The Live Oak Update

Evolving Terms for Senior Care

24 January, 2015 0 comments Leave a comment

Internet Search Engine's (Google, Bing, Yahoo) are the leading resources for senior care and related topics.

From Google searches in 2014 the changing lexicon of the senior care consumer base is becoming specialized. 

The term nursing home as a catch-all term is quickly being replaced by much more descriptive terms such as: skilled nursing, memory care, or senior housing. 

For an overview and analysis of the changing terminology senior care can be found at A Place for Mom's Senior Living Blog.

3 Senior Mealtime Challenges

23 January, 2015 0 comments Leave a comment

Home Instead, Inc. produced a new study called Craving Companionship. 

Craving Companionship sought to study the mealtime preferences and habits of the 40 percent of seniors age 75 and over who live by themselves. 

Of the seniors living alone, two of every five seniors showed at least four signs of poor nutrition. 

The study continues to discuss the top 3 obstacles facing seniors who live alone and tools to help overcome those obstacles. 

1. Loneliness

Lack of companionship at mealtime has physical and emotional ramifications, from the type and regularity of meals to the quality of the mealtime experience as a whole.

The Craving Companionship Program, created because of this study, is made to encourage families to revive the family meal tradition for the benefit of their senior loved ones. The Craving Companionship Program also provides ways for bringing social connectivity to mealtime. The program's website also offers tips and resources for you to share with seniors and their families

2. Convenience Eating

Eating and living alone can cause a senior to rely on "convenience foods". 

Replacing "convenience foods" with both healthy and convenient food can help seniors make better choices. 

Easy to make foods like, eggs, frozen vegetables, and oatmeal are affordable options. 

The Nutrition for Seniors Workbook provides seniors and their families with a list of 12 essential foods for a healthy diet, as well as other tips to help seniors eat well. 

3. Irregular Meals

 For a lot of Seniors who live alone, eating alone means eating less or sometimes nothing at all. 

Seniors in the study reported that meals eaten by themselves often: 

lack in nutritional value, shorter in length and even have a less pleasant taste than meals shared with other people. 

When encouraging families to eat meals with their seniors, consider directing them to these helpful mealtime conversation starters to lengthen and enrich the shared mealtime experience.

We hope that this study and the resources offered will help with you or your loved one's nutrition.

Live Oak also has dining help and resources available to overcome these dining problems. 


Alzheimer's & Other Dementias Smart Phone App

22 January, 2015 0 comments Leave a comment

The great people have developed a convenient and free iPhone and Android App: 

Alzheimer's & Other Dementias Daily Companion

Available at the iTunes Store and the Google Play Store

"The Alzheimer's & Other Dementias Daily Companion is a pocket guide to help get you through all the dementia care situations you likely never dreamed you’d have to face.

The App's Features include:

25 topic categories containing close to 500 searchable pieces of advice from experts and other caregivers regarding:

Behaviors and situations

Emotional support

Helpful resources

Ask a Question” submission form if you can’t find the answer you’re looking for

Functionality to share advice from your own experience for the benefit of other caregivers

A built-in rating system for users to provide feedback on each tip so caregivers benefit from others’ insight and evaluation of the advice

24-hour caregiving assistance available via a toll-free phone number or email submission

Access to free Alzheimer’s and other dementias caregiver resources and training materials

Ability to access all of the solutions and tips without Internet connectivity"

Overall this is a smart phone app designed for caregivers

CaregiverStress Blog: Medication Mismanagement Problem

21 January, 2015 0 comments Leave a comment

The CaregiverStress Blog discussed the alarming problem of Senior's medication mismanagement.

"The statistics on medication mismanagement are scary. According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, there are nearly 700,000 emergency department visits for adverse drug events in U.S. for adults aged 65 years or older.  Up to 23% of nursing home admissions are due to the senior’s inability to manage their prescriptions on their own. And another startling statistic: 58% of all seniors make an error of some kind when taking their medication. Of those seniors, 26% of the errors are potentially serious."

