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Good News! Recent Study Shows Fewer Seniors Are Developing Dementia

Dementia sufferers are also developing the disease at older ages

For years we’ve heard dire predictions that dementia rates would skyrocket as the population ages, grows increasingly overweight, and develops more diabetes and high blood pressure. But a recent data analysis published in the January 2017 issue of JAMA Internal Medicine has found that the prevalence of dementia is actually decreasing.

The nationally representative report showed that adults 65 and older with dementia dropped from 11.6 percent in the year 2000 to 8.8 percent in 2012. Those results support another, smaller-scale study released in 2016, which found that dementia rates dropped by 44 percent since the late 1970s through 2008.28

The New York Times reported that the downward trend is “statistically significant and impressive,” according to Samuel Preston, a demographer at the University of Pennsylvania who was not associated with the study.

Further, in 2000, people received a diagnosis of dementia at an average age of 80.7; in 2012, the average age was 82.4—indicating that the disease is starting at older ages.

Researchers are analyzing the data to determine the causes for the lower dementia rates. Currently, medical experts are looking at two factors: education and heart health. Researchers have found that seniors with more education are less likely to develop dementia than seniors who didn’t finish high school.

Scientists theorize that further education enhances brain development and gives people “cognitive reserve” that allows them to lose cognitive function to aging without developing full-blown dementia, or delays the onset of impairment.

Many doctors believe that the biggest reason for the decline is improved heart and circulatory health. Vascular dementias decreased the most in the study, likely because of better treatments for stroke, heart disease, and blood-vessel disorders. Regular exercise can bolster cardiovascular health at any age, which may help stave off or lessen age-related cognitive decline. Doctors advise people who already have heart health issues or chronic conditions like diabetes to carefully follow their treatment plans to reduce risk of dementia and other disorders.

 

March Is National Nutrition Month

This year’s theme is “Put Your Best Fork Forward”

National Nutrition Month is a nutrition education and information campaign held every March by the Academy of Nutrition and Dietetics. The campaign focuses on the importance of making informed food choices, developing sound eating practices, and committing to physical activity habits.

The theme for 2017 is “Put Your Best Fork Forward,” which reminds us that each bite counts. Small shifts in our food choices can reap benefits over time. The 2015–2020 Dietary Guidelines for Americans suggest starting with gradual changes—one forkful at a time—to create healthier, lasting habits for years to come. Whether you are preparing meals at home or making selections when dining out, Put Your Best Fork Forward helps develop the healthy eating style that’s best for you and your family.

“How much we eat is as important as what we eat, which is why this year’s National Nutrition Month theme inspires us to start with small changes in our eating habits,” says registered dietitian nutritionist and Academy of Nutrition and Dietetics Spokesperson Kristi King.

Key Messages of this Year’s Campaign

  • Create an eating style that includes a variety of your favorite, healthful foods.
  • Practice cooking more at home and experiment with healthier ingredients.
  • How much we eat is as important as what we eat. Eat and drink the right amount for you.
  • Find activities that you enjoy and be physically active most days of the week.
  • Manage your weight or lower your health risks by consulting a registered dietitian nutritionist. RDNs can provide sound, easy-to-follow personalized nutrition advice to meet your lifestyle, preferences, and health-related needs.

The Academy of Nutrition and Dietetics is the world’s largest organization of food and nutrition professionals. The Academy is committed to improving the nation’s health and advancing the profession of dietetics through research, education, and advocacy. Visit the Academy at eatright.org.

Who Qualifies for Senior-Care Tax Deductions?

Tax season can be especially stressful for seniors on a fixed income and for family caregivers of elderly loved ones—groups that include millions of budget-conscious Americans looking to keep expenses down.

The good news is that seniors and caregivers may be eligible for tax deductions for medical and dental expenses. Another bright spot in 2017 is that final tax returns are due Tuesday, April 18, three days later than the standard April 15 date. This year the 15th falls on a weekend and Monday, April 17, is Emancipation Day, a federal holiday, giving tax filers until April 18 to complete their returns.

