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An All-Inclusive Senior Living Community is The Perfect Place to Achieve Your Lifelong Goals

The beginning of a new year is traditionally the time when many people set goals for their lives. In fact, about 60% of people make at least one New Year’s resolution each year. And seniors are no exception. While the types of goals we set may change as we age, the excitement of setting goals, improving our lives, and trying new things never fades.

And living at an all-inclusive retirement community can make goal-setting even easier and more fun. Without homeownership woes, meals, and coordinating social events to worry about, residents at The Landing at Behrman Place in New Orleans, Louisiana, can focus on achieving the goals they’ve always dreamed about.

Set yourself up for success this year with these goal setting tips.

Start with your values

When you’re setting goals, it’s easy to get distracted by what society has conditioned us to think is important. But ultimately, your goals will only satisfy you if they align with your values and desires. In other words, before you set any goals, check-in with yourself first about what would make you truly happy.

For example, it may sound impressive for a senior to run a marathon or write a novel. And if you’ve always wanted to do those things, those may be great goals for you to set. But if you’ve never liked exercise or you prefer music to reading, those goals aren’t the right ones for you. If you care more about spending time with your family than you do about learning ballroom dancing, then set a goal to call your family daily or schedule a trip to see them…and leave your dancing shoes at home.

Your goals should be something you actually care about, not simply something that sounds impressive to others. Goals that don’t align with your values and desires may sound impressive, but you won’t be sufficiently motivated to achieve them. Since the ultimate result is not something you care that much about, you will likely be unwilling to put in the effort necessary to achieve the goal. And even if you do end up achieving one of these misaligned goals, the victory won’t be as sweet.

Aim high, but consider your limitations

As we age, we can develop certain limitations that keep us from doing things we otherwise might like to do. For example, you may have loved mountain climbing in your youth, but a bad knee means that it’s not healthy for you to start scaling cliffs anytime soon. If that’s the case, you don’t have to give up on your goal, but you may have to modify it. Instead, you can compromise by setting a goal to complete five new hiking trails that are appropriate for your abilities.

It’s wonderful to set goals that are beyond what you or others think you can achieve. But when you do so, be sure to consider your limitations to ensure your goals are achievable.

Write your goals down in detail

Did you know that physically writing your goals down actually increases your chances of achieving those goals? According to Forbes,  vividly describing your goals in written form is strongly associated with goal success.” And people who very clearly describe or picture their goals in great detail are anywhere from 1.2 to 1.4 times more likely to successfully accomplish their goals than people who set more general goals or who don’t take the time to write out the details.

Additionally, putting pen to paper to write down your goals helps with a process called “encoding”—meaning that when you write your goals down, you’re more likely to remember them and keep them top of mind.

Transitioning to a retirement community doesn’t mean your New Year’s resolutions can’t be as big as ever. With these tips, you’re on the right track to make this year your best one yet.

To learn more about residency or to schedule a tour of The Landing at Behrman Place, contact our friendly team today

A Few Changes to Your Holiday Plans Can Ensure Everyone Can Celebrate

When the time has come when your loved one has transitioned to assisted living or memory care, it becomes obvious that they can’t celebrate the holidays the way they used to. But that doesn’t mean you have to scrap your holiday plans altogether. With some simple changes, everyone can enjoy the holiday season with the people they care about most.

Make Plans to Celebrate With Your Loved One

Depending on your loved one’s condition and preferences, they may be able to participate in various holiday celebrations. It’s important to talk to your loved one’s doctors, nurses, and caregivers to determine what type of celebration would be most appropriate.

For example, if your loved one needs only personal care or daily assistance, and you are confident that you can manage their condition, you may speak with their caregivers to see if they can join the family at home for the holiday festivities. And don’t forget to discuss your plans with your loved one to see if they actually feel up to attending, even if it’s only for a few hours. If your loved one is concerned about being taken care of, reassure them that you are well able to fulfill their needs and that the entire family is looking forward to seeing them.

If your loved one needs memory care, however, taking them home for the holidays may not be the best option. Disrupting their environment and their routine may cause unnecessary stress and disorientation. Speak with their caregivers to find out whether they enjoy and can participate in festive events, or whether they would prefer a smaller, more intimate get-together at their memory care community.

