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How Group Activities Can Shake Off Sadness and Depression

How Group Activities Can Shake Off Sadness and Depression

How Group Activities Can Shake Off Sadness and DepressionSeniors living on their own are susceptible to social isolation, which in turn can bring on feelings of depression. Those who move into assisted living have the opportunity to overcome social isolation by interacting with other residents and by participating in group activities.

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Seniors Foraging for Food

SENIORS FORAGING FOR FOOD

SENIORS FORAGING FOR FOODWhen I was a kid, I used to go blackberry picking with my dad and my grandpa. I loved the adventure of it as well as the aftermath—feasting on my grandpa’s deliciously homemade blackberry pies and preserves.
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Why Many Senior Living Residents Are “Blossoming”

Why Many Senior Living Residents Are "Blossoming"

Why Many Senior Living Residents Are "Blossoming"“To plant a garden is to believe in tomorrow.” –Audrey Hepburn

More and more senior living communities are finding that quote to ring true as their residents “blossom,” thanks to unique gardening programs that foster friendship, cultivate confidence, and provide purpose.

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When Aging Is Anything But Graceful: The Effects of Your Aging Body

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aging bodyYou’re a teenager at heart, but your body tells a different story. How do you deal with the sudden onslaught of an aging body and the accompanying loss of independence and identity?

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8 Fun Activities to Do With Your Grandchildren

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OP Grandparents' Day  FBMy dad once told me that the best part of being a parent is becoming a grandparent. For the most part, grandparents don’t have to worry about homework problems, bad attitudes, and everyday life with kids. As a grandparent, you can dote on your grandchildren (a.k.a. spoil them rotten) and send them back to their parents at the end …Read more ›

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#ElderCareChat 8/20/14 Recap: Hobbies for Seniors of All Abilities

Review highlights (and find out what "pickleball" is) in this recap of our #ElderCareChat discussion on hobbies.During Wednesday’s live discussion, 40 new and returning participants talked about hobbies and meaningful activities for seniors of all ages and abilities. After covering some tough topics in our forum over the last few months, this chat topic was a bit on the lighter side, but nonetheless a …Read more ›

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Getting Ready for Assisted Living Week

On September 8th, seniors, community members, volunteers, employees and families across the country will celebrate National Assisted Living Week 2013. It’s that time again: on September 8th, seniors, community members, volunteers, employees and families across the country will celebrate National Assisted Living Week 2013. A theme of Homemade Happiness provides the focal point for the week’s events and activities, one that emphasizes the …Read more ›

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#ElderCareChat 9/5/12 Recap: Meaningful Activities & Hobbies

“These are a few of my favorite things…”

The words of the well-known song inspired this week’s conversation, and the range of best-loved activities and hobbies shared by our 60 participants was quite broad. There were the classics: watching movies, cooking, crosswords, shopping, board games, spending time outdoors, listening to music. There were some digital age favorites too, like Facebook, Pinterest, word game apps. …Read more ›

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Senior Living Activities 102

Senior Living Activities 102

Senior Living Activities 102In my previous post, Activities 101, I discussed some of the basics in planning activities for senior living community residents (come to think of it, many of these ideas/principles can be applied to the home setting/senior visits too). Here a few ideas, a few more planning tips, and some web resources to peruse… …Read more ›

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Assisted Living Community Activities 101

Assisted Living Community Activities 101

Assisted Living Community Activities 101I’ve been getting comments as recently as this month on a blog I posted last February (2009!) about ideas for activities in senior living communities. The overwhelming number of responses and depth of the continuing discussions prompted me to write a new post on the subject and get some feedback …Read more ›

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