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Senior Living Financing Options for Your Loved One

Senior Living Financing Options for Your Loved One

Senior Living Financing Options for Your Loved One

Are you worried about how your family may need to finance senior living for a loved one?

We know this can be a daunting discussion, but it doesn’t have to be. There are more options today than ever before.  We thought it would be helpful to highlight a few options for you below:

Bridge Loans: If your family has decided to sell your loved one’s home to pay for senior living, a bridge loan can help. This is a short-term loan that helps pay for assisted living until the home is sold.

Rent Out the Home: If your loved one isn’t ready to let go of their home, consider renting it. Rental payments can help cover the cost of a senior living community. And, you don’t have to deal with selling the home before transitioning to senior living.

Veterans’ Programs:
Veterans who are eligible to receive a VA pension may be eligible to receive benefits to help pay for assisted living. The Aid and Attendance Program is administered by the U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs. You can contact the regional office nearest you for more information.

Life Insurance: You can if you take advantage of what is called a ‘life settlement’. We recommend talking to your current insurance company to understand how this might be an option for you.

Long-Term Care (LTC) Insurance: LTC insurance policies cover people who have chronic conditions or disabilities requiring them to seek help for the basics of daily living. Policies differ but may help pay for care at home, in an assisted living community, or a long-term care center. Consult with a financial professional about your LTC policy details.

We recommend consulting with a financial professional about the details of these options for your family’s circumstances. Even if you think a move to a community for a loved one is a way away, knowing your options now can help you in the future.

If you have more questions or need some local resources, please give us a call at (281) 729-8800 or email us at [email protected]

Staying Connected and Making New Friends

Staying Connected and Making New Friends

Staying Connected and Making New Friends

Having a close circle of trusted friends makes life more enjoyable at every age. As we age, those relationships impact our mental and physical well-being even more. “Being connected to others socially is widely considered a fundamental human need — crucial to both well-being and survival,” according to Julianne Holt-Lunstad, Ph.D., professor of psychology at Brigham Young University. Approximately 42.6 million adults over age 45 in the United States are estimated to be suffering from chronic loneliness, according to AARP’s Loneliness Study.

As we go through different seasons of life, our social networks change. Seniors frequently encounter relocation or the loss of close friends and longtime neighbors. It can all add up to a senior feeling lonely and isolated.

Here are a few ideas for expanding your social network during your senior years:

  • Volunteer: Signing up for a volunteer project allows you to connect with people of all ages. Intergenerational friendships can result from volunteering your time with a youth-related cause. 

  • Take a Class: Mastering a new hobby or skill helps protect your cognitive health. If you accomplish that by taking a class, you can also enjoy the added benefit of meeting new people. Think about those things you’ve always been interested in exploring but never had time to do when you were working or raising a family. Learning a musical instrument, taking a painting or drawing class, or studying a foreign language are a few examples.

  • Physical activity: Fitness clubs and senior centers often have activities and events designed exclusively for older members. For example, taking an aquatic class for seniors can help manage the pain of arthritis while allowing you to meet new people. Tai chi, chair yoga, and walking groups are others to explore.

  • Join a club: Connecting with other seniors who share your passion for a hobby can also lead to new friendships. Your local library or area agency on aging might be able to help you find a club or organization dedicated to your favorite pastime.

Discover a plethora of indoor and outdoor activities at The Village at Sugar Land. Our residents eagerly anticipate daily activities, enjoying the company of peers. With transportation for field trips, we invite you to explore our community. Contact us at [email protected] or call 281-729-8800 for a lunch tour and feel relaxed in an activity participation with your loved one.

Keeping Your Eyes Healthy

Keeping Your Eyes Healthy

Keeping Your Eyes Healthy

Age-Related Eye and Vision Changes

After turning 60, our bodies undergo aging, increasing the risk of various eye diseases that can alter vision permanently. Early detection and treatment enhance the likelihood of maintaining good vision. Even with a stable prescription, an annual eye doctor visit encompasses more than a vision test; it aids in identifying underlying health issues. Regular screenings can catch small problems before they escalate. Schedule your yearly eye check-up to uncover potential health conditions. When did you last have your eyes examined?

