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Summer Safety Tips

At ISL, we love encouraging our residents to stay active and get outside, but we always make sure they’re doing it safely. Our residents are like family to us, and our care professionals are there with them every day to make sure they’re happy and well taken care of, whether our residents are independent living, assisted living or Generations Memory Care residents.

Warmer weather means cookouts, picnics, festivals, gardening and lots of other outdoor activities. While these may seem harmless, spending time in the heat can be especially dangerous for seniors. In fact, according to the EPA, people age 65-plus are several times more likely to suffer from heat-related cardiovascular disease than the general population. However, this doesn’t mean you should hide indoors. We’re here to give you some tips to make sure you have a safe and enjoyable summer!

  1. Stay hydrated – Did you know seniors are more prone to dehydration? Compared to when they were younger, seniors aren’t able to retain as much water, and their sense of thirst gets less precise. Make sure you’re constantly drinking water when you’re out in the sun, and try to avoid dehydrating drinks like alcohol and coffee.
  2. Avoid the sun in peak hours – Depending on where you live, the sun is strongest from about 11 a.m. to 4 p.m., so try to limit your sun exposure during these hours. Aside from its being the hottest part of the day, the UV index is higher than usual during these times, which increases your risk of getting a sunburn.
  3. Apply SPF – On that note, make sure to wear sunscreen every day, even if you won’t be in the sun for very long. Look for sunscreen that blocks both UVA and UVB rays, and reapply frequently. Remember to also protect your eyes from sun damage by wearing sunglasses!
  4. Know the signs – It’s important to know when the heat is making you sick. Heat stroke symptoms include high body temperature, dizziness, headache, confusion and nausea. If you’re feeling any of these symptoms, move to a cool, shady place and call 911 immediately.
  5. Keep the bugs off – Seniors are more susceptible to West Nile virus, so if you’re in a place with a lot of mosquitos, especially at night, be sure to protect yourself with bug spray to reduce your risk of getting bitten by a mosquito carrying this virus.

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Integral Senior Living Expands in Seattle with Emerald City Senior Living

SEATTLE–Integral Senior Living (ISL), a premier senior living community management company, is continuing to expand its presence in the Seattle area, adding Emerald City Senior Living to its list of state-of-the-art communities. ISL will bring its trademark Vibrant Life®, Generations Memory Care and Elevate® dining programs to Emerald City Senior Living, the third ISL community in the Greater Seattle area.

“We are honored that the people of Seattle continue to turn to ISL for excellence in senior living, and we are delighted to bring our trademark programs and high-quality care to the residents at Emerald City,” said Collette Gray, CEO/COO for ISL.

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INTEGRAL SENIOR LIVING EXPANDS IN SEATTLE WITH EMERALD CITY SENIOR LIVING

SEATTLE (June 25, 2019)Integral Senior Living (ISL), a premier senior living community management company, is continuing to expand its presence in the Seattle area, adding Emerald City Senior Living to its list of state-of-the-art communities. ISL will bring its trademark Vibrant Life®, Generations Memory Care and Elevate® dining programs to Emerald City Senior Living, the third ISL community in the Greater Seattle area.

“We are honored that the people of Seattle continue to turn to ISL for excellence in senior living, and we are delighted to bring our trademark programs and high-quality care to the residents at Emerald City,” said Collette Gray, CEO/COO for ISL.

Nestled between Lake Washington and Green Lake in northern Seattle at 9001 Lake City Way, Emerald City Senior Living is one of the finest assisted living and memory care communities in the region. Formerly Maple Leaf Senior Living, the community recently welcomed Pam Dill as their new Executive Director and underwent a complete renovation, sparking a name change to Emerald City Senior Living. The community features studio, one- and two-bedroom apartment homes, as well as top-of-the-line amenities including an activity room, a beauty salon and spa, restaurant-style dining, a club room, a fireplace, a fitness center, a library, a living room, a media room, an outside patio, a private dining room, and more.

