Senior Wellness Advice: Aging and Our Skin

Senior Wellness Aging SkinAs we age we tend to focus more on the internal aspects of aging. Good internal, senior wellness is a key component to a long, happy and healthy life but maintaining senior wellness of the external body is important as well. The largest organ in in our body is our skin.  It protects our internal organs and is important to our overall health and senior wellness.

There are 3 layers to our skin:

  • The epidermis helps our bodies produce proteins and vitamins, and also protect our skin from sun damage.
  • The dermis houses our blood vessels, cools our body and creates collagen to strengthen our skin.
  • The subcutaneous layer helps us retain heat, absorbs shock and protects our internal organs.

When we have healthy skin, the rest of our body tends to follow suit.  Similar to many illnesses, there are certain lifestyle habits that negatively impact the health of our skin.  About.com lists 7 Habits Make Skin Age Faster.

Cigarette smoke: Whether you smoke, or you spend time with a smoker, cigarette smoke is damaging — and aging — to your skin. Research has shown that exposure to cigarette smoke significantly increases skin wrinkles and dryness. This is partly due to the behavior of smoking, and also because cigarette smoke depletes your body of Vitamin C, which is a key ingredient for keeping skin plump and moist. Some researchers believe that exposure to cigarette smoke (whether you smoke or not) is as damaging to aging skin as exposure to the sun’s ultraviolet rays.

Sun exposure: Sun exposure is very aging to skin. Unprotected skin that is exposed to the sun becomes more mottled in appearance. Freckles can turn into brown sun spots, the skin takes on a dry, leathery appearance, and wrinkles and sagging increase. The risk of skin cancer is significantly increased by sun exposure.

Lack of exercise: Living a sedentary life contributes to aging skin, because exercise helps to tone your muscles and get your blood flowing. Exercise should be an important part of every anti-aging skin care program. Researchers have also discovered that sedentary older adults are at higher risk for dementia .

Exposure to cold weather: Cold winds and low temperatures contribute to aging skin by making skin dry, so if you venture out in the cold be sure to use a good moisturizer. It’s important to use moisturizer indoors too, as heated rooms can be very drying to skin. Consider using a humidifier to help keep your skin more comfortable and reduce the aging skin effects of heated rooms.

Alcohol use: Alcohol contributes to aging skin by dilating small blood vessels in the skin and increasing blood flow near the skin’s surface. Over time, these blood vessels can become permanently damaged, creating a flushed appearance and broken vessels on the skin’s surface.

Stress: Maybe you’ve heard this expression: “Don’t frown, your face could stay that way.” Stress and worry cause frowning, and over time the muscles in the face actually conform to that movement. Keeping stress in check — and frown lines and aging skin wrinkles to a minimum — will help you look and feel younger.

Lack of sleep: Too little sleep makes you look and feel tired. One of the first places lack up sleep shows up is on the face, with dark circles and bags under the eyes, and sagging skin. Lack of sleep is also a major factor in memory loss and symptoms of depression that include low interest in daily activities and negative thinking.  Research has shown that most adults function best with 8-9 hours of sleep each night.

Being aware of these seven habits that make skin age faster can help make you aware of the impact it may be having on your overall health and improve your overall senior wellness.

This article originally appeared on Lakeside Assisted Living’s blog.

Spring Mill Senior Living: A new beginning for retirement living.

Spring Mill Senior Living represents a new beginning for retirement living in Chester County. Offering a unique style and an extensive range of living options and services, Spring Mill Senior Living  stands out as the optimum community for seniors seeking a personalized balance of support, security, independence, and choice. See a Virtual Tour of the community here.

Whether you want to live independently in a two-bedroom apartment complete with balcony, or a smaller efficiency unit, Spring Mill Senior Living has options. And, for those individuals looking for additional care, short-term respite stays, help with memory loss, or short-term nursing care, Spring Mill Senior Living  can also provide a complete range of services and amenities as individualized as you may need, or want… and best of all, there are no entrance fees.  For more information about Spring Mill Senior Living  call 610-933-7675 or click below for more information.

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Alzheimers Disease Facts and Figures: 2014 Results

Highlights Special Challenges to Women and Working Caregivers of People with Alzheimers Disease

Alzheimers DiseaseA newly released report by the Alzheimers Association, titled 2014 Alzheimers Disease Facts and Figures, provides important new information on the state of the disease and its impact on Americans. As a follow up to The Shriver Report’s landmark 2010 study, A Woman’s Nation Takes on Alzheimers, the new report offers some stunning findings.
According to the Alzheimers Association’s news release, the latest data show that the disease now affects over five million Americans. Further, that number is projected to increase to 16 million over the next 35 years. The report also reveals several findings that are of particular concern for women.

