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"Am I Too Old to Start Exercising?"

Posted by Carly Blanchett on Apr 13, 2018 11:32:03 AM

“I’m too old for that” may be a true statement for a night out on the town, but when it comes to exercise and staying active, there is no age that deems us “too old” to begin an exercise program. The truth is, in almost all cases, it would be better fit to say, “better late than never.”

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Topics: americare, americare senior living, exercise, physical activity, wellness, aerobic exercise, bodybuilding, health, sarcopenia, weightlifting, cardio, aerobic

5 Types of Senior Living and Why You Should Know Them

Posted by Carly Blanchett on Apr 6, 2018 12:16:28 PM

Not all senior living facilities are created equal, nor should they be. The senior living options are growing and becoming more specialized to fit the upcoming baby boomer needs, but the options that currently exist are important to consider, as they vary from type-to-type with specific design and amenity options to fit the many and unique needs of the aging population.

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Topics: memory loss, assisted living, memory care, americare, americare senior living, dementia, Alzheimer's Association, rehab, rehab-to-home, skilled nursing

What Is It Like to Attend an Alzheimer’s Support Group Meeting?

Posted by JJ Mummert, Contributing Blogger/Writer on Mar 27, 2018 10:15:42 AM

Caregivers need support. There’s no doubt about it. Whether a loved one diagnosed with dementia or Alzheimer’s lives at home with the caregiver, or whether the loved one lives in a memory care community and the caregiver serves as a care manager and trustee, caregivers face continual stress and often a lost sense of self. The Alzheimer’s Association has trained staff and volunteers ready to assist caregivers 24 hours a day, seven days a week. One important way they help is to host support group meetings, and I recently attended my first.

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Topics: memory care, americare senior living, Alzheimer's caregiver, dementia, Alzheimer's Association, support group

3 Simple and Fun Ways for Seniors to Stay Healthy

Posted by Carly Blanchett on Mar 14, 2018 11:52:19 AM

We know that good eating habits supplemented with daily activity is necessary for a healthy life, especially as we age, but there are some surprising and fun activities that are also beneficial to living our best lives.

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Topics: seniors, americare, americare senior living, gardening, games, active lifestyle, cards, arts and crafts

Trends in Senior Living Design and Amenities

Posted by JJ Mummert, Contributing Blogger/Writer on Mar 9, 2018 11:36:54 AM

Senior living design and amenities just keep getting better and better. What’s in store as engaged architectural and design firms look to the future preferences and needs of Baby Boomers?

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Topics: americare, senior living, americare senior living, retirement home, architecture, design, baby boomers, amenities

Essential Documents for Elders and the Rest of Us

Posted by JJ Mummert, Contributing Blogger/Writer on Feb 23, 2018 10:50:16 AM

It’s a jungle out there…a tangle of required documents, uncertain preferences, family misunderstandings, and sometimes uncooperative elders. Having essential documents in place before emergency measures are needed will give families some peace of mind and confidence in providing appropriate care for elderly loved ones.

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Topics: americare senior living, pbs.org, advanced directives, durable power of attorney, PBS Caregiver's Handbook, wills and trusts, guardianship, American Bar Association, Medline plus, Caring Connections, National Academy of Elder Law Attorneys, health care power of attorney

Special Considerations for Evaluating Memory Care Communities

Posted by JJ Mummert, Contributing Blogger/Writer on Feb 20, 2018 8:40:00 AM

Make no mistake. The demand for quality memory care communities will continue to increase as Baby Boomers age and many develop various types of dementia, including Alzheimer’s.

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Topics: memory care, senior living, americare senior living, best friends approach, dementia, memory care security, community garden, alzheimers, snoezelen room, therapy

Important Considerations When Evaluating Assisted Living Communities

Posted by JJ Mummert, Contributing Blogger/Writer on Feb 7, 2018 12:33:54 PM

The “Bridge” Option

For many, assisted living communities are a sort of “bridge” option for seniors who are experiencing difficulties maintaining a healthy, safe, and involved lifestyle when living independently. There may be some mobility issues, problems taking prescription medications correctly, lessened abilities and/or interest in cleaning and/or cooking, or maybe some assistance with personal care is now needed. If such seniors live alone, there is also the risk of depression and loneliness due to isolation. These folks do not have ongoing medical conditions requiring skilled nursing; thus, the assisted living community is a viable option.

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Topics: plans for elders, AARP, assisted living, americare senior living, PBS Frontline

Meet Our Featured Friend: Dorothy W.

Posted by JJ Mummert, Contributing Blogger/Writer on Feb 1, 2018 12:04:02 PM

Modesty is an admirable attribute, and our featured friend, Dorothy, wears it well. So well that it’s difficult to get her to talk about herself. She insists that she has always learned from others.

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Topics: independent living, americare senior living, featured friend, Tiger Place

Tips for Scouting Out Independent Living Communities

Posted by JJ Mummert, Contributing Blogger/Writer on Jan 30, 2018 11:22:20 AM

The decision has been made. “We’re moving on out! No more lawn maintenance, no more worrying about the furnace, air conditioner, or hot water heater kicking the bucket, and no more cleaning all this extra space we don’t even use. We’re ready to move to an independent living community.”

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Topics: AARP, forbes, americare, senior living, americare senior living, independent living community, continuing care retirement community, cottages, retirement home

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