For leasing inquiries or additional information, visit emeraldcityseniorliving.com.

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.

Emerald City New Management

Our community, Emerald City Senior Living, is nestled between Lake Washington and Green Lake in northern Seattle and is one of the finest assisted living and memory care communities in the region. Formerly Maple Leaf Senior Living, our community is now managed by Integral Senior Living (ISL), a premier senior living community management company. ISL will bring its trademark Vibrant Life®, Generations Memory Care and Elevate® dining programs to Emerald City Senior Living, the third ISL community in the Greater Seattle area.

Along with new management, we also welcomed Pam Dill as our new executive director and underwent a complete renovation, sparking the name change to Emerald City Senior Living.

At Emerald City, our residents deserve personalized care that fits their individual needs, whether assisted living, memory care or respite care. Our community is full of opportunities for residents to live an exciting, adventurous, social and luxurious lifestyle with top-of-the-line amenities and services to accommodate individual lifestyles. Emerald City is focused on helping maintain a vibrant, purposeful life and is designed to provide a lifestyle that enriches life.

Residents of our community can choose from studio, one- and two-bedroom apartments, as well as the opportunity to experience top-of-the-line amenities including multiple activity choices, salon, restaurant style dining, fireplaces, well stocked library, media space, spacious outside patio, and much more.

“We are honored that Capitol Seniors Housing and the people of Seattle continue to turn to ISL for excellence in senior living, and we are delighted to bring our trademark programs and high-quality care to the residents of Emerald City,” said Collette Gray, CEO/COO for ISL.

Hunt Midwest Plans to Build Senior Living Community in Mt. Juliet, Tennessee

The Capstone at Mt. Juliet will offer first-class assisted living and memory care support for up to 114 residents

MT. JULIET, Tenn. – June 18, 2019 – Hunt Midwest has received unanimous approval from the City Commission in Mt. Juliet, Tennessee to rezone a 5.5-acre site at 3125 N. Mt. Juliet Road where it plans to build The Capstone at Mt. Juliet, an assisted living and memory care community. The two-story, 76,000-square-foot senior housing community will offer 88 well-appointed studio, one-bedroom and two-bedroom suites with accommodations for up to 114 residents.

Aaron Schmidt, vice president of development and construction at Hunt Midwest, has worked in collaboration with ISL Ventures, a division of Integral Senior Living (ISL), and Leading Light Development and Construction Consulting, to identify sites throughout the country in areas where the demand for senior housing is unmet.

“Mt. Juliet and the Metro Nashville area have 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 Mt. Juliet to meet the current and ongoing demand for first-class assisted living and memory care in a perfect location that gives seniors from Mt. Juliet and surrounding areas the ability to stay within their communities and close to friends and loved ones.”

Hunt Midwest has aligned with Integral Senior Living (ISL) to operate The Capstone at Mt. Juliet. “Having an accomplished operating partner is paramount to the success of our senior housing communities,” said Schmidt. “ISL has set the benchmark nationally with the superior level of care it provides to its residents. ISL’s upstanding reputation and history of sustainable property management is consistent with the values and goals set by our team at Hunt Midwest. Its knowledge and experience in the senior housing industry will make The Capstone at Mt. Juliet a stimulating and safe community for residents that is spiritually and physically fulfilling.”

The Capstone at Mt. Juliet will have all the hallmarks of ISL communities including its Elevate® dining and Vibrant Life® programs, Generations Memory Care, a dedicated area for residents with dementia and Alzheimer’s, and compassionate, highly-trained associates committed to providing personalized care.

“Mt. Juliet and the greater Nashville area is filled with vibrancy and is a place people want to live, and The Capstone at Mt. Juliet will match that spirit,” said Collette Gray, CEO/COO for ISL. “As we begin work on this community, we are eager to bring ISL’s excellent care to future residents.”