Women Suffer the Effects of Alzheimers Disease Disproportionately to Men

The 2014 data demonstrate that Alzheimers has an inordinately high impact on women as they continue to bear the brunt of this progressive disease for which currently there is no cure. Today, 3.2 million women over age 65 live with the disease, which accounts for more than half of the cases in the United States. Women also represent 60 percent of individuals providing care for those suffering from the disease.

The special challenges to women are also highlighted by the following facts from the study:

  • A woman’s estimated lifetime risk of developing Alzheimers at age 65 is greater than 1 in 6, compared to 1 in 11 for a man.
  • Women in their 60s are about twice as likely to develop Alzheimers over the rest of their lives as they are to develop breast cancer.
  • There are 2.5 times as many women than men providing intensive “on-duty” care 24 hours a day for someone living with Alzheimers disease.
  • Among caregivers who feel isolated, women are much more likely than men to link isolation with feeling depressed (17% of women vs. 2% of men).
  • Working Caregivers Struggle with Their Difficult Balancing Acts
  • The physical and emotional challenges of caring for a loved one with Alzheimers also have significant implications for the workplace – especially for women.

The report noted that among employed caregivers:

  • 20% of women vs. 3% of men went from working full-time to working part-time while acting as a caregiver.
  • 18% of women vs. 11% of men took a leave of absence
  • 11% of women vs. 5% of men gave up work entirely
  • 10% of women vs. 5% of men lost job benefits

The Growing Human and Financial Toll of Alzheimers Disease

According to the report:

  • The total national cost of caring for people with Alzheimers and other dementias is projected to reach $214 billion this year.
  • In 2014, the cost to Medicare and Medicaid of caring for those with Alzheimers and other dementias will reach a combined $150 billion with Medicare spending nearly $1 in every $5 on people with Alzheimers or another dementia.
  • Experts predict these numbers will soar as baby boomers continue to enter the age of greatest risk for Alzheimers disease.

In light of these distressing statistics, the nation’s first-ever National Plan to Address Alzheimers disease has been created with a goal of preventing and effectively treating Alzheimers disease by 2025.

Confusion and Misinformation About Alzheimers Disease Continues

Although Alzheimers disease is the sixth leading cause of death in the United States, it is still widely misunderstood and underreported according to the new findings.

The report found that:

  • Nearly a quarter (24%) of both men and women mistakenly believe that Alzheimers must run in their family for them to be at risk.
  • These numbers are even higher among certain ethnic groups. A third of Latinos (33%) and almost half of Asians (45%) held this belief.

Due to the disproportionately high impact of Alzheimers on women, the Alzheimers Association will be launching a national initiative this spring highlighting the power of women in the fight against this disease.

Help Is Available

Whether you are caring for a loved one at home or seeking information on leading, residential Memory Care Assisted Living options, Vantage Point Retirement Living is ready to help.

This article originally appeared on The Summit Retirement Community’s blog.

Spring Mill Senior Living: A new beginning for retirement living.

Spring Mill Senior Living represents a new beginning for retirement living in Chester County. Offering a unique style and an extensive range of living options and services, Spring Mill Senior Living  stands out as the optimum community for seniors seeking a personalized balance of support, security, independence, and choice. See a Virtual Tour of the community here.

Whether you want to live independently in a two-bedroom apartment complete with balcony, or a smaller efficiency unit, Spring Mill Senior Living has options. And, for those individuals looking for additional care, short-term respite stays, help with memory loss, or short-term nursing care, Spring Mill Senior Living  can also provide a complete range of services and amenities as individualized as you may need, or want… and best of all, there are no entrance fees.  For more information about Spring Mill Senior Living  call 610-933-7675 or click below for more information.

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Caregiver Burnout: What is it and how do I deal with it?

Caregiver Burnout Occurs When Caring For Those We Love Most Takes Its Toll

Caregiver burnoutWebMD.com defines caregiver burnout as a “state of physical emotional, and mental exhaustion that may be accompanied by a change in attitude — from positive and caring to negative and unconcerned. Burnout can occur when caregivers don’t get the help they need, or if they try to do more than they are able — either physically or financially. Caregivers who are ‘burned out’ may experience fatigue, stress, anxiety, and depression. Many caregivers also feel guilty if they spend time on themselves rather than on their ill or elderly loved ones.”

