Ignite Your Passion During Active Aging Week

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Residents at Autumn Green at Midway Village are passionate about living life to the fullest. Every week residents in this beautiful community near the heart of Chicago learn new things and explore new opportunities, and Active Aging Week is no exception! Active Aging Week, celebrated from September 24th through September 30th, encourages seniors to take part in activities they love and to learn more about activities that spark their interest, and Autumn Green at Midway Village shares that goal. The theme for Active Aging Week in 2017 is Ignite Your Passion, and the International Council on Active Aging states that the goal of this weeklong campaign is to call attention to the positive aspects of aging by challenging the expectations of society and highlighting the capabilities of seniors.

Autumn Green at Midway Village invites you to join them for Active Aging Week events and Ignite Your Passion! Director of Sales and Marketing Thalia Barrow says, “Our residents are always open to new experiences; they often bring ideas to team members that we can then incorporate into our activity schedule.” Thalia also notes that Active Aging Week is a great time to explore what Autumn Green at Midway Village has to offer, sharing that many of their Active Aging Week activities are open to the public. Neighbors, friends and families are invited to attend the following events during Active Aging Week:

  • Monday, September 25th at 3 PM: Join us for a Ballroom Dance demonstration and instruction that will get your toes tapping!
  • Tuesday, September 26th at 11 AM: Our own Chef Antonio Ruiz will tempt your taste buds with a cooking demonstration that proves food is much more than just fuel.
  • Wednesday, September 27th at 1 PM: Ignite your inner artist with ceramic painting and share your talent with friends and family!

Active Aging Week is a perfect time to get a glimpse of the exceptional care and ease of life in a Senior Lifestyle community and Autumn Green at Midway Village would love to share their passion for Active Aging and their beautiful community with you. To save your spot for any of the exciting events scheduled for Active Aging Week, or to schedule a tour of Autumn Green at Midway Village, please call 773-432-4050.

Family is Forever: National Assisted Living Week

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At Senior Lifestyle, our residents are like family, so we’re celebrating National Assisted Living Week family-style with a host of special events in our communities. From social hours to family dinners, Senior Lifestyle celebrates and honors the bond between our team members and the residents they care for, a bond that is as strong and lasting as any family bond. This unbreakable bond serves as the inspiration for the theme of National Assisted Living Week, Family is Forever. The theme “Family is Forever” was inspired by a poem by Maya Angelou, which reads:

“Family isn’t always blood, it’s the people in your life who want you in theirs: the ones who accept you for who you are, the ones who would do anything to see you smile and who love you no matter what.”

NCAL Executive Director Scott Tittle said in his announcement of this year’s theme, “Anyone who has spent valuable time in an assisted living community has seen how staff can come to think of their residents like family. It takes a special person to work in our profession, and often, caregivers form bonds that can never be broken. This National Assisted Living Week, we want to recognize these amazing individuals who give their heart and soul to their residents, as well as those seniors…who leave a lasting imprint on their caregivers.”

National Assisted Living Week, established by the National Center for Assisted Living in 1995, provides an opportunity for communities across America to recognize and celebrate the vital role assisted living plays in caring for our seniors. This week also helps assisted living communities to educate the public about assisted living by sharing events and activities with their surrounding communities. Senior Lifestyle’s assisted living communities throughout the United States will share the stories of their residents and team members during this week, highlighting the relationships built in these communities between residents, caregivers, families and volunteers.

At Senior Lifestyle, we celebrate our residents and the caregivers who love them like family. If you’d like more information about how Senior Lifestyle communities celebrate quality family time, or follow us on social media to see how our communities across the country are celebrating family.

Celebrating Labor Day

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Monday is Labor Day, a time when many Americans enjoy a day off, spending the time away from work with friends and family at picnics and parades across the United States. The holiday has also become the unofficial end of summer, a final celebration before school kicks into high gear and many areas of the country see cooler temperatures take over. Many Senior Lifestyle communities have special Labor Day celebrations planned with residents, staff, and family members joining together for food and fun. As a country, we celebrate Labor Day every year, but how many of us know the history of the holiday?

