The Longest Day: Embrace the Fight

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What makes time fly for you? Do you read? Knit? Jump rope? Bake chocolate chip cookies? For some of us, a book, a cup of tea, and a quiet corner can make an entire day disappear; for others, spending time outdoors is the best part of any 24 hours. However you choose to spend your time, be sure to join Senior Lifestyle in making June 21st the BEST Longest Day ever! On The Longest Day, people everywhere are doing what they love, challenging others to join the fight against Alzheimer’s, learning how to love their brains and raising funds for research into a cure.

For families dealing with the challenges of an Alzheimer’s diagnosis, every day can seem like the longest day; according to the Alzheimer’s Association, more than 5 million Americans suffer from Alzheimer’s, with another case developing every 66 seconds. Care for those with the disease is provided by an estimated 15.9 million friends and family members in the U.S alone. These numbers are expected to skyrocket, with an estimated 75 million people worldwide developing the disease by 2030.

At Senior Lifestyle, we’re proud to partner with the Alzheimer’s Association to raise funds for crucial research into the disease, research that we hope will lead to a cure for Alzheimer’s disease. We are honored to support the Alzheimer’s Association’s mission and to be a Global Partner in this year’s The Longest Day event. Our goal is to raise $50,000 to support the efforts of the Alzheimer’s Association, to raise awareness for Alzheimer’s and to provide support to the residents, families, and communities that call Senior Lifestyle home.

When memories fade, moments matter greatly, and that philosophy is at the heart of our memory care program ‘embrace’ and our passion for The Longest Day. To learn more about The Longest Day event in your area, visit the Alzheimer’s Association website or our website at Senior Lifestyle to find a community near you. We hope you’ll join us in support of those with Alzheimer’s by organizing or joining a team, or just doing what you love to embrace the fight with us!

Helping Is Healthy

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Every day across America, volunteers can be found sharing their time and talents with their communities, supporting causes they find worthwhile, and providing aid to those in need. On April 20th, Volunteer Recognition Day, Senior Lifestyle salutes these helping hands who give time and energy to promote the health of their communities.

While the positive impact volunteers have on their communities is clear, what they may not realize is that they are in fact also helping themselves. Research indicates that we reap numerous benefits when we help others; volunteering can improve one’s physical well-being by reducing heart rate and blood pressure, recharging the immune system, and buffering the impact of stress. Socially, volunteering provides the opportunity to meet like-minded people and form new connections, while also raising self-confidence and self-esteem. Simply put, when we do good, we feel good!

Good news: senior volunteers are highly likely to benefit from volunteering, in part because it provides them with physical and social activity and a sense of purpose. Studies also show that volunteering may actually increase life expectancy while improving quality of life as well. For many seniors, lending a hand can provide an important link to their community at a time when they may be struggling to find meaningful ways to contribute to that community.

More good news: nearly everyone can volunteer in some capacity, whether by lending talents or lending time. Delivering meals to shut ins, making hats and blankets for newborns, and reading to children at a local school or library are all things that may seem small but have a big impact in the community. If you want to volunteer but aren’t sure where to start, call your local United Way or Salvation Army; these local resources can point you in the right direction and may in fact be looking for someone with your exact qualifications!

RSVP (Retired Senior Volunteer Program) is a volunteer network for people aged 55 and older. This network matches senior volunteers with diverse service opportunities in their communities, from tutoring and mentoring to renovating homes and assisting victims of natural disasters. Whether you can give an hour per week or an hour per month, it is time well spent and will make a difference in your community!

Volunteer Recognition Day celebrates those who donate their time and abilities for the benefit of others. At Senior Lifestyle, we believe volunteers are a vital part of healthy communities, and while those who volunteer don’t often seek accolades for their service, we believe they deserve to be thanked! To find out more about volunteering, please visit the Senior Lifestyle website and find the community nearest you.