Following are some common vision disorders:

  • Age-Related Macular Degeneration (AMD): An eye disease that affects the macula (the center of the light-sensitive retina at the back of the eye) and causes central vision loss. Although small, the macula is the part of the retina that allows us to see fine detail and colors. Activities like reading, driving, watching TV, and recognizing faces all require good central vision provided by the macula. While macular degeneration decreases central vision, peripheral or side vision remains unaffected. 
  • Cataracts: Cloudy or opaque areas in the normally clear lens of the eye. Depending upon their size and location, they can interfere with normal vision. Usually, cataracts develop in both eyes, but one may be worse than the other. Cataracts can cause blurry vision, decreased contrast sensitivity, decreased ability to see under low light level conditions (such as when driving at night), dulling of colors, and increased sensitivity to glare.
  • Diabetic Retinopathy: A condition that occurs in people with diabetes. It is the result of progressive damage to the tiny blood vessels that nourish the retina. These damaged blood vessels leak blood and other fluids that cause retinal tissue to swell and cloud vision. The condition usually affects both eyes. The longer a person has diabetes, the greater the risk of developing diabetic retinopathy. In addition, the instability of a person’s glucose measurements over time can impact the development and/or severity of the condition. At its most severe, diabetic retinopathy can cause blindness.
  • Dry Eye: A condition in which a person produces too few or poor-quality tears. Tears maintain the health of the front surface of the eye and provide clear vision. Dry eye is a common and often chronic problem, particularly in older adults.
  • Glaucoma: is a group of eye diseases characterized by damage to the optic nerve resulting in loss of peripheral (side) vision. It often affects both eyes, typically one eye before the other. If left untreated, glaucoma can lead to total blindness. People with a family history of glaucoma, African Americans, and older adults have a higher risk of developing the disease. Glaucoma is often painless and can have no obvious symptoms until there is a significant loss of side vision.
  • Retinal Detachment: A tearing or separation of the retina from the underlying tissue. Retinal detachment most often occurs spontaneously due to changes to the gel-like vitreous fluid that fills the back of the eye. Other causes include trauma to the eye or head, health problems like advanced diabetes, and inflammatory eye disorders. If not treated promptly, it can cause permanent vision loss.

Is Alzheimer’s Genetic?

Is Alzheimer’s Genetic?

Is Alzheimer’s Genetic?

There are two types of Alzheimer’s disease: early-onset and late-onset. Researchers believe there is a genetic component to both

The first type, early-onset Alzheimer’s, isn’t very common. It occurs in adults under the age of 65. Only 10% of all Alzheimer’s cases are early-onset. The genes that account for this type of Alzheimer’s disease are less than 1% of all cases, but for early diagnosis, they are present in 70% of cases.   

If either of your parents has these genes, your odds of developing early-onset Alzheimer’s is about fifty-fifty.

Late-onset Alzheimer’s has some mystery about it. A variety of factors contribute to it. Lifestyle, environment, and genetics are thought to play a role. A hereditary link to Alzheimer’s has been detected in connection with a risk gene. However, some people who have these genes never develop the disease. 

In short, yes, there are genetic links to Alzheimer’s disease. Keeping an eye on the signs and symptoms can help.

Many people wonder if Alzheimer’s disease runs in their family. Is it in your genes? This question isn’t easy to answer. Researchers have identified several genetic variants that are associated with Alzheimer’s and may increase or decrease a person’s risk of developing the disease. What does that mean? Let’s first learn about the role of genes.

What are Genes?

Human cells contain the instructions needed for a cell to do its job. These instructions are made up of DNA, which is packed tightly into structures called chromosomes. Each chromosome has thousands of segments called genes.

Genes are passed down from a person’s biological parents. They carry information that defines traits such as eye color and height. Genes also play a role in keeping the body’s cells healthy.

Variations in genes — even small changes to a gene — can affect the likelihood of a person developing a disease such as Alzheimer’s.

Do Genes Cause Diseases?

