MorningStar Assisted Living Blog

Before and After Surgery Care to Promote and Speed Recovery

Like most everything else, standard procedures and guidelines for care before and after surgery have evolved in an effort to promote and speed recovery.  Dr. Charla Fischer, an orthopedic surgeon at NYU Langone Spine Center in New York City, suggests you think of surgery as you would a marathon or race.  She says, “The surgery … Continue reading Before and After Surgery Care to Promote and Speed Recovery

The Dining Experience at MorningStar at River Oaks

As part of the MorningStar Senior Living Company, MorningStar at River Oaks is designed to meet the needs of our assisted living residents with compassion and professionalism. Each aspect of our home is intended to allow residents to comfortably and safely age in place with an array of luxury amenities, care services, wellness programs and … Continue reading The Dining Experience at MorningStar at River Oaks

Concerned About Memory Loss? Make an Appointment with Your Doctor

The Alzheimer’s Association recommends that anyone worried about memory loss to make an appointment with their health care provider.  While we all know it is scary just thinking about the possibility of having Alzheimer’s or another dementia-related disease, the Alzheimer’s Association has a list of reasons why it is to your advantage to know.   The … Continue reading Concerned About Memory Loss? Make an Appointment with Your Doctor

A Nutrient-Rich Diet is Especially Important for Seniors

As people age, many find their appetites have diminished or they suffer from physical or medical conditions that make eating more difficult.  Therefore, the nutritional value found in the foods they do consume is important, and even today, many seniors have an “inadequate intake of vitamins A, B, C, D, and E, folic acid, calcium, … Continue reading A Nutrient-Rich Diet is Especially Important for Seniors

Learn More About Assisted Living

Many families mistakenly think senior living and particularly assisted living is just a more luxurious nursing home.  The fact is nursing homes are intended for people who are unable to care for themselves due to physical or mental conditions and require around-the-clock skilled nursing care.  Residents may be bedridden or in wheelchairs and receive ongoing … Continue reading Learn More About Assisted Living

Assisted Living at Houston’s MorningStar at River Oaks

Too often seniors mistakenly believe that moving into assisted living means an end to their independence and their life as they knew it.  We want to reassure you that at today’s assisted living communities like MorningStar at River Oaks; nothing could be further from the truth.   Aging.com explains that while changes in a person’s ability … Continue reading Assisted Living at Houston’s MorningStar at River Oaks

Choosing the Right Care for a Loved One with Memory Impairment

Are you considering a community setting for a loved one with Alzheimer’s disease or another form of dementia?  Experts say the first and most important thing to learn about an assisted living community offering memory care is whether or not they are up to the task of caring for your loved one.  Do services align … Continue reading Choosing the Right Care for a Loved One with Memory Impairment

A Healthy Diet for Seniors

The government first published nutritional recommendations in 1941, which became known as the Recommended Dietary Allowance (RDAs).  At the time, recommendations were more concerned with ensuring the population “as a whole was adequately fed and free from scurvy, rickets and other wartime diseases of malnutrition.”  These early guidelines did not address long-term issues such as … Continue reading A Healthy Diet for Seniors

Questions to Ask Your Doctor

The National Institute on Aging wants everyone to know asking questions at medical appointments is a good thing but remember, a doctor only has so much time allocated to each patient so come prepared. Their advice includes asking for clarification whenever the doctor uses a term to describe a medical condition you are unfamiliar with. … Continue reading Questions to Ask Your Doctor

Learn to Live with Less

Known as the “Minimalists,” Ryan Nicodemus and Joshua Fields Millburn spend their time helping people to learn to live with less. They say a typical house contains as many as 300,000 items; and their advice is to rid yourself of items that do not add value to your life. While obviously easier said than done, … Continue reading Learn to Live with Less

Reduce Your Risk of Health Problems by Getting Enough Sleep

The American Heart Association offers a checklist of eight key measures for improving and maintaining cardiovascular health. The Life’s Essential 8 is designed to highlight things we can do to lower our risk for heart disease, stroke and other major health problems.  In 2022, the Association added sleep duration to the list as a component … Continue reading Reduce Your Risk of Health Problems by Getting Enough Sleep

