Retirement Home Activities Reduce Loneliness in Seniors
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by The Senior Care Experts at Ecumenical Retirement Community
1w ago
“Loneliness shortens lifespans in a way similar to smoking 15 cigarettes a day,” according to US Surgeon General Vivek Murthy in a 2017 article for the Harvard Business Review. Older adults are especially at risk of social isolation and loneliness from factors such as retirement, death of a loved one, separation from family and declining health, mobility and mental health. Retirement home activities are designed to help residents foster connections and decrease feelings of loneliness. Loneliness and social isolation While social isolation and loneliness are often used interchangeably, there ar ..read more
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What Is the Cost of Independent Living for Seniors?
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by The Senior Care Experts at Ecumenical Retirement Community
3w ago
As the Baby Boomer population ages, many are wondering about options for retirement living. Retirement community living offers options for seniors at all levels of care, from independent living to personal care and assisted living to dementia support. So, what are the advantages of community living and how does the cost of independent living for seniors compare to aging at home? Benefits of independent living Independent living provides the freedom to have an active lifestyle without the burdens of homeownership. Rental communities, such as Ecumenical Retirement Community, offer comfortable ap ..read more
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Meet our furry, four-legged co-worker, Lola Bunny.
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by The Senior Care Experts at Ecumenical Retirement Community
1M ago
Lola sleeping in her handmade campus home by a fellow co-worker. My name is Lola Bunny, named after the Looney Toons character. I am a Flemish Giant Hare. I am three years old and weigh about 20 lbs. I am larger than the pet rabbits people are used to seeing. When I first arrived to campus, my standard rabbit cage was a bit too small so one of my co-workers on the maintenance team built me my own custom rabbit cage. It’s big enough for me to have my little house and blanket and hop around in. I love it! I don’t know my exact birthday so we celebrate every year on Easter since that’s when I s ..read more
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Tips for Low-Cost Senior Independent Living
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by The Senior Care Experts at Ecumenical Retirement Community
2M ago
It seems everything is so expensive these days – food, gas, housing, utilities and even entertainment. For seniors, it is more important than ever to know how to stretch a dollar. Here are some tips for low-cost senior independent living. Food According to a recent poll, people feel that during periods of inflation, they are most impacted by higher food prices. With supermarket prices 25% higher than in January 2020, seniors especially are feeling the pinch. One of the easiest ways to save money on food is to simply plan ahead. This will reduce expensive impulse buys and give you time to shop ..read more
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How to be ready when a loved one needs an Alzheimer’s care facility
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by The Senior Care Experts at Ecumenical Retirement Community
2M ago
“I need to get my stepdad placed ASAP. He has dementia and cannot stay at home any longer. He is 85 and mom is 84. It is deteriorating her health by caring for him.” We hear pleas like this every day, adult children urgently looking for an Alzheimer’s care facility for their aging parent. That’s why it is so important to start planning early, without the emotional stress and immediate need for dementia care. What financial and legal documents should you have in place when considering an Alzheimer’s care facility for a loved one? Preparing for long-term memory care requires many financial and l ..read more
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Safety First in Pennsylvania Assisted Living Facilities
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by The Senior Care Experts at Ecumenical Retirement Community
5M ago
When it comes to residents of Pennsylvania assisted living facilities and personal care communities, safety is of the utmost importance. That’s why state licensing provides the basis for protecting the health, safety and well-being of residents. The best assisted living communities and personal care homes build on this foundation with comprehensive measures that cover facility, fire and disaster safety as well as resident health and well-being. Here are a few of the safety features found in Pennsylvania assisted living residences and personal care communities: Facility safety Keeping residents ..read more
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The Power of Pets in a Retirement Facility
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by The Senior Care Experts at Ecumenical Retirement Community
6M ago
Aw, puppies! Did you know that pets can help with healthy aging? And you don’t have to own a pet to reap the benefits. For seniors in a retirement facility, visiting therapy pets spread cheer, too. Here are a few commonly asked questions about pets in a retirement facility: How do pets in a retirement facility help older adults’ mental health? According to American Humane, research has shown that pet ownership can provide important forms of social and emotional support for older adults that can reduce distress, loneliness and improve overall quality of life.” Benefits may include decreasing le ..read more
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Brutal Winter? Elderly Care Facilities Offer Peace of Mind
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by The Senior Care Experts at Ecumenical Retirement Community
7M ago
The Old Farmer’s Almanac says, “Get ready for a Winter Wonderland!” The 2023-24 winter weather forecast predicts a cold, snowy winter for Pennsylvania. With winter approaching, it is only natural for us to worry about our aging loved one, especially if they live alone at home. The season offers more challenges than summer, fall or spring. At holiday gatherings, aging is often more apparent as we compare our parents to the younger versions of themselves of our holiday memories. It can be quite unsettling. Elderly care facilities can offer peace of mind for families and aging loved ones alike. E ..read more
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Downsizing to a Retirement Community? Declutter Like a Pro
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by The Senior Care Experts at Ecumenical Retirement Community
8M ago
Whether you call it a home edit or a decluttering, getting rid of your belongings can be overwhelming. And when you are downsizing to a retirement community, there is the added anxiety of changing lifestyle in a new home. But with tips from professional organizers like The Home Edit and Marie Kondo, you can make the transition easier. Find inspiration Marie Kondo is known for her 6 rules of tidying to spark joy in your life. Kondo’s second rule is to imagine your ideal lifestyle. This is especially important when downsizing to a retirement community as you have the opportunity to make intentio ..read more
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Reinventing Retirement: Baby Boomers Make the Senior Living Transition
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by The Senior Care Experts at Ecumenical Retirement Community
10M ago
By 2030, baby boomers, all 70+ million of them, will have reached the age of 65. Sometimes called the Silver Tsunami, this will create an unprecedented demand for retirement options. So now as they approach retirement, how will their senior living transition be different from their parents’? “Today’s older adults are often active, engaged, tech-savvy and eager to learn and experience new things, according to California State University, Northridge health sciences professor Stephan Chung. In “Baby Boomers are Redefining What it Means to Be Old“, he said, “They are a testament to the fact that a ..read more
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