St. Andrew’s Blog

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    Is Alzheimer’s Disease Genetic? (It’s Complicated)

    According to the Alzheimer's Association, more than 6.7 million Americans live with Alzheimer's disease, the most common form of dementia. Alzheimer's is characterized by symptoms like wandering and disorientation in the early stages before progressing to more severe symptoms like an inability to communicate, difficulty [...]

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    What is Aphasia in Alzheimer’s?

    As part of St. Andrews’ commitment to providing exceptional healthcare for our residents, we believe in sharing knowledge and insights to help you and your loved ones navigate the challenges associated with Alzheimer's disease and related conditions, such as a specific subtype known as Primary [...]

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    Why You Should Consider Pet-Friendly Senior Care

    There is a growing trend of pet-friendly retirement communities, assisted living communities, nursing homes, and senior housing options that recognize the invaluable role of pets in the lives of older adults. These environments are tailored to provide the best of both worlds: residents can enjoy [...]

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    Home Safety Tips for Seniors: What You Can Do to Make Your Home Safe

    At St. Andrew's, we understand the paramount importance of creating a safe and nurturing environment for older people. If you are an older adult still living in your own home or you are caring for a loved one personally, it is natural to be concerned [...]

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    Cardio Exercises for Seniors—Benefits & Best Aerobic Activities

    A healthy lifestyle is great for not just the body, but also the mind. And a major component of a healthy lifestyle is cardiovascular exercise or aerobic exercise. The health benefits of cardiovascular exercise go beyond just improving heart health and include: Healthy weight loss [...]

  • Osteoporosis Symptoms — What to Know About Osteoporosis

    Experts estimate that osteoporosis affects 200 million people all around the world. To put these numbers into perspective, the International Osteoporosis Foundation speculates that about a third of women and a fifth of men over the age of 50 will develop this condition at some [...]

  • Preventing Osteoporosis — 6 Tips and Lifestyle Tricks

    Many know that osteoporosis is a serious medical condition characterized by bone loss and low bone density that is common among older adults. What many people don't know is that there are many ways to help prevent osteoporosis, or at least minimize its severity. That's [...]

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    Understanding the Early Signs of Alzheimer’s Disease: Differentiating Between Normal Aging and a Cause for Concern

    Witnessing changes in cognitive function, especially those occurring in the early stages, can be a source of anxiety and uncertainty. It is a common experience for older individuals to grapple with minor forgetfulness or occasional confusion, often dismissed as ordinary age-related changes. However, it's essential [...]

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    What Mental Health Services Are Available to Seniors?

    The National Council on Aging (NCOA) estimates that one in four older people experience mental disorders, such as depression, anxiety, and dementia. What’s even more problematic is that 66 percent don’t get the treatment they need. At St. Andrew’s, we care about the well-being of [...]

  • Alzheimer’s Prevention: FAQ and Tips

    In the journey toward Alzheimer's prevention, adopting a holistic approach that encompasses physical, mental, and emotional well-being is your most effective strategy. Before we get started, let us first answer the most basic questions you have about Alzheimer’s prevention: Can Alzheimer's disease be completely prevented? [...]

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    Senior Living Terms Defined

    As the nature of senior living communities has evolved in recent years, so has the language! St. Andrew’s has created this guide to share some common senior living terminology that you may use—and what terms we think should be avoided. Contact us if you have [...]

  • Elder Fraud Abuse & Scams 101 — Spot Elderly Financial Abuse

    According to one FBI report, nearly 100,000 older adults in the United States were victims of fraud in 2021, with total fraud losses reaching $1,685,017,829 (yes, that's over $1 billion). That means that the average loss for each senior was tens of thousands of dollars. [...]