Hearing Loss is Common Among Seniors

The National Institute of Health reports approximately one in three people between the ages of 65 and 74 has hearing loss and nearly half of those older than 75 have difficulty hearing. Hearing loss causes someone a range of problems including difficulty understanding and following a doctor’s advice, responding to safety warnings, and hearing doorbells, … Continue reading Hearing Loss is Common Among Seniors

The Advantages of Walking for Exercise

The former director of the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, Dr. Thomas Frieden, is quoted as saying that walking is “the closest thing we have to a wonder drug.” Many in the medical profession agree. While it is universally acknowledged that any exercise is beneficial to our overall health, walking offers some unexpected advantages.  … Continue reading The Advantages of Walking for Exercise

MorningStar at River Oaks Provides Compassionate Memory Care 

At MorningStar at River Oaks, our goal is to be the best senior living Houston has to offer, which includes compassionate and loving memory care to those suffering from Alzheimer’s disease or other forms of dementia.  We understand the heartbreak a diagnosis of dementia brings with it and wish to share the burden.  MorningStar’s comprehensive … Continue reading MorningStar at River Oaks Provides Compassionate Memory Care 

Learn More About MorningStar at River Oaks

A highly respected senior housing company, MorningStar Senior Living has 40+ communities in operation or under construction in eleven states that are designed to be true homes for their residents.  MorningStar Assisted Living & Memory Care at River Oaks opened late last year in Houston. The MorningStar company was started in 2003 based on unique … Continue reading Learn More About MorningStar at River Oaks

Are You Caring for an Elderly Loved One with Increasing Needs? 

If you have become responsible for more and more of the caregiving duties for an elderly parent or another loved one, it may be time to consider a change.  Today’s senior living options include assisted living that provides daily help with personal care, and actually helps residents regain their sense of independence.  Also once your … Continue reading Are You Caring for an Elderly Loved One with Increasing Needs? 

When a Family Member with Alzheimer’s Disease Doesn’t Recognize You

Apart from having to watch a loved one go through the devastating stages of Alzheimer’s or another dementia disease, the next saddest thing may be when the person stops recognizing you.   This can bring up all sorts of feelings, of which some while not fair, are there nonetheless.  When we take time to visit … Continue reading When a Family Member with Alzheimer’s Disease Doesn’t Recognize You

Hip and Knee Replacements May Become a Thing of the Past

Researchers say a future of hip or knee “replacements” done without surgery may be on the horizon. By employing a combination of drugs and stem-cell therapies, it may be possible to “repair cartilage before osteoarthritis sets in or an operation is needed.”   Osteoarthritis, commonly afflicting the elderly, is a degenerative disease attributed to “wear and … Continue reading Hip and Knee Replacements May Become a Thing of the Past

A Holistic View of Health at MorningStar’s Community in Houston

For outstanding assisted living, Houston seniors are encouraged to consider MorningStar at River Oaks, the perfect community to comfortably and safely age in place.  By defining health and well-being holistically, our home provides services and programming that support the whole person – body, mind and spirit.   Together our Life Enrichment programs and Wellness Care … Continue reading A Holistic View of Health at MorningStar’s Community in Houston

Memory Care Focuses on Quality of Life and Safety

When a loved one is diagnosed with Alzheimer’s disease or another form of dementia, families must face the question of what the future will hold. For many a specifically designed memory care community will be the answer as it offers an environment focused on improving quality of life and keeping the resident safe.  A Place … Continue reading Memory Care Focuses on Quality of Life and Safety

The Link between Dementia and Diet

The Medical News Today says dementia is one of the leading causes of disability and death worldwide. The debilitating disease has no cure; and available treatments only alleviate symptoms without slowing the progression of the disease. According to the World Health Organization (WHO), dementia affects more than 55 million people globally, and 10 million people … Continue reading The Link between Dementia and Diet

Age Comfortably and Safely at MorningStar’s New Community in Houston

If you are looking for exceptional senior living, Houston’s MorningStar at River Oaks may be your answer.  Our new community was designed to allow our residents to comfortably and safely age in place.  By offering luxury amenities, wellness programs and activities, and a broad range of care services, we support the whole person – mind, … Continue reading Age Comfortably and Safely at MorningStar’s New Community in Houston

