Exercise Program at Bellevue Adult Family Home

Exercise is for more than just staying fit. It enhances the quality of life. At Bellevue Adult Family Home, we understand this. While exercise is often considered something that only the young or the physically fit can do, it is possible for older adults and those who are either out of shape or have a physical disability to do regular exercise.

It’s a matter of knowing your limitations and staying within those limitations while slowly extending them to increase endurance. In fact, endurance is the most important type of physical exercise for older adults. While building muscle tone is important, the point is not to become a weight lifter or a gymnast. Endurance enhances the quality of life for older adults and enables them to participate in life in a more active manner.

Endurance exercises are sometimes referred to as aerobic exercises.

Aerobic exercises strengthen the cardiovascular system, such as the heart and blood vessels, and improve lung function. They do this by increasing heart rate and improving lung function. These are both vital to improving endurance. Examples of endurance or aerobic exercises are walking; swimming, jogging and even sweeping, raking and dancing are aerobic exercises.

While older adults usually cannot do the strenuous aerobic exercises that younger people can do, like gymnastics, they can participate in an exercise program that is designed for their physical capabilities. At Bellevue Adult Family Home, we understand that everyone is different and strive to create exercise programs that are tailored to each individual’s personal needs.

We help people build up slowly. We understand that older adults can only do so much exercises and endurance building activities at one time. We help them exercise to the point of building endurance and to slowly increase what their bodies can do. We want them to win at these exercises and be motivated by the physical improvement that they see in themselves.

By staying within limits and building slowly. They can advance to a more enjoyable and productive life.

We encourage regular stretching exercises. Stretching protects against injury and increases flexibility and range of motion.

It is important to balance building muscle tone with endurance exercises that increase stamina and we provide a good healthy diet of nutritious food to ensure that older adults get the nutrition that they need. At Bellevue Adult Family Home, our first concerns are the comfort and health of our residents. We are dedicated to providing the best care possible because we understand that each person is an individual of value and deserves respect and assistance, regardless of their stage of life.

Care for Clnical Depression

While we all feel unhappy now and then, such unhappiness usually passes in a relatively short while. This is not true of people who suffer from clinical depression. Also called depressive disorder, clinical depression is chronic sadness or anxiousness that doesn’t go away or recurs frequently, usually several times per day.

Although the death of a loved one can cause depression and grief is a natural reaction, death can cause clinical depression in older adults who have suffered a loss. The elderly do not have as much future to fall back on and so any large loss can more easily create a sense of hopelessness that does not easily go away. Most older adults do eventually adjust to loss, but some do not. These people may need the type of assistance provided by Bellevue Nursing Home.

It should be recognized that depression is not just a normal element of aging. While most older adults are satisfied with their lives, those that do suffer from depressive disorder are less likely to talk about it, or do not show the obvious symptoms that younger people usually show.

Clinical depression can interfere with life activities. It can destroy the ability to work, can interfere with sleep and can sometimes result in loss of appetite or, conversely, overeating. Such an episode of depression may occur once in a person’s life and may take a long time to recover from. However, dysthymia (a type of depression) is somewhat less severe but considerable more long lasting. If it becomes chronic and the person does not recover, then that person may need the type of treatment and assistance provided by Bellevue Nursing Home. It is vital that a person who is suffering from depression regain emotional balance as much as possible. This may require short or long term treatment, as the case may be. They should be in a caring, quiet environment where their depression is less likely to be triggered and where they can get the psychological and medical attention that they need.

Depression is a cruel emotional affliction that can rob a person of hope, trust and, in the case of suicidal depression, can even rob them of their lives. It is a disorder that requires wisdom and understanding form those who care for an individual who suffers from depression. The staff at Bellevue Nursing Home understand how devastating depression can be, and have the skills and knowledge to assist a loved one who suffers from any type of depression.

