The Importance of Humor for Seniors

1Hi Anthony Diaz here at Rosa’s Chante Adult Care Home to talk about the importance of humor for seniors. Looking at the difficulties that seniors continuously have to face, such as memory loss, declining health, loss of loved ones and spouses, sometime it seems hard to stop and look at what may be funny about any of this. It is important to introduce or help find a way to having humor and laughing in a senior’s life.

Accessing humor, leading to laughter can release endorphins that in turn helps us feel happy and content and lead to lessening our pain and stress, as well as lowering our blood pressure and providing a sense of mental well-being. In seniors, this can mean the difference between suffering as they continue to age and making the most of their lives as they are.

Here at Rosa’s, we try to encourage opportunities for finding humor like during our creative activity time the talk around the table will often be about funny stories the residents tell about from memories or joking around about how this or that doesn’t work right any more. We also show funny movies, these can even reach people that may be less verbal, but yet still able to smile and laugh.

Finding ways to stimulate humor, as sometimes the illness, hopelessness, or memory loss may stunt someone’s ability to find what is funny in life any longer, can be a challenge, but back to sometimes the silliest things like playing a game or doing funny skits and telling jokes can get the ball rolling, so to speak. It is important to keep in mind that the caregiver’s humor may be of a different time than an elderly residents, so remember that humor is to be humorous to the larger group.

There are studies that show the beneficial effects of laughing are far-reaching and long term. Think about how laughter affects you. The importance of humor for senior can make the difference between just existing and living out their lives.

 

Knowledge Is Required

1Hi, this is Anthony Diaz with Rosa’s Chante Adult Care Living. Many people open senior care homes because they feel it could be a way to make money. Truth is, this growing population of people that are in need of 24-hour personal care is steadily increasing. What is further increasing is the knowledge that is required to give this sort of care.

What I have discovered in my decades of working with this population is that there are so many people who do not fully understand what it means to provide a person with 24-hour personal care. It is not as easy as one thinks and it is not just providing the care itself, it is also understanding the struggle for the people and their families who need this care.

This is why I am so active in educating the public. It is because increasing the amount of people who have the necessary skills needs our attention as if we do not, we will not have the proper people caring for this population. I heard too many stories about caregivers and seen too many family members struggle with their love ones and this affects everyone.

You see the facts and figures about our aging population seems to be something that no one is talking about. Truth is, Alzheimer’s disease is expected to triple by 2050, from 4.7 million patients in 2010 to 13.8 million by 2050. Alzheimer’s is currently the sixth leading cause of death in the United States, according to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. 15 percent of the population 70 and older has dementia.

We need to educate the public more and more about these diseases that include memory loss and how to cope with it. At Rosa’s we are experts in memory loss illness such as Alzheimer’s and dementia. I am not here to tell you to bring your family member here as normally there is a waiting list for us, I am saying be sure the home you choose, has the knowledge that is required to give this sort of care.

So no, opening an adult care home is not about making money, it is about providing comfort, care and education. Money simply cannot buy that because knowledge is required.

 

Hospice Services

Anthony1Hi this is Anthony Diaz with Rosa’s.  Adult care homes are  single-family residences licensed to provide care for small groups of  adults. These homes go out of their way to make sure that the living  environment looks and feels like a real family environment. From décor  to how meals are prepared, adult care homes make sure that people who  live their really feel at home.

 Hospice focuses on caring, not curing people who are nearing the end  of life. Hospice care provies health care that maximize comfort for a  terminally ill person by reducing pain and addressing physical,
psychological, and social needs while working with spiritual needs of  the family and the loved one who is preparing to pass.

Some hospice care is provided at home, while other care is provided in
facilities and hospice centers. Rosa’s provides hospice care and works
with individuals and family members during a difficult time of life
and death. I am proud that our staff is courteous, professional and
are trained in symptom management. At Rosa’s we try to offer
exceptional care that focuses on the hope for each new day.

I know how important it is for your loved one to be at home when they
are facing end of life. Because I understand how valuable it is to
provide a home environment and sometimes families do not have the
capability to be with their dying loved one, I am proud to be hospice
as well as adult care.