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Tips On Setting SMART Goals From A Eugene Retirement Community

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A Goal Without A Plan Is Just A Dream, Use These Tips To Achieve Goals At Any Age

Are you tired of wrestling with the back and forth of saying “I want to get healthier!” only to never change your eating habits? Or maybe you’ve been saying “I want to learn how to play the piano!” but you never seem to find the time to start. Sometimes the hardest part of setting goals and actually achieving them is getting started. If this sounds like you, then setting SMART goals can help.

SMART goals are based on five principles geared toward making any goal achievable through a clear plan. Consider using these tips for SMART goals from our expert team at Garden Way in Eugene, Oregon when you are setting your goals for the new year.

S – Specific

When setting your goals, it is important that you make them specific. In doing so, you are already setting out exactly how you plan to achieve your goal. For example, instead of setting the goal: “I want to eat healthier,” try “I will try one new recipe each week that is rich in fiber.” The more specific you can be, the easier it will be to reach your goal and hold yourself accountable to your plan.

M – Measurable

It can be difficult to say you have reached your goal if it is not measurable. For example, your goal might be “I want to be more friendly.” But how will you know if you are successful in this endeavor? Instead, you could say, “I want to make five new friends this month.” This is a trackable goal with a firm finish line that helps you know how close you are to reaching your goal.

A – Achievable

One of the biggest mistakes in setting goals is that they are sometimes not reachable – yet. Here at Garden Way, we believe that almost anything is possible if you set your mind to it! Some goals just require more time to accomplish than others, so we recommend that you break large goals into smaller pieces that are easier to be achieved. For example, if you have a goal of walking a 5k, start by setting a goal to have the stamina to walk for 10 minutes without stopping, then bump it up to 20 minutes. Before you know it, you will be ready to walk that 5k!

R – Realistic

When setting goals, we may dream big, thinking that we can completely uproot our lives and create entirely new schedules that do not fit our lifestyles to achieve our goals. But sometimes that just is not realistic or even necessary! For example, if you have a goal to become more physically fit, but you hate mornings, there is no use in trying to schedule your workouts for early in the morning. You know that you do not like mornings, and you probably are not too fond of the gym yet, so you are setting yourself up to skip your workouts. You do not have to give up on your goal; just reschedule your appointment for the afternoon! This is a more realistic approach to your goals that will help you achieve it sooner and with less stress.

T – Time Bound

Research has shown that if you try to set goals without giving yourself a deadline, you might end up procrastinating or never getting started. By giving yourself a deadline and marking that date on your calendar, you are setting yourself up for success and ensuring you will get started (and finished) by the date you set. For example, if one of your goals is to read more, tell yourself that you will finish one book by the end of the month.

Setting goals is important for everyone, but especially for aging seniors. By setting and achieving goals, seniors can maintain their sense of purpose and ward off depression even in their golden years. The team at Garden Way is confident that you can achieve any goal you set using the SMART technique!

To learn more about residency or to schedule a tour of Garden Way, contact our friendly team today.

Downsizing Doesn’t Have To Be Scary With These Tips

So, you have decided that now is the time to sell your loved one’s home and move them to a retirement community. This is a big step, but a positive one. Retirement communities are often better suited for aging seniors with additional care needs because they include thoughtful layouts, incorporated safety features, and plenty of activities to enhance residents’ social lives.

Downsizing can be a daunting task. But it does not have to be! The process can be overwhelming and emotional, so take your time, carefully consider what to do with each piece of large furniture or decor, and know that help is available at every step along the way. Here are some of the best tips and some hard truths for downsizing your loved one’s home from the expert team at Belleview Heights Assisted Living and Memory Care community in Aurora, Colorado.

The Good

The good news is that after living in their home for decades, your loved one has probably accumulated tons of memories that are meaningful to you and your family. How lucky you are to have had such wonderful experiences! When deciding to downsize, take a good look around and be thankful for all that you have. Make sure you have a crystal-clear vision for why downsizing is a good choice: whether that is to be closer to family, have additional medical care nearby, or to make sure your loved one thrives in an environment perfectly suited for their needs. That way, when it is time to commence the downsizing process, you will already have the perfect mindset for the undertaking.

