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Senior Skin Care Tips

As we age, our bodies undergo biological changes. These changes affect how our bodies work and as we get older so does your skin. You’ll notice that your skin isn’t the same as what it used to be. As seniors, it is important to develop a skin care routine to ensure your skin stays healthy and youthful. At Streamside Assisted Living, we see signs of aging skin everyday and we want to educate you on what to look out for and how to start taking better care of your skin TODAY.

Signs of Aging Skin

As we get older, our skin changes in visible ways. Here is what we should look for:

  • Rough, dry, or itchy patches
  • The elastic and collagen will slowly decrease, making skin become looser
  • The layers of skin will begin to thin, making skin more transparent
  • Because the skin is thinning, it will become much more fragile
  • You will likely notice more cuts and/or bruises
  • Increase in spots and blemishes such as age spots, freckles, and moles

If you are caring for a senior loved one or you are aging yourself, it is important to be educated about aging skin care. Aging skin is sensitive and can be prone to certain infections and diseases. Because of how fragile it is, it can also take longer to heal when damaged. If you don’t take proper care of your skin as a senior and even as a preventative measure when you’re younger, you may end up with a variety of problems later in life. Even though everyone’s skin is different, it is important to know what could happen. If you or a loved one are experiencing any of these skin conditions, contact a health professional.

Common Skin Conditions in Seniors

Dermatitis
Dermatitis is overly dry or itchy skin, seen primarily on the face, neck, and trunk. These red rashes can also appear on lower legs, lower arms, and elbows. There are more mild cases, where there is just some irritation and dryness. Dermatitis can become more serious if you are experiencing peeling and shedding. This would need to be checked out immediately – these symptoms can lead to infection and more serious health problems. The treatment for dermatitis varies depending on the severity. To help relieve rashes, dermatologists recommend rubbing rashes with moisturizing products, such as petroleum jelly. To avoid even more irritation, make sure ALL products you are choosing to use are fragrance free. Do the same with all hand soaps, body lotions, body washes, etc.
Senile Purpura
Senile purpura is a common condition in seniors. It is characterized by the re-occurrence of bruises of extremities, usually forearms and hands, after a minor trauma. It can also be caused by sun exposure and the use of blood thinners. With age, the tissue in your arms and hands become thin and your blood vessels become much more fragile. The pigmentation you see on the skin after the bruise results from a deposit from a component of your red blood cells. Senile purpura will resolve on its own however, those who have it should be educated on sun protection. Make sure you are wearing your sunscreen and re-apply it every two hours when you find yourself outside for long periods of time. To prevent further damage, it is also important to invest in proper sun-protective clothing as well.
Skin Growths
Some skin growths are not necessarily preventative with skin care, but they are important to keep your eye out for. If you notice any unusual growths on your body that you haven’t seen before, it may be time to go see the doctor and get it checked out. While most growths are benign, there is a possibility that it could be cancerous and it’s better to be safe than sorry.
We can prevent skin cancer with these skincare tips:

Senior Skincare Tips

  • Try not to take an excessive amount of showers. Aging skin is already dry enough and hot, steamy showers can increase the risk of damage. It is important to keep up on personal hygiene, but opt for lukewarm water. One bath or shower a day is fine, but seniors don’t have to bathe daily. Using warm towels to minimize odors works too. However, for some caregivers and dementia patients, bathing is part of a daily routine.
  • Try to avoid soaps and lotions that have strong fragrances or artificial ingredients in them. Aging skin is more fragile and fragrances can easily irritate the skin so lean towards more mild products.
  • Hydration is key for elderly skin. Make sure you are applying moisturizer after each shower and bath, as well as after every time the face is washed. Water should also be consumed daily, especially if it’s hot outside.

Following these simple steps and incorporating them into your daily routine will help keep senior skin healthy and glowing. A skincare routine is also a step in a positive direction towards a healthier lifestyle overall. Not only will these steps help for seniors, but you can start implementing a skincare routine at any age. We want to see the seniors in Nampa, ID thrive – Streamside Assisted Living offers a supportive atmosphere dedicated to the special care of residents and their families. If you have any questions about the personalized services and health care we provide, call us!

