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The Groves of Tustin Embraces a “Vibrant Life”

Integral Senior Living knows well that living a vibrant life at any age is a life worth living. Now the senior living management company is taking the idea of vibrant living a step further by making it easier for residents at all its communities to be vibrant through its new Vibrant Life® program.

Recently ISL rolled out its innovative program Vibrant Life® to all its communities, and the response has been amazing. Residents, staff, family, and friends are taking part in making life more vibrant for residents through a variety of initiatives. At The Groves of Tustin, one component of there Vibrant Life program is called“This is Your Life” which helps create a sense of social connectivity between residents and families. Individual residents are showcased throughout the year to share their life stories and personal accomplishments. The first resident showcased was Rose Mary Landre. Her recognition took place on her 100th birthday. The Mayor of Tustin, John Nielsen presented her with a proclamation at an event recognizing Rose held at the community in her honor.

Rose was born in Philadelphia and moved to California as a young girl. She is a very talented singer, and would sing for weddings in her church as well as the church choir. She married in 1940 Rose worked for the Social Security Administration typing out the very first social security cards. She also worked as an electronic assembler and an apartment manger. She retired in 1988 and moved to Tustin gardens where she lived for 26 years. She has been residing at the Groves of Tustin for over two years. Rose is a mother, grandmother and great grandmother and she describes herself as “small but mighty.”

The Groves like all ISL communities is assisting residents to find their purpose, to search out how each can better incorporate the seven components to living: Be Inspired, Be Well, Be Challenged, Be Adventurous, Be Family, Be Social and Be Connected.

ISL’s mission is to optimize health and well-being by passionately promoting a Vibrant Life® filled with joyful experiences, meaningful endeavors, and abundant opportunities so that our residents connect with family, friends and the local community.

Cheers to Rose and the wonderful life she has lived.

Father’s Day

June is a month filled with activities that indeed warm the heart and soul. A pinnacle point of the month for our communities is the celebration of Father’s Day, a day that gives us a great opportunity to honor all the Dads we love to care for each and every day.

The many fathers who live with us in our communities have experienced a lifetime of living and through it, all have sustained the strength and wisdom fathers so willingly impart. Fathers take great pride in their families and in the America they helped build.

Dad’s always offer up sayings and quotes they become famous for revealing. They often contain a hidden message or push you to succeed at a difficult task, or simply to signal that questions were now over.

We recall some of those “Dadism’s” that may sound quite familiar to you.

  • Because I said so, that’s why!
  • Go ask your mother…..
  • The sooner you learn to stand on your own two feet, the better off you’ll be.
  • That’s just the way life is, son.
  • Do you think money grows on trees?
  • I haven’t developed gray hairs for nothing!
  • My dad would always try to get me to eat my dinner by saying “It’ll put hair on your chest.” I never understood this because I was a little girl.
  • When where I could find a helping hand, father replied, ” At the end of your own arm”.
  • “Be sure you leave things better than you found them.” 

Happy Father’s Day!

Chief Executive Officer is Named to Argentum Board

We are excited to share with you news about our Chief Executive Officer/Chief Operating Officer Collette Valentine. She was recently named to the Board of Argentum. Argentum is the largest national trade association exclusively dedicated to professionally-managed, resident-centered senior living communities. Members of Argentum exemplify the principles of choice, dignity, independence, and quality of life for seniors, all values that are incorporated into ISL communities. To support these principles, Argentum influences public policy, promotes business excellence, and ensures an informed public.  Her three-year term began in May 2016.

“Argentum is pleased to have board members of such a high caliber as Integral Senior Living CEO/COO Collette Valentine,” said Argentum President & CEO James Balda. “We welcome her expertise and insight as a leader in Argentum’s efforts to increase innovation throughout the senior living industry.”

Collette has been the CEO/COO of ISL since 2014. She joined the company in 2010 as the Vice President of Operations and Marketing and in 2012 was promoted to COO. Prior to joining ISL, Collette worked for several years in senior living industry, gaining experience and expertise through a variety of management positions.

