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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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Making Friends as an Older Adult

If you’re living in an assisted living facility you’re already in a prime place to make connections and friends. Throughout our lives, our friends and family can grow apart. There are too many circumstances when we age that put us in situations where we lose touch with some really great people. If anything, it can be discouraging to try and make new friends, especially if you can’t remember how you made your original ones in the first place. The hardest part is being the new kid at an assisted living center. However, we’re here to make the friend-finding process a bit easier. Follow these tips and tricks to help you meet new people and form unforgettable bonds.

Friend References

At this time in your life, it’s ok to be picky about who you want to become friends with. Using your previous or current friends as a reference for the kinds of people you get along with is helpful. Think about what traits you like about them and which ones get on your nerves. That way, you can harvest more valuable relationships as opposed to surface-level. It’s ok to not be popular at this point in time. We aren’t in high school anymore.

Don’t Shy Away From Technology

A big part of why Facebook and other social media platforms are popular is because it’s an easy and convenient way to share your hobbies and interests with everyone. It’s also an easier way for introverts to connect with each other. If you are more on the shy side, it can be a great way to reach out to people with similar interests without meeting face-to-face. Granted, you should not shut yourself in, start by building a community in the place that you are currently in and while you’re separated, use social media to stay up to date.
In fact, there are many Facebook groups in the local Boise area and Treasure Valley that are dedicated to specific niche interests. Start there if you’re interested in becoming part of an online community.

Take Advantage of Weekly Activities

At Streamside Assisted Living there are an abundant amount of activities for you to participate in. Take advantage of the activities that interest you the most at your assisted living facility. Being the new person only lasts for so long. Soon enough you’ll be a regular! The hardest part is going. Motivate yourself using these 3 methods backed by science; get positive, get rewarded, get peer pressure. In this case, hopefully, the reward would be making a new friend.

Look in the Mirror

One of the first things you should do before going out and trying to make friends is to look at yourself and within yourself. Tell yourself all of the positive qualities about what makes you unique and what kind of friend you would be to another person. You may have thought you fully understand yourself after having your mid-life crisis, but with a huge shift in your overall surroundings and schedule, it can be hard to avoid another identity crisis. Knowing what kind of person you are will help you find out the kind of people you want to surround yourself with. Some people are low maintenance, while others can be high, you just have to figure out what type of friendship you will treasure the most.

Assisted Living in Nampa

At Streamside it’s important you have the autonomy to make the friends you want in a community that supports building healthy friendships. With us, you will feel like you are in your own private home without the hassle of daily chores. If you still aren’t sure about an assisted living center, check out our FAQ page to make sure it’s the right fit for you or your loved one.

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Fall Décor Ideas in Assisted Living

The holiday season is here. Don’t let your assisted living apartment feel cold and uninviting. Get cozy with these charming décor ideas.

Placemats & Centerpieces

If you have a smaller table in your assisted living apartment, then don’t be afraid to mix and match the placemat colors. Use variations of yellows, oranges, reds, and browns. You can also create amazing centerpieces with pomegranates and decorative pumpkins.

Orange Accents

Nothing says fall more than orange blanket and pillow accents. To create an autumn mood, purchase a throw blanket or pillow that mimics the color of foliage in fall. Choose one that is cozy as well. The weather may be chilly so stay warm in style. It can also be used for general décor since the color orange creates a sense of warmth, making the space feel more inviting.


To reduce the hazard of tripping, buy battery-powered candles that can be placed in plastic pumpkin holders. If you are wanting to replace any of the lighting in your apartment, opt for warm white or orange glow lights that can still offer high visibility at night.

Simple Pictures

Sometimes more simplistic décor is all you will want to create an autumn ambiance. Because the leaves are falling all over, if you find a beautifully colored one, place it on a piece of white paper and frame it for a clean seasonal look.

Chalkboard Recipes

Craft stores have gotten clever for fall décor this year. You can find several chalkboard frame variations that has either leaves, pumpkins, or some other kind of fall aesthetic on them. Write down your favorite pumpkin pie recipe or little holiday family reminders. The chalkboard will also aid in memory recall for seniors needing memory care services.

