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

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

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

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

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

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

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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