Don’t Skip the Holiday

When your loved one doesn’t seem to know or care that the holidays are approaching, you may be tempted to skip the holiday celebration and stick to your normal visiting routine. But even if they don’t care about the holidays, your loved one would still love to visit with their family and friends. If their community allows a few guests at a time and your loved one does well in medium or even larger gatherings, consider bringing the celebration to them! Plan a group visit with other family members to bring the holiday joy to your loved one and their neighbors in the community. If your loved one prefers a quieter celebration, you may consider splitting up the family visits into smaller, more manageable groups that they will enjoy. And for family living far away, you can arrange video calls so everyone can chat for the holidays.

Plan Appropriate Gifts and Activities

Once again, the intensity of your holiday celebration will depend on your loved one’s needs and preferences. Some people enjoy holiday lights, music, and decorations. Others may become agitated or disoriented by these things. Some activities you could try include watching holiday movies, singing holiday songs, and admiring holiday lights and decorations. You can even include your loved one’s new friends from their community!

Be sure to speak with your loved one’s family and friends to ensure that any gifts for your loved one are appropriate. Comfortable clothes, photo albums, and recordings of favorite music or movies are all great ideas. Advice specifically against any gifts that may be inappropriate or dangerous, because things that your loved one used to enjoy may not be appropriate for their current needs.

At a memory care or assisted living community, a few simple adjustments can be the difference between a frustrating holiday and an enjoyable one. Use these tips to make sure everyone has an amazing holiday season.

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

Stone Valley Can Give Your Loved One Top-notch Care While you Travel for the Holidays

It’s common knowledge, to the point of comedy, that holiday travel can be stressful. Choosing your travel dates, packing up your family’s belongings, dealing with airports and highways, and checking your gift list twice are all frustrating enough without adding the worry of caring for your loved one who is unable to travel with you.

If you are the primary caregiver for a loved one who is unable to travel for the holidays like they used to, you may think you have to cancel your own plans to care for them. But caregivers, don’t call the airlines to cancel just yet (although those late-booking passengers who couldn’t get tickets would love it if you did). The short term and respite care at Stone Valley Assisted Living and Memory Care in Reno, Nevada, can provide your loved one with top-notch care while you travel this holiday season.

Why Choose Short-Term Care?

It is normal to feel torn about holiday plans when you care for a loved one who simply cannot travel with you for the holidays. You want to enjoy the holidays with your friends and family who live far away, who you get to see only a few times per year. But you also know that nobody can care for your loved one like you do—well, almost nobody.

The professional, caring staff at Stone Valley has the perfect solution. Whether you’re going away on business, planning a vacation, or simply need a break from caregiving, respite care at Stone Valley is the perfect solution for providing your loved one with the Person-Centered Care that they need. The community’s safe, nurturing environment and professional staff will support the wellness needs of your loved one while you travel to see your friends and family this holiday season.

While you’re gone, your loved one can rest and enjoy socializing with team members and other residents. And you’ll have peace of mind knowing each suite features its own emergency response system, and that the Stone Valley staff is available 24/7 to assist your loved ones with every one of their needs.

Your Loved One Will Enjoy a Safe, Relaxing Holiday

Stone Valley not only offers caring staff around the clock, but your loved one will also enjoy the community’s amenities, just like the residents. It’s easy to become spoiled with the 24/7 dining program. Your loved one will enjoy gourmet food prepared from the freshest ingredients by the Executive Chef, any time of day or night. The chef is trained and happy to accommodate guests with dietary needs due to various health restrictions, such as low gluten and sugar-free diets, and much more.

They will also be able to enjoy the community’s indoor and outdoor common areas (weather permitting, of course). The community’s many secured walking paths and well-tended, enclosed gardens encourage a daily stroll. Your loved one can feel safe while enjoying the outdoor environment with a patio that features comfortable benches and beautiful views.

Stone Valley also offers specialized memory care programming and activities well-suited for your loved one’s needs. They can participate in mental and physical activities that support their wellness and entertainment, such as armchair yoga, crafting, and movie showings.

With all of the amenities and activities available, you can be confident that your loved one will be well cared for and happy while you travel for the holidays. They may even have a more relaxing holiday than you do!

To learn more about short-term stays, respite stays, or residency, or to schedule a tour of Stone Valley today, contact our friendly team.