The Bad

The bad news is that your loved one cannot take everything with them. You will have to sell, donate or pass down large pieces of furniture, decor items, kitchen appliances, or family heirlooms. But never fear, this does not have to be a “bad” thing. If you truly consider why you are downsizing, you can recognize that some of these items no longer serve your family for your new adventure. The large furniture might have become a tripping hazard, the knickknacks are just more to clean, and the kitchen appliances take up valuable cabinet space. Downsizing is also a good time to let your creative juices flow and set your loved one up for a new lifestyle at their retirement community.

The Ugly

The ugly truth is that you will have to get through feeling overwhelmed to get started. Starting is often the most difficult part since you may have no idea where to begin. And if your loved one has dementia or Alzheimer’s, big changes to their living spaces can be very upsetting to them. We recommend that you start in the places that your loved one does not see or use daily, such as a garage or attic. You may also consider moving your loved one to their new community before tackling their main living space. While there will likely be an adjustment period when they move, you won’t be prolonging it by rearranging their belongings while they’re still living in the home.

Once you have decided which items you are willing to part with, make sure you know your limits when it comes to lifting or moving heavy furniture. Hire professional help or enlist the help of friends and family to make this process as easy as possible on yourself.

Downsizing Tips

Here are a few of our other downsizing tips to help make this process as easy as possible for you.

  • Take it slow. Rome was not built in a day, and neither was your home. Expect this process to take a while, and do not rush it.
  • Do not be afraid to ask for help! Your friends and family are likely more than willing to help you, and you can hire professional help as well. Belleview Heights also offers an Easy Move Program that will help you or a loved one move to our facility. Reach out to us today to learn more.
  • When deciding to donate or sell your furniture, consider having the organization or buyer move the furniture for you. This will save both your back and your time since you will not have to move the furniture yourself.

To learn more about residency or to schedule a tour of Belleview Heights, contact our friendly team today.

Exercises That Will Help Improve Stamina, Balance And Strength

Exercising is one of the most important habits for maintaining our strength, stamina, and independence as we age. By moving our bodies consistently throughout our lives and into our senior years, we are giving ourselves the best chance at reducing cardiovascular disease, diabetes, high blood pressure, and even some cancers. Unfortunately, with the slowing and aches of age, seniors can fall into a sedentary lifestyle that involves sitting or lying down for more than six hours a day. It’s understandable; sometimes bodies just hurt, and it’s difficult to find the motivation to exercise. But one of the best ways to improve how your body feels is to exercise.

The good news is that you do not have to join a gym, buy special equipment, or even leave your home to benefit from exercise. There are a multitude of things you can do from the comfort of your home (and even from your chair!) that will greatly increase your mobility when performed consistently. Talk with your medical provider about creating an exercise program that fits your current fitness level and health needs.

In the meantime, and to help you get started, here are some of  The Woods at Merrimack’s favorite gentle exercises that are not too physically demanding on the joints and muscles, but will have a big impact on your health.

Water Aerobics

Water aerobics is a low-impact form of exercise that is specifically designed for those with achy joints. The water helps to relieve the pain and stiffness from conditions like arthritis while also providing resistance and encouraging your heart to get stronger. This type of exercise is typically hosted in groups, so reach out to your local gym to see if they offer a class that you could try.

Yoga

If you are just getting back into regular exercise, then yoga might be the perfect place for you to start. There are many types of yoga, but the type we recommend for seniors involves gentle stretching and muscle building exercises that typically do not increase your heart rate too drastically. This is not a “cardio” activity, so if you are not a fan of sweating, this could be perfect for you! These low impact exercises are sure to strengthen your core and improve your balance.

Walking

This one might seem obvious, but walking is an excellent way to keep your body on the move. This is one of the most common exercises for seniors because it is so simple to do, requires little to no equipment, and can be done anywhere – even in your own home. Start by challenging yourself to walk for 10 minutes without stopping. When that feels easy, increase it to 20 minutes. You can even invite your friends or family to join you for walks through the neighborhood or take your pet out for an evening stroll.

