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National Caffeine Awareness Month

Who doesn’t like a nice cup of coffee to start the day or a soda with their lunch? While caffeine can provide an often necessary boost of energy, it’s important to remember that it is a stimulant, not a nutrient, and that too much caffeine is unhealthy.

March is National Caffeine Awareness Month and serves as good reminder to always be careful of how much caffeine you are consuming per day. If you’re on a first-name basis with your local barista, it may be time to rethink your daily intake!

According to the 2015–2020 Dietary Guidelines for America, published by the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services, most of the caffeine consumed in the United States comes from coffee, tea and soda.

About 400 milligrams of caffeine a day – or about four cups of coffee – is considered safe for most healthy adults, though you should always keep in mind that caffeine content in beverages varies widely and that caffeine affects each of us differently.

Mixing caffeine with alcohol should always be avoided. Mixing the two may lead to drinking more alcohol and becoming more intoxicated than you realize, increasing the risk of alcohol-related adverse events.

In general, a good rule of thumb is, if you feel jittery or overly restless after drinking a caffeinated beverage, you should stop. Too much caffeine may lead to sleep problems, migraines and other health issues – not to mention coffee breath!


Providing Quality Entertainment Options for Seniors

 At the heart of each ISL community is our commitment to providing a fun and active lifestyle for all residents. We place special importance on developing entertainment opportunities for residents that emphasize exercise and physical activity.

We do this because we know the key role active recreation plays in the well-being of seniors and in improving their quality of life. ISL’s Vibrant Life® program, designed for enhancing and enriching residents’ lives with well-rounded and meaningful experiences, guides us in our approach.

We create our programs with more than just physical exercise opportunities in mind. We know that residents who stay active and engaged can see remarkable mental, emotional and even spiritual growth. We want our residents to look forward to making each day as energetic and vibrant as possible.

We don’t take this lightly.

The Vibrant Life® program is all about inspiring our residents to be social and adventurous, to take their health seriously, and to realize the benefits of living an active lifestyle.

Each ISL community designs its Vibrant Life® program to specifically meet the wants and needs of its residents. Various outings and activities are offered that allow people to create their own schedules based on their interests, preferences, routines and abilities.

Providing quality, active entertainment options not only makes our communities wonderful places to be, but results in increased resident health and fitness, gives opportunities for socializing, and lets residents use skills and talents developed throughout their lifetime and even learn new skills.

We care deeply about our residents and always want them to feel that they are being treated by associates who truly value who they are as individuals.

Tips for seniors on downsizing your home

The prospect of a big, spacious home is a dream to almost any young family on the hunt to find a space to grow their lives in. However, years later, when the kids have moved out and you’ve passed the age of retirement, this big dream home is now more of a hassle than anything else. Downsizing is a smart move for most seniors because it takes away the burden of having to tend to a house that is no longer truly needed. The benefits of moving into a smaller place are numerous, but the act itself isn’t always easy, especially if you’ve been living in your home for a while.

We here at Integral Senior Living fully support seniors transitioning into a home that’s much more manageable, and we’ve devised a few tips for those wishing to make the move:

Start slow and steady

It’s best to start planning as far in advance as possible. Even if you’re not fully committed to downsizing your home for retirement, you should still come up with a plan in case you find yourself in a situation where the move is necessary, like you or your spouse getting sick. Look into housing options that are both appealing and affordable and start saving money. Having a solid plan will make the process much less stressful if you have to move on a whim and especially easy if you’ve been planning to downsize for a while.

Hire an agent who knows the ropes

Trying to sell your home and search for a new one at the same time is a nightmare for anyone of any age, and we don’t recommend going about it alone. Hire a top real estate agent in San Diego or the surrounding area to help you move. They’ll help you sell your current home and find a new one that’s within your price range and offers amenities suitable for seniors. And, he or she will be someone who you can count on to be there for you during a transition that can be tough.

