Glencroft’s New Copper Club

The Copper Club

Glencroft’s new Copper Club will be having its Grand Opening on Monday, August 12th from 11:00am-3: 00 pm. Located adjacent to Henry’s, the Copper Club will offer a menu of appetizers, non-alcoholic beverages, and soft drinks. The Copper Club will also offer evening entertainment to its Club Members. Once there are 50 memberships, the Copper Club will be open 7 days a week, from 4:00- 8:00 pm. Social Memberships will also be available to visiting family members. For an application and more detailed information, please visit the Concierge’s desk.

NOTICE: Due to safety requirements, scooters, wheelchairs, and walkers will not be permitted in the club. You must be able to transfer from your scooter, wheelchair or walker to be able to enter.

Glencroft Reaches a Historic Milestone

The Innovative School of Health Sciences partnered with Glencroft Center of Modern Aging and held a Caregiver’s class on our campus. The nine students completed 72 hours of classroom work over several weeks, attending classes twice a week for 8 hours each day.

Caregiver training at Glencroft

Tami White, an active LPN for 24 years and an instructor for 18 years, loves teaching and said that Glencroft is a good organization, with residents and staff being kind and helpful. Mike Calderon, VP of Assisted Living, welcomed people to the graduation ceremony of the first Caregiving Class. Mike talked about the good marriage between Innovative School of Heath Sciences and Glencroft. He encouraged the graduates to take the State exam and join Glencroft as full-time caregivers.

Four of the students were already working at Glencroft, in Dining Services and as an aide at Sarah’s Place. If they remain working at Glencroft for six months, after having passed the State exam, there will be an incentive from Human Resources to reward them.

Asia Rodriguez, daughter of Melissa Rodriquez who works as a Billing Specialist at Glencroft, wants to become a Nurse Practitioner and decided to start working in the field as she continues her education. She is working in Sarah’s Place.

Brandon Storey had been working with teens and adults with special needs. He wanted a change and started working at Sarah’s Place 3 months ago. He enjoys interacting with our residents, joking and bringing smiles to their faces, as well as being able to help them. He will continue at Sarah’s Place.

Catalina Ochoa worked for Dining Services at Henry’s. She was happy for the opportunity to learn new skills and be able to help people in another way. She said that working at Sarah’s Place also offers a better work schedule for her family’s needs. If you know of someone that would be interested in taking the Caregivers Class, another session will be starting mid-August.

For more information, or to apply, please visit Glencroft’s Human Resources Department. The class is limited to 10 students.

-K. Little author

Virtual Reality is Helping Seniors in 2019

Yikes!!!!! Virtual Reality.

A big problem with aging for seniors is the ability to stay mobile. As we age, mobility can become an issue, and for some seniors, this means their world shrinks considerably. Older adults might not be able to travel as they once did, which can lead them to miss out on many experiences.

Virtual reality is proving to be a tool that can address this issue to some degree. With VR, seniors can go to exotic locations, attend sporting events or concerts, visit meaningful places from the past, or experience family events that they might otherwise miss.

Glencroft Center for Modern Aging is one community that is helping to bring virtual reality to seniors. With the VR seniors can visit beautiful locations like Machu Picchu or the beaches of Maui. They can walk down the streets of their old neighborhood or visit their favorite park, and they even have access to educational experiences that can teach them about history or allow them to visit a museum.

VR THERAPY FOR DEMENTIA AND ALZHEIMER’S PATIENTS

Virtual reality can do more than open up the world for seniors that cannot travel. Research is starting to show that it can be a useful tool for the early diagnosis of dementia. Along with that, VR could potentially be used as a form of therapy that can improve the lives of patients that have these diseases.

Just the ability to experience places from the individual’s past, or to go on a virtual trip to a distant location could be beneficial for people that are living with dementia. Virtual reality also has the potential to work as a tool for cognitive training. Research has shown that VR could help make cognitive therapy more engaging and more effective.

VR FOR PAIN MANAGEMENT

Pain is another issue that can have a significant impact on the quality of life for seniors. Many seniors have to deal with chronic pain, and issues can also arise with some of the medications that may be prescribed to help seniors manage their pain.

While the neurobiological mechanisms are not clearly understood, there is a growing body of research that demonstrates the effectiveness of VR as a tool for pain management. Virtual reality has been effective in helping patients deal with pain and anxiety associated with medical procedures to treat burns, and it has also been used in a similar way to address pain and anxiety associated with cancer procedures. Beyond that, it has shown promise as a therapeutic tool for patients that live with chronic pain.

