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Meet Lois, Waterford’s Resident Spotlight for December! Lois was born and raised in Blue Island, IL, to parents Mildred Schreiber and Fred “Smokey” Voss. The family was complete when, four years after Lois was born, her little sister Carole came along. Beginning at the age of four, Jewel Anderson, a local dance teacher, would arrive at the family home and turn the dining room into a dancing studio to tutor Lois in the fine art of dance. Soon enough, while still in her young teens, Lois joined the dance group “Topsy Turvy Girls”. By the age of 16, Lois had joined Avery Productions and was being paid to dance across the USA. During this time, a MGM Talent Scout “discovered” Lois during one of her performance and she was offered a job dancing in Hawaii for three whole months during her senior year of High School. Throughout her dancing career and all the traveling it required, Lois maintained her academics and was very involved in extracurricular school activities. She was a part of the Campfire Girls (aka Girl Scouts) and she joined both the Cheer Squad and the Drama Club at Blue Island Community High School after completing her schooling at Lincoln Elementary and Whitier Jr. High. Post-graduation, Lois continued to use her dancing skills, this time by being the dance choreographer for musicals including the Pitt Players under the direction of Gloria Pitt and Showcase Theater in Blue Island under the direction of Dan Flynn. Lois says that dancing was her main priority, and also the best part of her life. Lois’ favorite job was when she could travel the world to dance, and later, after she married Robert Riney in 1954, her husband put the “bug” in her brain that she ought to continue to dance. Lois and Robert had met in a tavern amid the excitement of a local baseball team’s big win. Throughout Lois and Robert’s 36 years together, they had 8 children, three girls and five boys, where the last two children were a set of twin boys. Lois now had 16 grandchildren and 11 great-grandchildren. Since moving to Waterford, Lois has appreciated all the help and loves living at Waterford. While searching for a new place to call home, Lois saw two other retirement communities before deciding on Waterford. She enjoys the pool, especially the Aqua Aerobics classes, and joins in on the other morning exercise classes as well. Lois joins in on community Bingo games and particularly loves the Friday Happy Hours with entertainment. Lois also enjoys the food at Waterford, and thinks the meals are all delicious! When asked what her secret to a long life is, Lois responded that she never expected to live so long! She said it’s important to keep busy, consistently exercise, and to eat well. She also shared that life is too short – it’s important to be kind to one another. We are so thankful to have such a lovely person in our community and we are glad Lois feels the same!
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Many seniors find themselves struggling to stay active as they age. Sometimes it is because of an injury, sometimes because of reduced mobility, and sometimes because of a lack of interest. Excellent senior living communities will offer wellness programs to combat each of these concerns and help their residents lead active lifestyles no matter what their interest or ability may be. At Waterford Estates, we are committed to helping our residents lead healthy lifestyles and we offer a range of wellness programs for our residents to join in on. These programs can help our residents branch out and get to know new people, learn new things, and begin to discover a healthier lifestyle. Here are some of the highlights of exercise programs specially adapted for seniors thanks to HTS Therapy.
- Stretching Exercises Stretching Exercises are a gentle yet challenging way to improve your health. By stretching, you are increasing the flexibility of the muscles while strengthening and lengthening them as well. In addition, you might also find that your balance is improved. Stretching can be done in many different forms, adapting to each individual’s need.
- Aqua Exercises Exercises in the water are “low impact”, meaning the strain on your joints is reduced while enabling your body to work hard. Varying degrees of intensity can be found in these types of exercises, although most aqua exercise can be a bit challenging
- Various Games If you are more of the type of person who isn’t particularly interested in exercise classes, certain games may be the perfect method to get activity in your day. Horseshoes, pool, a bean bag toss, or even golf are among some of the activities that provide the opportunity to be active while also being challenging. You may have so much fun you simply forget that you are exercising!
Of course, each particular person has specific abilities and interests which ought to be taken into consideration when choosing a exercise program. Speaking with your doctor is also important, as they will be able to give you insight into what programs will be beneficial (or not!) Stay safe, but also have fun as your continue to develop ways to insert more activity into your healthy lifestyle. Waterford Estates can also help you discover a healthy lifestyle suited to you.
