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May. 06, 2024

The Proven Benefits of Senior Living

At ISL, we prioritize the well-being of residents by creating a safe environment and meaningful experiences through our amenities, programs and expert care. We know older adults thrive in senior living communities, and now there is research to prove it. A study conducted by NORC at the University of Chicago found that older adults who live in senior housing communities live longer, receive more home health services, and benefit from greater rehabilitative and preventive care in the two years following move-in than those who do not. Through six categories – mortality, days alive, days away from home due to adverse health events, days receiving home health care, preventive and rehabilitative health services days, and days on anti-psychotics – researchers tried to understand the impact of senior housing. They compared two groups of older adults: One was a group who moved into senior housing communities and resided there for two years ...
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Apr. 05, 2024

Savoring Time With Loved Ones: Recipes To Bring Family or Friends in Senior Living

Every family has a treasure trove of memories, including countless meals that have brought loved ones together. For some, this may mean a particular recipe that has been passed down for generations, while others may just value the time spent at the dining room table. Regardless of where you land with your traditions, one thing that holds true for most anyone is that food brings people together and provides comfort no matter the circumstances.  While residents are served an array of dining options at ISL communities, sometimes nothing beats a dish prepared by someone you love. One dish that never fails in both taste and ease is Creamy Chicken Enchiladas. Here’s what you’ll need:  Ingredients:  Instructions:  SERVES: 6  Just in case Chicken Enchiladas aren’t a preferred meal, here are 20 additional easy recipes you can share with your loved one.   While distance and time may now separate you, a homecooked ...
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Mar. 11, 2024

Welcome spring with DIY door decorations

It’s time to say goodbye to winter because spring is around the corner!   After enduring the dreary and weary days of winter, it’s natural to feel a bit down. Seasonal depression often creeps in during the long, cold months. However, the arrival of spring serves as a rejuvenating reminder of growth and newness.   As nature blooms back to life, consider brightening up your living space with these colorful and easy DIY door decoration ideas:   Rainbow Egg Wreath – This wreath takes a bit of preparation. Make sure your fabric, tissue paper or crepe paper is cut to the size of the egg. For texture, cut the paper materials into strips and layer them. Cover your eggs with a material of your choice. Use hot glue to secure onto the egg, then secure egg to wreath.  Materials needed:  -Eggs (plastic or papier-mache)  -Fabric, tissue paper or crepe paper  -Wreath base  ...
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Feb. 06, 2024

Independence at Integral Senior Living 

Independence can mean different things as we age. At 16, it’s finally getting to drive somewhere by ourselves. At 18, it’s experiencing a taste of adulthood in college. In our elder years, independence could be something we yearn for again as we may begin to need assistance with certain tasks.  At Integral Senior Living, we offer independent living, assisted living and memory care at over 100 communities across the country, supporting and involving independence where applicable. We come alongside our residents in their journeys to help them live each day to the fullest.  At our communities, staff handles weekly linen and housekeeping services, so you can regain control of your day. Here are a few ways living at Integral Senior Living puts independence back into your daily life.  Live your own way today at Integral Senior Living.  ...
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Oct. 01, 2023

Make aging less tricky and more of a treat with these activities

Aging can be a scary thing, especially when television and movies portray it to be a daunting or emotionally straining time. On the other hand, those who are aging can agree that it welcomes new adventures and more free time to spend doing the things you love with the ones you love most.  As we get caught up in life, we often forget about mental and physical activity and staying on top of it. Things as simple as a 30-minute walk and playing cards with friends are easy ways to keep your mind and body sharp.  Oct. 2–8 is Active Aging Week and challenges the negative perceptions of aging in society by showing that adults over 50 can thrive in all aspects of life. The campaign works to provide older adults with opportunities to engage in wellness and exercise activities in a safe way that makes them feel supported and ...
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Sep. 07, 2023

Self-care September

You may have heard of self-care, the practice of taking action to preserve one’s mental and or physical health. For National Self-Care Month this September, we’re sharing some ways you can look after yourself.  Make time for something you enjoy  Self-care encompasses taking care of yourself in more ways than nutrition and exercise – it’s about caring for yourself mentally as well as physically. At Integral Senior Living communities, we create space for our residents to enjoy the same activities they always have. Our communities put on programs such as painting nights, flower arranging classes and group outings. Whatever it is that puts a smile on your face, make time for it this month.  Move and exercise regularly  Daily movement plays a lot into your well-being, and those 65 or older need around 150 minutes of moderate-intensity activity each week. Our senior living communities simplify physical activity by offering the ...
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Aug. 01, 2023

No matter your age, each day is an opportunity to learn

Kids around the nation are beginning the annual back-to-school ritual this month. New books, new classes, new lessons to be learned. Even though many of us have aged out of worrying about school, that doesn’t mean we are not still learning.  Particularly for seniors, it is important to understand that each day presents us with the opportunity to learn more and maintain mental health. Older adults may not be offered the same opportunities to learn as younger generations, but they can still process and retain new information. Senior learning is just another form of lifelong learning.  There are many ways to prepare your brain for learning as you age. Any form of regular exercise can help keep your brain sharp, while socializing regularly and maintaining a healthy sleep schedule can improve memory. According to WebMD, a study showed that older people who exercised and ate a healthy diet showed significant ...
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Jul. 03, 2023

Independence Day, Independent Living 

It is that time of year again. Across the country, there will be plenty of cookouts, family time and fireworks as the nation celebrates Independence Day. With the pinnacle of summer holidays right around the corner, it is a great time to talk about the importance of independent living. Our independent living options are perfect for anyone who is capable of living their own life but tired of their daily chores and the monotonous tasks that come with owning a house.  Independent living means being able to focus on the parts of your lifestyle you love the most. You have the freedom to choose from a variety of enriching activities based on your interests and preferences.  Morning walks. Yahtzee. Card games. Art classes. Wherever your passions lie, you can engage with them at an ISL community. You can even discover a new pastime or hobby.  While you live independently, you ...
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Jun. 01, 2023

June Is National Osteoporosis Month. Here’s What We Know.

June is National Osteoporosis Month, so what better way to celebrate than to educate ourselves on this disease?   What is osteoporosis?  The Mayo Clinic states that osteoporosis is when the creation of new bone does not keep up with the loss of old bone. This causes bones to become brittle, meaning even a mild fall can cause a fracture. The most common injuries are to the hips and wrists.   A great way to combat this is to ensure that you are having a sufficient calcium intake. At ISL, all of our communities offer the Elevate® dining program, which is designed to both cater to the individual dietary needs of each resident and create nutritious meals while doing so.   A loved one or I was just diagnosed. How can we encourage bone health?  WebMD recommends getting your vitamin D levels tested to check whether you need supplements. Vitamin D encourages new ...
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May. 04, 2023

Celebrate your wellness on National Senior Health and Fitness Day!

The last Wednesday in May is National Senior Health and Fitness Day! Each year, this day acknowledges the importance of maintaining a healthy and active lifestyle as a senior. In this blog, we lay out just a few of the many ways our communities promote wellness and encourage residents to stay active.   It’s our mission to optimize our residents’ health and well-being through joyful experiences, meaningful endeavors and abundant opportunities. Our Vibrant Life® program makes it easy and fun to work fitness into each day. With plenty of activities to choose from and frequent outings, residents are able to create their own schedules based on their interests and passions.  The four signature programs of Vibrant Life® include:  Path to Wellness  Livin’ the Dream  This Is Your Life  Vibrant Life® Inspires  Celebrate health and wellness this National Senior Health and Fitness Day. Whether that means moving through some stretches, going for ...
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Apr. 01, 2023

How ISL is encouraging residents this Parkinson’s Awareness Month

At ISL, we pride ourselves on offering a range of services, from independent and assisted living to respite options and memory care. As April is Parkinson’s Awareness Month, we wanted to take this opportunity to highlight our exceptional memory care services and the important work of our Generations Memory Care staff.  One of our core values at ISL is providing personalized care for each of our residents, and this is particularly important for residents who are living with dementia and Alzheimer’s. This is why our Generations Memory Care program uses a person-centric approach, which values the whole person first and does not identify them by their disease and behaviors.  Generations offers a range of services, including daily assistance, meals and snacks; access to associates 24/7; family education and support groups; and more. This program also includes six signature programs aimed at celebrating and highlighting the abilities of those we serve.  ...
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Mar. 01, 2023

Read how we keep our residents healthy for National Nutrition Month

March is National Nutrition Month, a time to celebrate and highlight healthy eating, which means we at Integral Senior Living are taking a moment to highlight all we do to make sure each of our residents lives as healthy a life as possible.   With our Elevate® dining program, we celebrate healthy eating every day. Each community has an experienced chef focused on creating the best culinary experience for each of our residents. Here’s how we utilize the ideals of National Nutrition Month every single day:  ...
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Feb. 01, 2023

3 ways to show your heart some love this February

It’s February, which means love is in the air as Valentine’s Day quickly approaches. It’s also American Heart Month, a time to reflect on our heart health and make conscious decisions to care for one of the most critical organs in our body. Here are three ways to show your heart some love this month.  According to WebMD, a heart-healthy diet consists of foods low in unhealthy fats and salt, and high in nutrients. This month, try skipping the salty seasonings and experiment with fresh herbs, which bring flavor to your meal without raising sodium levels. Adding a good mix of fruits, nuts, grains and vegetables to your diet can increase your heart health – and you may even find a new favorite dish in the meantime.  Every ISL community resident has access to the award-winning Elevate® dining program, which provides nutritious meals without sacrificing flavor.  As the old saying ...
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Jan. 02, 2023

Three ways ISL can help you reach your New Year’s resolutions

A new year has arrived, which means it is a natural time for many people to reflect and revamp. What in your life has been working, and what could use some change?  At Integral Senior Living, we know many seniors are asking themselves, “What do I want my senior years to look like?” Our communities take pride in helping each resident navigate this question. At ISL, it is never too late to set new goals, envision new dreams or create new hobbies.  Here are a few ways ISL ensures our residents never stop dreaming big and enjoying their lives:  At each of our communities, residents have the opportunity to participate in our “Livin’ the Dream” program, where they can realize a longtime dream. This can look like riding in a hot air balloon, driving an old sports car or even skydiving. The options abound with ISL, and we want our ...
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Dec. 01, 2022

Five ways to bring joy to your loved one living in senior living this December

While the holidays can be the best time of the year, we recognize that it can also be a time full of change. If your loved one has recently (or not so recently!) made the move to a senior living community, there may be some traditions that will look a little different than they have in the past. To help make this transition smoother or give you new ideas to use while visiting your loved one this holiday season, we’ve compiled five ways that you can bring joy with you on your visits this December. Bring your loved one a homemade food item they love. It’s no secret that our communities offer some of the best food through our Elevate® dining program. But sometimes, your loved one just needs a recipe that has been passed down through generations – one whose secret ingredients they aren’t willing to share with the ...
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Oct. 03, 2022

Three tips to make getting older less spooky

Does the thought of getting older have you feeling more “spooked” than normal this Halloween season? Then we have a few simple tips to help you or a loved one take on this stage of life with confidence and cheerfulness. 1. Stay ActiveAt ISL, we thoughtfully design activity calendars based on our residents’ interests and abilities to help them stay feeling healthy and active. This can mean something different for each resident, and we’re here to help you find the best way to keep your body and mind moving. From yoga and exercise classes to taking a stroll around the community, our Vibrant Life® program lets our residents plan each day their way and have fun while doing it! 2. Stay SocialIt’s never too late to make new friends. That’s why one of the seven core components of our Vibrant Life® program is staying social. No one should have to ...
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Sep. 01, 2022

Happy Healthy Aging Month from ISL!

September is Healthy Aging Month! Our team members and associates are committed to making sure each of our residents is feeling their very best, all day every day.   Here are just a few tips to help you age your very best.   Move your body and try new things!   Whether you want to do yoga, try a new exercise class or just take a walk, our Vibrant LifeⓇ program has scheduled daily activities to make it easy to get moving and have fun doing it.   Eat healthy!   Our in-house chefs prepare fresh, delicious meals from scratch, so you can trust you are having a healthy, balanced diet. With our ElevateⓇ dining program, you won’t have to worry about grocery shopping, cooking or cleaning again.   Be social!   This is one of the seven core components of our Vibrant LifeⓇ program. We think it is important to develop meaningful connections and friendships and ...
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Jul. 01, 2022

Seven ways to stay healthy during the summer

The heat of the summer months can make it challenging to get outside, get active and stay healthy. And we understand how important it is for our residents not only to stay healthy and active, but to be able to do so in a way that is comfortable for them. That is why every Integral Senior Living community offers the Vibrant Life® program. This innovative program gives residents a plethora of fun and engaging opportunities to not only safely beat the heat, but also have fun doing it! Our Vibrant Life® program consists of seven core components to provide well-balanced and meaningful experiences for all of our residents. Through a holistic approach, Vibrant Life® addresses what it truly means to have healthy well-being. Here are the seven fundamental pillars of our approach: Be Inspired: This area of our program focuses on mental and spiritual practices. Since this looks different for ...
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Jun. 02, 2022

Steppingstones on your path to wellness

According to the National Institute of Wellness, wellness is an active process through which people become aware of, and make choices toward, a more successful existence. At Integral Senior Living, we meet residents where they are in their health and wellness journeys to become their healthiest selves. Our Path to Wellness program focuses on enhancing the wellness of each resident’s mind, body and spirit through activities that interest them. Residents may choose to participate in individual or group wellness programming, including on-site physical therapy services, to stay fit, happy and healthy. Our health and wellness programming encompasses three steppingstones to assist residents on their Path to Wellness: Mind – one challenge at a timeDaily mental exercises are just as critical to wellness as physical exercise. Just like muscles need strengthening, the more you exercise your brain, the stronger it will become. Exercising and engaging the brain can improve sleep, boost ...
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Jun. 01, 2022

Signs that you may need senior living

Our senior living communities are designed to make you and your loved ones feel at home. We strive to attend to every need and desire our residents could require. Determining when it’s the right time to look into senior living options can be difficult. Seniors can feel as though they are losing their independence or freedom. ISL communities can provide a helpful hand to achieving a happy and active life while providing care tailored to you or your loved one. When do you know it is time to look into senior living? Increased number of falls or injuries Unable to self-administer medication correctly Increased need for monitoring Lack of memory or memory loss Difficulty with daily activities such as bathing, preparing meals, using the bathroom, etc. Unsafe behaviors such as leaving the stove on, exterior doors left open, etc. Continuous malnutrition or dehydration Inability to manage home or yard upkeep ...
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May. 01, 2022

Live the life you’ve dreamed of with our Vibrant Life® program

The move to one of our senior living communities means rediscovering old passions, trying new things and spending your days your way. Looking to try a new exercise class? Maybe take on a new hobby? Or just relax at happy hour with friends? Whatever it is you want, we will make it happen with our Vibrant Life® program. Vibrant Life® is our premier activity program designed to optimize health and well-being by passionately promoting a life filled with joyful experiences, meaningful endeavors, and abundant opportunities to connect with family, friends and the local community. The program is made up of seven core components: Be Inspired – combine feelings, imagination and thoughts while enjoying deeply meaningful experiences Be Well – energize both the mind and body Be Challenged – take on new challenges and reach new personal heights Be Adventurous – try new things in a safe setting Be Family – ...
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Mar. 01, 2022

We feel lucky to have our amazing associates

March is the perfect month for us to show how LUCKY we are to have our amazing associates. We have such a great culture that is evident as soon as you walk through the door of a community, and that is thanks to our associates. One of our Culture Keepers is “Be passionate about what you do every day.” That passion that our associates bring every day has kept us going stronger than ever, despite the uncertainty the pandemic brought. Without the joy they bring to everyday life, we would not be the community we are today. Our associates come to work ready to make a difference in the lives of our seniors. Their impact can be seen in the smiles of our residents and their families and throughout the endless positive reviews we see. Please join us in thanking all the associates who keep our communities running and provide ...
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Feb. 01, 2022

