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IRC Blog
Posted: Tuesday, December 1, 2015

Retirement community’s residents explore the world through speaker series

Ingleside at Rock Creek continues its fall speaker series with three presentations that span a range of national and international topics.

On Dec. 4, the resident-sponsored speakers committee presented a talk by Jackie Serwer, chief curator for the National Museum of African American History and Culture.

The museum, currently under construction on the National Mall, is scheduled to open next year. It will feature 11 major exhibits that reflect the depth and breadth of African-American experience in the United States and present a greater understanding of African American history and culture.

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IRC Blog
Posted: Wednesday, November 25, 2015

5 benefits of cultivating an attitude of gratitude

At this time of year, we’re rushed with preparations for the holidays. We have one official day when we say thanks—on Thanksgiving. But how about the other 364 days a year? Do you ever think about all that you have to be grateful for? If you do, both your physical and mental health will benefit. Here are five ways in which you can benefit from gratitude.

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IRC Blog
Posted: Monday, November 9, 2015

Meet Ingleside at Rock Creek’s new staff members

Interim Director for Spiritual Life Dr. Susan Fellows keeps the door to her office open—just one sign that she cares for and welcomes all Ingleside at Rock Creek residents. Those who have concerns about family members, illness, spiritual or end-of-life questions are welcome to walk in to her office next to the chapel. She is available from 8 a.m. to 4 p.m. Sundays through Thursdays.

spiritual guide. Those who regularly attend the interfaith Sunday services know her as a guest preacher who visited the community several times during Rev. Kent’s tenure.

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IRC Blog
Posted: Monday, November 2, 2015

Health Services Center resident honored for her beautiful poem

Sachiko, a resident of Ingleside at Rock Creek, has a way with words. Her poem, entered in a contest to celebrate Residents’ Rights Month, was selected as the best piece submitted by a resident of Ingleside at Rock Creek’s Health Services Center.

October is Residents’ Rights Month, an annual event that honors residents living in long-term care centers. It’s a time to celebrate and recognize the rights of every resident to live in a safe environment.

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IRC Blog
Posted: Monday, October 12, 2015

6 Simple Steps to Prevent Falls

Did you know that falls are the No. 1 cause of injuries, hospital visits and deaths among people 65 and older? They account for almost 9 million emergency room visits each year, and older adults are at high risk. According to the National Council on Aging, 1 in 3 Americans 65 and older suffers a fall every year. Even if not fatal, a fall can result in disability or loss of independence. That’s unfortunate because falling is not an unavoidable part of aging. With a little attention to prevention, adjusting your lifestyle and awareness of fall hazards, most falls don’t have to happen.

The National Council on Aging recommends taking six simple steps to keep from becoming a fall victim. If you do, you could have a safer, healthier, more active and independent future.

Here are the six steps:

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IRC Blog
Posted: Monday, October 5, 2015

How technology can help you stay fit

Do you think technology is just for younger people? Think you can’t master new electronic devices and systems? Well, think again.

There are several kinds of devices that can help you stay fit and active, and they’re very easy to use.

Video game consoles like the Nintendo Wii, Microsoft Xbox and Sony PlayStation aren’t just for kids who spend hours playing video games. You can get programs for these systems that will get you out of your chair and moving—virtual dance competitions, virtual sports like tennis, bowling and golf, and exercise programs from aerobics to yoga.

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IRC Blog
Posted: Monday, September 28, 2015

Veggies and fruits and cheeses, oh my! Let’s eat fresh!

There’s nothing quite as good as crisp greens and locally grown harvested fruits and vegetables, freshly baked breads and locally made cheeses. Not only is local produce tasty, but it also encourages you to eat healthy meals.

Is your mouth watering yet? If so, don’t forget the last Ingleside at Rock Creek farmer’s market! The market has been going on all summer, and there will be a final market in October, in conjunction with the retirement community’s fall festival. Check your activities calendar for the date.

