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Brain-Healthy Activities for Seniors from Indiana Memory Care

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How Seniors Can Keep Their Brains Sharp While Aging

Brains are just like any other body part, they need to be stimulated in order to stay as healthy as possible! Just like you must use your legs to keep them in shape, you must use your brain to keep it sharp. The aging process can be difficult to navigate, especially if one does not prioritize all aspects of their health–brain health being no exception.

When it comes to taking care of your loved one’s brain, this type of brain “exercise” doesn’t need to be scary. In fact, many activities that will keep both of your brains stimulated are very fun! The caring team at Heritage Point Assisted Living and Memory Care in Mishawaka, Indiana, have put together some suggestions for activities that are good for your brains, but also are tons of fun to engage in.

Playing Games Together

Didn’t believe me about the “fun” part? Time to prove it! One of the easiest ways of keeping one’s brain sharp is by playing mentally and intellectually stimulating games. Games like Scrabble, Monopoly, Jeopardy, and more can be both fun and mentally challenging. They will challenge the reflexes, memory, and creativity of everyone involved–which are key components to maintaining overall brain health. Even the competitive nature of games can be mentally stimulating because as you consider strategizing against an opponent, your brain will be receiving a healthy workout. It isn’t all fun and games; it’s promoting a healthy lifestyle as well!

Socializing with Intention

Another subset of enjoyable activities that are great for brain health is social activities! Whether these activities are group discussions and lively debates, or nostalgic storytelling, social activities can easily become brain-healthy. Participating in conversation and storytelling stimulates the brain by engaging a senior’s memory, which helps them remain mentally sharp. Also, socializing in and of itself is proven to be beneficial for seniors’ overall wellbeing, as it helps combat feelings of isolation and loneliness. Sometimes, a brain-healthy social event can be as simple as a dinner conversation with a friend–but all these little things count!

Memory Care Activities

At Heritage Point, a top memory care facility for seniors in Indiana, there are a ton of activities offered specifically catered towards memory care and promoting a healthy brain! This is perfect for seniors who may need more guidance and structure when it comes to engaging in social or mental activities. Since these events are hosted by staff professionals, there will be more personal assistance to make sure everyone is enjoying and benefiting from their activity of choice. Some examples of these memory-supportive activities are cooking activities, creative arts and crafts, sing-a-longs, trivia, and memory care therapies like music and VR therapy. All of these activities are offered especially for seniors to be able to practice brain-healthy habits, in the safety of a controlled environment and surrounded by peers they can relate to.

Start Working Out Your Brain!

If these activities sound like something your senior loved one would benefit from or enjoy, Heritage Point could be the place for them. We are a premier memory care facility, where the holistic health of all of our residents will always be the top priority. Plus, we always have an endless supply of brain-healthy activities available for our residents to try on our weekly schedule!

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

Help Your Loved Ones Maintain Independence and Take Care Of Their Memory

If you love someone who is experiencing memory challenges or other health issues, you can help them enjoy their life to the fullest, even as they age. It’s important to start taking action to reduce the negative effects of aging in your loved one. By introducing the right healthy activities and behaviors, you can minimize or slow down the chances of memory issues, depression, agitation and more. You can also promote your loved one’s independence, which will help them feel accomplished and capable of their daily activities for as long as possible.

Luckily, there are so many different ways to help your loved one maintain their quality of life through the aging process. Here are a few ways to help aging adults, from Central Parke, a top assisted living community in Mason, Ohio:

Enable Social Inclusion

As we age, we become more susceptible to depression as a result of feeling isolated. This makes it extremely important that you enable socialization for your loved one, and make it as accessible as possible. Socializing gives seniors a sense of community and belonging. There are many ways to enable social inclusion for your loved one–whether it be getting the family together or finding clubs with other seniors for them to join. Consider what types of social activities your loved one enjoyed in the past, and think about how you can make them accessible for their current capabilities!

Communicate Mindfully

If your loved one is beginning to experience memory challenges or hearing issues, it’s important to learn how to communicate mindfully with them to allow them to continue to feel respected, included, and capable. There are many ways to improve your communication with them, such as allowing them additional time to process, speaking clearly, using simple words, and allowing them to ask questions if they need clarification. In addition to the way you speak to them, it’s important that you understand how to have tough conversations with them when necessary. There are many online resources to learn more about communicating appropriately with your aging loved one.