Five reasons to love our ISL Communities

There’s so much to love and appreciate this month including all the wonderful things Integral Senior Living communities have to offer. Our communities all provide a variety of services, amenities and experiences to meet every need. We love our communities for so many reasons but here are five we know you’ll love too. Vibrant Life® Our Vibrant Life® program allows our residents to reach their goals, go on adventures and try something new. Vibrant Life® can help make your day-to-day activities exciting and inspire you. We’d love to provide you with the best experiences and help you accomplish your dreams. Elevate® Dining We know this month people like to splurge on sweets which is why our Elevate® dining is so incredible. Our Elevate® dining is designed to create an enhanced culinary experience that can be adjusted to our preferences. Craving some sweets this month? No problem our chefs have you ...
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Dec. 01, 2021

Finding quality care for your loved one is a great gift all year-round

One of the best gifts to consider this holiday season is the gift of quality care for your loved one suffering from Alzheimer’s or dementia. At Integral Senior Living, we aim to provide this quality care through myriad programs. But one that holds a special place in our hearts is our Generations Memory Care program.  Generations was built around research-based programming and is specially designed to ensure comfort and security while providing around-the-clock care, community support groups and so much more. Each person deserves the best care, and supporting individuals living with dementia is what we do with love and passion!   We believe wholeheartedly that each of our residents is the person they were and still are, and not identified by their disease or behaviors. So, at all times, we strive to celebrate and highlight the abilities of those we serve. There’s also the most important thing: care. By requiring ...
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Nov. 01, 2021

There’s so much to be thankful for at Integral Senior Living

During this season of gratitude, Integral Senior Living is reminded of all the dedication that our associates, residents and their families give to each other and their communities that allow for our senior communities to thrive year-round.  We are entering into a blissful season to spend time with family and create memories with those in our community, while we reflect on all of the moments from our past. It is a time to assess accomplishments that we have made over the last year, and recognize how we’ve moved forward despite the challenges faced. It’s also a time to create goals and aspirations, both as communities and as individuals for the upcoming year.  No matter the season at Integral Senior Living, we are committed to providing you with a remarkable senior living experience. With Thanksgiving just around the corner, we know that food is a big part of the tradition when ...
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Oct. 04, 2021

Assisted living? Memory care? Senior living services explained

Senior living has changed rapidly in the last few years. Gone are the days of a one-size-fits-all approach. Now senior living communities across the country are tasked with providing not only topnotch care, but care that fits each resident’s unique needs. Generally, there are three main types of services that senior living communities offer: Independent Living, Assisted Living and Memory Care. At ISL, we can serve as a resource to help you make the decision to move to senior living, and help you determine what services you or your loved one needs. We know the process can be overwhelming, so let us help you every step of the way! Independent Living Independent Living is best for people who can still live independently but want to enjoy amenities and live life without the burden of chores like maintaining a yard or home, housekeeping, and laundry. They will also have access to ...
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Sep. 01, 2021

How to find the latest information on what we’re doing to stay safe, healthy

As the leaves start to change and autumn approaches, the country continues to face uncertainty regarding COVID-19. The health and well-being of all residents continues to be our top priority, and we appreciate everyone’s patience and understanding as we navigate through this pandemic.  As protocols and mandates change based on new information and local regulations, we want you to be assured that we are here for you. We welcome you to ask any questions and share your thoughts and concerns with us. As we continue to rely on the Centers for Disease Control, the U.S. Food and Drug Administration, the National Academy of Medicine, and the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services for information related to the COVID-19 vaccine, we have also created a resource for you on our very own website to find information.   Please visit our dedicated website (, for information on how we are maintaining ...
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Aug. 02, 2021

A thank you to our community members, associates and more for your efforts

The COVID-19 pandemic has brought many new challenges to our community members, associates,families and loved ones. As we continuously experienced ever-changing protocols, we, as a community,did not lose hope. Together, we took every new turn and twist in stride, to ensure that our residentscontinued to have the best senior living experience. Our associates have done an incredible job easing fears about the virus and helping protect ourresidents and their families. Not only did they continue to provide topnotch care, but they reimaginedwhat it means to work in the senior living care industry. Now that we are seeing the light at the end of the tunnel, the team at ISL would like to thank you andyour families for your patience and for receiving the COVID-19 vaccine to protect yourself and those inour community. Your efforts to get vaccinated and follow protocols will protect our vulnerablepopulations as we move forward toward normalcy. ...
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Jun. 01, 2021

A senior living community experience tailored to your needs

Every ISL community takes pride in creating a lifestyle and support system tailored to each individual resident. After all, we like getting to know what makes our community members unique! To help support that goal, we offer lifestyle programs with three tiers of support. Independent Living If it’s a breeze for you to manage activities of daily living on your own but you’re looking for a shortened to-do list, independent living may be for you. It offers a vibrant environment, free from the normal chores and burdens of owning or renting a home. With us, you can remain independent, yet enjoy the conveniences that make life easier and more pleasant. Planned activities, group outings and delicious chef-prepared meals are just a few of the perks you can experience in our independent living communities.   Assisted Living Our Assisted Living program is designed to help our residents feel safe and right at ...
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May. 03, 2021

Vibrant Life® Is Gearing up for Summer

Our signature Vibrant Life® program, available at each Integral Senior Living community, is designed to keep residents entertained, active and engaged. Whether you’re a social butterfly who loves a packed daily itinerary, a craft-lover who’s content to sit and scrapbook all day, or you want to enjoy a walk with friends, we have the amenities, staff and support system to tailor every day to exactly what you or your loved one wants. We believe that the key to living well is creating an environment where every individual is celebrated and encouraged to pursue the things that bring them joy, whether that’s old hobbies or new. With summer coming quickly, we’ve put together a list of our top tips to live vibrantly, even when Mother Nature cranks up the heat. Stay hydrated! If you’re outside and basking in the sun, it’s important to replenish your fluids, especially if you’re also being ...
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Mar. 01, 2021

Ideas for safe outdoor activities this spring

Here at Integral Senior Living, we’re so excited to finally be moving toward spring. The thought of being able to spend more time outside is like a breath of fresh air!Here are a few ideas for activities you and your family and friends can do outside this spring, while staying safe and socially distanced. Outdoor wine tasting picnic – Have each person bring a bottle of wine for the group to try. Have the host hide the bottles and pour samples for everyone, then ask guests to guess which sample came from which bottle. Art – Create a masterpiece with chalk on your sidewalk for the neighborhood to see, or bring the supplies outside to paint a beautiful picture to hang in your apartment. Charades – This game is fun indoors and outdoors. Spice it up by adding different rounds, like a round where you can only use one word, ...
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Feb. 01, 2021

ISL president, CEO share a message about the importance of getting COVID-19 vaccine

For this month’s blog, we want to put an emphasis on the importance of getting vaccinated against COVID-19. Check out this video of Sue Farrow, Integral Senior Living’s founder and owner, and Collette Gray, ISL’s president and CEO, talking about their vaccination experience. Or simply read through the transcript below! Transcript: Sue: Hi, I’m Sue Farrow, and I’m the founder and owner of Integral Senior Living and Solstice Senior Living.  Collette: And I’m Collette Gray. I’m the president and CEO of Integral Senior Living and Solstice Senior Living.  Sue: This coronavirus has so drastically changed the way we work, the way we communicate and the way we engage with each other.  Collette: We’re so thankful that you have been a part of this journey with us and have remained positive advocates for change during this entire pandemic.  Sue: We are so excited to see the light at the end of ...
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Jan. 01, 2021

Our favorite resolutions for 2021

We can’t believe it’s already January again! With 2020 behind us, we’re excited for the opportunity to plan for the future and set new personal goals for 2021. Setting resolutions can be a wonderful way for seniors and their loved ones to inspire changes that will provide a better quality of life. If you can’t decide what you want to make your resolution for the year, we’ve provided a few of our favorites below. Eat HealthyThanks to our Elevate® dining program, our culinary service associates ensure that our residents have high-quality, freshly prepared meals each day. Our customized menus are also tailored to the needs of the residents we serve. By enhancing the presentation of menu selections to accommodate dexterity challenges and modified diets, we promote dignity and independence in each dining experience. If your loved one is part of one of our communities, make your resolution to eatfreshly prepared ...
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Dec. 01, 2020

Help spruce up your loved one’s senior living space for the holidays

Now that Thanksgiving is over, it’s time to turn our minds to decking the halls and enjoying all that winter brings us. Of course, we all know there will be some things that look a little different this year. At our communities, associates are dedicated to ensuring that our residents have the tools they need to embrace both familiar and new holiday traditions, and have the best holiday season possible.  One thing you can do to make sure your loved one is able to get into the holiday spirit is to help them decorate their apartment! Here are a few ways your loved one can spruce up their space to add some festive cheer:  Set up a small artificial tree. These mini-evergreens are sure to bring big smiles to the faces of residents – especially if they’re adorned with ornaments and mementos from their past.  Hang up a few stockings ...
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Nov. 02, 2020

How to take care of yourself this holiday season

We have officially hit holiday season! We’re hoping that this season is the most wonderful part of 2020 (it won’t be hard to top many parts of this year!) for you and your family. While we know that many people are shifting their focus to spreading joy to others, we just want to make sure we remind you to take the time to take care of yourself and protect others.  Here are some of our tips for staying healthy this holiday season: Invest in your mental health. Devote some time to your mental health – it’s just as important as your physical health! Our Vibrant Life® directors ensure that there are a number of mental health-boosting activities every week, so you can choose from things like a relaxing walk to enjoy some fresh air, arts and crafts, writing letters to your loved ones, or even spending a day just relaxing. ...
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Oct. 01, 2020

How to celebrate Halloween safely this year

We’re so excited to put together Halloween-themed activities that will allow our residents toget together in a safe way and give everyone a chance to enjoy some spooky fun this October.Although this holiday will look different from how it has in the past, it is important to keepcreating memories.Our Vibrant Life® team is dedicated to making sure all residents enjoy engaging and funactivities. This is always a priority, but the pandemic has given us the opportunity to be evenmore creative when planning activities.We’ve put together a list of activities, decorations and recipes that you can do at home, whileyour loved one completes these activities in their community. Be sure to Zoom or FaceTimeyour loved ones, so you can show off all the fun! Decorate pumpkins. Carving is not the only way to create fun designs. We recommendbuying paint or Sharpies to help you give your pumpkins that spooky feeling. Make ...
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Sep. 01, 2020

Tips to keep life vibrant this fall

The start of September means the beginning of all things fall-themed – pumpkin spice lattes, fall decorations, bonfires, corn mazes and of course slightly cooler weather.  We all know that autumn will look a little different this year, especially for our friends and families in our senior living communities; but that doesn’t mean that we can’t still make it fun. Our Vibrant Life® program makes it easy for residents to stay engaged, but we wanted to share some ideas for loved ones to join in on the fun.  Here are just a few ideas for things you and your loved ones can do this season! Decorate the outside of their window with leaves, pumpkins and messages telling them you love them. You can also send them a box of decorations they can use to decorate the inside of their apartment, or the outside of their door.  Send a gift basket ...
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Aug. 01, 2020

Living a Vibrant Life® While Staying Safe

As you all know, all of our communities have been taking extra precautions to ensure that COVID-19 does not enter our communities. While this does mean that we have put protocols into place such as social distancing and limiting visitors, it doesn’t mean that we’ve stopped having fun with our residents!  Our Vibrant Life® program is meant to enhance and enrich our residents’ lives through seven core components: be inspired, be well, be challenged, be adventurous, be family, be social and be connected. Some of these components typically look a little different than they have in recent months, but we are proud of the work our associates are doing to help our residents live vibrant lives.  Here are just a few of the things our wonderful communities have been up to while still following recommendations from the CDC and local health departments:  Writing letters to their family members Watching movies ...
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Jul. 01, 2020

How to have a fun summer while staying safe from coronavirus

As the weather begins to turn warmer and we move into summer, we’re thinking about new ways to have fun while staying safe. With COVID-19 sticking around, we must still follow recommendations by the CDC to stay safe while living a vibrant life. Our first priority is keeping our residents and associates safe, but we also believe in the importance of allowing and encouraging our residents to engage with their friends and families. So, we’ve compiled a few things to think about when you’re making plans to visit your loved one this summer. Hold visits with your loved one outdoors while social distancing and wearing proper PPE. Recent studies show that transmission of COVID-19 may be less likely to occur outdoors than indoors. Bring along activities that can be done while social distancing, or while on different sides of a window. Some examples of this could be a window marker ...
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May. 26, 2020

How to celebrate Father’s Day during coronavirus outbreak

We blinked, and now June is right around the corner. Summer is approaching quickly, and along with it are the holidays it brings. In June, we celebrate Father’s Day. This special day honors the great men in our lives who have served as our fathers, father figures, mentors and role models. The way we celebrate these great men may look a little different this year, but the extent to which we celebrate and honor them will not. Here are a few Father’s Day ideas to share the love while also keeping your loved ones healthy and safe. Create a Video Card: Gather the troops and make a video card to share with your loved one. Ask your family members and friends to record a video describing a favorite memory and/or their favorite things about the man of the hour. Compile all the videos to share with your father. This is ...
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Mar. 02, 2020

Integral Senior Living remembers the women who make a difference

As we move into Women’s History Month and look forward to International Women’s Day on March 8, our team at ISL is taking a moment to think about the many contributions women have made throughout history and the benefits they have brought to our lives. It’s so important not only to honor the women who have made history, but also to recognize the women we know personally who have changed us for the better. Everywhere we look, we are surrounded by incredible women. These are mothers, daughters, aunts, grandmas, friends and colleagues who have made significant contributions to the people in their lives through hard work, dedication, determination and lots of love. We encourage you to take the time to connect with the women around you and engage in meaningful conversations with each other. There are so many things we can learn from passing along one another’s stories and experiences. ...
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Feb. 19, 2020

Integral Senior Living CEO Collette Gray offers expert advice for magazine

Collette Gray, the president / CEO of Integral Senior Living and Solstice Senior Living, offers expert advice for sales counselors and executive directors for the November/December 2019 edition of Senior Living Executive. Check out Gray’s advice in Senior Living Executive here. #argentum #celebratewomensleadership ...
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Feb. 03, 2020

Elevate your senior living meals and share love this Valentine’s Day

Whether you’re spending Valentine’s Day with your significant other or your family, or if you’re just taking some time to practice self-care, the day is all about love. “Love is a condition in which the happiness of another person is essential to your own.” –Robert Heinlein One great way to celebrate is to partake in fellowship over a meal. Our communities will be offering special menus just in time for the holiday that you won’t want to miss. With our Elevate® dining program, we make sure every meal is as delicious as it is nutritious; but we go above and beyond on special occasions. The program is designed to go beyond traditional senior living meals by making most things from scratch and focusing on tailoring each menu to the needs of the residents. By enhancing the presentation of menu selections to accommodate dexterity challenges and modified diets, we strive to ...
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Jan. 02, 2020

Integral Senior Living offers nontraditional resolutions for seniors

Each time January rolls around, we take time to assess the past year and work harder toward our life goals, one small step at a time. But New Year’s resolutions can be hard to decide on. Should you work on your health? Your personal life? Here are some nontraditional resolutions you could make: Make a new friend – Friendships help us all stay connected and give us someone to spend time with. Friends can help us process emotions, engage us in thought-provoking conversations and make us laugh. When you really think about it, friendship helps us stay mentally and emotionally healthy! Do a puzzle a day or find other ways engage your brain – Keeping your brain busy helps it stay healthy. A great goal is to strive to do something that really makes you think every day. Learn something new – There are always new things we can learn, ...
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Dec. 02, 2019

End of the year offers chance to remember, be grateful

Happy December! This final month of the year gives us an opportunity to look back at 2019 and remember all of the incredible things that happened. We have so much to be grateful for, and it’s good to take a moment and think about the people and things that have brought you joy. Here at ISL, we are thankful that our coworkers and residents are both friends and family to us. “Family isn’t always blood. It’s the people in your life who want you in theirs; the ones who accept you for who you are. The ones who would do anything to see you smile and love you know matter what.” –Unknown We believe this quote is so true! Our residents and team members have the best families, from the people who are related to them by blood, to the people who care for them, and those who would do ...
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Nov. 01, 2019