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Best Supplements For Brain Health

The vitamin market is flooded with numerous brain health and memory-boosting supplements, but how are you supposed to know which ones actually work before you spend your money? The Streamside Assisted Living team is here to help you make an informed decision. We have created a list of the best brain supplements to support memory, mood, and brain health, check it out!

Vitamin B12

The list of health benefits that come from taking Vitamin B12 is quite lengthy. Some of the most notable advantages are its brain supporting qualities. Studies have shown that Vitamin B12 works to prevent brain atrophy. When the brain starts to deteriorate, there are higher chances for Dementia, Alzheimers, and other memory loss diseases. Lack of Vitamin B12 has also been linked to poor brain performance. Your body cannot produce Vitamin B12 but it can be found in certain foods, taken through supplements, or even by injection.

Folic Acid

Folic Acid is the synthetic version of Folate. It was created to be put into foods such as pasta and bread because it is more resistant to the high temperatures that are used when cooking or baking. This helps increase the intake of Folic Acid so consumers will reap the health benefits of consuming it in their everyday diets. Through many studies, Folic Acid has been found to be a natural alternative that works to decrease or prevent brain disorders. There are also some clinical trials currently going on that are yielding positive effects on cognitive function in those who are taking Folic Acid.

Vitamin D

Vitamin D or “the sunshine vitamin” is one of the most well-known supplements for overall brain health. Clinical studies have found that hypovitaminosis D, which is the lack of Vitamin D, can make you more susceptible to mood disorders and strokes. There is also strong evidence that Vitamin D is one of the best vitamins for brain function as well. It manifests as a brain cell protective hormone that works to regulate brain calcium, immune system function, and enhance brain cell signaling. The easiest way to raise your Vitamin D levels is through spending a little time out in the sun. However, it can also be taken orally or through foods such as fatty fish and egg yolks.

Supplements for a healthy brain is a simple way to promote ideal brain function throughout your lifetime. If you have any questions about our memory care facilities, contact Streamside Assisted Living today!

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“Virtual Traveling” Brings the Entire World to You

Traveling around the world is a lifelong goal for many; destinations are put on buckets lists to be eventually be checked off, money from paychecks are put aside for years to be able to afford a trip, and the tourism industry contributed a whopping $9.26 trillion to the global GDP in 2019. However, travel is not always possible for people. Whether it be environmental factors, costs, physical ability, or something like the pandemic, many aren’t able to visit all the beautiful places they’ve bookmarked for a later date – until now!
Advancements in technology are now bringing tourism to your favorite devices: you can stroll through the Louvre, take a day trip to New York City, dive with the sea life in Australia and more, all from the comfort of your own home.
Everyone has their dream destinations around the world, and the Streamside team is excited to show you a few of the most popular places to visit, virtually!

The Louvre at Home

Surely you have heard of the Louvre art museum. If you have not, then we are glad to tell you this is likely the most well known museum in the world and it has been made virtual for you to explore!
Just looking at the Louvre from the outside is already like looking at a piece of art. The contemporary and attention grabbing glass pyramid entrance is beautifully juxtaposed in the courtyard of the former Louvre palace, built in the traditional French Renaissance style. You could spend a considerable amount of time just appreciating the architecture from the outside, but the real treasures are inside.
The Louvre is home to the Mona Lisa, as well as many other well-known masterpieces, and they are all ready for you to view. The Louvre’s virtual tour has been made so it is essentially like you are actually walking through the museum! It comes complete with adjustable 360 degree views, the ability to zoom in and out, options to learn more about a piece of art, and their very own “Louvre At Home” activities. If a virtual tour of the world’s most famous museum and the numerous masterpieces sounds interesting, then your journey starts here!

A Day Trip in New York

New York City is home to some of the most amazing museums and galleries in the world. Perhaps the two most notable exhibits in the city are The Metropolitan and the American Museum of Natural History. Just like the Louvre tours, these museums also allow you to explore the exhibits with a 360 degree view. Both of these museums contain some must-see exhibits that take you back to ancient and even prehistoric times! The Metropolitan contains artistic works from some of the world’s most prolific artists. Jackson Pollock, Vincent Van Goh, Georgia O’Keeffe, Claude Monet, and many other notable artists are all featured and virtually viewable at The Met 360 Project.
The American Museum of Natural History is where you truly get to go back in time. The museum offers a vastly diverse collection of fossils from nearly complete tyrannosaurus-rex or mammoth fossils to fossils still set in stone. This museum is not all fossils though, it also displays exhibits on ancient Egyptian relics, the animals of Africa’s great plains, the ecology of Northern United States forests, 8 different ocean ecologies, and much, much more! While you can navigate your own way through the museum virtually, the American Museum of Natural History also offers guided tours through Facebook Live as well. Museums want nothing more than to educate and fascinate their visitors, so do them and yourself a favor by doing some virtual exploring of their exhibits.