Their post also includes a caregiver's real story highlighting the danger of medication mismanagement. 

Live Oak has a number of Medication and Routine Management systems available in our Caregiving Aids Section.

We offer the full line of MedReady Medication Management systems and the voice activated Reminder Rosie

Please give us a call at 888-940-0605 or send us an email at to see how Live Oak can help with you or your loved one's medication management . 

Exercise Proven Helpful to Diabetics

20 January, 2015 0 comments Leave a comment

A University of Calgary diabetes specialist has found that combining aerobics and weight training is twice as good for those with Type 2 Diabetes. 

You can read a copy of Dr. Ron Sigal and his colleagues from the University of Ottawa's findings here. 

For those suffering from Type 2 Diabetes it sounds like now is the time to contact your doctor and ask when you can start an aerobics and weight training plan!


Free Alzheimer's Training for Family Caregivers

19 January, 2015 0 comments Leave a comment

The website Help For Alzheimer's Families offers a number of extremely valuable resources for the challenge of Alzheimer's caregiving. 

Their Resources Include:

Online Live Chats

Scheduled online events where you have the chance to chat live with Alzheimer's experts.

Previous live chats have covered: 

Alzheimer's and Other Dementias: Gearing Up for the Holidays

Alzheimer's Q&A: Your Caregiving Questions Answered

Alzheimer's & Dementia: Techniques to Help Counter Difficult Behaviors

Online Classes

A variety of online courses are offered covering helpful care techniques.

Some of the topics covered in the online courses are: 

Understanding Alzheimer's and Dementia

Encouraging Engagement


Training Video Series

There are also instructional videos available in 2 different video series. 

The first video series shows how to have an improved care experience for your loved one by understanding Alzheimer’s and the other types of dementia.

Click Here for Video Series 1

The second video series helps you learn practical care techniques and considerations to provide better care for your loved one and yourself.

Click Here for Video Series 2

Also, there are a number of free in person caregiver workshops available across the US for family caregivers. 

Help for Alzheimer's Families, Alzheimer & Dementia free online support services are truly unparalleled. 


Super Senior Living Resources Video

16 January, 2015 0 comments Leave a comment

MonkeySee has produced a fantastic instructional video on finding the best available local Senior Resources.  

Their video demonstrates how to use the trusted resource

After searching you or your loved one's zip code a list of trusted local senior services. offers a variety options for those who prefer in home care to those who need assistive living facilities. 

Click here for the Demonstration Video 

For more Senior resources be sure to browse Live Oak's Links of Interest section.  

Senior Care Spectrum Bubble Graph

15 January, 2015 0 comments Leave a comment has created a useful bubble graph displaying the relationship between different levels of senior care and their costs. 

Simply plot the required level of supervision versus the bubble graph's Y-axis to determine the expected cost. 

From there you can see the level of Senior Care needed as well as a brief description of that level:

Senior Senior Living Spectrum Bubble Graph

For this and further Senior Care resources be sure to check out Live Oak's Links of Interest page. 

Optimistic Attitude, Healthier Heart!

14 January, 2015 0 comments Leave a comment

A new study has found that adults with an optimistic outlook have twice the chance of a healthy heart versus their more pessimistic equivalents.

The 5,000 Adult study took place at the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign for the American heart Association.

The Senior Journal has an excellent article detailing the study's process and details here:

Senior Journal- Most optimistic Older Adults Have The Healthiest Hearts

Eric Idle's "Look On The Bright Side of Life" can now scientifically be considered a cardiovascular classic!


6 Myths About The Aging Process

13 January, 2015 0 comments Leave a comment

A majority of people do not look forward to old age, and they fear the diminishment of their physical and mental capabilities.

But it turns out that what a lot of people believe about the aging process is wrong. 

US News and World Report recently published an intriguing list of some of the popular misconceptions about aging in the 21st century. 

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