Betty Becker has been living at Terracina Grand, a senior living community in Naples, Florida, since 2006. “I can’t find a better way of saying that I am just content here,” says Betty. “I am so happy.”
Maintaining a healthy diet is important for all of us. It’s doubly important for seniors. As we age, our ability to taste can change, staying hydrated can be a challenge, and convenience sometimes takes precedence over good nutrition. Here are a few simple tips to help seniors maintain a balanced diet.
Topics: Healthy Aging Tips
Determining the appropriate time to move your loved one into a memory care community is a difficult decision. “You know it’s coming, but you don’t let yourself go there and you keep denying it,” says Garry Wright, whose wife Marcia now lives at Villa at Terracina, a memory care community in Naples, Florida. “I couldn’t do it physically or mentally anymore, so I had to make the hardest decision of my life.” But once you decide that is best for the entire family, there are a number of proven ways to make the transition as smooth and easy as possible.
Topics: Memory Care
Picture a popular play, presented by actors younger than eight and older than eighty. Fill the audience with their friends, family and the rest of the community and you have the unique learning experience that is an intergenerational theatre program.
Every day, there are millions of caregivers working hard to take care of the ones they love. Many of these caregivers share similar experiences and struggles and are in search of support and understanding. The sense of community that can be cultivated through caregiver support groups is so important. Many caregivers report that having the support of fellow caregivers is one of their most valuable assets.a They provide the opportunity to be yourself, share your experiences, and find valuable and helpful resources.
Topics: Senior Living Communities
The ancient martial art of Tai Chi has become very popular in the west in recent years. Often described as meditation in motion, it is especially popular and effective for seniors because the gentle, flowing movements can be done by almost anyone. Today, more than 200 million people practice Tai Chi daily. In China, Tai Chi is the national health exercise.
For the majority of our lives, we are bound by routines. We go to work, we make dinner, we wrangle the kids, etc. It’s no wonder that when we retire and stop this daily grind that we feel we should be doing certain things at specific times of the day. For those with Alzheimer’s or dementia, this can often lead to a feeling of restlessness that manifests itself in the late stages of the afternoon and evening. It is referred to as sundowning.
Topics: Memory Care
“It’s just a feeling of knowing that you belong,” says Ginny Sims, a resident at Terracina Grand in Naples, Florida. “I felt like I was going to be able to meet people who I would be comfortable with and who I could relate to here.”
“What’s troubling you this week? What is your biggest challenge?” asks Margie Ratcliff, Director of Volunteer Services at The Palms of Largo multilevel senior living campus in Largo, Florida. “It may not be a good month, or a good day, but I always encourage the caregivers to come and we will work it out.”
Visit any health club and you'll see plenty of pedaling. Whether it's spinning classes, stationary bikes, or people getting ready for a group ride, pedaling is a very popular way to stay fit. It's a low-impact way to exercise that's especially well-suited for seniors because it's gentle on the joints, easy to do, and enjoyable.
Topics: Functional Fitness
“I love him and I don’t want to be lonely,” reflects Linda Walsh-Klein, the wife of memory care day care participant at Villa at Terracina, a memory care community in Florida. “I think I’m selfish because I know that he’s probably going to do just fine. It’s me who will struggle. I’m going to have to learn how to live without him and that’s the hardest thing, I think.”
“I have been with Marcia for over 30 years, being as close as any two people could be,” said Garry Wright, husband of Marcia, a resident at Villa at Terracina in Naples, Florida. “It’s very difficult to suddenly say I am not going to be with you anymore. I think that anybody who puts their loved one into memory care feels guilt regardless of how nice the community is.”