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IRC Blog
Posted: Wednesday, September 23, 2015

10 Tips for Healthy Aging

It’s never too late to reinvent yourself.

That’s the philosophy of Carolyn Worthington, editor of Healthy Aging® Magazine and the creator of September is Healthy Aging® Month. Now in its second decade, September is Healthy Aging® Month aims to focus on the positive aspects of growing older with inspiration and practical ideas to improve all aspects of our well-being.

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IRC Blog
Posted: Friday, September 18, 2015

Retirement community schedules thought-provoking fall speaker series

Ingleside at Rock Creek resident Allen, draws upon his background in the State and Defense Departments to line up a fascinating roster for the retirement community’s fall speaker season.

“The first speaker of the season was rather exceptional and couldn’t be more appropriate,” Allen says. James Q. Roberts, a senior Defense Department official with whom Allen worked at the Pentagon, kicked off the speaker series with a talk about counterterrorism, updated to the ISIS phenomenon.

Roberts is one of the nation’s leading experts on counterterrorism.

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IRC Blog
Posted: Saturday, September 12, 2015

5-star rating distinguishes our Health Services Centers

Ingleside retirement communities strive for excellence in all of our endeavors on behalf of our wonderful residents. Most importantly, we are pledged to providing the highest quality of health services for our residents in our Health Services Centers.

The Health Services Centers at Ingleside at Rock Creek, Westminster at Lake Ridge and Ingleside at King Farm have all earned a five-star rating from Medicare—the highest possible ranking. Communities that are awarded a five-star rating are considered to be much above average in the quality of services they offer. A five-star rating also indicates that a community is in the top 10 percent of health care centers in the state in which it is located. On the other end of the scale, a one-star ranking indicates a community that is much below average.

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IRC Blog
Posted: Thursday, September 3, 2015

8 ways to get happier right now

Happiness is a choice. You can’t always control what happens to you, but you can choose how you react to it. People who are optimistic and see the good in the world dwell in a happy place more than those who approach life with a negative attitude.

Here’s just one example. You’re driving on the freeway, and traffic is at a near standstill. What do you think as you stop and go or move along at 10 mph? Some people choose to fume and get worked up about it. Others might see this as an opportunity to listen to a book on CD. If you’re in this situation and you’re going to be late for an appointment, you could stress about it, or you could call the person you’re supposed to meet to explain that you’re stuck in traffic and then enjoy singing along with a favorite album.

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IRC Blog
Posted: Saturday, August 15, 2015

Smiles and snuggles give new meaning to dog days of summer

Stop by the second-floor parlor at Ingleside at Rock Creek between 10 a.m. and noon on a Saturday morning, and you’re likely to see some special guests snuggling with the residents. These guys can’t get enough of being talked to, petted and cuddled. You can tell by the big grins on their faces.

Ted, a handsome, tan wolf hound mix with black ears and white socks, and Jasper, a cute white and brown King Charles Cavalier spaniel, have become familiar friends to the folks who come visit with them. The residents love their quality time with the pooches—you’ll see big smiles on their faces, too.

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IKF Blog
Posted: Monday, August 10, 2015

Stay safe during the summer heat!

It’s hot! We all like to get outside during the summer months, but high temperatures can pose health risks for older people and those with chronic health conditions. You don’t have to become a victim if you know how to avoid the hazards of hot weather, and you can help others by knowing the risks and symptoms of heat-caused conditions and what to do if someone you know develops them.

Older adults are especially susceptible to hyperthermia and other heat-related illnesses. Hyperthermia is caused by a failure of the body’s heat-regulating mechanisms. Heat fatigue, heat syncope—sudden dizziness after prolonged exposure to heat, heat cramps, heat exhaustion and heat stroke are all forms of hyperthermia.

