How Functional Fitness has Impacted the Lives of Our Residents [VIDEO]

Posted by The Goodman Group on Nov 29, 2016 12:27:18 PM

As we age, fitness and movement become an even more important part of our daily lives to help ensure that we can continue doing all the things we love. We have received wonderful feedback across the country from residents participating in our FIT Functional Fitness program.

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Topics: Functional Fitness, Videos

Functional Fitness: The Importance of Exercising for Healthy Aging

Posted by The Goodman Group on Nov 27, 2016 1:00:00 PM

Staying active and fit is important at any age. And as we age, maintaining functional fitness is especially important. If you haven't heard of functional fitness, you can think of it as the ability to engage in the activities of daily life — walking, shopping, cleaning, driving, playing with the grandkids — with ease and comfort. The key to doing so is engaging in movement that focuses on four key areas: strength, flexibility, endurance, and balance. 

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Topics: Functional Fitness

Aging in Place Planning: Have You Thought of Everything?

Posted by The Goodman Group on Nov 25, 2016 10:00:00 AM

Perhaps you’ve heard the term, aging in place. It’s a term that's being used more and more frequently. It's the concept that each of us has the right to choose where and how we want to live as we age. As health needs may change, it's important to know your living options and plan for the future. We hope you will find these ideas helpful as you explore aging in place options for yourself or a loved one. 

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Topics: Senior Living Communities, Aging in Place

Preparing Meals for Seniors and the Social Aspect of Dining [VIDEO]

Posted by The Goodman Group on Nov 22, 2016 1:23:58 PM

Connecting with others over delicious food sets the stage for an enjoyable and welcoming dining experience. 

In this video, Patrick Conway, Executive Chef with The Goodman Group, discusses preparing meals for seniors and the social aspect of dining.

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Topics: Nutrition for Healthy Aging

The Effectiveness of Animal-Assisted Therapy Programs

Posted by The Goodman Group on Nov 18, 2016 10:14:08 AM

If you’ve ever had a pet, you know how calming and peaceful it can feel just to scratch behind a dog’s ears or pet the smooth fur of a cat. That feeling is the basis of animal-assisted therapy, a movement that began in the 1990s and has grown ever since. The goal of animal-assisted therapy is to improve an individual’s social, emotional, or cognitive functioning. One of its most effective applications has been in senior communities.

Benefits of Interacting with Animals

Studies have shown that just a few minutes interacting with an animal can lower stress hormones (such as cortisol) and increase serotonin, which produces a sense of calm and happiness. These changes in brain chemistry may result in lowered heart rate, blood pressure, and stress levels.

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Topics: Senior Living Communities

Memory Care: Tips on Visiting Your Loved One Living with Dementia

Posted by The Goodman Group on Nov 17, 2016 1:24:33 PM

Having a loved one with dementia can be a significant adjustment for an entire family. While the nature of your time together may change, there is no reason it can't be just as rewarding and meaningful as it was prior to their diagnosis. We recommend that you talk with your loved one's memory care team. They can help you identify the best times of the day to visit, activities you can enjoy together, and other ways to make the most of your visits. 

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Topics: Memory Care

Placing Residents at the Center of Everything We Do [VIDEO]

Posted by The Goodman Group on Nov 15, 2016 11:00:22 AM

Kezia Wicklander, Director of Marketing at The Commons on Marice, discusses resident and team member relationships, which place residents at the center of everything we do.

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Topics: Senior Living Communities, Videos

4 Types of Exercises for Seniors Recommended by NIH

Posted by The Goodman Group on Nov 11, 2016 8:43:49 AM

Physical fitness is an important part of a healthy lifestyle, especially as we age. The National Institutes of Health (NIH) recommends that seniors engage in four types of exercises to achieve well-rounded fitness.

Katie Westberg, National Director of Life Enrichment at The Goodman Group says, "Research shows that with regular exercise, many of the physiological changes related to aging can be prevented and postponed."

Older adults are encouraged to vary exercises from day to day, reducing the chances of injury or boredom. Here are the four types of exercises for seniors recommended by NIH, along with some of their benefits and suggestions for specific activities to try. 

Endurance Exercises

These exercises focus on working the cardiovascular system. They can improve circulation and help lower blood pressure and heart rate. They help improve your ability to walk farther, faster, and longer. And they will make everyday activities like shopping and housework easier and more enjoyable!

  • Endurance exercises include walking, swimming, jogging, yard work, and tennis
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Topics: Functional Fitness

Easy Meals for Seniors to Make on Their Own

Posted by The Goodman Group on Nov 10, 2016 9:24:20 AM

Nutrition plays a major role in keeping seniors healthy and maintaining or improving overall well being. A healthy diet can guard against numerous health challenges such as osteoporosis, high blood pressure, and heart disease. By following a few simple guidelines, there’s an endless variety of easy and nutritious meals that seniors can make on their own.

According to the National Institutes of Health (NIH), seniors will do best by choosing foods, which are high in nutrients (lean protein, complex carbohydrates, healthy fats, vitamins, and minerals) and low in calories. Your options include: 

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Topics: Nutrition for Healthy Aging

How to Start the Senior Living Community Conversation [VIDEO]

Posted by The Goodman Group on Nov 8, 2016 10:03:51 AM

Kezia Wicklander, Director of Marketing at The Commons on Marice, discusses how to start the senior living community conversation with your family members. 

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Topics: Senior Living Communities

How to Make the Move to a Senior Health Care Center

Posted by The Goodman Group on Nov 4, 2016 10:43:30 AM

Meal planning, house maintenance, cleaning, laundry, shopping: daily chores can really start to add up. And for an aging parent or other loved one, the time may come when it all becomes too much. At the same time, it’s comforting to know there is another way. A way to live more comfortably. It may be time to consider the move to a senior health care community where all of these daily needs, as well as daily personal care needs, are thoughtfully taken care of.

Finding the right care center for your loved one may be easier and far less stressful than you think. These days, there is a wealth of information and resources to help find the ideal community. Here are some helpful tips to get you started.

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Topics: Senior Living Communities

Long-Distance Caregiving: Tips on Providing Care from Afar

Posted by The Goodman Group on Nov 3, 2016 9:27:59 AM

We've all heard the saying “It’s a small world,” but sometimes it can feel like a pretty big world when you live far away from a parent, family member, or beloved friend who may need some help with the tasks of daily living. Providing long-distance caregiving can be deeply rewarding and a great benefit to your loved one. The ways you can help, even if you live hundreds of miles apart, are nearly endless. Here are just a few:

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Topics: Long-Distance Caregiving

The Importance of Nutrition for Healthy Aging [VIDEO]

Posted by Patrick Conway on Nov 1, 2016 11:41:00 AM

Our diet can affect how we feel, our moods, and our daily routine. As we age and our appetites decrease, it's even more important to maintain proper nutrition for optimal health.

Patrick Conway, Executive Chef at Chandler Place Senior Living, discusses the importance of nutrition for healthy aging.

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Topics: Nutrition for Healthy Aging, Videos