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.


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


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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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

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

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