The Capstone at Mt. Juliet will incorporate elements from nearby architecture, with a brick façade, outdoor terraces and balconies, gardens bordered by brick columns and wrought iron fencing, and large windows to provide plentiful levels of natural light. A variety thoughtfully-designed indoor and outdoor amenities and gathering spaces will include formal and informal dining areas, chapel, fitness center, bistro lounge, sunroom, walking trails, gazebo and dog park.

Hunt Midwest has selected PI Architects to lead the overall design of the community and Civil Site Design Group to perform land planning and civil engineering for the project.

The project team plans to complete construction and welcome new residents in 2020.

About Hunt Midwest

Hunt Midwest is a dynamic real estate development company privately held by the Lamar Hunt family. Based in Kansas City with over 50 years of development, construction and management experience, Hunt Midwest’s wide range of projects include industrial, commercial, mission critical, self-storage, residential, multifamily, senior living, mixed use and SubTropolis, the world’s largest underground business complex. Hunt Midwest is part of the Lamar Hunt family’s diverse portfolio of entities involved in real estate, sports/media, energy/resources and private equity investments. In addition to Hunt Midwest, marquee entities include the Kansas City Chiefs, Hunt Southwest, FC Dallas Soccer Club, Toyota Stadium, Chicago Bulls and United Center.

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.

For More Information: Aaron Schmidt | 816-455-2500 or ASchmidt@HuntMidwest.com Jenni Mann | 816-455-2500 or JMann@HuntMidwest.com

Capstone at Station Camp, an 88-unit senior living community, will break ground June 7

Integral Senior Living and Hunt Midwest will hold a groundbreaking ceremony at 9 a.m. on June 7 for The Capstone at Station Camp, an 88-unit, 76,000-square-foot senior living community in Gallatin.

Managed by Integral Senior Living, the community will offer the group’s enriching trademark programs: Vibrant Life®, Generations Memory Care and Elevate® dining. The Capstone at Station Camp will also incorporate elements from the surrounding area’s architecture, with red brick and neutrally colored stucco, outdoor terraces and balconies, gardens bordered by brick columns and wrought iron fencing, and ample windows to allow natural light. Amenities will include a great room, formal dining room, fitness center, bistro lounge, sunroom, walking trails, gazebo and dog park.

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Integral Senior Living and Hunt Midwest Break Ground on the Capstone at Station Camp

GALLATIN, TN–Integral Senior Living (ISL) and Hunt Midwest have broken ground on The Capstone at Station Camp, an assisted living and memory care community, on a 6-acre site in Gallatin, about 30 miles northeast of Nashville. The 76,000-square-foot senior housing development will offer one- and two-bedroom suites providing accommodations for up to 114 residents with 56 assisted living units and 32 memory care units.

“The Greater Nashville area is filled with vibrancy and is a place people want to live, and The Capstone at Station Camp will match that spirit,” said Collette Gray, CEO/COO for ISL. “As we break ground on this community, we are eager to bring ISL’s excellent care to future residents.”

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Alzheimer’s and Brain Awareness Month – prevention

June is Alzheimer’s and Brain Awareness Month, and during this month especially we want to show support for the millions of people worldwide struggling with Alzheimer’s or dementia and the caregivers who provide care and meaningful connections for them every day.

Throughout our communities, our Generations Memory Care program is designed to provide the highest quality of care to each of our residents based on an individual approach designed specifically for them. We know firsthand how difficult it is to deal with Alzheimer’s and other forms of dementia, and although there is no conclusive research on prevention, there are certain lifestyle choices that promote a healthy body and mind that can help prevent Alzheimer’s and other related diseases. Here are some changes you can start implementing today!