Stay Educated

Hold yourself accountable–stay up to date on caring for your senior loved one! There are endless resources available for free, especially online, so there is no excuse for not increasing your knowledge. Keep up with the latest innovations in senior care and make sure you’re checking in on the best practices for long-term care to help your loved one the best you can.

Create a Safe Environment

Minimizing risks in your loved one’s living space is an easy way to help them in the aging process, as it also helps them maintain independence and enjoy their home for longer. You’ll want to reduce the risk of harm and injuries–here are a few of the many different ways to create a safe environment for your loved one:

  • Install railings and/or seating in the bathroom(s)
  • Tape rugs and cords to the floor to reduce tripping hazards
  • Move necessary items to be within close reach
  • Consider getting them a medical alert device
  • Make sure light switches are easily accessible
  • Consider moving their sleeping and living areas to the main floor

Help them Feel Useful and Needed

Everyone wants to feel included, useful, and needed–it’s human nature. These needs are still just as relevant for your loved one. When you can, ask them to help you with tasks that they are able to handle, such as opening the mail, folding laundry, organizing, prepping for meals, watering plants, or making grocery lists. You will be able to spend some quality time with them, and they’ll get the benefits of socialization and contributing.

Encourage Regular Exercise

Physical activity has too many benefits to name! It can help boost mood, lower blood pressure, improve sleep, reduce anxiety, increase strength, boost the immune system and so much more. No matter how intense or how low-impact, regular exercise is important for your aging loved one. Encourage them to find activities they enjoy, whether it’s as simple as going for a daily stroll or doing seated yoga. There are exercises for everyone’s capabilities and preferences!

Keep Them Mentally Active

Stimulating the brain has many benefits for aging adults. It helps keep their mind sharp and can curb the effects of memory challenges. Some activities your loved one could participate in to keep their brain active include crafts, drawing, painting, puzzles, and more.

These are just a few of the many ways that you can help your loved one through the process of aging. Here at Central Parke, we implement all of these to ensure our residents maintain a high quality of life!

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

Gardening Isn’t Just A Spring Activity!

There’s nothing quite as rewarding as eating fresh veggies and fruits from your very own garden! And just because it’s getting cooler outside doesn’t mean you can’t still garden. In fact, a lot of nutritious and delicious veggies actually do better in the cooler temperatures. Not only is gardening a great way to get your own fresh produce and herbs, it also offers many physical and mental benefits for seniors. It’s good exercise, can reduce the risk of memory challenges, improve your immune system, and relieve stress and anxiety. Plus, it’s a fun and entertaining activity! Whether you’re already a pro gardener or you’re a newbie, here are some steps for starting your own fall garden from Brook Ridge, a top independent living community in Pharr, TX. Because in the South Texas weather, it’s always growing season!

Pick a Garden Location

If you already had a spring garden that was successful, then that spot should work perfectly for your fall garden. If you did not have a spring garden, or it was unsuccessful, you’ll need to pick a new location. When picking a spot, you should find one that gets at least eight hours of direct sunlight each day and is an area where soil can drain well.

Prepare the Soil

It’s important to prepare your garden soil in advance. You’ll want a fresh slate to work with, so if you’re using your spring garden, you’ll want to pull out and discard any past plant remains and weeds. If you’re starting fresh with a new garden site, you’ll want to remove all grass completely to avoid any growth or interference with your new garden. You can kill the grass and weeds easily by using any herbicide that includes glyphosate.

Once the grass and/or debris is removed, you’ll want to dig the area about 10-12 inches deep. Then, fill 1-2 inches with coarse sand, and 2-3 inches with organic matter. Till it into the soil. Apply 1-2 pounds of slow-release fertilizer per 50 square feet, and then 1 tablespoon of ammonium sulfate around (not on) each plant every three weeks. After the fertilizer is included, mix the soil and create beds in rows to plant the crops in. Leave enough room in between beds for you to move easily through the garden. Be sure to water the garden afterward, and allow it to dry for several days.

