How to Help Seniors Face Alzheimer’s and a Downsizing Move

Downsizing during the golden years can be a major change for seniors. Furthermore, when those golden years have been affected by a recent Alzheimer’s diagnosis, seniors and their family members face even more challenges. Preparing for downsizing during this difficult time takes special care and consideration, but families can help make getting started less stressful for their senior loved ones by taking these important steps:

Research Options for Alzheimer’s and Memory Care

Being diagnosed with Alzheimer’s, even in the earliest stages, can take an emotional toll. As you process your loved one’s diagnosis, it’s also important to begin planning for the chapters ahead for you and your senior family member. For instance, you may want to think about researching memory care facilities near you, so you can get an idea of the available features (such as housekeeping and medication management) and typical costs for memory care. On average, seniors can expect to pay $1,500 to $8,395 per month for memory care in Las Vegas, and different communities may offer different experiences for seniors who have been diagnosed with Alzheimer’s or dementia. Putting together a plan for Alzheimer’s care will not only make paying for that care easier for seniors and family caregivers, but it can also give you a better idea of how to plan the downsizing move. Because even though your loved one may currently be experiencing mild Alzheimer’s symptoms, and can safely age in place alone, at some point he/she will need more dedicated care to maintain a safe and healthy quality of life. Knowing that memory care or assisted living will be needed in the future could impact the search for a smaller home in the present.

Recruit Professional Help With Decluttering and Downsizing

The stress of dealing with a new Alzheimer’s diagnosis can be immense for affected seniors. Dealing with Alzheimer’s stress can be especially difficult for family caregivers, since the progression of this condition can present unique physical, emotional, and financial challenges, all of which can have serious health effects over time. To negate the toll of stress for caregivers and seniors, it may be best to get help with the downsizing move. For example, these days families can hire senior move managers to assist them with every step of a move into assisted living or a smaller home. These specially trained and certified professionals have the experience to make even the most stressful step in your loved one’s downsizing move feel effortless. Senior move managers can help with decluttering belongings, prepping a home for sale, and managing even the smallest details of this major transition, giving you peace of mind. A move manager can also help you look for professional movers who can help pack, secure,  and transport your senior loved one’s household goods to his/her new home.

Stay Patient When Helping Seniors Manage a Downsizing Move

If you would rather help your loved one declutter and prepare for a move, know that doing so can come with some challenges. For one, you may need to spend a few days in a row sorting through things, or you may need to break the decluttering process into smaller sessions. It can be difficult for others to understand, but seniors can form strong emotional attachments to even the most trivial items in their homes. Allowing your loved one time to process those emotions is crucial, but it’s also important for you to remain compassionate and patient along the way. So even if your loved one is not planning on downsizing for another few months or years, consider starting on the decluttering process sooner, rather than later. If your loved one plans to age in place for the time being, less clutter can also help them avoid falls at home, which can be an especially pressing concern for seniors who have been diagnosed with Alzheimer’s or dementia.

When you’re helping a senior downsize and deal with an Alzheimer’s diagnosis, you are essentially planning for two major life transitions. So use the suggestions above to soften the process for you and your loved one. Also, remember to practice compassion along the way for both your senior loved one and for yourself.

By: Mike Longsdon

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It’s In The Bag for Noah’s Animal House

Noah’s Animal House is an amazing organization that was built on the grounds of The Shade Tree shelter in 2007 to provide safety, shelter & support for the pets of the clients of The Shade Tree.

Seniors To The Rescue has donated Boo-Boo-Bags and Snuggle Beddies but so glad we could help with our It’s In The Bag program. We hope the items included will help the ladies at Shade Tree when they start a new life with their pet.

CLICK HERE to read more about Noah’s Animal House.

Kit-N-Play Toys

How Having a Pet Can Positively Effect On Seniors’ Well-being

People just love to have pets from fishes to cats to dogs and anything that will tickle their fancy. When it comes to the elderly it goes beyond just enjoying pets. Having a pet helps the senior focus on other matters than their physical issues and negative thoughts about loss or aging.