Take a Dive While Staying Dry

One of the most incredible and immersive experiences is scuba diving over pristine coral reefs. Thankfully, the folks over at the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration have brought that experience to your screen. Discover what it is like to be immersed in an environment completely different from your own. While scuba diving in person is entirely different from scuba diving from your screen, the virtual experience shows you what it is like to be surrounded by the unfamiliar, yet magical underwater world all around you. For starters, take a dive to Big Momma, which is said to be the largest Porites coral head in the world at over 500 years old.

While you may not be able to travel due to Covid-19 protocols or it being unfeasible for your current situation – cost, age, medical condition, required assistance, etc. – the team at Streamside Assisted Living can help. We would love to help you visit the destinations of your dreams from the comfort and convenience of our assisted living facilities!

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How to Keep Busy When Staying Inside

As nice as getting outside for a walk or to go to the grocery store may be, indoor activities can be just as fun and relaxing! Especially in light of the COVID-19 pandemic, we all need ideas to keep us entertained inside even though it may not be ideal. To help you enjoy the time you spend inside, the team at Streamside Assisted Living came up with a few ideas; read below to find some inspiration!

Write to your Friends

Although you may have friends and family that visit your assisted living community often, some will be too far for a regular check in. A fun idea is to begin writing letters or sending emails to your dearest friends to check in and stay in touch! Not only is it nice to hear from those closest to you, but it keeps your mind active as well. By doing this, it makes staying inside that much more worthwhile!

Create a Scrapbook

A great way to enjoy down time is to begin working on your own scrapbook. After accumulating photos over the years, it is finally time to put them all in one place for you and your loved ones to enjoy. There are many tips for creating scrapbooks online, but you have the ability to customize it however you want! Despite just being a relaxing arts and crafts activity for you to enjoy, it is a great gift to pass down your family tree so your great grandchildren can see their history all in one book!

Enjoy a Puzzle

As a senior, this is a time in your life where you can enjoy the little activities you have always wanted to do like puzzles, crosswords, and other games. As well as being a fun and time consuming project, puzzles exercise the fingers and mind as you try to fit all of the pieces together.

Inside Exercises

Just because you can’t get outside and enjoy a nice walk doesn’t mean you have to be a couch potato either! There are multiple different ideas for indoor exercises, including; indoor chores, yoga, balance exercises, resistance training, and more according to this health blog for seniors. It is very critical that you continue to stay as active as you can while staying inside to keep up your strength along with your mental health.

There are countless different types of indoor activities you can take part in during your free time, but these four are some of the most popular and entertaining ones there are. The coronavirus pandemic has unfortunately consumed much of our lives since last January, which is why we must prevail through these wild times and stay as active as we can. Come to Streamside Assisted Living for more tips and tricks on how to stay active while being indoors, we would love to have you stay with us!

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What is Memory Care Like at Streamside?

Some people don’t know, but Streamside also has a Memory Care unit that is specifically designed for those suffering from dementia, memory loss, and other related issues. From the rooms themselves to the specially trained staff and more, this facility offers a peaceful and supportive environment for the residents that live there.

The Lay of the Land

We offer two options to choose from when it comes to living arrangements: the main building, which features larger apartments, and the other building, which is designed to mimic a home environment with private bedrooms, open kitchens, family rooms, and secure outdoor areas.

Safety and Security

At Streamside, one of our top priorities is for our residents to feel safe and secure. In the Memory Care buildings, doorways and entrances are protected by electronic keypads to ensure that residents are comfortable and content within their familiar surroundings. Additionally, all buildings in our facility have registered nurses, nursing assistants, and a state-licensed administrator available to provide care 24/7.
We understand that the needs change constantly for people with memory-related problems, and the Memory Caregivers are specially trained to recognize those changes in order to provide the best care for each resident’s unique situation.

