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Posted: Thursday, December 29, 2016

Staying Active in the New Year: Fitness Tips for Seniors

As the New Year quickly approaches, many people are reflecting on goals for 2017. According to a Nielsen report, staying fit and healthy tops the list of peoples’ New Year’s resolutions. 

Sometimes the hardest part about beginning an exercise routine is just getting started. But keeping it simple can make it easier to incorporate exercises into a daily routine. Chris Goldman, fitness manager at Ingleside at Rock Creek and Cody Christian, fitness manager at Ingleside at King Farm, recommend exercises seniors can start with in the New Year. 

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IRC Blog
Posted: Monday, December 12, 2016

Tai Chi offers benefits from preventing falls to peace of mind

Modern medicine has given us many gifts that help us stay healthy and active as we grow older. In the last couple of decades, however, some medical researchers have been examining older approaches and therapies that have stood the test of time. One of them is Tai Chi, and one of the researchers who has extensively examined the benefits of Tai Chi is Dr. Peter Wayne, an assistant professor of medicine at Harvard Medical School, research director of the Osher Center for Integrative Medicine at Harvard Medical School, founder and director of the Tree of Life Tai Chi Center in Somerville, Mass., and author of The Harvard Medical School Guide to Tai Chi, published in 2013 by Harvard Health Publications.

 

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IRC Blog
Posted: Tuesday, November 29, 2016

Six Dimensions of Wellness: Emotional Wellness

No matter how much time we spend with others, we spend more time with ourselves. That is why awareness and acceptance of our own feelings is such an important part of emotional wellness. 

An emotionally well person is able to manage thoughts and feelings, and the behavior that stems from them. Emotional health determines to a large extent how successful we are with interpersonal relationships, how effectively we make personal choices and take responsibility for them, and how willing we are to take on challenges. 

 

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IRC Blog
Posted: Tuesday, November 22, 2016

Ingleside at Rock Creek’s Skilled Nursing earns top rankings

Ingleside at Rock Creek’s Skilled Nursing has been ranked by U.S. News & World Report as one of the best skilled nursing centers in the United States. 

Nursing Home Finder, which offers comprehensive information about facilities and allows users to compare them. The facilities that earned the Best Nursing Home designation represent about 13 percent of all U.S. facilities. 

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Posted: Tuesday, November 15, 2016

New Fitness Manager is creating a resort-quality program

Chris Goldman, Ingleside at Rock Creek’s new Fitness Manager, aims to reshape the fitness center and programs into a five-star experience for the retirement community’s members. 

The community’s Fitness Center contains free weights and equipment and provides regular exercise classes. The fitness facilities also include an indoor heated pool, where members can swim and take aqua aerobics classes. 

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IRC Blog
Posted: Monday, October 10, 2016

Six Dimensions of Wellness: Social Wellness

Total wellness involves more than just physical health. A state of well-being involves multiple factors that take into account our lifestyle and interaction with the environment that surrounds us. Achieving total wellness is an ongoing process that enables us to achieve our full potential and highest quality of life. 

At the Ingleside, we promote the Six Dimensions of Wellness. This holistic model, developed by Dr. Bill Hettler, a cofounder of the National Wellness Institute, includes Spiritual, Social, Emotional, Vocational, Intellectual and Physical Wellness. In this series of posts, we’re exploring each of those dimensions and how they are supported and practiced at Ingleside at Rock Creek. 

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IRC Blog
Posted: Tuesday, October 4, 2016

Six Dimensions of Wellness: Vocational Wellness

Total wellness involves more than just physical health. It encompasses multiple dimensions that include lifestyle, mental and spiritual well-being and a self-directed and evolving process that enables one to achieve full potential. 

At the Ingleside communities, we promote the Six Dimensions of Wellness, a holistic model that includes Spiritual, Social, Emotional, Vocational and Intellectual as well as Physical Wellness. In this series of posts, we’re exploring each of those dimensions and how they are supported and practiced at each Ingleside retirement community. 

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IRC Blog
Posted: Friday, September 30, 2016

Retirement community’s culinary team presents themed dining nights

Dining is more than just consuming nutrients. While it’s important to eat healthy and nutritious fare that nourish our bodies, dining is also about tempting the taste buds and enjoying the pleasure of food. 

“Life is about creating food, memories and experiences,” says Tim Tivvis, Dining Services Director at Ingleside at Rock Creek. That’s why Tivvis and his team host dinners with themes at least once a week for the retirement community’s residents. 

