We all know that the springtime can see rising temperatures and an increase in pollen allergens. Simple factors like this can contribute to not wanting to be very mobile. Many of us look forward to flowers blooming and drinking iced tea on the porch, staying active during this season is also important. Everyone, including seniors, can benefit from engaging in some easy fun-filled activities that will go a long way towards overall health. Our Oak's activity director has created a list of 12 ways that you and your loved ones can stay active and healthy this season.
Meet Mrs. Laws our resident of the month at Addington Place of Brunswick! Mrs. Laws was born in Dahlonega, Georgia February 13th, 1918, and just recently celebrated her 100th Birthday! She was raised on a farm in Lumber City, Georgia. Mrs. Laws enjoyed going to school and was involved in many activities including sports. Ms. Laws graduated as the Valedictorian of her class. Mrs. Laws enjoyed growing and tending to her rose garden and yard, as well as fishing and playing golf.
Meet Bill, our resident of the month for Oaks at Hampton! Bill was born in Cleveland, Ohio on April 22, 1923. His mother was a homemaker and did a wonderful job raising him. His father was the Chief Chemist at the Ohio Power Company. Bill's family later moved from Ohio to Georgia. Bill grew up in a large family with three brothers & sisters; he is the last remaining sibling. Bill was attending college when WWII broke out; he was immediately recruited into the United States Army. He played in the US Army Band and was eventually made the Commander.
For years, the baby boomer generation has resisted aging. Now the oldest of that generation is turning 78 with the youngest crossing the milestone of 50-years-old and fast approaching retirement. This generation has bucked traditions of the past, refusing to consider the regimented assisted living communities or nursing homes where they visited their parents and grandparents. While they still may be a few years or even decades from needing care, they are forcing a shift in the senior living industry to keep up with their redefinition of retirement.
There are many questions surrounding senior living – with many assuming that all senior living options fall under the umbrella term of ‘nursing home’. While in years gone passed a nursing home may have been the only option when a person needed professional care or assistance, that is no longer the case.
To care for a loved one is a beautiful and empowering thing to do. Those individuals who can make time to be a caregiver are some of the most reliable people. However, it can also be time-consuming and at times a bit of a challenge. For some caregivers, it can be even more of a problem to admit when they need to take a short break. Unfortunately, according to the Commonwealth Fund 60% of caregivers surveyed are shown to have reduced health or a chronic medical condition, as compared to 33% of individuals who were not caregivers. This statistic highlights the usefulness of respite care and why it is very much worth consideration.
When you reflect back on your childhood, you may have memories of cooking with your mother in the kitchen that stand out to you. Memories of waking up early on Saturday mornings to strap on your patterned aprons and getting straight to business. While you could be cooking meals for the whole family or just trying out fun new recipes, the memories made will never be forgotten. Cooking together is a tradition that most families can relate to in some way or another.
It’s past 4 pm and you haven’t eaten a full meal or replied back to the several messages on your phone that were received yesterday. These are just a couple of the thoughts in the mind of a caregiver that is on the road to burnout. We understand how fast things can pile up leaving you feeling overwhelmed and stressed. While these are not uncommon feelings, there are ways to avoid letting caregiver burnout get worse.
One of the first questions we receive when we meet a family looking for memory care services is ‘How do I pay for this?’. Budget is always a concern for anyone who is considering any senior living option. While paying out of pocket from a bank or savings account is always an option, it is often not feasible for many families to cover the cost of memory care that way.
Bruce was born on March 1st in Newton Falls, Ohio and is an only child. After high school, Bruce served in the Air Force for three years and was based in Pakistan where he monitored electric transmissions. He was discharged from the Air Force early to care for his mother and grandmother after his father passed away. Bruce loved being in the military and would go back if he was able.