Thanksgiving Celebrations

Thanksgiving is a special time spent giving thanks with friends and family. When you have a loved one who is in a senior living community, the holiday can be become more challenging. If you are in charge of organizing the festivities, it is important to make sure that you go about your usual traditions as much as possible. One way to do this is through your Thanksgiving meal. The ISL signature Elevate program transforms the dining experience into a culinary celebration that inspires the engagement of our residents, families and friends. We create dishes inspired by residents’ cherished recipes and time-honored traditions, which allows the rest of the community a glimpse into their cherished culinary memories. The Elevate program allows residents to engage in creating new memories based on lifelong experiences created around the dinner table. Is your loved one facing dietary restrictions? Do they have trouble cutting certain foods? ...
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Oct. 01, 2019

Five tips for avoiding the flu

October is the beginning of the much-dreaded flu season. At Integral Senior Living, we want to make sure our residents and their families are living their healthiest lives, which is why we are sharing a few tips and tricks on flu prevention. According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, between 9.2 million and 35.6 million cases of flu arise each year in the United States. The flu is a highly contagious respiratory illness that is caused by influenza types A and B viruses. Flu activity often begins in October and can last until as late as May. It is important to take preventive steps to minimize your exposure, build up your immunity and reduce your risk of infection. See the list below for our top five tips for staying clear of the flu! Get a flu shot – While seasonal flu shots do not protect against all strains ...
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Sep. 03, 2019

Healthy Aging Month – Tips on staying healthy as we get older

September is Healthy Aging Month and the perfect time to start practicing habits with positive health benefits! At Integral Senior Living, we pride ourselves on creating an environment for our residents to age happily and healthily. We are always creating opportunities for our residents to get active and stay engaged through our Vibrant Life program. Nevertheless, healthy aging is about more than just staying active. If you aren’t practicing good, healthy habits, this month is the perfect time to start! It’s never too late to make positive changes. See our list below for healthy habits you can start today for a healthier tomorrow! 1. Eat a healthy, balanced diet – This is an easy one! Adding more fruits, leafy greens like spinach and kale, and omega-3-rich fish like salmon, tuna and halibut into your diet can have remarkable health benefits. Not only do these foods contribute to better overall health, ...
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Jul. 01, 2019

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! Stay hydrated – Did you know seniors are more prone ...
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Jun. 03, 2019

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! Keep your heart healthy – Research suggests that there is a connection between cardiovascular conditions and your brain, with conditions such as high ...
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Apr. 01, 2019

How To Find the Senior Living Community That’s Right for You

As we or our loved ones age, it becomes time to start thinking about living arrangements and what’s best for each individual. In a previous blog post, we talked about how to know when it’s the right time to move into a senior living community. But what do you look for once you decide it’s time? There are many factors that make this a very personal decision for each person, but here is a list of some of the most important things you should consider. Assistance with daily living is possibly the main factor that will affect your decision. What are your specific needs right now, and what necessities can you anticipate for the future? Do you need an assisted living community with someone to help out with tasks like cooking, transportation or other day-to-day things, or do you need someone who can provide special care for residents with dementia ...
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Mar. 01, 2019

National Nutrition Month – Healthy eating tips

It seems that every week there is a new diet trend experts are urging us to follow, and with so many options, it’s hard to know what the right way to eat is. We believe there is no one correct approach to nutrition and that everyone’s journey is different, but since March is National Nutrition Month, we’ve compiled our favorite healthy eating tips that will help you make small but significant changes in your lifestyle. Forget strict diets – A main reason we give up on eating healthy is that we choose to adopt a rigid, boring diet that we get sick of right away. Instead of doing this, focus on eating more healthy foods that you actually enjoy, and mix them into your weekly grocery run. Eat more fish – Seafood is a great way to add proteins, minerals and vitamins into your diet in an easy way, so ...
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Feb. 01, 2019

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 ...
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Jan. 10, 2019

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 ...
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Dec. 05, 2018

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. 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. 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 ...
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Nov. 01, 2018

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 ...
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Oct. 02, 2018

Knowing When To Make the Move to a Senior Living Community

The decision to move into a senior living community can be a difficult and, oftentimes, a stressful proposition. For many, the decision to become a resident, or to have a loved one move into a community, is an emotional experience that requires a delicate balance of compassion and resolve. There are some signs that may help you make the decision for a loved one, including if they are having difficulty with basic tasks, are experiencing more frequent injuries – like increased episodes of falling – if they see significant weight loss, or if they seem to be leaning toward isolation and loneliness. These are just some signs, not all, and ultimately the decision to transition to a senior living community is based on a unique set of factors for each person. If you’re still wondering whether senior living is right for you or a loved one, our ISL communities are ...
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Sep. 04, 2018

September Is Healthy Aging® Month

September is Healthy Aging® Month and a terrific reminder that maintaining an active, healthy lifestyle is important to our quality of life as we age. At ISL, one of our main priorities is making sure our residents are living an active lifestyle because we know keeping the calendar filled with engaging activities can keep everyone feeling and looking great! If you aren’t practicing good, healthy habits, this month is the perfect time to start! It’s never too late to make positive changes. Healthy Aging® lists some tips that can help you and your loved ones live a healthier life – both physically and mentally. Here are five to help you get started: Don’t act your age, or at least what you think your current age should act like. Be positive in your conversations and your actions every day. How’s your smile? Research shows people who smile more often are happier! ...
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Aug. 01, 2018

Vibrant Life® and Getting Residents Outdoors

At all of our communities, we believe getting our residents outside to take in the beautiful surroundings and planning adventures everyone can participate in are important for our residents’ well-being. Whether it’s hikes, aerobic exercise or simply a trip to a lovely garden, we are always designing outdoor activities that activate both the mind and the body! ISL’s signature Vibrant Life® program fuels these adventures. The program is dedicated to organizing the perfect activities to enrich the lives of our residents. Vibrant Life® makes the health of our residents a priority by promoting a happy and meaningful lifestyle with abundant opportunities to connect with one another at each of our ISL communities. The program consists of seven core components to nurture the well-being of our ISL residents. Be Inspired Be Well Be Challenged Be Adventurous Be Family Be Social Be Connected These components work together in creating communities filled with ...
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Jul. 02, 2018

The Importance of Independent Living

July is here, and that means one of the best holidays of the year is coming up. Independence Day is a summertime institution, with cookouts, family time and fireworks always making for a memorable and fun holiday! July 4 is a time to celebrate what makes our country great, as well as honor those who have served and sacrificed to make it so. With Independence Day right around the corner, what better time to talk about the importance we place on independent living for our residents? At ISL communities, high-quality, independent living is key to creating a place where residents and their family members feel at home. We make each of our communities a desirable location for those seeking independent living by providing our residents an amenity-rich environment. We know that comfort is a huge factor when deciding on a community. That’s why our independent living accommodations have beautiful, well-appointed ...
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Jun. 01, 2018

Having a Fun and Safe Summer

Summer is almost here! It’s time to get outside and enjoy everything that your community and nature have to offer. Whether that means going on a nice hike, exercising outside or simply relaxing by the pool, summer is all about taking in some sun and good weather. ISL’s Vibrant Life® program takes full advantage of the summer months by incorporating tons of fun outdoor experiences for residents.   However, summer’s hot temperatures can be potentially dangerous. Excessive exposure to heat can result in dizziness, sickness and even more serious conditions. By taking the steps below, you and your loved ones can stay out of harm’s way and still revel in all of summer’s goodness.   Always check the heat index The heat index is basically how hot you feel on a given day. It factors in the amount of humidity in the air, which affects how easily your body can ...
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May. 01, 2018

National Arthritis Awareness Month

 Spring is setting in after a much longer than usual winter. While most people take advantage of the nicer weather to get outside and be active, some experience lingering, unexplained pain. It is easy for anyone to think pain is due to the aging process, but sometimes it can be attributed to arthritis. May is National Arthritis Awareness Month, so we want to take this opportunity to talk a little more about how to protect your joints. Though we’ve probably all heard of arthritis, many don’t know exactly what it is. Arthritis is not a single disease, but instead refers to joint pain or disease. In fact, there are more than 100 different types of arthritis and related conditions. Arthritis can cause stiffness, swelling and severe joint pain, and lead to a loss of motion and mobility. Many people also don’t realize just how many Americans live with arthritis. It’s ...
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Apr. 15, 2018

Don’t Let Allergies Ruin Your Spring

Spring is here! Flowers are blooming, the sun is out, and the snow is gone. People are spending more time outside and enjoying nature. However, the change in seasons also brings along the boogie man of spring: allergies. Dealing with allergies can be frustrating, but you can take steps to make sure they don’t ruin your spring. No matter if you’ve been dealing with allergies your whole life or you’re feeling the symptoms for the first time, doing the following can help you get through the season with as little sneezing as possible! Wash your hands frequently, and especially after being outdoors. If you’ve been outside for a long time, taking a shower will help wash any allergens away and prevent you from spreading them around your home. Wear sunglasses when you’re enjoying everything nature has to offer. Sunglasses provide protection against irritants. Make sure you’re checking the pollen levels ...
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Apr. 02, 2018

Don’t Fall for Tax Season Scams

It’s April, and for many, the month brings warmer weather and beautiful spring flowers. For others, April is marked by the always-looming tax deadline, this year coming Tuesday, April 17. Unfortunately, seniors – because they are most likely to have a “nest egg,” to own their home and/or to have excellent credit – are one of the more vulnerable populations for tax-related scams and fraud schemes. To protect yourself and your loved ones from being a target, there are a few things the IRS and FBI suggest you look out for. Here are a few key ones. Telemarketing scams often involve offers of free prizes, low-cost vitamins and health care products, and inexpensive vacations. If you receive a call from someone offering any of these, they are most likely a scammer. Some scammers pretend to be IRS agents, demanding money for unpaid taxes. To recognize a con artist when you ...
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Mar. 19, 2018

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 ...
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Mar. 15, 2018

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 ...
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Mar. 06, 2018

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 ...
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Feb. 15, 2018

Senior Citizens and the Opioid Crisis

The opioid epidemic is a serious health crisis for our country, and senior citizens are not immune to what’s happening. Every day, more than 90 Americans die of an opioid overdose. This includes overdoses on illegal heroin as well as the abuse of prescription pain relievers like hydrocodone, oxycodone, oxymorphone, morphine, codeine, fentanyl and others. A recent analysis from Stanford University found that seniors covered by Medicare have “among the highest and most rapidly growing prevalence of opioid use disorder.” The report found that more than six out of every 1,000 Medicare patients are diagnosed with an opioid disorder, compared to one of every 1,000 patients covered by commercial insurance plans. Unfortunately, abuse of opioids isn’t the only way seniors are contributing to the crisis. Many have become what is known as an “accidental drug dealer.” These are seniors whose prescribed medication is stolen or periodically taken from their homes. ...
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Feb. 01, 2018

Valentine’s Day and National Heart Month

Many people have hearts on their minds as they move into February. This month not only holds the holiday built to celebrate love, Valentine’s Day, but also marks American Heart Month, which is an excellent time to educate yourself on heart health. Led by the American Heart Association, this federally designated awareness month sets out to remind people to focus on maintaining healthy hearts and to help raise heart disease awareness with their families, friends and communities. According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, cardiovascular disease, including heart disease and stroke, remains the leading global cause of death with more than 17.3 million deaths each year. And that number is expected to rise to more than 23.6 million by 2030. Keeping a healthy heart is key to continuing to have a high quality of life as we age. Here are a few simple ways you can help prevent ...
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Jan. 22, 2018

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 ...
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Jan. 10, 2018

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 Safety is important when selecting a senior living community. Residents need to feel safe at all times. Are the proper doors always locked? Is ...
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Nov. 27, 2017

Managing Type 2 Diabetes in Older People

The number of seniors with diabetes is growing, but there are ways to control the disease More than 29 million Americans are living with diabetes, reports The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), and 86 million are living with prediabetes, a condition that increases the risk of developing type 2 diabetes and other chronic diseases. People get diabetes when their blood glucose level, sometimes called blood sugar, is too high. There are two main kinds of diabetes: type 1 and type 2. In type 1 diabetes, the body makes little or no insulin. Adults can develop this type of diabetes, but it occurs most often in children and young adults. In type 2 diabetes, the body makes insulin, but doesn’t use it efficiently. The most common kind of diabetes, type 2 occurs most often in middle-aged and older adults, but it can also affect children. Your risk for type 2 ...
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Nov. 20, 2017

November Is National Family Caregivers Month

This year’s theme is “Caregiving Around the Clock” The Caregiver Action Network (, the nation’s leading family caregiver organization that advocates for the more than 90 million Americans who care for disabled, sick, or elderly loved ones, cites these tips about family caregiving and this year’s theme.   Caregiving can be a 24-hours a day/7-days a week job. Caring for a senior with Alzheimer’s or a child with special needs can be non-stop. Providing care around the clock can crowd out other important areas of life. And you never know when you will need to rush to the hospital or leave work at the drop of a hat. What challenges do family caregivers face, and how do they manage them day and night? Morning:Getting off to work. The average family caregiver is a working mother of school-aged children. Mornings become a tricky balancing act of getting the kids ready for school, ...
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Nov. 15, 2017

Celebrating Thanksgiving with Residents in a Senior Living Community

Thanksgiving is a wonderful holiday when families come together to celebrate life’s many blessings. When a loved one is in a senior living community, it can make gathering a little more difficult. Below are tips for celebrating Thanksgiving in a way that is enjoyable for the whole family. Bring the holidays to those in senior living communities. If your family member in a senior living community isn’t able to come home for the holidays, then bring the festivities and family traditions to them! Decorate their residence with Thanksgiving garlands or gourds to enhance the holiday atmosphere. Make plans to join your loved one and establish new traditions. Most senior living communities offer Thanksgiving events. Send a care package. If you live too far away to visit your loved one for Thanksgiving, put together a special package from the whole family. You can include letters, photos, flowers, homemade treats and anything ...
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Nov. 13, 2017

November Is National Alzheimer’s Disease Awareness Month

November Is National Alzheimer’s Disease Awareness Month   President Ronald Reagan designated November as National Alzheimer’s Disease Awareness Month in 1983. At the time, fewer than 2 million Americans had Alzheimer’s; today, the number of people with the disease has soared to nearly 5.4 million.  Get involved this month, and help raise awareness for Alzheimer’s disease.   Although Alzheimer’s affects approximately 1 in every 2 families in the U.S., and has been extensively covered in the media, there’s still quite a bit of information about Alzheimer’s that you might not be aware of.   Alzheimer’s and dementia basics  Alzheimer’s is the most common form of dementia, a general term for memory loss and other cognitive abilities serious enough to interfere with daily life. Alzheimer’s disease accounts for 60 to 80 percent of dementia cases.   Bottom of Form Alzheimer’s is not a normal part of aging. The greatest known risk factor is increasing age, ...
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Oct. 10, 2017

UBER and LYFT Are Not Just for Millennials Anymore

Senior and driving, an age-old issue often wrought with fear and frustration is a constant concern for many seniors and those who love them. Giving up a car equates to a lack of freedom and mobility. But a new trend is occurring that is making this less an issue. It’s the increased usage of services such as Uber and Lyft, which is expanding into serving more and more seniors looking for a ride. Believe it or not, but those well into their 70’s and older are embracing smartphone apps and with that the freedom that those much younger appreciate about ride sharing services. While ISL communities offers transportation services, some residents want greater control and ability to decide when and where they want to go on their own schedule; that’s where services such as Uber and Lyft bridge the gap.  Seniors are using the apps to go grocery shopping, doctor’s appointments, visit ...
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Oct. 05, 2017

Going Online to Connect with Other Caregivers

Online caregiver groups provide support at your convenience As a family caregiver, finding the time to do anything but providing 24/7 care and attention might seem impossible. But anyone managing the stress, demands, and isolation of the caregiving role needs support. Caregivers often hesitate to share their day-to-day ups and downs with friends, neighbors, or family members who may be willing to listen, but whose lives are on a different path. In-person support groups offered at ISL communities, extend valuable face-to-face interaction, but attending meetings isn’t always feasible. Spending hours out of the house, and finding back-up care during that time, may seem unmanageable. And many caregivers don’t feel comfortable talking about their feelings in an in-person group setting. Online support groups, on the other hand, provide a convenient, flexible forum that caregivers can pop in and out of whenever they have spare moments—and they can participate wherever they have ...
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Oct. 03, 2017