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IRC Blog
Posted: Monday, August 3, 2015

New ratings help you evaluate hospital care

You probably check restaurant ratings when you’re going out to eat. It’s easy to find out on your smartphone, tablet or computer what other people think about their dining experiences—there are sites like Yelp that let diners post reviews online.

Shouldn’t it be just as easy to find out what people think about the quality of medical care they receive? Well, now it is. A new feature implemented earlier this year on Medicare’s Hospital Compare Web site provides star ratings that indicate the quality of care people received at hospitals near you. 

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IRC Blog
Posted: Monday, July 27, 2015

Good news from new research: Light exercise benefits older people

You know you have to exercise to keep fit and healthy. But does that mean you have to do strenuous workouts? A new study from Oregon State University indicates that walking, dancing and household chores is nearly as effective as more vigorous exercise—if you do it long enough. 

“You get a nice array of health benefits by doing five hours of light physical activity per week,” said Dr. Brad Cardinal, a professor in the College of Public Health and Human Sciences and co-author of the study. 

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IRC Blog
Posted: Wednesday, July 22, 2015

Spiritual Life Director ministers to retirement community’s members

Wellness is more than just health of the body. Besides physical health, we believe emotional, social, vocational, intellectual and spiritual fitness are part of overall wellness. 

For the past 10 years, Rev. Ruth Kent has been ministering to the spiritual needs of Ingleside at Rock Creek members. As Director for Spiritual Life, she is the person who helps identify and provide resources that enrich the community’s spiritual life.

“I think there are so many avenues for people to access what provides meaning and purpose in life,” Rev. Kent says. “The trajectory for me has been to keep in place our traditional chapel programs but try to substantially increase other variations and approaches.”

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IRC Blog
Posted: Sunday, July 12, 2015

Pedal power: Hop on a bike for fun and fitness

Remember how great it felt to ride a bike when you were a kid? Likely you had one with no gears, a bell to ring when you wanted to signal someone to get out of the way, and a basket to carry your gear.

If you haven’t jumped on a bike since your grammar school days, maybe it’s time to try it again. There are good reasons to do that: Riding a bike can burn up to 500 calories an hour. It’s easy on your joints and helps to develop the muscles that stabilize your hips.

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IRC Blog
Posted: Friday, July 10, 2015

What is Engaged Living?

It is connecting, touching each other’s lives, learning and teaching, giving and growing, sharing interests and passions, exchanging ideas and feelings, and contributing to our communities. It is living with joy, strength, vibrancy and creativity. It is the lifestyle our residents have pursued all their lives, and which they continue to pursue.

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IRC Blog
Posted: Tuesday, June 23, 2015

Mosaic artists raise money for IRC’s Resident Supporting Fund

One of the most exciting things about Ingleside at Rock Creek is that the residents have so much to teach each other. Each resident brings his or her own unique background, skills and interests to the community, and many are motivated to share their passions with others.

Bunty, who founded and leads the Mosaic Art Group, is a great example.

“I particularly enjoy teaching because the residents enjoy doing it,” she says. “They enjoy sitting and chatting with each other and sharing their life stories. What I hear is a mosaic of Ingleside—I get all the news from all sides!”

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IRC-Blog
Posted: Wednesday, June 17, 2015

91-year-old’s retirement dream comes true

Blog-IRC-dreamjob.jpgIt’s never too late to dream, or for dreams to come true.

Just look at Barbara Beskind. At age 91, she’s finally landed her dream job.

Barbara wanted to be an inventor when she was a girl. Growing up during the Great Depression, she had to be resourceful. She wanted a hobby horse, so she created one out of old tires. It turned out that she loved making new things.

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IRC Blog
Posted: Saturday, May 23, 2015

Silver Tea benefits seniors at Ingleside at Rock Creek

blog-tea-irc.jpgTradition combined with beautiful food and caring hearts on Sunday, May 3, when Ingleside at Rock Creek hosted the Gala Luncheon and 109th Annual Silver Tea

The tea and luncheon benefit the Ingleside at Rock Creek Resident Supporting Fund, which helps to ensure that no Ingleside resident is forced to leave the retirement community for financial reasons.