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IRC Blog
Posted: Wednesday, September 28, 2016

Ingleside Board Member Robyn Stone To Receive Prestigious Honor from the Gerontological Society of America

One of the things that makes our Ingleside family of communities so special is the incredible quality and dedication of the members of our Boards of Directors. A case in point: Dr. Robyn Stone, who is vice president of research at LeadingAge and will be honored this fall with a prestigious honor from the Gerontological Society of America (GSA).

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Posted: Monday, September 19, 2016

Exercise at the right time can boost your memory

We all know exercise is good for our bodies, and new research is showing that aerobic exercise—the kind that gets you breathing hard and your heart pumping—can reinforce learning and play a role in storing information in long-term memory. 

A recent study at Radboud University in The Netherlands and the University of Edinburgh found that exercise performed four hours after a learning task boosted the subjects’ ability to remember the learned material. 

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IRC Blog
Posted: Monday, September 12, 2016

It’s a good time to reach across generations

We hear a lot these days about conflicts between generations. But we all have much in common, and young and old alike can benefit from knowing people of different ages. 

That’s why some forward-looking folks designated September as Intergeneration Month, a worldwide celebration that encourages people to connect across generations. It’s a time to get together, learn from one another and share the wisdom of age and the enthusiasm of youth. 

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IRC Blog
Posted: Thursday, August 18, 2016

Talking with your doctor for better health care

Doctors and other health care professionals are so busy that it can feel like they don’t have much time to listen to you. 

Communication with your doctor is a vital part of getting good health care. But communication is a two-way street, and it’s important for both you and your doctor to make an effort. 

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IRC Blog
Posted: Thursday, August 11, 2016

Six Dimensions of Wellness: Intellectual Wellness

Wellness is more than just going to the gym. It encompasses lifestyle, mental and spiritual well-being and is an evolving process whereby we achieve a vital, fulfilling and balanced life. 

At the Ingleside communities, we promote the Six Dimensions of Wellness, a holistic model that includes Spiritual, Social, Emotional, Vocational and Intellectual as well as Physical Wellness. In this series of posts, we’re delving into each of those dimensions and how they are supported and practiced at each Ingleside retirement community. 

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IRC Blog
Posted: Monday, July 18, 2016

Fight the bite! 8 ways to repel mosquitoes

Are you a mosquito magnet? Some people are, and research has now determined why.

Dr. James Logan of the London School of Hygiene and Tropical Medicine says that some people naturally produce fragrances that attract mosquitoes, while others emit chemical smells that repel the insects.

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IRC Blog
Posted: Sunday, July 10, 2016

Turn back the pages of time with fun Facebook sites

Our memories of growing up fade, but thanks to the Internet, they can be brought back to life. 

A number of sites on Facebook feature mini-visits to the past, and the folks who have liked these pages obviously have a lot of fun on the trips. Besides posts ranging from funny to serious, the best thing about these posts are the stories people share in response to them. Little communities form around, for example, reminiscences about a favorite doll. 

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IRC Blog
Posted: Monday, June 20, 2016

Coloring can make you feel like a kid again!

Remember how much fun you had as a child with your coloring books? Recapture that feeling—and draw some health benefits as well—with adult coloring books! 

Researchers have been studying the benefits of coloring for more than a decade, and they’ve found that short coloring sessions can help focus and stimulate creativity. That’s why you might see a high-powered executive spend a few minutes coloring before tackling a thorny problem he or she needs to solve.

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IRC Blog
Posted: Saturday, June 11, 2016

Six Dimensions of Wellness: Spiritual Wellness

All of us search for meaning and purpose. Spirituality takes many forms, whether it means participating in an organized religious group, finding solace in nature or exploring spiritual concepts in discussions with others. Spiritual wellness is embracing core values that guide you, examining your beliefs and actively practicing those values and beliefs. Spiritual wellness brings peace and harmony to our lives.

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IRC Blog
Posted: Tuesday, May 31, 2016

10 ways to love your brain

You can reduce your risk of declining memory and thinking skills by making some key changes in your lifestyle.

Alzheimer’s is one of a group of conditions that causes cognitive decline, especially in older people. More than 5 million Americans today are living with Alzheimer’s disease, and developing dementia is one of the greatest fears many people have as they grow older.

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IRC Blog
Posted: Friday, May 13, 2016

9 ways to make your home safer this spring

According to AARP, about 18,000 Americans die from accidental injuries in their homes each year. While you’re doing your spring cleaning, take a look at your home or apartment for hazards that can cause injury or illness.