Chair Exercises

If you are struggling with your balance, or if standing up for extended periods of time is difficult for you, there are plenty of exercises that you can do while sitting down. Here are a few of our favorites:

  • Overhead stretch: Lift your arms straight over your head and interlace your fingers. Arch your back until you feel a stretch. Hold for 10 seconds. Repeat as desired.
  • Hamstring stretch: Sit on the edge of your chair. Extend one leg in front of you to a straightened position. Bend slightly at the waist until you feel a stretch. Return to center and repeat with the other leg.
  • Shoulder stretch: Sit up straight and bring your right arm over your chest keeping it as straight as possible. Hold your right arm across your body with your left arm until you feel a stretch. Hold for 10 seconds. Return to center and repeat on the other side.

Exercising can help you stay active and healthy longer into your senior years. Regardless of where you are in your fitness journey, there is an exercise program that is perfect for you. The best way to get started is to speak with your medical provider about creating your perfect program. Then, head over to our gorgeous facility to implement your new workout routine!

To learn more about residency or to schedule a tour of The Woods at Merrimack, contact our friendly team today.

Healthy Eating Tips That Won’t Change Your Lifestyle But Can Change Your Life

As we age, our nutritional needs change just like our bodies do. We may find ourselves needing fewer calories since we are no longer quite as active. We may realize that we gain or lose weight at a different pace than we used to. A decrease in metabolism and slower digestion due to aging is completely normal changes and nothing to be worried about. However, some simple dietary adjustments can help accommodate these changes and ensure we are our healthiest selves.

Luckily, these improvements are fairly simple and easy, and you may even be doing them already! Our caring staff at The Woods at Merrimack in Methuen, Massachusetts has put together a list of five easy ways to improve your diet and your health.

Stay Hydrated

People of all ages often do not drink enough water and can easily become dehydrated. Dehydration can cause dizziness, fatigue, and even more severe symptoms if not corrected. To prevent this, it’s important to drink several cups of water throughout the day and always have a bottle of water within reach. One of our favorite methods to encourage more water drinking is to purchase a fun reusable bottle that has a pattern or color that you enjoy as well as your preferred lid (with or without a straw, or with an opening that feels comfortable for you to drink from). Not only will you drink more water if you have a bottle handy, but a reusable bottle helps support the environment and the reduction of plastic waste.

Focus on Fiber

It is common for the digestive system to slow down as we age. Luckily, there are plenty of delicious foods that are rich in fiber and can help prevent the uncomfortable stomach pains and bloating caused by slowed digestion. These foods include beans, broccoli, avocados, berries, and whole grains. Try something new in the kitchen by incorporating these ingredients into new meals that not only taste great but offer healthy vitamins and minerals, too.

Eat Plenty of Fruits and Vegetables

Your doctor has likely told you that your plate should contain at least one serving of fruits or vegetables each time you eat, and that is for good reason! Fruits and vegetables contain lots of micronutrients that are vital to our health and well-being. Enjoying a variety of vitamin- and mineral-rich produce will provide your body with everything it needs to maintain your immune system, bone and gut health, fluid balance, and so much more.

Skip the Salt

Salt is in so much of the food that we consume, and the majority of people eat too much of it due to a reliance on processed, packaged foods. You may be wondering what all the fuss is about when it comes to salt, but for seniors with high blood pressure, salt can cause too much strain on the body and contribute to more serious conditions. When searching for low-sodium options, choose produce that is fresh rather than canned since most preservatives are sodium-based. You can also purchase many foods in a “low sodium” option. These small changes can have a huge impact on your overall health.

Take a Daily Multivitamin

Daily vitamins provide us with tons of nutrients that are sometimes hard to get from our regular diets, especially if we do not eat varied, nutrient-dense foods. Finding a daily multivitamin can increase your energy and protect your bone strength. Talk to your doctor about which daily vitamin might be perfect for you.

Small diet changes can have a big impact on your overall health. Consider incorporating some of these tips into your diet on your next grocery shopping trip!

To learn more about residency or to schedule a tour of The Woods at Merrimack, contact our friendly team today.

Use These Tips To Stay Healthy During Your Golden Years

Those who maintained a healthy lifestyle during their younger years may also carry through healthy living to their golden years, but it is never too late to get started! Healthy living does not have to be rigid, boring, or even difficult. With just a few minor changes, you can start feeling better and moving more so you can get back to enjoying yourself as you did years ago.

Starting healthy habits now can increase your quality of life. Healthy habits can also make a difference for those who are prone to illness or who did not make the healthiest decisions in the past. Consider these five healthy habits for you to start today from the expert team at Central Parke in Mason, Ohio.

