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Seniors’ Safety During Summer Heat Exhaustion!

Summer Heat Exhaustion and Senior Safety

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

Aging in Place

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

The 3 Stages of Dementia

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

Senior Couple at a Senior Living

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!!

Gardening Benefits for Elderly

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 

What is Alzheimer’s and What are the Signs of Alzheimer’s Disease?

Alzheimer Cause and Signs of Alzheimer

What is Alzheimer's and What are the Signs of Alzheimer's Disease?

What is Alzheimers?
Alzheimer’s is a form of dementia, a serious brain disorder that affects millions of people worldwide. The disease, which currently has no cure, slowly causes a person’s memory and brain functions to deteriorate, leading to disability and death.
It is estimated that around 50 million people are living with dementia globally, and the number is projected to reach 82 million by 2030. The burden of care for people with Alzheimer’s and other forms of dementia falls on their families and caregivers. It can be both emotionally and physically demanding, often leading to depression, anxiety, and other mental health issues.

Signs of Alzheimers:
It is important to understand the warning signs of Alzheimer’s, its effects, and the resources available for families and caregivers. Early diagnosis can help people to access treatments that may slow the progress of the disease and improve their quality of life.
People with Alzheimer’s are usually diagnosed in their mid-60s and beyond, and the condition affects different people in different ways. Early signs may include memory loss and difficulty with language, decision-making, and understanding. As the disease progresses, people lose their ability to care for themselves and often require full-time care.Memory problems are typically one of the first signs of the disease. Decline in non-memory aspects of cognition, such as finding the right word, trouble understanding visual images and spatial relationships, and impaired reasoning or judgment, may also signal the early stages of Alzheimer’s. As the disease progresses, symptoms become more severe and include increased confusion and behavior changes.

Fortunately, research into Alzheimer’s is ongoing, and there is hope that treatments and even a cure may one day be found. In the meantime, support and understanding for those living with the disease and their caregivers is essential.

Learn more about how our Memory Care residents live with purposeful joy here at The Village at Sugar Land. Contact us [email protected] or call 281-729-8800 

Moving Your Loved One to a Memory Care Facility

Moving Your Loved One to a Memory Care Facility

Moving Your Loved One to A Memory Care Facility

Looking for a Memory Care Facility for your loved one? If your loved one is dealing with memory loss, you may be wondering if a move to a memory care facility is the right decision. There are a number of factors to consider when making this decision, and it’s important to consult with your loved one’s doctor and other trusted advisors to ensure that you’re making the best possible choice.

There are definitely some advantages to moving to a memory care facility. For one thing, these facilities are designed specifically for people with memory loss, so they can provide a higher level of care than most general nursing homes. They also offer a variety of activities and programs specifically designed to help residents maintain their mental faculties and improve their quality of life.

Of course, there are also some potential downsides to moving to a memory care facility. One is that it can be expensive, and you’ll need to make sure that your loved one’s insurance will cover the cost. Additionally, there may be a period of adjustment as your loved one gets used to their new surroundings and care regimen.

Ultimately, whether or not moving to a memory care facility is the right decision for your loved one is something that only you can decide. However, it’s important to weigh all the pros and cons carefully before making a decision. With the right level of care and support, your loved one can definitely benefit from living in a memory care facility. 

Sleep Problems in People with Alzheimer’s

Sleep Problems in People with Alzheimer’s

Sleep Problems in People with Alzheimer’s

Tips that Help Caregivers Manage Sleep Problems in People with Alzheimer’s

  1. Exercise is important each day, limit naps, and make sure the person gets enough rest at night. Being overly tired can increase late-afternoon and nighttime restlessness.
  2. Plan activities that use more energy early in the day. For example, try bathing in the morning or having the largest family meal in the middle of the day.
  3. Set a quiet, peaceful mood in the evening to help the person relax. Keep the lights low, try to reduce the noise levels, and play soothing music if he or she enjoys it.
  4. Try to have the person go to bed at the same time each night. A bedtime routine, such as reading out loud, also may help.
  5. Limit caffeine.
  6. Use nightlights in the bedroom, hall, and bathroom.

Checklist to Prepare Your Home for Upcoming Winter Season!!

Checklist to Prepare Your Home for Upcoming Winter Season!!

Checklist to Prepare Your Home for Upcoming Winter Season!!

Fall is a really good time to start thinking about your home maintenance as well as getting it ready for the colder weather. Here are a few items that you can do to get ready for the winter and help keep your home happy:

1. Check your home’s heating and air conditioning system

Most heating and air systems typically last 12 to 15 years.Before the weather turns cold, take this time to change your filters, at the very least. Have the system inspected by a reputable HVAC contractor. Better yet, look into an annual maintenance agreement. Have the contractor check your system and make sure your heat is going to work when you need it. It’s much better to find an HVAC problem in the moderate temperatures of the fall than it is to find your furnace doesn’t work on a frigid winter day.

