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What The Best Senior Living Communities Offer Older Adults

 

If you are a senior, or the adult child of one, you may be thinking it is time to downsize. Many older adults find themselves living in just a few rooms of a large home they have lived in for decades. It’s usually expensive and time-consuming to maintain.

As you start to explore the options for this next chapter in life, you might wonder about the benefits of moving to a senior living community. Many families have only a vague understanding of what senior living communities are and what they have to offer.

From well-balanced meals to a rich variety of events and activities, let’s take a look at what the best senior living communities do to help residents age with success.

 

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How to Research Senior Living Options for a Family Elder

 

Researching senior living communities for a family member can be overwhelming. If you haven’t been through the process before, everything from the terminology to the pricing structure may be tough to decipher. When you are trying to make a good decision on a loved one’s behalf, it can leave you feeling stressed and uncertain.

Fortunately, there are concrete actions you can take to be more confident about your decision.

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Home vs. Senior Living Community: A Cost Comparison

There are many factors to consider when sorting through care and housing options for older adults. Lifestyle preferences, socialization, transportation, physical limitations, daily routines—to name a few—can all impact the best choice for your loved one. And though cost is always part of the decision, comparing the various ancillary costs of “aging in place” (or remaining at home) with the inclusive pricing of community living is a complicated process. So, let's break it down... 

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In-Home Care and Safety Modification Tips

Aging in place is a phrase popular in the senior care industry, but it’s one seniors and their families don’t necessarily understand. In the simplest of terms, it refers to a senior remaining in their own home as they grow old. While it’s a solution many people say they prefer, most are unaware of just all that it entails.

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How Nutritional Needs Change After 60

Well-balanced meals contribute to a healthier life at any age. That’s no secret. What isn’t as well known, however, is just how much nutritional needs change after the age of 60. As metabolism slows, older adults require fewer calories each day. Because the body begins to process nutrients differently, the need for more vitamins and minerals might change, too.

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The Health Impact of Isolation on Older Adults


There is growing concern among aging experts about the negative health impact of isolation and loneliness on older adults. Though technically speaking isolation and loneliness are separate conditions, obvious connections exist between the two.

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Supporting an Aging Parent: How to Know When It's Time to Get Help

Caring for an aging parent on your own can be both rewarding and all-consuming. Making medical decisions, managing financial matters, and tending to daily care often become increasingly stressful and exhausting as time goes on.

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Rediscovering Purpose: How Senior Living Makes Life Better

For many older Americans, a senior housing community is more than just a place to live: It’s a place to be alive. For older adults living on their own, a time often comes when they feel they are simply “treading water.” Life may have occasional social engagements, a certain daily rhythm, but it can often lack direction. This is when individuals often seek or wish for a different mode of living that gives life a greater sense of meaning again.

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Study: An Active Senior Lifestyle Adds 5 Years to Your Life

For the most part, when it comes to health basics, we know what is bad for us, and we know the implications. But do we know what’s good for us?

Most of us have seen the Surgeon General’s warning on the side of a pack of cigarettes. Older adults have been around long enough to know that smoking, heavy drinking, and overindulging in the wrong foods take a toll on one’s health.

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6 Tips for Caring for a Senior (Who Is Also Your Parent)

It’s a fact of life that those who once cared for us will likely someday need to be taken care of themselves. More than 65 million people provide care for a family member, often an aging parent. Caregivers spend an average of 20 hours a week at the effort, according to the same report by Caregiver Action Network.

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Senior Living and Loving in Victoria, Texas

It’s never too late to begin a new chapter of life. If you’re weighing the benefits of Victoria senior living communities for yourself or a parent, know that the move to senior living isn’t the end of a story. It’s the beginning of something new. Many older adults find new purpose and meaning in their golden years. Consider the recent viral story of a retired teacher who makes cards for soldiers at her Idaho retirement community. Or the many seniors who find love for the first—or second or third—time at a senior living facility.