As a company that is responsible for the health and well-being of seniors we see caregiver burnout often.  In fact, it is one of the main reasons that prompt an adult child to visit our assisted living communities.  Those family members who are experiencing caregiver burnout are sleep deprived, often depressed and overwhelmed with the demands of their lives.

In order to keep caregiver burnout from taking over our lives, it is important that we take inventory of the causes of our burnout and find solutions to these problems.  Ask yourself a few questions:

Who is putting this pressure on me to be the perfect caregiver to my loved one?  Is it myself?  My loved one? Other members of my family?

  • Many times, if a person answers this question honestly, caregivers find they are putting the pressure on themselves to be a perfect caregiver.

Am I in denial of how much help my loved one really needs? 

  • This is a tough question, especially if you are caring for a parent.  Coming to terms with an aging loved ones mortality, or accepting that they are beginning their decline, is a difficult process.

Am I using all of the resources available to me?

  • As a caregiver, it is important to realize that you are not alone.  Caring for an aging loved one is not a responsibility someone should bear solely on their own shoulders. Talk to siblings, friends, and yes, even hire some help.

Am I neglecting myself in the process of caring for my loved one?

  • Chances are your answer is yes – but it’s a necessary question to ask.  When you don’t pay attention to yourself and your own physical, emotional and mental health you are doing the person you love a disservice.  The phrase, “put on your own oxygen mask before assisting others” immediately comes to mind.

The key to curing caregiver burnout is determining the cause, and quickly finding the solution.  If caregiver burnout continues a person should find other resources, such as a community like Spring Mill Senior Living who can help.

Spring Mill Senior Living: A new beginning for retirement living.

Spring Mill Senior Living represents a new beginning for retirement living in Chester County. Offering a unique style and an extensive range of living options and services, Spring Mill Senior Living  stands out as the optimum community for seniors seeking a personalized balance of support, security, independence, and choice. See a Virtual Tour of the community here.

Whether you want to live independently in a two-bedroom apartment complete with balcony, or a smaller efficiency unit, Spring Mill Senior Living has options. And, for those individuals looking for additional care, short-term respite stays, help with memory loss, or short-term nursing care, Spring Mill Senior Living  can also provide a complete range of services and amenities as individualized as you may need, or want… and best of all, there are no entrance fees.  For more information about Spring Mill Senior Living  call 610-933-7675 or click below for more information.

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Heart Smart Activity: Good for Your Heart, Good for Your Head

Heart smart activity in retirement livingCurrent scientific evidence shows that a comprehensive brain health strategy can significantly improve your chances of maintaining a healthy, functioning brain and avoiding or significantly delaying the development of Alzheimer’s disease or dementia as you age. A physically active and socially engaged lifestyle with heart smart activity, along with good nutrition and mental exercise, is considered the best prescription for promoting brain fitness  and delaying the onset of memory loss for as long as possible. Although research is ongoing and not yet conclusive, it appears that specific brain healthy behaviors might actually prevent Alzheimer’s disease and other forms of dementia.

The Heart and Head Connection

There is strong evidence that your brain’s health is directly linked to the health of your heart. If your heart isn’t pumping properly, or if your brain’s blood vessels are damaged, your brain cells have trouble getting the oxygen they need to function.

The risk of developing Alzheimer’s or vascular dementia  increases as a result of several conditions that damage the heart or blood vessels. These include high blood pressure, heart disease, stroke, diabetes and high cholesterol. Not surprisingly, some studies show that up to 80 % of individuals with Alzheimer’s disease also have cardiovascular disease.  That’s why heart smart activity is so important.

Heart Smart Activity from the Start

Many experts believe that controlling heart-related risk factors may be the most cost-effective and beneficial means of protecting and maintaining brain health. The Alzheimer’s Association  offers the following heart smart activity recommendations to keep your heart and your brain healthy and fit:

  • Make heart-healthy eating part of your lifestyle – Don’t’ think of it as a “diet”, but rather as a way of life! Studies show that those who are obese in middle age are TWICE as likely to develop dementia in later life. Those who also had high cholesterol and high blood pressure had six times the risk of dementia.
  • Limit fat and cholesterol in your diet – A high intake of saturated fat and cholesterol clogs your arteries and is associated with a higher risk for Alzheimer’s disease. Instead, use mono- and polyunsaturated fats, such as olive oil, and bake or grill your food instead of frying.
  • Exercise your body to keep your brain fit – Moderate exercise for 30 minutes each day gets the body moving and gives your heart – AND your brain–the workout they need . Walking is any easy way to get started!
  • Thank you for not smoking! –Smoking interferes with blood flow and oxygen to the brain and is a major risk factor for heart disease and stroke. Both your heart and your brain will thank you for avoiding tobacco.