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IRC Blog
Posted: Tuesday, May 19, 2015

Arena Stage’s Director of Artistic Programming sets the stage for the upcoming season

blog-arena-logo.gifArena Stage in Southwest Washington, DC is a pioneer of the U.S. Regional Theater Movement, and has long been a popular destination for theatergoers from Ingleside at Rock Creek. In fact, IRC residents love it so much that the retirement community has become a sponsor of Arena Stage.

If you’re a theater enthusiast, you’ll want to attend a special presentation at 1 p.m. on Wednesday, May 27 by Robert Barry Fleming, Arena’s Director of Artistic Programming, for a preview of the upcoming 2015/2016 season and a behind-the-scenes look at the creative process that Robert and Artistic Director Molly Smith use to select each production.

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IRC Blog
Posted: Monday, April 27, 2015

Ingleside retirement communities join health care technology revolution

blog-techmed-ikf.jpgIt used to be that when you visited the doctor, he or she wrote everything down on your chart by hand. If you were a long-time patient, your chart could run to many pages. On your next visit, the doctor would have to flip through all of those pages to find information that was recorded on your previous visits.

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IRC Blog
Posted: Tuesday, April 21, 2015

These playful people are models of positive aging!

blog-runners-irc.jpgLloyd Kahn, 79, jumps on a skateboard. Watching him in motion, you see balance and grace. Kahn took up skateboarding when he was 65.

Paul Fegen, once a millionaire, lost everything he had right at retirement age. Now, at age 80, he earns a modest income—doing magic card tricks.

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IRC Blog
Posted: Thursday, April 16, 2015

Take a culinary tour of the Americas

blog-cook-demo.jpgYou’re invited to a culinary tour of the Americas on April 22 at Ingleside at Rock Creek.

The world-class chefs who are responsible for the high-quality dining our residents experience will conduct our tour, Taste of the Americas. We begin at 1 p.m. in North America. Executive Chef Rebecca Keller and Sous Chef Jasmine Peoples will demonstrate how to clean and cook a succulent lobster and prepare a Yankee favorite—lobster salad.

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IRC Blog
Posted: Tuesday, April 7, 2015

Have you made these important retirement health care decisions?

blog-decision.jpgSome of the most important decisions you’ll ever make concern the future of your health care.

Once you make the decision to join a Continuing Care Retirement Community, you and your family can enjoy peace of mind when it comes to your future health care needs. If you require health care support in the future, you’ll have access to it right on your campus. Compassionate, highly skilled health care professionals at quality communities like Ingleside at King Farm, Ingleside at Rock Creek and Westminster at Lake Ridge administer the programs that enable you to achieve maximum wellness of body, mind and spirit. That means you’re free to enjoy the active, engaged retirement lifestyle you want.

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IRC Blog
Posted: Thursday, March 26, 2015

Say what? Take an easy online hearing test

blog-hearing.jpgDo you suspect that you might have lost some of your hearing in recent years?

People who have mild difficulty in hearing often don’t seek help from a doctor or audiologist because they don’t think it’s serious enough. In fact, faculty members at the Rochester Institute of Technology’s National Institute for the Deaf say it usually takes seven years or more for people to visit a doctor about hearing impairment.

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IRC Blog
Posted: Tuesday, March 17, 2015

Talented residents will display works of art in the Gallery

blog-artwall.jpgArt heals. People who work with seniors know it. The folks who regularly visit the art studio at Ingleside at Rock Creek know it.

Just ask one of the artists whose works will be displayed in the Gallery later this month. The exhibit by members of the drawing and painting classes will have a Grand Opening during the social hour at 5 p.m. on Friday, March 20.

Bet you’ll find that these artists are among the most relaxed and happy people you know.

