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Helping Parents Maintain Their Independence

Posted by The Arbors on Jun 22, 2017 2:00:00 PM

We all envision our parents as the strong, capable people they were in our youth. Dad would whirl us around until our heads spun. Mom would bake the tastiest holiday desserts. In our eyes, they are always accomplished, always healthy, and always right.

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Topics: Future Planning

Intergenerational Programs at The Arbors Assisted Living

Posted by The Arbors on Jun 20, 2017 2:10:42 PM

In the ‘good old days,’ Dad and Mom would head off to the fields or factory to work while Grandma and Grandpa kept an eye on the kids. The kids would develop strong relationships with their grandparents.

These days, life is a little different, because people are living longer. Mom and Dad may still head off to work, but the kids are in daycare or school and Grandma and Grandpa may be off on a cruise with Great-Grandma and Great-Grandpa.

Many families are separated by states or nations, connected only by the Internet, as parents and grandparents relocate for better job opportunities.

More and more young children don’t have the daily contact with seniors that was common in the past. That’s not good — for the children or the seniors.

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Topics: Senior Health

Is Caregiving Ruining Your Relationships?

Posted by The Arbors on Jun 15, 2017 2:00:00 PM

When a parent or spouse falls ill, your first instinct is to take care of them. After all, you love them, and you want what’s best for them. But is taking care of their physical, emotional, and financial needs best for you and your relationship?

Cost of Caregiving

Caregiving places financial, emotional, and physical stress on the caregiver.

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Topics: Caregiving

3 Ways to Keep Your Senior Parent Healthy

Posted by The Arbors on Jun 13, 2017 2:00:00 PM

There are advantages to each stage in life. Youth has exuberance, maturity has steadfastness, and age has wisdom. Our bodies are changing throughout our lives. You wouldn’t feed an infant the same type of food as you’d give to a teenager. You wouldn’t expect a 90-year-old to run a marathon (although some do). So, it’s important to help your parent engage in activities that will help them stay healthy, active, and independent.

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Topics: Senior Health

What If My Senior Parent Becomes Too Sick for AL?

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

One of the biggest drawbacks of most assisted living communities is the possibility of having to move your parent somewhere else if they become ill or disabled. Tearing your parent away from a community they know and love would be heartbreaking for them—and you.

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Topics: Future Planning

The Arbors Welcomes Dracut

Posted by The Arbors on May 30, 2017 2:00:00 PM

Dracut, Massachusetts, is a close-knit community. It’s the kind of town you never want to move out of,” describes Amie Hanrahan, executive director of The Arbors Assisted Living Residential Communities.

The problem was, though, that there are no Assisted Living communities near Dracut. Amie and her cousin, Sara Robertson, chief operating officer of The Arbors, saw the opportunity to help an underserved community and decided to open The Arbors at Dracut. “Now, people can stay home in the town they know,” she says.

The Arbors Welcomes Dracut

The cousins welcome Dracut to The Arbors family as part of their own family business. The Arbors at Dracut offers 79 one- and two-bedroom apartments, as well as Reflections, a specialized memory support environment.

With Dracut, The Arbors consists of 9 residential communities scattered all over Massachusetts in Amherst, Chicopee, Greenfield, Stoneham, Stoughton, Taunton, Westfield, and Winthrop.

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Topics: Future Planning

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

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