Entertainment

It wouldn’t be a senior living community without some entertainment and fun, right?! Every month, the team at Streamside puts together a calendar of activities and events that all of our residents can participate in if they choose. In the Memory Care unit, there are a variety of activities focused on brain development and memory care. Between private beauty parlors, exercise classes, church services, gardening, and more, there is always something to do at Streamside!

Is Streamside Right For You?

Choosing to move yourself or a loved one to an assisted living community is a big decision to make, and we’re here to help answer any questions you may have about our facility, amenities, or assisted living and memory care in general. Give us a call today, we would be happy to talk to you!

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Fun, Homemade Winter Decorations for Seniors

Now that the seasons are starting to change in the Treasure Valley, it’s time to start thinking about the upcoming holiday season! The best way to get in the holiday spirit? Themed decorations! Whether you are wanting to spice up your living space, find activities to keep your brain active, looking for gift ideas, or are just excited for the coming months, holiday decorations are the way to go, and Streamside Assisted Living has you covered with some of the best ideas to get you started!

Homemade Ornaments

There is no better gift than one that is homemade. Ornaments are cheap, easy to make, and offer the option of a lot of customizability. The easiest way to start making a homemade ornament is to use a popsicle stick or two as a base, and decorate it with glitter, stickers, markers, and other small items. When they’re all done, you just have to attach a decorative ribbon to them and they’re ready to be hung up or given to family and friends!

Colorful Coasters

All of that wintertime hot chocolate and coffee have to go somewhere, right? There are many options when it comes to winter and holiday-themed coasters. You can start with actual ceramic tile as a base, or go simple and use a foam pad. If you’re going the ceramic route, you can use a combination of acrylic paints, nail polish, or watercolors to create your design. For the foam base, it would be best to glue felt or other foam to bring your ideas to life. You have the choice to make it however you want, and these can be actually used as coasters but they also make great ornaments!

Window Decorations

An easy way to winterize the view from a room (even if there isn’t snow on the ground outside) is with window decorations! These can range from all difficulty levels and be as artistic or as simple as you want. Some of the most popular include snowflakes made with glue, simple wreaths, and other pre-made hanging decorations that are ready to be customized to your liking.

At Streamside Assisted Living, we have an array of social and recreational activities that are sure to keep your loved ones entertained and having a good time in our community. Contact us or visit our website to see more of what Streamside has to offer!

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How to Help Your Immune System This Winter

While the winter months are rapidly approaching, the effectiveness of our immune system will naturally decline. We want to avoid this at all costs or at least do what we can to help keep it strong. If you are a senior and looking to boost your immune system, Streamside Assisted Living is here to help you. Read below to hear about some of our great tips to keep you healthy during the cold months!

Sleep

As a senior, one of the most important things you can do for your immune system is to get an adequate amount of sleep. It’s recommended that seniors get an average of 7 or 8 hours of sleep a night. Getting enough sleep helps your body fight off infections when they’re present. When you don’t get enough sleep, your T Cells are less effective in killing infected cells. Stress hormones are also lowered when you’re asleep, which also helps in fighting infected cells. Little known fact, naps are actually encouraged to give yourself a small boost in your immune system!
Make sure to limit your screen time before you go to bed if you usually have trouble sleeping. When looking at an electronic screen, there is a certain light that is emitted that causes our brains to want to wake up. Limiting screen time will help in falling asleep!

Get Some Exercise!

We all know that getting exercise is good for you, but did you know that one of the reasons it’s good for you is because it boosts your immune response? When you work out, you get your blood circulating better, and it helps to strengthen your immune response cells. So, just like getting good sleep, exercise helps increase the effectiveness of your body’s ability to ward off infection. Aerobic exercise is recommended for strengthening your immune system because you’re constantly moving. As a senior, you may have more limited options for staying fit. Some great options are to join a swim class or take regular walks around the neighborhood.

Reduce the Stress in Your Life

It’s proven that stress in our lives decreases the effectiveness of our immune response. As shown above, our bodies do a better job of fighting off infection when we’re asleep partially because our stress hormones are naturally lower. If you decrease the stress in your life, it will naturally boost your immune system. This varies from person to person, but a lot of the time something like yoga or mindful meditation can help. It also helps to make sure you have connections with people you can talk to. Have someone to vent to rather than letting your stresses simmer in your mind can help in calming you down!

