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Skin care rules that we followed when we were young —  such as avoiding smoking, and using sunscreen and moisturizers —  are still important as we get older. However, as we age, our skin ages, as well, and starts to need special care.

Over the years, our skin becomes thinner and more fragile. The protective layer of fat that lies just below it begins to disappear, causing us to bruise and our skin to tear more easily. In addition, medications commonly used by seniors, such as aspirin; corticosteroids, such as prednisone; and blood thinners such as Coumadin, Plavix, and Eliquis, lead to thinning skin. Even the conditions that crop up more frequently as we get older,, like diabetes and circulation problems, can cause older skin to weaken.

For seniors, weakened skin leads to a greater likelihood of skin tears, which can lead to complications such as infection if they do not receive prompt and proper care.

The following tips for senior skin care can help prevent thinning skin from becoming a problem.

Protect the Most Vulnerable Areas of the Body

  • Most bruises and tears occur on the arms and lower legs, so it is a good idea to wear long sleeves and either long pants or knee-high socks.
  • People who are especially prone to bruises and skin tears should wear shin guards and padded arm guards.

Treat Skin with Care

Older skin is prone to dryness, which can make it itchy. Here’s how to keep it supple and prevent irritation and tearing.

  • Baths dehydrate skin. Take showers instead.
  • Use warm rather than hot water.
  • Unscented, pH balanced soaps minimize irritation.
  • Wiping your skin dry can lead to irritation. Pat it dry instead.
  • After washing, while skin is still moist, apply a thick moisturizing cream. The Mayo Clinic recommends Vanicream, CeraVe or Cetaphil.
  • When bandaging wounds, use bandages marked "for sensitive skin."

With proper care, senior skin can still be healthy skin.

At the Regency Nursing and Rehabilitation Centers, we offer the very best of care in the most appropriate and patient-centered environment. This means maintaining the highest professional and quality standards in our staff and our facilities. Our 25 years of excellent care have led to us being awarded a Best Nursing Homes award by US News & World Today, a 5-Star rating by USA Today, and an A+ rating by the Better Business Bureau, among many other awards.  

Contact us by clicking here to see which of our three facilities will best meet your needs or the needs of your loved one.

It’s not news we ever want to hear, but sometimes, doctors will inform us that cure is no longer possible for our loved one, and that the best possible care is to offer comfort, and try to ease the way for everyone involved, patient and family.

That is where hospice comes in.

The goal of hospice is to decrease the pain and fear of the dying process. When it is agreed that a patient’s condition is terminal, that the prognosis is no more than six months, that treatment will no longer prolong life, hospice offers the best care possible.

The goal of hospice care is to treat pain and distress — of both the patient and their family — whether that distress is physical, emotional, or spiritual.

Hospice patients and their families are assigned a team of doctors, nurses, counselors, social workers, and, if desired, chaplains, to make the patient’s remaining days more comfortable. Although curative therapies are stopped, any treatment that a therapy — such as physical, occupational, or speech therapy — improves the patient’s quality of life is provided.

Hospice care extends even beyond the patient’s passing; it includes bereavement counseling for the family.

We all want a cure, but when cure is no longer possible, we can still offer care and comfort. Everyone deserves a good end.

At the Regency Nursing and Rehabilitation Centers, we are uniquely qualified to care for the needs of seniors — including their needs and the needs of their families, at the end of life.

In addition to hospice care, Regency offers a full continuum of care, including exceptional short-term rehabilitation, sub-acute care, long-term nursing, a range of specialty programs and complex clinical services, hospice care and temporary respite care.

Our compassionate, personalized approach has established our long-standing and unparalleled reputation for excellence.

The anterior olfactory nucleus, a region in the forebrain that registers odor, has recently been implicated in areas that range far beyond — but is still linked with — the sense of smell.

Recently, a team of Swedish investigators published a study in the Journal of Neuroscience, reporting that breathing through the nose is more helpful for the storage and consolidation of memories than breathing through the mouth.

There are two important aspects of the study’s findings. The first is that memory is better stored and consolidated while breathing through the nose. The second concerns the process that mediates between breathing, learning, and memory retrieval.

The team pointed out that although their scientific investigation of the relationship between breathing and memory, as well as the technology they are using for their investigations, is new, the concept of breathing affecting our behavior and our memory is actually very old.

