Avoiding Caregiver Martyr Syndrome

Careging is rewarding

Being a caregiver means that you play an important role in a loved one’s life. While that role may be rewarding, it can also be stressful, worrisome and time consuming.

Caregivers often juggle their own work and family responsibilities with the demands of caring for their loved one. From scheduling appointments, driving to doctor visits, preparing meals, paying bills and more, it’s easy for caregivers to become so fully consumed in the caregiver role that they neglect their own personal needs. (more…)

Mature Voters Balance Election Stress with Wisdom: Five tips to de-stress

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A survey by the American Psychological Association (APA) found that while about half of Americans are worried about the 2016 race for the White House, mature voters—those 71 and older—report the highest levels of anxiety with 59 percent saying the campaign is causing them stress.

They are bombarded with television and radio coverage, engaged in political conversations and some are exposed to politics on social media. Rest assured, today’s seniors are experienced voters who can handle the pressure. Many have voted in over a dozen elections. Rodger, a resident of Victory Centre of Bartlett’s assisted living community, has voted for 18 presidents! “It is important to have a president who will protect our military from wars,” said Rodger, who will cast his ballot November 8.

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Police Keep Seniors Safe from Scams

Victory Centre of Bartlett participated in National Night out.

Children are taught to trust a person in uniform, which happens to be good advice for older adults as well. While those over age 65 are less likely to be victims of violent crimes, they are 13 times more likely to be victims of financial fraud, according to the U.S. Department of Justice. (more…)

How to Have “The Talk” With Your Parents …About Moving to Assisted Living

Senior Couple in Front of Sold Real Estate Sign, House

As your parents grow older, it’s smart to plan for their future. The plan may call for an eventual move to an assisted living community, where they can live carefree with support, services and the camaraderie of others. But be aware that it may take lots of talking and handholding for your parent or parents to warm up to the idea of assisted living and actually make the move. After all, it’s a big change.   (more…)

Happy “Senior” Campers!

Fishing at Camp VIVA!

Camp VIVA! is Pathway Senior Living’s award-winning, “extreme” wellness program, which allows assisted living residents a life-enriching opportunity to experience the great outdoors. The success has been overwhelming! Summer after summer, older adult residents return to Camp VIVA! to either relive their camping experiences or to try something new.

So, why is Camp VIVA! so popular? The literature tells us that camping is good for the mind, body and soul. We asked our campers if this is indeed true.  They shared their favorite things about camping and why they keep coming back each year.  The following responses may inspire you to take an outdoor adventure. (more…)

Life Planning Beyond Retirement

Careging is rewarding

Many people, even the best planners, don’t map out life beyond retirement. Advanced age, however, is a crucial time to live well and with purpose. As long as there’s life to live, why not plan for living the best life possible? (more…)

Giving Back Can Be Very Good for You

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Do you want to be happier? Do you like helping others? Do you have some spare time? If you answered “yes” to all of the above, then you will make a perfect volunteer.

The pay is nothing, but the work is rewarding. So say a couple of volunteers who give a lot, but also get much in return. Jim Frederick and Sister Ruth Baggech both volunteer at a senior living community, where they help older adult residents stay socially connected and mentally stimulated. (more…)

Advice for Women on How to Age Gracefully

Yoga pose held by senior living residents

Moisturize and exfoliate, cover the gray hair and wear the right shade of lipstick. There is no shortage of beauty advice on how to age well whether it is right or wrong. But aging gracefully for a woman is about much more than maintaining her physical appearance. To truly age gracefully, she must be accepting of changes—and not just the ones in the mirror!—while finding meaningful ways to spend her time and energy, according to the experts.

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Be a Random Acts of Kindness Super Hero

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Have you ever thought of kindness as a super power? It’s widely accessible and gives the user the ability to brighten someone else’s day like a super hero—no cape required.

When the force of kindness is used on those who least expect it, the positive effects can be powerful. For example, think about the older adults who you encounter in your daily life—grandparents, neighbors, the crossing guard—and how they are usually the ones doling out the kindness. An unexpected thoughtful gesture will make you a super hero in their eyes or, at the very least make them smile!

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Improv Helps Seniors Laugh at Life and Aging

Improv is great for the brain and overall wellness.

Improv workshops are helping seniors cut loose, have fun and find the humor in aging. Like legendary comedian Bob Hope said, “You know you are getting old when the candles cost more than the cake.”

Doing something way outside of your comfort zone—like improv—won’t stop the aging process, but, without a doubt, it can provide a healthy distraction. When improving, seniors are thinking on their toes about what they are going to say or do next. The challenge to stay in character and provide quick responses gives the brain a workout and keeps the young and old engaged in the moment. (more…)