Pick Your Plants

While your garden beds are drying, start picking out the fall crops that you want to grow! Below are some plants that do well in cooler temperatures:

  • Carrots
  • Bush beans
  • Greens
  • Garlic
  • Lettuce
  • Radishes
  • Brussels sprouts
  • Asparagus
  • Broccoli

Water Your Crops

After you’ve planted your crops of choice, you need to water them to keep them alive and healthy. Although you may be tempted to water them several times a week, this can cause poor root development. Instead, water the plants thoroughly initially, soaking the soil about 6 inches deep. Then, it will typically need one or two inches a week after. A tip for watering is that you should examine the soil, not when deciding if it’s time for a drink. If the soil surface and an inch below is dry, then it needs some water

There are a ton of resources online to learn more details about tending to a fall garden in Texas that you can find online. Review the care instructions for each of your plants, including how much water and sunlight they need, and when they should be harvested. We hope these steps were helpful for getting your own fall garden started!

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

Time to bring out the sweaters and festivities!

Get your scarves and sweaters out the summer heat is leaving and cooler weather is on the way to Aurora, Colorado! It’s time to get prepared and ensure your loved one is comfortable. Not only is it important to find activities to keep your loved ones entertained during the fall season, but also to keep their health in tip-top shape. In the cold, outdoor activities may become limited, but we’ve got some exciting indoor activities up our sleeve as well!

Consider these tips for helping your loved one prepare for and enjoy the cooler temperatures from Belleview Heights, a top assisted living home in Aurora, Colorado:

Stay Warm

One of the most obvious ways to help your loved ones enjoy the cooler weather is by making sure that they have appropriate clothing and gear for going outside. It’s ideal to have a variety of weights of clothing, to allow for layering and delayering as needed for outdoor endeavors. Additionally, you should consider investing in a heater to keep them cozy in their living space. Here are some items you should bring out of storage or purchase for your loved one to ensure they are comfortable:

  • Cozy flannels or sweaters
  • Long pants
  • Thermal underclothes
  • A warm hat, mittens, and scarf
  • Low-heeled or flat boots with traction
  • A high-quality winter coat
  • Warm cabin socks

Stay Moisturized

It’s time to stock up on some moisturizer! Cool air tends to cause the skin to become sore and dry, resulting in painful cracks and tears. Seniors are especially susceptible to this, even if they don’t go outside because the dry air can still impact the inside air. To help your loved one avoid the discomfort of dry skin, encourage them to or help them start moisturizing regularly. After showering or washing hands is a great time to add moisturizing into their routine. In addition to using lotion, drinking plenty of water and using a humidifier can help keep your loved one’s skin moisturized and healthy.

Have Fun

With the option of enjoying outdoor activities becoming limited for your loved ones, you can keep them entertained and stimulated with lots of indoor activities. Here are ideas for inspiration:

  • Enjoy a conversation with them by the fireplace over a warm cup of tea or coffee
  • Watch nostalgic holiday movies to get in the fall spirit and reminisce
  • Play your loved one’s favorite games
  • Bake sweets such as cakes, cupcakes, brownies, cookies, pumpkin bread, etc
  • Birdwatch from the comfort of their home
  • Make a fall wreath using faux leaves–or real natural items like foliage and pinecones.
  • Go for a drive to enjoy the changing leaves

Stay Active–Physically and Mentally

Cold weather can tend to put seniors at risk for seasonal depression, as they may feel limited inside their homes. This makes keeping their body and brain active vital. There are so many different ways to stay active–here are just a few great activities for taking care of your loved one’s mental and physical health:

  • Find a good book to read to them or with them
  • Engage in indoor-friendly exercises, such as chair yoga
  • Set up a Zoom meeting with family and friends for socialization
  • Work on puzzles¡¡
  • Complete a craft or paint a picture
  • Eat nutritious and delicious meals. You can even cook them together!

There are so many ways to ensure that your loved one enjoys the cooler weather in Aurora, Colorado. The expert assisted living and memory care team at Belleview Heights hopes your family stays warm and healthy this fall by using these tips!