Eat Healthy Meals

This tip applies to people of all ages, but specifically, when you are older, your digestive system slows down which can make it more difficult to maintain a healthy weight, avoid digestive issues, and more. A high-fiber diet full of healthy fruits, vegetables, and whole grains is your best bet at keeping a happy digestive system. For seniors, it is also easier to become dehydrated. To combat this, consider investing in a fun, reusable water bottle that you will love to carry around. You are helping save the environment by reducing waste and will drink more water to prevent dehydration!

Move Your Body Regularly

Exercise offers tons of physical health benefits, but it also can dramatically improve your mental health as well. Especially for seniors, moving your body can help prevent depression, reduce your risk of cardiovascular disease, and help prevent chronic diseases such as diabetes. It also helps you stay moving longer. An exercise program approved by a physician that involves walks, stretching and other low-impact movements can help you remain nimble and lean which keeps you independent and active longer.

Take Your Healthcare Seriously

As seniors age, the need for more medical appointments and medications may increase. Although going to the doctor might not be fun, it is important to take it seriously. We believe the best form of healthcare is prevention, so consider getting those yearly physicals, annual flu and pneumonia shots, and health screenings. Do not forget about your dentist or eye doctor! You should be visiting your dentist every six months and your eye doctor at least once a year. We also recommend having an easy-to-understand instructional document and hub in your home where you can store all of your medications and take them as prescribed.

Get Enough Sleep

As we age, insomnia and restlessness are more common. Having a well-established nighttime routine is more important than ever to make sure you get a good night’s sleep. Here are a few tips:
First, turn off any screens a couple of hours before bed to encourage your brain to produce melatonin. Blue light from computer and TV screens tricks our brains into thinking it is still daytime, disrupting our sleep patterns.
Second, turn down the lights in your home to spur drowsiness. Consider having just a lamp on in the room you are using.
Third, make sure your bedroom is comfortable, cool, and quiet, so when you decide to go to sleep, your room is ready for you.

Spend Time with Family

This might not initially seem like a “healthy habit,” but maintaining family relationships is important for mental and emotional health. Spending time with those you love helps keep your brain sharp and happy. Studies show that seniors who have an active social life are less likely to develop depression. Make sure you are being safe and protecting yourself when you are visiting with loved ones and consider using virtual tools instead to maintain that connection from a distance.

Being healthy does not have to be hard, time-consuming, or dramatically uproot your life. Incorporating a few easy habits into your daily routine can make a huge difference in your quality of life, keeping you active and healthy into your golden years!

To learn more about residency or to schedule a tour of Central Parke, contact our friendly team today.

Try these new year’s resolutions to help you reach your goals

A new year is traditionally the time when many of us set new goals, and seniors are no exception! In fact, about 60% of people will set a new year’s resolution for 2021. As we age, our goals will likely change, but the tradition of setting goals remains exciting and fulfilling as we challenge ourselves to become healthier, more intelligent, and better individuals that serve our communities.

Setting resolutions and goals can also be beneficial for our health. Studies show that seniors who regularly set goals and view life with a sense of purpose are 2-4x times less likely to develop Alzheimer’s disease. Setting goals maintains independence and can slow the aging process as well. With all of those benefits, here are a few resolutions to add to your list from our expert community leaders at Maple Brook Terrace Independent Living Community in Greenville, South Carolina.

Volunteer in Your Community

There are few things in life that are more fulfilling than giving to others. Consider volunteering for your local library, museum, or welcome center for your community to give tours, offer advice, or read to children. Studies show that older adults who volunteer often show lower rates of depression, increased physical fitness, lower mortality rates, and overall greater well-being. Offering time to your community can also provide you with a sense of purpose and allow you to meet new people of all ages.

Learn New Technology

Technology is ever-changing in the modern world, but that does not mean that we cannot try to keep up with it! As we head into the new year, we challenge you to learn one new piece of technology every week. Start with the basics like learning how to use your cell phone or trying out a smart TV. Then, as you feel more confident, you can broaden your technological horizons to include things like a digital camera or learning new settings on your computer! This is a fantastic way to challenge your brain, keep your cognitive skills sharp, and learn some ways to make your life easier using technology.

