Make Your Senior Parent's Day When You Can't Visit

Posted by The Arbors on May 25, 2017 2:00:00 PM

You made plans to visit your mom and dad. It doesn’t matter whether it was their birthday or a holiday or just a plain old visit, but you aren’t going to be able to make it. Even before they retired, they looked forward to seeing you and the grandkids. You know your visit was going to be the highlight of their week.

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How do you show you care from a distance?

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Topics: Caregiving

The Arbors Chef Dennis Clark Is in It for the Food

Posted by The Arbors on May 23, 2017 2:00:00 PM

Dennis Clark believes the residents of The Arbors Assisted Living Residential Communities live there because of the food.

Of course, Dennis is the regional food service director for The Arbors and may hold a biased opinion.

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What are residents of The Arbors dining on today?

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“Food throughout all The Arbors, I feel, is the most important thing to the residents. They can tell you every single day whether they like it. They look forward to it every day,” he says.

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Topics: Senior Health

Tea Party at The Arbors Assisted Living

Posted by The Arbors on May 18, 2017 2:00:00 PM

Residents of The Arbors Assisted Living Residential Communities like tea. Whether it's Ladies Spring Tea with Red Hats at The Arbors at Chicopee or a Tea Party with the Reflections community at The Arbors at Westfield or the monthly Welcome Home Tea Party at The Arbors at Stoneham, people gather to converse, sip the hot beverage, and enjoy delicious snacks from The Arbors’ chefs.

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Topics: Senior Health

The Arbors at Greenfield Supports Meals on Wheels

Posted by The Arbors on May 16, 2017 2:00:00 PM

Even before proposed cuts to the Meals on Wheels program, residents of The Arbors at Greenfield supported the program.

“We have been fundraising for Meals on Wheels for about 5 years,” says Cheryl Fisher, activities director at Arbors at Greenfield.

What does Meals on Wheels do?

Meals on Wheels delivers meals to homebound seniors 60 and older who are unable to prepare a nutritionally balanced meal and are unable to attend congregate hot lunches. Volunteers share conversation with participants and perform a wellness check for those who are alone during the day. Not only does the program improve quality of life through increased nutrition and socialization, it lowers government costs by reducing the need of participants for hospitals, nursing homes and other services.

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Topics: LOCAL

Why Retire in Massachusetts?

Posted by The Arbors on May 11, 2017 2:00:00 PM

Forget Florida’s huge bugs and Arizona’s mummifying air and California’s expensive tastes: Massachusetts is not only a great place to live, it’s a great place to retire.

Massachusetts came in 7th in BankRate’s survey of top places in the United States to retire. And although we didn’t beat out our neighbors to the north—#1 New Hampshire and #3 Maine—we still have reason to be proud.


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BankRate rated the states according to cost of living, healthcare quality, crime rate, culture and social, weather, senior prevalence, and senior well-being.

The top 10 are:

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Topics: Future Planning

Spring Activities for Seniors

Posted by The Arbors on May 9, 2017 2:00:00 PM

When you live in the north, the first nice day lures residents outdoors. We don’t even wait for spring. We walk our dogs, mow our lawns, plant seeds, take walks and enjoy the weather.

However, sometimes, as we grow older, we lose the urge to bask in the sun and smell the grass growing. That’s not good for our health. It’s even worse for the health of our parents.

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Where can my parent enjoy bowling, movie nights, shopping outings, bus trips and spa days?

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We’ve frequently been told that it’s not a good idea for older people to go outdoors, because of the risk of skin cancer or the risk of medication-caused sunburn. However, everyone needs some sunlight, and older people need more to generate vitamin D.

People over the age of 50 have an increased risk of vitamin D deficiency (link to sunlight blog). The best way to get vitamin D is through 10 to 15 minutes of sunlight before 10 o’clock a couple of times a week.

Sunlight also stimulates the production of endorphins, which makes everyone happier.

Science has proven that being in nature, even if it’s a community garden or a nearby park, benefits everyone. Contact with the natural environment increases attention, reduces stress, boosts positive emotions and, when done with others, promotes social engagement and support.

Numerous studies have focused on the advantages older adults receive from contact with nature. “We zoomed in to everyday life for seniors between the ages of 65 and 86. We discovered how a relatively mundane experience, such as hearing the sound of water or a bee buzzing among flowers, can have a tremendous impact on overall health,” said one study’s lead author, Jessica Finlay.

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Topics: Caregiving

Move Smart: 10 Moving Apps

Posted by The Arbors on May 4, 2017 2:00:00 PM

Moving from one home to another is difficult. Downsizing possessions can make it a nightmare. When your parents decide to move their belongings from their long-time home to an Assisted Living community, your emotions may be indescribable—full of anticipation as well as reminiscence.

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Topics: Future Planning

7 Reasons to Add Sunshine

Posted by The Arbors on May 2, 2017 2:00:00 PM

Sunshine on my shoulder makes me happy.   

                                                             —John Denver

Sunshine makes everyone happy. However, as we get older, we become better informed of the negative aspects of the sun—skin cancer, medication interactions, and cataracts.

No matter what your age, though, you need sunlight.

Who Needs Sunlight?

All people need sunlight. Without it, our bodies break down. Sunlight aids in maintaining mental and physical health. Here are some specific ways sunlight does this:

#1 Sunlight boosts vitamin D

Vitamin D becomes especially important as you get older, because people over the age of 50 have an increased risk of vitamin D deficiency. Older adults lose some ability to synthesize vitamin D and to activate vitamin D in the kidneys so it can be used in the body.

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Topics: Senior Health

How to Help Your Parents Manage Their Money

Posted by The Arbors on Apr 27, 2017 2:00:00 PM

When your parents start needing help, you tend to worry about the obvious things, such as making sure their lawn is mowed or reminding mom to take her medication. One of the last things you think about is their finances.

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Topics: Future Planning

10 Signs Caregiving Is Stressing You Out

Posted by The Arbors on Apr 25, 2017 2:00:00 PM

You’re a caregiver. You send care packages to your child in college. You watch your grandchildren. You have a loving relationship with your spouse. And you help your parents now that they’re growing older.

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Topics: Caregiving

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