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

Support Your loved One With Our Memory Care Programs

Watching your loved one struggle with memory challenges can be difficult. You might start to notice that their behavior changes, they are increasingly more confused, their physical health is declining, and more. This can also make taking care of them challenging, and it can make them more susceptible to danger if they are unsupervised. Luckily, there are ways to help mitigate the effects of memory loss, and slow down the process as much as possible. At Central Parke, we pride ourselves in helping support our residents’ physical, cognitive, and emotional health, as well as their safety. Here are reasons why you should consider memory care for your loved one from Central Parke, an all-inclusive, custom Assisted Living, Alzheimer’s & Memory Care Facility in Mason, OH.

Safety

One of the big concerns for seniors with dementia and other memory challenges is that they might become confused and may find themselves getting lost. At Central Parke, our grounds are enclosed so that residents are always safe and secure. We also have dedicated and experienced staff who keep an eye on residents to ensure their safety. Additionally, our community grounds are designed for safety, so residents are not at risk of certain things they would encounter while living alone, such as falling down the stairs or handling sharp items. This can help you have peace of mind that your loved one is safe and supervised.

Person-Centered Care

At Central Parke, we understand that personal care isn’t a one-size-fits-all situation. That’s why we take a Person-centered care approach so that we can accommodate each resident in the way that is best for them. This model begins with in-depth discovery for an individual and an ongoing, detailed assessment that focuses on each individual’s needs, values and preferences to create a care program. The programs are designed to support independence, enhance dignity, promote positive well-being, improve quality of life, empower residents and honor their choices. In addition to our person-centered care approach, we provide residents with health monitoring, medication management, assistance with dressing, bathing, grooming and oral care. By moving your loved one to a memory care community like Central Parke, they can get personalized care that supports their lifestyle.

Memory Care Life Enrichment

From music therapy to life skills stations, our Memory Care Life Enrichment Program is designed to honor your loved one’s memories and experiences. The program includes physical engagement, spiritual support, sensory stimulation, social connections, intellectual discovery and emotional expression. At our memory care facility, your loved one would have access to opportunities that curb the effects of memory loss such as:

  • Sensory and Virtual Reality Therapy
  • Music Therapy
  • Aromatherapy
  • Validation Techniques
  • Socialization
  • Health and Wellness
  • Spiritual Support
  • Life Skills Stations

Implementation of the MIND Diet

The food that your loved one eats can have an impact on their health and cognition. At Central Parke, we serve meals that have memory care in mind. Our menu incorporates foods from the Rush University Medical Center MIND diet, which is designed to support memory and cognitive health!

Memory care facilities are a great way to honor the memories of your loved one as well as get them the care they need to stay safe and enjoy life to their utmost ability. Central Parke would be more than happy to share more about the benefits of our memory care community and welcome your loved one home!

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

 

How Food Can Support Seniors With Memory Challenges

We’ve all heard the phrase, “You are what you eat.” And the truth is, what we eat can have a significant impact on our physical and mental health. That is why at Heritage Point, a Mishawaka Assisted Living and Memory Care Community, we implement the MIND diet, which was created specifically to foster brain health. This evidence-backed diet is just part of how we support our residents both physically and mentally.

Researchers at Rush University Medical Center in Chicago have evidence that eating certain types of food and avoiding others may reduce the risk of developing Alzheimer’s disease by as much as 53 percent. These researchers based the MIND diet off of their studies, by sorting its “brain-healthy” food recommendations into ten food groups a person should eat and five unhealthy food groups to avoid. After testing this diet on almost a thousand seniors, the results were overwhelmingly positive. These results, which were published in the journal Alzheimer’s & Dementia, revealed that participants whose diets most closely followed the MIND recommendations had a level of cognitive function the equivalent of a person 7.5 years younger.

Follow along to learn more about the MIND diet and how it integrates with our memory care programs at Heritage Point!

What’s On The Menu?

