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Going Online to Connect with Other Caregivers

Online caregiver groups provide support at your convenience

As a family caregiver, finding the time to do anything but providing 24/7 care and attention might seem impossible. But anyone managing the stress, demands, and isolation of the caregiving role needs support. Caregivers often hesitate to share their day-to-day ups and downs with friends, neighbors, or family members who may be willing to listen, but whose lives are on a different path.

In-person support groups offered at ISL communities, extend valuable face-to-face interaction, but attending meetings isn’t always feasible. Spending hours out of the house, and finding back-up care during that time, may seem unmanageable. And many caregivers don’t feel comfortable talking about their feelings in an in-person group setting.

Online support groups, on the other hand, provide a convenient, flexible forum that caregivers can pop in and out of whenever they have spare moments—and they can participate wherever they have access to a computer, smart phone, or tablet.

It’s a good idea to check out a few online support groups by browsing the topics and reading the posts. You may be required to register to participate, but you’re not required to post anything until you’re ready—if at all. Sometimes just reading other people’s stories can give you a needed boost and help you feel less alone.

Googling “online caregiver groups” will turn up plenty of options, but here are a few good places to start:

The Family Caregiver Alliance offers a variety of online support groups ( for caregivers of adults with different types of disorders and chronic health problems. sponsors groups for caregivers ( for caregiving tips, advice, and support from others who understand what you’re going through. hosts more than 50 online groups ( for different caregiving issues and situations.

Alzheimer’s Association offers ALZConnected, is free online community for everyone affected by Alzheimer’s or another dementia, including caregivers, for which they provide a caregivers forum (

AARP offers an online caregiving community ( that connects caregivers with others who have similar interests, experiences, and needs.

Medicare Open Enrollment for 2018


Open Enrollment is from October 15 to December 7, 2017 for plans starting January 1, 2018.

Medicare’s open enrollment period is the time when participants should review their current health and drug plans and decide if any changes should be made.

Medicare open enrollment options

During the Medicare open enrollment period you can:

  • Do nothing and keep your current Medicare medical and drug coverage as is.
  • Switch to a Medicare Advantage plan from Original Medicare.
  • Switch to Original Medicare from a Medicare Advantage plan.
  • Change Medicare Advantage plans.
  • Change Part D prescription drug plans, sign up for adrug plan if you don’t have one now, or drop drug coverage.

Over 65 percent of the plans have a quality rating of four or more stars, based on a five-star rating.

People with Medicare can change their choice of health coverage and add, drop or change Medicare Part D drug coverage.

During this annual enrollment period (AEP) you can make changes to various aspects of your coverage.

  • You can switch from Original Medicare to Medicare Advantage, or vice versa.
  • You can also switch from one Medicare Advantageplan to another, or from one Medicare Part D (prescription drug) plan to another.
  • And if you didn’t enroll in a Medicare Part D plan when you were first eligible, you can do so during the general open enrollment, although a late enrollment penalty may apply.


It’s very important that Medicare beneficiaries review their drug plan annually. Why? Because Medicare private drug plans can make changes each year; changes can include which pharmacies are in their networks as well as which drugs are covered and the costs.  Most people can only change their plans during the Fall Open Enrollment Period.


Find out whether medications you are taking will be covered on your plan next year. If your physician had to submit a prior authorization exception request and you need the same medication next year, call your plan to find out what you need to do to make sure that your plan continues covering your medication. Your physician may need to submit a new request and he may be able to do so before the end of the year to ensure that your coverage continues without interruption.


Where to get help

Visit to get information about plans in your area or call 1-800-MEDICARE. You can also get help by contacting your State Health Insurance Assistance Program. The “Medicare & You” booklet is available for download on the Medicare website.

65 or Older? Be prepared for the upcoming flu season

While flu seasons can vary in severity, during most seasons, people 65 years and older bear the greatest burden of severe flu disease.

  • In recent years, it’s estimated that between 71 percent and 85 percent of seasonal flu-related deaths have occurred in people 65 years and older
  • Between 54 percent and 70 percent of seasonal flu-related hospitalizations have occurred among people in that age group.

It has been recognized for many years that people 65 years and older are at greater risk of serious complications from the flu compared with young, healthy adults because human immune defenses become weaker with age. The flu can make existing health conditions worse and is especially dangerous for people with chronic health conditions, like heart disease and diabetes.  Seniors with these conditions are more likely to develop complications from the flu that can result in hospitalization and even death.

