A lot of us like to start our morning with a cup of coffee. As you grab that cup o’ joe (or tea or OJ), think about starting your morning with a short stretching routine as well. You may be surprised to discover how just a few minutes of stretching can jump-start your morning and support your overall health and wellness!
Flowing, graceful movements. Relaxed breathing. Lowered blood pressure. Elevated mood. Relief from depression. A sense of peace. These have all been used to describe the process and benefits of Tai Chi, an ancient form of martial art from China. This is a popular activity at many of our managed senior living communities at The Goodman Group.
Each stage of life presents new challenges, but it's all part of life's journey. And every new chapter can be an opportunity to grow. The senior years, in particular, can bring more time to spend with family, especially grandchildren, and more freedom to explore interests, travel, and hobbies. It can also bring new changes, like the need to downsize or perhaps even move from a home of many years. Changes like that can bring feelings of sadness or isolation. However, there are resources to help those feelings be addressed and overcome.
Topics: Spiritual Wellbeing
They’re called The Golden Years because they give seniors more time to enjoy family, friends, travel, and other interests that they’ve developed over the years. That’s great news for many. Yet others aren’t as excited about retirement. They may have been devoted to their life’s work and not have as many hobbies or interests ready and waiting to fulfill their sense of purpose. It’s not uncommon for some newly-retired seniors to declare, “I don’t know what to do with all this time!”
Topics: Healthy Aging Tips
The first thing you notice when you meet Evelyn Kleine is her sunny disposition and sense of humor. 110 years sure looks good on her. After all, for Evelyn, age is just a number.
We all know the power of hearing a favorite song from the past. It can bring back a flood of beautiful memories and lift our spirits in an instant. The same is true — maybe even more so — for those with dementia or Alzheimer's. Music therapy is an exciting innovation in memory care that can help residents connect with the past and their friends and family.
Topics: Memory Care
Boxing? As in Muhammad Ali, Joe Frazier, and Floyd Mayweather? That kind of boxing? Yes, the very same — with adaptations, of course. An innovative program that started 11 years ago in Indianapolis is helping thousands of people with Parkinson’s feel stronger, steadier, and more supported in their journey.
Topics: Functional Fitness
When making the transition to a senior living community, there are some key things to consider when discussing the different options available for yourself or your loved ones.
“I remember years ago my grandfather telling me things that were happening in his life and I kept telling him that I understood,” says Tina Vauthier, Executive Director at Westpark Village, a senior living community in Billings, Montana. “He looked at me and said, ‘Honey, you have never walked in my shoes before, but I have walked in yours.’ He was right. As much as I wanted to understand, I had not been through it before and I needed to be empathetic to him.”
Topics: Senior Living Communities
As we age, many of our experiences are beautiful and rewarding, like welcoming grandchildren into the world, or having the time to travel or focus on our favorite hobbies. At the same time, aging can bring tough losses, especially the loss of friends and family through death. These losses can understandably lead to a sense of isolation, which Hutch Walch, Director of Spirituality for the Goodman Group, and his team of Spiritual Directors try to address daily within our communities.
Topics: Spiritual Wellbeing