Virtual reality has great potential to improve senior care in a number of ways, but the technology has to be available for it to have an impact. As more people become aware of the benefits, it is likely that more assisted living facilities and caregivers are going to incorporate VR in strategies for senior care.

Is Storytelling Medicine for Dementia?

Did you know that storytelling is an excellent way to connect to someone living with dementia? Whether they are sharing a true memory or fictional anecdote, those who are telling the story feel valued when they are listened to. Stories are a crucial part of someone’s identity. By listening and engaging with someone as they tell theirs, it might reduce their feelings of stress and isolation and improve their social connections!When engaging in a storytelling activity, it is important to remember these do not have to be true stories and it can be equally as entertaining to simply make something up. Showing images such as of a garden or a cat and asking them a simple question such as ‘where has the cat been?’ can be a brilliant way to start.

We have highlighted some of the benefits of storytelling for someone living with dementia.

Communication

Storytelling allows us to improve communication skills and encourage social interaction. For those who may struggle to communicate and recall facts, storytelling gives them an opportunity to create fictional narratives. Without the frustration of remembering facts, through storytelling they have a platform to communicate and share memories. Even if they are not based on fact, it gives them an opportunity to fully utilize their imagination!

Connections

An important part of caring for someone living with dementia is to connect to that person and understand their likes and dislikes. . Storytelling enables us to create bonds and learn more about that person.

Mood

When living with dementia it is common for people to become withdrawn which can lead to depression and isolation. The act of sitting down with someone and hearing their memories, telling a story or making one up together can help to improve mood dramatically.  For someone living with dementia, expressing themselves through a story can help improve self esteem allowing them to feel valued and also have a sense of accomplishment. By doing so can also support the building of social connections, ultimately leading to reduction of loneliness.

Relaxation

Reminiscence activities such as recalling memories through storytelling have been shown to bring delight and help soothe or recall warm memories. Discussing something or someone that is familiar to that person can help draw out memories and aid relaxation. Showing an image of the seaside to someone who lived by the sea or visited for holidays can be a great way to initiate conversations, relax and reminisce with that person.  When taking part in a storytelling activity, it is important that the environment is set up correctly. Ruling out loud noises or distraction and making the room setting as comfortable as possible contributes to the ideal, relaxed atmosphere!

Storytelling removes the pressure for someone living with dementia to remember accurate facts which could ordinarily lead to frustration. Giving someone a platform to imagine and create stories not only has  cognitive benefits, but also helps to improve social interactions and mood. Try out storytelling with your loved one by using different techniques such as showing images of places or people or listening to nostalgic music to help spark memories and imagination.

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By 2020, one in four Arizonans will be over the age of 60. 

Arizona is entering a truly exciting time. We are moving forward to establish Arizona as a leading innovator in the biosciences, and investing in our children’s education and the economy of tomorrow. We are indeed preparing for the future, and a key part of that is preparing for the shift in population that will take place in the future.

Over the next 15 years, the average age of Arizona’s population will steadily rise. In fact, by 2020, one in four Arizonans will be over the age of 60.  A significant change in our population’s age will present many challenges, I see it as an opportunity to build today the framework for a robust economy of tomorrow that accommodates older workers and consumers and to promote more active and healthy communities. It is an opportunity to make Arizona a better place to live – for young and old alike.

Americans are Embracing Mobile Technology at a Rapid Pace

Four-in-ten seniors now own smartphones, more than double the share that did so in 2013

With smartphone ownership in the U.S. more than doubling in the past five years, Americans are embracing mobile technology at a rapid pace. And while adoption rates among seniors continue to trail those of the overall population, the share of adults ages 65 and up who own smartphones has risen 24 percentage points (from 18% to 42%) since 2013. Today, roughly half of older adults who own cell phones have some type of smartphone; in 2013, that share was just 23%.

Smartphone ownership among seniors varies substantially by age: 59% of 65- to 69-year-olds own smartphones, but that share falls to 49% among 70- to 74-year-olds. Smartphone adoption drops off considerably among adults in their mid-70s and beyond. Some 31% of 75- to 79-year-olds say they own smartphones, while only 17% of those ages 80 and older are smartphone owners.

