis should help each other – and consequently their loved one – by sharing information about the disease, taking on the tasks of caregiving and finding sources of support throughout this […]

Alzheimer’s Effects on the Family: Coping with Difficult Emotions

As anyone with a loved one with Alzheimer’s can tell you, the disease (or any other form of dementia) is a family diagnosis. The effects of the disease extend beyond the individual to their primary caregiver and everyone who loves them. As a loved one slowly faces the increasing challenges of memory loss, family members […]

Understanding Alzheimer’s Basics: Caregiver Tips

At the time of diagnosis, individuals and their families facing Alzheimer’s may be unaware of its wide range of symptoms and how the disease will impact their daily lives. The first step any family should take is to learn as much as they possibly can about the disease to prepare themselves for the behavioral changes, […]

Alzheimer’s 101: Understanding the Basics

According to the Alzheimer’s Association, more than 5.3 million Americans are affected by Alzheimer’s disease. Despite its unfortunately high prevalence, very few gain a full understanding of the disease until it hits close to home. At the time of diagnosis, individuals and their families may be unaware of the wide range of symptoms and how […]

10 Tips for When Seniors Should Update Their Estate Plan

Many seniors don’t realize that they need to update their plans as time goes by. As major life events occur, or tax laws change, you should update your estate plan to reflect those changes. Otherwise, your family could be left to hash out the complications of outdated instructions. In the simplest terms, whenever your family […]

10 Reasons for Seniors to Update Their Estate Plan

By retirement age, most adults have established an estate plan, complete with trusts and a living will, to protect their assets and provide for their families when they’re no longer around. However, financial advisors and elder law experts agree that far too many seniors fail to keep their estate plans up-to-date as changes occur in […]

Tips on 10 Common Myths About Senior Living

Most of us have our own ideas about what senior living communities are like. Many believe that “senior living community” is interchangeable with the term “nursing home,” but they are in fact two very different options for older adults. Senior living today focuses greatly on the ideal senior lifestyle and offer seniors so much more […]

10 Common Myths About Senior Living

Most of us have our own ideas about what senior living communities are like. Many believe that “senior living community” is interchangeable with the term “nursing home,” but they are in fact two very different options for older adults. While many leading senior living communities do provide higher level healthcare services and assistance found in […]

Tips for Keeping the Home Safe for Those with Dementia

As Alzheimer’s disease progresses, the cognitive changes your loved one experiences can cause greater risks to their safety at home. Additionally, the physical, behavioral and sensory symptoms of their condition may put them in dangerous situations. If your loved one still resides at home, either alone or with family, it’s important to recognize the effects […]

How to Keep the Home Safe for Those with Dementia

As Alzheimer’s disease progresses, the cognitive changes your loved one experiences can cause greater risks to their safety at home. Additionally, the physical, behavioral and sensory symptoms of their condition may put them in dangerous situations. If your loved one still resides at home, either alone or with family, it’s important to recognize the effects […]

Tips for Supporting Independence and Dignity: When Moving to Assisted Living is Helpful

For aging loved ones, living on their own can come with risks and limitations that ultimately take away from their personal independence and dignity. When preparing meals, bathing or getting dressed become difficult and exhausting, seniors’ overall health and quality of life suffer and the threats to their safety at home gradually increase the risk […]

Supporting Independence & Dignity: When Moving to Assisted Living Is Helpful

A common myth surrounding assisted living communities is the idea that one’s independence is lost when they make the move. Those faced with the transition from their home to a community often fear the loss of choices, possibilities and privacy, wondering how much of their previous lives they’ll be able to take with them. “At […]

Tips for Dining with Dementia

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Dining with Dementia: Making Mealtimes Easier for Loved Ones with Memory Loss

As dementia progresses, declining cognitive abilities make it difficult for a person to perform everyday tasks, such as eating. Especially in the later stages of the disease, those with memory loss can have trouble using utensils, chewing, swallowing and communicating their preferences or problems. Not only do these issues make for a difficult time at […]

Tips for Benefitting from Therapeutic Gardening

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How Seniors Reap the Benefits of Therapeutic Gardening

