When Cognitive Decline Leads to Alzheimer’s Disease

Known as the most common form of dementia, Alzheimer’s remains prevalent among the elderly. Characterized by cognitive decline and memory loss, early symptoms of the disease are mild in most cases, but they gradually worsen over time. For cognitive decline to be seen as something that would lead to Alzhemer’s, at least two of the five symptoms listed below should be present.

1. The patient shows difficulty in remembering new information. This can lead to repetitive conversations or questions, failure to remember events or appointments, misplacing of personal things, or getting lost in a familiar route.

2. Impairment exists in the performance of complex tasks, judgment, and reasoning. The patient demonstrates inability to assess risks, makes poor decisions, is unable to plan sequential events, and shows lack of knowledge in managing finances.

3. The patient exhibits weak visuospatial (denotes visual perception of the spatial connection of things) ability. He or she shows difficulty in recognizing faces or objects and is oftentimes unable to see objects in direct view. He or she is also disoriented in using simple tools.

4. Speech, writing, and spelling are impaired. The patient demonstrates difficulty or hesitation in speaking even simple words. He or she always misspells words and exhibits errors in speaking or writing.

5. A sudden change occurs in the patient’s behavior or personality. He or she loses empathy and shows out-of-character mood swings, displaying unacceptable social behavior. Loss of initiative or motivation is visible.

About the Author:

Ryan Novaczyk
Ryan Novaczyk, CFO, New Perspective Senior Living

Accomplished business executive Ryan Novaczyk has spent the last ten years as chief financial officer and president of New Perspective Senior Living in Minnesota. Ryan Novaczyk handles the day-to-day financial and operations functions of the company, which offers environments and living spaces specially designed to help care for seniors with Alzheimer’s disease.


Top-Rated Golf Courses in the Twin Cities Region

Ryan Novaczyk
Ryan Novaczyk, New Perspective Senior Living

An experienced seniors housing and care executive, Ryan Novaczyk enjoys playing golf in his free time. As a resident of Minneapolis, Ryan Novaczyk lives in a region known as one of the sport’s hotbeds. According to experts, the best of the Twin Cities’ many golf courses include the following:

– The Minikahda Club. This Minneapolis club has welcomed Twin Cities golfers since opening as a nine-hole venue in 1898. Expanded to 18 holes in 1905 and boasting a 1920 redesign by Donald Ross, the course has hosted a number of high-profile tournaments over the years, including the U.S. Amateur Championship and the U.S. Women’s Amateur.

– Spring Hill Golf Club. Spring Hill Golf Club stretches across an undulating tract of land to the west of Minneapolis in Wayzata. Highlights of the water-heavy layout include the 231-yard eighth hole and the 590-yard 13th, both of which require navigating marshes.

– Hazeltine National Golf Club. Since opening in the early 1960s, Hazeltine National Golf Club has served as the site of some of professional golf’s most memorable moments. The venue, which is regarded as one of Minnesota’s finest, most recently hosted the 2016 Ryder Cup, which saw the United States prevail over Europe.

Betty Berkeley’s Continuing Influence at New Perspective Senior Living

Over the course of her life, Betty Berkeley demonstrated an independent spirit and a longstanding commitment to helping others. A distinguished member of the Women’s Army Corps during World War II, she took on the responsibility of supporting her family when her husband became disabled in a car accident following her military service.

Years later, living alone after his death, the mother of four continued to remain self-sufficient despite a diagnosis of Alzheimer’s. Eventually, however, as the disease worsened, the Novaczyk family took her in. Over the next seven years, the Novaczyks developed a method of care that emphasized Ms. Berkeley’s dignity and independence.

Today, New Perspective Senior Living draws on this experience to help seniors Live Life on Purpose. Speaking to Ms. Berkeley’s influence, the company continues to focus on the needs of its residents by asking, “What’s best for Betty?”

About the Author:

Ryan Novaczyk
President and Chief Financial Officer

Ryan Novaczyk serves as the president and chief financial officer of New Perspective Senior Living, a company comprised of 22 retirement communities in Minnesota, North Dakota, Illinois, and Wisconsin. Since coming to New Perspective Senior Living in 2008, Ryan Novaczyk has helped to carry on a mission inspired by Betty Berkeley, the mother-in-law of company founder Todd Novaczyk.

