Life is Easier Since Mom Moved to Assisted Living

Posted by The Arbors on Jul 20, 2017 2:00:00 PM

When your parent moves to an Assisted Living or other senior living community, you may become apprehensive about the change in your relationship. After all, it’s likely that you considered your parent’s previous residence yours, too, because you were raised there.

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Topics: Senior Health

Senior-Friendly Day Trips from The Arbors

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

Day trips offer opportunities to experience activities and see the sights of an area you may not have visited before. They usually include an entertaining or educational activity and a meal.

Did you know that there is actual scientific research into the benefits of day trips? A British study saw a correlation between day trips and increased physical activity among seniors.

“Strategies encouraging increased trips, particularly active or public transport trips, in OAs  [e.g., older adults] can potentially increase their PA [e.g., physical activity] and benefit public health…

“Physically active older adults have lower risk of disease including dementia, higher levels of physical and cognitive function, psychosocial well-being and independence than inactive older adults,” the study notes.

A Japanese study found that limitations and regression in activities of daily living (ADLs) were associated with lower levels of going outside the home.

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Topics: Senior Health

5 Ways to Help Mom Adjust to Assisted Living

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

Many times, families of our prospective residents ask: “How will mom or dad adjust?”

They are concerned that their parents will be miserable away from familiar surroundings.

And we get it.

But, we’ve got your back.

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Topics: Senior Health

6 Ways to Keep Your Senior Parent Hydrated

Posted by The Arbors on Jul 5, 2017 11:49:08 AM

Under the summer’s scorching sun, people become more concerned about dehydration, because we’re thirstier and sweat more. However, dehydration is a concern throughout the year. Dr. Ralph E. Holsworth warns that sweat can turn to water vapor when there’s little humidity, so it may be difficult to spot the signs of dehydration.

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Topics: Senior Health

10 Things to Do When Taking Mom Out for the Day

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

Have you ever hesitated to take your mom or dad along for a family activity because you were concerned about their health? If your parent needs oxygen or has difficulty walking, or has serious medical issues, you may be concerned that your planned activity may be too much for them.

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Topics: Future Planning, Health, Mental health, Caregiving, Senior Health

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.

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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.

“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.

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Topics: Senior Health

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