In the words of lead author Dr. Artin Arshamian,"This knowledge has been around for thousands of years, in such areas as meditation. But no one has managed to prove scientifically what actually goes on the brain. We now have tools that can reveal new clinical knowledge."

The anterior olfactory nucleus also plays a lead role in another study, published in Nature Communications, which shows that people with good spatial memory are better at identifying smells than people with poor spatial memory.

The sense of smell even seems to hold a key to dementia risk. A study published in the Journal of the American Geriatrics Society found a strong connection between a person’s ability to identify smells and their risk of developing dementia.

Losing one’s sense of smell may prove to be an strong indicator of dementia risk, and the study’s researchers posit that risk of dementia may be one day be able to be assessed through a simple, inexpensive smell test.

A hospital stay is difficult, especially for an older person. Going home? Not necessarily much easier.

Getting to the “new normal” may involve postsurgical wound care, a new diet, new medications, and a flurry of follow-up appointments. The home may even need to be retrofitted with grab bars and ramps, even for a short-term recovery.

Transitioning to home from the hospital is so difficult, in fact, that 20% of Medicare patients discharged from a hospital must be readmitted within the month.

This transition can be made easier — and safer — by including a stay in a short-term rehabilitation program. A short-term rehab program, like that at the Regency Nursing and Rehabilitation Centers, can last anywhere from a few days to several weeks, depending on the patient’s condition, and can make all the difference in the patient’s recovery.

Healthcare professionals and families throughout New Jersey have come to rely on Regency Rehab to fill this crucial transitional role between the hospital and home.

Regency Rehab’s approach to rehabilitation is informed and driven by the same unique experience and philosophy that guides our long-term care mission. We think of each individual in our care as a “total patient” while focusing on specific rehabilitation needs. This approach also means that we recognize that some of our patients will not benefit from aggressive therapy and that for others, returning home to independent living may not be a realistic goal. In these cases, our programs are designed to ensure high levels of comfort and stability, while helping to achieve maximum independence and quality of life.

At Regency, we maintain the highest professional and quality standards in our staff and our facilities. Our 25 years of excellent care have led to us being awarded a Best Nursing Homes award by US News & World Today, a 5-Star rating by USA Today, and an A+ rating by the Better Business Bureau, among many other awards.

Contact us by clicking here to see which of our three facilities will best meet your needs or the needs of your loved one.

Aging is a risk factor for many serious conditions, including cancer, cardiovascular disease, diabetes, and most of the major causes of mortality in adults. In addition, there are two other age-related conditions that impact our quality of life, even though they do not directly cause death.

As we age, we tend to lose muscle, and it is also common for our bones to weaken, causing osteopenia or osteoporosis. The combination of weakened bones and loss of muscle mass make it far more likely for an older person to fall. And the most common way for a senior to lose their independence is through a fall.

Obviously, a fall can cause various degrees of damage. Someone who falls might sustain a relatively minor injury, like a bruise, or a far more serious injury, like a broken hip. In some instances, a fall might lead to radical damage, such as paraplegia, in which the entire lower part of the body becomes paralyzed.

Although paraplegia is a seemingly hopeless situation, a team of researchers from the Mayo Clinic in Rochester, MN and the University of California, Los Angeles, have just devised a new strategy for helping paraplegics.

In a recent paper, published in the journal Nature Medicine, The researchers were able to implant an electrode in an individual's epidural space, the region that contains the spinal cord and cerebrospinal fluid.

The research reported the astounding success of a surgery performed by Dr. Kendall Lee, of the Mayo Clinic, on a paraplegic. Dr. Lee successfully implanted an electrode in the epidural space, connected to a pulse generator. The pulse generator itself was accessible wirelessly via an external controller; its settings were adjustable so that the patient could find the setting optimal settings for them.

After rehabilitation, the patient regained the ability to walk the length of a football field on his own, using a walker. He was also able to walk for a duration of 16 minutes with only slight assistance.

Although the patient's ability to walk only occurred while electronic stimulation to the spinal cord was on — meaning that complete paralysis resumed when the electronic stimulation was turned off — this medical experiment offers new hope for those suffering from paraplegia as well as new insights about the condition.

Principal investigator Dr. Lee explained the significance of this breakthrough, explaining, "This is teaching us that the networks of neurons below a spinal cord injury still can function after paralysis."