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Thank You for Being a Friend: The Real Benefit of Senior Living Communities

In elementary school, making a new friend was as simple as sharing a snack at lunch or a ball on the playground. By high school, the politics of friendship—, requiring shared interests, the right attitude, and probably the right clothes—become decidedly more challenging. Even though it might be tough to fit in during adolescence, at least you’re surrounded by potential friends. In adulthood, making new friends may feel downright impossible. Fortunately, senior living communities can help.

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Senior vs. Older Adult: Decoding the Terminology of Senior Living

When it comes to aging, language matters. The words we use to describe and label older members of society reflect our vision of their capabilities as well as their contributions. The descriptors with which we identify our parents and grandparents says a lot not only about them, but about us too.

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Assisted Living vs. Nursing Home: What’s The Difference

Not so long ago, there were only two types of “homes”: the family home and the nursing home. Typically, older adults transitioned from the former to the latter when their care needs exceeded the family members' ability to meet them, or when memory issues created unsafe conditions for remaining at home. At that time, people didn't have any other choices.

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12 Warning Signs of Dementia to Watch for

There is no denying that the prospect of your loved one developing dementia is overwhelming. Dementia removes a person’s memories and even has the potential of changing personality and habits in unexpected ways.

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Yoga for Seniors: Mindful Chair Yoga Poses and Coherent Breathing

These are short chair yoga poses and exercises that can be easily completed at home or in a group setting. They combine breathing awareness with yoga exercises that can be done while sitting in a chair or lying down. If possible, you should wear loose clothing, shirt untucked, but any type of clothing is fine. If you experience any pain, simply skip that exercise. All yoga exercises are gentle, never pushing the body. The goal is to feel relaxed and peaceful.

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Senior Nutrition Tips: How to Make Healthy Eating Easy as Pie

With so many conflicting senior nutrition tips out there, it’s easy to become overwhelmed. One source tells you bread is forbidden, and then your doctor tells you to eat more whole grains. Eggs have been good, bad, and somewhere in between. And then there are all the restrictive diets—no carbs, no gluten, no animal products.

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Senior Resources for Staying Active, Healthy, and Happy

Parents await patiently for a baby’s first step and teenage boys brim with excitement and pride at the first signs of facial hair. In fact, there are many physical changes that we experience throughout our life. As we age, however, the changes are not always as welcome.

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Independent Living Community vs. Staying at Home: What to Consider

What does an active retirement mean to you? To 75-year-old Jerry Quill, it means playing ice hockey. For 62-year-old Chuck Melin, the senior years are a fine time for steer-wrestling. A generation ago, the dominant image of seniors was a kindly, old grandmother knitting in her rocker as Grandpa watched TV or took a snooze. This isn’t your grandparents’ retirement. The independent living community of today recognizes that seniors are doing more, growing more, and living longer than ever before.

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Advice for Finding Purpose During Retirement

It’s easier to find purpose in life when you are raising a family and pursuing a career. But what happens after your kids are grown and gone and you leave your career behind to retire? Is purpose still important? And how do you go about finding it?

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How to Avoid Sibling Feuds While Caregiving

Working with your siblings to care for an aging parent can be rewarding, challenging, and every emotion in between. For some families, this is a time to reminisce and reconnect. It gives everyone an opportunity to remember the old days in a positive way. Unfortunately, caregiving doesn’t go so smoothly for every family. Sibling feuds are a fairly frequent occurrence when a senior loved one needs more assistance.

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Fall Prevention Tips Family Caregivers Need to Know

The statistics on falls among seniors are startling: one in three older adults experiences a fall every year. Falls are the leading cause of injuries, both fatal and non-fatal, among seniors. Once an older adult experiences a fall, they are two to three times more likely to fall again. For the senior and their loved ones, the dangers associated with falling are downright frightening.

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Is Senior Care Tax Deductible?

A question we hear repeatedly from families during tax season is whether or not senior care expenses qualify for a tax deduction. Sometimes the senior pays the entire cost of care on their own, and other times adult children pitch in to help. While we aren’t tax advisors, we did want to take time to share a few resources that might help you find the answers you need.