Medicare Open Enrollment for 2018

  Open Enrollment is from October 15 to December 7, 2017 for plans starting January 1, 2018. Medicare’s open enrollment period is the time when participants should review their current health and drug plans and decide if any changes should be made. Medicare open enrollment options During the Medicare open enrollment period you can: Do nothing and keep your current Medicare medical and drug coverage as is. Switch to a Medicare Advantage plan from Original Medicare. Switch to Original Medicare from a Medicare Advantage plan. Change Medicare Advantage plans. Change Part D prescription drug plans, sign up for adrug plan if you don’t have one now, or drop drug coverage. Over 65 percent of the plans have a quality rating of four or more stars, based on a five-star rating. People with Medicare can change their choice of health coverage and add, drop or change Medicare Part D drug coverage. During ...
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Oct. 01, 2017

65 or Older? Be prepared for the upcoming flu season

While flu seasons can vary in severity, during most seasons, people 65 years and older bear the greatest burden of severe flu disease. In recent years, it’s estimated that between 71 percent and 85 percent of seasonal flu-related deaths have occurred in people 65 years and older Between 54 percent and 70 percent of seasonal flu-related hospitalizations have occurred among people in that age group. It has been recognized for many years that people 65 years and older are at greater risk of serious complications from the flu compared with young, healthy adults because human immune defenses become weaker with age. The flu can make existing health conditions worse and is especially dangerous for people with chronic health conditions, like heart disease and diabetes.  Seniors with these conditions are more likely to develop complications from the flu that can result in hospitalization and even death. According to the CDC here are actions to ...
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Sep. 07, 2017


With summer behind us, now is a time that many rethink the downsizing idea and utilize the fall to begin the process. Downsizing is daunting at best but can be especially important for seniors, whose homes have often been the repository of decades of collecting – and living. What may appear to just be clutter can indeed also be a trap. Many seniors feel they can’t leave their homes because they have so much stuff, so now may be the time to start working through the years of collecting so seniors can experience more freedom in their lives. Here are some tips to help begin the process of helping older adults get rid of “Stuff”. Start Now- or better yesterday No one thinks they should have waited longer to start the task, especially when knee deep in boxes. Questions require answers When going through items before just trying to get ...
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Sep. 01, 2017

ISL Communities Celebrate National Assisted Living Week®

Communities recognize deep connections between staff, residents during national observance The ISL communities that offer assisted living for residents take part in the annual week long festivities celebrating National Assisted Living Week®. From September 10-16, ISL communities embrace this year’s theme, “Family is Forever” through a variety of activities. The “Family is Forever” theme for National Assisted Living Week was inspired by a quote from the famed poet Maya Angelou: “Family isn’t always blood, it’s the people in your life who want you in theirs: the ones who accept you for who you are, the ones who would do anything to see you smile and who love you no matter what.” “When moving a loved one into an assisted living community, you want the peace of mind that they will receive the utmost care by professionals who will treat them like their own family. At our communities, we could not ...
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Sep. 01, 2017

ISL Embraces Theme of Active Aging Week

Older adults “Ignite Your Passion” September 24-30, 2017 The eyes of the world are watching as older adults transform outdated concepts about “seniors” into the new realities of active aging, the philosophy that people can optimize their physical, social and mental well-being throughout their lives. As older adults progress on their journey through life, they have many choices. Active Aging Week September 24-30, 3027 is organized by the International Council on Active Aging®, as a national observance to highlight the diverse opportunities available to older adults. ISL is embracing the theme “Ignite Your Passion” by encouraging tours throughout the week for those interested in learning more about how senior living communities makes active aging a reality at any age.   Established in 2003, Active Aging Week highlights the passion that people have for life and new experiences at any age. This is right along the lines of ISL’s very popular ...
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Aug. 31, 2017

A Vibrant Life Celebrated at Mountain Ridge Senior Living

  Mountain Ridge Senior Living knows a thing or two about making life vibrant for its residents through its innovative Vibrant Life® program developed by ISL. The Vibrant Life program consists of four Signature Programs developed as a way to help ensure the community provides quality programming that contributes to the overall well-being and self-worth of its residents. One component of the program is “Livin’ the Dream” designed to take residents dreams and make them a reality. Well, the staff at Mountain Ridge did just this recently for one resident, Belle Willis. Belle’s 94th birthday was on the horizon, and staff asked the bright presence and Marine veteran at the assisted living community what she wanted for her birthday. “I said I wanted to drive the Mountain Ridge bus, never dreaming ever that there would be a chance,” Willis explained. Cheryl Schmid, senior vibrant life director at Mountain Ridge started ...
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Jul. 28, 2017

Reverting Back to the Past

Why do people with Alzheimer’s and other dementias retain older memories? Caregivers and family members of adults with Alzheimer’s and other dementias notice their loved ones often talk about the distant past—and sometimes believe they’re still living in those times long ago. People with dementia start to lose the ability to capture, retain, and retrieve recent memories—sometimes things that happened just a few moments ago. But longer-term memories, which are well encoded in a person’s brain, tend to remain strong longer than recent events. And memories of children, work, childhood, and other past events that are happy ones have likely been revisited often during the person’s life, so they’re more entrenched in the brain, and more easily recalled. As the disease progresses, long-term memories will be affected as well, and the person will have greater difficulty accurately recalling things that happened a long time ago. How should you respond? Families ...
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Jul. 21, 2017

How to Stay Hydrated During the Hot Summer Months Tips for helping seniors get enough fluids in warmer weather

Everyone need water for countless physical reasons- from keeping joins moving to protecting organs. In hot weather, our bodies lose water more rapidly than usual and seniors are especially at risk. Senior adults have risk factors, such as a reduced sense of thirst and decreased kidney function, that can hinder the body’s ability to cope with warm temperatures or low hydration. If you know a senior who shows signs of confusion, dry mouth, slurred speech, and altered behavior, especially in hot weather, you might mistake these as normal symptoms of age. But these signs might indicate the health-threatening effects of dehydration. Studies show that even a 2 percent reduction in body water weight (only 3 pounds on a 150-pound person) can impair short-term memory, attention span, and visual-motor tracking. For good health and optimal cognitive function during the summer months, these tips can help your senior loved ones stay well ...
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Jul. 14, 2017

A Vibrant Lifestyle in Stonecrest of Troy’s Generations Community

At Stonecrest of Troy Senior Living, the community aims to give its residents the best and most meaningful life through Vibrant Life®, an innovative program developed by ISL. Vibrant Life® uses recreational therapy, pet therapy, art therapy, music therapy, dance therapy and much more to restore, remediate and rehabilitate the quality of life of residents. “We are connected with the local community and provide exciting outings to our Troy Community Center and Troy Historical Village. We also have a wonderful Wellness Program made possible by our very own Vibrant Life Director, Sue Wilkins who is also an avid yogi.  But we like to keep our residents connected with our staff and community as well, so we also have Church services, Coffee with a Cop, Chat with our Concierge, musical entertainment by local artists, and not to mention Music and Memory,” said Jessic Peyerk, Stonecrest of Troy Generations Vibrant Life Director. ...
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Jul. 07, 2017

Who Says Summer is Just for Kids?

Summer can be the best season of all for seniors The summer is a wonderful time for seniors to go outside, enjoy the fresh air and engage in events and activities, many of which bring back thoughts of favorite childhood memories. Now that the long, hot summer days are in full swing seniors should seize the moment. ISL communities celebrate summer with events and activities that take advantage of the season. ISL suggests some ideas to make summer enjoyable for seniors Pools, Lakes, and Oceans: If you are trying to plan for summer fun begin with a list of nearby watering holes where you can cool down. Collecting Memories: Often times we only think of the holidays as a time to reminisce. But since so many memories come from summer, write down and share your summer memories with loved ones. Museums: When you think of a cool indoor site you ...
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Jun. 12, 2017

Father’s Day Activities for Senior Dads

Instead of buying a gift, accompany your dad on an outing If your senior dad lives in a longtime residence or in a senior-living facility, he likely lacks the space—or the interest! —In accumulating more stuff. For this Father’s Day on Sunday, June 18, how about taking your dad on a “date” for a fun activity? Here are suggestions for places he might love to visit. Drive him to visit a friend. Especially if your dad doesn’t drive much anymore, he’d likely enjoy getting out of the house and being chauffeured to see an old friend, a sibling, or someone he’s fond of but hasn’t seen for a while. Consider bringing a basket of foods to snack on: fresh fruit, cut veggies, cheese, sparkling water—and, if appropriate, beer or wine. Root for the home team. If your dad’s a baseball fan, take him to a Major League game. Some cities ...
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Jun. 08, 2017

June Is National Audiobook Month

Discover the benefits of audiobooks for seniors Sponsored by the Audio Publishers Association in the month of June, National Audiobook Month promotes the pleasures of experiencing books through listening. Summertime, with its relaxed pace and longer days, is perfect for diving into good books, a lifelong diversion that seniors might reluctantly set side because of physical and cognitive challenges such as vision loss, arthritis, memory loss, and difficulty concentrating. But through the use of audiobooks, many seniors continue the joy of “reading” a good book. The experience of listening to gifted “voice actors” narrate a book can be captivating for readers of any age, and the format of audiobooks can be especially suited to older folks’ needs and lifestyles. Here’s why audiobooks can be an amazing resource for seniors. Hands-free reading. Seniors with vision impairment or other health-related issues that make traditional book reading difficult can enjoy the ease of ...
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May. 22, 2017

Veterans Benefits for Senior Living and Home Care Costs

Many families are unaware of financial aid for vets and families Memorial Day is May 29, a special day for honoring Americans who served in the country’s armed forces, so this month is ideal for veterans and their families to research their eligibility for financial support. The Veterans Aid and Attendance (VA&A) Pension provides benefits to veterans and their spouses to help pay for costs of care—both in-home care and senior housing. Unfortunately, many families are not aware of the benefit and miss out on key financial support to help pay for senior living and home care expenses. The benefit is anticipated to change in the coming year, which could affect the number of new families eligible, so families are encouraged to take action now to determine their eligibility. Veterans benefits provide financial assistance to those who have served their country, as well as their spouses, during their retirement years. ...
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May. 15, 2017

New Website Helps Navigate Senior Housing

There is a new website called Where You Live Matters which is a great resource for individuals to learn more about the many aspects of seniors housing. It was created by ASHA (American Senior Housing Association), an organization that has helped seniors and their families navigate housing and lifestyle choices since 2001. “We believe it’s very important to provide the public with information regarding seniors housing and options available. On this website, you’ll be able to read informative articles. We share resident and family stories and their experiences. And we’ll also provide you with data and research related to senior living options,” said David Schless, president of American Seniors Housing Association. “We’ve assembled leading experts in successful aging from across the United States who will share their professional insights with you. These are nationally known experts who work with families as they make decisions about lifestyles, including the possibilities about moving to a ...
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May. 08, 2017

Simple and Creative Mother’s Day Gifts That Are Sure to Please

 After decades of choosing Mother’s Day gifts for your mother or grandmother, coming up with new ideas can be challenging. Whether your special senior is still active in the workforce or enjoying a well-deserved retirement, there are plenty of gift options for you to consider for this year’s Mother’s Day on Sunday, May 14. Here is a list of suggestions that our ISL staff members know would be appreciated by moms in their senior years. Gripper socks. A colorful assortment of warm and fuzzy socks with nonskid treads can keep Mom’s feet cozy while helping prevent slips and falls. These socks come in various heights, materials, and patterns—and there are even double-sided gripper socks with treads on the top and bottom so they’ll provide traction whichever end is up or if they get twisted. Customized gift baskets. Buy a decorative basket and fill it with items you know she’ll love. ...
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May. 01, 2017

May Is Older Americans Month

 This year’s theme is “Age Out Loud” Each May, our nation celebrates Older Americans Month. This year’s theme, “Age Out Loud,” encourages all of us to learn from what today’s older adults have to say. More than ever, older adults are living their lives with boldness, confidence, and passion while serving as an inspiration to people of all ages. We see this example everyday in our ISL communities, where seniors are engaged and making a difference. This is particular evident through our innovative Vibrant Life® program, offering a pioneering approach designed for enhancing and enriching residents’ lives through core components for well-rounded and meaningful experiences. The seven main components to living a Vibrant Life: Be Inspired— Gain a deeper sense of spirituality & feed the soul! Be Well— Intellectual stimulation, get moving & stay active! Be Challenged— Ignite competitive spirit, learn, grow & motivate! Be Adventurous— Try something new every day, ...
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Apr. 24, 2017

What To Do When Seniors Refuse Help

How should caregivers respond when older adults won’t accept advice or assistance? Ask any caregiver about the most challenging aspects of assisting older adults, and you’ll likely hear examples of their frustration when help is offered but refused. There’s no doubt that many senior adults need varying levels of assistance with daily activities, says a recent study from the National Center for Health Statistics. Approximately one in five seniors, age 75 and older, need help with day-to-day tasks such as shopping, doing household chores, handling finances, and managing medications, according to the study. In a study published in The Journals of Gerontology found that more than three-fourths of grown children think their parents are stubborn about taking advice or accepting help with everyday activities. For caregivers and senior adults, these conflicts—which may escalate over time—can result in a standoff in which the older adult will turn away from any advice, suggestions, or ...
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Apr. 17, 2017

Veterans Benefits for Caregivers and Spouses

What are these benefits, who is eligible, and how to apply More than 1.5 million wartime-service veterans and their surviving spouses are eligible for billions of dollars each year in U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs (VA) pensions to help pay for long-term care. Many are not getting the assistance they’re eligible for because they don’t know these benefits programs exist, what the benefits can be used for, or how to apply. If you are caring for a veteran of the armed forces, is your loved one receiving the benefits he or she deserves? Certain VA benefits can be used for medical and non-medical care in these settings: A veteran’s own home Independent and assisted living communities Skilled nursing homes Other long-term care settings Some of these benefits can be used to pay family caregivers for providing in-home care services for vets. Surviving spouses of eligible veterans can also make use ...
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Apr. 10, 2017

Should You Volunteer After Retirement?

Here’s what to consider when weighing your options Throughout the country, millions of people have found fulfillment donating their time to causes and organizations whose missions interests them. The Corporation for National and Community Service (CNCS), a federal agency that finances and runs AmeriCorps, Senior Corps, the Volunteer Generation Fund, and others, estimates that more than 64 million Americans volunteer nearly 8 billion hours each year. A recent survey by the Consumer Reports National Research Center reported that two-thirds of respondents ages 55 to 70 who hadn’t yet retired said they plan to spend more time volunteering in retirement. By helping others, volunteers not only contribute untold value to their chosen organizations, but they also reap benefits themselves. Studies have connected volunteering with reduced depression and enhanced brain activity. Active volunteering also correlates with living longer, healthier, more meaningful lives. “The biggest thing is to find an opportunity that suits you,” Samantha Warfield, ...
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Apr. 03, 2017

April Is Parkinson’s Disease Awareness Month

Groups raise awareness of the disease and its treatments  More than 1 million people in the U.S. have Parkinson’s disease, says the National Parkinson Foundation, and as many as 60,000 new cases are diagnosed every year. Parkinson’s disease is a chronic, degenerative neurological disorder that affects one in 100 people over age 60. Parkinson’s strikes 50 percent more men than women. The average age at onset is 60, but some are diagnosed at 40 or younger. Parkinson’s involves the malfunction and death of vital nerve cells in the brain, called neurons, according to the Parkinson’s Disease Foundation. The job of some of these dying neurons is to produce dopamine, a chemical that sends messages to the part of the brain that controls movement and coordination. As the disease progresses, these brain neurons produce less and less dopamine, and the person loses movement control. Common Symptoms Symptoms vary from person to person, but primary motor signs ...
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Mar. 28, 2017

Good News! Recent Study Shows Fewer Seniors Are Developing Dementia

Dementia sufferers are also developing the disease at older ages For years we’ve heard dire predictions that dementia rates would skyrocket as the population ages, grows increasingly overweight, and develops more diabetes and high blood pressure. But a recent data analysis published in the January 2017 issue of JAMA Internal Medicine has found that the prevalence of dementia is actually decreasing. The nationally representative report showed that adults 65 and older with dementia dropped from 11.6 percent in the year 2000 to 8.8 percent in 2012. Those results support another, smaller-scale study released in 2016, which found that dementia rates dropped by 44 percent since the late 1970s through 2008.28 The New York Times reported that the downward trend is “statistically significant and impressive,” according to Samuel Preston, a demographer at the University of Pennsylvania who was not associated with the study. Further, in 2000, people received a diagnosis of dementia at an ...
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Mar. 24, 2017

March Is National Nutrition Month

This year’s theme is “Put Your Best Fork Forward” National Nutrition Month is a nutrition education and information campaign held every March by the Academy of Nutrition and Dietetics. The campaign focuses on the importance of making informed food choices, developing sound eating practices, and committing to physical activity habits. The theme for 2017 is “Put Your Best Fork Forward,” which reminds us that each bite counts. Small shifts in our food choices can reap benefits over time. The 2015–2020 Dietary Guidelines for Americans suggest starting with gradual changes—one forkful at a time—to create healthier, lasting habits for years to come. Whether you are preparing meals at home or making selections when dining out, Put Your Best Fork Forward helps develop the healthy eating style that’s best for you and your family. “How much we eat is as important as what we eat, which is why this year’s National Nutrition Month theme inspires us ...
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Mar. 22, 2017

Who Qualifies for Senior-Care Tax Deductions?