Attend a Virtual or Socially Distanced Exercise Class

It is never too late to take better care of yourself! Staying physically active is important for everyone, but particularly for seniors. When our schedules become less busy, we sometimes forget to prioritize staying active. Consider adding a virtual or socially distanced exercise class to your schedule in the coming weeks and see how you like it. If you find that yoga, karate, or Zumba is not your style, try another class until you find one that you love. Do not give up; there are plenty of options out there that are bound to get you feeling your best!

Spend More Time with Family (Virtually)

This past year was the year of social distancing and staying separated from family members, but we have high hopes that 2021 will be better! In the meantime, we recommend that you spend as much time with your family members as possible, even if it is virtually. This also relates to learning new technology, one of the first things you can learn is how to video chat.

Explore your Community

Maple Brook Terrace has beautiful grounds that we would love to show you! If you are a current resident of ours but are feeling like you might not have a grasp on everything we have to offer, we would love to give you another tour and show you all the amazing amenities that we offer. If you are not a current resident but are interested in learning more, be sure to reach out to us. We are currently conducting safe tours of our community and have safety regulations in place to make sure that we are all staying safe and healthy.

After you have set your resolutions, make sure you write them down and share them with friends and family. This will help you stay accountable and inspire your peers to set goals, too.

To learn more about residency or to schedule a tour of Maple Brook Terrace, contact our friendly team today.

Celebrating Holidays With These Exciting Christmas To Do List

It’s finally the holidays! We call it the most wonderful time of the year, and we are not letting this year’s restrictions stop us from spreading the holiday cheer! If you have a loved one living in a retirement community like Maple Brook Terrace in Greenville, South Carolina, you may be trying to coordinate your holiday celebrations to include the entire family. With visitor restrictions and social distancing guidelines still in place to keep us safe, our team at Maple Brook Terrace wanted to offer some ways to celebrate the holiday without compromising the safety of your loved ones.

Deck the Halls

One of our favorite ways to get in the holiday spirit is to decorate our community. We encourage you and your family to do the same! String some lights around a big, beautiful Christmas tree, pull out your Santa Claus figurines, and deck the halls. This can be a fun way to include the family too because you can have a virtual decorating call where all of you each decorate your own spaces and enjoy each other’s company during the process.

Enjoy Mild Weather Outdoors

Lucky for us, it usually does not get very cold in South Carolina until later in the winter season, so we still have mild weather. Enjoy this by taking a walk outside with your dogs, sitting on your porch swing to enjoy the cool breeze, or opening the windows to let some of the fresh air in your home. Also, take a tour of your neighborhood and enjoy all the beautiful Christmas light displays that your neighbors have decorated their homes with!

Play holiday Music

There is only one month of the year when no one will judge you for your love of holiday tunes, so now is your chance to embrace it. As you clean your home, cook your meals, or even enjoy some solitude, play some holiday music to help you get in the spirit of the season! Holiday music is lively and fun, so it is bound to uplift your mood if you are feeling down about having to skip the social gatherings.

Help with Online Shopping

Gifting is an integral part of the holiday season, and since shopping in stores is not recommended these days, your loved ones may need help exploring the world of online shopping. Seniors love to give thoughtful gifts their families are sure to love, so give them a call and see if there is any way you can help them check off their Christmas lists! One way to do this is to simply ask what they would like for you to order and have it shipped straight to their homes. This way they can still wrap the gifts and deliver them independently.

Get Crafty

The holidays often bring out the creative sides to many of us, so this year should be no different. If you suddenly find yourself with a lot more time on your hands than usual, consider adding some fun crafts to your to-do list. Some of our favorites are knitting warm winter hats, hand-painting Christmas ornaments, and clothespin snowflakes, where you disassemble clothespins and glue them together to make snowflakes.

Have a Movie Marathon

Holiday movies are the best movies, and there are so many of them that are staples in many families. We recommend scheduling a cold winter night to snuggle in blankets and watch your favorite holiday movies. Complete this experience with warm cookies, popcorn, and other treats to make it feel like the best movie theater you have ever visited.

Organize a Contactless Cookie Exchange

Another fun way to celebrate the holidays is to organize a contactless cookie exchange. Call all your friends and invite them to participate with you. Each person can bake a half-dozen cookies for each participant, then leave them on each other’s porches. Depending on how many participants you have, you should end up with tons of cookies to try (and maybe even some new favorites).

