Tips for Keeping Your Medications Straight

Posted by The Goodman Group on Apr 27, 2017 1:19:34 PM

Often times when organizing, we can overlook our vitamins and pills. Adults 65 and older use more medicine daily than any other age group in the United States, accounting for 34 percent of all prescription medication, according to the National Council on Patient Information and Education. Family members and caregivers can assist their loved ones by helping them keep track of their medications and make sure they're taken at the right time, and in the correct dosage. Between 40 and 75 percent of older people do not take their medications correctly, according to the Council.

Here are six tips for effective medication management, either for yourself or your loved one.

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Topics: Healthy Aging Tips

Starting the Senior Living Conversation [VIDEO]

Posted by The Goodman Group on Apr 25, 2017 3:32:00 PM

“Have the conversation early, when your loved ones can still tell you what they want. When they still have their own opinions about what they’re looking for,” said Wendy Wells, daughter of a Terracina Grand resident.

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Topics: Senior Living Communities, Videos

Spiritual Care at The Goodman Group [VIDEO]

Posted by Hutch Walch on Apr 20, 2017 1:34:19 PM

Spiritual Directors and Chaplains work to nurture and develop the spiritual needs of our residents. It's our goal to provide compassionate care and relevant, life-enriching experiences.

As the 76-million person baby boomer generation crosses the over-65 threshold, many of our aging loved ones may feel alone in the crowd. One of the primary reasons for this is that social contact tends to decrease as one ages for a variety of reasons, including retirement, the death of friends and family, or lack of mobility. Many may discover themselves searching for renewed purposes.

Hutch Walch, our Director of Spirituality, is excited about the possibilities.

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Topics: Videos, Spiritual Wellbeing

Spring Activities for Seniors and the Family to Enjoy Together

Posted by The Goodman Group on Apr 6, 2017 11:13:24 AM

Spring is the perfect time to shed our warmer clothing and get outside! There is nothing like the beginning of a new season. It’s also the perfect opportunity to spend time with your loved ones. One of the greatest benefits of springtime activities comes from the opportunity to get out in the sunshine, which can help improve cognitive function and increase happiness, according to the National Institutes of Health. So here are seven ideas for getting out and about with the loved ones in your life!

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Topics: Insider

The Incredible Impact of Spiritual Care for Residents [VIDEO]

Posted by Hutch Walch on Apr 4, 2017 10:59:22 AM

“Spiritual care is huge for all of us, not just our residents,” says Hutch Walch, Director of Spirituality for The Goodman Group. “One of the most important parts of this program is mindfulness. It’s about not worrying about yesterday, and not even thinking about tomorrow, but to just enjoy the day ahead.”

Hutch says the Soaring for Seniors program starts by assessing needs and offering support. “We’re intervening, and we’re connecting residents with programs,” he says. “We’re spending hours with them and we’re reconnecting them with family.”

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Topics: Videos, Healthy Aging Tips

Elderly Dehydration: Risks and Preventative Measures

Posted by The Goodman Group on Mar 31, 2017 9:16:24 AM

Proper hydration is a key component of healthy living. However,. according to the United States Department of Agriculture’s Center for Nutrition Policy and Promotion, one in three older adults may not drink enough fluids each day due to physical and physiological changes common to aging.  

Dehydration can be a very serious condition for anyone, but as one ages, a person grows more susceptible to the condition. For seniors, as well as their families, it’s important to be able to recognize the early symptoms of dehydration and to take the appropriate steps to prevent it.

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Topics: Healthy Aging Tips

Independent Living vs. Assisted Living: Which is Right for My Loved One?

Posted by The Goodman Group on Mar 29, 2017 9:22:45 AM

As a caregiver, you may have come to the realization that it is time for your loved one to begin the next chapter of their life at a senior living community. While there are a variety of living options available, you will want to find the best match for your loved ones needs. So where do you start? The first step is understanding the different types of communities available and the services they provide.

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Topics: Senior Living Communities

How to Approach the Senior Living Community Conversation

Posted by The Goodman Group on Mar 23, 2017 9:45:39 AM

When important decisions must be made about a loved one’s living situation, family matters. While your family may feel apprehensive about starting the conversation about moving a loved one into a senior living community, it can be a very positive process. Like many important conversations, it's important to be prepared. We’ve put together a few suggestions on both how to begin the conversation and keep it moving forward.

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Topics: Senior Living Communities

Aging in Place: Choosing Where and How You Want to Live [VIDEO]

Posted by Kristi Carlson on Mar 21, 2017 1:20:09 PM

Many people decide to make the move to a senior living community before they require personal care services. Perhaps day-to-day assistance isn’t needed, but the individual is looking for a safer environment, or simply a community where they no longer have to worry about cooking or housekeeping.

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Topics: Senior Living Communities, Videos

Food for Life™: The Importance of Locally-Grown Whole Foods [VIDEO]

Posted by Patrick Conway on Mar 9, 2017 11:20:20 AM

The farm-to-table food movement has gained popularity over the years due to its support of local farmers and using readily available, local high-quality produce. These fresh foods are also an important part of our Food for Life™ Program.

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Topics: Nutrition for Healthy Aging