By following these important steps, you can take control of your body weight, blood pressure, cholesterol and blood sugar and significantly reduce your risk of heart disease, stroke, Alzheimer’s disease and other forms of dementia.

Spring Mill Senior Living: A new beginning for retirement living.

Spring Mill Senior Living represents a new beginning for retirement living in Chester County. Offering a unique style and an extensive range of living options and services, Spring Mill Senior Living  stands out as the optimum community for seniors seeking a personalized balance of support, security, independence, and choice. See a Virtual Tour of the community here.

Whether you want to live independently in a two-bedroom apartment complete with balcony, or a smaller efficiency unit, Spring Mill Senior Living has options. And, for those individuals looking for additional care, short-term respite stays, help with memory loss, or short-term nursing care, Spring Mill Senior Living  can also provide a complete range of services and amenities as individualized as you may need, or want… and best of all, there are no entrance fees.  For more information about Spring Mill Senior Living  call 610-933-7675 or click below for more information.

Heart smart activity in retirement livingThis article originally appeared on Coldstream Crossing’s blog.

 

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Brain Health and Fitness Exercises for Your Mind

brain healthHow to Protect Your Brain and Keep it Healthy and Fit as You Age

Although the research is ongoing and not yet conclusive, it appears that specific lifestyle behaviors, such as regular exercise and a healthy diet, can promote brain health and actually prevent Alzheimer’s disease and other forms of dementia. Many of these lifestyle choices have also been shown to lower the risk of other diseases, such as heart disease and diabetes, which might contribute to Alzheimer’s.

Think Brain Fitness!

Experts say that just like other parts of the body, your brain may naturally lose some “agility” and level of performance as you age. However, it can deteriorate more if you don’t take care of it. A physically active and socially engaged lifestyle, along with good nutrition and mental exercise, is considered the best prescription for promoting brain health and delaying the onset of memory loss for as long as possible.

Choose a Brain-Healthy Lifestyle

The Alzheimer’s Association, recommends specific steps you can take to help keep your brain healthier as you age. In addition to helping you maintain a healthier brain, these activities might also reduce your risk of Alzheimer’s disease or other forms of dementia.

Each of the lifestyle factors listed below is important in its own right, but when practiced together as a collective regimen, they offer a powerful prescription for maintaining brain health and delaying symptoms of cognitive decline. For best results, the Alzheimer’s Association recommends a balanced lifestyle routine that involves:

  • Exercising Regularly and Staying Physically Active – Physical activity clearly promotes brain health! It is essential for maintaining good blood flow to the brain and building new brain cells. Exercise can also significantly reduce the risk of heart attack, stroke and diabetes, and protect against those risk factors for Alzheimer’s and other dementias.

In a recently published study titled, The Role of Physical Activity in the Prevention and Management of Alzheimer’s Disease, researchers concluded that more than one out of every seven cases of Alzheimer’s disease could be prevented through increased physical activity. The research demonstrated that as little as 30 minutes of light exercise daily could lower the risk of an individual developing Alzheimer’s. Neuroscientists recommend a variety of beneficial activities such as dancing, gardening, more frequent use of the non-dominant hand and leg, and walking 10,000 steps on a daily basis. 

  • Remaining Socially Engaged and Connected – Experts say that people who are regularly involved in social interaction with others maintain their brain vitality and reduce their risk of dementia. According to neurologist Dr. Paul Nussbaum, author of “Your Brain Healthy Lifestyle”,  it is important to remain integrated in the community, to build a growing network of family and friends, to be actively engaged in life and to “always have a role and purpose for getting up each day.”
  • Maintaining a Brain-Healthy Diet – A diet low in fat and cholesterol is highly recommended as the latest research suggests that high cholesterol may contribute to stroke and brain cell damage. From a prevention perspective, there is increasing evidence that a diet rich in dark vegetables and fruits — which contain antioxidants — may help protect brain cells.

Overall, a nutritious, balanced diet is essential for both body health and brain fitness. The Dietary Guidelines for Americans (U.S. Department of Health and Human Services and U.S. Department of Agriculture 2010) provides evidence-based recommendations on food choices for good health. It is also important to remember that water is an essential part of a healthy diet. It supports the electrical transmissions within the nervous system that help us to sense, learn, think and functioning effectively.

