How Can My Parent Afford Assisted Living?

Posted by The Arbors on Apr 6, 2017 2:00:00 PM

Your parent’s cost of living in an Assisted Living community is cheaper than living in their own home—but not by much. Genworth Financial estimates the median cost in 2016 was $3,628, less than half the cost of a nursing home. The company estimates the cost this year will rise to only $3,737.

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Topics: Future Planning

Boston Marathon Reminiscence

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


One resident of The Arbors at Winthrop will be watching the 121st running of the Boston Marathon April 17 with interest and familiarity.John Booras ran in the Boston Marathon several times. He competes in shorter races now, but his two daughters are carrying on the marathon tradition.

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Topics: local news

Why Is Assisted Living Certification Important?

Posted by The Arbors on Mar 31, 2017 2:00:00 PM

The problem with Assisted Living communities is that there are no federal standards. In one state, an Assisted Living community may be a house modified for multiple occupancy. Another may consist of individual dwellings where the residents are all provided with help with activities of daily living (ADLs). Still another may be comprised of apartments with public spaces for hair salons, dining, and fitness.


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Topics: Future Planning

Is Coffee Safe for My Parent?

Posted by The Arbors on Mar 30, 2017 11:00:00 AM

Remember when coffee was good for you? Remember when coffee was considered unhealthy? Remember when coffee’s health benefits were touted?

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Topics: Senior Health

Importance of Touch for Seniors

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

When was the last time you hugged your parent?

When was the last time you held the hand of an older adult?

When was the last time you snuggled close to your mom or dad?

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Topics: Senior Health

Is Medication Causing Your Parent’s Symptoms?

Posted by The Arbors on Mar 22, 2017 3:00:00 PM

Seniors usually take medications for chronic conditions, such as high blood pressure, arthritis or cholesterol. Half of the people older than 65 years use 5 or more prescription and over-the-counter medications per week, and 12% use10 or more, one survey showed.

Sometimes, those medications—or the interaction among medicines—may do them more harm than good.

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Topics: Health

Use Music to Help Your Senior Parent

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

I love music.

It makes me feel good about myself. The rhythms make a difference with my heart beat and help keep me focused.

I can’t imagine life without music.

—Kathi, resident of The Arbors at Greenfield

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Topics: Senior Health

Celebrate Your Irish Heritage at The Arbors

Posted by The Arbors on Mar 15, 2017 1:00:00 PM

St. Patrick’s Day is recognized worldwide as a celebration of Irish heritage, as well as an opportunity to enjoy holiday customs. At The Arbors Assisted Living Residential Communities, everyone—Irish or not—joins in.

“All of our sites do cultural programs wrapped around the backgrounds and culture of our residents. We celebrate every holiday and hallmark holiday, too,” says Pattie Ricketts, Regional Reflections Program and activity director.

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Topics: LOCAL

Therapy Pets at The Arbors

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

Most of us remember fondly a favorite pet. So when we see a dog or cat, we react in a positive manner. We smile. We make eye contact. We want to pet it.

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Topics: Senior Health

Is Your Parent at Risk for Dementia?

Posted by The Arbors on Mar 7, 2017 2:00:00 PM

“Dementia is a general term for a decline in mental ability severe enough to interfere with daily life,” according to the Alzheimer’s Association.

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Topics: Senior Health

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