The Power of Positivity

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Carlisle Palm Beach resident Myra Goldick embodies the spirit of the Carlisle, with a warm and welcoming smile for everyone she meets, a genuine love for her community, and a desire to help others, especially those in transition. Carlisle Palm Beach Executive Director Chris Kochan notes, “Myra is the perfect example of the Carlisle. The Carlisle isn’t referred to as the Carlisle by Myra, she calls this her home. Myra is the first person who volunteers to help our new residents and make them feel welcome in our community. There hasn’t been a day where Myra hasn’t shown her beautiful smile. Her warm heart and caring sets her worlds apart from others!”

Asked about her habit of making new residents feel right at home, Myra downplays her role and says she’s just doing what was done for her when she came to the Carlisle. Says Myra, “It meant a lot to me to be welcomed to the Carlisle in a time of crisis and stress after my husband passed. I think everyone worries about being accepted as part of a group and this community made me feel comfortable and connected right away. The Carlisle is such an upbeat place to call home!” She loves that the Carlisle team recognizes how important it is to welcome new faces by sharing a meal or inviting someone to join a group, noting that she and the other Community Ambassadors take their roles very seriously simply because they’ve all faced the same challenges each new resident faces.

Myra, a native New Yorker, has made a lifelong habit of looking on the bright side. Her talent for positivity has seen her through a childhood bout with polio, a midlife diagnosis of post-polio syndrome, and three very successful and distinctive careers. When diagnosed with polio at the age of 10, Myra turned to her love of drawing and painting to give her the strength she needed to endure multiple surgeries and rehabilitation. She continued to study art and pursue her passion for creativity throughout school; her innate artistic talent and drive to create won her a full scholarship to the Fashion Institute of Technology in New York City. Upon graduation she began work in the cosmetic industry, building a successful career. When she was diagnosed with post-polio syndrome and could no longer travel, Myra went back to school and learned the art of hat design, embarking upon her second career as a milliner. After retirement and a move to Florida in 2003, Myra began her third career as a motivational speaker, disability advocate and author, inspiring others with her creative energy and lessons on gratitude and the power of positivity.

When asked to contribute words of wisdom, Myra shares, “Living a successful, happy life requires one to adopt a sense of gratitude. Remaining thankful helps create a positive attitude. While life often offers great pleasure and joy, at one time or another most of us will encounter adversity and sometimes-great tragedy.  It is wise to remember that within every disappointment there is a lesson to learn as well as a gift. Discover the gift and the healing will begin.” She also notes that gratitude is best shared, saying, “It’s important to cultivate the habit of thankfulness; that’s why I speak so often about the things I’m passionate about. The more we share the power of positivity, the more the mindset is reinforced in ourselves and others.”

The Carlisle Palm Beach is proud that residents like Myra call the community home and proud to help Myra share her words of wisdom. To learn more about what makes this Senior Lifestyle community special, please visit our website at or schedule a visit with a Community Adviser today.

The Heart and Mind Connection

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February isn’t just for Valentine’s Day and white sales; the shortest month is filled with holidays, observances, fun little footnotes, and every four years, an extra day! It’s also American Heart Month, a time to raise awareness of heart healthy lifestyles and practices, and while we’ve focused on the effects of stress and diet on heart health, studies show that there’s another very important concept that helps hearts stay healthy: thankfulness. Additionally, we can train our brains to help increase this positive impact by turning negative thought processes around and focusing on positive reactions.

The heart/mind connection has been the subject of recent studies showing that the connection goes both ways, meaning that a healthy heart also helps lower the risk of dementia and memory loss. Heart disease and dementia share several risk factors, so protecting your heart also helps to protect your brain health. Angelos Halaris, MD, PhD, a professor of psychiatry and behavioral neurosciences at Loyola University’s Stritch School of Medicine notes that roughly half of the people battling heart disease develop depression, while people with depression are two to three times more likely to develop heart disease, noting that the connection can be a difficult cycle to break. “People know that their livelihood and life is in danger, and that becomes a major stress factor in the life of that individual, so we start going around and around in circles,” he says.

We know that thankfulness is good for us, but how do we cultivate an “attitude of gratitude”? The heart/mind connection is useful here as well: like many things, gratitude is a learned behavior and we can actually train ourselves to be thankful:

  • Make it a habit

Say “thank you” regularly. Seems easy enough, but it’s something that’s often forgotten. From the person who hands you your morning coffee to the spouse who loads the dishwasher to the co-worker who fixes the jammed printer, opportunities abound to show gratitude. Taking the time to pen (or type an email) thank you note also reinforces gratitude!