More information about Argentum can be found at www.argentum.org

May Is Older American Month

This Year’s Theme Is “Blaze a Trail” 

May, a month of fresh beginnings, is when we celebrate Older Americans Month (OAM) to acknowledge the past and ongoing contributions—economic, political, cultural, and artistic, to name a few—of older adults to our communities and our country as a whole.

Beginning in 1963 and led by the Administration for Community Living, the annual observance offers opportunities to learn about, support and celebrate our nation’s older citizens. This year’s theme, “Blaze a Trail,” emphasizes the ways older adults are reinventing themselves through new work and new passions, engaging their communities, and blazing a trail of positive impact on the lives of people of all ages.

From 69-year-old NASA Administrator Charles Bolden, Jr. to 84-year-old actress Rita Moreno to 83-year-old Ruth Bader Ginsberg, who took her seat as a Supreme Court Justice at age 60, older adults are blazing trails in all aspects of American life.

The Administration for Community Living’s Administration on Aging recommends these ways for participating in Older American Month’s celebration of trailblazing efforts and contributions by seniors.

Trailblazer stories. Encourage older adults in your area (relatives, neighbors, friends) to share how they are blazing trails or how they’ve done so in the past. This includes ways they give back to the community, start new careers or hobbies, redefine aging, or any other activity or mindset that says “trailblazing.”

Trail walk (indoors or outdoors). Seek community volunteers who might want to share their expertise to host a walk with trail markers (or stations) staffed by people who can talk about topics pertinent to older Americans (financial security, connection with others, health and wellness). Participants can stop at each station to get information or participate in an activity. For instance, a fitness marker could be operated by a fitness leader demonstrating gentle stretches or by a nutritionist offering tips on choosing and preparing healthy foods.

Give back. Find older adults (and others!) who want to volunteer. Plan an activity that gives something back to your community. Projects might involve picking up trash or gardening in public areas—possibly along a local trail/path to tie into the theme. Alternatives include collecting donations for charity, painting walls in an underserved school, and volunteering to support local service members. Collaborate with a nonprofit in your area—they may already have ideas or projects to get you started.

Intergenerational connection. Younger and older adults can form lasting and mutually beneficial relationships with one another. Encourage these connections by organizing an activity with a local school or special groups, like Boys and Girls Clubs. Invite older adults to tutor and mentor the students, or have students interview and write about older community members. Start by contacting a school or club administrator. Or get teenagers and young adults to reach out. They can volunteer in senior centers, help neighbors with yard work, or just visit.

Happy Mother’s Day!

May always means Mother’s Day, a day we take stock of all the reasons moms are important to us throughout our lives, and why we are so grateful for them. They have that magical touch to heal our wounds, lift our spirits with a smile and advise us like no one else, no matter what age we may be. This Mother’s Day, May 8th, celebrate  mom!

The best gift you can give your mom on Mother’s Day is to simply be there for her. Here are some ideas for spending quality time with her.

Get the family together. Gather together all the generations—grandparents, children, grandchildren, siblings, and extended family and friends for a joint celebration. If the weather is nice, an outdoor barbecue might be the best venue.

Keep it simple. A memorable and unique celebration doesn’t have to be complicated or expensive. Head for your favorite coffee shop, ice cream parlor, or restaurant to share in a treat. Visit a long-adored park, or play tourist in your town, treating her to an outing.

Cook a favorite meal. Work side-by-side with your mom to prepare a meal that your family loves. Or, if she’d rather be excused to relax while you do all the cooking, that’s OK, too!

Take a short stroll/ride. According to your mother’s health and capabilities, plan a walk in the park, botanical garden, or a shopping mall (indoor or outdoor, depending on the weather). Even a stroll around your mom’s neighborhood can be relaxing, fun, and surprisingly interesting, as both of you point out landmarks, houses, shops, trees, and vegetation that catch your attention or bring back memories. And if a stroll is to physically hard, take a scenic ride in the car.