Permanent changes in one or more specific genes are called genetic variants. Some of these variants are quite common in the human population. While most genetic variants don’t cause diseases, some do. In some cases, a person inherits a genetic variant that will almost certainly lead to that individual developing a disease. Sickle cell anemia, cystic fibrosis, and some cases of early-onset Alzheimer’s are examples of inherited genetic disorders. However, other variants may simply increase, or even decrease, a person’s risk of developing that disease. Identifying genetic variants and their effects can help researchers uncover the most effective ways to treat or prevent diseases in an individual.

Additionally, factors such as exercise, diet, chemicals, or smoking can have positive or negative effects by changing the way certain genes work.

Precision medicine will enable researchers and doctors to predict more accurately which treatment and prevention strategies will work in particular groups of people.

Genes and Alzheimer’s Disease 

In most cases, Alzheimer’s does not have a single genetic cause. Instead, it can be influenced by multiple genes in combination with lifestyle and environmental factors. Consequently, a person may carry more than one gene or group of genes that can either increase or reduce the risk of Alzheimer’s.

Importantly, people who develop Alzheimer’s do not always have a history of the disease in their families. Still, those who have a parent or sibling diagnosed with the disease have a higher risk of developing Alzheimer’s than those without that association.

A child whose biological parent carries a genetic variant for one of these three genes has a 50/50 chance of inheriting that altered version of the gene. If the variant is inherited, the child has a very strong probability of developing Alzheimer’s before age 65 and sometimes much earlier. When someone develops Alzheimer’s before age 65, it’s known as Early-onset Alzheimer’s or sometimes Younger-onset Alzheimer’s.

We are here to help, too. If you or a loved one is dealing with Alzheimer’s or dementia, our team can help you with finding local resources and our Memory Care community at The Village at Sugar Land can help you wherever you are in your journey.

Contact us at 281-729-8800 or email [email protected]

Navigating the Digital Age: A Senior’s Guide to Embracing Technology

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Navigating the Digital Age: A Senior's Guide to Embracing Technology

In today’s fast-paced digital age, technology plays a significant role in our daily lives. From smartphones and tablets to computers and smart appliances, technology has revolutionized the way we communicate, access information, and perform everyday tasks. However, for many seniors, navigating the digital world can be intimidating and overwhelming. But fear not! Embracing technology is a journey that can lead to numerous benefits, including improved communication, access to a wealth of information, and increased independence.

Why Should Seniors Embrace Technology?

  1. Stay Connected: One of the most significant advantages of embracing technology is the ability to stay connected with loved ones, especially when physical distance separates you. Video calls, emails, and social media platforms allow seniors to bridge the gap and maintain strong relationships.

  2. Access to Information: The internet is a treasure trove of information. Seniors can use it to research health conditions, learn new hobbies, or explore the world through virtual tours. It’s like having a vast library at your fingertips.

  3. Convenience: Online shopping and banking can simplify daily tasks, making life more convenient. Seniors can have groceries delivered, pay bills online, and access entertainment without leaving the comfort of their homes.

  4. Mental Stimulation: Learning to use technology keeps the mind active and engaged. It’s an excellent way to combat cognitive decline and stay mentally sharp.

Tips for Seniors Embracing Technology

  1. Start Slow: Don’t rush. Begin with basic devices like smartphones or tablets, and gradually work your way up to more complex gadgets.

  2. Take Classes: Many community centers and libraries offer technology classes tailored for seniors. These classes can provide a supportive environment for learning.

  3. Ask for Help: Don’t be afraid to ask family members or friends for assistance. They can help set up devices, troubleshoot issues, and provide guidance.

  4. Explore Apps: There are countless apps designed specifically for seniors. These apps can help with everything from medication reminders to brain-training games.

  5. Stay Safe: Be cautious online. Learn about internet safety, avoid suspicious emails, and use strong, unique passwords for online accounts.

  6. Stay Patient: Technology can be frustrating, but don’t give up. With patience and persistence, you can overcome challenges and become tech-savvy.

Embracing technology is a journey, and like any journey, it starts with a single step. Seniors who take the time to learn about technology and incorporate it into their lives can experience increased connectivity, convenience, and mental stimulation. So, don’t hesitate to embark on this exciting adventure into the digital world. Your newfound tech skills will open up a world of possibilities and enrich your life in ways you never imagined.


Seniors’ Safety During Summer Heat Exhaustion!