Be smart about your location

The benefits that come with downsizing are going to be negated if you move into a place in a bad location. If possible, move close to family members or close friends. If that isn’t an option, move into a place where you don’t have to worry about who is going to help you if you’re sick, injured, or unable to do certain day-to-day tasks. A housing community tailored to seniors’ needs, like Integral Senior Living, is an excellent option for those looking for a comfortable home with necessary accommodations.

Downsizing isn’t something that’s easy, and it can be a very emotional process. However, with some proper planning and time management, the move doesn’t have to be too burdensome. If you’re a senior in the San Diego or Carlsbad area, don’t hesitate to consider Integral Senior Living for your next home if downsizing from your house is something you plan on doing.

ISL will manage Spring Cypress Assisted Living and Memory Care

Integral Senior Living will manage Spring Cypress Assisted Living and Memory Care, a premier senior living community in Cypress, Texas, scheduled to open in April. The Community is owned by MedCore Partners of Dallas-Fort Worth together with The National Realty Group (TNRG) of Houston.

The assisted living and memory care apartments will open in April, and construction on the second phase, which includes 120 independent living apartments, will start in late 2018.

“It is an honor to be able to add a beautiful community like Spring Cypress to our management portfolio,” said Collette Valentine-Gray, Integral Senior Living’s CEO and COO. “Spring Cypress will be another shining example of what makes ISL communities so special: our passion for personalized care and our commitment to providing an active and vibrant lifestyle for residents.”

Spring Cypress will offer studio and one- and two-bedroom apartments for its residents. Amenities include a wellness center, a gorgeous pond with a walking path and gazebo, a pampering salon and barber, a dog park, and theater.

Spring Cypress has a full list of services and amenities that today’s seniors have come to expect, ranging from our Vibrant Life program to our Generations Memory Care program.


New Year’s Resolutions

With the arrival of a new year comes the opportunity to plan for the future and focus our energy on personal resolutions. Setting personal goals at the beginning of a new year is a wonderful way to inspire change in one’s life.

For seniors, it can be especially important to make resolutions that will provide a better quality of life both now and in the future. Here are a few suggestions to get you started.

  • Eat Healthy
    • The struggle for most people is making sure we make good food choices. Resolve to eat more fruits and vegetables and fewer fried and fatty foods. Go for fiber-rich foods like whole grain bread, brown rice and whole grain pasta. Choose healthy fats, such as olive and canola oils, and stay away from highly processed food. We developed our award-winning Dining by Design program to help ensure our residents have high-quality, freshly prepared meals each day.
  • Be Active
    • Staying active is critical for everyone, and especially as we age. Make a concerted effort to exercise daily. Going for a walk and participating in yoga or water aerobics are all great ways to stay limber, strengthen bones and muscles, and improve your balance, posture and mood. Residents are offered fun daily activities to keep you living a vibrant life.
  • Routine Doctor Visits
    • Visiting your doctor regularly, not just when you get sick, is something everyone should do. Making sure any medications you’re taking are working properly, getting important screening tests for vision and hearing, and staying up-to-date on any immunizations are crucial to staying healthy. Our communities have highly trained staff to make sure you are receiving the proper medical care you need.
  • Check in More
    • Too often, seniors become isolated because of mobility issues. If you know someone who has trouble leaving their house, set dates to visit them throughout the year. Sometimes, just spending a few minutes with a friend or loved one can brighten their day.

We hope everyone makes at least one resolution for 2018 that will result in a positive change in their life. Happy New Year from all of us at Integral Senior Living!

What Makes an Excellent Senior Living Community?

Choosing a senior living community is one of your most important life decisions. Things like location, care services and range of amenities offered are all important details that should be taken seriously before making a decision.

Not all communities are created equal, and each is different in its own way. However, there are a few quality traits that can make a senior living community stand above the rest.

Personalized, Professional Care

A well-trained staff that treats each resident properly is perhaps the most important factor that separates a quality community from a lesser one. A professional staff that cares for the men and women living in their community creates a welcoming atmosphere that can lead to better health and higher quality of life for residents.


Safety is important when selecting a senior living community. Residents need to feel safe at all times. Are the proper doors always locked? Is someone on duty 24 hours a day? What is the protocol for an after-hours medical emergency? Questions like these matter for residents’ peace of mind.