According to the CDC here are actions to take this flu season:

  • Get Your Flu Shot
  • The best way to prevent the flu is with a flu shot. CDC recommends that everyone 6 months of age and older get a seasonal flu vaccine each year by the end of October if possible. However, as long as flu viruses are circulating, vaccination should continue throughout flu season, even in January or later.
  • There are two vaccines designed specifically for people 65 and older:
    • The “high dose vaccine” is designed specifically for people 65 and older and contains 4 times the amount of antigen as the regular flu shot. It is associated with a stronger immune response following vaccination (higher antibody production).
    • The adjuvanted flu vaccine, Fluad, is made with MF59 adjuvant, which is designed to help create a stronger immune response to vaccination.

Note: People 65 years of age and older should not get the nasal spray flu vaccine, the intradermal flu shot, or jet injector flu vaccine.

We encourage all seniors to consult with their physicians about getting a flu shot this year.


With summer behind us, now is a time that many rethink the downsizing idea and utilize the fall to begin the process. Downsizing is daunting at best but can be especially important for seniors, whose homes have often been the repository of decades of collecting – and living. What may appear to just be clutter can indeed also be a trap. Many seniors feel they can’t leave their homes because they have so much stuff, so now may be the time to start working through the years of collecting so seniors can experience more freedom in their lives.

Here are some tips to help begin the process of helping older adults get rid of “Stuff”.

  1. Start Now- or better yesterday

No one thinks they should have waited longer to start the task, especially when knee deep in boxes.

  1. Questions require answers

When going through items before just trying to get rid of an item- ask the older adult about it- when did you last wear it? Is it sentimental? Does it work?

  1. Take a picture of it before it goes

What is important is the memory that the object evokes. With this in mind, take photographs of precious items that can be reviewed when needed.

  1. Junk or Treasure

What is one man’s treasure is another man’s junk. We are all familiar with this- take the time to evaluate and categorize items.

  1. Put in a nice box

OK, we all have items we just can’t get rid. For these get some nice, new boxes and put the items in them. Label them well with the contents. In 6 months or year’s time – revisit whether the post was even looked into- if not you may have the opportunity to get rid of it.

  1. Not all at Once

No one gets rid of all the stuff in one session. So be easy on yourself and the homeowner, knowing that it will take time and several visits to sort through years of accumulation.

  1. Don’t do it all on your own

You may not be able to do this all on your own- ask for help from family, friends, and professionals. Here is one group to check out that may be of assistance: National Association of Senior Move Managers

Stonecrest of Wildwood Opens Information Center

 New Senior Living Community to Open in 2018

Wildwood, MO (August 2017)— Stonecrest of Wildwood, a premier assisted living and memory care community under development embraces the best in the 21st century senior living. The new community is receiving attention from those interested to see what the spectacular it has to offer residents. To accommodate interest, an information center is now open for those interested in learning more. Opening in Spring of 2018, Stonecrest of Wildwood is managed by Integral Senior Living (ISL) and is the third such community in St. Louis, now joining Stonecrest of Clayton View and Stonecrest of Town & Country.

At the information center, you can review the floor plans, building renderings, design boards and actual community finishes. In addition, you may also receive information about services, features, and amenities that can be answered by our Sales & Marketing team. The Stonecrest of Wildwood information office is located at 251 Plaza Drive, Wildwood, MO 63040. It is open 8:30 am-5:00 pm Monday – Friday. For more information call 636-273-3900 or visit

“Through our new information center, we look forward to introducing our wonderful new community to those who live, work and reside in the Wildwood and surrounding area,” said Doreen Scarfino, Director of Sales and Marketing for Wildwood. “When residents choose Stonecrest of Wildwood as their home, they are choosing the premiere choice for assisted living and memory care in the west St. Louis area.”

Inspired by the vibrant lifestyle of the community, Stonecrest of Wildwood blends a touch of city and country living, setting a new standard of senior living. Stonecrest of Wildwood will set a new standard in Senior Living.  The distinctive yet comfortable community will feature a variety of amenities including an active bistro, theater, fitness center with occupational and physical therapy, computer and learning center, library, outdoor living spaces and much more. Residents will enjoy beautifully appointed suites, a calendar full of activities and outings and an award-winning dining experience, all within a dynamic community full of life. Stonecrest’s individually tailored programs provide the stability and safety needed for the independence their residents desire. Stonecrest strives to enhance residents’ experience with special attention to customizing support around their lifestyle.

When complete, Stonecrest of Wildwood will be comprised of 49 private apartments in assisted living, including studio suites, one-bedroom suites and two-bedroom suites. Stonecrest of Wildwood also will have 32 suites within
a specially designed memory care neighborhood, where care and compassion come first. The facility follows the Teepa Snow approach to memory care.