Giving Your Brain a Regular “Workout” – According to the National Institutes of Health, regular mental exercises during the senior years can improve brain health and help maintain the cognitive skills needed as our brains get older. Research suggests that mental decline as we age appears to be a result of altered connections among brain cells. However, keeping the brain busy and active seems to increase its vitality and may build its reserves of brain cells while maintaining the important connections. A 2006 study reported that mental activities such as reading books, playing board games, or doing crossword puzzles could cut the risk of developing Alzheimer’s disease by nearly a third.

With few if any drawbacks and many documented benefits, healthy lifestyle choices can improve your health and protect your brain. A comprehensive brain health strategy, consisting of the expert recommendations outlined above, can significantly improve your chances of maintaining a healthy, functioning brain and avoiding or significantly delaying the development of Alzheimer’s disease or dementia as you age.

Spring Mill Senior Living: A new beginning for retirement living.

Spring Mill Senior Living represents a new beginning for retirement living in Chester County. Offering a unique style and an extensive range of living options and services, Spring Mill Senior Living  stands out as the optimum community for seniors seeking a personalized balance of support, security, independence, and choice. See a Virtual Tour of the community here.

Whether you want to live independently in a two-bedroom apartment complete with balcony, or a smaller efficiency unit, Spring Mill Senior Living has options. And, for those individuals looking for additional care, short-term respite stays, help with memory loss, or short-term nursing care, Spring Mill Senior Living  can also provide a complete range of services and amenities as individualized as you may need, or want… and best of all, there are no entrance fees.  For more information about Spring Mill Senior Living  call 610-933-7675 or click below for more information.

This article originally appeared on Mallard Landing Retirement Community’s blog.

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Active Adult Retirement Living: The Lifestyle You’ve Always Dreamed of

Active adult retirement livingActive adult retirement living communities for individuals over the age of 55 have become an increasingly popular option for many active people of retirement age. Rather than “quiet places to grow old with nothing to do,” leading independent living communities such as Spring Mill’s sister- community, Coldstream Crossing, are designed around what active adults want and provide vibrant environments brimming with things to do, places to go, healthy lifestyles and lifelong learning opportunities.

Discover the Best in Resort-Style Living

Places to grow old with nothing to do? Nothing could be further from the truth! In fact, many residents describe their experience as “resort-style living” or a “vacation cruise that never ends.” A “college campus” for mature adults is another term used to describe the enriching lifestyle and community ambiance you’ll find.

Whatever your primary interests and preferences, you’re sure to discover a fulfilling way of life. Residents enjoy a wide variety of active lifestyle and healthy living options that fully engage and revitalize the mind, body and spirit. These include social, cultural, sporting, recreational, shopping, entertainment, educational and wellness activities designed to add life to your retirement years. A broad array of organized activities, events, courses, lectures and trips are also provided.

New adventures await you every day! You decide what to do and when to do it.

Services and Amenities in Active Adult Retirement Living

Contemporary independent retirement living communities such as Vantage Point Retirement Living offer a multitude of useful services and amenities that make life easier and more enjoyable. These include:

  • Village-style living with extensive landscaping, beautiful gardens and lighted sidewalks
  • Restaurant-style dining options
  • Grand clubhouse, entertaining area, pub and lounge
  • Recreational activities and facilities such as a pool, game room and activity center
  • State-of-the-art fitness center, exercise facilities, sauna and Jacuzzi
  • Walking paths and beautiful mini parks
  • Healthy living and wellness programs
  • Classes for continuing education and lifelong learning
  • Nearby shopping
  • Social, cultural and educational opportunities
  • Personal transportation services to take you where you want to go
  • Housekeeping and home repair services
  • Modern business center
  • On-site or nearby medical professionals and facilities for your convenience

For most people, independent retirement living offers more activities and opportunities than they’ve ever experienced. As many residents will attest, you’re much more likely to run out of energy before you run out options for enjoyment!

Active adult retirement living, such as you’ll find at Spring Mill’s sister- community, Coldstream Crossing, is the perfect solution for those age 55 and older seeking a carefree active lifestyle with all the benefits of home ownership—and none of the burdens. With a newfound freedom from maintaining your home, you’ll have the time and energy to enjoy life to the fullest — and always on your own terms!

Spring Mill Senior Living: A new beginning for retirement living.

Spring Mill Senior Living represents a new beginning for retirement living in Chester County. Offering a unique style and an extensive range of living options and services, Spring Mill Senior Living  stands out as the optimum community for seniors seeking a personalized balance of support, security, independence, and choice. See a Virtual Tour of the community here.