Surviving Cancer and Assisted Living

The good news is that cancer survival rates are on the up swing. Earlier diagnosis, better treatment and greater awareness on the part of the public are all having a positive affect. For example, over sixty percent of the people diagnosed with cancer in the last five years are still alive today. The majority of theses people are over sixty because cancer affects older adults more frequently than it affects younger people. And so, there are many older cancer survivors in the Seattle area who may need Seattle assisted living.

An assisted living environment provides the support and care that individuals who are recovering from the devastation of cancer often need. Cancer treatment is also one of the more aggressive treatment methods and it’s often necessary to recover form the treatment as well as the disease.

While some cancers, such as pancreatic and liver cancer have a low survival rate; others like breast, skin cancers and prostate cancers now have an increasing rate of remission. Whatever the type of cancer an individual may suffer from, the need for ongoing care is often vitally important. It isn’t always possible to immediately return to a normal life. This is especially true of older people.

Since older adults may have other health issues, such as heart disease or diabetes, that can affect and complicate cancer treatment, recovery time may be extended. Age also affects treatment in other ways, causing a slower rate of drug assimilation into the body and an inability to tolerate radiation or chemotherapy. These circumstances can result in older people needing Seattle assisted living.

Also, although many cancer survivors can return to a normal life, there are many who have been sufficiently stressed by treatment that they will need follow up care in a Seattle assisted living environment. Not only must people cope with the emotional affects of cancer, as well as social and relationship changes brought on by the disease, they must deal with the pain and fatigue that often accompanies recovery. In such situations, it’s important to provide people with a caring and calm environment in which to recover.

Those who provide Seattle assisted living know what cancer patients are going through. They have the professional knowledge and compassion to help cancer patient’s progress on the road to recovery. Whether it’s long term care or short term care, helping recovering cancer survivors cope with daily problems or make vital lifestyle and health related decisions, those who provide Seattle assisted living are here to help.

Anxiety Disorders and Assisted Living Seattle

Anxiety disorders are when worries and fears become chronic. And long term. While anxiety is often a normal part of aging, older adults tend to be less subject to anxiety disorders than young people. However, whether old are young, a person with an anxiety disorder may need assisted living in Seattle.

There’s a difference between simple anxiety that can be caused by life circumstances, such as disease or the loss of a job, and anxiety disorder.

There are several types of anxiety disorders, including social phobia, the fear of being judged by others and panic disorder which is characterized by sudden attacks of panic, a sense of unreality and fear of impending doom. This can cause people to behave in an erratic manner and may require assisted living in Seattle.

Perhaps the anxiety disorder that has got the most press in recent years is post-traumatic stress disorder. Experiencing a traumatic event, such as an accident or an act of violence causes this. Post traumatic stress disorder was once called shell shock and was first diagnosed in World War One. It was thought at the time that the symptoms, hysteria, exaggerated nervous reactions, and flashbacks to traumatic events were caused by exposure to the toxic chemicals in bombs. It was only later that the cause was mental and not physical.

Another famous anxiety disorder is obsessive/compulsive behavior. This is characterized by performing certain actions over and over, such as repeatedly needing to check that the house is locked before getting in the car or any other of the many “rituals” such as having the same thoughts over and over. Other types of anxiety disorders include specific phobia, which is an intense fear of something that presents no immediate danger, such as fear of heights, fear of spiders, fear of dogs or the sight of blood. And general anxiety disorder, which is the flip-side of specific phobia and is expressed as a generalized fear where a person is worried and anxious over many trivial matters or keeps running down a list of fears, such as health, family problems or money. Even though there really is nothing to worry about.

Constant anxiety can be incredibly debilitating. It takes all the fun out of life and puts the person in a prison of fear. It’s not like they want to be afraid. They can’t help it. Anxiety disorders appear to be the mind’s attempt at avoiding being overwhelmed by the world or being confronted with circumstances that cannot be corrected. Such disorders make living difficult and people suffering form these disorders may not be able to take care of themselves and may need assisted living in Seattle.