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Tech Innovations to Promote Senior Safety

Family caregivers face many challenges each day ranging from how to organize and track a senior’s health information to how to prevent their older loved one from experiencing a debilitating fall. The good news is that technology to support seniors and caregivers offers a variety of reliable and meaningful solutions.

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Hara Hachi Bu: How Blue Zones Use this Practice to Age Well

Have you heard of the Blue Zones? These are places in the world where people live to the age of 100 at ten times the rate of the average population. They live longer and healthier lives.

What secrets do they know that helps them age well?

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Navigating the Maze of Senior Living Options for a Loved One

January is a month when senior care organizations typically receive record numbers of phone calls and questions from worried adult children. In many cases, it’s because they spent time visiting an elder during the holidays and they realize their senior loved one needs a little extra help.

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Celebrating the Season When a Loved One has Dementia

Making the holiday season meaningful and bright for your family when a loved one has dementia might feel a little daunting. The disease can create many challenges that can make a change in schedule more difficult. The key to planning for a happy holiday is to focus on what your loved one can do rather than on the losses created by dementia.

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Funding Solutions Every Family Should Know About

It isn’t uncommon for a senior to want to age at home instead of moving to a senior community. For some it is due to sentimental reasons: they don’t want to give up the house they raised a family in and all the memories attached to it. For others it is due to financial concerns. They believe it is less expensive to age at home because their mortgage is paid off. .

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Can Tai Chi Relieve Arthritis Pain in Seniors?

Autumn is a season of the year where temperatures can fluctuate widely. As the thermometer rises and falls, so too does the barometric pressure. For older adults who have osteoarthritis, these ups and downs can translate to increased pain and swelling in damaged joints. This can seriously limit a senior's ability to carry on their normal daily routine. .

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Can Virtual Reality Engage Adults with Dementia?

If you are the adult child or spouse of a senior with Alzheimer's disease, you know how challenging the days can be. And how unpredictable. The very nature of the disease means an adult with dementia may have a great morning followed by an afternoon fraught with frustration and agitation.

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Why Doesn't Anyone Want to Move to Assisted Living?

If you're involved in the daily care of an aging parent or another senior loved one, there may come a day when you can no longer meet their needs at home. It is an unfortunate reality many families find themselves in. As a family, you might decide that an assisted living community is the best option for the senior and for you.

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The Benefits of Storytelling for Older Adults with Dementia

Storytelling is an age-old tradition around the world. It can also be a form of therapy for people who have dementia. There are several different types of storytelling and reminiscing, and they all provide similar benefits.

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Older Adults and Pets: Furry Friends with Amazing Benefits

Dogs will listen with seemingly endless patience. They will love unconditionally, and they'll gladly join you for a brisk walk around the block. Is it any wonder scientists are touting canine companionship as a lifestyle enhancer?

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Top Travel Destinations That Are Older-Adult-Friendly

Senior living can be whatever you want—from a quiet chance to reflect or give back to your community to a challenging adventure full of globetrotting. Most older adults, regardless of health or other retirement goals, say they want to travel in retirement. In 2015, AARP found that Baby Boomers planned to take four to five trips the following year.

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What Does It Mean to Age Successfully?

Seventy percent of Americans over 30 think the country is “a little or not at all prepared” to address the health and social needs of older adults, according to a study by West Health Institute. And just 10 percent of professionals who work with older Americans feel seniors are “very prepared” to age well, according to the National Institute of Senior Centers.

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Coffee vs. Tea: Why Heart Health Should Factor Into This Question

Most Americans kickstart their day with a burst of energy from a good strong cup of coffee. And afternoon tea is a classic pick-me-up as energy fades later in the day. There are so many conflicting reports about the risks and benefits of caffeine that it can be confusing to understand the impact of caffeine on memory, digestion, and health.

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Assisted Living in Texas: Why It's Time for a Change

 

While Texas is home to a lot of great sources of state pride, the truth is that when it comes to assisted living options for older adults, in many regions, the pickings are pretty slim.

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