New Perspective Community Ad Campaign Features Authentic Voices

Ryan Novaczyk
New Perspective Senior Living President: Ryan Novaczyk

Ryan Novaczyk is a respected presence in the Eden Prairie, Minnesota community who guides New Perspective Senior Living as president. Also serving as chief financial officer, Ryan Novaczyk is responsible for the financing, acquisition, and development activities spanning a growing network of 23 senior living facilities.

Among the recent marketing initiatives launched by Mr. Novaczyk’s company has been an innovative ad campaign that emphasized authenticity instead of stereotypes. Through the campaign, soon-to-be residents were given a voice in speaking their concerns prior to moving into a New Perspective community. They then conveyed what they had actually experienced and the “aha” moments that occurred as they became aware of their new community’s benefits.

As Mr. Novaczyk noted, residents at communities “may be retired, but they are far from retiring.” With the slogan ‘Live Life on Purpose,’ the campaign emphasizes that those moving into retirement homes are not focusing on their age, but thinking about what comes next and how to maintain strength and independence through the transition.

New Perspective Senior Living Offers a Full Range of Amenities

Ryan Novaczyk
President and CFO of New Perspective Senior Living, Ryan Novaczyk

Serving as president and CFO of New Perspective Senior Living for the past decade, Ryan Novaczyk has led a Minnesota-headquartered company that maintains 22 communities across the Midwest. A 2017 Business Times article entitled “Beauty, Bistros, and Bars” drew attention to the wide range of amenities Ryan Novaczyk’s company offers to seniors living at its facilities.

Opened in 2016, the 135-bed Brown Deer senior living facility incorporates a library, billiards table, and Starbucks, as well as a pub that provides two free drinks to residents each day. The layout follows one common to New Perspective communities, with nearly one half of the square footage of buildings reserved for common space.

As Mr. Novaczyk describes it, the underlying aim is to “get people out of their rooms” and socializing with others, in ways that amplify a sense of intention and purpose in their lives. With each project undertaken, feedback is considered and pathways sought out that further enhance senior residential lifestyles.

Why Seniors Should Practice Yoga


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Ryan Novaczyk serves as president and chief financial officer of New Perspective Senior Living, a company that produces senior living programs around the country. Under the direction of Ryan Novaczyk, New Perspective provides services that support the company’s Four Pillars approach to effective senior living, one of which involves maintaining physical fitness through activities like dance and yoga.

Listed below are four benefits of yoga for seniors.

1. Studies have shown that yoga helps individuals with sleep problems. The physical aspects of yoga, coupled with its relaxation techniques, improve the quality of sleep.

2. Yoga helps to increase flexibility as the activity is said to be beneficial to the joints. In fact, a study showed that yoga provides therapeutic benefits to elderly women with osteoarthritis.

3. High blood pressure remains one of the most serious concerns among seniors. Fortunately, yoga has been reported to alleviate hypertension. The breathing and relaxation techniques incorporated in these exercises are said to produce a more soothing effect compared to listening to calming music.

4. Seniors with respiratory limitations may benefit from yoga as well. Research has shown that 12 weeks of yoga classes can significantly improve respiratory functions among elderly women.

The National Investment Center for Seniors Housing and Care

Dedicated to supplying professionals in the senior housing industry with data and analytics, NIC connects providers with investors to promote quality choices for consumers. NIC hosts a number of annual events, including a national conference, to target current topics relevant to professionals in the industry.

NIC also supplies “NIC Talk” videos to provide professionals unable to attend the conference with insights into important ideas covered at the event. Videos from the 2017 conference, which focused on the theme “Tell Us Something We Don’t Already Know about Aging,” featured best-selling author Dan Buettner and activist Ashton Applewhite. To find out more about NIC and its upcoming events, visit http://www.nic.org.

About the Author:

Ryan Novaczyk

The president and CFO of New Perspective Senior Living, Ryan Novaczyk provides a personal approach inspired by his search for quality care for a beloved family member. Ryan Novaczyk has spoken at conferences for organizations such as the National Investment Center for Seniors Housing & Care (NIC).