Friends, Not Neighbors

Residents should feel that they are part of a community, not just sharing space with strangers. A quality community should feel like a club where people interact with one another daily, having fun and forming relationships. That’s why we offer our Vibrant Life® program, designed to optimize health and well-being by promoting a culture filled with joyful experiences, meaningful endeavors, and abundant opportunities to connect with family, friends and the local community.


Staying active is critical for seniors to keep their minds and bodies engaged. A quality community will have at least one fun activity each day of the week that will get its residents up and moving to stimulate both the mind and body. Communities should also have access to games, sports or other activities residents can enjoy at their leisure. Our Vibrant Life® program emphasizes an active and adventurous lifestyle for residents.

Nutritious, Good-Tasting Food

Communities that care about the food they serve and cook with quality ingredients will keep residents healthy and living the lifestyles they want. Our communities’ culinary directors are committed to providing superior dining experiences for our residents. We source local and regional ingredients when possible, offer varied menu selections and flexible dining schedules, and make meals an occasion to socialize. Dining at your community should feel and taste as though you’re at a quality restaurant.

We hope this list helps you when you start looking for a senior living community. Prepare a list of questions and concerns to address when taking tours. Take the time to explore the entire community, and talk to current residents about their experience. Last, ask if you can attend the community’s next member event.

All Seasons Naples Under Development

A New Senior Living Community in Naples

NAPLES, FL  (September 8, 2016) All Season Naples, the newest luxury senior living community being developed by Beztak Land Company and co-managed by Integral Senior Living (ISL), a premier nationwide senior living operator chosen by Beztak for their expertise in Assisted Living and Memory Care, is set to start pre-leasing this fall, with first occupancies expected as early as the spring of 2017.

The All Seasons brand, which Beztak first introduced in Michigan in 2007, is a unique concept that offers seniors an alternative to traditional congregate senior living.  The All Seasons mission is to be the absolute best standard bearer of the senior living industry and to operate in a manner that is similar to a five-star resort or boutique hotel. All Seasons communities focus on the highest level of care, utilizing elements of design, while providing an energizing, active lifestyle for their residents that is rich in amenities.   The diverse social, educational and cultural programs, combined with an upscale resort setting, sets All Seasons forward and apart from other senior communities currently available around the country.

“All Seasons Naples will usher in a new era of senior living into the area with its gorgeous location and stunning architecture,” said Collette Valentine, CEO/COO for Integral Senior Living.

The community will offer 100 independent living and 62 assisted living one and two bedroom apartment homes, and 25 memory care studio apartment homes. Residents will be surrounded by lush tropical landscaping, communal herb gardens, and an expansive boardwalk, pier and gazebo with magnificent lake views.  From the interior with sunlit dynamic views, to the outdoor terrace, invigorating pool and special water features, the atmosphere at All Seasons in Naples provides the backdrop for a refined Floridian lifestyle.

Staying true to the brand, All Seasons Naples will pride itself on offering signature amenities including a state of the art exercise facility, chauffeured transportation, 5 star cuisine served in an assortment of restaurant style venues, a prestigious Bosendorfer piano as the main living room centerpiece with frequent performances from accomplished entertainers.  Among a myriad of events, residents will also enjoy lectures on a wide variety of topics presented by community professionals and educators.

All Seasons Naples’ desirable Naples, FL location on US-41 will allow residents to enjoy local treasures such as the Naples Botanical Garden, 80-plus championship golf courses, and countless upscale shops, galleries and restaurants. The community is located at 15450 Tamiami Trail, Naples FL 34110. For more information visit

In the Beztak development pipeline, in addition to their current All Seasons portfolio of properties, will be All Seasons of Oro Valley in Arizona, All Seasons of Ann Arbor and All Seasons of Canton in Michigan.

About Beztak

For more than six decades, Beztak has developed, built, managed and invested in commercial, industrial and residential real estate throughout the United States. Today, Beztak owns and manages a diverse portfolio of commercial, office, retail, senior living, and multi-family residential real estate, and continues to develop and construct new properties as well as renovate existing properties to add value or reposition them in the market. Beztak also offers comprehensive and customizable fee-based property management services for companies seeking to generate higher revenues from their assets while improving overall performance.

