What are the Emotional Benefits of Functional Fitness?

Posted by The Goodman Group on Feb 10, 2017 9:06:05 AM

Physical fitness is important for good health at just about any age, but what about the emotional benefits of physical fitness? Many know that functional fitness programs improve endurance, strength, flexibility, and balance. Regular exercise has many cardiac benefits as well, including lowering blood pressure and heart rate, and it can also improve circulation. The National Institute on Aging points out that, besides these more obvious physical benefits, there are also many emotional benefits to staying functionally fit. Here are four that stand out.

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Topics: Functional Fitness

Senior Care: The Importance of Regular Fitness

Posted by The Goodman Group on Feb 9, 2017 9:59:35 AM

The National Institutes of Health (NIH) advises seniors to stay as active and fit as possible. While that’s good advice for anyone, this advice is especially important for seniors. As we age, the body changes. We may see diminishing muscle mass, loss of flexibility, perhaps weight gain. But many changes can be offset by maintaining good fitness. That means it is important to participate in regular exercise and physical activities, even if moderate. Here are some of the benefits of maintaining fitness as we age.

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Topics: Functional Fitness

Senior Living: The Caregiver's Role in a Loved One's Journey [VIDEO]

Posted by Katie Westberg on Feb 7, 2017 1:00:40 PM

When you have a loved one living with dementia or Alzheimer’s disease, providing care for them can become a large responsibility. Forty-three million people in the U.S. provide care to those 50 and older (according to AARP). Caregivers are husbands, wives, sons, daughters, brothers, sisters, and friends. Fifty percent are working full time, yet many work an additional 30 hours a week providing care such as feeding, dressing, grooming, shopping, and housekeeping.

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Topics: Memory Care, Videos

Establish Communication with Your Loved One's Senior Living Community

Posted by The Goodman Group on Feb 3, 2017 2:21:02 PM

Transitioning a loved one into a senior living community can be an exciting time. It can also be a very busy and even confusing time as you and your loved one become familiar with their new home and a new routine. The best way to ease the change is to have open lines of communication with the community’s staff and residents.

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Topics: Senior Living Communities

Valuable Senior Living Resources to Help You on Your Journey

Posted by The Goodman Group on Feb 2, 2017 1:31:29 PM

If you’ve started investigating senior living options for yourself or a loved one, you’ve probably realized that there’s a lot of information to sort through. Likewise, there are many places to get that information and it can be overwhelming knowing where to look. To help you get started, we’ve chosen a few recommendations for helpful websites to visit. Here are some of The Goodman Group’s top picks for senior living resources.

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Topics: Senior Living Communities

A Beginner's Guide to Senior Living Terminology

Posted by The Goodman Group on Jan 31, 2017 7:57:59 AM

If you’re just beginning to explore the vast array of options available for senior living, you’re likely to run across some terminology that isn’t familiar. There are many concepts, and some seem to overlap. Frankly, it can be a bit confusing, so we're here to help with a list of common terms, phrases, and acronyms you’re likely to run across.

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Topics: Senior Living Communities

What Is Respite Care and Is It Right for My Loved One?

Posted by The Goodman Group on Jan 27, 2017 9:11:43 AM

The dictionary definition for the word “respite” is an “interval of relief.” It shares origins with the word “respect.” The American Seniors Housing Association (ASHA) defines respite care as “services that provide caregivers with temporary relief from tasks associated with caregiving.”

When considering the best interests of the entire family, it’s important to ask if respite care is right for those family members who also serve as caretakers. While circumstances vary from family to family, here are some of the most common situations where respite care may be the best option.

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Topics: Skilled Nursing, Transitional Care

4 Effective Functional Fitness Exercises for Seniors

Posted by The Goodman Group on Jan 26, 2017 1:46:43 PM

It’s the New Year and a great time to review and re-engage in health and fitness exercises. The National Institutes of Health recommend functional fitness exercises that support four fitness goals for seniors: endurance, strength, balance, and flexibility.

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Topics: Functional Fitness

Senior Living Communities: What Questions Should You Prepare? [VIDEO]

Posted by Kristi Carlson on Jan 24, 2017 2:38:10 PM

When exploring senior living communities for yourself or your loved ones, there are certain questions you can ask the Director of Nursing that may help determine if the community is a good fit for your family. An in-person conversation will further help in your decision process.

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Topics: Senior Living Communities, Videos

What’s the Difference Between a Market Rate Rental and a CCRC?

Posted by The Goodman Group on Jan 20, 2017 10:25:50 AM

When it comes to choosing the best senior living community for yourself or a loved one, there are a lot of options to consider. It’s important to pick a community that is convenient, flexible, and adaptable to your changing needs. Equally important is choosing a community that best fits your financial planning. This article breaks down the payment structures of market rate rentals and CCRC’s to see how they compare.

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