  • Be “in the moment”

When we focus on what is happening right now instead of worrying about what should happen next, we are more able to be grateful for the little things. Whether you’re exercising, eating a great meal, or enjoying a conversation, focus on being completely present in order to fully appreciate each experience.

  • Keep track

Create a “thankfulness journal”. Keeping a written reminder of what we’re thankful for not only serves as a great reminder to be positive, it reinforces that positivity by cementing those memories. And of course, there are journal applications you can download to your phone as reminders to keep a written record!

At Senior Lifestyle, we strive to create a culture of gratitude, celebrating both large-scale successes and everyday triumphs with residents, team members and families in our communities. To learn more about a Senior Lifestyle community in your area, please visit our website at

Senior Independence Month

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What does independence mean to you? The answer may well depend on your age and life circumstances. At Senior Lifestyle, one of our goals is helping the seniors in our communities maintain their independence. We do this by creating environments that encourage social interaction, providing innovative programming that fosters creative thinking, and helping seniors find the right fit for their care needs, whether that is Independent Living, Assisted Living, Memory Care or Skilled Nursing.

February is National Senior Independence Month, a perfect time for seniors to celebrate the independence they enjoy and to plan ahead to maintain that independence. Since maintaining independence is a major factor in the quality of life our seniors experience, Senior Lifestyle is sharing some practical tips from Seniors Speak Out, a senior advocacy group, to help seniors maintain independence at home and in the community:


An organized environment is great for both body and soul! Clear, well- lit walkways in the home help decrease the risk of trips and falls, while keeping necessary items like cell phones close at hand and readily accessible is vital in the event of an emergency.


A little preventive maintenance can be a lifesaver. Have banisters on stairs and railings on decks checked for looseness. Light up dark hallways and closets with motion-sensor lights to prevent falls. Installing grab bars in the bathroom is a great idea as well, provided they are installed before they’re needed. A little foresight goes a long way!

Get Tech Savvy

That cellphone can literally be a lifesaver. Set up with speed-dial for favorite contacts, it’s a senior’s link to the world. Cellphones can also serve as location devices as well as maps and navigations aids. Most are even equipped with a fairly bright flashlight. Home security systems can protect against theft and property damage, but their value doesn’t end there; motion sensing lights can detect intruders and fend off any unwanted guests, while providing welcome light when you need it.

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 for a senior community is an even bigger step. When changes need to happen, family members can and should focus on the positive aspects of those changes and the increase in quality of life. Asking for and accepting help when it is needed is a positive step toward staying independent.

National Senior Independence Month is a great time for loved ones to help seniors make changes that help increase quality of life. Do you have questions about the level of care you need or programs available at a Senior Lifestyle community in your area? To learn more about how we help our residents maintain their independence, please visit our website at

Take ‘Heart’ in February

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February is American Heart Month, a time to raise awareness of heart disease, learn more about risk factors and work to maintain and improve heart health. Our goal at Senior Lifestyle is to help residents, families and team members attain good health, and sharing information from the American Heart Association is a great way to help us meet that goal.

Did you know that the guidelines for high blood pressure have changed? New guidelines published last November changed the official definition of hypertension to a reading of 130 for the top number or 80 for the bottom number from the former standard of 140/90. That means that the number of American adults with high blood pressure jumped from 32 percent under the old guidelines to almost 46 percent. That’s nearly half of all adults in the United States, a staggering 103 million people at increased risk for heart attacks and stroke. Why are these numbers important?

Cardiologist Dr. Kenneth Jamerson, an author of the high blood pressure guidelines, notes, “Before this guideline, if your blood pressure was at 130, you weren’t supposed to do anything.” Jamerson added, “With the new [high blood pressure] guideline, we’re having patients do something about it.” For his patients, that includes 30 minutes of physical activity five days a week and the DASH diet, plus medication if the patient has additional heart disease risk factors.

What’s this “DASH” diet? DASH stands for Dietary Approaches to Stop Hypertension, and it’s a lifelong approach to healthy eating designed to help treat or prevent hypertension. The DASH diet focuses on reducing sodium, being aware of portion size, and eating a variety of foods rich in nutrients that help lower blood pressure, such as magnesium, potassium and calcium. Used in conjunction with a healthy exercise plan, the DASH diet can help reduce blood pressure by a few points in just two weeks, and it fits dietary recommendations to decrease the risk of osteoporosis, cancer, and diabetes, in addition to heart disease and stroke. The DASH diet emphasizes vegetables, fruits and low-fat dairy foods along with moderate amounts of whole grains, fish, poultry and nuts, aiming to reduce the amount of sodium consumed daily from the average American’s consumption of 3,400 milligrams per day to 2,300 mg per day.