The staff members at Maple Brook Terrace are wishing you and your family a happy holiday season and a wonderful New Year!

To learn more about residency or to schedule a tour of Maple Brook Terrace, contact our friendly team today.

Fun and Healthy Resolutions That are Perfect For You and Your Senior Loved Ones.

It’s hard to believe that 2020 is almost over. This has been a crazy year to say the least, but it has also given all of us some much-needed time for personal development. As we head into a new year, some of us might be thinking about their goals for 2021 and may even set a new year’s resolution or two. Setting goals is important for everyone, but it can be especially beneficial for seniors to help maintain their youthfulness and health! Our expert team at Park View Estates Assisted Living and Memory Care has put together some fun and healthy resolutions that are perfect for you and your senior loved ones.

Make Healthier Choices

This one might seem obvious. It seems that most people set their sights on getting in shape or dieting in January every year, only to go back to their old ways by February. In order to make a resolution reachable, it has to be realistic. We recommend a resolution to be to simply make healthier choices rather than aim for a complete overhaul. Something as simple as exercising for 10 minutes a day or eating an extra serving of vegetables is very doable and can make a huge difference in overall health.

Start a New Hobby

Have you always wanted to learn how to knit? Cook? Build model airplanes? Whatever the case may be, there is no better time to start than the beginning of a new year! If you are heading into next year feeling like the last might have been too stressful for you, we suggest finding a soothing hobby to help you relax and ease your mind.

Reach out to Old Friends

Anytime is a good time to rekindle old friendships, but especially the new year. If you have been thinking about reaching out to your high school best friend, here’s your sign that you should. Give them a call and see how they are doing. Maybe the two of you could set a resolution together and keep each other accountable.

Start a Gratitude Journal

There is so much to be thankful for in this world. The smallest things like food on our table or warm weather can often be overlooked in the hustle and bustle of daily life. We recommend starting a gratitude journal to help you focus on the good things when the not so good things feel overwhelming. Feel free to start small. Write down three to five things that you are grateful for one to two times a week. Taking the time to be grateful can really lift your spirits!

Challenge your Brain Daily

As seniors age, they can benefit from giving their brains a little exercise! Working on puzzles, reading, learning new things, and any of the previous resolutions mentioned above are all excellent ways to challenge your brain. By doing your chosen activity daily, you are ensuring your mental health stays as strong as possible for as long as possible. Again, start small so that you can turn your goal into a habit. Try reading the daily news with your morning coffee or working a crossword puzzle while waiting in the doctor’s office. Before you know it, your mind will be sharper than ever!

Setting goals and resolutions are fun ways to challenge ourselves to create new habits that are healthier than our current ones. If you feel that trying to reach all of these goals is too much, try starting with just one, and take it day by day to see how it can really change your health. The team at Park View is committed to providing a healthy, active environment for all of our residents and supporting them in all of their goals.

To learn more about residency or to schedule a tour of Park View Estates, contact our friendly team today.

Get Creative This Holiday Season With New Exciting Activities

This is the season for festive fun at your local senior living community! Our goal is to make this holiday season the best one ever, especially since 2020 has been such an unexpected year. We love hosting tons of resident activities and events to bring our community together, but this year it has not been safe to host large groups of people. But that cannot stop up from having holiday fun!

Our spirited staff at Sage Park in Gahanna, Ohio has created this list filled with inspiration for ways to make your Christmas season joyful and bright. And yes, we checked it twice!

Reindeer Games

To help your loved ones get in the spirit of the season, consider inviting them to play a few reindeer games! The best games are ones that stimulate mental activity and promote safe socialization. Get the best of both worlds by hosting a holiday trivia night within your household complete with snacks, eggnog, and other Christmas treats. Another fun family activity is a puzzle; we love puzzles because they are fun for all ages. Gather everyone around one table to put a puzzle together to strengthen your teamwork skills and have some fun. Lastly, everyone loves a good old-fashioned game of bingo, but we recommend making it match the spirit of the season. Instead of using numbers and letters, opt for Christmas characters instead.