Whether you want to live independently in a two-bedroom apartment complete with balcony, or a smaller efficiency unit, Spring Mill Senior Living has options. And, for those individuals looking for additional care, short-term respite stays, help with memory loss, or short-term nursing care, Spring Mill Senior Living  can also provide a complete range of services and amenities as individualized as you may need, or want… and best of all, there are no entrance fees.  For more information about Spring Mill Senior Living  call 610-933-7675 or click below for more information.

This post originally appeared on Lakeside Assisted Living’s blog.

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When to Think About Retirement Living

Retirement livingWhen you reach your 50th birthday and begin to approach “retirement age”, it’s probably a good time to start thinking about how you’d like to spend your retirement years.  According to “10 Tips for Happy Retirement Living”   by Sharon O’Brien, financial planners recommend that you start thinking about retirement living decades before you’re ready to actually retire. Realistically, it’s important to make a retirement planning checklist at least five years before your actual planned retirement date.

According to a survey of recent retirees conducted by Fidelity Investments, over half (57%) of recent retirees look back on the years before leaving the workplace and wish they had done more retirement planning before they retired. Based on feedback from the survey, Fidelity Investments offers a retirement planning checklist  that can be helpful in organizing your thoughts and your resources.

Is a Retirement Living Community Right For You?

While you’re thinking about your retirement plans and how much money you’ll need for retirement, it is equally important to contemplate what you want your life to be like, and how you want to feel every day! As an option, retirement living communities promote active, “resort-style” living while offering a secure environment and specific services and amenities that provide added convenience and a focus on enjoying life to the fullest.

Consider the Advantages

  • Maintenance-Free Living – Freedom from physically challenging and time-consuming home maintenance and repair.
  • The Benefits of Downsizing – Downsizing offers an opportunity to consider which possessions are truly important to you and to start anew as opposed to leaving this task for adult children when you may be unable to do so.
  • Social Interaction – Social connections abound in retirement living communities and are vital to personal emotional health and well-being as we age. This becomes increasingly important as senior adults leave their busy careers.
  • An Active Lifestyle – Sports and recreational activities have become a priority and are readily available as medical research has demonstrated the physical and mental benefits of regular exercise as we age. Today retirement living communities are offering pools, walking trails and well-equipped gyms as well as social gatherings and planned outings.
  • Quality Food Service – Many communities specialize in restaurant-style dining. A variety of meal plans are available from which to select. Private residences can also include kitchens or kitchenettes for cooking and entertaining.
  • Mental Stimulation – Computer labs and libraries are now common as are guest speakers, classes and seminars. Informal game tables are commonplace as are movie nights and trips to cultural events and venues.
  • Transportation Services – Free transportation is typically available for trips to the store and for any medical needs.
  • Professional Services – These typically include housekeeping and laundry service, a beauty salon and access to medicals services.
  • Additional Support Services – Assisted living services are available at leading residential communities for those who need help with activities of daily living, medical security or memory care needs.
  • Personal Choice – You determine how you live your life and spend your days. You can choose privacy or social interaction most hours of the day in a secure, community setting.

Leading retirement living communities such as Spring Mill Senior Living provide active adult lifestyles that feature services and amenities that make living easier and more enjoyable. Imagine staying at a five-star resort, but the vacation never ends. These communities offer luxurious amenities you don’t find at home — from dining rooms serving delicious meals to pools, gyms, game rooms, theaters and more, right outside your door.

Spring Mill Senior Living: A new beginning for retirement living.

Spring Mill Senior Living represents a new beginning for retirement living in Chester County. Offering a unique style and an extensive range of living options and services, Spring Mill Senior Living  stands out as the optimum community for seniors seeking a personalized balance of support, security, independence, and choice. See a Virtual Tour of the community here.

Whether you want to live independently in a two-bedroom apartment complete with balcony, or a smaller efficiency unit, Spring Mill Senior Living has options. And, for those individuals looking for additional care, short-term respite stays, help with memory loss, or short-term nursing care, Spring Mill Senior Living  can also provide a complete range of services and amenities as individualized as you may need, or want… and best of all, there are no entrance fees.  For more information about Spring Mill Senior Living  call 610-933-7675 or click below for more information.

Tell me more about retirement livingThis article originally appeared on The Summit Retirement Community’s blog.

 

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Downsizing with a Smile… for Freedom and a Worry-Free Lifestyle!

Downsizing your homeFor many mature adults, there comes a time in life when it makes sense to think about a change of address — and change in lifestyle. Over time, our priorities change and so do our interests and physical capabilities. Many people find that after the children are grown with children of their own, it often makes practical sense to consider “downsizing”.