Your Ability to Learn, Remember and Solve Problems Slows Down with Age

Many of us find ourselves wondering if our brain is working as efficiently as it did when we were younger. Research shows most likely it is not. Various studies suggest memory problems often “reflect a slower processing speed and poor encoding and retrieval of new memories as a result of diminished attention.” However, while normal … Continue reading Your Ability to Learn, Remember and Solve Problems Slows Down with Age

Seniors in Their Eighties are Happier Than Most of Us Thought

Many people believe growing older is awful and that everyone in their eighties is sickly and depressed. However, in psychologist Katharine Esty’s fourth book (published when she was 85) called EightySomethings: A Practical Guide to Letting Go, Aging Well, and Finding Unexpected Happiness, she strongly dispels this notion. In fact, her research found elderly adults … Continue reading Seniors in Their Eighties are Happier Than Most of Us Thought

The Reflections Neighborhood at MorningStar at River Oaks 

Along with the finest assisted living Houston offers, the Reflections Neighborhood at MorningStar at River Oaks has 27 suites in studio and one-bedroom floorplans devoted to caring for seniors with Alzheimer’s disease and other forms of dementia.    As dementia care specialists, we understand how devastating it is when a loved one receives a diagnosis of … Continue reading The Reflections Neighborhood at MorningStar at River Oaks 

Learn More About MorningStar of Kirkland

While MorningStar may be new to Kirkland, MorningStar Senior Living has been serving seniors for 18 years.  We have 40+ communities operating or under construction throughout the Western U.S. including MorningStar at Silver Lake in Everett. We are proud of the reputation our homes have earned with residents and their families alike and would like … Continue reading Learn More About MorningStar of Kirkland

Assisted Living is For Seniors Who Need Help with Personal Care Activities

Many families mistakenly think senior living and particularly assisted living is just a more luxurious nursing home.  The fact is nursing homes are intended for people who are unable to care for themselves due to physical or mental conditions and require around-the-clock skilled nursing care.  Residents may be bedridden or in wheelchairs and receive ongoing … Continue reading Assisted Living is For Seniors Who Need Help with Personal Care Activities

The Dining Experience at MorningStar of Pasadena

At MorningStar of Pasadena, we understand the importance of gathering as a community to “break bread” each day.  We believe food is a healing medicine unlike any other, and when our residents sit down to a delicious meal served restaurant-style, it creates lasting bonds and fellowship within our “family.”   We recognize that good nutrition is … Continue reading The Dining Experience at MorningStar of Pasadena

As We Age, Staying Fit is Important to Mobility and Independence

As we age, staying fit is important to both our mobility and our independence; and even if you haven’t spent your life as a serious fitness buff, experts say it doesn’t mean you can’t start now. However, it is important to check with your healthcare provider before beginning any new exercise.  The Harvard Medical School … Continue reading As We Age, Staying Fit is Important to Mobility and Independence

If a Loved One Slowing Down, it May Be Time to Consider Assisted Living

If a loved one is starting to slow down and would welcome assistance with personal daily care or have mobility issues requiring major renovations to their existing home, it may be time to think about assisted living. While there may be several communities to choose from, it is useful to have some insight into your … Continue reading If a Loved One Slowing Down, it May Be Time to Consider Assisted Living

Trusted Memory Care at MorningStar of Pasadena

At MorningStar Senior Living of Pasadena, we offer residents a warm and welcoming home to safely age in place with the added benefit of several neighborhoods under one roof. This includes apartments for independent living and assisted living available in a choice of spacious studio, one-bedroom and two-bedroom floor plans. Fully equipped, all you need … Continue reading Trusted Memory Care at MorningStar of Pasadena

Exercise Offers Seniors a Longer, Healthier and Happy Life

While we know exercise is good for us, certain ailments can make it more challenging for some seniors. However, you may want to be mindful of advice from the Harvard Medical School that says, “Regular exercise promotes an older adult’s ability to walk, bathe, cook, eat, dress, and use the restroom. If self-reliance is a … Continue reading Exercise Offers Seniors a Longer, Healthier and Happy Life