Seniors receiving medical care in assisted living may qualify for tax deductions. This includes residents with Alzheimer’s or other forms of dementia who require substantial supervision to protect their health and safety.

Taxpayers married to or related to seniors requiring care may be eligible for deductions if the senior qualifies as the taxpayer’s dependent according to IRS requirements. Detailed information on dependency can be found at http://www.irs.gov/publications/p554/ch05.html. Additionally, the caregiver must provide more than half of the support for the senior during the year.

Which Senior Living Expenses Can Be Deductible?

For certain assisted living expenses to be tax deductible, the resident must be considered “chronically ill.” A doctor or nurse needs to have certified that the resident either:

  • Cannot perform at least two activities of daily living, such as eating, toileting, transferring, bath, dressing, or continence; or
  • Requires supervision due to a cognitive impairment (such as Alzheimer’s disease or another form of dementia). 

To qualify for the deduction, the senior’s personal care services need to be provided according to a plan of care prescribed by a licensed health care provider. This means a doctor, nurse or social worker must prepare a plan that outlines the specific daily services the resident receives.

Typically, only the medical components of assisted living costs are deductible and ordinary living costs like room and board are not. But if the resident is chronically ill and the facility is acting primarily for medical care and the care is being performed according to a certified plan of care, then the room and board may be considered part of the medical care and the cost may be deductible.

Residents who are not chronically ill may still be able to deduct the portion of their expenses that are attributable to medical care, including entrance or initiation fees.

Which Medical Expenses Can Be Deducted?

  • Premiums for insurance policies that cover medical care are deductible, unless the premiums are paid with pretax dollars. Generally, the payroll tax paid for Medicare Part A is not deductible, but Medicare Part B premiums are deductible.
  • Payments made for nursing services.
  • Medical fees from doctors, laboratories, assisted living residences, home health care, and hospitals
  • The cost of long-term care, including housing, food, and other personal costs, if the person is chronically ill.
  • The cost of meals and lodging at a hospital or similar institution if a principal reason for being there is to receive medical care.
  • Home modifications costs such as wheelchair ramps, grab bars, and handrails.
  • The cost of dental treatment.
  • The cost of travel to and from medical appointments.
  • Personal care items, such as disposable briefs and foods for a special diet.
  • Cost of prescription drugs.
  • Entrance fees for assisted living.
  • Room and board for assisted living if the resident is certified chronically ill by a healthcare professional and follows a prescribed plan of care. Typically this means that they are unable to perform two activities of daily living (ADLs) or require close supervision due to dementia or other conditions.

To claim the deduction, the medical expenses have to be more than 10 percent of the resident’s adjusted gross income. (For taxpayers 65 and older, this threshold will be 7.5 percent through 2016.) In addition, only medical expenses paid during the year can be deducted, regardless of when the services were provided, and medical expenses are not deductible if they are reimbursable by insurance.

For more information on what can and cannot be deducted for medical expenses see Publication 502 on the IRS Web site at http://www.irs.gov/pub/irs-pdf/p502.pdf.

Free Tax Preparation Help for Seniors and Caregivers

Preparing tax returns for seniors and caregivers can be complex, and tax rules may change from year to year. Need help? Consult a tax adviser, or get expert advice at an IRS-sponsored tax center free of charge. To find out what services these tax help centers offer, how to find one near you, and what you’ll need to bring when you visit, go to the IRS Web site at https://www.irs.gov/Individuals/Free-Tax-Return-Preparation-for-You-by-Volunteers

 

Stonecrest of Rochester Hills, a New Signature Community Opens Information Center

Rochester Hills, MI (March  2017) Stonecrest of Rochester Hills, a new community under development, is unparalleled amongst senior living communities in the area. The high-end residence is receiving attention from those interested to see what the spectacular new development has to offer. To accommodate interest, an information center has opened and is taking reservations. The community anticipates opening in fall 2017 and is managed by Integral Senior Living (ISL), a premier senior living management company.

