How Stretching Promotes Healthy Aging

Posted by The Goodman Group on Jul 25, 2017 10:52:19 AM

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!

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Topics: Functional Fitness, Healthy Aging Tips

Movement Matters: The Benefits of Tai Chi for Seniors

Posted by The Goodman Group on Jul 21, 2017 12:12:56 PM

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.

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Topics: Functional Fitness, Healthy Aging Tips

How Spiritual Direction Helps Seniors Find Renewed Life Purpose

Posted by The Goodman Group on Jul 20, 2017 5:18:03 PM

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.

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Topics: Spiritual Wellbeing

Life Enrichment: How to Find Meaning and Happiness in Retirement

Posted by The Goodman Group on Jul 14, 2017 9:46:32 AM

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!”

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Topics: Healthy Aging Tips

Moments Matter: Evelyn Reminisces on 110 Years

Posted by The Goodman Group on Jul 13, 2017 9:53:42 AM

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.

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Topics: Senior Living Communities, Moments Matter

The Effects of Music Therapy for Memory Care Residents

Posted by The Goodman Group on Jul 11, 2017 12:34:18 PM

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.

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Topics: Memory Care

Fighting Back: How Boxing is Helping People Battle Parkinson’s

Posted by The Goodman Group on Jul 7, 2017 10:35:45 AM

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.

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Topics: Functional Fitness

Considering Different Senior Living Options [VIDEO]

Posted by The Goodman Group on Jul 6, 2017 3:47:57 PM

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.

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Topics: Senior Living Communities, Aging in Place

Family Matters: How to Understand and Connect with Your Aging Parents

Posted by The Goodman Group on Jun 30, 2017 3:04:16 PM

“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.”

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Topics: Senior Living Communities

Overcoming Isolation in Senior Living Through Spiritual Direction and Community

Posted by The Goodman Group on Jun 29, 2017 10:46:32 AM

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.

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Topics: Spiritual Wellbeing