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Seniors' Safety During Summer Heat Exhaustion!

Heat exhaustion can be particularly dangerous for seniors, as they are often more vulnerable to the effects of heat and may have underlying health conditions that make them more susceptible to heat-related illnesses. The ability to regulate body temperature tends to decrease with age, and seniors may have a harder time adapting to changes in temperature.

Heat exhaustion occurs when the body overheats due to prolonged exposure to high temperatures or strenuous physical activity in hot weather. It is characterized by symptoms such as heavy sweating, weakness, dizziness, headache, nausea, elevated body temperature, and rapid heartbeat. If left untreated, heat exhaustion can progress to heat stroke, a life-threatening condition.

Seniors may be at higher risk of heat exhaustion due to factors such as:

Reduced Ability to Sweat: Aging can decrease the body’s ability to sweat, which impairs its natural cooling mechanism.

Chronic Health Conditions: Seniors may have underlying medical conditions such as heart disease, diabetes, or respiratory problems that can increase their susceptibility to heat-related illnesses.

Medications: Certain medications, such as diuretics, beta-blockers, and antihistamines, can interfere with the body’s ability to cool itself or increase the risk of dehydration.

Limited Mobility: Seniors with limited mobility may have difficulty accessing cool environments or may be unable to move away from heat sources.

To help prevent heat exhaustion in seniors, consider the following measures:

  1. Stay hydrated: Encourage seniors to drink plenty of fluids, even if they don’t feel thirsty. Water is the best option, but they can also consume other hydrating beverages like sports drinks or coconut water.

  2. Dress Appropriately: Advise seniors to wear lightweight, loose-fitting clothing made of breathable fabrics, such as cotton, and opt for light colors that reflect sunlight.

  3. Seek Shade and Cool Environments: Suggest seniors to stay indoors or in shaded areas during the hottest parts of the day. Air-conditioned environments can provide relief from the heat.

  4. Limit Strenuous Outdoor Physical Activity: Avoid strenuous activities during peak heat hours and engage in lighter exercises during cooler times of the day.

  5. Use Cooling Measures: Incorporate the use of fans, air conditioners, or cool towels to help lower body temperature.

  6. Check on Seniors Regularly: Ensure that seniors have regular check-ins from family, friends, or caregivers to monitor their well-being during hot weather.

  7. Provide a List of Fun Activities: Add summer activities that seniors can enjoy during the summer, such as swimming, hiking, biking, gardening, and playing simple outdoor games.

  8. Keep them informed: Have live or virtual sessions and share information on resources and programs that are available at their current residing community.

  9. Share tips: Provide safe and healthy tips to avoid summer heat exhaustion. Some examples are staying hydrated, wearing sunscreen, and avoiding heat stroke.

If you suspect someone is experiencing heat exhaustion, it’s important to take immediate action. Move the person to a cool, shaded area, have them lie down, and provide fluids for rehydration. Applying cool water to their skin or using a fan can also aid in cooling. If symptoms worsen or do not improve after a short period, seek medical attention promptly.

Remember, heat-related illnesses can be serious for seniors, so it’s crucial to take preventive measures and be vigilant in monitoring their well-being during periods of high heat.

 The Village at Sugar Land is one such community with lots of amenities and a home like environment. It’s like having a home away from home. One can enjoy activities with other seniors of the same age or have their own solo time. We offer customized individualized programs to our residents which keep them busy and entertained.

Reach us to learn more about the different levels of care we offer for your loved one, and the convenience of living safely with peace of mind.

Contact us at [email protected] or call 281-729-8800

Pros and Cons of Aging in Place

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Pros and Cons of Aging in Place

What Does Age in Place Mean for Families?

To age in place means you make the conscious decision to grow old in your own home or where you currently reside. You’re also realistic enough to know that you may need services to help you stay there and maintain the quality of life you want.
If you plan to “Age in Place” be realistic about what you need and it’s better to plan ahead. Also what you expect from your family and understand how they can and will be able to help. It’s important to have those conversations now. 
Below are some important highlights to keep in mind for Aging in Place!  