You may be wondering at this point what exactly these magical food groups are that are so great for memory care! Here is a breakdown of the foods that appear frequently in our MIND diet recipes:

  • Green leafy vegetables (like spinach and salad greens) – at least six servings a week
  • Other vegetables – at least once a day
  • Nuts – five servings a week
  • Berries – two or more servings a week
  • Beans – at least three servings a week
  • Whole grains – three or more servings a day
  • Fish – once a week
  • Poultry (like chicken or turkey) – two times a week
  • Olive oil – used as our main cooking oil

These ingredients make it easy to combine great-tasting food and memory care! Craving a salmon dinner, or a refreshing salad? Love almonds as a snack? All of these dietary habits are actually great for your cognitive health and memory! However, there are some “unhealthy” food groups that are served less frequently at Heritage Point, in order to limit their effect on our residents’ brain health. The MIND diet recommends limiting the following foods:

  • Red meat – less than four servings a week
  • Butter and margarine – less than a tablespoon daily
  • Cheese–less than one serving a week
  • Pastries and sweets – less than five servings a week
  • Fried or fast food – less than one serving a week

Fill Your Stomach, Treat Your Mind!

The researchers of the MIND diet say that even “modest adherence” to these guidelines can make a significant impact on brain health. Plus, the longer you stick with it, the greater the benefits. This is why Heritage Point emphasizes that memory care, and care for one’s health in general, is so closely intertwined with diet. If you are what you eat, we are here to make sure that you are eating the best ingredients for a happy, healthy individual!

At Heritage Point, diet is just one way we support the physical, mental, and emotional wellbeing of our residents. We’re always happy to share more about memory care programs, residency benefits, and all of the other things that make our community amazing!

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

Kicking of Autumn with Friends and Fun

Many seniors can struggle with socialization as they age. They may find themselves isolated from their peers, or limited by certain health concerns, making it difficult to connect with others the way they once did. This can lead to issues of depression, loneliness, and social isolation, and feeling as though they are unfulfilled in their social connections.

Luckily for residents at The Gardens at Brook Ridge, an assisted living and memory care community in Pharr, Texas, the overall health of residents is our top priority, and socialization is widely recognized as an important part of that health. There are daily group activities where seniors can meet their fellow residents and make new friends. We offer a welcoming community where people can eat, relax, and socialize with others their own age, and we know that making new friends can be just as rewarding as we age!

Here are some ideas that our community has put together to kick off fall:

Game Nights

Game nights are a favorite among seniors at The Gardens at Brook Ridge, who relish the opportunity to have some friendly banter and competition among friends. Whether a resident wants to play cards outside, or a group game of Jeopardy or Bingo inside, there are many ways that a game night can lead to healthy social interactions.

Group Fitness Classes

The Gardens at Brook Ridge offer a variety of daily physical activities that involve everything from yard games to basic yoga. These classes are a great way to bond with the people around you while also staying active. You never know if your future best friend is your partner in corn hole, or on the mat to your left in yoga!

Enjoy the weather outdoors

With fall bringing a much-needed reprieve from the Texas summer heat, an easy way to meet new people or spend quality time with friends is to simply get outside! Whether it’s sitting on the porch to chat, or strolling through the gardens with a friend, there are endless opportunities to socialize with others in the fresh air. The Gardens at Brook Ridge even has an outdoor swimming pool for residents, and the weather is still warm enough for swimming–so grab some floaties, a cool beverage or two, and socialize in the sunshine!

Plan A Meal With Friends or Family

A traditional way to spend time with friends and family is at a table, accompanied by some delicious food. This fall, gather a few friends or family members to have a sit-down meal together. It’s a great way to converse, chat with someone you haven’t seen in a while, and spend quality time together. Cooking the meal together could make the experience even better, particularly if a friend is a great chef or willing sous-chef!

Enjoy Your Social Autumn

Now that you have some fun ideas for how to stay social this fall, it’s time to put them into action! The Gardens at Brook Ridge community is a great example of how ample resources and activities lead to happy, healthy, and socially active seniors! If your loved one is looking to enjoy fall with vibrant social life and opportunities to spend quality time with friends and family, The Gardens at Brook Ridge is the place for them.

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

A Closer Look At Daily Life at The Haven

At The Haven at North Hills, there is always a surplus of fun, engaging activities for residents! We strive to support our residents in every aspect of their wellbeing, so we offer both physical and intellectual activities daily so that seniors can promote their overall health, and enjoy doing it.