Headquartered in Farmington Hills, Michigan, Beztak has offices in Boca Raton, Florida and Phoenix and Tucson, Arizona, with communities currently located in Arizona, Florida, Michigan, Ohio, South Carolina, Georgia, Tennessee and Alabama.  For more information, visit

About ISL

Integral Senior Living headquartered in Carlsbad, CA, manages a progressive selection of senior residences to meet the growing needs of today’s aging population. It currently manages 59 independent, assisted living and memory care properties throughout Alabama, Arizona, California, Colorado, Florida, Georgia, Idaho, Indiana, Michigan, Missouri, Nevada, Oklahoma, Oregon, Tennessee, Texas, Utah, and Washington.  It is ranked the 17th largest senior living provider in the U.S. according to Senior Housing News. ISL is founded on a care philosophy that fosters dignity and respect for residents and promotes their independence and individuality. The dedicated staff at each community is trained to maintain the highest standards of senior care services.

For more information about ISL, visit Integral Senior Living’s website, blog and Facebook page.

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ISL Celebrates National Assisted Living Week with a commitment to “Keep Connected”

assisted_living_weekToday’s seniors are expecting more from every aspect of their lives.  The senior housing industry has responded by creating assisted living communities, a place where senior residents thrive. To celebrate the way more than one million people live, there is National Assisted Living Week® taking place September 11-17, 2016. This year’s theme “Keep Connected” showcases the integral role technology plays in assisted living communities such as those managed by ISL.

The theme celebrates the countless ways assisted living communities are integrating technology into resident care. In fact, seniors are the fastest growing internet and social media users today. They typically use it to reconnect with people from their past, bridge generational gaps, and find online support for people living with chronic diseases.

ISL takes enormous pride in finding new ways to enhance the services we provide in assisted living.  “Incorporating 21st century technology whenever possible truly enhances are resident care in so many ways and helps them enjoy a better quality of life.

“Keep Connected,” recognizes the increasing opportunity technology can offer to enhance the care and overall experience in assisted living communities. During this week we encourage our communities to support opportunities for residents to use the latest communication tools to engage with the world around them. Furthermore, “Keep Connected” acknowledges the many ways assisted living staff and supporting business partners are revolutionizing the care provided in these communities through innovations in technology.  

Happy Assisted Living Week!

A Resident at The Groves of Tustin is crowned at the Miss Newport/Miss Irvine USA Pageant

In April, ISL put into place in its communities a program that is truly enhancing the lives of residents called Vibrant Life®. One component of the program is called  “Livin’ the Dream,” designed to take residents dreams and make them a reality.

terry-scholdererRecently The Groves of Tustin made a dream come true for one of their residents, Terry Scholderer. She was recently crowned at the Miss Newport Coast USA/Miss Irvine USA Pageant 2016 as part of her “Livin’ the Dream.”

The pageant was held at the Red Lion Resort in Anaheim with over 300 people in attendance. Terry got her hair done at the community’s salon and then had her makeup professionally done by an artist at the pageant. She wore a custom purple evening gown that was made just for her for this event and was escorted on stage by her son Mike. She was then given her official “Memories Matter” sash and was crowned by the outgoing Miss Irvine Teen USA, Monica English! There wasn’t a dry eye in the house as Terry waved to the audience and soaked in her moment in the spotlight!

The event was inspired when a group of beauty queens visited The Groves at Tustin. Terry was simply infatuated with them and enjoyed interacting with the group. This sparked an idea with the community’s Sales and Marketing Director Anna Gounev, who personally runs the Miss Irvine/Miss Newport Coast USA Pageant.

“We thought that it would be a great opportunity for Terry to live her dream and take part in the pageant,” adds Anna.

 ISL’s Vibrant Life Program consists of four Signature Programs that were developed as a tool to help insure  communities provide quality programming that contribute to the overall well-being and self-worth of our residents. ISL 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.