Home and Yard Maintenance: You may love working on your house and yard but at some point, you won’t be able to. When you can no longer safely climb the ladder or do cleaning around the house, then it’s time to get someone else do it. Find local specialists who can come weekly or bi-monthly to do the extra chores and help your environment stay clean, healthy and organized. Don’t wait until you hurt yourself to get help. Remember your goal is to age in place and that can’t happen if you get injured trying to do things you can no longer do.


Home Accessibility: Single storey living is the best choice for aging in place and that’s because eliminating the stairs will help you prevent a fall. If you’re in a two-storey home consider remodeling to create a first-floor bedroom and bathroom to avoid climbing the stairs. Other things to consider are:

  • Steps at the entryway into the house
  • The washer and dryer location
  • Tripping hazards such as throw rugs and electrical cords around the house
  • Interior lighting to see where you’re going
  • Adding grab bars in the bathroom

Meals: Grocery shopping has become easier over the past few years. Here are some options that will help as you age.

  • Online grocery shopping and drop off with a delivery fee is worth saving a trip to the grocery store.
  • If you don’t plan to cook food at home, there are many options to order food online and get the food to your home from local restaurants.

Health Care
Managing your health care can become a full-time job as you age. Few options to maintain good health:

  • Finding a care partner who can visit regularly
  • A family member who has the time.
  • Contract with home health services

Transportation: There may come a time when you’re no longer able to drive. The good news is getting around town has never been easier. With the availability of pick and drop services, one can handle doctor’s appointments, concerts, restaurants and more.

  • Some local agencies on aging have public transportation services for seniors
  • Using a paid pick up service such as Lyft and Uber

Stay Social: Maintain your social life because it’s an important part of aging well. Maintain a purpose as you age, so you’ll continue to feel energized, active and involved. Some tips for extra activities and keeping one’s social life busy are: 

  • Join a community center
  • Join a class to learn new skills
  • Dine with family and friends
  • Volunteer at your favorite charity

Alternative Option to Age in Place:


While aging in place has many benefits, it’s important to also consider the potential disadvantages. Aging in place isn’t the right choice for everyone, and there are some drawbacks that you should be aware of before making the decision to stay in your own home as you age. Below we will explore some of the disadvantages of aging in place.


  1. Social Isolation: One of the biggest challenges of aging in place is social isolation. As you age, you may become more socially isolated, particularly if you’re no longer able to drive or get around as easily as you once did. This can lead to feelings of loneliness and depression, which can have a negative impact on your overall health and well-being.
  1. Limited Access to Services and Support: When you age in place, you may have limited access to services and support that you would have in a retirement community or assisted living facility. For example, you may not have access to on-site healthcare, transportation services, or meal delivery. This can make it challenging to meet your basic needs and maintain your independence.
  1. Home Maintenance and Safety Concerns: As you age, you may find it more challenging to maintain your home and keep it safe. This can include tasks such as yard work, home repairs, and cleaning. Additionally, as you become more fragile, you may be at a higher risk for falls and other accidents in the home.
  1. Financial Challenges: Aging in place can also present financial challenges. You may need to make modifications to your home to make it more accessible, which can be costly. Additionally, if you require additional services and support, such as in-home healthcare, you may need to pay for these out of pocket.
  1. Lack of Socialization and Activities: Finally, aging in place can sometimes mean a lack of socialization and activities. In a retirement community or assisted living facility, there are often organized social events and activities to keep residents engaged and active. When you’re aging in place, you may need to make an extra effort to find activities in your vicinity, and stay social and active, and it can be challenging sometimes.

In conclusion, it’s important to weigh these factors carefully when making the decision to age in place or move to a different living environment.
Therefore it’s a good idea to look into Assisted Living programs. Assisted living communities are for senior adults who want to remain independent in a home-like setting but need non-medical assistance with activities of daily living such as eating, bathing, dressing, maintaining good hygiene and toileting. The person in assisted living typically pays monthly rent for a private room and an additional fee for the level of care needed.Residents generally have access to shared common areas. Depending on the community, shared areas may include dining, activity rooms, cinema room, a library and more. Assisted living communities range from those offering basics like daily meals and activities to those with luxury accommodations and amenities.