Pets are a bundle of joy and great companions. When you cuddle them, they will reciprocate; give them basic instructions and they will sit or roll-over; they will listen if you talk to them, and when you are sick and lonely, you have a friend by your side during trying times.

Even if there are some downsides to pet ownership the health benefits can be far-reaching to elders here are some of them:


As we grow older loneliness creeps in, depression follows and physical problems make matters worse. Pets create good feelings and lift the state of mind. The loving friendship offered by a pet lessen loneliness and melancholy for senior pet parents who may end up spending time alone. Your furry friend will be at your side any time of the day or night to interact and talk with you.

Having a routine

Owning a dog comes with responsibility, the daily schedule of caring for a pet can give purpose. Perhaps, you want to lay on the bed, but Fido keeps on yapping because he is hungry, so you get up and feed him. Isn’t that something to be thankful for?

Animals have a “here and now” attitude, it’s contagious and very useful for seniors. They are dependent on their master like a child to a parent without the proper care they will not survive.


People who engage in any regular physical exercise improved their health condition regardless of age. It is difficult to get into the usual workout and so very easy to avoid it. Your pooch will remind you that strolling is a regular part of your daily schedule.

Pet owners are more active, they have lower blood pressure and cholesterol levels compared to those who do not have pets. Their heartbeat improved due to increased exercise. An elderly is less likely to be obese with at least a couple of hours a week of walking to meet their pet’s needs.


Elderly pet owners are less stressed than their pet-less counterparts. Perhaps it’s the companionship where a friend is by their side at any time to share life’s challenges. Or the daily walks that improve their health condition. Or the funny antics that make them laugh when they wake up.

Help people socialize

Having a pet that regularly requires outdoor activity will help you stay connected with life. Visits to the park to walk a dog or taking the cat to the veterinarian Las Vegas will expose the elderly to other people with the same interest. Pet clubs and meet-ups are great ways of interacting with people.

A pet will get you involved with activities giving you the opportunity to make new friends and take your mind away from problems. Bring Fido to a hospice for the elderly or people with special needs and you’ll be glad you did aside from making new acquaintances you’ll make people happy.

Emotional support

Petting a dog, cat, or other pets can serve as an emotional support system to the elderly giving them care acceptance, importance, and support. These lovelies can be enjoyable for people who are rarely visited by their friends and loved ones.

Pets make seniors feel less isolated and lonely.

Unconditional love and affection

These are the two important things that are missing in the lives of the elderly. Younger family members are preoccupied with running their own lives and can’t squeeze in a visit and spend time with their elder.

A pet can fill the void by showing their love and affection without anything in return.

Stimulates memory

Pets have the ability to stimulate better memory recall to their elderly owners. When seniors with memory loss interact with animals they recover memories from way back. A pet will have them focus on other things than their problems allowing them to ponder on events that have good memories.


Just as companionship, loyalty, and understanding are important to teens, the same holds true for seniors. An elder’s journey has a lot of humps and bumps along the way. The simple act of a dog at their feet or cuddling a cat can make a big difference in the life of an aged person.

A dog will provide security to their elderly pet parent. Fido might be small but packs a mean bark and thieves do not know that. So, they will avoid your house to avoid any encounter with a ferocious dog.

Contributed by James Watson from Pet Health Hospital

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Bunny Binkies

We’ve started a new project to help the bunny rescues in Las Vegas, Bunny Binkies. When looking for a new project we search for where there is a need as well as something that all seniors can be involved in and will enjoy. We had no idea how many bunnies needed to be rescued in Las Vegas, and one of their immediate needs were toys. We make the toys with 16 different bunny safe parts. Each toy is completing unique, it’s a fun creative time together.

On behalf of rabbit lovers, I want to sincerely thank your group for making toys for the rabbits in the “Bunnies Matter In Vegas, Too” rescue!! It is heart-warming to know someone cares, and also to see the bunnies so happy. The toys provide much-needed mental stimulation and ‘fun’ to their lives. Thank you, and may God bless you richly!