5 STRATEGIES TO CULTIVATE GRATITUDE

In his book Thanks!, professor and gratitude expert, Robert A. Emmons, says there is overwhelming evidence that practicing gratitude is good for us. Gratitude is positively related to things like life satisfaction, vitality, happiness, optimism, and hope, he says. Wonderful benefits like these can benefit adult children and aging parents alike. Yet, how to start?…

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IS LOCATION PARAMOUNT?

When home-shoppers arrive in Florida, realtors love using the phrase, “Location! Location! Location!” It’s a timeworn guideline for real estate and selling preferred locations. It’s also important when a family is considering a move for an elderly parent needing a new residence with services and facilities for assistance and care. Location may mean more frequent…

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DINING OR DIETING?

Everyone seems to advise a new angle on eating better foods to increase nutritional value. Of course, losing weight is also encouraged. All have good intentions, particularly those suggested by physicians to promote healthy eating habits. When reviewing an assisted living community, an important consideration should be the dining room and its menu and services.…

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ACTIVITY IS A STATE-OF-MIND!

“Had to give up tennis,” complained one of our residents. “But that didn’t mean I quit living. I switched to playing pool.” “Can’t do either,” replied his companion. “But I betcha I can beat you at poker.” Staying active keeps you young, no matter how you look at it. From doctors’ advice to TV ads,…

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OUR HOLIDAY WISH FOR AN ‘UNSELFISH WORLD’

Providing cheerful assistance is a regular practice throughout our assisted living and memory support community. It’s not just instinctive behavior but the cardinal principle of a successful assisted living environment. We pride ourselves on helping residents whenever possible – even with the simplest acts of kindness and courtesy. During this holiday season, I recalled a…

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THE VALUE OF PRESENCE

Have you ever been in the supermarket checkout line and experienced a cashier talking to a fellow cashier while ringing up your groceries? Annoying, isn’t it? On the flip side, I’m sure you’ve noticed that gem of a cashier who really looked at you eye-to-eye, and smiled as she asked, “Did you find everything okay?”…

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‘GRAVITY’ & REAL LIFE

The stunning film Gravity in which two astronauts are lost in space got me to thinking about how often senior living decisions suddenly come upon us. If you haven’t seen the film, it’s well worth a trip to your local theater. Many think it will be the Academy Award winner as Picture of the Year…

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