According to the United States Department of Labor, the first Monday in September is “dedicated to the social and economic achievements of American workers.” Labor Day celebrates the contributions workers have made to “the strength, prosperity, and well-being of our country.” Municipal ordinances passed in 1885 and 1886 gave rise to the first official local Labor Day celebrations, while Oregon passed a state bill in 1887 to make Labor Day an official holiday in that state. On June 28th of 1894, Congress passed an act declaring the first Monday in September a holiday for workers across the United States and its territories.

There is still some mystery surrounding the actual founder of Labor Day, with some accounts showing that a general secretary for the Brotherhood of Carpenters and Joiners first proposed the holiday, while others believe that it was a machinist and secretary for Local 344 of the International Association of Machinists who actually founded the celebration. What we do know is that the first unofficial Labor Day celebration took place in New York City in 1882, organized by the Central Labor Union.

The form of our contemporary Labor Day celebrations is very similar to the day envisioned by the first Labor Day organizers, who planned street parades to show the “strength and esprit de corps of the trade and labor organizations” in each community, followed by community-wide parties organized “for the recreation and amusement of the workers and their families.” In many communities across America, we see these same celebrations, with some lasting the entire Labor Day weekend. Parades, carnivals, and town-wide Homecoming-style events are popular in many places.

However you celebrate your Labor Day, be sure to take a moment to reflect on the contributions of those who work to make our communities wonderful places to live. Senior Lifestyle celebrates the work ethic and team spirit of our team, whose efforts shows in the satisfaction of our residents and families! For more information on celebrations at a Senior Lifestyle community near you, or to schedule a visit, please visit our website.

Senior Lifestyle Celebrates August Holidays

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Poor, lonely August, sandwiched between its neighbors, the superstar holiday months of July and September, with their fancy fireworks, parades, and picnics. It is a much-maligned month with no special attributes or fancy talents, known only as “Back to School” month by millions of children who blame August for a summer vacation cut woefully short. We at Senior Lifestyle feel for August, we really do. If the months had a talent show, it seems that August would recite some boring piece of prose while the other contestants composed and sung their own operas and twirled flaming batons. It just isn’t fair. What did August ever do to deserve this kind of disrespect?

Sure, it’s hot and muggy in August and the vegetable garden is nearly played out, except for those darn zucchinis, which we all know are like fruitcake, just passed from neighbor to neighbor because no one knows quite what to do with them. Sure, in August the kids are an odd mix of crabby and excitable because school starts soon and they can’t quite decide if the prospect of new school clothes cancels out the summer math homework that they are frantically trying to finish. Sure, parents are frazzled in August because school starts soon and they don’t even know how to help with the summer math homework, much less navigate the mall for all the new school clothes that must be bought before the first day of school. Wait, where were we going with this? Oh yes, that’s right, poor August, the space filler between July and September.

Wait, space filler? Poor August? We think not! August is not only Family Fun Month and National Picnic Month, but also Peach Month and Romance Awareness Month. August holidays abound! August is a superstar! In fact, there seems to be a wacky, wonderful holiday nearly every day in August, not to mention weekly holidays like National Simplify Your Life Week, National Smile Week, Friendship Week, and Be Kind to Humankind Week. What more can we expect from any month? According to Holiday Insights, there’s a bumper crop of August holidays. Speaking of bumper crops…remember that zucchini that keeps piling up on your picnic table? Well, August 8th is Sneak Some Zucchini onto Your Neighbor’s Porch Day, so feel free to celebrate accordingly.

Senior Lifestyle will certainly celebrate Senior Citizen’s Day on August 21st because our seniors are a great reason to celebrate! Many of us will also celebrate Left Hander’s Day on August 13th and some might even compose a few lines for Bad Poetry Day on the 18th. However you choose to celebrate August holidays, remember to make the most of each day, and if you’re exhausted from all that zucchini-picking, take heart friends, because August 10th is Lazy Day!

