In this second installment of our 5-part series viewing life during COVID-19 through the eyes of people it affects in senior living, we turn to the perspective of one of our beloved caregivers, Mary Ahlberg. Mary is the kind of person that when you meet her, you know she is special. As a former Montessori teacher for children 9 months to 4 years of age, she has the keen ability to intuitively hone in on people’s needs. This particular skillset has served her very well as a caregiver focused on life enrichment at our Issaquah Memory Care community. With a zeal for trying new things, Mary engages dynamically and openly with everyone she meets.
Senior Living, Memory Care, Caregiving, Social Wellness
Health, Aging, Senior Living, Caregiving
When it comes to considering a move to a senior living setting, most families want to know that their loved ones are receiving exceptional care for their particular needs. Ensuring your peace of mind is a critical factor to a successful community-resident-family relationship. Teepa Snow, world-renowned educator and trainer of the Positive Approach to Care, asks “Can we experience the person as an amazing gem of great value, and give them the right setting and the right care so they can shine?” Exceptional care embraces this approach and incorporates it into all levels of resident care, staff training and business practices.
Senior Living, Activities, Social Wellness
In order to ensure the well-being of ourselves and our loved ones, social distancing has taken precedence over our usual visits, events and activities. You might be asking yourself what you can do during this challenging time to stay connected to your loved ones. It’s important to follow social distancing instructions to maintain a safe and healthy environment for you and your senior family member, but that doesn’t mean you have to lose touch.
Health, Holidays, Senior Living, Assisted Living, Social Wellness
When we find ourselves in the darkest days of the year, many of us can find it challenging to harness the hope of the new year. It’s cold and gray and also dark outside, and our spirits can feel a bit dim, too. Many of us, when we think about the idea of “hope” think of a glimmering light, some possibility of good things happening in the future. It can seem like a hard to pin down emotion, slipping through our fingers— here one day, gone the next. When we’re suffering from depression, loneliness, pain, boredom, or just feel like we’re in a funk, what can we do to feel hopeful?
Senior Living, Memory Care, Assisted Living, Independent Living, Social Wellness
The holidays can be a time of joy, sweet memories, favorite traditions, and togetherness—but as most as most of us know, the holidays can also magnify our feelings of loss or loneliness and leave us feeling blue. Seniors who have lost a spouse, experienced a debilitating illness, had family move away, or struggled with other difficulties can be especially vulnerable to the bluest of Christmases.
Aging, Senior Living, Memory Care, Independent Living, Social Wellness
Connection is the energy that exists between people when they feel seen, heard, and valued; when they can give and receive without judgment; and when they derive sustenance and strength from the relationship. - Brené Brown
It’s no secret that relationships can sustain us, but what does it really mean for seniors to have social support? It makes sense that being socially engaged with others can help us be our best selves. But it’s more than just a feeling. The science is clear—social support is essential for maintaining good physical and mental health. Positive, high quality social support is linked to stress resilience and better health outcomes. Considering that fact, it might not surprise you to learn that social isolation has been linked to increased cognitive decline.
Senior Living, Memory Care, Assisted Living, Social Wellness
Here at Fieldstone Communities, we know that one of the biggest needs in senior living today is finding ways for residents to stay connected and engaged with family members. Studies show that family engagement can have a direct impact on the long-term health of seniors in residential living communities.
Aging, Senior Living, Activities
Staying Fit as You Age
Benefits of Exercise for Seniors
We all know that we need to exercise to stay healthy. And for seniors, the benefits of exercise are particularly significant. You don’t have to be a marathon runner or bodybuilder to exercise—there are many types of exercise that fit all abilities. A little bit of exercise will reward you with results beyond just toned muscles.
Aging, Alzheimer's, Senior Living, Memory Care
This Father’s Day, we encourage you to spend time with family and friends to celebrate dads together. Though time and age can change each of us, the things that are unshakeable are our ties to one another.
Senior Living, Assisted Living, Independent Living
If you and your mother don’t live in the same city, it can be challenging to celebrate Mother’s Day and honor her in the way you’d like to. Here are some ideas to make it a special day, even if you can’t be together.