2. Paint, caulk and seal exterior wood
All of the wood trim on the exterior of your home needs to be protected from the elements. The wood used on deck is typically a pressure-treated or rot-resistant species of wood, but the wood trim around your exterior doors and windows is just a one-inch-thick pine board that deteriorates very quickly if not protected. Replacing this trim is a big cost, the best thing to do is to make sure it doesn’t rot in the first place, and that means keeping it painted and caulked. This is a job most people can do themselves if they stay on top of it. Once the wood is rotted and requires replacement, then you’re probably going to need to hire a good trim carpenter to tackle the job. So before that happens, take the time to go around your home and make sure that none of the caulk is cracking and your paint is not chipping and flaking away. If it is, scrape away the bad paint or caulk and apply fresh.Even though your deck is made of treated or rot-resistant wood, it still needs protection. You don’t need to stain and seal your deck every year but check it to make sure it’s protected. To do this, simply pour some water on it. If the water beads up, then you’re good. If the wood absorbs the water, it’s time to clean and seal your deck.

3. Seal your masonry and hard surfaces
Patio needs attention, too. If you have a concrete patio, driveways or walkways, make sure they’re protected as well. Occasionally apply a concrete sealer to all of your flat exterior concrete surfaces. All concrete flatwork eventually develops cracks. Good masons strategically place control joints in your concrete to try to ensure cracking is limited. Take the time to inspect your concrete and fill in any cracks before you apply sealer so that water cannot get in and freeze over the winter. This should ensure your expensive concrete work lasts a very long time.If you have an asphalt driveway, now is the time to think about resealing that as well. It’s not very expensive to have a company come and give it a quick spray of sealer, or you can simply buy a bucket of sealer and roll it on yourself. If your driveway has developed cracks, then patch those before sealing.

4. Check your drainage
Make sure the soil around your foundation hasn’t settled, creating areas for water to pool at your foundation. If you find a low spot, simply fill it in with some soil. Then go around and check your rain gutter downspouts. Make sure water is getting moved away from the home. Add downspout extenders if necessary. Saturated soil around a foundation can create real problems as it freezes and thaws throughout the winter months.

5. Clean your gutters
Once the leaves are pretty much off the trees, it’s time to clean those gutters. When your gutters back up, they overflow, and when they overflow, that water runs down your home, speeding up the deterioration of your exterior. It can also lead to deterioration of your foundation, water infiltration in the basement and to settling under your concrete porches and walks, which creates all kinds of problems.

6. Clean your chimney and order firewood
Have your fireplace cleaned and inspected before you start building those cozy fires in the next couple of months. A good chimney sweep company will make sure the fireplace is safe to use, and it can also identify maintenance problems.This is also the time to order that load of firewood. Take the time to stack and cover that wood in a good location in the yard. Make sure that old firewood isn’t rotten and move it away from your home.

7. Test your smoke and carbon monoxide detectors
Winter is the time most house fires happen. It’s the time of year when we’re blasting the furnace and building fires. We are also much more likely to have our home closed up tight, so carbon monoxide is a much bigger hazard. Check all of your smoke detectors to make sure they are working and that they have good batteries. If your home is not equipped with carbon monoxide detectors, consider getting some. The HVAC inspection will also ensure your furnace and water heater are properly vented, which is the most likely source of carbon monoxide.

8. Shut down the pool and the sprinkler system and drain outside faucets
Fall is a good time to get pool work done if a problem is discovered. Pool contractors tend to get busy in the spring.


Make sure your sprinkler system is properly shut down for the season. Most sprinkler systems require the lines to be blown out. Again, it’s well worth the cost for a professional. A professional winterizing is way cheaper than replacing a bunch of broken lines next spring. Your outside water faucet is completely unprotected from the elements. It will freeze over the winter. In less extreme cases, outside faucets develop nasty leaks. Take the time to do a basic drain of the line. You can simply shut off the water valve to your outside spigot, then go outside and open the exterior spigot valve and let the water drain out of the line. Now if the water in there freezes, it has plenty of room to expand without breaking pipes or seals. Leave the water shut off to the faucet until you need to use the hose next spring.

9. Prepare your lawn for winter and set it up for a great spring
If you want that beautiful spring lawn, you have to give it attention in the fall. New grass does not grow when it’s too hot or too cold. If you want new grass to grow, you really only have September and October, then April and May to do it. If you neglect the fall, then you’ve cut your time in half. There are differing opinions on when you should overseed. Once the heat breaks, your lawn can get some great growing time. So around late September, aerate the lawn and overseed it. Then in about late October or November, apply fertilizer with winterizer.