At Senior Lifestyle, we believe each day should be a celebration! To schedule a tour or learn more about any Senior Lifestyle community or any of our wonderful August events, please visit www.seniorlifestyle.com, and celebrate August with us!

A Season for Independence

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America is a nation of independent thinkers, generations of people who have worked to be self-reliant, self-sufficient and self-governing. We declared our independence in dramatic fashion over two hundred years ago and we continue to do so on an annual basis in some form in most every community in America. From backyard barbecues to parades and fireworks, Senior Lifestyle celebrates our residents and their spirit of independence not only on July 4th, but every day of the year with senior living options designed for their lifestyle preferences. Independent living means that our dedicated staff is there to accommodate the unique lifestyle our residents choose so that they can enjoy the freedom to do what makes them happy. The flexibility afforded by this lifestyle option often has residents wondering why they didn’t make the decision to move sooner!

At Senior Lifestyle, we understand that maintaining independence can be tricky for seniors. Knowing what to hold onto and what to let go of is a tough road to navigate, especially for someone who has lived independently for many years. Giving up a driver’s license or accepting in-home help is a big step for many seniors, and leaving home is an even bigger step. Loved ones can help navigate these obstacles by having open conversations with senior family members that focus on long-term needs and maintaining a level of independence that fits those needs. When changes need to happen, family members can also focus on the positive aspects of those changes.

Asking for and accepting help when it is needed is a positive step toward staying independent. Families can help senior loved ones maintain independence by practicing interactive caregiving, partnering with the senior to accomplish activities of daily living instead of “taking over.” Quite often, in the interest of efficiency, caregivers complete tasks for the senior only to discover that the performance of these tasks is vital to the senior’s sense of purpose and overall quality of life.

Support your loved one’s independent streak! Our senior living options at Senior Lifestyle are designed to promote optimum levels of independence for our residents, along with the freedom to enjoy the lifestyle they deserve! To learn more about Independent Living and the senior living choices at a Senior Lifestyle community near you, please visit our website at www.seniorlifestyle.com.

Honoring Older Americans Month

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Along with a host of well-known holidays like Mother’s Day and Memorial Day, and some other not-so-well-known holidays like National Escargot Day and Lumpy Rug Day (sounds like a great hiding place for the escargot!), May was Older Americans Month. Among other days for recognizing seniors, this month rounded out the holidays with National Senior Health and Fitness Day on May 31. Here at Senior Lifestyle, we love to celebrate our seniors in any way possible, and regardless of what our residents at Senior Lifestyle communities chose to celebrate, they did so in style!

In 2017, Older Americans Month focused on the theme “Age Out Loud.” Seems quite fitting when one considers just how much our seniors have to say! Not so long ago, aging was seen as a passive activity, something that just took its course. Not so today; with seniors staying active far later into life and partnering with health care professionals to take an active role in their care, the face (and voice) of aging is changing. Senior Lifestyle strongly supports the new look of aging with programs designed to keep our residents engaged in whatever form of activity they enjoy.

What exactly does Age Out Loud mean? For many seniors, it means advocating for themselves and others, remaining engaged in their communities, and sharing wisdom won by years in the workforce by mentoring younger people. For others, Age Out Loud is about physical and mental fitness, and a conscious decision to stay active. Aging Out Loud promotes a sense of purpose and pride for seniors, and quite often changes others’ attitudes toward seniors in their community.

Having just ended Older Americans Month, why not make a personal choice to Age Out Loud? Get involved, take an active role in your care, pick up or continue a beloved hobby, or just make your goal one of increased social activity. Looking to learn more about how we “Age Out Loud” at Senior Lifestyle? Check out our website for a community near you and add your voice to the growing number of seniors who are actively choosing what aging looks like.

Why We Celebrate Memorial Day

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For many Americans, Memorial Day means a long weekend, a cookout, and the unofficial start of summer. There might even be a parade or a car show. School is out, or very nearly, so the air of celebration might even be a notch higher! Block parties with carnival-like atmospheres are common over Memorial Day weekend, and quite often this summer kickoff includes travel plans for families looking to get in some vacation time. These are all wonderful pursuits; however, they quite often lose the real meaning of the holiday. While you’ll most certainly find some of these delightful events happening at Senior Lifestyle communities, look a bit closer and you’ll also see the pride shown by residents, staff and families in honoring those who sacrificed so much for us.