Smartphone ownership is also highly correlated with household income and educational attainment. Fully 81% of older Americans whose annual household income is $75,000 or more say they own smartphones, compared with 27% of those living in households earning less than $30,000 a year. Additionally, around two-thirds of seniors with bachelor’s or advanced degrees report owning smartphones (65%), compared with 45% of those who have some college experience and 27% of those who have high school diplomas or less.

Seniors in these high-adoption groups have seen the largest growth in smartphone ownership in recent years. Since 2013, smartphone adoption among older adults who live in households earning $75,000 or more a year has increased by 39 percentage points; those with at least bachelor’s degrees, as well as those who are ages 65 to 69, have each seen a 30-point increase in smartphone adoption over that time.

Machine Learning and Data Intelligence for Better Senior Care

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Collecting and making use of data in your senior care practices can be good for a number of compelling reasons:

1. It helps you understand caregiver’s strengths better.

Every caregiver who works for you is unique. Recognizing their particular strengths and weaknesses can help you assign them the roles they’ll perform best. If one of your employees is especially good with people with Alzheimer’s while another possesses the physical strength to more comfortably move patients who need physical help, then making sure they’re each assigned tasks working with the patients who can most benefit from those skills just makes sense. Data that tracks health outcomes and patient satisfaction when specific employees are teamed up with different seniors in your care will help you better see those strengths.

2. It helps you understand individual needs better.

If your company cares for a large number of seniors, staying on top of the particular conditions of each patient and understanding over a long period of time what types of care work best for them can be tricky – especially if the staff who work with them directly changes over time. Data makes the process easier. You can track over time which activities, health treatments and tactics produce the best results for each individual. Once you can better see what works for each individual in your care, you can easily provide that information to every caregiver who works with them and ensure that they receive the highest level of care each day, every time.

3. It helps you see what works best for your business.

Understanding each senior in your care on a personal level is important, but data has the extra benefit of helping you gain insights into the larger trends in what works and doesn’t in your facilities. If offering tai chi classes consistently lead to improved health outcomes, then you may have trouble figuring that out based on anecdotal evidence, but will have an easier time seeing the relationship between the two things with the help of data.

4. It helps you run your business more efficiently and make a dollar go further.

In addition to spotting the things you try that improve outcomes, data can also help you look for ways improve how efficiently your business is run. If there are initiatives or products you’ve invested in that don’t prove to be worth the cost, your data will make it easier to identify those and cut them out of the budget in the future so you can spend more on the initiatives that are working.

5. It helps you understand the needs and priorities of your residents better, so you can build out your business to better serve them.

In senior care, there’s often a disconnect between the decision makers and the seniors affected by those decisions. As hard as you may try, if you’re basing decisions on how a facility or in-home care business is run on assumptions you’ve made about what’s working or could work, you may be guessing wrong. Data that tracks what’s really happening and what residents are really thinking and feeling can bridge any disconnect that exists and enable you to confidently make decisions based on knowledge rather than just intuition.

In this social media era, some of our oldest relatives are getting left out

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In this social media era, some of our oldest relatives are getting left out of the baby-picture whirl. I found this with my own mother: While my mom is an avid Facebooker, we would keep ordering up printed pictures for Grandma. And trust me, Grandma wants to see the baby pictures. All of the baby pictures.

The 8-inch, 12.5-ounce GrandPad comes with a wireless charging dock that it sits in and that turns it into a kind of desktop.

The contact books and photo albums are all managed by a caretaking relative with a smartphone, who acts as a sort of gateway between the GrandPad user and the larger internet. All the content gets pushed to the GrandPad through the LTE connection without the user doing anything. Once the caretaker sets up the contact books, though, the GrandPad user can email and call people in it. The tablet can also only be called by people in the contact book, so the caretaker can whitelist doctors, but exclude phone scammers.

The device has powerful, front-facing speakers to act as a speakerphone, and a front-facing camera for video calling. Emails can either be tapped out on an on-screen keyboard, or dictated and sent as voice mails.

The GrandPad isn’t the kind of thing that people buy for themselves; it’s something their relatives buy for them. It’s not for older people who are fine with phones and other tablets—it’s for the technophobic and disconnected.

I can’t think of anything it really competes with. Its success will ultimately come down to whether or not it’s simple enough to appeal to users who are otherwise completely resistant to technology.

Check back for a full review soon.

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