For more information visit



The Pointe at Lifespring Celebrates Grand Opening with Seas the Day Event

Knoxville, TN (August  2017) The Pointe at Lifespring, a new assisted living and memory care community is celebrating its grand opening with an open for everyone to attend. At the

Seas the Day event, guests will have the opportunity to tour the community while enjoying food, beverages, and entertainment and to hear  Mayor Tim Burchett speak. Affiliates of Dallas-based Meridian Realty Advisors, L.P. are the owner and developer of the community and it’s managed by Integral Senior Living (ISL).

Grand Opening Event Details:

Event Theme: Seas the Day

When: Tuesday, August 29, 2017 at 5:00 pm

Where: The Point at Lifespring

4371 Lifespring Lane, Knoxville, TN 37918

RSVP by August 28 to 865-687-5353

Nestled on a picturesque country ridge in northeast Knoxville, Tennessee, The Pointe at Lifespring offers seniors and their families the utmost in vibrant and comfortable living. With the latest and most innovative concepts and technologies in senior living, residents receive personalized attention, ensuring confidence and constant peace of mind.  The location provides for easy access to local hospitals and other healthcare providers, as well as shopping and dining. Situated off Washington Pike in Northeast Knoxville, the community is nestled into the hill with stunning Tennessee views. Overall The Pointe at Lifespring offers 68 beautifully finished apartments, featuring 40 assisted living and 28 memory care including studio, one and two bedroom suites.

Key features of The Pointe at Lifespring

  • Highly trained and compassionate staff – peace of mind day & night
  • Plantation- style architecture, with sunset views
  • Physical, spiritual and social wellness- whole person well-being
  • Spacious Suites-Studios, One, and Two- bedroom options
  • Vibrant Life Program- Nurturing an overall well-being and meaningful social connections
  • Dining by Design at The Spring House Grille– Featuring healthy resident favorites with a local flare
  • Personalized Care Plans- Customized to resident preferences
  • Family participation & partnership- continued bonding with loved ones and team members
  • The Peake Fitness Center– Maintain a healthy, energized lifestyle
  • The Hilltop Salon– Look your best, conveniently!
  • The Oasis Bistro Café– coffee and conversation with friends
  • Full-time concierge- Information from a friendly face
  • Local transportation- Special trips & appointments
  • Weekly housekeeping and laundry- hassle free lifestyle
  • Story of a Lifetime Assessment- life achievements matter
  • Beautiful courtyard, outdoor dining & garden areas- relax & enjoy the fresh air
  • Pet-friendly- because best friend’s may have fur!

Utilities included- no more surprising

Integral Senior Living to Manage Sunnycrest Senior Living


CARLSBAD, CA (September 5, 2017)— Integral Senior Living (ISL), a premier senior living management company, is pleased to announce it has been chosen to manage Sunnycrest Senior Living, an independent living and assisted living community located in Fullerton, CA. Along with Canyon Trails Senior Living in Canoga Park, CA, and Brunswick Village in Grass Valley, CA, Sunnycrest marks the third community ISL is managing for the DiNapoli ownership group.

“We are delighted to have been selected to manage another property for DiNapoli Capital Partners and look forward to seeing it continue to be a leading Orange County community,” said Collette Valentine-Gray CEO/COO of Integral Senior Living.

Sunnycrest offers 130 independent living and assisted living apartments, including studios, one-bed and two-bed residences. Recently the community underwent an extensive remodel, including all common spaces for residents to enjoy and individual apartment homes to a high standard of living residents have come to expect.  Ideally located next to St. Jude Medical Center and just a short drive from Brea, Yorba Linda, La Habra, La Mirada and Whittier, Sunnycrest is a community full of vibrancy and promise, working every day to build a strong community and Sunnycrest family.

Sunnycrest Senior Living is located at 1925 Sunny Crest Drive, Fullerton CA 92835. The phone number is 714-992-1999 and the website is

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 60 independent, assisted living and memory care properties throughout Arizona, California, Colorado, Florida, Georgia, Hawaii, Idaho, Indiana, Kansas, Michigan, Missouri, Nevada, Oklahoma, Oregon, South Carolina, Tennessee, Texas, Utah and Washington. 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.


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Stacia Kirby



5 Million Year Old Fossil Discovery Found During Development of Crestavilla Senior Living

Community is donating the fossils to be displayed at the Natural History Museum of Los Angeles

LAGUNA NIGUEL, CA (August 15, 2017) Recently as excavation work was being done at Crestavilla, a new resort-style senior living community in Laguna Niguel, history came to life.  Just four feet underground, various fossils including prehistoric whales, sharks, and one very unique six-foot long tuna were discovered on-site. Managed by ISL, Crestavilla is located at 30111 Niguel Road, in Laguna Niguel, CA and is scheduled to open later this year.