If you’re struggling to get your blood pressure in a healthy range, take heart, there are options to help you get back on track! Be sure to ask your healthcare provider about what strategies will work best for you, including the DASH diet, increased activity, and the possible addition of medication if you have additional risk factors for heart disease.  For more information about heart-healthy activities in a Senior Lifestyle community in your area, please visit our website at

Hobbies are Healthy

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What’s your hobby? Do you knit, bake, build ships-in-a-bottle? Studies show that hobbies (with the possible exception of things like competitive eating and sword-swallowing) are good for us, and since January is National Hobby Month, we at Senior Lifestyle would like to highlight a few senior hobbies that have proven to help maintain physical, mental and emotional health. Of course, pursuing a hobby is healthy at any age, but has a significant positive impact on health for seniors.

What makes hobbies healthy? For those with busy, stressful lives, hobbies provide an outlet that isn’t stressful or work-related, but just as importantly, isn’t just doing nothing, which can be just as stressful for the person who thrives on order, activity and a busy schedule. Taking time for hobbies offers busy people a chance to recharge as well as to reclaim some time for themselves. Additionally, purposefully choosing the activity instead of feeling pushed toward the next responsibility helps to ease stress.

Why are senior hobbies so important for maintaining health? For many seniors, the retirement years represent a drastic change from busy lifestyles spent working, raising children and being active in the community. At Senior Lifestyle, we believe that retirement doesn’t have to mean inactivity, and that’s why we focus on providing activities and events that spark creativity, foster independence and promote socialization. Residents are always encouraged to share their hobbies and our Senior Lifestyle Programming Coordinators love to incorporate new ideas into our activity calendars, so show us your hobby!

A few of our most popular offerings:



Do you have a green thumb? From growing fresh vegetables to cutting gardens, you can get your hands dirty and make a beautiful difference in your surroundings!



There is something magical in creating a painting or a sculpture. Novices and seasoned artists alike channel creative energy and experiment with different mediums while making new friends.



Enjoying a night on the town, a shopping excursion, or taking in a new show at the local theatre is always more fun with friends! If you love to be out and about, we always have a fun trip planned and you’re always welcome to join us.



Are you passionate about your health? Walking clubs provide company and conversation, classes are offered in Tai Chi, Chair Dancing and more, and our fitness areas in Senior Lifestyle communities provide all the tools to stay in shape!

Senior Lifestyle encourages you to enjoy National Hobby Month by trying a new activity or looking into senior hobbies offered in your area. You may just find a great way to spend your time as well as some new friends! To learn more about activities offered at a Senior Lifestyle community near you or to schedule a tour of your local Senior Lifestyle community, please visit our website at

Quality of Life

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January traditionally symbolizes new beginnings, a time to reflect on your life and its purpose, identify what makes you happy, and make changes. Not so coincidentally, the first month of the new year is also International Quality of Life Month. At Senior Lifestyle, we understand that while many of us focus on resolutions for the new year, we may not often think about how those resolutions will affect our quality of life. Weight loss is often a resolution, but when we tie it to quality of life, THEN we begin to understand that increased health, feelings of accomplishment and the satisfaction of meeting a goal help to contribute to an increased sense of our quality of life. This is especially important for seniors, as their resolutions may often be tied to maintaining or increasing health.

Quality of life is defined as “the degree of satisfaction an individual has regarding a particular style of life.”  But what really constitutes “quality of life”? Much like the pain scale at your doctor’s office, the answer varies from person to person and is completely subjective, and measuring these qualities is an altogether separate issue for each individual. Any evaluation of quality of life depends on how each person feels about relationships, work, health, spirituality, and a host of other factors. For many seniors, being able to live independently is the key; for others, feeling a sense of purpose and belonging is a major factor. Having a sense of life purpose is vital to the concept of quality of life as well.