A Robust Social Life Enhances Quality of Life for Seniors

Most of us know physical exercise is important to healthy aging. It can help us recover from injury, ease chronic pain, fight off depression and boost our energy level; but just as important are social connections. We are social beings and interacting with others has a big impact on our overall health.  The American Public … Continue reading A Robust Social Life Enhances Quality of Life for Seniors

Learn More About MorningStar’s New Community in Houston

If you live alone, no longer drive, have problems with mobility, and feel like you would welcome more social interaction into your life, please consider community living. Homes like MorningStar at River Oaks provide residents with all the services, amenities and wellness programs to help them safely age in place. Moreover, as one of our … Continue reading Learn More About MorningStar’s New Community in Houston

MorningStar at River Oaks Offers Loving Memory Care

MorningStar at River Oaks is proud to offer exceptional assisted living and memory care.  Our parent company, MorningStar Senior Living, operates senior living communities throughout the Western U.S.  This means MorningStar at River Oaks benefits from the extensive knowledge and expertise our company has gained in their 18 years of operation regarding all facets of … Continue reading MorningStar at River Oaks Offers Loving Memory Care

MorningStar at River Oaks is designed for Your Safety and Wellbeing

At MorningStar at River Oaks, we are committed to provide the best senior living Houston has to offer, and our beautiful community was designed from the ground up to ensure our cherished residents’ safety and wellbeing.  One of the ways we do this is by providing each of our assisted living and memory care residents … Continue reading MorningStar at River Oaks is designed for Your Safety and Wellbeing

In the Future Hip or Knee Replacements May No Longer Be Needed

Researchers say a future of hip or knee “replacements” done without surgery may be on the horizon. By employing a combination of drugs and stem-cell therapies, it may be possible to “repair cartilage before osteoarthritis sets in or an operation is needed.”   Osteoarthritis, commonly afflicting the elderly, is a degenerative disease attributed to “wear and … Continue reading In the Future Hip or Knee Replacements May No Longer Be Needed

It’s Never Too Late to Improve Your Health

It is never too late to improve our health and making changes in our behaviors and attitudes can mean living a happier, longer life. Doctors say getting your weight under control, quitting smoking, eating more fruits and vegetables, and exercising can all significantly improve your health and longevity at any age.  Remember taking care of … Continue reading It’s Never Too Late to Improve Your Health

Are You Experiencing Brain Fog or Forgetfulness?

As we age, many seniors experience occasional “brain fog” or forgetfulness and have trouble comprehending and processing new information. Medical experts say this may be a normal part of aging but could also be from some of the medications you are taking.  Dr. Mark Albers, a neurologist at the McCance Center for Brain Health at … Continue reading Are You Experiencing Brain Fog or Forgetfulness?

Healthy, Satisfying Snacks 

The goal of a snack should be to satisfy your hunger as well as be a balanced addition to your daily nutritional intake. Dietician Lisa Jones says satisfying snacks can be crunchy, creamy, savory or salty and good choices include things like eggs, tofu, whole grains, and fruits and vegetables.  As a guideline, an adult’s … Continue reading Healthy, Satisfying Snacks 

Comprehensive Care Services at MorningStar at River Oaks

MorningStar at River Oaks’ assisted living is designed to support and engage residents’ mind, body and spirit. Our wide array of amenities, care services, wellness programs and activities help nurture residents’ independence for the best quality of life.   In fact, MorningStar’s comprehensive care services can help extend the stay of a resident if their health … Continue reading Comprehensive Care Services at MorningStar at River Oaks

Research Discoveries Offer Hope and Optimism for Alzheimer’s Patients

Recently John C. Morris, MD, Director of the Knight Alzheimer Disease Research Center at Washington University in St. Louis and member of the ABF research advisory committee; said there are several reasons to have hope and optimism for the future regarding Alzheimer’s disease. Involved in Alzheimer’s research since 1983, he explained for the first time … Continue reading Research Discoveries Offer Hope and Optimism for Alzheimer’s Patients

