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Cedar Hill Senior Care Resource Library

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Glossary of Senior Living Terms
This Glossary of Senior Living Terms is designed to give you a clear understanding of commonly used terms that might come up during your search for senior housing and care.

Answers to some of the most frequently asked Questions at Cedar Hill Continuing Care Community

How to Choose an Assisted Living Community
Looking for an Assisted Living Community for your parents can be an overwhelming experience. Our owner Patricia Horn gives great advice on what to think about and what to look when beginning the search for the right Assisted Living Community for your loved one.

When is it Time? Signs That Tell You It’s Time for Assisted Living
No one wants to move from their home into assisted living. However, in some cases, it is the best option to keep elderly or aging parents safe and healthy.
To determine if it’s time for assisted living, or if your elderly parent can safely remain at home, take a good look at the present housing situation, health status, and medical needs, ask yourself these questions.

How to Make a Memory Box
For seniors with Alzheimer’s, a memory box helps recall people and events from the past. These memories, thought to be lost, can stimulate the senior emotionally and prompt conversation with loved ones.

Cedar Hill’s Top 40 Best Gifts for Residents
Still shopping for last minute gifts? Giving a gift to a friend or family member who has moved into a Senior Living Community can be a bit tricky. Here at Cedar Hill we have a wide variety of residents with differing needs. Here’s a guide to help you choose.


These resources are shared to help caregivers with some of the most common challenges they face. From communicating with a physician to caring long distance, we hope these guides will support you in your caregiver role.

Is It Time to Find Elder Care For Your Aging Parent?
Now that the holidays are over, it may be time to explore options for mom or dad’s care needs.

Alzheimer’s Caregiver Guide
Tips for helping caregivers cope with a loved one’s Alzheimer’s diagnosis.

Partnering with Your Loved One’s Physician
Learning how to work with physicians in diagnosis and care of your loved one.

So Far Away: Advice for Long Distance Caregivers
Answers to questions for long distance care giving.

Memory Loss, Alzheimer’s, and Dementia

Alzheimer’s Tips
Quick tips to use during a dementia crisis.

Alzhemier’s Disease-Unraveling the mystery
Research to understand the difference between the healthy brain and an Alzheimer’s brain.

Alzheimer’s – What to do Booklet
What you need to know and do for Alzheimer’s disease.

Learning how to respond to dementia behavior issues.

What Happens Next
A booklet to use after the diagnosis of Alzheimer’s Disease.

Preventing Alzheimer’s
The search for prevention and cure of Alzheimer’s Disease.

Staying Safe with Dementia
A must-read for families of a loved one with dementia. Offers safety advice on wandering, driving, traveling and more.

Health & Wellness

Being proactive in managing your health is the best way to maintain your optimum quality of life. We’ve pulled together information on a wide variety of wellness topics ranging from ways to manage arthritis to taking charge of your diabetes.

Arthritis Advice
Learning to understand arthritis and its many forms.

Understanding Osteoporosis: The Bone Thief.

Depression and Aging
How to recognize when “the blues” may actually be a sign of depression.

The importance of knowing when to ask for help for forgetfulness.

High Blood Pressure
Why high blood pressure is often referred to as “the silent killer.”

Stroke Symptoms
Understanding the importance of a quick response to the symptoms of stroke.

What you need to know about the diagnosis and treatment of stroke.

NIH on Heart Health
Helpful tips from NIH to keep your heart healthy.

Aging Heart and Arteries
The effect of the aging process on hearts and arteries.

Taking Care of Your Teeth and Mouth
Understanding the role dental health plays in overall health.

Diabetes-a serious disease that can be managed.

Take Charge of Your Diabetes
A guide for tracking and controlling your diabetes.

Be Active
How active are you? Guidelines for getting and staying active.

Exercise and Physical Activity
What the NIH says about exercise and physical activity.

Yoga and Back Pain
Eliminating pain through yoga.

Senior Chair Exercises
You can get exercise even while sitting in a chair!

Dietary Supplements
Adding needed nutrients to your diet through the use of supplements.

My Plate for Older Adults
Monitoring your nutrient intake through the use of My Plate.

Food Pyramid
Modifications to the food pyramid for older adults.

Dietary Guidelines
Tips for defining health eating.

Flu Shots
Why you need to get a flu shot.

Skin Care and Aging
The importance of keeping our skin healthy as we age.

Urinary Incontinence
Solutions to your urinary incontinence problems.

Hearing Loss
Coping with the effects of hearing loss on your life.

Smell and Taste
Understanding and help with the loss of smell and taste.

Your Guide to Healthy Sleep
A guide for understanding the importance of sleep.

Health Benefits of Volunteering
Volunteering might mean you receive more that you give!

Legal & Financial

Our legal and financial section is devoted to information of interest to older adults. We share resources that range from understanding your Medicare benefit to advance care planning.

5 Wishes
A document to help you control the way you are treated during a serious illness.

Advance Care Planning
National Institutes on Health (NIH) shares tips for advanced care planning.

Getting Your Affairs in Order
Avoid a crisis by getting your affairs in order.

Medicare and You Guidelines
The official US government 2014 Medicare handbook.

Medicare Basics for Family
A guide for family and friends of people with Medicare.

Medicare Preventive Services
Learn how Medicare helps you stay healthy through prevention and detection services.

Retirement Living

Our Retirement Living resources cover information about each type of senior care. From aging in place to nursing homes, we think this information will help you better understand your options.

Choosing Assisted Living
Guide to helping families choose an assisted living community for a loved one. Written and developed by the Assisted Living Federation of America (ALFA).

Making the Transition to Assisted Living
National Center for Assisted Living (NCAL) offers advice on making the transition from home to assisted living. Tips on everything from privacy to visitors.

Your Guide to Choosing a Nursing Home
The Centers for Medicare & Medicaid share step-by-step advice for choosing a nursing home and resources to help a loved one receive the best possible care.

Senior Safety

This section of our resource center combines information on a variety of senior safety issues. We share everything from tools to help evaluate a seniors driving to a checklist for preventing falls at home.

Dementia and Driving
Great resource for families struggling with the difficult conversation about driving and dementia. Advice for balancing safety with independence.

Older Drivers
Learn how aging affects our ability to be a safe driver. This resource addresses everything from vision to medication side effects.

Elder Abuse
This resource from the National Institute on Aging tackles all the different forms of elder abuse and how to recognize the warning signs that someone you know might be a victim.

Falls and Fractures
How to advice on fall proofing your senior loved one’s home from the National Institute on Aging.

Preventing Falls
The Center for Disease Control (CDC) shares suggestions for starting a community-based fall prevention program.

Preventing Falls at Home
Fall prevention checklist from aging experts at Eldercare Locator.

Safety Fall Prevention
This in-home safety checklist from the Center for Disease Control (CDC) can help you assess a senior loved one’s home for fall prevention risks.

Fire Safety Checklist
Comprehensive guide from the U.S. Fire Administration on fire risks for seniors and how to prevent them.

Safe Use of Medicine
Medication errors are one of the top ten reasons seniors are admitted to hospitals. This guide can help you evaluate and manage your loved one’s medications.

How to Avoid Scams and Fraud
Seniors are often the target of scams and fraud. This helpful guide from the Pennsylvania Attorney General offers tips to recognize and report a scam.