Author Archives for Heritage Hall

Continuing your hobbies in Senior Living

June 5, 2018 8:00 am Published by Comments Off on Continuing your hobbies in Senior Living

  If you’re thinking about moving into assisted living residence, you may worry about having to give up some of your hobbies and activities. Now is the time to think about prioritizing your activities, so you can research different types of senior living communities and what types of activities they offer, or if you can continue your favorite hobbies on your own there. If you’re able, you’ll want to maintain your passions, so you’ll feel like yourself and stay busy when you move into your new residence. In fact, many seniors find they have much more time to take up... View Article

Matters of the Heart – Seniors and Dating

May 22, 2018 8:00 am Published by Comments Off on Matters of the Heart – Seniors and Dating

  It may not be a topic that one would expect to discover on a senior living blog, but the fact is, romance and dating are hot topics for today’s seniors. According to AARP, 45% of older adults (65+) divorced, separated or widowed. That’s a large segment of the population, and with adults living longer, it’s growing every day. While it may not be the most comfortable topic for friends and families to discuss, many seniors have a desire for love, affection and intimacy to live their best life.  No matter how old you are, no one likes to feel... View Article

Are you ready for assisted living?

May 15, 2018 1:20 pm Published by Comments Off on Are you ready for assisted living?

It’s a rare individual that wants to move from their life long home into assisted living. However, in some cases, the signs are present that you need more help, they’re just not always readily noticeable – or in many cases you or your loved ones may be in a state of denial about the need for assisted living. Making that decision is never easy, it’s not like you get a sign telling you it’s time. This list will give you a few things to think about – whether it’s for yourself or a loved one. To determine if it’s time... View Article

Resident Profile – Geneva Dinsmore

May 10, 2018 8:00 am Published by Comments Off on Resident Profile – Geneva Dinsmore

Geneva Gray Dinsmore (or Ginny as her family calls her) has been with us since February of this year and is one of the friendliest people I know. She loves to talk and make new friends and her laughter is contagious. She was born in West Virginia in 1932 and will turn 86 in August. When I asked her what she wanted to be when she was a kid she said she wasn’t a kid long enough to think about it—she was married at age 16. She said she always wanted to work and her first job was in her... View Article

Overcoming loneliness

May 8, 2018 8:00 am Published by Comments Off on Overcoming loneliness

By definition, loneliness is a condition of “relational disconnection, social awkwardness and prolonged bouts of solitude. Lonely people often struggle with anxiety and depression, which renders them insecure and pessimistic about finding desirable and compatible friendships.” Today, we can communicate instantly with friends and family across the country and around the world with a click of a mouse or tap on a phone. Even with advances in technology, studies are showing that people feel lonelier than ever. The senior population suffers from loneliness as much as any segment of the population. For many, the family network that has surrounded them... View Article

When is it time to stop driving?

May 1, 2018 8:00 am Published by Comments Off on When is it time to stop driving?

Whether a spouse, a parent or other loved one, there may come a time when you begin to question whether your loved one is still able to drive themselves safely. According to AARP, …”the question of when it is time to limit or stop driving is not about age. It’s about the ability of the driver. To this end, observing the driving of the loved one about whom you are concerned and looking for warning signs of unsafe driving is a great first step in determining whether it’s time to talk to them about hanging up the keys.” “Getting older... View Article

Seated Cardio Exercises for Seniors

April 25, 2018 5:49 pm Published by Comments Off on Seated Cardio Exercises for Seniors

For substantial health benefits, adults should do at least 150 minutes (2 hours and 30 minutes) a week of moderate-intensity, or 75 minutes (1 hour and 15 minutes) a week of vigorous-intensity aerobic physical activity, according to the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services. While seniors may not be able to participate in vigorous activity, low to moderate intensity movement is still important. For those who limited to chair exercise, you may not consider cardio activity as something you can accomplish, but cardio chair workouts can help raise your heart rate and build muscle without having to stand. If... View Article

What is a memory box and how do I create one?

April 18, 2018 7:04 pm Published by Comments Off on What is a memory box and how do I create one?

A keepsake box or memory box is used for storing mementos of special times, major life events or special people. For seniors, memory boxes can help them hold on to memories of special times. For people living with Alzheimer’s disease, dementia, or other memory impairment issues, memory boxes are used to promote engagement opportunities. For someone living with memory loss, the items inside a memory box can help them think about the past and recall people and events. “For a person with Alzheimer’s or other dementias, the sense of touch can trigger memories in a way that other forms of... View Article

Resident Profile – Betty Kelley

April 12, 2018 8:00 am Published by Comments Off on Resident Profile – Betty Kelley

Betty Kelley  is a delight to talk with. She has an excellent sense of humor and can make anyone laugh. Anytime I walk by her with heels on she says, “You shouldn’t tiptoe around like that!” which always makes me smile. She is a joy to have in our facility and I was so glad to be able to sit down with her and learn more about her. Her full name is Edna Elizabeth (Repass) Kelley and she said people have always just called her Betty. When asked what City she was born in she said, “The city of Bland... View Article

Heritage Hall – Tazewell’s Annual Easter Egg Hunt

April 10, 2018 8:00 am Published by Comments Off on Heritage Hall – Tazewell’s Annual Easter Egg Hunt

On Thursday, March 29th, Heritage Hall-Tazewell hosted their annual Easter egg hunt for our employees’ children. This year we were able to really involve our residents and we had such a great time! Before the hunt, the children colored their Easter bags and the residents helped them with that. We had punch and cookies and the residents had also fixed up treat bags for all of the children. The children then hunted their eggs and we drew names for one lucky boy and girl to win a scooter! As you can see from the photos the residents really enjoyed helping... View Article