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Communication tips for families of reluctant seniors

August 22, 2017 8:00 am Published by Comments Off on Communication tips for families of reluctant seniors

It’s rare to find a senior that actually wants to move from their lifelong home into assisted living or nursing care, especially if they have been living independently for a long time. It may be very hard for some seniors to get on board with the idea of a senior living residence. In our blog, we’ve written about how many seniors are determined to stay home. However, if they begin to need help with their daily tasks or care that is more than family members can handle, moving into a senior living facility is the logical decision to keep seniors... View Article


Recycled Blossoms Brighten Seniors’ Day

August 17, 2017 8:00 am Published by Comments Off on Recycled Blossoms Brighten Seniors’ Day

In 2014 TheKnot.com conducted a survey that revealed an average of $2,141, or 7% of the wedding budget, is spent on flowers. Brides spend hours choosing flowers that will perfectly suit the personality of their special day. Oftentimes though, what happens with the flowers after the ceremony isn’t considered in the whirlwind of making plans. Did you know that most nursing homes welcome wedding flowers for residents to enjoy? Brides can take comfort in knowing their flowers haven’t been wasted but are bringing happiness to many residents. Here are some tips to ensure your flowers are delivered to a nursing... View Article


Fun activities for when children visit

August 15, 2017 8:00 am Published by Comments Off on Fun activities for when children visit

Staying connected to family can be hard when you don’t see them frequently. Children grow and develop new interests and it can sometimes be difficult to find a common ground with a child. Additionally, grandparents (and great-grandparents) often aren’t familiar with the many, new technology-based games and apps that today’s young generation enjoy. Gone are the days of jacks and Go Fish – today’s kids have Minecraft and Pokémon Go to keep them entertained. So it’s understandable to worry about making sure your young visitors stay entertained when they come to visit. Here are a few ideas for reconnecting with... View Article


Take me out to the ballgame!

August 10, 2017 8:00 am Published by Comments Off on Take me out to the ballgame!

Heritage Hall – Leesburg is honored to have professional baseball player, Phil Linz, as a rehab patient. It is exciting to see his six foot one inch tall frame walking the hallways and getting stronger to be able to go home with his wife. Linz played for the New York Yankees (1962-65), the Philadelphia Phillies (1966-67) and the New York Mets (1967-68).   Our COO, Greg Dowdy, who is a big baseball fan, told of a famous baseball/harmonica incident involving Phil. After a team loss, Phil was playing his harmonica in the back of the bus. Yankee manager, Yogi Berra, wanted... View Article


Do you need long-term care insurance?

August 8, 2017 8:00 am Published by Comments Off on Do you need long-term care insurance?

Long-term care insurance is insurance that helps pay for the cost of long-term care such as nursing or assisted living care. Long-term care insurance generally covers care that is typically not covered by regular health insurance, Medicare, or Medicaid. It’s a subject that many people don’t like to think about, but the reality is – you should carefully consider your options. According to the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services, “Unlike traditional health insurance, long-term care insurance is designed to cover long-term services and supports, including personal and custodial care in a variety of settings such as your home,... View Article


Social Activities for Seniors

July 25, 2017 8:00 am Published by Comments Off on Social Activities for Seniors

Everyone needs some social interaction, but aging adults especially need mental stimulation, physical and social activities to maintain optimum health and to avoid depression and isolation. When they move into a senior living community, those needs are especially important. Laughing, having fun, learning new things and socializing are important components of a fulfilling life that should continue throughout the golden years. That’s why we cannot emphasize enough how important the activities at senior centers, assisted living and independent living facilities can be. Activities for seniors offer far more than just a way to pass the time. Activities are an important... View Article


Heritage Hall Resident Eleanor Farmer goes for World Record

July 18, 2017 8:00 am Published by Comments Off on Heritage Hall Resident Eleanor Farmer goes for World Record

This article is reposted with permission from LoudounNow.com. Click here to see the original article. It was in a high school typing class that Eleanor Farmer learned of her special talent that, nearly eight decades later, might qualify her for a Guinness World Record. Back before Microsoft Word centered words on a page with a few mouse clicks, the practice was to center the typewriter carriage and then backspace once for each two letters. During the lesson, the teacher asked each student to spell her name and backspace to center it on the page. “My name was Eleanor Cotton. When... View Article


Using Technology to Stay Connected to Long Distance Friends and Family

July 5, 2017 8:00 am Published by Comments Off on Using Technology to Stay Connected to Long Distance Friends and Family

  Many older adults are still apprehensive about the benefits of technology. It can be a little intimidating to think about diving in to computer use and making it a part of your daily life if it’s not something you’ve grown used to. Many older adults retired before personal computers, the Internet, and cell phones became commonplace. Seniors may not see a benefit to learning new technologies, think it’s overwhelming to understand and unsure of their ability to learn new technologies. Older adults can face not only psychological barriers, but also physical limitations to using technology. Deteriorating eyesight, motor skills,... View Article


How Time in the Pool Benefits Seniors

June 27, 2017 8:00 am Published by Comments Off on How Time in the Pool Benefits Seniors

Summer is here – and who doesn’t love a dip in a nice, cool swimming pool? For senior citizens, time spent in a swimming pool may have multiple health benefits. People of all ages and with various levels of experience can benefit from time in the pool. Swimming is one of the few sports you can do when you’re a child all the way up into your 90s. Here are a few reasons you should consider adding aquatic activities into your exercise schedule. It’s low impact – and easy on your joints. For seniors who live with joint pain, swimming... View Article