10. Check your trees
Before all of the leaves fall, take a look at your trees and make sure they’re still healthy, especially trees that could fall on your home or a neighbor’s home. Don’t think a dying tree will be obvious. Sometimes you really won’t notice, especially if you have a lot of trees. Fall isn’t a good time to trim your trees, but if there are branches up against your house, it’s a good idea to trim them away before winter.

11. Do a quick energy audit

If you’ve never had one, a professional energy audit is a good investment. But fall is also a good time just to check your door seals. Make sure you’re not seeing daylight around your exterior doors, and take a can of spray foam insulation and fill in around those drafty outlets and light switches.

12. Prep your lawn, yard care equipment and your patio furniture
Before you put your lawn equipment away for the season, drain the gas. Gas goes bad, and come springtime old gas can gunk up your fuel filters and make your equipment run sickly, put a fuel stabilizer into the gas if you want to keep it on hand.
Your weed eater probably uses two-stroke gas so you can’t put that into your car. It’s best to plan for that early and make sure you don’t have a lot of fuel left over at the end of the year. Plan to do one really good trim job at the end of the season to run the fuel out of the weed eater.
Get your patio furniture protected, but make sure you wait until a clear, warm day to cover it so you don’t trap moisture on it.

We hope these home winter safety tips set you to stay safe and enjoy this winter like a pro!!

Early Signs of Dementia

Early Signs of Dementia

Early Signs of Dementia

Since dementia usually comes on gradually, it’s easy to miss the early indicators. Plus, some types of dementia start damaging a person’s brain long before any symptoms appear. For example, preclinical Alzheimer’s is a stage that can last a decade or more without any obvious hint of disease. However, in some cases, dementia can appear to come on all of a sudden—mostly among people with certain types of FTD, vascular dementia, or CJD.

Dementia primarily affects seniors and the elderly. But it can also affect those who are still in their prime working years. Early-onset dementia is the term used when it strikes younger people. The age for early-onset dementia varies, but it’s always under age 65 and frequently falls in the range of 50 to 64. People much younger than that can also get dementia.

Since different cognitive disorders can affect different people in different ways, it’s important to be aware of a fairly wide range of possible symptoms. That way, you’ll have an easier time recognizing potential problems before they progress to a more advanced stage. In the beginning, a person may display just one or two of the following indicators.

Early Signs of Dementia Checklist

  • Abnormal memory problems: Everybody has moments of forgetfulness. Pay attention if those moments become more frequent or involve forgetting information like a close friend’s name, where you live, or where objects that you use every day are. People with early-stage dementia may also forget what they’ve just done yet still remember events from many years ago. They also may repeat things they’ve already said or tasks they’ve already completed.
  • Mood or behavioral changes: Many people in the early stages of dementia start behaving in odd or out-of-character ways. Their personalities begin to change as they sense that something isn’t quite right and try to cope or adapt. For instance, they might become depressed, fearful, and apathetic, losing interest in the things that used to bring them joy. They may withdraw from social opportunities and become more irritable than usual. Or they might lose some of their inhibitions and become more aggressive or outgoing.
  • Communication problems: Have you ever had trouble thinking of the right word to use during a conversation? It’s happened to most of us. But during the early stages of dementia, it can happen much more frequently. And it can go beyond single words. Entire sentences can come out sounding like gibberish, as if constructed with random word choices. Plus, the meanings of words may be forgotten, making it hard to follow conversations or keep up with what’s happening in movies or TV shows.
  • Bad decision-making: People with dementia can lose their sense of reason and judgment, causing them to do things they would otherwise regret. For example, they might fall for scam artists or waste huge amounts of money on things they don’t need. Or they might dress inappropriately or make bizarre plans that don’t work out due to a lack of organization.
  • Trouble performing routine tasks: It’s pretty common for adults with dementia to start losing their ability to carry out some of their daily activities. For instance, they may have trouble counting money or making simple financial transactions. They might misjudge distances or forget routine safety precautions while driving. Or they may have a hard time playing their favorite games.
  • Confusion or disorientation: It’s normal to be a little confused from time to time. But confusion should be a red flag when it happens regularly or in familiar surroundings. Even in the early stages of dementia, people can lose their sense of time, get lost, confuse past and current events, or mix up friends or family’s names and faces. With some types of dementia, hallucinations can also occur.

Caring for a loved one with dementia poses many challenges for families and caregivers. If your loved one is showing symptoms of Dementia, we are here for you!!  Schedule a meeting with us to discuss further. Contact 832-944-8111 or email [email protected]