News & Information

Read about important topics on aging, caregiving, and assisted living care.

Also check out the Mountainside Blog!


Why Mountainside? Let our Administrator explain why

There is much discussion around seniors and caring for them. There are not many of us nowadays who are not touched to some degree by seniors and their needs. It might be a grandparent, a parent, perhaps a sister or brother, maybe a neighbor or a friend is struggling with caring for someone.
Regardless, aging will touch all of us one day, our own aging will rear its ugly head and hit us square in the face. It may come as a surprise with a sudden event or it will happen slowly. Read more.

How to know when it’s time to transition to assisted living

It can be hard to know when it’s the right time to start looking into assisted living options for your loved one. Many times, families fall into the habit of waiting for the crisis situation to occur before thinking about investigating senior care. They wait to make the tough decision until Mom falls and breaks a hip and can’t go home again, or Dad gets lost driving home from the grocery store, a route he’s driven weekly for years. Read More.

Depression or dementia? Note symptoms and seek doctor's help

To many, this is a familiar story: A loved one starts losing interest in hobbies or other activities he or she used to enjoy and is sleeping more, eating more or less than he or she used to and withdrawing from social activities. Something is going on, but what exactly? Read More.

Respite care offers a break from burden of worry

Being a caregiver can be stressful. It can consume your life so much that you forget to take care of your own needs. Likewise, having to be cared for can be stressful, too. Accepting losses of independence, along with the fear that comes along with that, can lead to additional health problems and depression. Read More.

Loneliness and social isolation taking a toll on many elders

When my then-78-year-old mother finally moved to Charlottesville from Rhode Island, after living there for most of her adult life, there were challenges she hadn’t anticipated. There were no more close friends or familiar neighbors nearby; she still drove, and she didn’t know her way around town yet; she had no social groups; and her balance issues and ulcerative colitis sometimes made her wary about leaving the house. In addition, her son was busy with a new job and taking care of his own family, as was her daughter far away in Brooklyn. Read more.

Advance directive can bring peace of mind

Do you have an advance directive? Do you even know what one is? You’re not alone. A 2014 study published in the American Journal of Preventive Medicine found that out of 7,900 people surveyed, only 26 percent had an advance directive. Read more.

Caregiving relationships, though challenging, deepen our bonds

Being a caregiver for an elderly loved one can be one of the most challenging, and rewarding, experiences of your life. And you won’t be alone. Today, there are about 44 million family caregivers in the U.S., and that number is expected to grow — a lot. Read more.

Adult care centers offer safety, engagement and socialization

When Lucy Garrison and her sisters suggested to their mother, Katherine Garrison, that she start going to JABA’s Adult Care Center, she — like so many older adults who need assistance — was at first reluctant to leave her home. But they already had been dealing with their mother’s physical problems from a stroke for more than a decade, had their own families and work lives to consider, and had begun to worry about her spending so much time alone in her condition.

“Mom had always been the caretaker and problem-solver in the family,” Lucy Garrison said, “and so it was understandable she didn’t want to go.” Read more.

Separating myths from facts about cognitive decline

We’ve all heard the jokes and offhand comments about brain function and memory declining with age — of having “senior moments,” if you will — so often that many people seem to think that memory loss and dementia are the natural results of aging. But nothing could be farther from the truth.

In fact, studies by Harvard Medical School researchers have shown that certain key brain functions improve with age. And while age-related diseases like Alzheimer’s and dementia are all too real, according to the National Institutes of Health, only 5 precent of people ages 71 to 79 have some form of dementia, and while that goes up to 24.2 percent between 80 to 89, that means three-quarters of the older population is just fine. Read More.

Caregivers' health can't be neglected, either

A publication by the Family Caregiver Alliance poses this question: “On an airplane, an oxygen mask descends in front of you. What do you do?”

The answer, as anyone who’s ever traveled by plane can tell you, is to put on your own oxygen mask before helping anyone else. Read more.

 

 

 

 

Important Resources

  • Connect2Affect Provides Resources to Combat Senior Loneliness

Strong social connections are central to our physical and mental well-being. But when vulnerable older adults experience setbacks, they may become disconnected and isolated.

Because the issue of social isolation is so complex, AARP Foundation spearheaded Connect2Affect to seek out solutions. Learn more.

  • JABA Ombudsman Advocacy Services

Does someone you love live in a long-term care facility such as a nursing home or assisted living? Do they receive community-based care under Medicare? It is important that individuals living in these potentially vulnerable circumstances receive the care they need and are afforded their rights under the law. The State Long-Term Care Ombudsman program advocates for people in these institutional settings or who are receiving long term care at home. The ombudsman works with individuals, families and institutions to favorably resolve care and residents’ rights issues. Learn more.

  • JABA Care Transitions - Hospital to Home

Are you worried about a loved one coming home from a hospital stay? JABA has partnered with area medical facilities to work with individuals making the transition between hospital and home. Our Care Transitions program is based on a nationally-recognized model proven to reduce hospital re-admissions and improve health outcomes for patients. A JABA coach helps patients better advocate for themselves as they recover at home. Learn more.

  • Care Coordination: Supporting Dementia Care

Coordinators from JABA and UVA's Memory and Aging Care Clinic work across Virginia with individuals who have received a recent diagnosis of mild cognitive impairment or dementia and their families to help improve quality of life and access to services. Assistance includes education and connecting individuals to community resources. Learn more.

  • Adult Care Centers

Does your loved one need a safe and caring place to stay during the week while you work or attend to other responsibilities? JABA’s Adult Care Centers in Charlottesville and Louisa provide a full day of fun, caring staff and intergenerational activities and outings. Transportation may be arranged through outside sources such as JAUNT. We specialize in person-centered care for the aging (including Alzheimer’s/dementia), but also welcome disabled adults. Call to learn more about rates/scholarships and to arrange a visit. Learn More.

  • Options Counseling

Are you having difficulty sorting through a mountain of details in order to make a decision about your next step as you age? Perhaps it is time to move into a more supportive environment, but you are overwhelmed with information. That’s where JABA’s options counselors can assist. They work with you through the possibilities, help you develop an action plan to meet your specific needs and offer support as you make your plan a reality. You have a right to decide your future. Our goal is to make this process as smooth as possible. Learn more.

  • Live Well, Virginia!: A Program of Self-Care for Chronic Conditions

Are you an older adult living with high blood pressure, diabetes or arthritis? Did you know that over 90% of seniors have at least one chronic illness? Live Well, Virginia! is a program designed to empower adults to improve their health outcomes and quality of life. During interactive workshops, participants practice skills and coping strategies relating to chronic disease issues such as pain management, nutrition, medication use and communication with doctors. Participants report feeling better and more confident after completing the program. Learn more.

  • Virginia Navigator

When you’re trying to find your way around the local community resource landscape, even knowing where to start is hard.  There are a whole host of services, which can be overwhelming.  VN can help you find the best match for you or your loved one. Learn more