Through downsizing, you can reduce the amount non-essential living space you’re responsible for and free yourself from the burdens of maintaining a larger-than-needed home and property. In essence, by reducing the amount of living space, you can increase the quality of your living.

The Advantages of Downsizing

Experts in the area of downsizing, such as Stagetecture.com contend that there are 5 key advantages to downsizing your living area, including :

  • Reducing your cleaning and maintenance time
  • Increasing family time
  • Decreasing the amount of inevitable “clutter” that can accumulate
  • Creating a more neighborly atmosphere.
  • Reducing energy costs

For many retirement age adults today, modern retirement living communities provide an ideal downsizing solution. They offer the advantages of having your own home without the physical and emotional stresses that accompany it.

Imagine Staying at a Five-Star Resort… but the Vacation Never Ends

Spring Mill Senior Living for example, provides senior living that features services and amenities that make living easier and more enjoyable. You spend less time on “chores” and more time on recreation, hobbies, wellness activities and social gatherings. Here you’ll discover luxurious amenities you don’t find at home — from dining rooms serving delicious meals to pools, gyms, game rooms, theaters and more, right outside your door.

In addition to senior living, leading retirement living communities such as Spring Mill Senior Living, offer a variety of options designed to meet your current and future lifestyle needs including retirement living with services, assisted living and memory care.

The Tangible Benefits of Retirement Living Communities

According to SeniorHomes.com, downsizing to an independent retirement living community can provide numerous advantages including:

  • Freedom from home maintenance and repair.
  • An opportunity to consider which possessions are really important to you, rather than leaving this task to adult children at a point when you may be unable to do so.
  • Social connections are vital to personal well-being and become more so as seniors leave their careers.
  • Many facilities specialize in restaurant-style catering. Private apartments include kitchens or kitchenettes for those times you want to cook, entertain or just be alone.
  • Recreational activities are often available. These include exercise programs, social gatherings and planned outings. Many retirement communities offer healthy living programs
  • Mental stimulation is readily available. Informal game tables are commonplace and movie nights are fun attractions. Speakers, classes and seminars are often scheduled, as well as trips to those events.
  • Transportation is often available for trips to the store and any medical needs.
  • A variety of professional services, including housekeeping and laundry service, a beauty salon and visiting medical personnel are often available.
  • The choice of privacy or social interaction most hours of the day in a setting of security is one of the overall benefits of living in a retirement home.

Services and Amenities Add to Your Quality of Life

Many useful services and amenities that make life easier and more enjoyable are typically offered by independent retirement living communities such as Spring Mill Senior Living :

  • Restaurant-style dining options
  • Recreational activities and facilities such as a pool, game room, and  activity center
  • Fitness center, exercise facilities, sauna, healthy living programs, walking paths
  • Social, cultural and educational activities
  • Personal transportation services
  • Community clubhouse, grand entertaining area, pub,
  • Housekeeping and home repair services
  • On-site or nearby medical professionals

Retirement age adults who downsize maximize their well-earned leisure time and enjoy the freedom, convenience and security that  independent living communities can provide. You live well… and on your own terms!

Is it time you gave some consideration to a change of address — and change in your lifestyle?

Spring Mill Senior Living: A new beginning for retirement living.

Spring Mill Senior Living represents a new beginning for retirement living in Chester County. Offering a unique style and an extensive range of living options and services, Spring Mill Senior Living  stands out as the optimum community for seniors seeking a personalized balance of support, security, independence, and choice. See a Virtual Tour of the community here.

Whether you want to live independently in a two-bedroom apartment complete with balcony, or a smaller efficiency unit, Spring Mill Senior Living has options. And, for those individuals looking for additional care, short-term respite stays, help with memory loss, or short-term nursing care, Spring Mill Senior Living  can also provide a complete range of services and amenities as individualized as you may need, or want… and best of all, there are no entrance fees.  For more information about Spring Mill Senior Living  call 610-933-7675 or click below for more information.

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Senior Living Tips for Staying Positive During the Aging Process

Senior Living tipsRetirement: Only the Beginning is a blog with senior living tips that we have referenced and shared in the past and today we will share more senior living tips.  This particular article, “Coping with Changes due to Aging”, offers insights, recommendations and real-life experiences as it relates to the aging process.  Retirement: Only the Beginning highlights three challenges that come with the aging process and tips that will help those experiences these challenges to stay positive:

Relationships. Although happily growing old and sharing a perfect life together may be the theme of love ballads and movies, the reality can be different. Physical challenges tend to increase in proportion to our age. The once simple activities that we took for granted can begin to test our resolve. Independence that we enjoyed may be in jeopardy if we reach a point where we are unable to safely live at home. One member of the couple may start to have health issues that require extra effort and tolerance from the partner.