Assisted living communities are typically equipped with 24-hour on-site staff and provide up to three prepared meals a day, as well as housekeeping and some transportation services, daily physical and social activities
The Village at Sugar Land is one such community with lots of amenities and a home like environment. It’s like having a home away from home. One can enjoy activities with other seniors of the same age or have their own solo time. We offer customized individualized programs to our residents which keep them busy and entertained.

Reach us to learn more about the different levels of care we offer for your loved one, and the convenience of living safely with peace of mind.
Contact us at [email protected] or call 281-729-8800

The 3 Stages of Alzheimer’s

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The 3 Stages of Alzheimer's: Early, Middle and Final

Alzheimer’s disease typically progresses slowly in three stages:

  1. Early (Mild)
  2. Middle (Moderate)
  3. Late (Severe)

Since Alzheimer’s affects people in different ways, each person may experience dementia symptoms — or progress through the stages — differently. The symptoms of Alzheimer’s disease worsen over time, although the rate at which the disease progresses vary. On average, a person with Alzheimer’s lives four to eight years after diagnosis, but can live as long as 20 years, depending on other factors. Changes in the brain related to Alzheimer’s begin years before any signs of the disease. This time period, which can last for years, is referred to as preclinical Alzheimer’s disease.
The stages below provide an overall idea of how abilities change once symptoms appear and should only be used as a general guide. (Dementia is a general term to describe the symptoms of mental decline that accompany Alzheimer’s and other brain diseases.)
The stages are separated into three categories: mild Alzheimer’s disease, moderate Alzheimer’s disease and severe Alzheimer’s disease. Be aware that it may be difficult to place a person with Alzheimer’s in a specific stage as stages may overlap.


Early-Stage Alzheimer’s (Mild) : In the early stage of Alzheimer’s, a person may function independently. He or she may still drive, work and be part of social activities. Despite this, the person may feel as if he or she is having memory lapses, such as forgetting familiar words or the location of everyday objects.
Symptoms may not be widely apparent at this stage, but family and close friends may take notice and a doctor would be able to identify symptoms using certain diagnostic tools.
Common difficulties include:

  • Coming up with the right word or name.
  • Remembering names when introduced to new people.
  • Having difficulty performing tasks in social or work settings.
  • Forgetting material that was just read.
  • Losing or misplacing a valuable object.
  • Experiencing increased trouble with planning or organizing.​

During the early stage, it’s possible for people with dementia to live well by taking control of their health and wellness, and focusing their energy on aspects of their life that are most meaningful to them. In addition, this is the ideal time to put legal, financial and end-of-life plans in place because the person with dementia will be able to participate in decision-making.


Middle-Stage Alzheimer’s (Moderate) :  This is typically the longest stage and can last for many years. As the disease progresses, the person with Alzheimer’s will require a greater level of care.
During the middle stage of Alzheimer’s, the dementia symptoms are more pronounced. the person may confuse words, get frustrated or angry, and act in unexpected ways, such as refusing to bathe. Damage to nerve cells in the brain can also make it difficult for the person to express thoughts and perform routine tasks without assistance.

Symptoms, which vary from person to person, may include:

  • Being forgetful of events or personal history.
  • ​Feeling moody or withdrawn, especially in socially or mentally challenging situations.
  • Being unable to recall information about themselves like their address or telephone number, and the high school or college they attended.
  • Experiencing confusion about where they are or what day it is.
  • Requiring help choosing proper clothing for the season or the occasion.
  • Having trouble controlling their bladder and bowels.
  • Experiencing changes in sleep patterns, such as sleeping during the day and becoming restless at night.
  • Showing an increased tendency to wander and become lost.
  • Demonstrating personality and behavioral changes, including suspiciousness and delusions or compulsive, repetitive behavior like hand-wringing or tissue shredding.

In the middle stage, the person living with Alzheimer’s can still participate in daily activities with assistance. It’s important to find out what the person can still do or find ways to simplify tasks. As the need for more intensive care increases, caregivers may want to consider respite care or an adult day center so they can have a temporary break from caregiving while the person living with Alzheimer’s continues to receive care in a safe environment.


