Who’s Got Your Back?

The phrase “I have your back” is a common expression used to indicate that someone is looking out for you and will support you. The origin of this phrase is not entirely clear, but it is believed to have military roots. During World War II, fighter pilots would watch each other’s backs during combat missions.… Continue reading Who’s Got Your Back?

Observations and Conversations

Adult children can look for clues with their senior parents during the holidays. This is especially important for adult children living far from their parents. But it can be critical for those close by who suddenly notice a pattern of clues that things are not as they should be.  Having a nice hug after a… Continue reading Observations and Conversations

When Do Adult Children Need To Step In To Help Their Senior Parents?

Throughout history, there seems to be a time in most families when adult children and parents experience a role reversal. This is quite normal and can be seen as an opportunity to give back to our senior family and loved ones. That certainly doesn’t mean that it is easy. These kinds of transitions are fraught… Continue reading When Do Adult Children Need To Step In To Help Their Senior Parents?

Do I Have Dementia? By Connie Michaelis

While on a recent road trip to Colorado, my sister mentioned that she was worried about having some memory issues. As the conversation ensued, she said, “I’m terrified that I have early signs of dementia!” I’ve become familiar with these situations after spending much of my career working with seniors. Memory loss can happen to anyone.… Continue reading Do I Have Dementia? By Connie Michaelis

McCrite Plaza Topeka Announces the Opening Of Their New Memory Care Neighborhood

Why is Memory Care For Seniors Important? The history and development of care homes for the elderly have been evolving for many decades. What originated as Almshouses and Old Folk homes in the early 1900s, run by volunteers and supported by donations, have evolved into very sophisticated specialized homes today.  The advent of specialized care… Continue reading McCrite Plaza Topeka Announces the Opening Of Their New Memory Care Neighborhood

How Do You Shop For Senior Housing?

When you are ready to investigate retirement living, it’s essential to have a plan. Each person and situation is unique, so just going to live where your neighbor or friend did may not be the best choice for you. There are many options, and your personal situation will dictate what is the best choice.  You… Continue reading How Do You Shop For Senior Housing?

Family Owned and Operated Senior Living: What Difference Does It Make?

As is true in many businesses today, large companies are growing by leaps and bounds while the little guy succeeds by meeting the needs of individuals on a personal basis. Mom and Pop businesses are the heart and soul of our economy, offering unique services and support to our communities.  Family Owned Independent Senior Living… Continue reading Family Owned and Operated Senior Living: What Difference Does It Make?

Independent Living vs. Assisted Living: Finding the Right Fit for For Aging Seniors

As we age, our needs and lifestyles change, and making the right decisions about our living arrangements becomes crucial. Two popular options for seniors are independent living and assisted living communities, both offered at the McCrite Plaza locations in Kansas City and Topeka. Understanding the differences between these options is key to helping seniors thrive… Continue reading Independent Living vs. Assisted Living: Finding the Right Fit for For Aging Seniors

How Important Is Socialization For Seniors?

As individuals plan for their senior living environments as they age, many considerations are critical. Whether you’re thinking of aging in place at home, downsizing to a smaller home, moving to a 55+ community, or seeking out retirement living, the accessibility of socialization may be overlooked. We typically think of criteria like safety features, nutrition,… Continue reading How Important Is Socialization For Seniors?

The Fallacy of Aging in Place

What does it mean for seniors to age in place? According to www.AgingInPlace.com, “Aging in place means living in the home of your choice for as long as you are able while getting any assistance you require as your needs change.” It sounds cut and dry. However, there is more to it than you may… Continue reading The Fallacy of Aging in Place