In addition to the relationship with our partner, our interactions with family and friends can also change. Due to difficult economic times, children are sometimes forced to move back home. On the other side of the coin is the case where parents are forced to move in with their children, putting a different but equally significant strain on family dynamics.

In such difficult situations, it isn’t easy to roll with the punches. But, in some cases, you can work toward an outcome that will benefit everyone. The situation of caring for a loved one won’t last forever, and it’s important to set up a support system so that you won’t become overwhelmed.

Fading passions. What drove our passions at one point in our life can change as we grow older. A friend retired with a clear plan to pursue his passion for dancing and traveling the world. For ten happy years, he was a dance instructor on a cruise line, waltzing his way from port to exotic port. Then, unexpectedly, his interest waned. He no longer found this path exciting and eventually he stopped. Without his passion, he began to grow bored and lose his previous zest for living.

How can we cope with dimming or changing passions? One possible way is to have multiple passions at our fingertips. Then, should one fade, you can happily move on to the next. Our cruise friend always had a tremendous passion for music. He discovered a wonderful internationally-known singer and is currently the president of her fan club. He gets to appease his musical interests and on occasion satisfy his travel needs by attending a concert abroad. He was able to roll with the punches and discover a new exciting passion to occupy his days.

Physical limitations. You can’t lift as much as you once could, it is harder to bend over, crisp vision is a distant memory and you could swear people are deliberately whispering their words as you strain to follow conversations. Welcome to old age. No one ever said it was going to be easy, but the reality can still be a shock. For those used to pushing the envelope of physical capabilities, these changes can be even more disheartening. The fact that others are in the same boat is not very comforting.

This is another opportunity to try to implement our “roll with the punches” mantra. Although we are not necessarily capable of doing all we once could, perhaps we can still do 80 percent or even 50 percent. Accepting our limitations does not mean we must take a seat on the sidelines. Rather than focus on what we cannot do, we might find some satisfaction and even joy in what we are still able to accomplish as the years tick on by.

To read the full article, click here.

As we age, these senior living tips are so valuable for us.  it is important that we use resources that are available to us, such as the internet, to get the information we need.  For those of us that prefer to speak to someone directly, the folks at Spring Mill Senior Living are more than happy to help.  To speak to someone that can offer these senior living tips in person, call Spring Mill Senior Living at 610-933-7675 or click below.

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Senior Wellness Experts and Heart Attacks: What Happens Afterwards?

Senior wellness expertsSenior wellness experts provide list of questions to ask a doctor after a heart attack

A heart attack is a dangerous and terrifying ordeal to experience.  If your loved one had a heart attack and survived, in addition to counting your blessings you should also ask their doctor some very important questions.  Below are questions to ask your loved one’s doctor after a heart attack, as provided by liftcaregiving.com, senior wellness experts.  To read the full article, with additional questions, visit this link.

  1. How serious was it?  Some heart attacks are more severe than others.  Understanding the extent of the damage to your loved one’s heart will help you better understand both the prognosis and the recovery timeline.
  2. Are there complications we should expect?  If your loved one experienced a very mild heart attack, you might not need to worry about any complications.  But if the heart attack was more severe, your loved one may be at risk for complications that include arrhythmia, congestive heart failure or stroke.  Be sure to talk to your loved one’s doctor about your loved one’s risk for complications and be sure to understand how to recognize and react to the warning signs.
  3. How much support will my loved one need?  Understanding both the level of care and the length of time that care will be required is absolutely critical.  If your loved one needs more care than you can provide, now is the time to make plans and identify support systems.  You can find support agencies in your area here.
  4. When can my loved one expect to be “back to normal?”  The condition of your loved one’s heart will determine what types of activities he or she will be able to do.  In most cases, heart attack survivors are able to resume “normal” activities within a few months, but sometimes it may take longer.  You will want to check your loved one’s state driving laws and talk to his or her doctor about building a realistic recovery time table.
  5. What types of exercises are best for my loved one?  Exercise is an important part of strengthening the heart muscle, lowering cholesterol and blood pressure, losing weight and generally improving overall health.  But it is very important that your loved one doesn’t overdo it, especially in the day immediately after the heart attack.  Talk to your loved one’s doctor about a cardiac rehabilitation program, where an exercise specialist will develop a customized program that caters specifically to your loved one’s individual health needs.

Liftcaregiving.com, senior wellness experts, suggest four more questions that are important to ask your loved one’s doctor after a heart attack.  Follow this link to read them all!

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