Our weekly schedules are released so that each resident knows when it’s time to enjoy games like Jeopardy or attend physically engaging classes like “Stretch It Out” to work on their flexibility and overall fitness. Residents at The Haven have no need to wait for the weekend to have fun–Monday through Fridays are always full of exciting opportunities. Here’s an example of what a Monday through Friday week at The Haven might look like for a senior resident:

Monday

Let’s get creative! At 10:30 am, join the group class ‘Artful Creations’ to channel your artistic side in a variety of fun ways. Whether it be drawing, painting, or crafting, residents can use these art classes to stimulate their brains in a fun, relaxing way– and get a fun piece of their own artwork out of it as well. These classes, although more intellectually oriented, are also good for getting residents to use their hands in a way that hones their motor skills, balance, and strength. Art classes also stimulate residents’ minds to promote healthy cognitive function and memory support. Who knew it could be so fun to work on one’s health?

Tuesday

On Tuesday, one physical activity that is perfect for seniors who are looking to relive their athletic glory days is “Let’s Play Ball!” Although the name is pretty self-explanatory, seniors can attend this class to play a variety of games no matter their physical abilities, all while socializing with fellow residents and engaging in some friendly competition. This fitness activity is great for letting seniors play the games of their youth in a safe, controlled environment, where the staff can cater to all different levels of fitness to make sure everyone is included in the way that works for them. Playing ball is also a great way to meet fellow residents, and make some new friends. So seniors, get ready to grab a ball, jump on a team, and play!

Wednesday

Tired of watching Jeopardy and Wheel of Fortune on TV and ready to get in the action? Residents can spend their Wednesday nights at The Haven playing both of these games in real life with their friends, and hopefully, win big! These games are the perfect way to spend an evening socializing, stimulating intellectual health, and, of course, having fun.

Thursday

A great way to relax on Thursdays is the Patio Ponderings, where residents can hang out, socialize and discuss whatever they feel like talking about. This activity is great for seniors who aren’t feeling up to physical activity but still want to engage in intellectually stimulating group classes. Residents can learn about their peers, make new friends, and reminisce while hanging out in the fresh air of the patio!

Friday

To end off the week, residents can spend a morning at the group exercise class “Stretch It Out!” This class is great for improving flexibility, working on mobility, and feeling ready for the day. Seniors can participate in this class at a variety of fitness levels, and just do what feels right for them! The best way to end the week, and of course prepare for the weekend, is some gentle exercise with fellow residents that will leave seniors feeling awesome, fit, and healthy.

Ready For Your Week?

If this example of an activity-packed week sounds like something your loved one would enjoy, we would love to show you more about our community! We can’t wait to learn more about how we can welcome your loved one home to The Haven at North Hills!

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

It’s The Perfect Time to be Outside in South Carolina

Greenville, South Carolina is widely recognized as one of the nation’s best places to retire, with a breathtaking natural landscape, plenty of Southern charm, and activities abound for active seniors. Downtown Greenville is home to more than 130 retail shops and 75 restaurants, all within a single walkable square mile and a short drive away.

Maple Brook Terrace is a Greenville retirement community designed to provide well-being, adventure, and relaxation – the ideal setting for a life lived to the fullest. In Greenville, there’s no need to choose between city life and being surrounded by nature. Here are the best outdoor attractions near our Greenville independent living community:

Walking and Waterfalls!

In Greenville, there is a wide variety of local attractions, both indoors and outdoors. One of the best nearby outdoor attractions is the Liberty Bridge, which is perfect for a scenic walk. The bridge, a 355-foot pedestrian walkway, offers views of the historic waterfalls nestled right in the heart of downtown. Residents can head out with friends or family to appreciate both beautiful natural scenery, and the sights of downtown Greenville.

Head Down To The Zoo

Another great way to connect with nature, local wildlife, and even some exotic animals are the Greenville Zoo! Residents can head a few miles down the road to the zoo, where they can see anything from giraffes and ocelots to giant anteaters and spider monkeys. This local attraction is a great way to stretch your legs, get outdoors and see and learn something new (because most people probably don’t get to see a giraffe every day!) Remember to wear weather-appropriate clothing, bring some snacks and pack water to stay hydrated, and head on down to the Greenville Zoo!

