September 30 is National Love People Day. It’s a day to celebrate unconditional love among all people. And September 28 is National Good Neighbor Day.
If you're ambulatory, how many steps are you walking every day? Studies published by the National Institutes of Health note that a healthy step count for older adults is 7,000 to 10,000. For those dealing with chronic illnesses, the range is potentially lower, coming in at 6,500 to 8,500 steps a day.Do a bit of research, and you'll find recommendations for step counts that range from 6,000 to 10,000+ steps a day.
The internet offers many kinds of entertainment that can have additional benefits for seniors. One of the most popular of these diversions is video games, which studies have shown can stimulate the hippocampus and bolster functional brain activity. Aside from sharpening your cognitive skills, games can also simply be a fun and rewarding way to pass the time. Even if you're living in an assisted living community like Autumn View Gardens in Ellisville, with a full calendar of social events to enrich daily life, you can still get both fun and cognitive health benefits by making a little room in your schedule for video gaming.
Journaling, or expressive writing, has many physical, emotional and spiritual benefits. It can improve your mood, help keep your memory sharp and strengthen your immunity. There's no one right way to journal — the process can be as unique and individualized as the journal-keeper.Even seniors who don't consider themselves to be writers can quickly learn to love journaling. Read on for some creative ways to incorporate journaling into your daily life at the Autumn View Gardens assisted living community.
Information overload is a real thing, and with a 24-hour news cycle, it can be easy to get caught up in the often negative themes of reporting. While being informed can be a responsible thing for people of all ages to do, too much news can be bad for your mental health even in the best of times. Find out more about the potential negative aspects of binging news and get some tips for finding the right balance for yourself.
Retirement means relief from many daily concerns, ranging from the commute to the 9-to-5 grind. But you know that just because you move into the next chapter of your life doesn't mean you give up all your worries, and it doesn't even mean you give up all the obligations that come with life. Whether you're still living at home and just considering downsizing or you've already made the move to an assisted living community, one thing seniors still need to manage is their credit score and history.
Chances are you've received more than your share of tips and lectures on protecting yourself during cold and flu seasons. And there's a good reason for the abundance of information being shared by health care providers and others. Influenza is serious business for anyone, and according to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, seniors age 65 and up are at greater risk of developing life-threatening complications if they do get the flu.
The team at Autumn View Gardens Assisted Living is honored to announce our community has been recognized with a top-rated 2018 “Best of Senior Living” award from SeniorAdvisor.com. SeniorAdvisor.com is the leading consumer ratings and reviews site for senior living communities and home care providers across the U.S. and Canada. Now in its fifth year, this prestigious designation honors the top 1 percent of senior living communities throughout North America.
While the primary dictionary definition of ritual is "a religious or solemn ceremony consisting of a series of actions performed in a prescribed order," ritual actually has a solid place in secular life. Chances are that you perform little rituals throughout your day without even realizing it. Consider the actions you take when getting ready to leave your assisted living apartment or brushing your teeth before bed. Probably, you do certain things in a specific order — perhaps for a reason.
Selecting the best holiday gift for friends and family can be both exciting and daunting. Whether you love to hand-make gifts every year and need some fresh ideas to try or you're looking for something unique to give to loved ones who have everything, here are a few ideas for meaningful gifts you can start making now for Christmas. They can be made right in your assisted living apartment, but you can also spread out in common areas with your supplies and invite others to join you.