 

At the sales office floor plans, building renderings, design boards and actual community finishes are available for review. In addition, information about services, features, and amenities can be answered. The Stonecrest of Rochester Hills sales office is located near the community at 1775 S. Rochester Road, Rochester Hills, MI 48307. Due to construction, the current Information Center is located next to the site, on the south side of the property next to Bordines. Look for flags indicating the entrance! It is open Monday-Friday from 9:00 am to 5:00 pm, and Saturday 10:00 am to 4:00 pm, Sunday by appointment only. To schedule an appointment, please call (248) 266-7680 or drop by during open hours.

 

Stonecrest of Rochester Hills represents a new type of retirement living community, from the warmth and authenticity of its architecture to the programs and activities fostering physical and emotional well-being. The upscale, elegant community will feature a variety of outdoor living spaces, an active bistro, theater, fitness center and more.  Residents will enjoy beautifully appointed suites, a calendar full of activities and outings, an award winning dining program and much more all within a dynamic community full of life. Individual choice and personal preferences are key to resident well-being. Stonecrest of Rochester Hills will offer individually tailored programs to provide the stability and safety needed for the independence residents’ desire.

The dining experience at the community will feature delicious food, great conversation, and an inviting atmosphere. The community’s signature “Dining by Design” program was developed to enhance social interaction, proper nutrition, and overall resident well-being, It won the Assisted Living Federation of America’s (ALFA) prestigious “Best of the Best” award, enabling the community to offer one of the best culinary programs in senior living.

 

The new community will offer 87 residences with 55 private apartments in assisted living including studio suites, one-bedroom suites and two bedroom suites and 32 suites within a specially designed Memory Care neighborhood with a wonderful & secured courtyard.  It is located at 1775 S. Rochester Road, Rochester Hills, MI 48307. For more information visit http://www.stonecrestofrochesterhills.com

 

About Stonecrest Of Rochester Hills

With an anticipated opening of fall 2017, Stonecrest of Rochester Hills will offer the finest in Assisted living and Memory Care options for residents. Located in Rochester Hills, MI the expert trained staff will provide residents with the highest standards of senior care services. It is operated by Integral Senior Living, which manages independent, assisted living and memory care properties. ISL is founded on a care philosophy that fosters dignity and respect for residents and promotes their independence and individuality. For more information visit http://www.stonecrestofrochesterhills.com

 

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Media Contact:

Kelly Brent

kbrent@stonecrestseniorliving.com

248-266-7680

Integral Senior Living to Manage Province

CARLSBAD, CA (March 2017) — Integral Senior Living (ISL), a premier senior living management company, is pleased to announce it has been chosen to manage Province Springs, a refined senior community located in Colorado Springs, CO. The community is being developed by The Wolff Company, a Scottsdale-based private equity firm, and is currently open for pre-leasing.

 

“We are pleased to be managing another community for Wolff, who’s belief in creating communities that care about resident’s lives is aligned with our philosophy and best practices,” said Collette Valentine CEO/COO of Integral Senior Living.

 

Once completed, Province Springs will offer 160 studios, one- and two-bedroom independent living residences designed for quality and style. The 4-story, garden-style development is located within the First & Main Town Center, a 1.4 million square foot shopping and entertainment destination just eight miles from downtown Colorado Springs. The community will feature best-in-class wellness services and strikingly sophisticated amenity spaces such as a fitness and yoga studio, a full-service salon, a relaxing spa, an arts studio and multi-purpose rooms for interacting with friends, family and neighbors. An indoor, heated saltwater pool and spa offers mountain views as well as resort-quality outdoor living areas including a putting green.

 

Province will offer outstanding dining experiences by partnering with Sodexo, world leader in Quality of Life services, and acclaimed chef and Food Network star, Beau MacMillan. Residents can choose from innovative seasonal menus in the modern-American restaurant and classic favorites with a twist in the pub. Through ISL’s award-winning Vibrant Life® program, seniors can experience an expanded active lifestyle with projects and activities that contribute to their overall health and well-being.

 

 

About The Wolff Company

Wolff has invested in, acquired and developed high-quality multifamily assets for more than six decades. The Company is headquartered in Scottsdale, Arizona and maintains offices in Washington, Massachusetts and California. Contact us at 480.315.9595 or visit us online at www.awolff.com.

