How Virtual Reality is Connecting Residents in Senior Living

Posted by The Goodman Group on May 16, 2018 8:30:00 AM

When Peggy moved into assisted living a year ago, she thought her days of travel were over. Instead, she’s cavorted with penguins in the Antarctic, was wowed by the Northern Lights, and marveled at a Hawaiian volcano. It’s all been made possible by an innovative program at Regal Palms and Royal Palms in Largo, Florida.

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Topics: Senior Living Communities

5 Frequently Asked Questions About Financing the Cost of Assisted Living

Posted by The Goodman Group on May 9, 2018 9:00:00 AM

For seniors considering a move to assisted living, some of the first questions they ask involve the costs. We talked with Tracy, Director of Sales and Marketing at Monte Vista Village in Lemon Grove, CA about the most common questions she is asked when talking with seniors and their families. Here are her answers to the top five questions.

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Topics: Insider, Senior Living Communities

Communication Strategies for Speaking to a Loved One with Dementia

Posted by The Goodman Group on May 2, 2018 8:30:00 AM

When a loved one has dementia, there will likely come a time when your usual way of talking with them isn’t getting the results either of you hoped for. Maybe your loved one is getting frustrated because you don't understand her, or she's upset because it's difficult for her to come up with the words she's thinking of.

Fortunately, there are numerous ways to make communication easier. Dr. Camp, founder of the Center for Applied Research in Dementia, and partner for implementing the Montessori Inspired Lifestyle approach at memory care communities managed by The Goodman Group, shared some tried and true communication strategies for speaking to a loved one with dementia.

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Topics: Memory Care

The Village Senior Residence's Emma Turns 106 Years Old

Posted by The Goodman Group on Apr 25, 2018 9:00:00 AM

The world was a much different place in 1911. In fact, you might be surprised to learn of the many notable events that occurred that year.

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Topics: Senior Living Communities

4 Tips for Sharing Caregiver Responsibilities with Your Siblings

Posted by The Goodman Group on Apr 18, 2018 8:30:00 AM

The Belmont family was shocked when Margaret, head of the family, was diagnosed with early-onset Alzheimer’s while still in her 60s. Her son, David, and daughters, Peggy and Wanda, weren’t sure what their next steps should be. So, they met with a senior advocate and worked out a plan for helping Margaret through all stages of her process.

The Belmonts were fortunate. They had time to plan and they made the wise decision to seek advice from professionals. Not every family has those advantages, so here are some tips on planning and sharing caregiver responsibilities for your loved ones.

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Topics: Caregiving

Meet Dale: I Will Keep On Writing [VIDEO]

Posted by The Goodman Group on Apr 4, 2018 8:45:00 AM

You’re never too old to teach, or at least that’s what we learned from 93-year-old Dale, a resident at The Commons on Marice. Dale was, at times, a professor, department head, and dean of the School of Veterinary Medicine for the University of Minnesota. As Dale puts it, “I was department head for a long, long time, and I rose to be a dean for a while. Large animal medicine, that was my specialty.”

But just because Dale retired, doesn’t mean he’s finished working with his alma mater. “I’m still going up to the University of Minnesota every Wednesday,” he says.

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Topics: Videos, Moments Matter

How a Memory Café Benefits Those with Dementia

Posted by The Goodman Group on Mar 28, 2018 9:28:25 AM

Coffee shops and cafés are great gathering places to unwind and catch up with friends. In fact, they're usually less about coffee than conversation and community. And now, a certain type of café is providing a unique atmosphere and sense of community for both people with dementia and their caregivers.

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Topics: Memory Care

Senior Caregivers: Creating a Care Plan for Your Loved Ones

Posted by The Goodman Group on Mar 21, 2018 12:00:00 PM

In today’s world, you can’t be too prepared. We buy insurance for our homes, our cars, our businesses, and much more. As any insurance risk adjuster would tell you, preparation is key. For the same reasons that we buy insurance, it’s also a good idea for senior caregivers to piece together a care plan for our aging loved ones.

From anything like establishing an emergency contact number in case of an accident, to the steps taken if you notice a subtle change in their behavior, your loved one may need help overcoming challenges or reaching goals. This article walks you through the process of creating an effective care plan for someone you love.

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Topics: Caregiving

Meet Sylvia: I Will Keep on Giving [VIDEO]

Posted by The Goodman Group on Mar 16, 2018 3:13:57 PM

In “one of the best darn communities in the country,” lives Sylvia, a resident at The Inn on Westport in Sioux Falls, South Dakota. Sylvia created the St. Patrick’s Day Extravaganza for Sioux Falls in 1980 that she continues to help out with to this day.

Of course, her parade isn’t just for the community which she holds so dearly. It’s for a cause greater than any one person.

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Topics: Senior Living Communities, Videos

Top Tips for Maintaining Heart Health as We Age

Posted by The Goodman Group on Mar 14, 2018 9:00:00 AM

A healthy heart is important for anybody. Yet, as we age, it’s even more important to be mindful of our daily habits and how they impact all aspects of our health. Heart healthy choices can improve energy, fitness, and overall well-being, so here are some tips for maintaining heart health as we age.

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Topics: Healthy Aging Tips