Tax season can be especially stressful for seniors on a fixed income and for family caregivers of elderly loved ones—groups that include millions of budget-conscious Americans looking to keep expenses down. The good news is that seniors and caregivers may be eligible for tax deductions for medical and dental expenses. Another bright spot in 2017 is that final tax returns are due Tuesday, April 18, three days later than the standard April 15 date. This year the 15th falls on a weekend and Monday, April 17, is Emancipation Day, a federal holiday, giving tax filers until April 18 to complete their returns. Seniors receiving medical care in assisted living may qualify for tax deductions. This includes residents with Alzheimer’s or other forms of dementia who require substantial supervision to protect their health and safety. Taxpayers married to or related to seniors requiring care may be eligible for deductions if the ...
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Feb. 22, 2017

Support and Recognition for Caregivers’ Contributions

Caregiver’s “Bill of Rights” stresses self-care and dignity The concept of a Caregiver Bill of Rights is not new. Its origins are sometimes disputed, but many agree that it arose more than 30 years ago after the publication of a book called CareGiving: Helping an Aging Loved One by Jo Horne (AARP Books, 2015). A landmark work that is still relevant to caregivers today, the book addresses all aspects of day-to-day caregiving, and emphasizes the vital relationship between the care provider and recipient. Caregivers handling the stresses, challenges, and emotional toll of caring for an aging family member—especially caregivers who often feel undervalued, abandoned, overburdened, and overwhelmed—should familiarize themselves with these basic tenets that champion all caregivers’ rights to practice self-care, preserve their own individuality, seek help from others, take pride in their contributions, and to expect acknowledgement and respect for what they do. Caregiver’s Bill of Rights by Jo Horne  ...
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Feb. 15, 2017

Free Caption Phone Helps People with Hearing Loss Stay in Touch

Phone conversation is displayed in text on a large screen Because using the telephone can become difficult (if not impossible) for people with hearing difficulties, many tend to avoid phone conversations. Not only does this diminish their social and business interactions, but it also robs them of a valuable lifeline if they need help. The CaptionCall® captioned telephone works like a regular telephone—just dial and answer calls as usual. Speak and listen using the phone handset. The caption phone displays the live phone conversation in easy-to-read text on a large screen. Provided by the Federal Communications Commission (FCC) for those who have professionally certified hearing loss, the phone and caption service are free of charge for those who qualify. Simply complete a form on the CaptionCall website and have a doctor in one of the approved areas of practice sign the form. If you’re unable to get a doctor’s signature, you ...
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Feb. 08, 2017

Five Habits of Successful, Loving Older Couples

This Valentines Day, remind yourself how stay in love for years Everyone knows couples who’ve been together for decades—perhaps you’re among them—and whose relationships still seem genuinely happy and harmonious. Our communities are filled with couples and those who understand how love lasts. What behaviors, traits, and tactics might be key to their long-term relationship success? Relationship experts- and many seniors often cite these five habits. Notice and stay open to changes. Don’t assume your partner is the same person he or she was decades ago—although, of course, there will be similarities. Learn your partner’s goals, dreams, and future plans. Keep in tune with who your partner is in the moment and open yourself to who he or she might become. Accept the challenges of aging. Vulnerabilities arise over the years. Support each other as you deal with physical, cognitive, and emotional challenges and feelings about aging and death. Share ...
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Feb. 01, 2017

February Is American Heart Month

This month is also marks the “Go Red for Women” campaign Ever since President Lyndon B. Johnson declared the first American Heart Month in 1964, the month of February has been dedicated to cardiovascular health awareness. Cardiovascular disease is the nation’s No. 1 cause of death for both men and women, killing an estimated 630,000 Americans each year. At our communities we make sure that a healthy diet and exercise are part of everyday living. In the U.S., the most common type of heart disease is coronary artery disease (CAD), which can lead to a heart attack or stroke. Men and women can greatly reduce their risk for CAD through lifestyle changes and, in some cases, medication. The American Heart Association conducts research and raises awareness to improve the cardiovascular health of all Americans. Throughout February awareness about heart health is evident everywhere- from grocery stores to sporting events. Since ...
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Jan. 31, 2017

What’s Ahead From Our New President?

At this writing, the Inauguration of Donald J. Trump plays out, and the country’s emotions remain divided with celebrating and protesting. It’s bound to be another year of healthcare upheavals as we wait to see if the incoming administration will follow through on its promise to “repeal and replace” the Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act (ACA) and call for other reforms that would potentially affect Medicaid funding, pharmaceutical regulation and the health insurance industry. …read more at Senior Living News ...
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Jan. 25, 2017

The Surprising Benefits of Senior Living Communities

Growing numbers of seniors are enjoying their housing options A large segment of the older population in the Unites States—individuals between the ages of 65 and 84—will increase by nearly 40 percent between 2010 and 2020, says the U.S. Census Bureau. The population over age 85 will rise by nearly 19 percent. By 2060, says the Administration on Aging (AOA), an agency of the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services, there will be about 98 million older persons, more than twice the number in 2014. These statistics confirm the trend toward ever-growing numbers of older Americans whose need for senior-focused living situations has spurred one of the nation’s most powerful growth industries: living facilities that specialize in catering to older Americans. By all accounts, the nearly 1 million older adults who currently live in senior communities are happy in their environments. A recent poll by Argentum (formerly Assisted Living Federation of ...
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Jan. 18, 2017

Important Changes to Social Security in 2017

A look at the new Social Security rules for the coming year Each October, the United States Social Security Administration (SSA) announces the changes to this critical social program for the upcoming year. Here’s a summary of the new rules that may affect Social Security recipients in 2017. Slight increase in payments. Social Security payments will rise by 0.3 percent beginning in January 2017 to keep pace with inflation. The SSA says that cost-of-living adjustments (COLA) of 0.3 percent average out to an estimated $5 increase per month in 2017 for recipients. Higher earners pay more. Most workers pay 6.2 percent of their earnings into the Social Security system and employers match this amount, until the worker’s salary exceeds the maximum taxable amount. That maximum amount will increase from $118,500 in 2016 to $127,200 in 2017. This change means that about 12 million higher-earning workers are expected to pay more ...
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Jan. 11, 2017

January Is National Glaucoma Awareness Month

More than 3 million Americans have glaucoma—but half are un-diagnosed  “Speed the cure. Spread the word,” says the Glaucoma Research Foundation. The first month of the new year is a good time to learn about and spread awareness of this sight-stealing disease. Glaucoma may affect as many as 4.2 million Americans by 2030, a 58 percent increase, says the National Eye Institute. Glaucoma is known as “the sneak thief of sight” because there may be no symptoms and as much as 40 percent of vision can be slowly lost without a person noticing. And once vision is lost, it’s permanent. The good news is that glaucoma is the leading cause of preventable blindness. While there is no cure for glaucoma—yet—medication or surgery can slow or prevent vision loss. Early detection is key to stopping the progress of the disease. What is glaucoma? Glaucoma is characterized by increased intraocular pressure, or ...
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Jan. 04, 2017

Happy New Year!

We at ISL are ringing in the New Year with a story of love. Over the holidays, a couple that met at one of our communities decided to tie the knot.  Bob Segal and Joan Cimino are residents at Mission Hills Senior Living in Rancho Mirage, California. Bob moved in May 2016, and Joan one month later. At a summer event, the two danced for the first time and the rest you might say is history. Bob proposed and the two celebrated a lovely wedding at Mission Hills with friends and family in attendance. Both Joan and Bob are very social in the community. They regale the residents with stories from their past just to entertain. Joan often tap dances at musical engagements while Bob supports and adores her from the audience. Everyone enjoys their vibrant energy as they smile and laugh, encouraging others to do the same. We wish ...
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Oct. 28, 2016

R-E-S-P-I-T-E! Spells Relief!

Caregivers Can Plan Ahead for the Holiday Season and Make Time for Themselves ISL Communities can help! With a record number of senior adults staying in their homes longer, frequently older American’s are relying on family and friends for their care. In fact, millions of families provide unpaid care for seniors 60 or older, spending on average 20+ hours a week helping with ongoing home care. For these devoted caregivers, the holiday season can add additional stress; torn between the desire to travel or take extra time to spend with others, and the need to provide quality care for loved ones. But there is a solution that is often overlooked, it is called respite or short-term care. Respite care offers caregivers and families the opportunity to temporarily give some time back to themselves while their family member receives the care and services they need in a temporary, welcoming environment. Many ...
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Oct. 21, 2016

Stay Connected with Grandkids this Fall

Tips for keeping in touch once summer is over  In the summertime, when kids are out of school, grandparents and grandchildren often have more opportunities to visit each other. Many grandparents and grandkids love spending time together during the summer months, but how can you stay close now that fall is here and the kids are back in school? A 2012 AARP study showed that 45 percent of grandparents live more than 200 miles away from their grandchildren and 80 percent live at least 50 miles away, so if you feel like a long-distance grandparent, you’re not alone. These suggestions can help you feel connected when you’re far away from your grandchildren. Use technology. If you’re tech-savvy, stay in touch through e-mails, video-chats via Skype sessions, and sharing digital photos. Catch up online with grandkids and post photos on social media sites like Facebook and Instagram. Another option is to ...
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Oct. 14, 2016

Medicare Sign Ups October 15 – December 7, 2016

It’s that time of year again For 2017 Medicare coverage, Open Enrollment begins for Medicare  in the fall of 2016, from October 15 to December 7. People with Medicare can change their choice of health coverage (whether they receive that coverage through a private Medicare Advantage plan or traditional Medicare), and add, drop or change Medicare Part D drug coverage. During this annual enrollment period (AEP) you can make changes to various aspects of your coverage. You can switch from Original Medicare to Medicare Advantage, or vice versa. You can also switch from one Medicare Advantageplan to another, or from one Medicare Part D (prescription drug) plan to another. And if you didn’t enroll in a Medicare Part D plan when you were first eligible, you can do so during the general open enrollment, although a late enrollment penalty may apply. It’s very important that Medicare beneficiaries review their drug plan annually. Why? Because Medicare ...
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Oct. 07, 2016

For Breast Cancer Awareness Month, Learn the Ways To Prevent the Disease in Older Women

October is National Breast Cancer Awareness Month, an annual worldwide campaign organized by major breast cancer charities to raise awareness, offer support to those affected by breast cancer, and to encourage research into its cause, prevention, diagnosis, treatment, and cure. Studies show that women in the U.S. who live to the age of 80 have a one in eight chance of developing breast cancer during their lifetime. Data from the National Cancer Institute show that half of those diagnoses will occur in women aged 65 and older. For women with a first-degree relative (sister, mother, or daughter) diagnosed with breast cancer, the risk is doubled, according to The risk of developing breast cancer soars to five times higher than average for women with two first-degree relatives who have been diagnosed. However, research indicates that at least 80 percent of breast cancers are caused by lifestyle or environmental factors—and not by a genetic ...
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Sep. 21, 2016

Fall Prevention Awareness Week: September 22–29

This year’s theme is “Ready, Steady, Balance: Prevent Falls in 2016”  Among adults over age 65, falls are the leading cause of death from injury, nonfatal injuries from accidents, and hospital admissions for trauma. To bring attention to this critical health and safety issue, the Fall Prevention Center of Excellence sponsors Fall Prevention Awareness Week during the first week of the fall/autumn season. This year, during the week of September 22–29, older adults, caregivers, and families are encouraged to learn about seniors’ fall risks and how to prevent falls in 2016 and the years ahead. “Falls can take a serious toll on older adults’ quality of life and independence,” says leading gerontologist Jon Pynoos, Ph.D., co-director of the Fall Prevention Center of Excellence, “and the risk for falls increases with age.” Every 11 seconds, an older adult is seen in an emergency department for a fall-related injury, says the National Council ...
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Sep. 16, 2016

Walk to End Alzheimer’s Raises Awareness and Funds For Alzheimer’s Care, Support, and Research

September events spotlight Alzheimer’s and other dementias  The month of September has become a special time for focusing on research, awareness, and fundraising for Alzheimer’s disease nationwide and throughout the world. Alzheimer’s Disease International (ADI) sponsors the fifth global World Alzheimer’s Month ( in September to educate about the disease and challenge stigma. Worldwide, 35 million people and their families are affected by dementia. This year’s theme is “Remember Me,” for which ADI asks everyone to get involved by sharing their own favorite memories, or memories of a loved one, on social media during September with the hashtags #RememberMe #WAM2016. The Alzheimer’s Association’s Walk to End Alzheimer’s, held annually in more than 600 communities nationwide, is the world’s largest fundraising and awareness event for Alzheimer’s. In fact many ISL communities take part in these walks. Participants of all ages and abilities gather for these local 2- to 3-mile walks, most ...
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Sep. 09, 2016

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

Today’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 ...
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Sep. 02, 2016

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. Recently 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 ...
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Aug. 29, 2016

Do Seniors Need a Living Will?

