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When the time comes for you or your loved one to transition into life at a senior living community, moving can seem to be overwhelming. However, your new apartment is a blank canvas for redecorating! By taking the time to carefully decorate your apartment, your transition will be eased as you begin to feel more at home and comfortable in a beautiful space filled with some of your favorite things. Here are some tips for decorating a senior living apartment from!

  • Take your favorite things into consideration. For example, if you or your loved one have a particular affinity for the color blue, try to keep true to that! Don’t get carried away finding beautiful things that have no significance.
  • Don’t replace everything all at once. There is absolutely no need to replace every single item as you transition into your new home. Items that carry emotional attachment can be easily incorporated into the design of your new space.
  • Don’t try to overcrowd. Attempting to relocate all the items from your previous home, especially if it was a larger space, will only frustrate you and may even be a potential danger. Clear out unnecessary items and save room for the important stuff.
  • Small things make a difference. Some retirement communities don’t allow for a change in paint color or other major items within an apartment. However, some beautiful art or family pictures can help personalize those blank walls and make a big difference. Similarly, a houseplant or some flowers (real or artificial) can also make a huge difference in the appearance of the room.

All in all, moving into a retirement community should be a beautiful chance to make your space your own and improve your overall well being. At Waterford Estates, we are committed to making sure you feel at home, no matter what stage of retirement you are in. Come by and check us out today!

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Yoga classes have become a popular practice in health conscious people across the planet. This combination of meditation and breath control while sustaining specific bodily postures, according to the official definition from Oxford Dictionaries, has expanded far beyond its origins as a Hindu practice as the health and relaxation benefits are discovered. Fortunately, yoga practice includes a wide range of difficulty and can be adapted for people of all ages, skill levels, and capabilities. Yoga for seniors is a growing trend, and one to take note of, as the benefits of practicing yoga are many. Here are some of the top reasons that people over 50 should consider including yoga into their fitness routines, according to

  • Stress Relief. Everyone knows how easy it can be to get stressed. Life naturally brings along a whole host of problems to worry about! However, stress can be severely detrimental to your health. Yoga helps combat that! Taking the time to clear your mind, take deep breaths, and stretch your muscles has proven to relieve the burden of stress.
  • Improved Posture and Flexibility. “Sit up straight!” You may have heard this command countless times throughout your life from teachers or other authority figures. It seems like they were on to something… poor posture can lead to unnecessary aches and pains. Regular yoga practice may help you improve your posture and even reduce those additional aches, as it requires that you focus on maintaining certain positions and strengthens muscles.
  • Additional Energy. Regular yoga practice combines relaxation with the help of meditation and blood-pumping exercise that comes with moving in and out of the various yoga poses. With these two stimulating aspects, a yoga session can be incredibly invigorating and refreshing to the body and mind! Over time, with regular yoga practice, you may find yourself with extra energy and additional focus on and off the yoga mat.

It is never too late to work on improving your health, and yoga may just be the calming, gentle exercise you needed. A little research will help you discover what options are available to you: your local gym may offer yoga classes for seniors, libraries often have books or videos available to borrow which guide you through senior yoga, or a quick internet search may help you find what you are looking for. As with any exercise program, it is important that you check with your doctor to be sure that you have been cleared to begin a gentle yoga regimen. Our staff here at Waterford Estates cares that you maintain your health and happiness throughout every stage of retirement! Contact us to discover options for retirement living at Waterford Estates and to explore our community-wide events and classes available to our residents.

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Jigsaw puzzles and brain teasers are a nice way to spend a rainy afternoon. But did you know that spending time solving puzzles really does show long-term benefit for seniors’ mental sharpness? Here are some of the top ways that puzzles can benefit your brain, from

  • Puzzles have been proven to reduce and even slow down the effects of dementia among seniors by stretching and molding your brain to improve the neurons in your brain – something psychologists call brain “plasticity.”
  • The right and left brain are forced to work together, using both logic and creativity, to solve puzzles, offering a full brain workout and improving the connection between both sides of the brain.
  • Fine motor movements are improved when working with jigsaw or other types of puzzles because of the precise movements needed to slide pieces into place. Strengthening fine motor movements is important to maintain throughout life.
  • Upon completing a puzzle, the brain releases a chemical called dopamine, which produces a feeling of satisfaction. This is part of the human brain’s natural rewards system, leading you to want to complete more and more puzzles!
  • Bonding happens over puzzles! It doesn’t get much easier to make friends or connect with family members than over a good puzzle. Anyone, from children to adults, can participate in putting a puzzle together and can lead to a better social connection, essential to the health of seniors.

The benefits of puzzles for seniors are great, and an easy way to improve your retirement living. Why not give it a shot… you may find yourself with a new hobby!

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Bongiorno! On September 9th, Waterford Estates will be hosting an extra special fundraiser spaghetti dinner for an extra special cause: the Alzheimer’s Assosciation. Besides a delicious spaghetti dinner prepared by our expert chefs, this wonderful night will include raffle tickets for purchase and a room especially dedicated for children, including face painting and crafts! Need another reason to come? Proceeds from this event will be donated to the Alzheimer’s Association, which “advances research to end Alzheimer’s and dementia while enhancing care for those living with the disease,” according to, the official Alzheimer’s Association website. With Alzheimer’s and dementia a concern facing many seniors today, Waterford Estates is committed to doing everything we can to benefit the Alzheimer’s Association.