Hammond Glen Retirement Community Offers Daily Assistance and Personal Care for Residents, All in a Luxury Environment

Perhaps the time has come when you’re looking for an assisted living facility for your loved one. Maybe the normal activities of daily living have become challenging, and you’d like for them to live in a safe environment with 24/7 assistance.

If that’s what you’re looking for, a personal care community like Hammond Glen Retirement Community in Sandy Springs, Georgia, maybe just the ticket.

What is the difference between assisted living and personal care?

Assisted living communities offer their residents assistance with the normal activities of daily living, such as oral care, dressing, bathing, meal preparation, medication administration, and housekeeping. Hammond Glen offers very similar services; the community provides options for health monitoring, medication management, as well as assistance with dressing, bathing, grooming, and oral care. In addition, many insurance plans cover personal care.

Your loved one will be a part of a vibrant, warm community

Hammond Glen offers a Person-Centered Care approach that focuses on their residents’ needs. And their Active Living Programs allow residents to live life to their fullest capability. The community’s residents feel at home in because the community’s approach is based on the residents’ lifetime routine.

In addition, the community’s Executive Director understands that residents want peace of mind at their new community. Therefore, the community maintains an on-site staff 7 days a week, 24/7 to assist residents with any questions or problems they may have. The community also offers onsite physical therapy and caregiving services if the need arises. Plus, each resident can opt-in to the safety pendant program for an additional level of peace of mind.

The community also offers incredible activities that your loved one will enjoy. A monthly calendar of physical and mental activities will keep your loved one entertained and meeting new friends. Hammond Glen makes every day special for residents, planning a full calendar of outings, live entertainment, and wellness programming for each month. For example, your loved one can enjoy the community’s weekly ice cream social, trivia, and movie screenings with their new neighbors.

Surround your loved one with luxury amenities

The superior care that the community gives to residents starts before they even move in. Hammond Glen’s Easy-Move Program lessens the strain associated with moving so that residents can transition to their new community with ease. Caring and dedicated staff are available to assist in matters such as real estate, financial services, moving professionals, veteran assistance, and more.

Once your loved one moves in, Hammond Glen provides a wealth of benefits as part of their monthly rent, including weekly housekeeping, on-call apartment maintenance, all utilities (except residents’ personal telephone), free Wi-Fi throughout the building, and front desk concierge service.

And it’s easy to become spoiled with Hammond Glen’s 24/7 Dining experience. The community goes beyond all-day dining; residents can enjoy gourmet food prepared from the freshest ingredients by the Executive Chef and team of professionals any time of day or night. The chef is trained and happy to accommodate residents with dietary needs due to various health restrictions, such as low gluten and sugar-free diets, and much more.

Hammond Glen also offers a unique ‘50’s retro malt shop, movie theater, fitness center, library, dance floor/stage, computer room, Sports Zone, country store, resident gardens, and the Lanai, which includes a waterfall, fish pond, and fire pit.

With so many options available when you’re looking for assisted living communities in Sandy Springs, why not give your loved one a taste of luxury with the Personal Care services at Hammond Glen?

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

Drinking Buddies. Drinks Are On Us. Drinks All Around! New Mugs Have Sunshine Residents Hydrating Happily

By now you probably know that many Sunshine Retirement residents share an appetite for healthy and haute’ cuisine. Some have a passion for poetry and reading books. While others have a desire for dancing and exercise. Of course, it’s natural for thousands of people from all walks of life to have a diversity of interests. But we’re on a mission to see that every single Sunshine resident has a thirst for one specific thing: Water.

On average, more than 60% of the human body is made up of water and adults lose more than 80 ounces of it per day through normal activity. With advancing years, seniors naturally undergo physiological changes that lessen their intake of water and increase their risk of dehydration – a phenomenon that happens when a person uses or loses more fluid than is consumed, and the body doesn’t have enough water to carry out its normal functions.

In general, seniors are not as physically active as they once were. They typically lose their sense of thirst and tend not to drink enough. Furthermore, as age slows down the metabolic rate, appetite decreases and they get less fluids from solid food sources. That is especially problematic for the elderly since most people get about half of their daily water requirement from solid foods, fruits and vegetables.

We at Sunshine believe it’s extremely important for our residents to stay hydrated, especially in the warm summer months ahead. So, to encourage them to drink more water and juices throughout the day, we gave all of them a shiny new 16-ounce stainless steel travel mug for Mother’s Day and Father’s Day.

