Prioritizing Men’s Well-Being

June 3, 2024 — As we observe Men’s Health Month, it’s crucial to highlight the importance of preventive health care, especially for senior men. Men are 50% less like to seek medical attention, even though they have a higher risk for chronic illness (like heart disease and lung cancer), are more likely to engage in risky behaviors (such as... Read More

Mental Health Matters

May 20, 2024 — Mental health is just as crucial as physical health, especially for our older adults who face unique challenges and changes in their later years. May is Mental Health Awareness Month and the perfect time to challenge common misconceptions about senior mental health and explore how social engagement and mindfulness can help. There’s a famous cartoon... Read More

Elders Enrich Communities

May 6, 2024 — Every May, Older Americans Month offers us a wonderful opportunity to celebrate the enduring contributions and vitality of our senior population. Getting older isn’t just about overcoming challenges; it’s about thriving and leading in ways that enrich our communities.  Helping others is an inspiring way to give back that’s also beneficial for your well-being. Studies... Read More

Green and Grounded: Gardening’s Therapeutic Benefits

April 15, 2024 — As we celebrate Earth Day on April 22, let’s consider how gardening can benefit everyone, but especially seniors. Gardening fosters growth not just of plants but of people, providing purpose, connection, and tranquility. After walking, gardening is the second most commonly reported leisure-time physical activity among older adults. Gardening can provide a holistic approach to... Read More

Celebrating Advance Directives

April 2, 2024 — National Healthcare Decisions Day is April 16 and it’s all about advance care planning (ACP). ACP is thinking about, writing down, and sharing future healthcare decisions in case you can’t make them yourself. And although the topic doesn’t seem worth celebrating, consider this all-too-likely scenario: In the bustling town of Harmony Hills, nestled among rolling... Read More

Dining Delights!

March 18, 2024 — National Nutrition Month is the perfect time to underscore the profound impact of nutrition on senior health, particularly in assisted living communities. Research has shown the quality of a person’s diet can have a huge impact on physical condition, cognitive condition, bone health, eye health, vascular function, and the immune system. At Charlesgate, daily meals... Read More

Clutter Free is Carefree

March 4, 2024 — As the birds chirp and the flowers bloom, there’s a rejuvenating spirit in the air, signaling the arrival of spring. It’s a time of renewal, growth, and for many, a time to organize living spaces. For older adults, maintaining a clutter-free environment is not just about tidiness; it’s about promoting safety and well-being. Why be... Read More

Friendships and Love in Independent Living

February 19, 2024 — Valentine’s Day celebrated love in its many forms: romantic, platonic, familial, and communal. Research has consistently shown that strong social ties contribute to improved mental and physical health, increased longevity, and a higher quality of life among seniors. So, whatever our age, friendship and love are central to a fulfilling life. Independent living communities, like... Read More

Love Your Heart

February 5, 2024 — February is not just about roses and chocolates; it’s also American Heart Month, a time to tend to our own heart’s wellbeing. Almost half of the U.S. population has at least one of the three key risk factors for heart disease (high blood pressure, high cholesterol, or smoking) and about one in five dies from... Read More

The Impact of Activity Professionals

January 20, 2024 — Whether they work in retirement communities like Charlesgate, nursing homes, senior centers, adult day programs, or healthcare facilities, activity professionals create vibrant and fulfilling environments. Their job is to create enrichment activities that contribute to person-centered, person-directed care and quality of life. This year’s National Activities Professionals Week is January 21-27. It’s a great time... Read More