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October 4, 2021
Meaningful work, rewarding careers and happy residents
“Once I started spending time with other team members and our residents, I realized that older people have lived amazing lives and have amazing stories,” Larry says of his early days at Meadowood. “It’s one of the things I love most about working here.”
September 28, 2021
How to Choose an Outpatient After-Surgery Rehab Center
If a senior you love is hospitalized for an injury, illness or planned surgery, their physician might be recommending they continue their recovery at a skilled nursing and rehab center. While most people are eager to get home from the hospital, taking advantage of Medicare’s Skilled Nursing and Rehab benefit can help improve their overall outcome and prevent a return trip to the hospital.
September 23, 2021
The Difference Between Senior Apartments and Independent Living
In the lingo-heavy world of senior living, it can be hard to know the difference between terms like “senior apartments” and “independent living communities.” Sounds pretty similar, right? Look a little closer at their definitions, though, and you’ll find one offers far more than the other. Here’s a breakdown of both senior apartments and independent living communities that can help you decide which is the best fit for you or your loved one. Can you spot the difference?
August 30, 2021
What is luxury senior living?
If you’ve gone on Google and looked into senior living options, you’ve probably come across the phrase, “luxury senior living.” The concept of luxury retirement living has come of age, driven in part by the rising number of Baby Boomers considering retirement. But what exactly is luxury senior living? Definitions vary widely, as do the […]
August 10, 2021
Senior Independence: 5 Ways to Take Control
Independence doesn’t have an age limit. By taking certain steps, older adults can maintain their independence for as long as possible. Ready to take control of your independence? Here are five things you can do to live life to your fullest for years to come.
July 20, 2021
The Golden Girls: When Friends Become Neighbors
The band was in full swing playing Neil Diamond’s “Sweet Caroline” out under the stars. The women, ten in all, were line dancing up a storm, their cowgirl boots clacking away on the deck, the white fringes of their Western-style shirts swaying in time. One step forward, two steps back.
July 14, 2021
Balance Your Body: Fall Prevention Tips for Seniors
Despite our body’s resiliency, as we age it is completely normal and expected for older adults to lose some strength and balance, and unfortunately, this increases our risk of falls. In fact, 1 in 4 older adults reported falling, totaling nearly 36 million falls per year, with 8 million of those falls requiring medical attention due to injury. And 50% of seniors who fall will likely fall again.
July 7, 2021
For These Residents with Dementia, the Bible Breaks Through
Maybe it’s ironic—or maybe it’s fitting—but it’s kind of amazing how many memorable things can happen in a memory care community, where residents are experiencing Alzheimer’s or other forms of dementia. Dan Hass can testify to that. Dan, who served as executive director of Overlook Green Senior Living, a Five Star assisted living and memory care community in Pittsburgh, PA, saw it happen time and time again in a weekly Bible study group he ran for Overlook Green residents.
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