A positive view of life is vitally important for seniors, resulting in increased energy, less stress and better appetite, amongst other benefits. Quality of life is closely tied to life purpose, the way in which an individual feels that he contributes to his community, and at Senior Lifestyle, we strive to help each resident uncover that purpose and move toward fulfilling their life purpose, knowing that the activities that give one person pleasure and a sense of purpose are unique to that person. We strive to really know our residents in order to help them discover their gifts, the talents and qualities that bring an enhanced quality of life. Staying mentally and physically active and staying connected to family, friends and community are also factors that increase quality of life for seniors.

At Senior Lifestyle, we focus on providing activities proven to help increase the quality of our residents’ lives through social events, outings and opportunities to volunteer in the community-at-large, as well as fostering strong connections with friends and family. To learn more about programs designed to enhance quality of life at a Senior Lifestyle community in your area, please visit our website at

Changing Needs

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The holidays are a wonderful time to re-connect with loved ones, enjoy family traditions, and recharge for the coming year. They also provide a unique opportunity to spend quality time with elderly relatives. At Senior Lifestyle, we understand that once the hustle and bustle of the holiday season has passed, you may have concerns about changes noticed in your senior loved one over the holidays. According to a study by the National Alliance of Caregiving and AARP,  roughly 15% of the estimated 34 million family members who provide care for an elderly loved one live more than an hour from their care recipient, so holiday visits often provide the clearest view of the changing needs of senior loved ones.

Since age-related decline can progress quickly, it is vital to use the time spent in person with elderly loved ones to assess any changes seen, paying close attention to their living situation as well as physical and mental health. Since seniors can be quite adept at minimizing any worsening or new problems, time spent face-to-face is an important factor in assessing emerging or changing needs of senior loved ones.

During gatherings, be sure to look for the following signs that your loved one may be in need of additional help such as in-home caregiving or assisted living:

  • Changes in balance and mobility

Changes in gait or a reluctance to walk may indicate muscle, joint or neurological problems. Decreased mobility also increases the risk of falls, so it is vitally important to seek medical advice if you see these changes. Keeping the home free of clutter may also help your loved one feel more confident in getting around.


  • Home Environment

If things appear to be out of place in a normally tidy atmosphere, it may be an indication that your loved one is struggling to keep up with the responsibilities of living at home. Check the refrigerator: are items out of date or spoiled? Look at incoming mail: are unpaid bills piling up? Noticeable changes in appearance such as lack of personal grooming or wearing unwashed clothing are also signs that additional help may be needed.


  • Weight Loss

Weight changes can be a sign of depression, unaddressed medical conditions or even dementia. Weight loss is often the first visible sign of a decline in condition. For many seniors, the prospect of preparing and eating a meal alone is emotionally draining, and the effort required to do so may be physically exhausting as well. If you see evidence of weight loss or a dramatic loss of appetite, it is vital to address the issue with your loved one as well as a doctor.

Did you notice changes in your senior loved one over the holidays? Be sure to share your concerns with your loved one and any caregivers involved in their activities of daily living, as well as your loved one’s doctor. At Senior Lifestyle, we understand that it can be disconcerting for seniors to admit the need for additional help, but it is imperative to address the changing needs of senior loved ones. Helping seniors maintain an enriching and healthy lifestyle is our goal, so if you have questions about a Senior Lifestyle community near you or you’d like to learn more about senior care options, we invite you to visit our website at


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Are resolutions part of your New Year’s ritual? If so, you’re in good company, as the practice of making New Year’s resolutions, thought to have been instituted by the ancient Babylonians, is still traditional for many. The Babylonians felt that making promises would bring favor from the gods and start the new year in a positive way, with resolutions often involving paying off debt and returning borrowed farm equipment. Today, resolutions range from personal health and fitness goals to random acts of kindness, each one as unique as the person who makes it. At Senior Lifestyle, we understand that each new year brings new opportunities to build, learn and improve, and resolutions are always a part of the plan. According to, the top 5 resolutions for 2017 were as follows:

  1. Lose Weight/Healthier Eating
  2. Life/Self Improvements
  3. Better Financial Decisions
  4. Quit Smoking
  5. Do more exciting things

Did you know there’s actually a Ditch New Year’s Resolutions Day? There is, and it falls on January 17th in 2018, so if you’ve found yourself regretting any hasty promises, this is the day for you! Only 44.8 % of people polled by claimed to have maintained their resolutions past the 6-month mark. At Senior Lifestyle, we’ve found that the secret to making New Year’s resolutions you’ll actually keep is to set achievable goals and break those goals into manageable steps. Those resolutions that are set aside before February are often crafted from great aspirations, they just ask too much too soon and we become overwhelmed. Studies show that people who make detailed resolutions are far more likely to keep those resolutions than those who set vague or unfocused goals, so if you’re looking to stay the course, make a plan!

