Loneliness Happens, and It’s Bad for Seniors’ Health

A recent article from the Assisted Living Federation of America shared the results of a new survey on loneliness in seniors. The study, which came out of the University of California, San Francisco, found that within a 6-year period, 22.8 percent ...

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Caregivers Need Someone to Hold Their Hand

Today's guest post comes from Diana Denholm, PhD, LMHC, psychotherapist, and author of "The Caregiving Wife’s Handbook." (Read our exclusive interview with Dr. Denholm here.)

Remember being blindfolded and spun around the first time you played Pin the Tail ...

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Why Meals Matter in Assisted Living

The fact is, you need more than an apple a day to keep the doctor away, but wellness is closely tied to what we eat. The old saying is more about making wise choices for good health and nutrition (i....

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Creative Alzheimer’s Care Options

Alzheimer’s care, whether stand-alone or in a separate wing/unit, is perhaps the setting that has -- and will continue -- to see the most change in the shortest period of time. In fact, a SeniorHousingNews.com article released ...

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Opportunities for Social Connections in Assisted Living

Of course there is Bingo, there are computer classes and guest lecturers and trips to the art museum, and holiday parties galore in assisted living. Most communities have a full-time activities director tasked with keeping residents busy and happy, and ...

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Eating Out While Staying In: Dining in Independent Living

If you move to independent living, you may never have to cook again.

Every place is different, and your options usually hinge on what you can afford, but in general, independent living communities offer a variety of meal plans to ...

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Q&A: Independent Living Housing, Services & Programs

Choosing to reside in an independent living community means more than just having your own parking space and the freedom to come and go as you please. Learn more with this Q&A overview.

Q: What types of housing ...

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Activities in Senior Living Communities Go Beyond Bingo

While Bingo still remains a highly popular activity in senior living communities, there is certainly much more on senior living social calendars these days besides this favorite pastime.

At Brookdale Senior Living communities across the country, you’ll find activities like dances, pizza parties, tennis, book clubs, talent shows, poetry readings, Wii sports and video games, cooking classes, holiday celebrations, ice cream socials, exercise, fitness, and wellness classes, and more.


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Independent Living Activities & Programming

A full social calendar is an integral part of any independent living community. Guest lectures, golf tournaments, theme parties, happy hours, live concerts, Bridge clubs, outings, service projects, art classes – you name it, most independent senior living facilities offer it.

Most independent living facilities employ a full-time program director (the title often varies by senior living company – i.e. life enrichment coordinators, activities directors, or something unique to the facility.). ...

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The Differences Between Assisted Living and Independent Living

Assisted living and independent living share some attributes, but for the most part, these are distinctive senior housing categories.

Assisted living is a senior care setting that includes the following services: studio/apartment-style living (in a one-bedroom, two-bedroom, or studio layout); three meals a day served in the facility’s dining room (with room service options if a resident’s health status prevents communal dining); laundry & housekeeping; planned social ...

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