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When parents and loved ones age, many men and women find themselves stuck between a rock and a hard place as they are faced with the miles that separate them and their loved ones. Because of this distance, it can be incredibly difficult and discouraging to get valuable information about the well-being of their parent through the communication of others, and short visits are often found to be discouraging and difficult to gauge the needs. Similarly, seniors who find themselves living far away from their adult children and loved ones often do not want to be a “burden” and voice their personal concerns or needs during the occasional visit or phone call. Here are our tips for navigating these challenges, thanks to seniorlivingmag.com
- Share, share, share! Effective communication is key, especially when distance is a factor. Honestly sharing what is happening is one of the most important parts of facilitating care and dancing around the issues without addressing them easily leads into frustration and confusion. Be sure that all those involved are communicating – if everyone separately has only one piece of the puzzle, the big-picture solution will not be found.
- Learn. Different periods of life mean different needs arise. Research all you can to learn about every little diagnosis, concern, and option. For example, if mom and dad are having a difficult time keeping up with their house, research house cleaning services or independent living communities in the local area. Jumping into something new without sufficient information is a recipe for disaster.
- Teamwork makes all the difference. Especially for those living far away, senior care can be overwhelming and constantly worrying about your loved ones can lead you to neglect your own responsibilities. Building a team of people, including people who live close to your loved ones, relieves stress for caretakers and gives freedom from feeling like a burden on only one person.
With these tips, we hope that the stress that comes from distance between loved ones lessens and all those involved begin to feel more comfortable. Of course, Waterford Estates is always available as a resource to your family and friends as an exceptional community of senior adults with a staff who cares about making retirement living as comfortable as possible. You can learn more on our website at www.waterford-living.com.
With a large number of the U.S. population aging into seniorhood, many scientists complete studies to provide perspective and new information on this demographic. Thanks to greatergood.berkeley.edu, we can get a glimpse into some of the research being done. One such study, published in the journal of Psychological Science, scientists chose a sample of various people from young to old and used fMRI machines to monitor their brain. The participants of this study were then shown various pictures, some negative, such as a car crash, and others neutral, such as a building, before being asked to recall and list some of those pictures. The scientists soon found something interesting: the older participants recalled less negative pictures than the younger participants, suggesting that the older participants maintained a higher sense of emotional well-being that the younger participants did not have. Similarly, the scans of their brains showed that the older participants responded with higher “emotional regulation” with regards to the negative images.
Peggy St. Jacques, who is a professor of psychology and neuroscience at Duke University, was one of the authors of the study and quoted, “emotional well-being seems to be one area where older adults actually show improvements rather than decline.”
So there it is! As we age, our emotional health may greatly improve, which affects many other areas of life. There are certainly many other aspects of life that are requirements to lead to happy, healthy senior living as well. If you are hoping to improve your senior living, Waterford Estates can help. We offer varying levels of care to meet your specific needs, from independent to assisted living.
As cold weather settles in, the general tendency can lean towards inactivity. While summer and spring inspire many to exercise, it is much more difficult during the winter to find the motivation to move, especially for seniors. However, taking a three month break (or longer!) to hibernate for the winter is simply not a good idea. Exercise improves health in too many areas to simply leave it by the wayside, and cold weather forces us to explore some alternative options when the ice, snow, and bitter cold hit. Here are some of our suggestions to inspire you to get moving!
- Work out at home! Workout DVDs are readily available to rent and buy, and some workouts are easily found on the internet as well. Watching these videos can help vary the types of exercise you do and can help inspire you when you start to feel as if you have cabin fever.
- Include friends. Getting a group of friends together provides accountability and makes things more fun. Joining a group class, sports league, or walking the mall are all ideas for groups to try together.
- Clean the house. As silly as it may seem, sweeping, dusting, scrubbing and even cooking burns calories and gets your blood pumping. Plus, you have the added benefit of a clean house!
- Layer up and take a walk. Be sure to protect yourself by ensuring you wear warm socks, gloves, and especially a hat, in addition to a warm coat when the thermometer dips down. Venture out only on days with clear weather, and never take undue risks when the weather might take a turn for the worse. Don’t forget to watch out for ice, and remember that even in the winter, the sun is powerful and can give you a sunburn!
Activity is important for maintaining a healthy retirement, but always remember to be aware and be safe so that you don’t overdo it. At Waterford Estates, we firmly believe in promoting a healthy and active lifestyle for our residents according to their unique stage of retirement, providing appropriate care for each of their needs. For more information on how we can help you improve your retirement living, check us out at waterford-living.com
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