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MorningStar Proudly Welcomes Vets

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MorningStar at Jordan Creek is pleased to provide families with ideas for additional financial solutions beyond traditional retirement savings and investment income to help pay for assisted living.On our website, you will find extensive information on several under-utilized financial benefits and resources including a full explanation of the generous “Aid & Attendance” pension from the US Department of Veteran Affairs. Aid & Attendance is a monthly benefit payment available to certain wartime veterans and their survivors who qualify for financial need and have a doctor’s order for regular assistance with daily living activities.To be eligible, the vet must have served for at least 90 days of active duty with at least one of those days spent serving during a period of a foreign war.Furthermore the vet cannot have been dishonorably discharged.The benefit does not require the vet to have served overseas, seen combat or retired from the military.Surviving spouses of the vet are als…

Questions Seniors Should Ask at a Doctor’s Appointment

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Most of us have walked out of our doctor’s office and quickly thought of a question we wished we had asked the doctor.  We know that doctors are busy and our time with them is short, but the medical profession says it is important for seniors to proactively communicate with their health care providers and control the appointment. 
They recommend putting together a list of questions you want to ask before your next visit.  This can help to give you a better understanding of your medical conditions and improve your ability to self-manage them.  You should also bring a list of all of the prescription drugs, over-the-counter drugs, and vitamins and supplements you are currently taking.
General questions to ask include: ·Are my medications still appropriate to my condition and should the dosage be lowered or increased?  ·How are my blood pressure, cholesterol and glucose levels? ·What type of exercise do you recommend for someone my age? ·Is my weight a problem? ·What steps should I take to imp…

Falls are the Leading Cause of Injuries for Seniors

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We know that falls can be dangerous, and in fact, they are the leading cause of fatal and non-fatal injuries for older Americans.  The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention’s (CDC) statistics state that one-quarter of Americans age 65 years and older fall each year.  They report that, “every 11 seconds, an older adult is treated in the emergency room for a fall; every 19 minutes, an older adult dies from a fall.”
However, there are several risk factors that can be addressed that may help prevent falls.  The National Institute of Health (NIH) explains that it is not only chronic health conditions that lead to falls but also safety hazards within or around a senior’s home.
The NIH cites muscle weakness, especially in the legs, along with a lack of flexibility and endurance as a significant risk factor that puts seniors at risk for a fall.  Another factor increasing risk is an unsteady gait when walking as well as poor balance, which can be contributed to chronic health problems and …

The MorningStar Team has a Calling to Serve Seniors

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At MorningStar Assisted Living and Memory Care of Wheat Ridge, we recognize that our wonderful assortment of amenities and our beautiful surroundings are fantastic; however, we know that the real heart of our community rest in our caregivers.  We have made it a point to hire individuals who have a real calling to serve seniors and understand the magnitude of their contribution when they work at our assisted living community.    
The MorningStar team consists of a group of people who have perfected the art of anticipating the needs of our residents and going the extra mile to serve them.   Filled with compassion and care, each of our staff members has a smile for the residents and is as quick to listen to a story as they are to lend a helping hand when needed. 
In fact as part of MorningStar’s on-going commitment to the well-being and care of our residents, we train all of our new hires as well as reiterate every day with our full staff the principles of our mission.  Our Radiance progr…

For a Firsthand Look at Our Gorgeous Community - Take a Tour!

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As there is not one standard or definition for assisted living, this means that each community has its own distinct “personality” as well as offers various levels of care and services.In order to really experience each community, you need to see it firsthand.
While we understand you do not have the time to tour lots of different communities, experts suggest you narrow down a location and focus on places within that area.Now do your homework.Research should include visiting each community’s website, reading online reviews, and getting recommendations from friends, family and medical professionals. Once you do narrow down the search, be prepared to ask the right questions to ensure the community will be able to meet your loved one’s needs as well as their personality.
At MorningStar at Jordan Creek, we understand that touring our community is a very important part of making the final decision on whether we are the right choice.In fact we think it is so critical that you bring your loved …

Early Diagnosis of Alzheimer’s Could Save the Nation Trillions of Dollars

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The Alzheimer’s Association recently released their “2018 Alzheimer’s Disease Facts and Figures” report.  In it, it shows that for the second consecutive year the total payments to care for people with Alzheimer’s and other forms of dementia are estimated to exceed a quarter of a trillion dollars.  “The projected $277 billion total is an increase of almost $20 billion from last year. By 2050, costs are expected to surpass $1 trillion.”
The report also shows that the number of Americans who are afflicted with Alzheimer is growing every year.  It is estimated that 5.7 million people in our country have Alzheimer’s and every 65 seconds someone develops the disease.  Based on those figures, the Alzheimer’s Association now predicts that 14 million people will have the disease by 2050.  These numbers are making the disease one of the most expensive in the country.
However one important point highlighted in the report is the assumption that if more people are diagnosed in the early stages of t…

Keeping Your Brain Active

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As we age, engaging in memory exercises is just important as physically excising our bodies. The Alzheimer’s Association offers recommendations on some easy ways to daily exercise our brain with activities that include reading, writing and doing crossword or other puzzles, playing games and attending events such as lectures or plays. 
They state that there are four areas we can work on to help reduce our risk of cognitive decline: physical health and exercise, diet and nutrition, cognitive activity, and social engagement.  In fact research has found that simply by keeping our brains active, we can actually increase its vitality and may even help to generate new brain cells.   
An article on the “6 simple steps to keep your mind sharp at any age” from the Harvard Health Publication outlines ways to help prevent cognitive decline and reduce your risk of dementia.  The article stresses the importance of continuing to learn as challenging our brains with mental exercises is “believed to act…