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We hope you enjoy this resource about tips and guidance for seniors and their families for their journey, ideas for living actively and well and insights into living at Ecumenical. Visit often as we share information regularly. And feel free to comment on any that interest you most.
Depression shouldn’t be part of senior living—support is available
The National Alliance on Mental Illness (NAMI) says that about 6.5 million people—nearly one in five—of the 35 million Americans age 65 or older deal with depression. While depression can strike at any age, many seniors are first afflicted in their 80s or even 90s. According to the NAMI, symptoms in seniors can differ from…Continue Reading
Restorative care—a promising alternative to nursing home care
After surgery for a broken hip, Mary was by no means ready to return to her home, even with her children regularly visiting and helping. She was weak, in pain and required physical therapy before she could even think of resuming her formerly active schedule. Her family was looking into nursing home care until her…Continue Reading
On Grandparents Day, help kids connect to loved ones with memory loss
National Grandparents Day is observed on the first Sunday of September after Labor Day to honor grandparents for their love and support. Ecumenical Retirement Community encourages families to express their gratitude to grandparents and, where possible, use it as a day of visitation and connection. We recognize that visits and communication can be challenging when…Continue Reading
The top 3 reasons for deciding to move to a retirement community
Have you or a loved one begun considering a move to a retirement community but aren’t sure whether it’s the right step? Making the decision can depend on a number of factors. However, we observe three recurring situations that most often prompt seniors and their families to start thinking about a senior living community. Health…Continue Reading
Dealing with insomnia as you age should not be taken lightly
Sleep problems can plague healthy people at any stage of their lives, but they’re often prone to increased disruptions during their senior living years. That fact should not be minimized or taken lightly; sleep issues can lead to serious ailments if left unchecked. Depression, lack of attention, memory problems and nighttime falls are only some…Continue Reading
Guidelines for thorough preparation when traveling with aging parents
Traveling with older family members can be a pleasant, memorable family bonding experience. The success of the trip, however, may depend on proper preparation to meet the particular needs of older travelers. This is especially important for those who are challenged by memory loss or receiving dementia care. For a smoother journey, plan with these…Continue Reading
Joint problems don’t have to hinder independent senior living
Arthritis is the leading cause of disability in American adults, according to the Arthritis Foundation, with at least 54 million people diagnosed with the condition. While a person of any age can experience arthritis, the likelihood increases with age, and it can occur in nearly all parts of the body.
Friendships at senior living communities help counter loneliness
Seniors today live fuller, more active lives than ever. They travel, participate in fitness and social activities and volunteer for their favorite causes. But that’s not true of all of them—one in six older Americans says he or she is lonely. Women are more likely to be lonely than men. According to the U.S. Administration…Continue Reading
How to manage your weight healthily on your own or at a senior living community
If you are like many people and trying to lose a few pounds, you might take comfort in knowing you have plenty of company. More than 100 million American—nearly half of those age 20 and over—try to lose weight each year.
Seniors at retirement homes can use computers to stay connected
Retirees are increasing their use of the Internet, smartphones, virtual assistants and other communication technology, and leading retirement homes recognize the benefits and encourage it. The following survey results were highlighted by the Pew Research Center in its 2017 report, “Tech Adoption Climbs Among Older Adults”: Two-thirds of seniors 65 and older use the Internet….Continue Reading