What is a living will and who should have one? Discussions about end-of-life and critical-care issues are never easy and often get put aside because no family members are at that stage, but planning ahead can prevent confusion, conflict and unnecessary suffering during times of worry and grief. Knowing a loved one’s wishes before an illness or accident ensures that family members won’t have to make difficult choices on the loved one’s behalf during a crisis. Livings Wills Are Legal Instructions Also called advance directives or healthcare directives, living wills are written, legal instructions detailing a person’s preferences for medical care if he or she is unable to make decisions. Advance directives guide healthcare choices for medical professionals and caregivers if a person is terminally ill, critically injured, in a coma, in the late stages of dementia or near the end of life. Advance directives aren’t just for older adults. ...
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Aug. 22, 2016

Do You Judge Yourself As a “Caregiver”

Coping strategies to help banish caregiver’s remorse and guilt  Being a caregiver to a senior family member is a valuable service and a great responsibility, performed out of love and devotion, and the task does have its rewards. Still, it is a hugely demanding job, often requiring round-the-clock responsibilities. The enormous challenges of caregiving can bring forth many conflicting and unpleasant feelings, causing caregivers to believe they may not be up to the task. It’s common to fall into a pattern of self-judging, constantly criticizing yourself for the many ways you feel you’re not doing the job well enough. How can you help chase away the constant self-judgment you hear in your head and reclaim your sense of competence in performing this praise-worthy function? Acknowledge your negative feelings. All caregivers experience a range of emotions and reactions as they try to cope with their day-to-day duties. Common feelings include: Anger ...
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Aug. 15, 2016

Ways to Help Seniors Drink Enough Fluids on Hot Summer Days

Fun tips for staying hydrated in warmer weather   To stay healthy, all humans need water to keep joints moving, protect organs and tissues, regulate body temperature, and overall make the body work better. On hot days, our bodies lose water more rapidly than usual. Also, senior adults have risk factors that can cause problems in the heat, including a reduced sense of thirst and decreased kidney functions, hindering the body’s ability to adapt to extreme temperatures or low hydration. If you observe signs of confusion, dry mouth, slurred speech and altered behavior in your older adult, especially in warm weather, you might mistakenly attribute these symptoms to age, instead of the health-threatening effects of dehydration.  Studies show that even a 2 percent reduction in body water weight (only 3 pounds on a 150-pound person) can lead to difficulties with short-term memory, attention spam and visual-motor tracking. For good health during ...
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Aug. 09, 2016

Daily Dining is a Highlight at Senior Living Communities

ISL communities serve up superior dining experiences that prioritize healthy, delicious foods and enjoyable occasions to socialize At any age, we all look forward to a good meal, and our expectations for healthy, delicious, and engaging dining choices are higher than ever. Residents at today’s senior living communities expect more when it comes to dining. To meet residents’ desire for better quality and variety, communities such as those we manage making the entire culinary experience more progressive. Gone are the days of cafeteria-type offerings. Today’s residents are served freshly prepared, homemade meals in a restaurant-style setting complete with extensive healthy menu choices, flexible meal times, resident input on menu planning, tableside service, and special events. The Culinary Directors at our ISL communities are fully engaged in providing a restaurant dining experience. This includes offering a wide variety of menu items and preparations, specials of the day, and alternative menus. Some ...
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Jul. 25, 2016

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 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, and ...
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Jul. 18, 2016

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 ...
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Jul. 11, 2016

Ways to Help Seniors at Visits to the Doctor

Going alone to a doctor’s appointment can be stressful at any age, but older adults often feel especially intimidated. Having a loved one come along as a healthcare advocate during a doctor’s visit can help seniors get better care. As an advocate, you can provide moral support as well as help seniors talk about sensitive health issues, ask questions, take notes, and, if needed, coordinate care if multiple doctors or specialists are involved. Here are some sensible ways to help make a senior’s visit to the doctor more productive and less intimidating. Prepare for the visit. Make a list of all current medications, including prescriptions and any over-the-counter drugs, and vitamins and herbal supplements. In the days before the visit, start talking to your older adult about how they’re feeling and whether they have bothersome symptoms. Make a list of questions for the doctor, and any issues your senior wants ...
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Jul. 06, 2016

July is the Month to Celebrate Independence

Take a Look at All the Freedom Offered In Senior Living Communities This July consider looking into the benefits of declaring independence from the burden of day-to-day duties that come with running a household unassisted. Seniors and their families can be anxious about moving into a senior community— fearing a loss of independence. In fact, the opposite is often true. Residents of senior living communities can attest to the new freedom they experience because of all the services and amenities available in these communities. Residents in ISL communities are often delighted to discover the joy of living in a community where they no longer have to do the day-to-day chores but instead have access to dining rooms, laundry services, transportation, onsite staffing, recreational facilities—and many other services that make life easier and better everyday.  Our communities offer a mix of lifestyle options that are tailored to residents’ needs and preferences. ...
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Jun. 24, 2016

Should You Join a Caregiver Support Group?

How support groups can help caregivers, and what happens during group meetings  Are you a caregiver or do you know a caregiver who’s feeling stressed, overwhelmed, burned out, or depressed? Attending local caregiver support group meetings can be an effective way to reduce stress and boost spirits because participants can interact with others in similar situations, get useful advice, and find out about helpful local resources. Studies have shown that support groups have a significant positive effect on caregivers’ well-being, depression, and feelings of being overwhelmingly burdened. But it might seem intimidating to walk into a room full of strangers and feel obligated to share personal details about your caregiving situation and your less-than-positive feelings about your day-to-day challenges. Here’s a summary of reasons that joining a caregiver support group can be well worth your time, and how typical meetings work.  The benefits of caregiver support groups Get valuable caregiving ...
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Jun. 17, 2016

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 ...
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Jun. 10, 2016

Great News! New Study Shows Retirement Is Good for Your Health

People become more active, sleep better, and reduce their sitting time when they retire, says a new study published in March 2016 by the American Journal of Preventive Medicine. The study, “Retirement—A Transition to a Healthier Lifestyle?,” followed the lifestyle behaviors of more than 25,000 adults age 45-plus for about three years, tracking such factors as physical activity, diet, sedentary behavior, alcohol use, and sleep patterns. “Our research revealed that retirement was associated with positive lifestyle changes,” said lead researcher Dr. Melody Ding, senior research fellow at the University of Sydney’s School of Public Health. “Compared with people who were still working, retirees had increased physically activity levels, reduced sitting time, were less likely to smoke, and had healthier sleep patterns. Dr. Ding said that a major life change like retirement creates an opportunity to make positive lifestyle modifications—to set aside negative routines and develop new, healthier behaviors. Study data showed that ...
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May. 23, 2016

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 ...
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May. 16, 2016

HBO Documentary Tells Real-Life Stories About Five Alzheimer’s In-Home Caregivers

Caregivers, an inspiring HBO documentary about the lives of five family caregivers who are caring for spouses or parents with Alzheimer’s disease, is available to watch for free at HBO’s The Alzheimer’s Project website ( The film shows five men and women caregivers openly discussing the challenges of dealing with changes in their loved ones, their own health concerns, and their feelings of loss and frustration. They also share the ways they cope, and how they find joy by staying in the present and savoring small, everyday moments. Two seniors with Alzheimer’s are also featured, talking about changes in their brain functions, and how they adapt and stay positive. The 48-minute film is one of four documentaries produced for The Alzheimer’s Project, a collaboration of HBO Documentary Films and the National Institute on Aging at the National Institutes of Health, along with the Alzheimer’s Association and two national charitable gift funds. ...
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May. 08, 2016

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 ...
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May. 03, 2016

Nurses Are Key to Healthy Senior Living

Every year, National Nurses Week focuses attention on the diverse ways the over 3 million nurses in America work to save lives and to improve the health of millions of individuals. This year, the American Nurses Association (ANA) has selected “Culture of Safety ” as the theme for 2016. Annually, National Nurses Week begins May 6 and ends on May 12, the birthday of Florence Nightingale. During this week, nurses are honored by communities such as ours for their hard work, diligence, and kindness. “Nurses bring so much to senior living. Their attention to detail, care, and compassion often make the difference in our residents lives,” said Linda Mather, RN, CALN, vice president of resident care for ISL.  “It never ceases to amaze me what they do- day in and day out in all our communities, they are the conduit between resident, family, and physicians.” The work nurses do in ...
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Apr. 25, 2016

Helping Seniors with Spring Cleaning

Let the sunshine in with these housekeeping tips  Now that the days are getting longer and spring flowers are basking in the warmer weather outdoors, it’s time to take a look at the inside of your senior loved one’s living space. The time-honored tradition of throwing open the doors and windows to welcome the springtime sun and the refreshing breezes is still important for all of us—especially for seniors who may need help tidying up after the long winter. Spring is the season of new beginnings, so here are tips for teaming up with your favorite senior to declutter, reorganize, and tackle corner-to-corner cleaning of living spaces. Make a to-do list. Consult with your senior loved one to prioritize the tasks to get done, and write them down. Along with vacuuming, sweeping, wiping and scrubbing, don’t forget to include chores related to possible health and safety hazards: Throw out expired ...
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Apr. 18, 2016

April Is Parkinson’s Disease Awareness Month

Help raise awareness this month and all year long  More than 1 million people in the U.S. have Parkinson’s disease, says the National Parkinson Foundation, and as many as 60,000 new cases are diagnosed every year. Parkinson’s disease is a chronic, degenerative neurological disorder that affects one in 100 people over age 60. While the average age at onset is 60, some people are diagnosed at 40 or younger. Parkinson’s involves the malfunction and death of vital nerve cells in the brain, called neurons, according to the Parkinson’s Disease Foundation. Some of these dying neurons produce dopamine, a chemical that sends messages to the part of the brain that controls movement and coordination. As the disease progresses, the brain produces less and less dopamine, and the person loses the ability to control movement. Symptoms of Parkinson’s Symptoms vary from person to person, according to a variety of factors, including age of onset and disease ...
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Apr. 11, 2016

Seniors and Caregivers May Qualify for Tax Deductions for Assisted Living Costs, Medical Expenses, and Elder Care

More than 700,000 seniors live in thousands of assisted living facilities throughout the U.S., says a recent study from the Centers for Disease Control ad Prevention (CDC). And nearly 87 percent of residents pay for these facilities out of their own and their families’ financial resources. The good news is that seniors and caregivers may be eligible for tax deductions for assisted living costs that are related to medical or dental expenses. If a loved one is receiving substantial medical care in assisted living and/or is in a special needs unit in a community, he or she may qualify for a tax deduction. This includes residents with Alzheimer’s or other forms of dementia who require substantial supervision to protect their health and safety. For seniors residing in independent living communities, however, the only eligible deductible expenses would likely be those directly related to medical costs.  Qualifying for Assisted Living Deductions ...
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Apr. 06, 2016

Integral Senior Living Embraces a “Vibrant Life”

Innovative Program Rolls Out to All Communities We at ISL know well that living a vibrant life at any age is a life worth living. Now we are  taking the idea of vibrant living a step further by making it easier for residents to be vibrant with our new Vibrant Life® program.  Beginning in April, we are rolling out this innovative program throughout all of our communities. Vibrant Life® is an innovative approach designed for enhancing and enriching residents’ lives across seven core components for well-rounded and meaningful experiences. These core components provide the balanced structure for implementing diversity across the Vibrant Life® program, which is embraced through several signature programs. “Each component fosters an overall well-being of living, truly living. There is a trend in today’s society that says ‘my kids are grown, my career is complete, now what?  What purpose do I have, now?’  We are challenging our ...
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Mar. 31, 2016

How to Help Seniors Prevent Falling

Older adults have an alarmingly high chance of falling inside and outside the home. According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), 1 out of 3 people age 65 and older falls each year. After age 80, that increases to a 1 in 2 chance. That means your senior adult has a 33 percent to 50 percent chance of falling this year. Physical Changes that Increase the Risk of Falls  Age-related muscle loss lessens strength and weakens bones. Aging bodies and medications make balance more difficult. Worsening vision impairs seniors’ ability to stay upright and clearly see what’s nearby. Diminished flexibility, especially in hips, knees, and ankles, can cause to falls. Lower endurance (how long you can stand and walk with tiring) raises fall risk. Lower strength, balance, and flexibility make seniors feel less confidence in their walking ability. Falls can be devastating to seniors’ health in the ...
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Mar. 24, 2016

When to Take the Car Keys Away from Older Drivers

Signs that the time has come for seniors to stop driving  The hardest conversation for adult children to have with elderly parents is talking about giving up driving, according to a recent study and confirmed by many adult children’s experiences. Adult children would often rather talk about finances or end-of-life issues (such as final wishes or wills) than bring up the topic of retiring the car keys. Families gave two major reasons for avoiding the topic of giving up driving. Taking away the independence, freedom, and access of driving is not an easy thing to do to anyone, especially someone you care about. Additionally, families worry that their loved one would never forgive them for intervening. Experts say that it’s important not to urge a family member to stop driving unless you’re convinced he or she is a danger behind the wheel. Age alone is not a predictor for poor ...
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Mar. 17, 2016

Ways to Pay for Assisted Living

How can families afford the costs of senior living communities? Once families have decided that a senior living community is a safe and comfortable option for aging loved ones, the big question looms: how to pay for it. The national median monthly rate for a one-bedroom unit in an assisted living facility is $3,500, according to a recent Cost of Care Survey. Other research shows monthly fees can range from $1,500 to more than $10,000. The National Center for Assisted Living (NCAL) reports that the typical assisted living resident has an income of about $19,000 per year. Most residents therefore must tap additional resources to cover the costs of assisted living. Consider talking to an elder law attorney to help your family figure out how to pay the costs of senior living accommodations. These specialized attorneys can answer important questions about qualifying for Medicaid to pay for care, protecting family assets ...
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Mar. 07, 2016

March Is National Nutrition Month

March is the perfect time of year to observe National Nutrition Month®—because many of us who made New Year’s resolutions to choose healthier foods might need extra encouragement right now. Sponsored by the Academy of Nutrition and Dietetics, National Nutrition Month encourages all Americans to make informed food choices and establish sound eating and exercise habits. The theme for 2016 is “Savor the Flavor of Eating Right,” emphasizing the importance of developing mindful eating patterns that incorporate nutritious and flavorful foods into your habits and family traditions. This theme is right in line with ISL’s signature “Dining by Design” program. The dining experience at our communities features delicious food, great conversation, and an inviting atmosphere. ISL’s signature “Dining by Design” program was developed to enhance social interaction, proper nutrition, and overall resident well-being. Integral Senior Living won the Assisted Living Federation of America’s (ALFA) prestigious “Best of the Best” award ...
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Feb. 29, 2016

Is it the IRS Calling?

As we enter the tax season, the incidence of IRS scams rise. The Federal Trade Commission reports that from 2013-2014 complaints about IRS scams increased- with 54,000 complaints filed in 2014 alone. Fraudsters often look to target older Americans who may appear to be more susceptible to such actions. The IRS continues to warn consumers to guard against scam phone calls. Criminals pose as the IRS to trick victims out of their money or personal information. According to the IRS, here are several tips to help you avoid being a victim of these scams: Scammers make unsolicited calls. Thieves call taxpayers claiming to be IRS officials. They demand that the victim pay a bogus tax bill. They con the victim into sending cash, usually through a prepaid debit card or wire transfer. They may also leave “urgent” callback requests through phone “robo-calls,” or via phishing email.
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Feb. 22, 2016

Taking Too Much Vitamin D?

Recent studies show the risks of high doses of vitamin D  The health benefits of taking proper doses of Vitamin D supplements are well established, such as stronger bones and teeth; lowered risk of developing diabetes, heart disease, and some cancers; and improved resistance to multiple sclerosis. Studies also show that Vitamin D may have protective benefits against cognitive decline in older adults. Recent research, however, such as a study published last year in The Journal of the American Medical Association (JAMA) Internal Medicine, suggests that high monthly doses of Vitamin D do not improve lower extremity functioning and muscle strength in adults over age 70. Furthermore, high doses of Vitamin D also may lead to an increased risk of falling in seniors. Vitamin D is best known as the vitamin we get from sun exposure. Some foods are sources of Vitamin D (although often in relatively small amounts): cod liver ...
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Feb. 10, 2016

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 ...
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Feb. 03, 2016

February Is American Heart Month

Know the risk factors for developing heart disease This month, the America Heart Association is challenging all Americans to learn more about heart disease and its risk factors, and to join its mission to promote healthier families and communities, free of cardiovascular diseases and stroke. Facts About Heart Disease in the U.S. About 610,000 people die of heart disease in the United States every year–that’s 1 in every 4 deaths. Heart disease is the leading cause of death for both men and women. More than half of the deaths due to heart disease are in men. Coronary heart disease (CHD), caused by plaque buildup in the walls of the arteries that supply blood to the heart (called coronary arteries) and other parts of the body, is the most common type of heart disease, killing over 370,000 people annually. Every 43 seconds, someone in the U.S. has a heart attack. A heart attack, also called a myocardial infarction, occurs ...
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Jan. 25, 2016

Brain Exercise in the Winter

Taking part in an activity that is fun and thought provoking improves a senior’s quality of life. Many studies support the connection between lifestyle and dementia risk- finding that following a brain-healthy lifestyle and performing regular, targeted brain exercises can also increase a brain’s cognitive reserve. In the cold often dreary days of winter getting some good mental stimulation can often mean indoor activity- and that means for many crossword puzzles! Solid research supports that doing crosswords puzzles helps in many ways including: Prevent Dementia. The Alzheimer’s Association recommends picking up the crossword habit to help stave off dementia. Verbal Skills Improve Solve Problems with Practice Identify Patterns Trivia Buffs- get happy Here is a link to a website with free large print crossword puzzles older adults will appreciate. Of course there are also crossword puzzles found in daily newspapers and countless books that are all about crossword puzzles. ...
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Jan. 18, 2016

Alzheimer’s Update

With several promising Phase 3 trials going on in research and increased funding 2016 is poised to be a good year in the search to find a cure for Alzheimer’s. Forbes Magazine has gone out on a limb and predicted that a breakthrough drug in the search to conquer Alzheimer’s may be on the way in 2016. Unlike the five existing therapies to treat symptoms of Alzheimer’s disease this drug looks cure it.   Eli Lilly’s solanezumab has been in development for 15 years.  Currently in Phase 3 studies, this experimental drug could be the first marketed treatment to slow the worsening of Alzheimer’s. The Alzheimer’s Association, the leading advocate for federal Alzheimer’s disease research funding and caregiver support, highlighted the historic $350 million increase for Alzheimer’s disease research funding in the FY2016 budget, signed into law on December 18, 2015 by President Barack Obama. This marks the largest increase ever ...
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Jan. 11, 2016

The New Year is a Good Time to Explore New Living Options

We in the senior living industry always see an increase of inquires in the beginning of the New Year.  Why? The answer is really quite simple.  Over the holiday’s the reality of where a seniors loved ones mental and physical health is currently at becomes apparent when children or loved ones are home for the holidays and spending more time together.  We often find that if you are starting to ask the question ‘is assistance needed?’ then it may be time to begin inquiring into senior living options. It is best to begin the search into senior living options, earlier rather than later so that all involved have the time and the best choices available to make the right decisions for a loved one. Consider these questions when deciding whether it is time to inquire into senior living community options: Emotions: How are they emotionally? Are there changes in their ...
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Jan. 04, 2016

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 store– shopping 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 ...
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Dec. 23, 2015

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 ...
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Dec. 16, 2015

Caregivers: Tips for Less Stress Over the Holidays — and More Joy!