Grandchildren Crafts

We all know that the little ones are given fall crafts to make during school. These made-with-heart craft projects are perfect for fall decorations in a senior assisted living facility. It becomes even better when there is a photo attached to really bring in a sense of family. Create a magnet out of the craft, or frame it on your side table, for a small autumn boost.

Sentimental Value

Some assisted living apartments are smaller than the house or apartment a senior was in before transitioning. So, for family members, it can be very special for you to bring in décor from your own home or décor from their home that they’ve put away when moving. A lot of the time most holiday decorations are put in a box never to be found again. By taking the time to dig through your garage, you may find memorable decorations that would bring value to the assisted living apartment your loved one is in.

Before You Go

Before going to Hobby Lobby or Michaels be sure to check the guidelines of your assisted living center. Some décor may not be up to code, or just pose a hazard to the facility. Keep in mind physical capabilities, and health too. Enjoy this season and be sure to surround yourself with family and friends. The holidays are meant to be celebrated, so whether you want to do one of the above or many of the above, choose décor options that will make the apartment feel more like home.

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Identifying and Managing Anxiety

While initial discomfort in senior living may be overcome by simply personalizing private spaces and nesting in the environment, prolonged discomfort may be a result of preexisting or newly developed anxieties. This is not to say that the growing pains of transitioning into a senior living community or occasional anxiety upon socializing is an extension of some greater problem. However, in order to accommodate for known and unknown needs of residents, keeping an eye out for previously overlooked or dismissed concerns makes senior living such a uniquely helpful tool for the senior community.

Anxiety comes and goes but it also looks and feels different for everyone. Recognizing when your friends, your peers, your family, or even you, yourself, are tackling stress and anxiety is a big, first step in the right direction. While management of these feelings may introduce unexpected challenges, having an appreciation for the awareness and consciousness of them has a huge positive impact on quality of life – diagnosed condition or not. Below we have listed common representations of anxiety in the senior community ranging from infrequent to diagnosed conditions

Anxiety Conditions


A phobia is considered a heightened, irrational fear of a place, item, or event which would otherwise not be threatening. Specific but typical phobias for seniors include: death, disaster, dentistry, elongated travel (time or distance), public spaces and heights.

Social Anxiety

This form of anxiety can manifest itself in many different ways. Extreme self-consciousness, overwhelm, fear or perception of judgment, fear or perception of embarrassment are all examples of social anxieties.
Residents managing dementia conditions often experience social anxieties as a result. Sensitivity and management practices are a invaluable in memory care residences because of the nature of those respective memory conditions and related conditions like social anxiety.

Post-Traumatic Stress Disorder

PTSD is  linked to a specific traumatic event or experience that provoked a physical threat or the perception thereof. Expressions of PTSD may take month or even years to present publicly or even consciously for the individual.
In the senior population, PTSD is often triggered by newly developed disabilities or similar contemporary representations of the previous threat and/or trauma.

Generalized Anxiety Disorder

Where the preceding expressions of anxiety are often pinpointed to specific experiences, generalized anxiety disorder is manifested through enduring worry, upset, or feelings of threat. Symptoms that are common to older individuals can include: fatigue, head/chest pains, muscular tension, twitching, hot flashes as well as difficulty relaxing, resting, and concentrating.

Co-Occurring Symptoms

While not an explicit form of anxiety, co-occurring symptoms are often common for individuals managing their anxiety. The variation between depression and anxiety can often be difficult to discern but research has shown that these two conditions, especially, occur concurrently. There are also researchers upholding claims that certain neuropsychiatric conditions – like anxiety – are instinctive to dementia.


Keeping an eye out for co-occurring symptoms is another primary function for assisted living staff and other senior living communities. Understanding you or your family member’s conditions and overall needs is crucial to their experience not only as someone managing mental health but as an individual.

Note that this is a brief overview of anxiety behaviors and conditions. If you would like to learn more, the American Association for Geriatric Psychiatry offers many resources, especially on anxiety. However, if you are feeling regular or constant anxiety, please reach out to a staff member (for those living in a senior community) or meet with your health care provider for a mental health referral. Remember, there are professionals that are equipped and eager to aid in your management of these and other complex experiences. Maintaining an awareness and understanding of mental health is of utmost importance for senior living in private and social experiences.