At the Regency Nursing and Rehabilitation Centers, we can’t wait until we see paraplegics walk. In the meantime, we will offer them, and all the rest of our residents, the very best of care in the most appropriate and patient-centered environment. This means always listening to our residents and patients and respecting their capabilities, while helping them to achieve maximum functionality and independence. And always maintaining the highest professional and quality standards in our staff and our facilities. Our 25 years of excellent care have led to us being awarded a Best Nursing Homes award by US News & World Today, a 5-Star rating by USA Today, and an A+ rating by the Better Business Bureau, among many other awards.

Contact us by clicking here to see which of our three facilities will best meet your needs or the needs of your loved one.



In honor of Heart Health Month, Regency Nursing and Rehabilitation Centers is pleased to present this important information about heart disease in women.

Marketing campaigns have dramatically increased awareness of breast cancer risk. However, what sometimes gets lost is that the biggest risk to women’s health is not breast cancer but heart disease.

In the US, 40,000 women die of breast cancer each year. But ten times as many women 400,000— die each year of cardiovascular disease, an umbrella term that includes stroke and high blood pressure. In fact, cardiovascular disease is the most common cause of death in the US for both men and women.

Heart disease is often thought of as a male problem; in fact, heart disease strikes men earlier than it strikes women. The average age for a first heart attack in a man is 66; in a woman it is 70.

But that does not mean that women are less likely than men to suffer the consequences of heart attacks. More women die of heart disease each year than men. And even at younger ages, heart disease is more deadly for a woman than it is for a man. A woman who has a heart attack when she is under 50 is twice as likely to die of it than a man who has a heart attack under 50.

Given the overall risk of heart disease, as well as its increased mortality rate in younger women, women need to increase their awareness of this disease.

Risk Factors

The five biggest risk factors for heart disease are the same for both sexes: high blood pressure, diabetes, high cholesterol, smoking, and family history of cardiovascular disease. However, according to the Harvard Medical School, some of these risks affect women differently than they do men.

High cholesterol In premenopausal women, estrogen helps protect against heart disease; it both increases their HDL and reduces their LDL cholesterol. However, after menopause this protection is gone, and, in fact, postmenopausal women tend to have higher levels of total cholesterol than men the same age.

Diabetes Female diabetics have a higher risk of heart disease than males. Although men typically develop heart disease at a younger age than women, diabetic women tend to develop heart disease at the same age as men. 

Smoking Female smokers are more likely than men who smoke to have heart attacks.

The bottom line: women need to take their cardiovascular health more seriously. By doing so, they can avoid falling prey to the Number One Killer of women today.

At the Regency Nursing and Rehabilitation Centers, we offer the very best cardiac care in a patient-centered environment. This means following our residents’ health carefully, listening to them, and respecting their capabilities, while helping them to achieve maximum functionality and independence — and always maintaining the highest professional and quality standards in our staff and our facilities. Our 25 years of excellent care have led to us being awarded a Best Nursing Homes award by US News & World Today, a 5-Star rating by USA Today, and an A+ rating by the Better Business Bureau, among many other awards.

Contact us by clicking here to see which of our three facilities will best meet your needs or the needs of your loved one.

Diabetes causes a range of complications. Between one-third and one-half of diabetics will suffer from peripheral neuropathy, nerve damage that typically affects the feet and legs. Combined with the reduced circulation that is also a common complication of diabetes, even a minor foot issue can quickly become a medical emergency for a diabetic, one which could possibly require amputation. For this reason, diabetic foot care should be high on the list of diabetic self-care.

But there is good news. According to a study at the Regenstrief Institute for Health Care in Indianapolis, diabetics who practiced proper foot care can reduce their risk of serious foot problems by nearly 60%.

If you are diabetic, follow these 9 tips to make sure your feet get the care they need to keep them healthy.