“I drink a lot of water,” said Garl Neel, a resident of Country Club Village in Hot Springs, Arkansas. “It’s good for your immune system and flushes you out.”

Fellow Country Club Village resident Dennis Ray agrees. “If you don’t hydrate, you will dehydrate,” he says.

Not surprisingly, elderly adults are the most at-risk for dehydration. In fact, it is one of the most frequent causes of hospitalization after age 65 and brings several potentially serious consequences. The most common signs and symptoms in the early stages of dehydration include:

  • Dry mouth and/or dry skin.
  • Decreased urination.
  • Headaches, dizziness and nausea.
  • Persistent fatigue, sleepiness and lethargy.
  • Muscle weakness or cramps.
  • General unwell feeling.

Severe dehydration can become life threatening to the elderly because there is no longer enough fluid in the body to carry blood to the organs. Signs and symptoms of dehydration can be virtually identical to symptoms of dementia and Alzheimer’s, the most common of which include:

  • Lack of sweating.
  • Forgetfulness, confusion and irritability.
  • Deep rapid breathing or an increased heart rate.
  • Low blood pressure.
  • Rapid but weak pulse
  • Dry and sunken eyes with few or no tears.
  • Unconsciousness or delirium
  • Wrinkled skin – with no elasticity.

If you know a senior who exhibits any of these symptoms persistently for two to three days, have them see a doctor immediately. Frequent or chronic dehydration may cause even more serious complications, including:

  • Heat exhaustion and heat stroke.
  • Seizures and swelling in the brain.
  • Kidney failure.
  • Coma or death.

Obviously, the way to prevent dehydration in elderly adults is to make sure they are drinking enough liquid, and the right kinds of liquid. You’ve probably heard it said that all adults, including seniors, should drink at least eight glasses (64 ounces) of water a day, which is a lot, considering caffeinated beverages and alcohol don’t count. (Both cause frequent urination, which actually promotes dehydration.)

The good thing is, water can also be found in many fruits and vegetables, which is why Sunshine menus throughout the day frequently include fruits like melons, berries, apples, oranges and peaches and vegetables such as lettuce, tomatoes, cucumbers, celery and cauliflower. We also sweeten the liquid intake by frequently offering popsicles, milk shakes and smoothies.

They say you can lead a horse to water, but you can’t make him drink. Well, now that Sunshine residents have their own special mugs, everyone is clinking and drinking to each other’s health.

This blog was first published here: Sunshine Retirement Living, June, 2018.

August is Wellness Month at Sunshine Retirement Living Communities

Wellness Month brings Sunshine residents healthy doses of goodness, togetherness and happiness.

August. The month named after Augustus Caesar, the first Roman emperor in 8 B.C. The word consequently means: auspicious, distinguished, grand, majestic, dignified, stately and eminent. With that in mind, what better time to celebrate health and wellness than during such an “august” month, eh?

This year commemorates Sunshine Retirement Living’s 5th annual August Wellness Month, across all our communities. So we’re pulling out all the stops to offer our residents the best darn Sunshine Wellness Experience ever! Throughout the month, we’re providing opportunities for residents to learn wellness practices from local professionals based on four different categories–Get Informed, Get Fit, Get Restored and Give Back. We’re also presenting many exercise challenges, informative wellness seminars, workshops, fun activities and prizes for a healthier way of life. Residents have enjoyed and benefitted from many of them already.

At the beginning of the month, every resident received a special Wellness Calendar and a Wellness Stamp Card. (They get rewarded with a stamp on their card every time they attend any of the Wellness events highlighted on the Wellness Calendar.) At the end of the month, everyone will be recognized and awarded at their community’s Wellness Awards Ceremony. The resident who receives the most stamps on his or her stamp card at each community will win a customized Wellness Challenge Winner $50 Visa Gift Card for their hard work!

