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Keeping Your Heart Healthy

With Valentine’s Day just around the corner, many of us have our hearts on our minds. While chocolates and flowers are great, this is also a great time to think about keeping your heart healthy.

Heart disease is the leading cause of death for men and women in the United States. Because of this, the American Heart Association has designated February as American Heart Month, to raise awareness about heart disease and how to prevent it. Whether you’re ready for a complete change of lifestyle or you just want to start small, we’ve put together a list of tips that can help you start taking better care of your heart in 2019.

  • Spice it up – We all know your diet is directly related to your heart health, and one of the easiest ways you can make a positive change is by swapping salt for other common kitchen spices when cooking. Paprika, cumin, pepper, onion powder and garlic are just a few spices that will boost up the flavor profile of your meal without being as damaging as salt. Experiment with different combinations of spices and find your favorites!
  • Take a stand – Did you know that sitting still for too long is bad for your health no matter how much you exercise? Be sure to take short walks throughout your day, and find ways to add in a few more steps.
  • Catch some Z’s – Adults who sleep fewer than six hours per night are twice as likely to suffer from heart attacks. Be sure to make sleep a priority and get seven to eight hours every night!
  • Transition away from trans-fats – Trans-fats are linked to increased risk of a stroke or heart disease in your lifetime, so how do we avoid these? Trans-fats are generally found in snack food, prepackaged baked goods and fried fast foods. Check the labels of the food you buy to make sure what you’re eating has zero trans-fats. As a good rule of thumb, you should be eating plenty of fruits and vegetables, whole grains, and fish. For an extra challenge, try avoiding meat more often!
  • Don’t stress – It might be easier said than done, but learning to manage your stress can make a major impact in your well-being. Long-term stress can cause damage to your artery walls by increasing your blood pressure and heart rate, so it’s important to learn how to take a few deep breaths throughout your day. Find an activity you enjoy that makes you relax, like painting, yoga, running or cooking. Our Vibrant Life program can definitely help you find some ways to enjoy your time and get rid of the stress!

Keeping your heart healthy is one of the best ways to ensure a positive and vibrant life. Across all of our communities, we ensure that our residents are staying active and eating healthy. Visit our Facebook page or website to learn more about all of ISL’s signature programs.

How To Stick To Your New Year’s Resolution

With the turn of the New Year, it seems as if everyone is talking about New Year’s resolutions. Every year we decide to make an effort to better ourselves, but a few months later we seem to lose motivation and it becomes harder to stick to our goals.

So how do we make sure we have a better chance at accomplishing our resolutions this year? We’ve put together a list of tips to make our health and wellness goals a little easier in 2019.

  • Start small – bigger goals can seem more appealing, but sometimes these are harder to stick to. An easy tip is to break up your bigger goals into smaller goals so you can stay focused on accomplishing them little by little. For example, instead of saying you want to lose 20 pounds, start with setting a smaller goal of losing 5 pounds by the end of February.
  • Healthy eating – if you’re one of the many whose goal is to start eating cleaner, make it your mission to add one healthy item to each meal! Swap out dessert for fruit or water instead of soda. A few small changes can really make a difference over time!
  • Have a resolution partner – it becomes easier, and more fun, to have someone to talk to about where you are with your goals. Check in with each other weekly or monthly, whatever makes the most sense to you, and help keep each other on track!
  • Reward yourself – if your goal was to exercise three times a week and you did it for a full month, be sure to celebrate it! Don’t wait until the end of the year to do this; check in with yourself every month or so to reward yourself for a job well-done.
  • Be easy on yourself – it’s OK to mess up! The important thing is to get yourself back on track as soon as you realize it and stay motivated to accomplish all your goals. Making a mistake at breakfast does not mean the whole day is a disaster.

Sticking to your resolutions in 2019 can seem intimidating, but it doesn’t have to be. All across our communities, we have care associates ready to help you accomplish your health and wellness needs at any point during the year.

With our Elevate dining program, we make sure every meal is as delicious as it is nutritious, and our Vibrant Life activities have exercise programs perfect for every level of fitness. Want to know more? Visit our Facebook page or website to get a glimpse into the daily lives of our residents as well as the Elevate dining and Vibrant Life programs.

Integral Senior Living Named Management Company For Mariposa Point at Algodón Center Assisted Living and Memory Care

CARLSBAD, Calif. (Dec. 17, 2018)Integral Senior Living has been named the management company for Mariposa Point at Algodón Center Assisted Living and Memory Care, a premier senior living community located at 3100 N. 91st Ave. in Phoenix, Ariz.

Mariposa Point features 87 assisted living and memory care apartments with private bedrooms and bathrooms, as well as beautiful areas for socializing, dining and entertaining. The community features high-quality amenities and engaging community activities for residents and their family members built on a single level with no stairs or elevators.

“We are proud to welcome this beautiful community to our management portfolio,” said Collette Gray, Integral Senior Living’s CEO and COO. “Mariposa Point at Algodón Center will join the rest of our ISL communities in our mission to provide personalized care and commitment to ensuring our residents have vibrant, active and purposeful lives.”

Set in sunny Phoenix, Mariposa Point provides its residents with the comfort and care combined with luxury and elevated living. Under ISL, the Vibrant Life®, Generations Memory Care and Elevate® Dining programs will be added to enhance the residents’ experience and quality of life.