Originally named Decoration Day, Memorial Day is a call to remember those servicemen and women who gave their lives in service of the United States of America. The holiday was originally conceived as a solemn day of honor for Civil War dead, proclaimed on May 5, 1868 by national commander of the Grand Army of the Republic General John Logan. The date was chosen specifically because it did not fall on the anniversary of any specific battle. In his proclamation on Decoration Day, Logan stated, “The 30th of May, 1868, is designated for the purpose of strewing with flowers, or otherwise decorating the graves of comrades who died in defense of their country during the late rebellion, and whose bodies now lie in almost every city, village and hamlet churchyard in the land.”

While there is some confusion as to when and where Memorial Day actually began, New York was the first state to recognize the holiday in 1873, with all northern states following by 1890. Prior to World War I, Decoration Day, or Memorial Day, as it came to be called, was primarily a “northern state” holiday, with southern states honoring their war dead on different days. At the close of World War I, the holiday transformed from a day to honor Civil War dead to a day to honor all Americans who died fighting in any war. The National Holiday Act of 1971 established our current Memorial Day, falling on the last Monday in May. Additionally, in December of 2000 The “National Moment of Remembrance” resolution was passed. This resolution asks that at 3 pm local time all Americans “voluntarily and informally observe in their own way a Moment of Remembrance and respect, pausing from whatever they are doing for a moment of silence or listening to Taps.”

Enjoy your Memorial Day weekend! Catch up with friends, eat a perfectly grilled burger, and make the most of your extra day off, but remember the origin of the holiday. Perhaps take a moment around three in the afternoon to reflect on the sacrifices of many to secure our freedom, as well. Senior Lifestyle and all our communities salute the men and women who gave their all for us, and we wish you a safe and enjoyable Memorial Day.

Senior Lifestyle Celebrates National Nurses Week

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May 6th, National Nurses Day, marks the beginning of a yearly, week-long celebration of nurses. The celebration culminates on May 12th, the birthday of the founder of modern nursing, Florence Nightingale. Nightingale was known as “the Lady with the Lamp” due to her propensity for doing nightly rounds while treating wounded soldiers during the Crimean War. She drastically reduced the death rate of the wounded with her strict adherence to handwashing and hygiene practices. Her work in the Crimean War and in establishing St. Thomas’ Hospital and the Nightingale Training School for Nurses paved the way for the profession of nursing as we know it today. Prior to Nightingale’s work, nursing was considered a menial job, looked down upon by the upper classes. Nightingale, however, felt that nursing was a divine calling for her. This sentiment is echoed by many nurses today, who call the profession a vocation. Senior Lifestyle is proud to recognize the contributions of nurses everywhere who answered this call and providing quality care as well as compassion in every setting.

Nurses are the foundation of the medical profession. They often work long hours to assist with care needs both large and small, whether in a hospital setting, a provider’s office, or a senior living community. While on shift, personal concerns take a backseat to patient care. Nurses also spend a great deal of time on charting, paperwork and continuing education, often on their own time. Even with all these factors in play, many nurses, like Florence Nightingale, claim that the profession chose them! Nursing is consistently ranked as one of the most trusted professions, and rightly so; nurses often see us at our worst. They care for us when we’re in pain, frightened and confused; despite nearly impossible workloads, they dispense kindness and comfort along with medications, easing the stress of being a patient.

At Senior Lifestyle, we are continually amazed by the dedication our nurses show each day, providing top notch clinical care and an unmatched level of compassion for our residents and their families. They prove that nursing is as much an art as it is a science, especially in senior living. To learn more about Nurses Week celebrations in a Senior Lifestyle community near you, please visit our website, and of course, be sure to celebrate Florence Nightingale’s legacy by thanking a nurse!

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.