Here’s more information about the four categories and the events that we have planned:

Get Informed

We live in a changing world where information about new ideas, policies, problems and solutions constantly arise. Getting informed and learning about these new things can help us live healthier lives. Get informed this month by attending these activities:

• Chef demos on natural antioxidants and food nutrition, 8/18 – The Gardens at Brook Ridge

• Karate presentation from Dojo Karate, 8/19 – Dunwoody Pines

• Neurosize brain strengthening exercises, 8/22 – Dunwoody Pines

• Fruitwise Fruit Presentation and Tasting, 8/24 – Villa Serena

Get Fit

For those who have been watching life from the sidelines for a while, the thought of getting fit may seem daunting. But the payoffs of living a longer, healthier life are well worth it. The first step is to develop a good attitude and set achievable fitness goals. Then keep track of progress and get into a sustainable routine. To make things easier, buddy up with a friend to support and challenge each other, and then switch things up and try new things together. Some ways to get fit this month include:

• NorCal Sunshine Olympics, 8/23 – Deer Park, Villa Serena, Quail Lodge

• Benefits of Aqua-aerobics Talk, 8/30 – The Gardens at Brook Ridge

Get Restored

Getting physically and mentally restored is essential for your health. With our hectic lives, we are constantly on the move, and over time this has caused damage to our quality of life. We need to reclaim balance and give ourselves some much needed peace of mind, body and soul. You can get restored with some of these activities:

• Walker adjustments and cleaning, 8/15 – The Verandah & The Carriage House

• Essential oils lip balm, 8/17 – The Verandah & The Carriage House

• Essential oils lavender sleepy time pillow spray making 8/15 – Villa Serena

• Community Talent Show, 8/28 – Clairmont

• Nail Polish Party, 8/22 – The Landing

• Pet Therapy Visit, 8/31 – Fountain Crest

Give Back

Volunteering services or donating goods and money are not only beneficial for the recipients, but for the givers as well. Doing good for others and paying it forward does wonders for self-esteem, and having money to be disposed of is not a requirement. Here are some ways to give back this month:

Cookbook Proceeds being donated – Clairmont

Blessing Bags for women’s shelter, Wednesdays – The Verandah & The Carriage House

Community Talent show, 8/28 – Clairmont

Change for Change drive for Arkansas AlZ with coin rolling party, 8/30 – Country Club Village

All in all, August is a great month to get active and involved in Sunshine’s Wellness opportunities. Check with your local Life Enrichment Director to see what activities are planned in your community. Once you experience them, you’ll want to make every month Wellness Month.

*This blog was first published here: Sunshine Retirement Living

Chicken & Mango Lettuce Wraps

Ingredients for Dressing:
1/4 cup seasoned rice vinegar
1/4 cup extra virgin olive oil
3 tbsp vegenaise
1/8 cup coconut amino acids
1 1-inch piece finely chopped peeled fresh ginger
1 clove garlic, chopped
1/4 tsp toasted sesame oil

Ingredients for Wraps:
4 chicken thighs
1 tbsp. coconut oil, melted
4 leaves Boston or Bibb lettuce, leaves separated
1/4 large cucumber, halved lengthwise, cored, and cut into 1/8-inch-thick matchsticks
3 scallions, cut into 3-inch-long thin strips
1/2 large firm-ripe mango, peeled, pitted, and cut into 1/8-inch-thick matchsticks
1/4 cup chopped fresh cilantro
1 lime, cut into wedges

Preheat the oven to 400F. Place chicken thighs in glass baking dish, drizzle with coconut oil and season with salt and pepper. Bake for 20 minutes. Cut up chicken into cubes and set aside. While the chicken is cooking, place all the dressing ingredients in a blender or food processor and blend until smooth. Place chicken and all other ingredients in the lettuce wrap and drizzle with dressing. Squeeze lime and add cilantro to finish!

Download Chef Michael’s recipe here:

*This blog was first published here: Sunshine Retirement Living

Quinoa Bison Hash

1/2 lb. ground bison
1/2 medium sweet potato, diced
1/2 can kidney beans, drained and rinsed
1/2 medium onion, diced
1 clove garlic, minced
2 cups spinach or kale
1 tbsp. coconut oil
1/2 cup quinoa, uncooked
sea salt, to taste
black pepper, to taste
1 tsp onion powder
1 tsp garlic powder
Add quinoa to 1 cup of water and bring to a boil. Reduce heat and simmer for 10 to 15 minutes. Meanwhile, heat coconut oil over medium-high heat in a large saucepan. Add sweet potatoes and sauté’ for 2 to 3 minutes. Add onion and garlic and continue to sauté’ until sweet potatoes are tender. Add bison and heat until cooked through. Add kidney beans, greens, and spices. Stir to combine and continue to sauté’ until all ingredients are heated. Stir in quinoa and serve!

Download Chef Michaels recipe here:

*This blog was first published here: Sunshine Retirement Living