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Downsizing – The Art of Purging (and Saving) Memories

January 24, 2018 2:32 pm Published by Comments Off on Downsizing – The Art of Purging (and Saving) Memories

Downsizing is something most every senior citizen will face at some point. When the children have grown and left the nest is when many people first consider getting rid of the larger family home, while others wait until age and physical abilities start to make upkeep more difficult. We’ve written in the past about everything from logistical considerations in moving from a larger space to a smaller space, to 10 Quick Tips to consider when it’s time to downsize, to all the things you need to consider to get your home ready to sell. However, one of the hardest things... View Article

How to start exercising as a senior

January 9, 2018 8:00 am Published by Comments Off on How to start exercising as a senior

It’s a brand new year, and like many others, you may want to start off the new year with a new outlook on health and fitness. However, if you’re a senior citizen, you may think it’s too late to start. Not true! Fitness can be adapted to any level of flexibility, mobility and aerobic capacity. The first step is to schedule an appointment with your physician to make sure you are healthy enough to start an exercise regimen. Then, ask your physician what you should work on to improve your overall fitness – things like flexibility, strength training and cardiovascular... View Article

What is a Reverse Mortgage?

December 26, 2017 8:00 am Published by Comments Off on What is a Reverse Mortgage?

  With Guest Blogger Steven Bland, Alcova Mortgage If you’re looking at ways to pay for senior housing options now or in the future, you may have heard about a reverse mortgage. Reverse mortgage proceeds are frequently used to pay for senior living needs such as home care, assisted living / nursing home care, modifications to the home to allow aging in place, and even to buy long term care insurance. A very general rule of thumb is that seniors can borrow a maximum of approximately 70% of their home’s value. We spoke with Steven Bland, Branch Partner and Reverse... View Article

Easy Holiday Menu

December 19, 2017 8:00 am Published by Comments Off on Easy Holiday Menu

Many seniors still want to honor their tradition of a holiday meal in your own home. But standing for hours in the kitchen and lifting heavy pans in and out of the oven may not be physically possible anymore. If you’d love to host a holiday meal, but are not as able to spend hours in the kitchen, consider a scaled back meal – with tasty shortcuts. Martha Stewart provides a lovely menu for the holidays that’s easy to prepare. The main course is a beef tenderloin that’s ready in an hour, with only 15 minutes of preparation time! The... View Article

Beating the holiday blues

December 12, 2017 5:33 pm Published by Comments Off on Beating the holiday blues

For many seniors, the holidays are no longer a joyous time of year. For many, they don’t feel very jolly and certainly not up for celebrating. What used to be a fun family occasion can change and bring up pain and sorry in later years. It’s not really the holiday that causes this depressed state, but the memories of happier times that the holidays inevitably cause us to face. With the holidays come memories of earlier and sometimes happier times and traditions that may no longer exist. During the holidays, older adults tend to feel the passing of time more... View Article

Staff Profile – Becky Mullenaux, Heritage Hall – Tazewell

December 7, 2017 8:00 am Published by Comments Off on Staff Profile – Becky Mullenaux, Heritage Hall – Tazewell

“Becky” Mullenaux is a Certified Nursing Assistant here at Heritage Hall-Tazewell. She also pulls shifts working in other departments. She helps the business office do their filing, the admissions office with paperwork, and medical records with patient charts. She has become a Jack of all trades around the facility and we appreciate her more than she will ever know! She always has the best attitude and is more than willing to jump in and help with anything, even if she doesn’t know how to do something she is a fast learner and eager to learn as well. Full name? Nancy... View Article

Online shopping tips for seniors

December 5, 2017 8:00 am Published by Comments Off on Online shopping tips for seniors

Do you love to shop online? You’re not alone – online shopping is extremely popular. Online retail purchases are expected to grow between 8 and 12 percent in 2017. Online shopping is convenient, especially for seniors. There’s no traffic or parking issues like traditional malls, online stores are open 24 hours a day, 7 days a week, and the best part – you can shop from the comfort of your own couch in your pajamas. No more standing in line, or walking from the back of a huge parking lot in the cold weather. But as convenient as it is,... View Article

Heritage Hall – Tazewell Receives 5-Star Rating

November 30, 2017 8:00 am Published by Comments Off on Heritage Hall – Tazewell Receives 5-Star Rating

“CMS (Center for Medicare and Medicaid Services) created the Five-Star Quality Rating System to help consumers, their families, and caregivers compare nursing homes more easily and to help identify areas about which you may want to ask questions. The Nursing Home Compare Web site features a quality rating system that gives each nursing home a rating of between 1 and 5 stars.  Nursing homes with 5 stars are considered to have much above average quality and nursing homes with 1 star are considered to have quality much below average.  There is one Overall 5-star rating for each nursing home, and... View Article

Winter Safety for Seniors

November 28, 2017 8:00 am Published by Comments Off on Winter Safety for Seniors

During the winter months, ice, snow and cold temperatures can make life challenging for everyone. When the temperature drops, older adults run a higher risk of health problems and injuries related to the weather, including hypothermia, frostbite, and falls in ice and snow. Like most things in life, it is better to be prepared. Here are a few precautions everyone should take, especially older adults, this time of year. Stay aware of the temperature and conditions. A bright sunny winter day is often deceiving. Even though it looks beautiful and the sun feels warm coming through the windows, the temperatures... View Article

It’s time to downsize. Is your home ready to sell?

November 20, 2017 8:00 am Published by Comments Off on It’s time to downsize. Is your home ready to sell?

If it’s time to start thinking about downsizing or moving in to an assisted living residence, it’s time to get serious about preparing your home for sale. Maintaining a home you live in and preparing a home to sell are two entirely different things. You may think your home is perfect as-is, but there are a few differences in your perfect home and what the ideal of a perfect home is to a potential buyer. Here are a few key points you should remember in prepping your home for sale. Declutter, declutter, declutter. If your countertops, walls and other surfaces... View Article