Falls are the main cause of both fatal and non-fatal injuries in people age 65 and older. According to the National Council on Aging (NCOA), one in four older Americans falls each year, often suffering dislocations, bone fractures, or head injuries. As seniors age, they become increasingly prone to falls for a number of reasons: … Continue reading Stay safe during senior living by following these 6 steps to prevent falls
The holidays are right around the corner, and it’s a good time to discuss dental health. Vibrant cheer and merriment hangs high in the air in senior living, along with acts of giving, spending time with loved ones, and yes—the promise of lots of sweets and treats. According to the National Center of Health Statistics, … Continue reading Quality dental care is essential for those in senior living communities
The growing population of today’s seniors is more active, healthier, and will live longer than any generation in history according to a 2019 Forbes magazine article, “A New Snapshot of Older Adults in the U.S.” But there are times when life brings change to active, healthy seniors requiring them to look for support in an … Continue reading When is the right time to consider personal care?
When Rose, at age 78, suffered a debilitating stroke, she found her path back to near-normalcy through therapy—but not physical therapy alone. Her condition required a combination of physical, speech, and occupational therapy, each restoring her in different ways. Today, while subtle signs of the stroke remain, she is fairly independent, requiring just mild assistance … Continue reading Short-term rehabilitation for seniors: physical, speech, occupational, and respiratory therapy
Senior residential living at the best continuing care retirement communities (CCRCs) offers independent older adults multiple choices in how they want to live and spend their time. At Brethren Village, our hope is to enrich the life of each person who decides to reside in our vibrantly social senior community. Words spoken by Eleanor Roosevelt … Continue reading Boredom is not an option here: the joy of senior residential living
People of all ages today, including seniors, can rely on the proven benefits of rehabilitation therapy to help them regain physical mobility and ease back into a normal life at home. Rehabilitation services support seniors in managing and recovering from pain while improving strength, endurance, and balance. In these ways, therapy services reduce seniors’ risk … Continue reading Short-term rehab increases independence and enjoyment of daily life
Colder temperatures don’t have to mean winter hibernation for retirees with so many indoor exercise options available. Today’s seniors have the advantage of handy fitness opportunities to help maintain their health, particularly if living at a senior living community. Fitness activities have a number of physical health benefits: they can help prevent osteoporosis and arthritis; … Continue reading As cooler weather comes, a senior living community offers indoor fitness and fun
“The beautiful spring came; and when nature resumes her loveliness, the human soul is apt to revive also.” (Harriet Ann Jacobs, American writer) What is it about spring that seems to revive the soul—and body, too? Do we really get spring fever? Clinical psychologist Michael Terman says that what we call spring fever is an … Continue reading Is spring fever real? Yes, judging by senior enthusiasm for outdoor wellness activities
If you stop by for a visit to Brethren Village during autumn, you likely will see our resident seniors outdoors during temperate fall days—walking, biking or sitting and chatting with neighbors. You might also find some practicing on our putting green, competing on our bocce court or doing some pre-winter gardening.
From spring through fall, many retirees enjoy spending time outdoors, savoring either the mid-day sunshine or the cooler air of dawn or dusk. Newcomers to senior residential living soon discover that their new home offers an array of outdoor recreational activities, with various interests in mind.