The holidays can be a stressful time of year in any household, especially if you’re a caregiver for an aging loved one. Changes in routine, raised expectations, busier schedules, and more frequent social interactions can quickly become overwhelming for loved ones and caregivers alike. These tips can help caregivers manage stress and anxiety for themselves and those they care for while focusing on less-demanding fun and merriment. Simplify! Resist the pressure go all-out for the holidays. You’re not obligated to attend every event, host gatherings in your home, or keep up with all family holiday traditions. Choose just a few activities, decorations, or foods that are meaningful to you and feel doable. Start new traditions. While it’s true that honoring family traditions may help a loved one with dementia connect with holiday celebrations, it’s OK to scale down favorite festivities, or carry out just a few traditions. Another idea is ...
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Dec. 09, 2015

The Benefits of Music for People with Memory Loss

Recent research strongly suggests that listening to, dancing to, and singing music can lift the spirits of people with Alzheimer’s disease and other types of dementia. Neurologist Jonathan Graff-Radford, in an article in the Mayo Clinic’s blog, says that “musical memories” tend to be preserved in Alzheimer’s because the disease leaves key brain areas relatively unaffected. Studies have shown that exposure to music can relieve stress, lessen anxiety and depression, and reduce agitation in people with Alzheimer’s and related memory-loss conditions. Playing music can also bring relief and joy to caregivers by lightening the mood—thereby lowering anxiety and stress—and helping caregivers connect with loved ones with Alzheimer’s disease, especially those who have trouble communicating. How can you use music to help relieve the symptoms of a loved one with Alzheimer’s and to foster connection? Consider putting their favorite music on an iPod (making sure that caregivers know how to turn ...
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Dec. 01, 2015

2016 Medicare Open Enrollment: October 15 to December 7

Make Needed Changes Now to Medicare Plans  Now is the time to review and reassess Medicare plans for older adults so that coverage will be adequate and cost-effective for 2016. From October 15 to December 7, 2015, the 2016 Medicare Open Enrollment period is designated for older adults enrolled in Medicare to take these actions: Change their Part D (prescription drug) plan Enroll in a Medicare Advantage plan Change Medigap plans Change Medicare Advantage plans DailyCaring, an organization that supports families caring for older adults, says that “even though we all wish we could ‘set it and forget it’ with health insurance, Medicare plans change all the time.” To save money, older adult’s plans should be reassessed every year so that necessary changes can be made during the Open Enrollment period. DailyCaring offers tips for knowing which changes to look for in the paperwork and how they could make a ...
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Dec. 01, 2015

Helping Seniors Enjoy the Holiday Season

The busy holiday season can be challenging for any of us, but older adults can find the added activity to be especially draining. Low mood, confusion, and stress may put a damper on seniors’ holiday merriment. Below are some tips on how to help seniors find joy, relaxation, and connection during this potentially tough time. Reminisce. Take out the photo album, listen to old records, watch family movies, tell stories of holidays past. Sharing memories can be powerful and engaging for older adults. Plan for alone time. Set aside a room or area in which the senior can take a break from the overstimulation of family gatherings. Include the senior. Make a point to invite your senior to participate in as many family activities as they can handle. Simple tasks include setting out dinnerware, folding napkins, and adding ornaments to the tree. Helping out will give them a sense of purpose and usefulness, ...
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Nov. 25, 2015

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. ...
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Nov. 20, 2015

It’s National Family Caregivers Month

This year’s theme is “Respite: Care for Caregivers” The Caregiver Action Network, the nation’s leading family caregiver organization that advocates for the more than 90 million Americans who care for disabled, sick, or elderly loved ones, cites these facts about family caregiving in the U.S.: About 39 percent of adult Americans are caring for a loved one who is sick, disabled, or living with frailties of old age. That’s up from 30 percent in 2010. Men are now almost as likely to say they are family caregivers as women are (37 percent of men; 40 percent of women). Surprisingly, 36 percent of younger Americans between ages 18 and 29 say they are family caregivers. Family caregivers are the only people who are present with patients in all care settings.Patients may have more than one doctor; nurses change shifts; prescriptions are filled at different pharmacies. But family caregivers are there as ...
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Nov. 13, 2015

Many ISL communities offer Memory Care

The month of November raises our awareness of Alzheimer’s as we celebrate National Alzheimer’s Disease Awareness month. Alzheimer’s disease is readily becoming an all to familiar term to millions of Americans. It is estimated that 5.2 million people in this country alone have been diagnosed with the disease, and as the population grows older so to the number of people it will affect. In fact, the number is expected to triple by mid-century. Fortunately when trends such as these are rising so do the resources. Today there is more information and support, providing a better understanding of the disease and how to live with it. One area in particular that is expanding is the development of new residential care programs designed for people afflicted with Alzheimer’s and dementia, called Memory Care. At ISL, our memory care is something you can feel good about for many different reasons. At our communities ...
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Nov. 06, 2015

November Is National Alzheimer’s Disease Awareness Month

 Surprising Facts You Might Not Know Although Alzheimer’s affects approximately 1 in every 2 families in the U.S., and has been extensively covered in the media, there’s still quite a bit of information about Alzheimer’s that you might not be aware of. Dennis Fortier, president and CEO of Medical Care Corporation, which specializes in helping physicians evaluate patients’ memory and cognitive functions, writes in, an online resource for caregivers of older adults, that there are numerous vital facts about Alzheimer’s that you might not know—and that might surprise you. Here is a summary: Alzheimer’s is usually detected at the end-stage of the disease. On average, Alzheimer’s follows a 14-year course from the onset symptoms until death. Surprisingly, we usually diagnose Alzheimer’s in years 8-10 of the disease course. We diagnose Alzheimer’s disease far too late to optimize the effects of available treatments. Memory loss is not a part of ...
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Oct. 26, 2015

It’s Cybersecurity Month

This October enjoy all that fall has to offer. There are the changing leaves, delicious fall recipes and the warmth and comfort of a cozy home.  After all, October is a month when we retrench back into our homes as the days grow shorter, and the temperatures get colder.  While spending more time indoors, many of us will also be spending more time on our computers searching out the latest deals, connecting with friends and family and getting the latest news. And while we like the convenience of doing such activities in the luxury of our favorite chair, there are some precautions to consider to make using our computer is a safe place. In fact October is Cybersecurity Month.  In order to help make individuals and businesses more informed the National Cyber Security Alliance offers many tips to help us all stay more protected. Protect Yourself with these STOP. THINK. CONNECT. Tips: Keep a clean machine: ...
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Oct. 21, 2015

Flu Season Begins

October marks the month when flu vaccinations become available. The flu can make existing health conditions worse and is especially dangerous for people with chronic health conditions, like heart disease and diabetes, which often affect older adults. Seniors with these conditions are more likely to develop complications from the flu that can result in hospitalization and even death. According to the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), the single best way to prevent the flu is to get an annual vaccination, which is recommended for everyone aged six months and older, with rare exception. CDC recommends a yearly flu vaccine for everyone 6 months of age and older as the first and most important step in protecting against this serious disease. People should begin getting vaccinated soon after flu vaccine becomes available, if possible by October, to ensure that as many people as possible are protected before flu season begins. However, as long as flu viruses are ...
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Oct. 15, 2015

It’s that time of year again—Medicare Sign Ups October 15-December 7, 2015

  It’s October which means Fall Open Enrollment begins for Medicare. During the Annual Coordinated Election Period, which runs from October 15th through December 7th, people with Medicare can change their choice of health coverage (whether they receive that coverage through a private Medicare Advantage plan or traditional Medicare), and add, drop or change Medicare Part D drug coverage. It’s very important that Medicare beneficiaries review their drug plan annually. Why? Because Medicare private drug plans can make changes each year; changes can include which pharmacies are in their networks as well as which drugs are covered and the costs.  Most people can only change their plans during the Fall Open Enrollment Period. Find out whether medications you are taking will be covered on your plan next year.  If your physician had to submit a prior authorization exception request and you need the same medication  next year, call your plan to find out what you need to do ...
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Oct. 07, 2015

Time to Start Walking

The United States Surgeon General wants to see you walking! Step it Up! The Surgeon General’s Call to Action to Promote Walking and Walkable Communities articulates the health benefits of walking and asks individuals to make walking a priority in their lives. Fewer than half of all U.S. adults get enough physical activity to reduce their risk of chronic disease The Surgeon General’s report discusses the health benefits of walking and calls on individuals to make walking a priority in their lives.  Fewer than half of all U.S. adults get enough physical activity to reduce their risk of chronic disease, and only a quarter of high school students get the recommended amount.  Physical inactivity contributes to heart and lung disease, diabetes and cancer, which account for 86 percent of our nation’s health care costs.  Building walking into daily life can reduce disease and save money. According to Dr. Vivek H. ...
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Oct. 01, 2015

October is Long Term Care Planning Month- how is your plan coming?

October is Long-Term Care Planning Month Do you have a plan in place? This month (and any month) seniors are encouraged, and those acting on their behalf, to develop a plan to help meet the high costs of long-term care. For the most part, a majority of long-term care costs are not covered by most health insurance plans or Medicare. That is where planning for Long-Term Care becomes so important. We encourage families to explore long-term care planning options. There are of course advantages to planning ahead before the need arises. By preparing for the future, you can make choices for how and where you wish to spend your later years. It also removes the burden from adult children and others to make choices for others, a task not often envied by most. Currently, Medicare only covers medical and rehabilitative care (doctors and nurses) and does not cover non-medical care ...
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Sep. 09, 2015

5 Trusted Strategies When Researching Assisted Living & Memory Care

See a change in your parent or loved one that leads you to believe they might benefit from an assisted living community? You don’t know where to turn. As the healthcare industry experiences a digital boom, 77%  of us begin our healthcare search online, according 2015 Healthcare Consumer Trends survey. But how do we know who and what to trust? Here are 5 of the most trusted locations to help you begin your search! Always talk to your family, friends, and neighbors first – word of mouth is powerful Connect with people who serve seniors such as, Senior centers Rehabilitation Centers Clergy Meals on Wheels volunteers Pharmacists and Dieticians Hospital Administrative staff, nurses, and paramedics Physical, occupational and speech therapists Physicians, including ophthalmologists, neurologists, psychiatrists and geriatricians Psychotherapists, psychologists and licensed counselors Home care and hospice providers Research online reviews. Review sites publish reviews of local businesses, written by people who ...
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Sep. 04, 2015

Alzheimer’s Update

The Alzheimer’s Association International Conference (AAIC) 2015 took place in July in Washington, DC.  The conference provides the opportunity for dementia researchers around the globe to come together and share their study results, with the aim of stepping closer to prevention and treatment strategies for Alzheimer’s and other dementias The conference reported some very promising results highlights include: Promising new data results for treatment of Alzheimer’s disease
 Results from more than a dozen experimental drug studies show the research community attacking Alzheimer’s disease from multiple angles, targeting the underlying causes and some of the most pernicious symptoms. 28 Million Baby Boomers will get Alzheimer’s disease Projections reported by The Lewin Group for the Alzheimer’s Association show that 28 million American baby boomers will get Alzheimer’s by midcentury — a deluge that will consume nearly 25 percent of Medicare spending in 2040 — unless there are significant advances in treatment and ...
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Aug. 26, 2015

Different types of Senior Living options

In today’s marketplace there are variety of housing and care types from which to choose from including independent living, assisted living, memory care and skilled nursing care. We can help assess you or your loved one for the most appropriate environment based on your needs. While there are many different types of senior living options available, here is a very brief description of the most common. At  our community Claremont Place Senior Living, we specialize in serving residents who seek Independent Living, Assisted Living and Memory Care. Independent Living Communities offer private dwellings for active older adults. Dining facilities, housekeeping services, transportation, and 24-hour staffing may be offered on site, as well as medical, dietary and other assistance when needed. Continuing Care Retirement Communities (CCRC) offer many levels of options under “one roof” providing a continuum of care. It is different from other housing and care options for seniors because ...
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Aug. 20, 2015

Famous Quotes About the Month of August

“Remember to be gentle with yourself and others. We are all children of chance and none can say why some fields will blossom while others lay brown beneath the August sun.”—Kent Nerburn, American writer   “When summer opens, I see how fast it matures, and fear it will be short; but after the heats of July and August, I am reconciled, like one who has had his swing, to the cool of autumn.”—Ralph Waldo Emerson, American essayist and scholar   “I bet deep down you still wish your mom would take you clothes shopping every August for the new school year.”—Bridget Willard, American worship leader   “The English winter—ending in July, / To recommence in August.”—Lord Byron, English poet   “Smell brings to mind … a family dinner of pot roast and sweet potatoes during a myrtle-mad August in a Midwestern town. Smells detonate softly in our memory like poignant land mines hidden under ...
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Aug. 17, 2015

August Is National Eye Exam Month

It’s a fact of life that vision changes occur as you get older, says the National Optometric Association. But, when detected and treated as a result of annual eye exams, these changes don’t have to compromise your lifestyle. As you reach your 60s and beyond, you need to be aware of the age-related eye health problems that could cause vision loss. However, many eye diseases have no early symptoms. They may develop painlessly, and you may be unaware of vision changes until the condition is advanced. The good news is that regular eye exams can significantly improve your chances of maintaining good eye health as you age. Age-Related Eye and Vision Problems In the years after age 60, a number of eye diseases may develop that can affect your vision and eye health. An annual exam can help detect these conditions early, thereby increasing the chances of keeping healthy vision. ...
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Aug. 13, 2015

Signs Your Loved One Might Need Senior Living Arrangements

How can we tell when seniors might be ready for the services of a senior living community? Look for these signs. Depression or low mood. Do you observe a lower activity level? Are they seeing friends and partaking in activities they have loved for years? Loss of mobility. Are they having difficulty moving around their home, or going up and down stairs? Having trouble walking or being unsteady on their feet not only limits mobility but also puts them at risk for falls. Changes in routine. Do they show less interest daily routines such as cooking and cleaning? Illness or mobility issues could be keeping them from maintaining their usual routines. Are they taking care of themselves physically? Look to see if they are keeping up with basic daily routines such as bathing, brushing teeth and wearing clean clothes. Personality changes. Are you noticing different attitudes and habits? Memory loss, ...
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Aug. 11, 2015

