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Things To Consider When Choosing Assisted Living Scottsdale

Having a senior loved one move into an assisted living facility could be nerve-wracking at first. Looking for the perfect facility could prove to be tricky. For people living in Scottsdale, there are several assisted living facilities to choose from. However, with pre-planning and research, a person and his senior loved one will be able to find their preferred assisted living Scottsdale facility.
For starters, they could ask some family members and friends for any recommendations, especially if they have senior loved ones in assisted living facilities. There is also the internet to look up reviews of nearby facilities.

To get the most out of assisted living Scottsdale, here are some points and questions to keep in mind while looking for facilities.

Concerning the Facility

In touring around a facility, some questions that should be in your checklist should be:

Do the rooms feel homey enough to make your senior loved one feel comfortable?

Is the assisted living Scottsdale facility organized and well-maintained?

Does the facility feel too much like a hospital?

Is the food healthy and does it look appealing for the seniors?

Concerning the Staff

The staff of the facility will play a big part in helping a senior feel at home. If the staff makes a person or their senior loved one feel uncomfortable in any way, they should consider looking for another assisted living Scottsdale facility. Some questions that they could ask themselves are:

Was the staff accommodating, friendly, and polite?

How does the staff interact with one another and with other seniors?

* What kind of schedule does the staff follow?

Concerning the Residents

A person and his senior love done should keep a close eye on how the residents of the assisted living Scottsdale facility live and behave. They should both take time to ask the residents how life in the facility is like, if theyre being treated well, and if theyre comfortable. They should also ask about medical care, how the staff treats emergencies, and what activities and other means of entertainment are provided.
After touring several facilities and going online to do some research, the person and his senior loved one should pool their opinions and agree on one facility. The questions above, combined with their observations should greatly help in narrowing down their choices. Living in an assisted living facility is a big step for the senior, even though the rest of his family may still live in Scottsdale.

These Men Ate 6,000 Calories a Day for Science

A group of healthy guys recently took on a task some people would envy: They consumed 6,000 calories a day, for science. Now, as a result of this study, scientists say they have a better idea of why people who are obese also tend to develop diabetes.

In the study, six middle-age men who were either normal weight or only slightly overweight volunteered to start eating double what they typically consumed in a day, so they would rapidly gain weight. The men were also confined to hospital beds so they would not get physical activity.

After a week of eating 6,200 calories a day — with a diet rich in carbohydrates and fat that included foods like hamburgers, pizza and cookies — the men gained nearly 8 lbs. (3.5 kilograms), on average. All of this added weight was fat. [7 Biggest Diet Myths]

The researchers were interested in learning how obesity triggers insulin resistance, a condition in which the body's cells stop responding to the hormone insulin. Because insulin helps blood sugar get inside cells, insulin resistance leads to a buildup of sugar in the bloodstream, and can cause type 2 diabetes.

Scientists have a number of theories for why obesity leads to insulin resistance, including that obesity increases fatty acids in the blood, or promotes inflammation. But these changes may happen only after a person has been obese for a long time.

The new study allowed researchers to see what happens when a person is in the very early stages of obesity, and to pinpoint the first step in insulin resistance.

In the study, the men developed insulin resistance after just two to three days, the researchers said.

Samples of the participants' urine and fat tissue showed that there was an increase in oxidative stress in their bodies, which means there was an increase in compounds that are toxic to cells. This oxidative stress caused changes in a protein called GLUT4, which normally helps sugar get inside cells.

The GLUT4 changes may have impaired the ability of this protein to respond to the hormone insulin, thus leading to insulin resistance, the researchers said.

"We may have found the initial events that are responsible for the insulin resistance," said study researcher Salim Merali, a professor of pharmaceutical sciences at Temple University in Philadelphia.

The new findings suggest that treatments that use antioxidants might help prevent insulin resistance, Merali said.

However, future studies are needed to confirm this hypothesis and to see whether oxidative stress causes other changes that contribute to insulin resistance, the researchers said.

The study is published today (Sept. 9) in the journal Science Translational Medicine.