Living Apart. Of course if you cannot be with your mom on Mother’s Day, send flowers, chocolates or pick up the phone to connect with her. Let her know you are thinking about her, you can bet she is thinking of you!

Celebrate Long-Time Love, Relationships, and Friendships

For Valentine’s Day, we pay tribute to love in its many forms. Residents in our communities fill our world with countless examples of love each and every day.

From the couples married well over 50 years, to new romances developed in the later years of life, and everything in-between love knows no bounds.  After all who knows love best than those who have loved the longest. This year let’s celebrate all those rare and treasured relationships and friendships that have endured over decades.

What better way to commemorate this time of year than by reading some favorite testaments of love, meant to be shared and cherished.

  • I love thee to the depth and breadth and height my soul can reach.  ~Elizabeth Barrett Browning
  • You can search throughout the entire universe for someone who is more deserving of your love and affection than you are yourself, and that person is not to be found anywhere. You yourself, as much as anybody in the entire universe deserve your love and affection. Buddha
  • Love is an irresistible desire to be irresistibly desired- Robert Frost
  • “True love is eternal, infinite, and always like itself. It is equal and pure, without violent demonstrations: it is seen with white hairs and is always young in the heart.”—Honore de Balzac, French novelist
  • “Love has no age, no limit; and no death.”—John Galsworthy, English novelist and playwright

[i carry your heart with me(i carry it in]

BY E. E. CUMMINGS

i carry your heart with me(i carry it in

my heart)i am never without it(anywhere

i go you go,my dear;and whatever is done

by only me is your doing,my darling)

i fear

no fate(for you are my fate,my sweet)i want

no world(for beautiful you are my world,my true)

and it’s you are whatever a moon has always meant

and whatever a sun will always sing is you

here is the deepest secret nobody knows

(here is the root of the root and the bud of the bud

and the sky of the sky of a tree called life;which grows

higher than soul can hope or mind can hide)

and this is the wonder that’s keeping the stars apart

i carry your heart(i carry it in my heart)

Ringing in 2016

It’s the New Year and with 2015 behind us, we look forward to all that 2016 has to offer.  With the coming of any New Year there are countless trends and predictions that come up.  While many can be wrong, it is fun to look ahead—here’s a glimpse at what to expect in the coming year.

Top Trends for 2016

Grocery: Tired of going to the grocery storeshopping and ordering groceries online has been growing steadily for a few years, but will surge in 2016. 

Fitness:  For the first time in a decade, the American College of Sports Medicine’s survey of fitness professionals says that wearable technology, including fitness trackers such as Fitbit and Jawbone, GPS and heart monitors, and smart watches such as the Apple Watch, will be the No. 1 trend for the New Year.

Real Estate: America’s 55-74 year-old generation is expected to start selling their bigger, traditional homes and opt for smaller, more manageable living arrangements in greater numbers this year.

Baby Boomers: The first wave of Baby Boomers turn 70 in 2016. And ready for this the Millennials have surpassed Baby Boomers in numbers this past year to become the largest U.S. generation. There are an estimated 75.3 Millennials (ages 18 to 34) compared with 74.9 million Baby Boomers.

Food

  • Power Bowls- Bowls are the new plates. All sorts of creative one-dish meals are being served in a bowl with various monikers – protein bowls, Buddha bowls, broth bowls, quinoa bowls and globowls – for globally inspired bowl meals.
  • Ancient Grains: Quinoa darted to the top of the heap, but 2016 will be a time for other ancient grains to shine – including teff, millet, amaranth, spelt, kamut, kaniwa, freekeh and farro.
  • Avocado Oil: According to Pinterest, it will become the new coconut oil.

Senior Travel

  • Of the 95% who will travel domestically in 2016, Summer Vacations, Multi-Generational trips, and Weekend Getaways are the primary impetus behind such plans.
  • Popular domestic destinations are either a city/town or a beach, with Florida, Las Vegas, California, New York and Hawaii being mentioned the most.