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IRC Blog
Posted: Tuesday, March 10, 2015

Lose the blues with a live jazz concert

blog-Mike-Gillispie-Trio.jpgListening to music can relax you, relieve stress, perk up your mood and even ease aches and pains?

Regardless of the kind of music you like, music can benefit your health—scientific studies prove it. Combine that with joining your friends in attending a concert—an activity that also positively affects your brain—and you double the benefits. Besides, it’s fun!

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IRC Blog
Posted: Monday, February 23, 2015

Aerobic exercise helps residents and staff stay fit and youthful

blog-joggers.jpgThe residents of Ingleside at Rock Creek are active and engaged in their community, and we’re proud to say that members of the staff are, too!

Our staff members will be teaming up to do the Bright Beginnings 5K Run/Walk at 8 a.m. March 7 in West Potomac Park. The name of the team? It’s The Running Deer!

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IRC Blog
Posted: Thursday, February 12, 2015

Filmmaker follows seniors looking for love

blog-ageoflove.jpgIs it ever too late to date?

Thirty seniors 70 to 90 years old who signed up for a speed-dating event in Rochester, N.Y., put their hearts on the line to find the companionship and affection they were missing in their lives. Filmmaker Steven Loring followed their funny and poignant adventures as they prepared for the event, mingled and found that, yes, it’s still possible to feel that spark, no matter how old you are.

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IRC Blog
Posted: Monday, February 9, 2015

Downsizing doesn’t have to be the worst part of retirement living

blog-downsize.jpgYou’ve lived in your beloved home for 30 years. It’s filled with stuff that you’ve collected over time—the huge sofa, the dining room table with room enough for the whole family.

Now you’re thinking of moving into a two-bedroom apartment in a retirement community, and just the thought of what you’re going to do with all that stuff makes you nervous.

Let’s face it—downsizing can be exhausting.

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IRC Blog
Posted: Tuesday, February 3, 2015

Words and walnuts may protect seniors against Alzheimer’s

blog-walnut.jpgCould staving off Alzheimer’s disease be as easy as learning a new word and eating a handful of walnuts every day?

Of course, Alzheimer’s is a complex condition, and your doctor is your best source of information for staying healthy. But researchers are finding more and more evidence that a healthy diet that includes walnuts and keeping your brain active can help protect you from mental decline.

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IRC Blog
Posted: Wednesday, January 21, 2015

Seniors who volunteer are happier and healthier

blog-vol.jpgYou know that volunteering is fun and fulfilling and makes you feel happier. Now there’s evidence that volunteering might help you live longer. Having a heart, studies have found, is good for your heart.

Several studies reported in a review of recent research on volunteering by the Corporation for National & Community Service suggest that older volunteers enjoy positive health benefits, are better able to function as they grow older and are better able to cope with and surmount health problems.

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IRC Blog
Posted: Friday, January 16, 2015

Active, engaged residents make activities director’s job fun

blog-burkhardt.jpgHow do you plan activities for well-educated, accomplished people like the residents of Ingleside at Rock Creek? You get a ton of assistance from them, says Activities Director Patty Butler-Burkhart.

“They tell me what they want,” Patty says. “I help pull the pieces together with them.”

A Certified Therapeutic Recreational Specialist (CTRS) and a graduate of the University of Maryland with a degree in recreation, Patty has worked exclusively with seniors for 33 years and loves the elder spirit and the stories they share.

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IRC Blog
Posted: Tuesday, January 6, 2015

Seniors who use social media feel more youthful, study finds

blog-social.jpgAre you on Facebook? Do you Skype? If you’re a savvy Silver Surfer, then you know how easy it is to keep in touch with friends and family through social media. Bet you didn’t know, though, that learning to use social media could benefit your overall mental health and well-being.

A two-year study by researchers at the University of Exeter in the United Kingdom found that older people who received training in use of social media were happier and—get this—felt younger than those in a control group.

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