Late-Stage Alzheimer’s (Severe) : In the final stage of the disease, dementia symptoms are severe. Individuals lose the ability to respond to their environment, to carry on a conversation and, eventually, to control movement. They may still say words or phrases, but communicating pain becomes difficult. As memory and cognitive skills continue to worsen, significant personality changes may take place and individuals need extensive care.

  • Require around-the-clock assistance with daily personal care.
  • ​Lose awareness of recent experiences as well as of their surroundings.
  • Experience changes in physical abilities, including walking, sitting and, eventually, swallowing
  • Have difficulty communicating.
  • Become vulnerable to infections, especially pneumonia.

The person living with Alzheimer’s may not be able to initiate engagement as much during the late stage, but he or she can still benefit from interaction in ways that are appropriate, like listening to relaxing music or receiving reassurance through gentle touch. During this stage, caregivers may want to use support services, such as hospice care, which focus on providing comfort and dignity at the end of life. Hospice can be of great benefit to people in the final stages of Alzheimer’s and other dementias and their families.

At The Village at Sugar Land we offer customized individualized programs to our Memory Care Residents, which keeps them busy and boost their memory also. 
Contact us at [email protected] or call 281-729-8800


Finding Senior Living for Elderly Couples

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Finding Senior Living for Elderly Couples

Finding senior living for a couple can be a complex and sensitive process. Here are some steps you can take to help you find the right senior living option:

1.Determine your budget: Senior living can be expensive, so it’s important to determine what you can afford before you start looking.

2.Assess their needs: Consider their health needs, mobility, and any other important factors that may impact their living situation.


3.Research different types of senior living: There are a variety of senior living options available, including independent living communities, assisted living facilities, and memory care facilities. Research each option to determine which one is best for your loved ones.


4.Visit potential communities: Once you’ve narrowed down your options, visit each community in person to get a feel for the atmosphere, meet staff members, and ask questions.


5.Consider the location: Location is an important factor to consider when choosing a senior living community. It’s important to choose a location that is convenient for family and friends to visit.


6.Review the contract: Make sure you thoroughly review the contract and understand all of the costs and fees associated with the senior living community.


7.Consult with professionals: Consider consulting with a senior living advisor or a geriatric care manager for guidance and support throughout the process.


8.Finding the right senior living option can take time and effort, but it’s important to ensure that your loved ones are comfortable, safe, and happy in their new home.


Learn more about how our residents enjoy outdoor activities and live a fulfilled life at The Village at Sugar Land. Contact us [email protected] or call 281-729-8800

5 Reasons How Gardening and Outdoor Activities Help in Boosting Well-Being in Seniors!!

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5 Reasons How Gardening and Outdoor Activities Help in Boosting Well-Being in Seniors!!

Gardening can be a wonderful activity for seniors and the elderly, offering physical, mental, and social benefits. It can improve mobility, strength, and flexibility, provide a sense of purpose and accomplishment, reduce stress and anxiety, and provide opportunities for socialization and connection with others. Here are 5 tips that will show how gardening can help elderly seniors: 

  1. Improve Cognitive Function: Outdoor activities like walking, gardening, and birdwatching can help improve cognitive function in seniors. Being in nature and engaging in physical activity can stimulate the brain, improve memory, and enhance mental clarity.
  2. Boost Mood: Spending time outdoors can also improve mood and reduce symptoms of depression and anxiety. Exposure to natural light and fresh air can help increase levels of serotonin and endorphins, which are neurotransmitters that promote feelings of happiness and well-being.
  3. Provide Social Interaction: Outdoor activities can provide opportunities for seniors to socialize and connect with others. Walking groups, gardening clubs, and other outdoor activities can help seniors meet new people, form friendships, and combat feelings of isolation and loneliness.
  4. Promote Physical Health: Outdoor activities can also help seniors stay physically active and healthy. Walking, hiking, and gardening can improve cardiovascular health, increase muscle strength and flexibility, and reduce the risk of chronic conditions like diabetes and heart disease.
  5. Increase Independence: Engaging in outdoor activities can help seniors maintain their independence and sense of self-sufficiency. It can also help them feel more confident and capable, which can lead to a greater sense of self-esteem and overall well-being.

Learn more about how our residents enjoy outdoor activities and live a fulfilled life at The Village at Sugar Land. Contact us [email protected] or call 281-729-8800