Active Seniors

It's that time of year … the days are becoming longer and summer break is nearly upon us. The sun is hanging around more each day and the temperatures are growing steadily warmer. With summer right around the corner, there is anticipation in the air to get out and be more active. Kids are out riding their bicycles until the twilight sky calls them ...
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Life Unrehearsed

Life Unrehearsed is our trademarked philosophy for caring for loved ones suffering from Alzheimer's disease and other dementias. At Evergreen Senior Living, our Decatur, Orland Park and Chillicothe locations provide memory support at The Legacy. At The Legacy, residents facing these challenges The Evergreen Senior Living team wants to share their k...
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Older Americans Months

Evergreen Senior Living is devoted to providing care, support and resources to older American and their families. For nearly 20 years, our mission has been to support and maintain the dignity, independence and wellness of each senior and their family. Now, in May 2017, we celebrate Older Americans Month; a time set aside to acknowledge and honor th...
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Orland Park: One-Year Anniversary

Evergreen Senior Living in Orland Park is celebrating their one-year anniversary of providing senior living options to the residents of Orland Park and the surrounding areas. This campus, set next to Parkview Christian Church, provides assisted living and memory support for seniors. We are proud to have been in business for one year and look forwar...
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Happiness is Ageless: Supportive Living Week 2017

The week of April 24-28, 2017, is a celebration of the success of the Supportive Living Program as an alternative living option for seniors as well as persons with physical disabilities. The theme for 2017's Supportive Living Week is "Happiness is Ageless". This is the 10 th year of this celebration, sponsored by the Affordable Assisted Living Coal...
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Celebrating Volunteers

Since 1974, a national celebration of volunteers and the many services they provide has been a yearly event across the country. About one quarter of our American population volunteer in some capacity within their community. That's nearly 63 million people giving their time and energy to do something selfless that will benefit another person, animal...
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Depression in the Elderly

Friday, April 7 th marks World Health Day, brought to us by the World Health Organization (WHO ). New estimates released by the WHO tell us that depression is the leading cause of ill health and disability worldwide. Globally, more than 300 million people now live with depression. There is a lack of support for people with depression as well as the...
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Our Evergreen Mission

For almost 20 years, Evergreen Senior Living has served the senior population across Illinois. Our first community opened in Beardstown, Illinois in 1999. This was the first supportive living community in the state! As the need for senior services has grown, Evergreen has been a leader in providing the kind of care and support that seniors and thei...
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Laughter is the Best Medicine

Laughter is the best medicine … we've all heard this sentiment, but is there any truth to it? It would be hard to find a person who hasn't laughed so hard they had tears in their eyes, or had a sore stomach after a particularly long laughing fit. We all feel amazing after a good laugh, but is there any actual medical benefit to laughing? Fortunatel...
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Luck o' the Irish

St. Patrick's Day – the day where people wear green, pinch people who aren't wearing green, eat corned beef and cabbage, and drink to their heart's desire.It might surprise some to know, that St. Patrick's Day was not always like this.Let's explore some history of this party-filled day. We should start at the very beginning, and learn who St. Patri...
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Daylight Savings: Spring Forward

Everyone looks forward to Daylight Savings Time. In the fall we receive the gift of an extra hour, resulting in a 25-hour day. That extra hour feels like a rare gift of time! In the spring, we often grumble about losing an hour of sleep, but relish that the evenings begin to last longer. As springtime moves into summer, the longer hours of daylight...
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Hypertension & Caring for Your Heart

There are many different kinds of heart disease, but hypertension, or more commonly referred to as high blood pressure, is one of the most common heart issues. According to the American Heart Association , one out of every three adults in the United States has high blood pressure, and 20% of those adults don't even know they have it. High blood pre...
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Preserving your Family's Stories

On February 26 th , we celebrate National Tell a Fairy Tale Day. While the original creator of this day is unknown, what we do know is that telling stories is an age-old tradition. Whether you are sitting around the campfire or enjoying a traditional holiday meal, stories, urban legends and tall tales are always being shared. Fairy tales, while oft...
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Don't Forget Your Yearly Checkup!

Don't Forget Your Yearly Checkup!

Things that happen every four years: Leap Year, the presidential election, the Olympics. While some things are good to wait on for a few years, there are some things that should happen yearly, which includes your annual visit to the doctor for a physical.

Medicare Part B offers a “Welcome to Medicare” preventive visit. What this means, is that within the first 12 months of being covered by Medicare part B, you are allowed a visit to check the following: certain screenings, shots, height, weight, blood pressure, calculation of your body mass index, a simple vision test, depression screening, a discussion about creating your advanced directives if you have not already done so, and a written plan to let you know which screenings, shots, or preventive services you may need. This is a one-time visit, covered completely by Medicare Part B, as long as your physician has an agreement to be paid directly by Medicare.

 

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The Sweetest Holiday

The Sweetest Holiday

Fresh red and pink flowers, the delight of sweet chocolates, festive little heart decorations strung about, and cards, cards, cards! Love is in the air … And in the post offices, our mailboxes, and in stores waiting to be purchased. Valentine’s Day is filled with notes of friendship and love – quite a bit of love actually, with an estimated 150 million greeting cards exchanged each year in the United States alone. Whether you prefer to hand make your cards or choose the perfect store-bought version, a little love goes a long way. Let’s check out the history of Valentine’s Day cards long before the “Hallmark” era.