 

About ISL

Integral Senior Living headquartered in Carlsbad, CA, manages a progressive selection of senior residences to meet the growing needs of today’s aging population. It currently manages 58 independent, assisted living and memory care properties throughout California, Arizona, Utah, Idaho, Texas, Colorado, Oregon, Washington, Illinois, Michigan, Missouri, Alabama, Oklahoma, Tennessee, Florida and Indiana. It is ranked the 20th largest senior living provider in the U.S. according to Senior Living Executive. ISL is founded on a care philosophy that fosters dignity and respect for residents and promotes their independence and individuality. The dedicated staff at each community is trained to maintain the highest standards of senior care services. For more information about ISL, visit Integral Senior Living’s website, blog and Facebook page.

 

Media Contact:

Stacia Kirby

206-363-1492

Stacia@kirbycommunicationsinc.com

The Ridge Senior Living Celebrates Grand Opening

The Ridge Senior Living, a new assisted living and memory care community managed by Integral Senior Living (ISL) is pleased to announce it recently celebrated its official grand opening with an event for the entire community. At the Roaring 20’s event, guests were encouraged to come in their best Gatsby dress while food, drink, tours, door prizes, and entertainment were in abundance.

“We are so pleased to open our doors to the Salt Lake City community. Our goal of providing outstanding senior living care in a beautiful and unique environment is now a reality,” said Gabby Money, director of sales and marketing for The Ridge. “We welcome everyone to come by and see what makes The Ridge so unique and special.”

Defined by a distinctive atmosphere, lavish amenities, exceptional hospitality, and innovative technologies, The Ridge is in a league all of its own. Continuous connection with caring staff and healthcare professionals allows residents and families to enjoy the highest quality senior living experience. The community’s commitment to excellence brings sophistication and elegance to the heart of Salt Lake City

The Ridge is a three-story building offering 148 assisted living and memory care apartments and underground parking. The design is modern utilizing many windows in the design to take advantage of the amazing views. In addition, the building features all the latest in technology to enhance residents’ lives. Two local companies worked on the project; Sahara Construction as the building contractor and AJC Architects as the designer. The project is owned by Dave Farrell, an independent developer of assisted living and memory care communities in California and Utah.

Key highlights of the community include:

  • Spacious apartments with designer finishes
  • Unparalleled views throughout the community apartments
  • Restaurant & bistro featuring choices of local, organic fresh and gluten-free options to savor
  • Environmentally conscious, solar powered community
  • State-of-the-Art wellness center to engage in a healthy lifestyle
  • Concierge services available
  • Housekeeping for a hassle-free lifestyle
  • Apartment pre-installed with Voice over IP Phone system, Basic Cable and Wi-Fi
  • Resident parking and storage areas available
  • Vibrant Life calendar to offer a variety of daily experiences and adventures
  • Personalized care plans based on individual preferences
  • Exceptionally trained, compassionate staff available day and night
  • Cutting edge emergency response systems & keyless entry

The Ridge is located at 2363 S. Foothill Dr., Salt Lake City, UT 84109. For more information visit http://www.TheRidgeSeniorLiving.com

About The Ridge

Located in Salt Lake City, Utah, The Ridge Senior Living provides the finest in assisted living and memory care options for residents. It is operated by Integral Senior Living, which manages senior living communities. ISL is founded on a care philosophy that fosters dignity and respect for residents and promotes their independence and individuality. For more information visit http://www.theridgeseniorliving.com.

Integral Senior Living to Manage Revel Senior Living Community

Integral Senior Living (ISL), a premier senior living management company, is pleased to announce it has been chosen to manage Revel, a refined senior community located in Henderson, Nevada. The community is being developed by The Wolff Company and is located at 1505 Wigwam Parkway, Henderson NV 89074. It is anticipated to open for preleasing in early 2017.

“We are pleased to have been selected to manage this community and look forward to providing the highest standards of senior services to make this the choice community in Henderson,” said Collette Valentine CEO/COO of Integral Senior Living.

