To make it easier for you to understand the ins and outs of senior living, check out our blogs. They’re a useful resource for your family to rely on as you embark on your senior living journey.

Do You Qualify for Respite Care?

Primary caregivers are frequently the first to offer a helping hand, but are too often the last to ask for one themselves. They give so much, but rarely take much of anything for themselves. According to a study of American caregivers conducted by the National Alliance for Caregiving and AARP, there are 53 million people …

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A Step Above: Amenities & Services That Set Deerfield Apart

If you are considering spending your retirement years in a senior living community, you need to know what to look for. Look beyond the walls of your living space and find a community where you can build meaningful connections with your neighbors and take advantage of opportunities to be active and engaged. At Deerfield, our …

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How You Can Support a Loved One Showing Signs of Alzheimer’s

Memory issues can be concerning, especially as we age. While our brains don’t function the same at 70 as they did at 20 (after all, neither does our skin!), we also know that symptoms of Alzheimer’s and other dementias can begin to show up around age 60, which can make you or your loved ones …

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It’s Alzheimer’s & Brain Awareness Month at Deerfield

For those of us in the Northern Hemisphere, June marks the start of the summer season. It also includes Alzheimer’s & Brain Health Awareness Month and The Longest Day, an annual event that raises funds for the Alzheimer’s Association and the various causes it supports. The goal of these events, beyond raising money, is to …

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Why a Not-For-Profit Community Invests in its Residents by Design

Considering a new home post-retirement in Central Iowa? You may be looking for that “authentically Iowan” feel, with must-have amenities, perfect-for-you floor plans, engaging events and programming and quality health services to support you now and in the future. Where you choose to live is a big decision, and it’s an investment in not only …

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What to Expect During Stroke Recovery at Deerfield

Every year In the United States, more than 795,000 people have a stroke. And while a stroke can happen to anyone at any age, for adults over the age of 55 the risk of stroke nearly doubles each decade. At Deerfield, we understand the importance of minimizing your risk for stroke as well as recognizing …

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What Is the Difference Between Occupational Therapy and Physical Therapy?

A physician may recommend either occupational therapy (OT) or physical therapy (PT) to help speed up your recovery following injury, surgery or illness. OT and PT are similar in that they both help patients restore strength and mobility. However, it’s not always clear how they differ. At Deerfield Retirement Community in West Des Moines, Iowa, …

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6 of the Best Downsizing Tips for Seniors Moving to a Retirement Community

Deciding to downsize to a smaller space is a big decision for an older adult, and the process can be time-consuming and overwhelming. However, keeping your attention on the positives, like the chance to reminisce with family members over a lifetime of memories, will make the process of packing and moving a more enjoyable one. …

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What Is the Difference Between Assisted Living and a Nursing Home?

To understand the difference between assisted living and a nursing home, first you need to know more about the residents who typically make each of these senior living options their home. In an assisted living community, the goal is to help residents remain as independent as possible. Residents have a great deal of freedom and …

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