 

Valentine’s Day festivities in the United States most likely began sometime during the 17th century, after the U.S. adopted the idea from Europe, where it was custom to share confectionary sweets and cards in honor of Saint Valentine. By the mid-1700s, lovers of all social classes began to share handwritten notes and little trinkets to express their affection for one another. Half-way through the next century, elaborate Valentine’s cards were massed produced in the United States. Cards were now adorned with lace, ribbons and pictures imported from England, which boosted the popularity of sending Valentine’s Day cards. By 1900, technological advances like more common printing technology and cheaper postage rates made it easy for even more love letters to float about friends and devotees, much like the traditions we still have today. The mass printing of cards made it a bit easier to express love or affection in a time where emotions were a little less expressed.

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Staying Healthy through Winter

Staying Healthy through Winter

The thought of spring is blossoming in our minds. As we long for the first warm day of the season, where we can crack open our windows and put our winter coats back in the closet, it’s important to remember that it’s not yet time to stop worrying about germs and to what they may lead. While the seasonal influenza viruses begin to spike in December, and the flu seasons can vary in length and severity each year, February is most often the peak month of flu activity. According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, since 1983 the highest percentages of respiratory specimens that have tested positive influenza have occurred in February. Even though it is tempting to daydream about warmer and healthier days, it’s very important to keep up with the oldest rule in the “book of hygiene”: wash up!

 

A little soap and water can go a long way in preventing diarrheal and respiratory illnesses that are easily spread by human contact. A thorough wet, lather, scrub, rinse, and dry, are five very important steps that can make a big difference in reducing the spread of these viruses, especially if you are caring for a senior with a weakened immune system. Most of us are familiar with the ritual before we eat, after we sneeze or cough, and after using or touching the toilet, but it’s important to use good judgment and wash thoroughly after handling anything that involves food, waste, animals or open wounds. If soap and water is not available, try to use an alcohol-based hand sanitizer as a replacement until water and soap are available. While alcohol-based hand rubs can be efficient, there is nothing quite like warm water and some suds. Washing away germs is a small habit that makes a big difference in keeping germs at bay.

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Keeping the Flu at Bay

Keeping the Flu at Bay

No winter season is quite like the previous. One year we might be living in a winter wonderland, but only needing our coat, hat, scarf and gloves, and the next year we might be looking for our ice picks, shoe grippers, and hand warmers to help us make it through the bitter cold and icy tundra. Much like how no winter season is exactly the same, the flu season also can vary each year with fluctuating conditions, the severity, timing and duration.

We have known for many years that individuals 65 years and older have the greatest burden of severe flu disease, especially when compared to younger, healthier individuals. Naturally, one reason for this is due to weakened immune systems as we age. Because seniors tend to be at greater risk of serious complications from the flu, it is important to be preventative and to know the signs and symptoms of flu if they hit.

 

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Feeling Beautiful

Feeling Beautiful

As our loved ones age, they are often faced with the realization that they may no longer be as independent as they once were, or would like to be. An ailment may lead to seclusion, and injury may prohibit mobility, and sadness may cause withdrawal. Perhaps your loved one may need help eating, bathing or getting to the restroom. This feeling of lost independence can affect many areas of a senior’s life, and although we may not think of if, this includes a lack of interest in appearance or a self-worth.

 

At Evergreen Senior Living, we feel that dignity is important throughout every person’s life. Although someone’s ability to function as before may change as they age, we believe that everyone is unique and possesses unique qualities. For this reason, we ensure an environment where the self-worth of each individual is recognized, respected and maintained. We are dedicated to physical and mental health, but we are also dedicated to making sure our seniors feel good on the outside, which is why we are happy to offer personal care services.

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Music Therapy for Dementia Patients

Music Therapy for Dementia Patients

“Music is the literature of the heart; it commences where speech ends” – Alphonse de Lamartine.

 

While language can vary from place to place, one thing that stands true is that music is used universally. Whether it is the words in the song, the music accompanying, or the memories that are happening while a song is playing, we can all agree that music has a way of affecting your soul. The more a person is involved with music, the more parts of the brain are stimulated. For example, more brain activity happens when you play an instrument, or when you sing along, rather when you only listen.

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Baby, It's Cold Outside!

Baby, It's Cold Outside!

Winter—where the temperatures are dropping and the risk of injury is rising. The cold weather, snow, and ice are all ingredients that can cause a recipe for disaster. Hypothermia and falls are just some of the health risks you face during the long, cold days/nights of the winter season. All of these health risks are heightened with the older population.

 

Hypothermia is a condition where a person’s core body temperature becomes dangerously low, which is usually caused by prolonged exposure to cold temperatures. The normal temperature a person should maintain averages around 98.6 degrees. When a person is experiencing hypothermia, their core temperature has dropped below 95 degrees. Severe hypothermia is when their core temperature has reached 82 degrees or lower. A few risk factors that increase your chance of experiencing hypothermia include older age, diabetes, thyroid conditions, and even some medications.

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