When open, Revel, will offer 146 one- and two-bedroom independent living residences. Services and amenities will be of the utmost importance at this new community. Revel will offer unique dining options by partnering Sodexo and acclaimed chef and Food Network star, Beau MacMillan, in the development of two farm-to-table restaurant experiences. Revel will also offer an active lifestyle for seniors through ISL’s award-winning Vibrant Life program.

About The Wolff Company

Wolff has invested in, acquired and developed high-quality multifamily assets for more than six decades. The Company is headquartered in Scottsdale, Arizona and maintains offices in Washington, Massachusetts and California. Contact us at 480.315.9595 or visit us online at www.awolff.com.

About ISL

Integral Senior Living headquartered in Carlsbad, CA, manages a progressive selection of senior residences to meet the growing needs of today’s aging population. It currently manages 58 independent, assisted living and memory care properties throughout California, Arizona, Utah, Idaho, Texas, Colorado, Oregon, Washington, Illinois, Michigan, Missouri, Alabama, Oklahoma, Tennessee, Florida and Indiana. It is ranked the 20th largest senior living provider in the U.S. according to Senior Living Executive. ISL is founded on a care philosophy that fosters dignity and respect for residents and promotes their independence and individuality. The dedicated staff at each community is trained to maintain the highest standards of senior care services.

ISL Inspires: Helping Louisiana Flood Victims

Integral Senior Living (ISL), a premier senior living management company, is always looking at new ways to innovate. Staying true to its mission, it created ISL Inspires, a program designed to give back to local communities in a variety of ways. Most recently, ISL Inspires took on the mission to engage corporate and community staff, residents, and family members to help raise money for Louisiana flood victims. In all the campaign raised $16,551.00 which was given to the non-profit organization Samaritans Purse to distribute the funds to victims.

“As part of ISL Inspires, we challenged all our communities to take part and raise funds for the flood victims in Louisiana. Working together for a common cause and goal, we were humbled by not only the monetary support we received, but the enthusiasm from everyone involved in this wonderful effort,” said Collette Valentine, CEO/COO of ISL.

ISL Inspires chose to assist residents of Louisiana who were victims of the devastating flood, which took place in August 2016. It was the worst US disaster since Hurricane Sandy. Thousands of people in Louisiana lost everything and help is needed, many did not imagine nor think they could become victims of a flood of this magnitude.

The check for $16,551.00 was presented to a representative of Samaritans Purse at ISL’s Executive Director meeting recently held in New Orleans.

About ISL

Integral Senior Living headquartered in Carlsbad, CA, manages a progressive selection of senior residences to meet the growing needs of today’s aging population. It currently manages 59 independent, assisted living and memory care properties throughout Alabama, Arizona, California, Colorado, Florida, Georgia, Idaho, Indiana, Michigan, Missouri, Nevada, Oklahoma, Oregon, Tennessee, Texas, Utah, and Washington.  It is ranked the 17th largest senior living provider in the U.S. according to Senior Housing News. ISL is founded on a care philosophy that fosters dignity and respect for residents and promotes their independence and individuality. The dedicated staff at each community is trained to maintain the highest standards of senior care services.

Wardman Group Acquires Summers Landing Polo Road

Senior living community embarks on major renovation and is managed by ISL

The Wardman Group, based in Washington, D.C., announced today that its affiliate has acquired Summers Landing Polo Road, a 92-unit senior housing property in Columbia, SC. Wardman hired senior housing management company Integral Senior Living (ISL) to manage the property.

The property was re-named “Amara Place at Columbia” shortly after closing and Wardman has embarked on a $1.4 million renovation of the property featuring:

  • Interior renovations of the common areas, including new furniture, carpeting, and artwork;
  • Exterior upgrades to the landscaping, drive aisles, and exterior painting;
  • Expansion to the dining area to allow for a more vibrant dining experience for its residents; and
  • Increase the size of the memory care wing from 14 units to 22 units.

“In addition to upgrading the property’s physical plant, our main goals are to improve the quality of the property’s resident care, food service, and overall staffing,” said Wardman CEO Thad Paul. “As The Wardman Group’s first investment, this acquisition fits our core competencies given its attractive location in the Southeastern United States, the positive supply and demand fundamentals of Columbia’s senior housing market, and the opportunity to add value in the near term by improving the property.”

