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June 15, 2021
A Father’s Day Special: The Many Passions of “Mr. Bob”
At Morningside of Franklin, a Five Star assisted living community in Franklin, TN, Bob Blackmer is known as the man of many costumes. The 87-year-old resident of Morningside, where he is affectionately known as “Mr. Bob,” dresses up on special occasions to bring smiles and laughter to his fellow residents as well as Five Star team members.
June 15, 2021
Retirement Homes Aren’t Just for Retirees
A growing number of older adults who want to work past the typical retirement years are finding that joining a senior living community offers a support system far better than what they have at home. Whether it’s the wide variety of planned activities available during their off-hours, the worry-free lifestyle, or the many new friends they’ve made since moving in, the pair aren’t just living out their golden years while still working, they’re thriving.
June 10, 2021
What is the Difference Between Assisted Living and Nursing Homes?
It’s natural that as our bodies age, we may need help with more and more day-to-day tasks. Perhaps you’ve noticed this occurring for a loved one—from struggling to put on support hose first thing in the morning to fumbling with medications just before bed. Or maybe you’re the one needing assistance. Either way, you’re wondering whether it’s time for a change: Would life be better in a senior living community? Which kinds offer help with everyday activities?
May 19, 2021
55+ Communities vs Independent Living: How do they Differ?
Today’s older adults are redefining what is possible later in life. More and more, stories appear in the news about people in their seventies and eighties—and even nineties—running road races, doing gymnastics, performing stand-up comedy, even going into the recording studio.
May 12, 2021
How Active Relaxation Helps Seniors Beat Stress
We know living with chronic stress can negatively affect your health at any age. It contributes to diabetes, cardiac disease, weight gain, memory, digestive problems, and more. That’s where active relaxation can come in. Here’s what active relaxation is, along with some suggestions you can immediately work in to your day.
May 11, 2021
Is Assisted Living Tax Deductible?
It’s common for adult children to pitch in and help pay for care if a parent’s income and assets fall a little short. When that happens, a question that often arises is if assisted living is tax deductible. Unfortunately, the answer is more than a little complicated.
April 19, 2021
What is Shared Living? Would It Work for You?
If you’re thinking about inviting a loved one to live with you, it’s worthwhile to pause and consider what that might really look like so you can decide whether it’s right for you, your parent and your family. There are five key questions to ask yourself.
April 6, 2021
Spring Back into Shape—Safely, with These Tips
April Fool’s Day has come and gone. But there’s nothing funny about what a year of lockdown has done to our physical shape. Many of us have gained weight, but for older adults there’s been another issue: not just weight gain, but loss of muscle tone.
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