The MIND Diet May Help Reduce the Risk or Slow Cognitive Decline

Researchers have found evidence suggesting genetics, environment, and lifestyle can affect our risk of developing Alzheimer’s disease and dementia. A poor diet is one of those lifestyle choices that causes high blood pressure and heart disease, and also increases a person’s risk for Alzheimer’s disease.  WebMD.com reports the MIND diet; a combination of the Mediterranean … Continue reading The MIND Diet May Help Reduce the Risk or Slow Cognitive Decline

Certain Lifestyle Habits Help Maintain and Enhance Memory Function

Recent studies suggest while some memory decline is inevitable with aging, there are lifestyle habits we can adopt to help maintain and enhance memory function as well as our overall brain health. The US News & World Report says one of the things we can do is to routinely be physically active as studies show … Continue reading Certain Lifestyle Habits Help Maintain and Enhance Memory Function

MorningStar at River Oaks is Designed for Your Wellbeing and Safety

At MorningStar at River Oaks, we are committed to provide the best senior living Houston has to offer, and our beautiful new community was designed from the ground up to ensure our cherished residents’ wellbeing and safety.  One of the ways we do this is by providing each of our assisted living and memory care … Continue reading MorningStar at River Oaks is Designed for Your Wellbeing and Safety

Senior Living in Hillsboro Offers a Variety of Floorplans

Looking at retirement communities in Hillsboro, OR? We encourage you to consider MorningStar of Hillsboro, a 55+ community located in the highly desirable AmberGlen area.  Scheduled to open soon, we offer seniors a carefree lifestyle where we handle all the maintenance and you enjoy resort-style amenities, concierge services, and the opportunity for a community of … Continue reading Senior Living in Hillsboro Offers a Variety of Floorplans

Improve Flexibility and Balance with Stretching Exercises

If you are a senior who is having difficulty turning your neck to look behind you when driving, having problems getting up from a low chair or difficulty picking something up from the floor, you may find adding stretches to your routine can really improve these types of motions. Stretching exercises also help seniors improve … Continue reading Improve Flexibility and Balance with Stretching Exercises

The Benefits of Tai Chi 

Tai chi is one of the best-known martial arts as well as one of the oldest as it was developed around 1670.  It has been used throughout the centuries to help balance the body and mind and recently has gotten positive press for being a good arthritis workout.  In fact, several years ago, a study … Continue reading The Benefits of Tai Chi 

Looking for Assisted Living in Houston?

Looking for the best assisted living Houston offers? The new MorningStar at River Oaks provides residents a full range of care services, like dementia care, wellness programs and activities designed to support the whole person – body, mind and spirit.   Our residential home is filled with spacious, beautifully appointed common areas both inside and … Continue reading Looking for Assisted Living in Houston?

The Benefits of Practicing Yoga 

While practitioners have known for centuries the calmness and peace yoga brings into their lives, science has finally caught up with real evidence of its benefits to our brains. Studies show yoga elevates levels of the brain chemical gamma-aminobutyric acid (GAGA), which helps regulate nerve activity and is associated with better mood and decreased anxiety.  … Continue reading The Benefits of Practicing Yoga 

Working in the Garden is a Great Way to Get Some Exercise and Enjoy Nature

A garden full of beautiful flowers and/or home-grown vegetables is a gratifying pastime for many seniors. Not only does it offer beauty and wholesome, nutritional food for you and those you share your bounty with, but a healthier lifestyle.  Experts say getting outside to work in the garden is a wonderful way to get exercise … Continue reading Working in the Garden is a Great Way to Get Some Exercise and Enjoy Nature

The Link Between Diet and the Risk for Alzheimer’s Disease

Several studies are showing links to our dietary habits and the risk for Alzheimer’s disease.  The Mayo Clinic reports that a hybrid of two diets, the DASH diet that helps reduce high blood pressure and the Mediterranean diet that improves heart health, may protect our brain health.    Known as the “MIND” diet, which is short … Continue reading The Link Between Diet and the Risk for Alzheimer’s Disease