TALK ABOUT IT: National Healthcare Decisions Day

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If you had a health crisis, would your family know your wishes about your care? Sadly, for many people the answer is no. Families often find it difficult to ask questions about what their loved one would want in the event of a health emergency, and a conversation about advanced care planning is frequently delayed until a crisis occurs. As stressful as this conversation may be, it is an important one to have, and sooner rather than later. Senior Lifestyle proudly supports National Healthcare Decisions Day as a means of empowering our residents and families with information and access to tools to make advanced care planning easier.

National Healthcare Decisions Day, observed on April 16th, encourages meaningful conversations about advanced care planning. This annual event aims to empower people with information on how to discuss and put in writing their wishes should they become seriously ill and unable to communicate those wishes to a loved one or healthcare provider. In addition, the initiative provides healthcare providers with tool kits to aid them in starting a conversation with patients about advanced care planning. The project also focuses on much more than just living wills, inspiring families to discuss the aspects of care that matter most to them and encouraging hospitals and other care facilities to respect those wishes.

For many, the prospect of talking about final wishes is daunting, and the process of making those wishes known to loved ones and healthcare providers may seem mysterious and unnecessarily convoluted. As an initiative of The Conversation Project, NHDD works to make the process of advanced care planning less frightening by providing simple, concise information to families, healthcare providers and communities. This information is free and available in all 50 states, using uniform tools tailored to state guidelines to enable individuals to make their wishes known to their loved ones and healthcare providers.

Provide yourself and your loved ones with peace of mind by taking the time to think about and share your wishes. For more information about National Healthcare Decisions Day, go to theconversationproject.org or visit our website at Senior Lifestyle to find a community near you and start a conversation today.

CARRIAGE COURT CELEBRATES RESIDENT’S 108TH BIRTHDAY!

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Ethel Klein of Carriage Court of Marysville will be 108 years old on April 29th, and Carriage Court will plant a redbud tree in honor of the occasion! The tree-planting ceremony and birthday celebration will take place on Arbor Day, April 28th at 3 pm at Carriage Court. Well-wishes may be sent to Ethel at Carriage Court, 717 S. Walnut Street, Marysville, OH 43040.

Born on April 29th, 1909, in Willard Kentucky, Ethel was one of 5 siblings born to John and Lily Fleming, a minister and housewife. Ethel completed 11th grade and went on to work as a desk clerk for 20 years, marrying her husband Ernest in 1950 in Ashland Kentucky. They were happily married for 43 years. Ethel and Ernest enjoyed traveling and were particularly fond of seeing the southern states during their jaunts.

Ethel still enjoys reading her newspaper daily, watching basketball, and listening to Billy Graham and The Gaithers. She loves holidays, especially Thanksgiving, and attributes her long life to “good clean living” and taking the time to eat three healthy meals each day at Carriage Court. Ethel has been a resident of Carriage Court since June of 2015.

World Health Day

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Each year on April 7th, the World Health Organization (WHO) spotlights a health issue that affects people worldwide. This year, Senior Lifestyle is joining the conversation, which is focused on depression with the theme “Depression: Let’s talk.” WHO estimates that over 300 million people worldwide struggle with depression, an 18% increase from 2005 to 2015.

Why the increase? Several factors may be responsible, including the fear of stigma, a generalized misunderstanding about what depression really is, and for some, a lack of access to support for the condition. Many people delay seeking treatment due to a combination of these factors. While statistics often focus on the effects of depression on young people, older adults are often found to be at an increased risk for depression as well.

For older adults, additional ailments such as arthritis and heart disease often complicate treatment for depression in seniors, giving rise to the notion that it is a normal reaction to the life changes associated with aging and illness. However, depression in seniors is NOT a normal part of aging, but is common and treatable with medications and psychotherapy, according to the CDC. At Senior Lifestyle, our focus is not just on physical health, but the emotional, mental and spiritual health of the seniors we serve; we get to know our residents on a personal level to provide the best care possible.

Caregivers need to be aware that changes in circumstance can be quite stressful and difficult for a senior to accept, and watch closely for symptoms of depression. Knowing the signs of depression in seniors allows for early intervention and positive outcomes for loved ones. For more information about World Health Day, or for information on resources for depression in seniors, please visit the Senior Lifestyle website to find the community expert nearest you.