Events

Top Anticipated Movies – get ready for prequels and superheroes

  • Batman vs. Superman: Dawn of Justice March 25
  • Captain America: Civil War May 6
  • Independence Day: Resurgence June 24
  • Ghostbusters July 15
  • Star Trek Beyond July 22
  • Bridget Jones Baby September 16
  • The Girl on the Train October 7
  • Rogue One a Star Wars Story December 16

Ready or not 2016 is here. We wish you the best and a Happy New Year!

Happy Holidays and a Healthy New Year!

Regardless of which holidays you celebrate, most people take time off at the year’s end to celebrate, gather with family and friends, and to reflect on days past and those to come. Wishing a joy-filled holiday season to our staff, residents and their loved ones, as well as all our community neighbors. We look forward to sharing 2016 with you.

Here are a few inspiring words of wisdom to carry you through the holidays and stay with you throughout the New Year.

“The best and most beautiful things in the world cannot be seen or even touched. They must be felt with the heart. Wishing you happiness.”—Helen Keller, American author, political activist, educator, lecturer

“I will honor Christmas in my heart, and try to keep it all the year.”—Charles Dickens, English novelist

“Happiness is there for the taking—and the making.”—Oprah Winfrey, American entertainer, actress, producer, and philanthropist

“Yesterday is gone. Tomorrow has not yet come. We have only today. Let us begin.” — Mother Teresa, Roman Catholic nun and missionary

Happy Thanksgiving!

 ‘Tis the Season of Thanks

We would like to extend a big THANK YOU to all of our wonderful staff, residents and extended family and friends as we give thanks, this Thanksgiving. Thanksgiving is one of our favorite holidays, a time when we can reflect and focus on the virtues of everyone who is a part of our life and, of course, enjoy a day centered on good food! We wish we could gather everyone together for what would be a most spectacular of Thanksgiving celebrations. Instead of this, we can give thanks for what the year has meant to us all. There is a saying that feeling appreciation and not expressing it is like wrapping a gift and not giving it. So we want to begin the holiday right and share our appreciation for all of you.

Thanksgiving is more than just being grateful and a day off of work. It is a day for appreciating our good fortune and sharing it with others. Whatever your creed or beliefs on this Thanksgiving Day remember the real reason for the celebration.

Travel safely over the holiday, spend time with your treasured family and friends and enjoy every last morsel of the wonderful feast on this our day of Thanksgiving!

Fun Things To Do with Grandkids This Summer

Summertime offers plenty of opportunities for families to connect—kids are out of school, vacation days are scheduled, and warm weather brings us out and about. When your grandkids (or great-grandkids!) come to visit, do you need some ideas for low-cost activities that are fun for all ages? We have a few suggestions for residents and their families—simple ways to have a good time together, anytime, anywhere.

Teach your grandkids a favorite hobby. Can you play the guitar? Do you know how to knit or crochet? Are you a good cook? Perhaps you’ve got a knack for crafts. A sport you love? Most of us have at least one thing we’re pretty good at. Give your grandkids a few lessons. Or else just let them gather round while you show ‘em how it’s done!

 

Take a slow walk around the neighborhood. Point out interesting things you’ve noticed: old trees, pretty plants, unusual houses, cute pets. Ask your grandkids to tell you what catches their eye.

 

Ride the bus. Take the train. Does your city have a trolleycar? Light rail? Head downtown, uptown, crosstown—or just choose a route and go. Even a short trip can be an adventure.

 

Make iced tea. Brew your own tea and add ice cubes. Bring the pitcher outside or serve it inside, depending on the weather and everyone’s mood. Have an iced tea party.

 

Go to a yard sale. Check the classifieds on Craigslist or in your local newspaper for neighborhood sales: garage, yard, estate, tag, moving. One person’s junk is another person’s treasure! If your grandkids or great-grandkids are small, give them a few dollars to spend on special trinkets.