You don’t have to be an expert to recognize the profound effects nature has on our bodies and spirits. Simply being outside in the fresh air and sunshine provides a sense of mental clarity and overall well-being. Nonetheless, experts have done significant research on our interaction with the natural world, recording the evidence of its […]

Engaging Every Day: Tips for Planning Activities for a Loved One with Alzheimer’s

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Engaging Every Day: Planning Activities for a Loved One with Alzheimer’s

As Alzheimer’s progresses and skills and abilities diminish, the person living with the disease may start to suffer from feelings of worthlessness or isolation, expressing their frustration and restlessness with difficult behavior. For those caring for a loved one with Alzheimer’s or another form of dementia, finding ways to lessen these feelings can be a […]

Tips on Social Benefits for Seniors

For many older adults, the opportunities for social activities often diminish along with health and energy. A lack of connection with others can lead to poor emotional health, high blood pressure and a decline in physical health, making socialization just as important as any other facet of maintaining a healthy lifestyle. In addition to combating […]

The Importance of Senior Socialization and Connections

For many older adults, the opportunities for social activities often diminish along with health and energy. As illness or mobility troubles limit what they can do, their risk of isolation increases. Connecting with others who love us and share similar interests is important at any age, but for seniors, whose lifestyles may lessen their social […]

Tips for Deciding When It’s Time for Memory Care

Due to the progressive nature of Alzheimer’s disease, families often have difficulty knowing when their loved one has reached the point of needing professional memory care. In addition, they often struggle with conflicting emotions of guilt and relief when thinking about letting go of their caregiver roles. By the middle stages of the disease, 24-hour […]

When to Make the Move to Memory Care

By nature, Alzheimer’s disease is progressive and degenerative. Cognitive changes occur gradually, and symptoms emerge slowly. Because of this, families often have difficulty knowing when their loved one with Alzheimer’s has reached the point of needing professional memory care. Sometimes, caregivers have a hard time realizing that their loved one’s needs are beyond what they […]

Tips for Caregivers: What to Look for in an Assisted Living Community

When it comes to choosing an assisted living community for your loved one, not only do you want the community to meet their physical and healthcare needs with professionalism, but you also want your loved one to experience the best quality of life possible. Put most simply, the right community will allow your loved one […]

Finding Home: What to Look for in an Assisted Living Community

If your parent or loved one requires the daily support of assisted living, then you understand the complexity of finding the right community for them to call home. Not only do you want their assisted living community to meet their physical and healthcare needs with professionalism, but you also want them to experience the best […]

Tips About Tuscan Garden’s Signature Lifestyle

Tuscan Gardens® at Venetia Bay in Venice, Florida, is going to change your perspective on senior living. This community was created to offer a signature lifestyle that elevates every aspect of every day — accommodations, décor, dining, programming, and care — to new heights of luxury, personalization, and excellence. But more importantly, it was created […]

Introducing Tuscan Garden’s Signature Lifestyle

Tuscan Gardens® at Venetia Bay in Venice, Florida, is going to change your perspective on senior living. In fact, when you think of the term “senior living,” what comes to mind? A “facility” that is more institutional than homelike? Impersonal furnishings and décor? Seniors gathered around a TV or playing bingo? Cold, stark cafeterias serving […]

Tuscan Gardens® to Develop Luxury Senior Living Community in Palm Coast

PALM COAST, FL: Tuscan Gardens® Senior Living has announced its expansion plans to develop a new senior living community in the city of Palm Coast. Offering Independent Living, Assisted Living and Memory Care, Tuscan Gardens of Palm Coast will welcome residents to enjoy The Art of Living. With the purpose of creating a continuum of […]

Sarasota-Bradenton-North Port Ranks No. 1 in ‘Well-Being’ Nationwide

The North Port-Sarasota-Bradenton area ranked as the best place in the country for overall well-being in 2014, even ahead of Honolulu, a recent survey found. View full article here.

The 25 Best Places To Retire in 2014

Retirement is one of those chances in life to do something really different. With kids usually out of the house, many people look at it as an opportunity to move to a place that better fits their likings and budget — somewhere affordable that’s warmer (or colder), more rural (or urban), with good medical care […]