If you’re looking for more tips on improving your immune system, there are plenty of great resources online. Our top tips will get you started on the right track, but there’s always more you can do to benefit your body. At Streamside Assisted Living, we are always doing whatever we can to help our community members. We make sure our members receive a great diet and comfortable living standards to keep them healthy. If you have any questions about assisted living, give us a call! Streamside is always willing to help!

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The Best Parts of Assisted Living

Assisted Living communities come with great benefits for residents that you just don’t get from living at home. From the community to the amenities to the safety and care provided, an assisted living community might be the best place for your loved ones. Making this list wasn’t easy for us because we are biased toward assisted living communities, but we wanted to highlight some of the great perks of being a part of one!

Community

Assisted living communities are just that – a group of people living in the same area with characteristics in common and a sense of togetherness. One of the tiers in Maslow’s Hierarchy of Needs is the need for belongingness, and that exactly what an assisted living community provides. At Streamside, this is what we strive for every day. We want our residents to feel that they are a part of our community, and we provide many ways to make that happen! Our assisted living center is designed to give residents as much independence as they want, while still being there to care for them when they need it.

Ameneties

Another great perk of assisted living communities? The amenities! We believe that making a variety of amenities available to residents is key to making sure our residents can get what they need, whether that be socialization opportunities, transportation services, or medication management. Additionally, Streamside provides three meals daily, in a community-style dining room, with a variety of food options, so even those picky eaters can still get the nutrients they need every day.

Saftey and Care

One of the most important parts of an assisted living community is the safety and care that it provides. This is one of our top priorities at Streamside; we want our residents to feel safe in our community and know that they can get the care they need. Our 24-hour medical staff includes a full-time nurse, CNA, and RN ready to assist any resident in an emergency. Each unit comes outfitted with an emergency call system, so help is never more than a button push away. In our Memory Care building, doors are protected with electronic keypads so those residents and their loved ones can be assured that they are safe within the boundaries of the property.

Is Assisted Living Right for Your Loved Ones?

As mentioned before, assisted living communities come with perks that you can’t get from living at home. The sense of community, a plethora of amenities, and enhanced safety and security are why many people choose Streamside. If you think this might be something you are interested in for your loved ones, don’t hesitate to contact us. We would love to answer any questions you might have or schedule a tour of our community!

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Staying Active in Retirement

As we all get older, it can be harder to do the things we used to, whether it’s remembering the names of our neighbors or swimming laps in a pool. However, there are many ways to stay active in retirement, both mentally and physically, that can be extremely beneficial to our overall health.

Staying Mentally Active

The brain is one of the most important organs in our body, so it’s crucial that we exercise it regularly throughout our lives, even in retirement! Now is a great time to break out the old board games and relive some of that nostalgia from years ago. There are plenty of board games out there that are specifically designed to improve memory and problem-solving skills, and for the more tech-savvy individuals, there are even more online. Brain games like puzzles or crosswords are scientifically proven to improve cognitive function, and you get to have fun while doing it!
Arts and crafts can also be extremely beneficial. By strengthening the connection between your brain and your hands, arts and crafts help to improve your mental ability while giving you the creative power to let your imagination run free!

Staying Physically Active

Staying physically healthy and active is just as important as exercising your brain. Whether you are just going on a walk or playing a recreational sport, allocating some time every day to move around will significantly improve your overall health. If possible, spend time outside! At Streamside, we realize the importance of physical activity, so we offer exercise classes to all of our residents.

Staying Socially Active

In retirement, it can be easy to lose touch with friends and family, but that shouldn’t be the case! Social activities are a must; they connect us together as people and help keep us mentally and emotionally healthy. There are a lot of good ways to socialize in retirement, including some of the above activities. You can play board games, get involved in a leisurely sport, or collaborate in other interests and hobbies with friends and family. Socializing is meant to be fun, and Streamside offers many different opportunities to get together with other people. Who knows, you might even find a new best friend!

One of our priorities at Streamside Assisted Living is to provide residents with the resources to stay mentally, physically, and socially active. With bingo nights, church services, pleasant outings, and more, there is something for everyone to do at Streamside!