“It’s incredible what has been found on-site at Crestavilla,” said Chris Anderson, executive director of Crestavilla. “We are so pleased  the fossils will be on display and that we had the opportunity to donate them to such an incredible museum who will preserve them for everyone to see and enjoy for many years.”

Of particular interest is the one of a kind tuna fossil. It is the only complete, large tuna fossil skeleton ever found in North America . Its estimated age is between two and five million years old and is a new species of tuna.  In the future, it along with other fossils will be curated at the Natural History Museum of Los Angeles County. A replica will be created and have a permanent home at Crestavilla, along with other prehistoric whale bones, and shark teeth fossils.


“In the world of tuna studies, this find is very significant. It provides definitive information that the tuna genus extends back to the Pliocene.  It is, to the best of my knowledge, the most complete large fossil tuna skeleton ever found in North America. It appears to be a new species; that is to say that it does not seem to belong to any of the living tuna species,” said Joe Stewart, site paleontologist from Environmental Science Associates (ESA).   See and learn more about the excavation site and fossils at

Crestavilla  offers seniors the best in inspired coastal living. From its convenient location  to beautiful open atrium-style architectural design, it’s the first in the city to offer residents independent living, assisted living and memory care all in one location. It features the finest amenities and services comparable to a five-star resort including multiple restaurant venues, resort style pool and spa,  Top of the World rooftop deck- the largest in California and only in senior housing, concierge physician services, and more. In all, Crestavilla has over 80,000 square feet of indoor amenities to appeal to a healthy and invigorating senior lifestyle.

The community has 201 units, comprised of studio, one and two bedroom apartments. Spacious residences feature a custom selection of fine interior finishes to match the elegance of the entire community. The community is managed by Integral Senior Living (ISL), a premier senior living management company and owned by Steadfast Companies.

Stonecrest of Troy Celebrates Grand Opening

Troy, MI  (August 2017) Stonecrest of Troy, a new assisted living and memory care community celebrated its grand opening with a Made in Detroit event. Guests had the opportunity to tour the community while enjoying food, beverages, and entertainment. In addition to the event, the community partnered with the Alzheimer’s’ Association to raise awareness and funds for the Alzheimer’s Walk on August 26th as part of the grand opening celebration.

Located only minutes from world-class entertainment and shopping and just across the street from the Troy Community Center, Stonecrest of Troy is inspired by the vibrant lifestyle of the City. It sets a new standard for Senior Living providing luxurious accommodations, elegant dining options featuring “Anytime Dining”, 24-hour staffing and an active social program.

It offers a movie theater, library, hair salon and many outdoor spaces including patios, putting green and small dog park. Residents enjoy a stimulating activities calendar providing social, educational and recreational opportunities both in house and off site with regularly scheduled excursions to the best Troy and the surrounding cities have to offer.

Stonecrest of Troy features functional floor plan options of studio suites, 1 bedroom apartments & 2 bedroom apartments for residents who are fully independent to those requiring assisted living support. Its suites feature volume ceilings, large windows, open kitchenette, individual controlled thermostat, emergency call/pendant system, and much more.

The community is proud to offer a much needed, designated Memory Care neighborhood. For those with cognitive impairments, care is based on the Positive Approach to Care developed by America’s leading Alzheimer’s & dementia care expert and educator, Teepa Snow. The neighborhood, built with purpose, offers 32 private and shared suites in a warm, homelike environment featuring an interior outdoor courtyard.



ISL Communities Celebrate National Assisted Living Week®

Communities recognize deep connections between staff, residents during national observance

The ISL communities that offer assisted living for residents take part in the annual week long festivities celebrating National Assisted Living Week®. From September 10-16, ISL communities embrace this year’s theme, “Family is Forever” through a variety of activities.

The “Family is Forever” theme for National Assisted Living Week was inspired by a quote from the famed poet Maya Angelou: “Family isn’t always blood, it’s the people in your life who want you in theirs: the ones who accept you for who you are, the ones who would do anything to see you smile and who love you no matter what.”

“When moving a loved one into an assisted living community, you want the peace of mind that they will receive the utmost care by professionals who will treat them like their own family. At our communities, we could not take this responsibility more seriously,” said Collette Valentine-Gray, CEO/COO of ISL. “We want to take this National Assisted Living Week to thank our amazing staff who consistently go above the call of duty and innately develop deep connections with our residents.”

National Assisted Living Week was created by the National Center for Assisted Living (NCAL) in 1995 to recognize the role of assisted living in caring for America’s seniors and individuals with disabilities. The annual observance inspires assisted living communities around the country to offer a variety of events and activities to celebrate the individuals they serve, as well as to help educate members of the public about this distinct aspect of long term care.

For more information on National Assisted Living Week, visit, and to find an ISL community in your area which offers assisted living visit