“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
How often do you take time in your day to just sit and be present? Even setting aside just five minutes to meditate can offer many benefits for one’s wellbeing.
If you’re concerned about home safety for seniors, it makes sense to start with the bathroom. Loose rugs, water on the floor, and getting in and out of the tub or shower can all pose risks, so you should begin with these basic precautions:
Topics: Fall Prevention
Senior living communities provide ample opportunities to make a difference and get involved in life enriching activities on a daily basis. Betty Becker, a resident at Terracina Grand, takes us through what a typical day looks like for her.
If you’re a caregiver for a loved one who has dementia or Alzheimer’s, mealtimes, like other daily activities, may take on unexpected changes or challenges. You may find your loved one losing their appetite or interest in eating, or seeming to be pickier about what they eat and when. These are common changes that a person with dementia or Alzheimer’s may experience; however, here are some ways to continue to enjoy healthy, nutritious meals together.
Topics: Nutrition for Healthy Aging
We know that exercise is good for us and it’s important to stay active. But it’s also easy for some activities to fall by the wayside as we age. Running, basketball or tennis, may all become physically challenging. While we may take it for granted and not view walking as “exercise,” the benefits of a daily walk are actually pretty impressive — especially for older adults.
The definition of spirituality can be expansive. At Goodman Group managed properties, we recognize the various ways individuals express faith and spirituality, and encourage residents to explore past and new experiences. We talked with Hutch Walch, National Director of Spirituality, and our Spiritual Directors more about this the Soaring™ program.
“Through serving others, these acts help raise our sense of purpose and meaning,” says Hutch Walch, Director of Spirituality for The Goodman Group.
“Friendships and spirits seem to soar when our residents are volunteering and giving back.” Volunteering is mutually advantageous, offering both those serving and those being served a benefit. Residents have reported they feel happier and healthier when volunteering.
“She has quality of life because I can see her smile. I can see her laugh.”
In this video, Garry Wright reflects on the decision to transition his wife, Marcia, into Villa at Terracina, a memory care community in Naples, Florida.
“I think that her quality of life is better now than when she was living with me.”
Smartphones, WiFi-connected homes, self-parking — even driverless cars. Technology is making an impact on every part of our lives, including health and exercise. For seniors, that’s good news. New technologies are making it even easier and more enjoyable for seniors to stay on track with fitness goals. Even better, technology offers new ways to measure fitness and help prevent falls, the most common cause of injuries in seniors. These technologies are being used more and more in senior living communities like those developed and managed by The Goodman Group.
It all started with an extended conversation between Gretta Freeman and her 18-year-old granddaughter, Jenny. She was about to leave home for college and filled with the excitement of new experiences, friends, and learning. She was also uncertain about leaving behind friends and family, meeting the challenges of a higher education, and “about a million and ten thoughts and emotions I couldn’t begin to articulate,” as she later wrote. But the conversations she had with her grandma Gretta put those concerns to rest. As Jenny put it, “by talking through things with grandma, I went to college more relaxed, more focused on what I wanted, and above all, more confident that I would be OK.”