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Archive for April 2009

Kimberly Such-Smith

A major service provided by NAR to our clients revolves around providing a sense of ease and comfort to families who may find themselves geographically separated from each other.  And as part of Nursing Analysis & Review’s “Bringing Families Closer Together” mantra, I wanted to take this opportunity to share my personal experience with a new product which allows me to better connect with my parents and family who unfortunately live a long distance from me. Read the rest of this entry »

Laurry Harmon
Great Places, Inc.

Moving in with You

For previous generations this was the only solution when a parent could not live independently. It was either go live with the kids or move to a nursing home. Children may assume this task out of a sense of love and obligation. Parents may expect that their children will take them in out of a sense of tradition. But consider several things carefully before selecting this housing option with your parent.

  • Do they want to move in with you? Don’t just assume they would love to be near you 24/7
  • Examine your motives for taking them under your roof and take a close look at how you feel about assuming this obligation.
  • How will this intergenerational living arrangement realistically affect everyone in the family? Make sure to include them all in the decision?
  • If you have reservations about whether the arrangement will work, have an open discussion about doing so on a trial basis.
  • Is your home a safe environment? Stairs, lighting, floor coverings and the like can make your home a dangerous place for your parent to move around. Here is a checklist to consider when assessing the physical environment. Read the rest of this entry »

Kathy Bradway
Periwinkle Lane Interiors
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 Even more so what about the words senior living? What thoughts get conjured up with those words? The word senior out shadows the word living, because from what I have seen in a majority of cases existing would be more descriptive than living. And even that might be a generous description to the reality that exists for seniors of today.

And what about the seniors:

  • Why do we have to qualify them as almost a separate breed of people when it comes to design?
  • If something is bland and tasteless to you and I, what makes everyone think seniors will like i?
  • Do we turn 65 and lose all sense of taste and style? 
  • Does fun become obsolete as we age?
  • Where did the serious cookie cutter design that exists in most “senior environments” originate?
  • And why is it so hard to understand that change is needed? Read the rest of this entry »

 My mother, at age 80 is very active and living in a typical Florida retirement community.  On a visit to her she was discussing some physical issues that were due too natural aging.  Her issues were loss of muscle tone, declining energy, overall stiffness and soreness.  We discussed the exercise programs offered in her community.  She mentioned that the exercise equipment was too strenuous, Traditional Tai Chi was to complex for her too understand and the aerobics too difficult. Overall, she was frustrated by the lack of a program that she felt comfortable with to build her balance and flexibility. Read the rest of this entry »

I see and read so many articles that talk solely about the physical aspect of  older adult and senior fitness.  Granted, I teach a fitness program in Independent and Assisted living centers, so I yes I strongly believe keeping active is an integral part of the wellness package.  However, it is only one part.

I believe in the whole person concept of wellness and fitness.  As people, our lives are comprised of a myriad of parts.  We need to keep a balance in our lives.  Although we are all similar, we all crave different amounts of each area that are important, which is what makes us unique.  Most of us do require the following to be whole fit: Read the rest of this entry »

Another cold rainy early spring day in northwest New Jersey.  The coal stove is still burning away,  two cats on the couches and one on the pad right in front of the stove.

They seem to realize that downtime is a good thing.  However, they are ready to react to changes in their environment at the drop of a hat.  I always heard that cats sleep with one eye open.  I find this is close to true.  Mine seem to have more of a 85% sleep, with the rest of their senses on alert, with both eyes fine slits of awareness at all times while resting. Read the rest of this entry »

Cinda Hocking, LMSW

How To Find The Best Exercise So You Actually Stick With It? Do What You Enjoy!

Here are some questions you can ask to determine how to find what activities will be best for you:

  • What did I like doing in the past? Can I do it again, or adapt it to my current health situation?
  • What makes me feel good to do? Can I make those activities more or less strenuous to meet my exercise goals?
  • What have I been curious about trying? What activity challenges me and sparks my creativity and interest?
  • What are my barriers to exercise and how can I overcome them? Typical barriers are: not enough time, not enough space, fear of illness/injury, self-consciousness about age, movement limitations, or weight.
  • Will it help me to monitor and track my exercise, progress, and set-backs?
  • Do I like being alone when I exercise, or do I enjoy being with others, or maybe a bit of both? Does my chosen activity reflect this preference?

It is of great importance to have a positive sense of purpose in your activiites – whatever they are: Including regular energizing and stress reducing activity is a big lifestyle goal change for most people, so it may take time to integrate it into your daily routine.

Get up each day and renew your commitment to take care of yourself. When you move with intention in the moment, instead of on auto-pilot, the activity provides more benefits and you will find more emotional and mental value in it than moving just because it is good for you. Get creative and explore what activities give you a sense of positive self-expression. After all, your body is the medium through which you experience your life! Remember, it is possible to improve fitness at any age, and even after a major health change.

In fact, working toward improved fitness is a great way of gaining control over some of the many changes aging and chronic illness makes in your life. It takes commitment to design and maintain a program that works for you, but the results are worth it!


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