Each year at Senior Lifestyle we resolve to actively seek out innovations that help our residents live their best lives, to consistently approach senior living modeled on person-centered care, and to provide opportunities for team members in each of our senior communities to grow and succeed. All lofty goals, of course, but all worthy of our attention and all achievable! Our resolutions are defined and refined yearly, and best of all, shared by every member of our organization. To see our New Year’s resolutions in action, we encourage you to visit a Senior Lifestyle community in your area, or visit our website at

Happy New Year!

Holiday Happenings

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December is a celebratory month at Senior Lifestyle, and along with Christmas, Kwanzaa and Hanukkah, this month provides a host of other lesser-known holidays for us to enjoy. On any given day in December, there’s a fun, possibly somewhat odd holiday to observe, and while we aren’t sure who’s in charge of the goofy holiday calendar, we’re always willing to celebrate!

December 21st held several noteworthy celebrations, not the least of which is Winter Solstice, the shortest day of the year. According to the Old Farmer’s Almanac, winter in the Northern Hemisphere officially began December 21st at 10:28 am Central Standard Time, with the sun’s path reaching its southernmost position. After the 21st, the sun’s path starts to move northward, but the change is so slight that the path seems to stay the same, hence the term solstice, from the Latin words sol for sun and sistere, meaning to stand still. Perhaps not so coincidentally, December 21st is also National Flashlight Day (practical on the shortest and darkest day of the year) and Look on the Bright Side Day, a great idea for a cold, gray day in December!

Perhaps a little standing still is what we all need around this time of year. We get so caught up in following a plan sometimes that we fail to see the opportunities that present themselves daily, like a gift that’s always the right size and color. Hearing residents reminisce about holidays past and the presents they enjoyed most (hula hoops and tea sets seem to be popular!) is always a cheery and bright time in our Senior Lifestyle communities and it reminds us to slow down and enjoy the season.

We’re not suggesting that you ditch all your obligations and sit staring at the pretty lights until New Year’s Day, but we certainly hope that at some point during this season of wonder you are able to sit quietly and contemplate the bright moments of the waning year.  While you’re contemplating, remember to look forward to the bright new year that’s just around the corner.  If contemplating isn’t your style, we at Senior Lifestyle hope you have an impromptu get-together with friends and family to laugh and share your hopes for the new year.  We also hope that if a small child asks you to try the hula hoop, have a tea party, or watch the snow fall, you take the time to do so.  We promise, it will make your spirits bright!

However and whatever you celebrate, Senior Lifestyle wishes you the happiest of holidays from our family to yours, surrounded by friends, family and good cheer! For information on holiday events and celebrations at a Senior Lifestyle community near you, please visit our website at

Holiday Traditions

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If your loved one has recently moved to a senior community, they may be stressed about the changes that accompany a move. At Senior Lifestyle, we understand that any move can be stressful, and we know that for most, holiday traditions and celebrations must evolve to accommodate the changes that come with a change of address. If this is the first holiday in a senior community for your loved one, new traditions may be the key to a stress-free celebration.

If your family’s holiday traditions have centered around gatherings in your senior loved one’s home, moving the celebration to another family member’s home can ease the transition for your loved one in a senior community. If Grandma has always been in charge of the meal preparation, dividing up the labor required for that task may also ease the stress for family members as well as for your loved one. It may be difficult for a senior to give up these responsibilities, so be sure to find ways to keep holiday traditions inclusive for the senior. Perhaps instead of taking on the entire meal, preparing a favorite dish for the meal may be a meaningful new tradition for your loved one.

It’s very easy to become overwhelmed by the urge to make the holiday season perfect in every way, focusing on minute details and forgetting about the very real joys to be experienced. The need to micro-manage get-togethers, meals and gifts can sabotage what should be a time of togetherness. Oftentimes, we simply want the very best for our family and friends, forgetting that what’s most important to them is the time spent together. This is a time when it really IS “the thought that counts.” At Senior Lifestyle, we know that simple pleasures and gifts of the heart are the most meaningful and the holiday traditions that have endured are the ones that feature laughter and togetherness.

Senior Lifestyle communities offer residents and families numerous events designed to make the most of the holiday season with new friends, from singalongs to socials, so be sure to take advantage of these opportunities to make the season bright and create new traditions to cherish! For more information about a Senior Lifestyle community in your area, please visit our website at