  1. Check your feet, including the bottoms and between the toes, every day. Can't see a part of your foot? Use a mirror or ask someone else to check for you.
    Issues to lookout for include:
    Athletes foot; blisters; calluses; corns; cuts; cracks in the skin; swelling; ingrown toenails; unusual odor; red spots; changes in how the foot looks, whether in color or shape; changes in how the foot feels, including tingling, numbness, warmth, or burning.
  2. Never treat any foot problem you might find with an over-the-counter medication. Diabetic feet are sensitive feet, and these products may exacerbate the problem. Call your doctor instead.
  3. Wash and your dry feet every day. Be sure to dry between your toes, since any moisture between the toes can lead to a fungal infection.
  4. Moisturize the tops and bottoms of feet (but not between the toes).
  5. Use talcum powder or cornstarch between your toes to keep those areas dry.
  6. Always wear socks and shoes. Going barefoot — even at home — or wearing shoes without socks can lead to cuts, abrasions, or other potentially dangerous injuries.
  7. Make sure your socks are always dry and clean. At minimum, you should change them daily. Change them more frequently if they become sweaty or wet.
  8. Help the circulation to your feet by putting them up whenever you're sitting. Don’t cross your legs for any extended period of time.
  9. Most importantly, keep your blood sugar under control. While this is not a foot care issue, your blood sugar level affects every aspect of your health.

If you have diabetes, these tips will keep you on your feet for years to come.

Regency post-acute, rehab and nursing centers are experts in helping diabetics live their best lives. We offer a full continuum of care, including exceptional short-term rehabilitation, sub-acute care, long-term nursing, a range of specialty programs and complex clinical services, hospice care and temporary respite care. Our compassionate, personalized approach, has established our long-standing and unparalleled reputation for excellence.

Call us by clicking here to see how we can help you or your loved one.

Aging in place is a long-term care trend increasing in popularity. And for good reason, too. It’s an enticing prospect to grow old in the comforts of your own home, surrounded by your loved ones and prized possession.

It’s just this picture that the various aging-in-place organizations paint for seniors. They say seniors can have it all: superior healthcare, familiar environment, and the freedom to make their own choices. And many seniors do start off their retirement that way.

At a certain point, though, it becomes clear that moving to a long-term care community is the best choice seniors can make for themselves. Nursing homes today are increasingly home-like and comfortable—but they offer several distinct advantages over aging-in-place arrangements.

Here are four things we at Regency Nursing Centers can guarantee:

1. Increased Safety and Security

Seniors living at home are vulnerable to many dangers. Falls, fires, accidental overdose, malnutrition, burglaries, and scams are just some of the hazards seniors face, especially when they live alone. There are many technological innovations to help you monitor your loved one’s home and health from far, and if your parent isn’t ready to leave their home just yet, you should certainly make use of them.

However, many family members of elderly individuals confess that they never really relax when they know their loved one is home alone. When your loved one moves to Regency Nursing, you know they’re in the safest environment they could possibly be in. When we renovate a unit or build a new one, our entire architectural focus is safety. All our public areas are clutter-free and wheelchair accessible and our walkways are equipped with handrails for extra support.

Nobody can ever eliminate all accidents, but when your loved one comes to Regency Nursing, you can finally rest easy at night.

2. Constant and Reliable Assistance

Activities of daily living (ADLs) are the basics of daily function. They include personal hygiene, grooming, dressing, and eating. Our ability to perform these activities decreases with age, and many illnesses or disabilities can make it even harder to accomplish these basics.

Home health aides are trained assistants who come to your home to help you bathe, dress, eat, and do some light housekeeping. You can even have a visiting nurse or therapist come to provide daily skilled care. But when you need reliable, round-the-clock assistance, a nursing home provides the best options.

We’re proud of Regency Nursing’s compassionate and committed Certified Nursing Assistants who are always there to provide care with a smile.

3. Access to Top-Notch Healthcare

Our staff doctors are all leaders in geriatric medical care, and they make regular rounds to examine our residents and follow up on previous visits. Each unit has nurses on staff to dispense medications safely and provide any necessary treatments and care.

We’re also proud innovators in the nursing home field, as our facilities partner with MD Live Care to provide virtual medical appointments in the evening, on weekends, and over the holidays. Having their team of leading doctors on-hand for our nurses to consult with when a resident takes ill over the weekend saves unnecessary hospital and admissions, and thousands of dollars for our residents.

4. Mental, Emotional, and Physical Engagement

When seniors live alone, especially when they have limited mobility, they are at risk for social isolation. Loneliness and lack of socializing are known risk factors for depression, dementia, and even physical illness. Lack of activity can also cause cognitive and mental decline.

To combat this, we provide a range of interesting and engaging activities to keep our residents’ minds and hearts sharp and young. Between entertainment and music events, celebrations, religious services, and outings, our residents always have something to do and people to do it with.