This August Seniors Should Take Advantage of Summer

August is a month in which summer is in full swing- a season that reminds adults of favorite childhood memories like outdoor picnics, long bike rides and visits with family and friends. Those good memories are carried in the hearts and minds of seniors everywhere, and many relish the season fondly. And now that the long, hot summer days are in full swing seniors should seize the moment. We at Claremont Place would like to suggest some ideas to take advantage of the last month of summer with the seniors in your life. Family get-togethers: The summertime is a good time to invite family over because you can use the outdoors as part of your entertaining space. Make it easy and ask everyone to bring a favorite dish. Take a short trip. Find places to visit within your city or town, or in the near vicinity. Ideas include zoos, sculpture ...
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Aug. 05, 2015


Recently in the news there have been several reports linking the MIND diet and the prevention of Alzheimer’s.  Researchers have discovered that those who boasted a diet with plenty of berries, leafy greens and fish saw a major drop in their risk of Alzheimer’s. MIND stands for Mediterranean-DASH Intervention for Neurodegenerative Delay. It’s similar to two other healthy meal plans: the DASH diet and the Mediterranean diet. Read more at Is It Time to Start Looking for a Senior Living Community? Many seniors and their families tend to put off the decision to look into the possibility of moving into a senior living community. The process can seem overwhelming, triggering anxieties about loss of independence, affordability, change of lifestyle—and, in the near term, the difficult logistics of moving. But senior-care experts like us know how to help refer families to the best choices. We assist loved one and those ...
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Jul. 31, 2015

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 ...
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Jul. 27, 2015

Famous Quotes About Summer

“Summer afternoon, summer afternoon; to me those have always been the two most beautiful words in the English language.”—Henry James, American-English writer “Summer has always been my favorite season. I feel happier.”—Zooey Deschanel, American actress “Let a man walk ten miles steadily on a hot summer’s day along a dusty English road, and he will soon discover why beer was invented.”—G.K. Chesterton, English writer “Summer’s lease hath all too short a date.”—William Shakespeare “Ah, summer, what power you have to make us suffer and like it.”—Russell Baker, American writer and humorist “When the sun is shining, I can do anything; no mountain is too high, no trouble too difficult to overcome.”—Wilma Rudolph, American Olympic champion in track and field “A single sunbeam is enough to drive away many shadows.”—St. Francis of Assisi “In summer, the song sings itself.”—William Carlos Williams, American poet ...
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Jul. 22, 2015

July Is National UV Safety Month

Tips for Protecting Your Eyes from the Sun The sun-filled month of July is the perfect time to raise awareness about the health and safety dangers of the sun’s ultraviolet (UV) rays. Most of us know about the damaging effects of the sun on our skin. But we also want to remind residents and their loved ones to take precautions to protect their eyes as well. The sun’s UV rays can penetrate the structures of your eyes and cause cell damage, says the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services. The Dangers of UV Rays to Your Eyes UV rays, a type of energy released by the sun, are invisible to the eye, yet they can cause eye problems, especially after years of unprotected exposure, according to Prevent Blindness, a national organization that advocates for eye health and safety. Long-term exposure to UV rays can lead to eye and vision-related ...
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Jun. 03, 2015


Alzheimer’s is a disease that often does not make itself known to the person who has it, as most people living with the disease are not aware of their own diagnosis. In fact only 45% of seniors diagnosed with Alzheimer’s disease (or their caregivers) report being told the diagnosis by a health care provider. This is startling when compared with the fact that 90 percent or more of those diagnosed with cancer and cardiovascular disease are told what they are facing. Alzheimer’s does not happen overnight, and yet despite acknowledging the benefits of knowing about the diagnosis, it is not happening enough. Benefits of disclosing a diagnosis include better diagnosis (opportunity for a second opinion), better decision-making about their lives for both the present and the future, and better medical care. Don’t be afraid to ask, and advocate for yourself or loved one if you believe Alzheimer’s may be an ...
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Apr. 07, 2015

Spring Cleaning: Senior Hoarding

It happens more frequently than you may think? As parents age so does the amount of accumulation in their homes. You walk in and notice immediately that pile of newspapers on the table, stakes of unopened mail, old toiletries not thrown away and the heaps of paper towel packages awaiting use. How did it get like this you ask yourself? All the research shows that people are slow to recognize the problem. It can be a lifetime accumulation of possessions combined with a daily influx of junk mail, bills and newspapers that quickly overwhelm seniors who may already be struggling mentally, physically and emotionally. According to experts, seniors may be more likely to allow clutter for a variety of reasons, including fear of loss, anxiety, depression, not knowing how to get rid of possessions, or even memories associated with specific items that to anyone else hold no intrinsic value. It’s ...
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Apr. 02, 2015

Siri will Make Your Life Easier

Apple Assistant Helps Senior’s Siri is not only a teenager’s best friend but now seniors are catching on to her! Siri is Apple’s personal assistant and it allows you to use your voice to set reminders, send messages, read email, search for information and much, much, more. Siri is a voice assistant feature found in the iPhone 4s, iPhone 5, iPad (IOS 5 and higher), iPad mini, and the iPod Touch. How Siri Works It’s actually really simple: Press and hold the iPhone’s physical “Home” button to open Siri. (Or hold it up to your ear if you have enabled the ‘Raise to Speak’ option). You will hear two quick beeps to tell you that Siri has woken up and is waiting to do your bidding. Once Siri has opened, ask a question or ask Siri to perform a task such as emailing or texting. Siri will automatically detect when ...
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Mar. 25, 2015

The Long Hello

Curling up with a book can be like having a hot cup of tea with an old friend. Both can be comforting, enlightening and sometimes wrenching. If you are interested in the topic of Alzheimer’s there is a book that is getting a lot of attention on the subject that may be of interest to you. THE LONG HELLO Memory, my Mother, and Me Is a stirring memoir of a daughter caring for a mother with dementia that is sure to become a touchstone for many others. The Long Hello explores the emotional rewards and challenges that Cathie Borrie experienced in caring for her mother, who was living with Alzheimer’s disease, for seven years. Between the two, a wondrously poetic dialogue develops, which Ms. Borrie further illuminates with childhood memories of her family, and her struggle to maintain a life outside her caregiving responsibilities. ‘Is all this real or pretend?” ...
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Mar. 20, 2015

Show A Caregiver You Care

Family caregivers play an essential role in the life of an aging loved one. We see it everyday, as dedicated family and friends come threw our doors to visit a resident. They are caring, compassionate, patient, giving and kind and yet their role can be exhausting, overwhelming and at times thankless. Often the job of caring for another person is one of the hardest a person will experience in a lifetime. That is why it is so important to take the time to not only thank a caregiver for all that they do for your loved one. Even the simplest acts of kindness will go a long way in showing your appreciation. With Words – This may sound simplistic, but too many people forget how much words of appreciation matter. Remind them how much their care is appreciated. With Cards and Flowers– If you don’t get to express in words ...
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Mar. 17, 2015

March is National Nutrition Month®

Everyone is Encouraged to ‘Bite into a Healthy Lifestyle’ Including Seniors “Bite into a Healthy Lifestyle” is the theme for National Nutrition Month 2015. This year’s theme encourages people to adopt a healthy lifestyle that is focused on consuming fewer calories, making informed food choices and getting daily exercise. We understand the importance of offering well-balanced, nutritional meals/snacks and promoting exercise to its residents on a daily basis to achieve a healthy senior lifestyle. It is our goal is to serve nutritious meals and snacks that are not only delicious but also of course healthy by consistently incorporating fruits, vegetables, whole grains, lean proteins and dairy. In addition we fully see the benefits of exercise for our residents and encourage them to be as physically active as possible each and every day. During the month of March, we are encouraging all seniors to celebrate National Nutrition Month by taking a ...
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Mar. 10, 2015

ISL (Integral Senior Living) is HAPPY!!!

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Mar. 06, 2015

Tax Time

Unfortunately being a senior citizen does not exempt oneself from taxes. The following tax tips were developed by the IRS to help seniors avoid some of the common errors dealing with the standard deduction for seniors, the taxable amount of Social Security benefits, and the Credit for the Elderly and Disabled. Standard Deduction for Seniors – If you do not itemize your deductions, you can get a higher standard deduction amount if you and/or your spouse are 65 years old or older. You can get an even higher standard deduction amount if either you or your spouse is blind. (See Form 1040 and Form 1040A instructions.) Taxable Amount of Social Security Benefits -When preparing your return, be especially careful when you calculate the taxable amount of your Social Security. Use the Social Security benefits worksheet found in the instructions for IRS Form 1040 and Form 1040A, and then double-check it ...
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Feb. 25, 2015

What to take with you when moving into an Assisted Living or Memory Care Community

Often we get asked, “what should I bring” when moving into a community like ours. While the decision of what to bring is of course personal, we do know from experience to start with the premise that you actually need very little when moving into an assisted living or memory care residence. First and foremost people need less than they think. Most residents bring too much with them. Once here they realize how few items they actually need. And for those suffering from memory loss, too many items especially clothing options can confuse or frustrate the resident. If furnishing your own apartment check to make certain that what you intend to bring will fit and is safe. Avoid furniture with sharp corners; chairs that are unstable and throw rugs, which can make a person easily, trip. Leave your valuables with a trusted family member or friend. Do bring a touch ...
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Feb. 20, 2015

Alzheimer’s Updates

Can it be true – can we drink beer to ward off Alzheimer’s disease? An ingredient in beer hops, xanthohumol (also known as Xn) has been shown to protect the brains of mice from cell damage according to a report by Dr. Jianguo Fang in the Journal of Agricultural and Food Chemistry. Fang said that Xn was shown to not only fight free radicals but to jump-start signaling and protect cells from neurotoxicity. The report states that one way to get the benefits of Xn is to ingest a daily intake of products containing Xn, such as beer. More information can be found at: ...
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Feb. 17, 2015

Understanding the differences between Independent Living, Assisted Living, Memory Care and a Skilled Nursing Facility

You are not alone if you find yourself confused between the many different options when it comes to care types and styles of senior living communities. While ISL Communities offer independent living, assisted living, and memory care, let me give you a brief description of the four most dominate senior living options available. Independent Senior Living Communities are best suited to seniors who are living an independent, self-sufficient life. They offer a carefree lifestyle, freeing residents of the many burdens of daily life. Meals are prepared, housekeeping, laundry and transportation services available as well as 24 hour on site staffing and great social events and activities. Assisted Living Communities is a combination of housing, personalized assistance services and care tailored to the individual who require help with activities of daily living. In these communities you’ll find more support services such as assistance with bathing, grooming, and dressing while still enjoying ...
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Feb. 09, 2015

Valentine’s Day for that Senior in Your Life

By Judith Jones, Claremont Place As we all know, Valentine’s Day conjures up thoughts of romance and love. We appreciate the extra attention we get on February 14th, , often evoking the warm feelings felt when we first fell in love. But for seniors, Valentine’s Day can be a day of mixed feelings. For many of our residents, the love of their lives have passed away, leaving them with wonderful memories of days gone by but also a feeling of sadness. Valentine’s Day can bring some added weight to their sorrow. Finding a special way to show them some extra love on Valentine’s Day can make a big difference. Here are some ways you can fill a senior’s Valentine’s Day with some extra love: Flowers warm the heart and soul, have some delivered You are never to old for chocolate- share some on Valentine’s Day A good old fashioned Valentine ...
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Jan. 27, 2015


By Tricia Elliker, Community Marketing Director at Claremont Place Senior Living. If you are a caregiver, consider making some special caregiver resolutions this New Year. Go beyond the pledge to loose weight, work out or give up that favorite no-no and think about resolutions that promote your health and wellbeing in a positive way. The New Year is a good time for you, the caregiver, to step forward and take a Caregiver Pledge for yourself that looks to the positive in everyday life. Here are 5 pledges to set you on the path for a happy and healthy 2015: I will respect myself and ask that others respect me I will take care of my physical self, getting enough rest, eating well and living a healthy lifestyle I will take care of my mental self, fulfilling my spiritual needs and seeking friends and family to share my thoughts and ideas ...
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Jan. 15, 2015

Alzheimer’s News

There is a new film coming out in January about Alzheimer’s that is receiving a lot of attention. The film is “Still Alice” starring Julianne Moore. Moore plays Alice Howland, a brilliant college professor grappling with early-onset Alzheimer’s. Happily married with three grown children, the renowned linguistics professor starts to forget words. When she receives a devastating diagnosis, Alice and her family find their bonds tested in this intense drama. Early Hollywood talk is that Moore may get an Oscar nomination for her role in the film. “Still Alice” opens nationwide in theaters on January 16, 2015. Catch a glimpse of the trailer at: ...
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Jan. 06, 2015

Tax Season is a Good Time to Talk Money

When it comes time to do taxes, it can also be a good time to start the conversation about money with the senior in your life. Discussions about their financial well-being are necessary but not easy. But tax time is an excellent time to open the dialogue — and perhaps an upside to this trying annual rite we experience each year. Often seniors don’t want those younger than themselves involved in their finances, and conversely the younger adults don’t always want to know how much the senior has or what they’re doing with it which is understandable. Yet tax season gives a natural opening to start the conversation. Money is an issue filled with emotion and not just for seniors. But take it slow and steady; give yourself time to talk to the senior in your life about their finances. Begin or continue the conversation sooner than later. It is ...
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Dec. 08, 2014

Holiday Gift Ideas for the Senior in Your Life

HOLIDAY GIFT GIVING Having trouble buying holiday gifts for people who’ve already had a full life of being naughty and nice? What can you give them that they haven’t already bought for themselves? We have a few ideas that will please the senior in your life. The key to holiday gift giving for seniors is to remember what their individual needs and capabilities are at this moment in time, and also being practical yet thoughtful. Holiday gift ideas for the senior in your life Photos- frame a great family photo from the present, or find an old one and frame it. An Outing- Give them a gift card to a favorite restaurant with a promise to take them at a later date after the holiday. Days Gone By- We all love a little nostalgia and an easy way to take someone back in time is with a good movie. DVD ...
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Nov. 26, 2014

10 Caregiver Survival Tips

November is a month that celebrates many events like voting, Veteran’s Day, Thanksgiving and even family caregivers. Yes every November family caregivers are reflected upon and we would like to take a moment to acknowledge all the sacrifices and help they provide for those that need assistance. And while November may be the official month to recognize the a caregiver, every month–and every day–is one in which they make a difference. The emotional and physical demands involved with caregiving can strain even the most resilient person. Therefore it’s very important to take advantage of available help and support whenever possible. The healthier a caregiver is the better able they are to support others. Here are 10 caregiver survival tips we’d like to share with you Learn to accept help – It’s ok to ask others for help, it can be as simple as having someone help pick up the groceries. ...
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Nov. 19, 2014

Make the Holidays Better for the Senior in Your Life

Easy Tips to Keep in Mind This Season The holidays can be a wonderful time of year, especially when families and friends get together to share the old times and the new. Yet for seniors, the joy of the gatherings and the season in general can be a mixed bag of eager anticipation and additional stress. Careful Planning: Before an event begins, put yourself in your senior’s shoes. Do they have difficulty walking? Do they have trouble remembering names? Plan ahead to make easy adjustments, it will make all the difference. Oh the Memories: Often the holidays are one of the few times of the year when younger family members can hear about days gone by. Entice seniors to share their stories and experiences through picture albums, family videos and music. How much is too much: Many seniors live in environments that are relatively quiet, with a limited amount of ...
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Nov. 12, 2014

Alzheimer’s Breakthrough

As the nation celebrates Alzheimer’s Awareness month every November it gives all of us the opportunity to learn more about what is being done to find a cure for the disease. Recently the New York Times reported on an important breakthrough. Two Boston neuroscientists Doo Yeon Kim and Rudolph Tanzi created what many are calling “Alzheimer’s in a Dish”- a petri dish that is. The pair have developed a method in which they grow human brain cells in a petri dish allowing them to study the telltale structures of Alzheimer’s disease. The result is that they have resolved the issue of how to study Alzheimer’s, which is paramount to aiding scientists in the pursuit to finding a cure or at the very least methods to help treat the disease. “It is a giant step forward for the field,” said Dr. P. Murali Doraiswamy, an Alzheimer’s researcher at Duke University. “It ...