Care Options Articles

What are the differences between senior living communities? What unique care services are available to your parents? There are many options to review, from Senior Independent Living to Assisted Living or Memory Care. Each community offers different features that will be appealing to your parents, including dining, social activities, and fitness programs.

Pros and Cons of Having an Assisted Living Roommate

shutterstock_132295124When most people think of having a roommate, they imagine young college kids sleeping in bunk beds in a tiny dorm room. Many people believe one can be “too old” to live with roommates. However, many seniors choose to live in house-sharing environments to save costs and gain companionship along with many other benefits. …Read more ›

Physical Fitness in Senior Living

shutterstock_185901305Physical fitness plays an essential role in the long and healthy lives of seniors. Those who reside in senior living communities should take advantage of the various physical fitness activities and opportunities available to them. (more…)

Connecting Senior Living Residents to the Local Community

shutterstock_257431405Some may think of senior living communities as islands unto themselves, separated from the world around them. However, there are countless ways that senior living communities keep residents connected to what is happening outside its walls and beyond its grounds. (more…)

Summertime Activities for Assisted Living Residents

laughter FBThe summer season creates the perfect opportunities for seniors to enjoy the outdoors, get involved in the community, and meet new people. Ashlee Goetsh, activities director for The Waterford at Ames Assisted Living community in Ames, Iowa, says that she sees a positive change in their residents’ moods during this time of year because they can actually get outside and enjoy the fresh air. “My favorite …Read more ›

Two Parents, Two Different Senior Living Options

shutterstock_105053264No one likes convincing a parent that the time has come to consider senior living. When you have to contend with two parents who need senior care at the same time, the process becomes even more complicated. What happens if both of your parents have a different set of needs? What do you do if those needs are not compatible or possibly even opposed to each other? With …Read more ›

Reconsidering Retirement with Life Plan Communities

shutterstock_247275964As they reach retirement age, baby boomers have generally remained a healthier, more active group than many previous generations of Americans. More baby boomers have also had the unique opportunity to plan for the active retirement lives they wish to lead. This group envisions retirement as a chance to reinvent themselves rather than slowing down. This shift in attitude has caused the senior housing industry to transform …Read more ›

Benefits of the Internet That You May Not Know

shutterstock_39873493The Internet is indispensable in our own lives, but we should understand its vital role for seniors, too. They now have detailed, real-time access to the globe without ever having to leave their seats. Furthermore, along with gathering and using information from anywhere in the world, they can broadcast and share their lives with others, anywhere and at any time. …Read more ›

The Popularity of Pets in Assisted Living

shutterstock_97142882“No pets allowed” is a common refrain in many apartments, co-ops, and condos. However, a growing number of Assisted Living communities not only allow seniors to bring their own four-legged friends, they provide pets as a healthful benefit to residents.

Studies show that pets alleviate grief; increase self-esteem; and improve mood by reducing loneliness, depression, and anxiety. Seniors who walk, play with, and care …Read more ›

Assisted Living Workout Programs for Seniors

shutterstock_222565726While fitness contributes to well-being at every age, senior citizens need physical activity more than ever. The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention recommends 150 minutes of moderate-intensity activity each week for those aged sixty-five and older. To help seniors achieve this goal, many senior living communities offer an array of fitness classes and wellness programs to their residents. …Read more ›

Seniors and the Positive Cognitive Effects of Video Games

shutterstock_277923296The stereotypical gamer is often thought to be an acne-ridden, pubescent teenager mashing buttons to mindless computer games. Most people also assume that playing video games yields little benefit outside of simple entertainment. However, recent research now challenges both of these long-held assumptions. (more…)

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