And if someone wants some quiet time, or privacy with their visitors, they can always retreat to one of the many quiet and peaceful corners scattered throughout our buildings and gardens.

Regency Nursing: At Your Side

Choosing to move to a nursing home or other senior living arrangement is a big decision. It should be made with the input of family members, friends, and doctors. But when you’re ready to explore your option in New Jersey, we’re here to answer your questions and hold your hand through the process.



Special thanks to our Guest Writer, Hazel Bridges of Aging Wellness, for contributing this exclusive article for our Regency readers

As a society, we’re living longer, healthier lives than ever before. There are many ways we can maximize our potential to stay well and improve how we feel. Thankfully, with the aid of technology, things that used to be timely and difficult are now more accessible.

Make Exercise Fun and Safe

The best way to stick to an exercise regimen is to enjoy it. However, we want to be sure that the workout we choose is safe for us. One way to avoid injury is to make sure your activities are low-impact. Some areas you may want to focus on are strength, flexibility and balance. If you need to protect your joints, as many of us do, consider yoga or swimming. Both use just about every muscle in the body and swimming can strengthen the heart. If you’re looking for something a bit more active, you could take dancing lessons designed specifically for seniors. You could engage in golf, one of the country’s more popular pastimes. Or you can simply go for walks in the park, an indoor mall or around the neighborhood. Walking is good exercise for the muscles and the heart and less impacting than jogging.

Keep Sharp

While one of the best ways to keep our brains healthy is to keep up with exercise, there are plenty of entertaining methods to add to it. Hobbies and games are a fun way to pass time and keep your mind sharp. You could try classic card or board games, but don’t overlook the games available on your smartphone or tablet. Reading regularly can reduce your chance of dementia by up to fifty percent. Just 30 minutes of relaxing reading daily can lead to great improvement in cognitive function, but you can also try taking adult education classes to keep your mind fresh. You may even be able to get reduced tuition thanks to scholarships specifically created for seniors. You might be surprised to see how many other retirees are at your local university. Writing is another fun hobby you can pick up to keep your brain healthy, but not just any writing. Try handwriting in a journal or notebook for maximum benefit.

Eat for Health

Nutrition plays an important role in health throughout our lives, but is especially important as we age. If you struggle to eat a balanced diet, never fear. There are plenty of ways to improve your dietary habits. Cooking from home is a good way to ensure you know exactly what you eat, and being adventurous can also be advantageous. Branch out and try new fruits and vegetables, or even cook ones you may not be thrilled with in new ways. This can be a fun way to broaden your diet and improve health. If you don’t like cooking, have difficulty leaving the home, or find yourself with too little time on your hands, you may want to look at meal delivery services. They can help you to have nutritious meals with no effort on your part and technology makes it easier. Smartphone apps can help you create healthy shopping lists, or have groceries and meals delivered right to your front door.

Stay Connected

It may be surprising, but our emotional connections play a large role not only in quality of life, but also in our health. If you lead a busy life, finding time for such things can seem difficult, but it doesn’t take much. You can plan your shopping trips with a friend and catch up together as you browse. It could be taking a class at a community center, or grabbing a cup of tea every other week with a loved one. These small actions add up and greatly improve how we feel -- and may even affect how long we live.

Staying well may seem daunting, but it can be fun. Find things you enjoy doing, bring a friend, and invest in eating nutritious foods. You might be surprised how much better you feel each and every day following a healthy routine.

Our Beloved Admission Director at Regency Grande in Dover NJ, Carla Holton, just shared this story with me!


Hi Judah. 


"Just wanted  to share a cute story  about our cute little teddy bears.   I attended a health fair at one of our adult community’s , Fox Hills  in Rockaway , N.J. on  June 26th.  As you can see in the photo’s I took along several of our teddy bears.   The community there love them for their grandchildren , self etc.    One gentlemen happen to come by and took a teddy bear.  I said oh is that for your grandchild. He and his wife said no and explained that he had just had surgery with a defibrillator inserted and that he was going to use this teddy bear  under his seat belt to protect it from getting damaged in case of and accident.  HE said it was the perfect size.  It actually looks like a hug.     So not only is our bear there to comfort it is there to protect.  I though that was such a great idea."


Carla Holton, Regency Grande



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