About Integral Senior Living

Integral Senior Living (ISL), headquartered in Carlsbad, Calif., manages a progressive selection of senior residences to meet the growing needs of today’s aging population. It manages independent, assisted living and memory care properties throughout 18 states. Ranked among the nation’s largest senior living providers, according to Senior Living Executive, ISL is founded on a care philosophy that fosters dignity and respect for residents and promotes their independence and individuality. The dedicated associates at each community are 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.

Senior living community coming to Gallatin

Hunt Midwest has received final approval from city officials in Gallatin to build The Capstone at Station Camp, an assisted living and memory care community, on a 6-acre site at the southeast corner of Nashville Pike and Cages Bend Road.

The two-story, 76,000-square-foot senior housing development will offer 88 studios and one- and two-bedroom suites with accommodations for up to 114 residents.

Aaron Schmidt, general manager of Development and Construction at Hunt Midwest, in collaboration with ISL Ventures, a division of Integral Senior Living (ISL), and Leading Light Development and Construction Consulting, has worked to identify sites throughout the Midwest and Southeast to build high-quality developments supporting underserved senior residents.

“The Metro Nashville area has seen incredible population growth over the last several years,” Schmidt said. “An increase of families’ moving into the area, paired with a large number of seniors’ desiring to stay close to home, has created an urgent need for quality senior housing. Our team is pleased to offer The Capstone at Station Camp to meet the current and ongoing demand for first-class assisted living and memory care in a perfect location that gives seniors from Gallatin, Hendersonville and surrounding areas the ability to stay within their communities and close to friends and loved ones.”

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Holiday Visits With Memory Care Residents

Holidays are the perfect opportunity to spend time together as a family, and this means visiting loved ones in senior living communities is even more important as the year comes to an end.

These visits are really important to residents’ well-being, but sometimes people are intimidated because they don’t know how to communicate with someone who is in memory care. We’ve put together a list of helpful tips that will help you navigate these visits and make it easier for everyone to spend some quality time together.

  1. Visit regularly – Set realistic expectations of how often you will visit, and then stick to it. Unexpected situations will come up, and that’s OK. Just be sure to communicate this to your loved one and their care provider.
  2. Be positive – Being warm and affectionate during your visits is important to your loved one’s mental well-being. Research shows that loneliness is a major health problem, and these visits can really help brighten your loved one’s day.
  3. Put together a visit bag – Fill this bag with photos, videos, news stories he or she might be interested in, etc. Is there a celebrity he or she really likes keeping up with, is he or she a huge sports fan? Bring newspaper clippings or fun facts about it! Everyone loves thoughtful details like these.
  4. Take a walk – If it’s nice out and your loved one is able to, go for a walk together! Going on a walk is a great way to keep the body and mind active. Just moving out of the room and getting a fresh change of scenery can be a huge mood booster.
  5. Don’t be intimidated by Alzheimer’s or dementia – Remember that patience is key, even if you have to repeat things from time to time. Find out what brings out the best mood with your loved one – a certain genre of music, photos, a specific room, and repeat it every visit.

Remember that these visits can provide wonderful opportunities for you and your loved one to bond, learn from each other and even make new memories.

If you think your loved one might be ready to transition into memory care, we’re here to help guide you through this process. With ISL’s Generations Memory Care program, our goal is to ease this transition and provide the best-quality care specialized to meet each of our residents’ needs.

Visit our communities page to find the location closest to you, and give us a call to learn more about our Generations Memory Care program.

Eating Healthy During the Holidays

The holiday season is that wonderful time of year when we get to spend time with our families, travel, and create memories with friends and loved ones.

While it is easy to get lost in the fun, the holidays can also mean big meals with tons of calories. Large meals coupled with weather that can lessen the desire to get outside and be active can lead to a period of unhealthiness for many. Here are some tips to help you enjoy the holidays without compromising your health.

  • Don’t overeat – This one sounds simple, but people tend to eat way more than they normally do during holiday meals. Using a smaller plate, filling your plate with vegetables and salad, and waiting at least 10 minutes before going back for seconds to see if you’re actually hungry can all help prevent overeating.
  • Don’t skip meals – Many of us skip eating during the day as a way to prepare for a big holiday meal. While these people believe they are smartly making room for a lot of food, in reality they are encouraging themselves to overeat. It is especially important to have breakfast, as research shows that people who eat breakfast tend to consume fewer calories throughout the day. Eating fiber-rich foods that are high in volume and will satisfy hunger, but won’t overload you with calories.
  • Get some physical activity – Just had a big, satisfying meal? This is a perfect time to go for a walk or do something else active you enjoy doing. Physical activity is a great way to offset a higher calorie intake, or a slice (or two!) of pie.

At ISL communities, our Elevate culinary program creates meaningful connections through cuisine, transforming the dining experience into a celebration that inspires the engagement of our residents, families and friends. It all starts with making sure we are preparing the healthiest, most nourishing food possible.

As our mission implies, we don’t want to merely put food in front of our residents, but connect with them in impactful ways through cuisine.

Elevate addresses not only our residents’ palates, but their desire for purpose, recognition of a lifetime of memories, lifelong growth and learning opportunities, and occasions to showcase their individuality through their own culinary signature items.

To learn more about our Elevate culinary program and everything else ISL communities have to offer, please give us a call or come take a tour. You may also visit our Communities page to find the community closest to you.

We hope everyone has a safe and healthy holiday season – just make sure you are more focused on spreading joy than you are spreading butter!