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

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

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

New Beginnings in Independent Living

January 12, 2024 — A new year often prompts reflections on personal growth and positive change. For seniors considering a move into an independent living residence, a fresh start in the golden years can enhance the quality of life and foster a sense of fulfillment. Here are five essential steps to help with the transition to independent living. Create... Read More

Vaccinate for Winter Wellness

December 4, 2023 — This year’s cold and flu season resurgence is making headlines with a vengeance. Influenza, COVID-19, and respiratory syncytial virus (RSV) are all on the rise. But it’s not too late to roll up your sleeves and do something to protect yourself – vaccinate! For a resilient winter, look to these top three vaccines. 1. Tailored... Read More

Home Care & Hospice

November 6, 2023 — As we age, we may need a little help, or we may need a lot of help – especially toward the end of life. November is National Home Care and Hospice Month, a great time to learn how these two types of health care services ensure people can live their best life as long as... Read More

3 Ways to Celebrate Seniors

August 20, 2023 — Just under 60 million adults in the U.S. are 65 or older – that’s about 16.8% of the nation’s population! Monday, Aug. 21, is National Senior Citizens Day and a terrific excuse to give more love and attention to the elders in your life. President Reagan established National Senior Citizens Day in 1988, proclaiming “For... Read More

Celebrating Disability Pride Month and the ADA

July 17, 2023 — Did you know that about one in four people have a disability in the United States? July is Disability Pride month. In addition to marking the 33rd anniversary of the American with Disabilities Act (ADA), the month is a chance to celebrate people with disabilities, recognize their contributions and struggles, and acknowledge their diversity. Why... Read More