“We’re off to a quick start at the property with several new management hires that will help improve operations immediately,” said Collette Valentine, CEO/COO of ISL “We look forward to bringing our management and operating experience along with ISL best practices to Amara Place.”

Amara Place is ISL’s first senior living community in South Carolina and the company’s 59th location overall.

Post-renovation, Amara Place at Columbia will feature 38 independent living, 32 assisted living, and 22 memory care apartments. Amara Place offers comprehensive assisted living services for those who choose or require assistance with their daily needs, but who wish to remain as independent as possible. A wide range of services and activities for residents that provide social, educational, and recreational opportunities is offered. Residents will also enjoy ISL’s award-winning Dining by Design program, which provides a personalized restaurant dining experience and Vibrant Life, a program designed to enrich resident’s lives

Amara Place at Columbia is located at 651 Polo Road in Columbia, south of Two Notch Road, east of Sesquicentennial Park, and north of Interstate 20.

About The Wardman Group

The Wardman Group is a boutique real estate investment and asset management firm founded in 2016. The Wardman Group focuses on opportunities in the hospitality and senior housing sectors, where it targets under-valued assets, whether due to property condition, management capabilities, capital flows, or cycle timing.  The firm also asset manages properties on behalf of third parties in areas that align with its core competencies.

About ISL

Integral Senior Living headquartered in Carlsbad, CA, manages a progressive selection of senior residences to meet the growing needs of today’s aging population. It currently manages 59 independent, assisted living and memory care properties throughout Alabama, Arizona, California, Colorado, Florida, Georgia, Idaho, Indiana, Michigan, Missouri, Nevada, Oklahoma, Oregon, Tennessee, Texas, Utah, and Washington.  It is ranked the 17th largest senior living provider in the U.S. according to Senior Housing News. ISL is founded on a care philosophy that fosters dignity and respect for residents and promotes their independence and individuality. The dedicated staff at each community is trained to maintain the highest standards of senior care services.

Support and Recognition for Caregivers’ Contributions

Caregiver’s “Bill of Rights” stresses self-care and dignity

The concept of a Caregiver Bill of Rights is not new. Its origins are sometimes disputed, but many agree that it arose more than 30 years ago after the publication of a book called CareGiving: Helping an Aging Loved One by Jo Horne (AARP Books, 2015). A landmark work that is still relevant to caregivers today, the book addresses all aspects of day-to-day caregiving, and emphasizes the vital relationship between the care provider and recipient.

Caregivers handling the stresses, challenges, and emotional toll of caring for an aging family member—especially caregivers who often feel undervalued, abandoned, overburdened, and overwhelmed—should familiarize themselves with these basic tenets that champion all caregivers’ rights to practice self-care, preserve their own individuality, seek help from others, take pride in their contributions, and to expect acknowledgement and respect for what they do.

Caregiver’s Bill of Rights by Jo Horne 

I have the right:

  • To take care of myself. This is not an act of selfishness. It will give me the capability of taking better care of my loved one.
  • To seek help from others even though my loved ones may object. I recognize the limits of my own endurance and strength.
  • To maintain facets of my own life that do not include the person I care for, just as I would if he or she were healthy. I know that I do everything that I reasonably can for this person, and I have the right to do some things just for myself.
  • To get angry, be depressed, and express other difficult feelings occasionally.
  • To reject any attempts by my loved one (either conscious or unconscious) to manipulate me through guilt, and/or depression.
  • To receive consideration, affection, forgiveness, and acceptance for what I do, from my loved ones, for as long as I offer these qualities in return.
  • To take pride in what I am accomplishing and to applaud the courage it has sometimes taken to meet the needs of my loved one.
  • To protect my individuality and my right to make a life for myself that will sustain me in the time when my loved one no longer needs my full-time help.
  • To expect and demand that as new strides are made in finding resources to aid physically and mentally impaired persons in our country, similar strides will be made toward aiding and supporting caregivers.