Medications Can Increase Your Risk for Falling    

The Center for Disease Control & Prevention (CDC) reports millions of older adults fall each year—resulting in more than 34,000 deaths. Of those falls, 3 million seniors are treated in emergency departments for fall injuries; and one out of every five falls causes an injury, such as broken bones or a head injury. With these … Continue reading Medications Can Increase Your Risk for Falling    

Pet Therapy for Those with Alzheimer’s and Other Dementia Diseases

Pet therapy (also known as animal-assisted therapy) is used for those with Alzheimer’s and other forms of dementia to alleviate feelings of boredom, loneliness and helplessness. Dr. William Thomas, a Harvard trained geriatrician and author of “The Eden Alternative,” said bringing in children, plants and animals helps to invigorate long-term care by “incorporating companionship, a … Continue reading Pet Therapy for Those with Alzheimer’s and Other Dementia Diseases

Does Your Elderly Parent Need Help with the Activities of Daily Living?

Has your elderly parent spent a lot more time alone during COVID-19 and now appear to be having difficulty taking care of themselves or managing their home as they once did? For many families, the last two years have underscored the fact that their elderly loved one is not getting on as well as they … Continue reading Does Your Elderly Parent Need Help with the Activities of Daily Living?

Assisted Living is a Healthier, Safer Option for Many Seniors

Assisted living communities such as MorningStar at River Oaks are designed to offer seniors 24/7 personal care with a wide range of wellness services targeted to their needs. A Place for Mom, one of the largest senior living referral websites, explains in many cases, today’s communities may be a healthier, safer alternative for many elderly … Continue reading Assisted Living is a Healthier, Safer Option for Many Seniors

Live a Happier, Longer Life with Changes in Behavior and Attitude

It is never too late to improve our health and making changes in our behaviors and attitudes can mean living a happier, longer life. Doctors say getting your weight under control, quitting smoking, eating more fruits and vegetables, and exercising can all significantly improve your health and longevity at any age.  Remember taking care of … Continue reading Live a Happier, Longer Life with Changes in Behavior and Attitude

New Therapies May Make Hip and Knee Replacements a Thing of the Past

Researchers say a future of hip or knee “replacements” done without surgery may be on the horizon. By employing a combination of drugs and stem-cell therapies, it may be possible to “repair cartilage before osteoarthritis sets in or an operation is needed.”   Osteoarthritis, commonly afflicting the elderly, is a degenerative disease attributed to “wear and … Continue reading New Therapies May Make Hip and Knee Replacements a Thing of the Past

A Move to a Senior Living Community is Often the Answer for Loneliness

According to the U.S. Census Bureau, almost one-third of all seniors live by themselves. In terms of numbers, that’s an estimated 13.8 million seniors. Experts say living alone doesn’t necessarily mean an individual is lonely, but it often is the case. Not to mention, the pandemic certainly made matters worse as many seniors self-isolated from … Continue reading A Move to a Senior Living Community is Often the Answer for Loneliness

What is the Difference Between Independent Living & Assisted Living?

Have you been thinking it’s time for a change in your living arrangements and would love a more manageable, relaxed lifestyle?  If you have started looking into senior living options in the Pasadena area your next question may be “what is the difference between independent living and assisted living, and which one is best suited … Continue reading What is the Difference Between Independent Living & Assisted Living?

Affordable Independent Living in Pasadena, CA  

MorningStar of Pasadena, a vibrant 55+ independent living community, offers seniors a warm, welcoming home.  Our community allows seniors to comfortably age in place with an array of resort-style amenities and a broad range of meaningful activities. We are located in the commercial and cultural heart of the San Gabriel Valley and close to shopping, … Continue reading Affordable Independent Living in Pasadena, CA  

A Move to a Senior Living Community is Often the Answer for Loneliness

According to the U.S. Census Bureau, almost one-third of all seniors live by themselves. In terms of numbers, that’s an estimated 13.8 million seniors. Experts say living alone doesn’t necessarily mean an individual is lonely, but it often is the case. Not to mention, the pandemic certainly made matters worse as many seniors self-isolated from … Continue reading A Move to a Senior Living Community is Often the Answer for Loneliness

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