  1. Keep your heart healthy – Research suggests that there is a connection between cardiovascular conditions and your brain, with conditions such as high blood pressure, diabetes and high cholesterol increasing your risk of developing Alzheimer’s. Maintain a healthy heart by incorporating cardio exercises and a heart-friendly diet, including plenty of fruits, vegetables, whole grains, healthy fats and fish.
  2. Grab your friends and family – As humans, we crave social interaction, and our brain does too! Having regular face-to-face interaction with people who care about you and staying socially engaged may help protect you against Alzheimer’s and dementia. There are many ways to meet others and make new friendships! Try volunteering, taking a group class, getting to know your neighbors or even joining a club.
  3. Exercise your brain – The brain is just like a muscle – if you don’t challenge it regularly, it will get weaker. Continuing to learn new things and engaging your brain as you get older is one of the most effective ways at preventing Alzheimer’s or dementia. Look for activities that require communication, interaction and organization, and practice them every day. Some great ideas are studying a new language, learning to paint or sew, practicing memorization, and playing strategy games or brain teasers. You can even choose to improve an existing skill, like getting better at golf or learning a new song on an instrument you already know.

Our Generations Memory Care program aims to maintain a sense of home for your loved one with Alzheimer’s or dementia, making sure that he or she receives the highest level of comfort and care. Read more about what sets our innovative program apart!

102-year-old Olathe Senior Fulfilling Lifelong Dream of Riding Kansas Belle Train

BALDWIN CITY, Kan. — At the age of 102-years-old, Olathe resident Lula Powell has seen and done a lot during her lifetime. Now that she’s in hospice care, she’s checking one more thing off her bucket list.

On Sunday Powell took a step back in time.

Surrounded by family, Powell fulfilled a lifelong dream of riding the Kansas Belle train.

“I can’t believe it. It’s just amazing. It’s the most wonderful thing I could’ve done,” Powell said.

Travanse Living partnered with Crossroads Hospice to make this happen. This wasn’t just a gift for Powell, but for her family as well.

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Staying Active

No matter your age, staying active and healthy is one of the most important aspects of your life. Keeping an active lifestyle has a variety of physical benefits, like lowering your risk of heart disease and stroke, and improving your strength and balance to prevent injuries. The best part about exercise is that it also has a huge impact on your mental health!

Staying active not only helps improve your mood, but helps improve your ability to think and make decisions. Our Vibrant Life program focuses on a well-rounded approach to healthy living specifically tailored to each of our residents, combining all types of activities for our residents to choose from.

We want to share some of our favorite fitness tips for seniors that can be adapted to all levels of fitness.

  1. Find your niche – The best way to get motivated to exercise is to find an activity you like, and these can be even better if you do them with friends. Set up a weekly walk with your friends to combine a workout with a social activity, or sign up for a class to make new friends!
  2. Find your groove – Cardio activities are great both for your mood and, you guessed it, for your heart. Cardio also helps you feel less fatigued throughout your day. Walking, swimming, aerobics and cycling are all great activities to choose from.
  3. Find your strength – Strength training helps prevent loss of bone mass and improves balance, both very important as you get older. It’s important to listen to your body in these types of exercises, so don’t be afraid to use your own body weight instead of exercise equipment if you have no experience with strength training! Be sure to talk with your doctor or a trainer to find the exercises that are right for you.
  4. Find your flex – Working on your flexibility can help improve your range of motion for daily activities, so it’s important to include some flexibility and balance exercises. Try yoga, stretching exercises or dancing to stay limber!
  5. Find your moment – At the end of the day, just making small changes to get moving will make a big difference. You can pick a farther parking spot to get a few more steps in, go for a hike with family or play with your grandchildren to help get your body moving and healthy. Find the activity you enjoy the most, and go with it!

Our Vibrant Life program throughout our communities helps our residents stay active by offering a wide variety of different activities for all fitness levels. With so many types of activities and exercises to choose from, it’s easy for our residents to stay active while having fun. If you want to learn more about how we help our residents reach their fitness goals through Vibrant Life and our fitness centers, visit our Facebook page or website. We’d love to help you start your health journey!