Swamp Rabbit Trail

If you are looking for an outdoor attraction in Greenville that has a little bit of everything, the Swamp Rabbit Trail is for you. The trail runs along with beautiful grassy areas, waterfalls, a pedestrian bridge, flowers, and blooming bushes, and swings to relax on. This trail is perfect for getting a little exercise with friends and spending some time in nature. People are known to bring bikes down to ride on the trail, or binoculars to watch for birds. Plus if anyone gets hungry, the Swamp Rabbit Grocery and Cafe is right on the trail north of Greenville. It has a wonderful menu with many options for people with dietary restrictions, as well as seating outside.

Barefoot Acres

Barefoot Acres combines the best of both worlds when it comes to outdoor attractions–it has both a working farm open to the public and an adventure park that features a zipline course. At Barefoot Acres, families can come to enjoy the outdoors, stroll through fields of flowers, pumpkins, strawberries, produce, and quiet woods, and even have a picnic. If some guests are looking for more of a thrill, they can go to the adventure park, with zip lines are ropes courses that will guarantee some thrills, challenges, and fun experiences. These courses are built for different abilities, and if you aren’t feeling up to participating, you can always watch from the hiking trail, or stick to the farmland side of Barefoot Acres!

Endless Opportunities!

These attractions are just some of few located in Greenville, South Carolina–an absolute retreat for seniors and retirees. There are so many ways that all residents of Maple Brook Terrace can take advantage of to get outside, get active and connect with nature, especially since the weather in South Carolina is warm nearly year-round! Whether it is the local zoo, Swamp Rabbit Trail, or a farm mixed with an adventure park, there are ample opportunities to have some fun outdoors in Greenville, South Carolina.

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

The Top Benefits of Life at Woodland Creek

It can be difficult when it comes to deciding whether or not it’s time for your loved one to move to an assisted living or memory care community, or which community would be the best option for them. This is something that you’ll want to be well-informed about before taking the next step. Whether you know for sure it is time for your loved one to move to a retirement community, or are getting a head start on researching communities, here are some of the top benefits you should know about life at Woodland Creek in Dresher, Pennsylvania:

Safety and Comfort

Here at Woodland Creek, our residents’ safety and comfort are top priorities. From our experienced and dedicated staff to our building’s ionized air filtering, your loved one will be in great hands. Our walking grounds are also secure yet beautiful, and we have many virus mitigation protocols in place to protect our residents and ensure their wellbeing. By moving your loved one to our community, you won’t have to stress about the dangers of them living alone, such as falling down, getting lost, forgetting to take medication, dealing with sharp objects, or forgetting to turn off the stove! They’ll be completely safe, comfortable, and secure, and you will have complete peace of mind.

Life Enrichment Programs

To honor your loved one’s memories and experiences, we designed a memory care life enrichment program that provides physical engagement, sensory stimulation, social connections, emotional expression, and more. More specifically, the program includes sensory & virtual reality therapy, music therapy, aromatherapy, validation techniques, health & wellness opportunities, spiritual support, life skills practice and so much more. By moving your loved ones to our memory care community, they will have access to all of these programs that help support their memory and cognitive abilities.

Social Scene

It’s extremely important for seniors to maintain a social life as they age– however, it can be difficult to do so when living on their own. With little to no socialization, your loved one could begin to experience feelings of loneliness and isolation, which can lead to depression and negative health outcomes. Here at Woodland Creek, they will be surrounded by both peers and caring staff, and they’ll be able to make genuine connections with other residents. There are so many opportunities for spending quality time with other seniors–ice cream socials, gardening, art classes, game nights–the list goes on!

Nutritious Dining 24/7

Your loved one will become spoiled with our 24/7 gourmet dining experience! Our executive chef and a team of professionals are ready to prepare high-quality, tasty food from the freshest ingredients at any time. They are also trained and more than happy to accommodate residents who have dietary needs such as low gluten, sugar-free diets, and more. Not only does our daily menu consist of delicious meals, but it also includes foods from the Rush University Medical Center MIND diet that help to promote brain health. The MIND diet paired with the memory care programs offered at Woodland Creek will help support your loved one’s memory for as long as possible!

From the peace of mind, you will have to know that your loved one is in good hands and in a safe place, to the amazing life enrichment opportunities they will experience, there are so many awesome reasons to move your loved one to Woodland Creek. These are just a few of the reasons you should consider moving your loved one to our community, and we would be more than happy to show you what else there is to offer!

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