Santa’s Helpers

Gift-giving is an important holiday tradition for many seniors, and they may need some help doing it safely this year since shopping in stores is not recommended. Help your loved ones create their Christmas shopping list and guide them through the world of online shopping. Once the gifts all arrive, you could host a wrapping event within your household to help wrap all the presents. Get tons of fun wrapping supplies like ribbon, gift tags, wrapping paper, tape and boxes, and invite your family to join in the festivities. Another fun way that you can include your loved ones in the Christmas festivities is by helping them decorate their homes or allowing them to help decorate yours. If you are keeping your distance, you could also surprise them by decorating their front door!

Cheers to the New Year

As the year comes to a close, it is important to reminisce on all that happened this year and to set goals for 2021, as well. We think one of the best ways to memorialize the year is through scrapbooking. Scrapbooking is an excellent way to enjoy crafting as well as enjoy a sense of wellbeing as we focus on all the good that has happened in the past year. After having completed a year in review scrapbook, consider setting some goals for next year, things such as exercising for 10 minutes per day or reading for 20 minutes per day are great goals to keep the mind and body sharp as we start a new year. After discussing the goals that you would like to set, make sure you write them down and keep them in a visible spot that you see daily to remind you of your goals! We also love using habit trackers to check off each day that you accomplish your goal.

This holiday season may look different from the year’s past, but that does not mean that we have to sacrifice the fun. We hope you found this list of holiday activities to be inspirational and that you enjoy spending some quality time with your loved ones this holiday season even if that is from afar!

To learn more about residency or to schedule a tour of Sage Park, contact our friendly team today.

Gift Guide For A Perfect Present To Your Senior Loved Ones

The holidays are here, which means that finding the perfect gift for all your friends and family is top of mind these days. Are you struggling to find something that will make your loved one smile? Coming up with a good gift idea for seniors can be a real challenge. After all, many seniors have a particular taste, or they may have more stuff than they know what to do with. This challenge can be heightened if they insist that they do not need anything (as many people do). So, what should you get them?

The best gift is one that makes them feel special, and there are so many ways to do that! We are also partial to gifts that make their lives easier, healthier or more fun. The expert team here at Central Parke Assisted Living and Memory Care in Mason, Ohio has put together a list of Christmas gifts ideas that we think will make them feel loved and appreciated. Let’s dive in:

Time Together (Virtually)

As we are sure that you know, many seniors would prefer to just spend time with their friends and family rather than receiving a physical gift. Unfortunately, with today’s climate, it might not be possible to visit your loved one in person in a safe manner. But that does not mean that you cannot still spend precious time together. Giving your loved one a phone call, using video chat software, or even going to visit through the window is sure to make him or her feel special and included in the holiday festivities.

Books and Games

Another fantastic gift idea is to give a book! One of the best ways to keep the brain going strong is to challenge it by reading or working puzzles such as crosswords, sudoku, or even traditional puzzles. Your loved one is sure to love getting a fun and exciting new book to read during the cold and rainy days this winter, and you get the bonus of knowing that you are supporting their brain health in the process.

Personalized Calendar

No matter our age, keeping track of birthdays, events, and appointments can be challenging. Who can remember all of those things off the top of their head? Help your loved ones out by giving them an easy-to-use calendar that can keep all of their dates, appointments, and to-do lists all in one spot. Take it up a notch by personalizing it with photos of your family, their name, or even their favorite vacation spot.

Homemade Desserts

For many of us, the way to our hearts is through our stomachs. There is seldom a better gift than a delicious, homemade treat from a family member! Desserts such as cookies, pies, and cobblers always taste better when they are made by family using grandma’s old recipe. Surprise grandma this year by baking her famous blueberry cobbler and bringing it to her. This is sure to put a smile on her face and make her feel special since she will know how much you appreciate her good cooking. She might even have some critiques for you – all in good fun of course!

Snuggly Stuff

With the weather getting cold and snow on the horizon, now is more important than ever to make sure that your loved ones stay warm and comfortable. This is especially important for seniors with dementia or Alzheimer’s, since they may not realize they are cold or might not be able to tell you they are cold. We recommend being proactive and gifting your loved ones with warm, snuggly blankets, jackets, gloves, and scarves to help keep them warm this winter.

We hope this list is helpful for you as you shop for loved ones. We are wishing you and your family the happiest of holidays this season!

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