The generation that survived World War II and the Great Depression definitely has some life wisdom that would be worth sharing. That is why they are referred to as the Greatest Generation, and rightfully so. We all could learn a lesson from them, about life, love, and money. We did just that, we sat down with some of our assisted living residents and asked them what financial advice they could give us after being faced with some of the most pressing economic times in American history.
At HarborChase, we strive to deliver unparalleled secure and reliable assisted living services to our seniors, however; the number of seniors being exploited continues rising as many other individuals and institutions continue to take advantage of them. “According to a True Link Report on Elder Financial Abuse 2015, prior efforts at quantifying the problem have severely underestimated how much seniors have lost. . . [their] estimate came in at more than $36 billion [annually].”
Topics: Assisted Living
The internet has been integrated into almost every aspect of modern life. This allows quick access to shopping, banking, learning, documenting, and socialization. Technology can be beneficial for senior health, but a threat has emerged - cybersecurity. With more and more seniors signing on to social media and creating online accounts, it opens the door to information confiscation and other scams. However, there are ways for the senior in your life to maintain safety while utilizing all the benefits that technology has to offer.
With the percentage of older adults diagnosed with Alzheimer’s disease on the rise, it is more important than ever to educate yourself on prevention techniques. If your loved ones are showing warning signs of a memory-impairing disease, it is important to be prepared. There are a variety of prevention techniques to help in slowing the progression of this disease; including memory care services to assist your loved ones and relieve your stress.
Are you a Baby Boomer? Do you not have any children? If you answered yes to both of these questions, then prepare yourself… you are a Solo Senior! Even if you have a spouse or have family take care of you, seniors who chose to live a child-free life are all considered Solo Seniors, “Solo Agers,” or “Adult Orphans.” Here at HarborChase, we prefer the term Solo Senior. There is nothing wrong with leading this lifestyle, but the question does arise, what if you need living assistance, such as skilled nursing?
With advanced technology and medical research, seniors are living stronger, longer and healthier. Unfortunately, science can’t do everything for us, at least not yet. You, or those close to you, in senior living still need to physically workout and work towards a healthy lifestyle. If you and your friends are in wheelchairs, physical exercise can seem like even more of a challenge. Luckily, here at HarborChase, we are experts on helping seniors live their best lives! Every day we celebrate our seniors in senior living. That is why we put together this guideline to help you, or someone close to you gets started with exercising in a wheelchair. Be sure to check with your primary care physician before attempting any new exercise regimens.
Spring brings colorful flowers, sunny days, the greening of leaves, and warmer weather. It is a beautiful time to get out and enjoy the weather, especially after a long cold winter. At HarborChase, we want all our residents to enjoy the spring weather. We also want our independent senior living residents to have the most stress-free retirement as possible. If you want to enjoy the weather with your loved one who is living independently, then check out our suggested springtime activities.
Here at HarborChase, we know that it can be difficult to keep a parent or loved engaged even when they face cognitive challenges. That is why we have specialized activity plans and HarborChase Memory Care communities that are entirely dedicated to residents with memory impairments. According to the National Institute of Health, keeping your loved one mentally and socially stimulated can help in the decline of cognitive function and, in some cases, delay the onset of dementia.
At HarborChase we would love for you to be a part of one of our assisted living communities and we would love it even more if you did not have to worry about finances to live there. According to a Genworth’s Cost of Care Study the monthly average cost of assisted living in America is $3,628. This cost can vary greatly depending on which region you live in, community amenities, and individualized care needs. If you have relatively low care needs and a lifetime of savings you can pay for your cost of living out of pocket. If you have investment portfolios, you cash them out to cover costs, for example, IRAs. You can also turn to family to help share the burden of costs or share a room with a friend to split the costs. If you solely cannot afford private pay by itself, do not fret, you can combine it with other available resources.
Did you know a simple walk in the sun can give your immune system a boost? At HarborChase, we strive to help seniors to achieve and stay in optimal health. Fortunately, we have compiled a helpful list of natural ways to keep your immune system healthy. As mentioned, the first way to naturally boost your immune system is to take a sunny stroll.