Waterford Estates’ Community Relations Director, Cara Schnayer, has an additional personal motivation for raising money for Alzheimer’s disease. She shares, “My dad, Fred… what a great guy! He was the youngest of 13 children born during the depression. Amazing, and simple the things he accomplished with his life. I lost him to vascular dementia. As I think back on it, he was gone long before he ever physically left this world. I don’t understand the medical miracles that can be performed, yet I would give anything to have had him back for even one day. I hope one day that there are medical miracles for Alzheimer’s, vascular dementia any and all forms of memory loss. Somehow fundraising for this cause feels like fighting back!”
The fundraiser dinner will be held at Waterford Estates on Saturday, September 9th, with two seatings available, from 4:00-5:30 pm or 5:30-7:00 pm. Raffle tickets for an iPad, bicycle, or camera will be sold for $1 apiece, cash only. Call to RSVP to Cara or Michelle at (708)406-6975. We hope to see you there!

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Hearing loss often comes hand-in-hand with aging, unpleasant as it may be. Often, seniors struggle with hearing loss for long periods of time without acknowledging it or accepting help. Don’t suffer in silence (literally!). Thanks to, here are our recommendations for a step-by-step guide when you or your loved one may experience hearing loss.

  1. Assess hearing. Do you find yourself reading people’s lips rather than hearing their actual words? Are certain sounds muffled or fuzzy sounding? If you begin to notice extra difficulty hearing in noisy settings, or start to wonder why everyone around you is whispering, these may be signs of hearing loss.
  2. Acknowledge a need. Hearing loss is not a poor reflection on yourself! It is an important step in getting help to acknowledge that there is an actual need which ought to be met. Don’t let stigma, disappointment, or frustration stop you from getting what you need!
  3. Accept help. Beyond simply admitting to yourself that there is a need for improved hearing, you must include others in your decision to pursue better hearing. Make an appointment with your doctor to discuss what options you have and what they recommend, paving the road on your journey to improve your hearing. Follow their advice and you will find success.
  4. Audiology Assessment. Audiologists are extensively trained in doing what they do, and they are very skilled in all areas of audiology, including testing hearing, determining hearing loss, fitting for hearing aids with clients for everyone from tiny babies to senior adults. Because the price for hearing aids is around $1800-$4000, it is very important to choose a clinic with a good reputation and ask plenty of questions as you go.

Hearing loss is not necessarily a disastrous situation in life… keep in mind that there are plenty of resources and trained professionals who work especially to improve this area. We hope that we have encouraged you with our step-by-step guide for hearing loss, we at Waterford Estates retirement community are standing by to answer any questions you may have in regards to how Waterford can further help you improve your retirement living.

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What is more important than family? Especially when it comes down to making big decisions about senior living, family carries a lot of influence. It can also lead to frustrations, with differences in opinions and personal expectations conflicting. Nonetheless, family members, and adult children especially, are incredibly influential when it comes to choosing a senior living community, according to Making sure everyone’s expectations are the same is critical to the process. Here are a few areas where family influence and expectations can help seniors choose a senior living community.

  • Initial evaluation – Except in cases of severe medical needs, it can be easy to downplay the need for help. Allowing a trusted family member to come in and help assess can help to create more of a clear and complete picture of overall wellbeing. From here, with a clear perspective, more decisions can be made and priorities listed, helping to narrow down choices in senior living communities.
  • Selecting a community – Bringing along a family member as you explore the options for senior living communities can be incredibly helpful. A second perspective may see things in a way that you on your own don’t, or ask questions you would never think to ask. They could also help you evaluate what you do or don’t like about particular communities, and narrow down the choices from an impossible range to a more manageable few.
  • Adjusting to a new home – There’s nothing like family to make you feel comfortable in a new home. The moving process can be incredibly stressful, especially when it comes to downsizing from a larger home into a smaller space. Inviting a family member to walk alongside you as you transition out of one home and into another can be a huge benefit and relief.
  • Continued support – Even after the initial move and transition, family can help improve your living situation. Learning all the ins and outs of a new community can be a lot of fun, and it can be even more fun when you maintain your connection with family and can share all the wonderful new experiences you are having in your senior living.

Family is a complex part of life, one that brings a great amount of joy, influence, and meaning. Including your family in your senior living is especially meaningful and beneficial. With differing expectations, miscommunication springs up easily, but we hope that our tips will help you to have a good idea of how to manage family expectations in senior living. Waterford Estates Retirement community is always open to including your family members in a tour of our facilities and we welcome your unique perspective in our community.

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Doris Keel was born in Peoria Illinois to Amelia and Ludwig Swanson, Swedish immigrants to the U.S. Doris’ family lived on a farm in Edwards, Illinois, which benefited her in her first job post-graduation working for the Duroc Company. The company registered livestock, and Doris worked as a secretary for them, having taken classes in high school to learn to type and to manage an office.
A short time later, Doris married George Keel, and together they raised three children, two sons and a daughter. Doris began a career in Real Estate after her family moved to Mokena, Illinois in 1973. This began her 35 year calling in real estate, and Doris shares, “I enjoyed real estate because I could work with people. I liked showing homes and helping people find their perfect home.” Alongside of her career, Doris was an active member of the Mokena Women’s Club and Immanuel Lutheran Church. Throughout this time, Doris endured the tragic loss of her son George at the young age of only 17 years old. Later, in 1993, her husband George also passed away after 40 years of marriage. She shares that her most important life lesson is to be nice to people. Her secret to a long life was passed on to her from a doctor twenty years ago, who told her the best thing she could do for her health was to drink a glass or two of red wine, a routine Doris sticks to every day.
Doris enjoys living at Waterford Estates. She said, “I like it here because I have my own apartment but still have help with things.” She also shared her appreciation for the CNAs, who she calls “the girls” who assist and check in on her when necessary. Doris especially enjoys the community-wide Bingo events, in addition to the weekly Happy Hour. She is glad to have friends and her pastor as frequent visitors as well. We are so glad to have a wonderful resident such as Doris in our community! Thank you Doris!

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