The April issue of the AARP Bulletin contains 99 tips to keep you safer at home. Here are some ideas that anyone can accomplish easily and inexpensively:

Clear your path. Remove or anchor throw rugs. Repair loose carpeting. Make sure low furniture, such as footstools, aren’t in the middle of traffic patterns. Clear electrical cords or clutter that could cause you to fall. 

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IRC Blog
Posted: Monday, May 2, 2016

Work longer, live longer, a new study shows

More and more people 65 and better are delaying retirement. According to the U.S. Census Bureau, more than 30 percent of people 65 to 69 were still working in 2010. That same year, people 65 and older comprised 16 percent of the workforce. Those numbers are expected to grow in the coming years. 

There are several reasons why older people are continuing to work. For some, it’s necessary for financial reasons. Others want to keep working because they like it. Many people find it satisfying and fulfilling to continue contributing, either with a paying job or volunteer work. Some are starting new businesses and exploring new careers.

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IRC Blog
Posted: Monday, April 11, 2016

Poor hearing can affect your mental and physical health

Impaired hearing is more than just an inconvenience. 

Researchers like Dr. Frank Lin at Johns Hopkins University have linked hearing loss with cognitive decline, physical and emotional problems. In a recent study, Dr. Lin and his associates found that people with hearing deficiencies lost cognitive abilities including memory and concentration at a rate 30 to 40 percent faster than people with normal hearing. 

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Posted: Saturday, April 2, 2016

Dancing proves to be good for your heart

Which do you think is better for you: fast walking or dancing? 

Though fast walking is certainly good exercise, you might be surprised to learn that dancing may have even greater health benefits for your heart than a brisk stroll. Researchers at Western Sydney University in Australia followed more than 48,000 older people over a 10-year period and found that those who danced were 49 percent less likely to die of heart disease than those who rarely or never danced. The study found that the dancers’ risk from heart disease was 21 percent less than those who regularly walked. 

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IRC Blog
Posted: Monday, March 21, 2016

International society honors retirement community resident

Ingleside at Rock Creek resident Dr. Sandy Wolman will be traveling to Berlin soon to pick up an award that recognizes her role in the early development of a prestigious scientific organization.

Sandy was the first executive officer of ISBER, the International Society for Biological and Environmental Repositories, which focuses on preserving biological materials, from plant seeds to human cells, so they can be made available to researchers.

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IRC Blog
Posted: Sunday, March 13, 2016

Spring is a great time to declutter

Have you ever had that moment when you’re overwhelmed by the amount of stuff you have? You know it’s time to declutter, but where do you start? You have a home full of things you’ve collected over a lifetime, and it can be difficult to part with your favorite items. The reality is, though, that some of those items may not serve you well any more.

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IRC Blog
Posted: Tuesday, March 8, 2016

Meditation has benefits for minds and bodies

People have meditated for thousands of years. Regular meditators say it’s a pleasurable experience that reduces stress, frees up creativity and helps them make decisions and reach goals. We’re now finding that meditation not only leads to a better mental state but can also produce measurable improvements in health.

There are many forms of meditation. Two of the most well-known and popular are Transcendental Meditation® and mindfulness meditation. Transcendental Meditation® helps you achieve a relaxed state through silently repeating a mantra—a simple sound, word or phrase. Mindfulness meditation focuses your awareness on your breathing as you tune in to what’s going on in your body, mind and surroundings without judging or reacting to them. What they have in common is a focus on the present, letting go of the past and thoughts of the future. The result is stillness and calmness of body and mind. That frame of mind can be carried into daily life, helping you to better handle stressful situations.

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IRC Blog
Posted: Monday, February 29, 2016

Keeping fit when the weather is frightful

The snow is snowing, the wind is blowing, but that doesn’t stop folks at Ingleside at Rock Creek from staying fit.

One group of residents who walk their dogs every day braved the cold even after this winter’s big snow. They were able to do so because the retirement community made sure the walkways and pathways through the courtyard were cleared of snow.

“The snow didn’t keep everybody in,” says Patty Butler-Burkhart, the community’s Director of Life Enrichment. But those who chose to stay indoors had plenty of activities to choose from.

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IRC Blog
Posted: Friday, February 19, 2016

What you need to know to sell your home

Are you thinking about selling your home so you can move into a beautiful retirement community like Ingleside at Rock Creek?

Selling your home can be quite stressful, especially if you have not done so before. There’s so much to think about: What repairs do you need to make? Should you repaint? How do you know what the right price is? How can you attract the right buyers? Do you need to hire a professional stager? How do you work with a Realtor?

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IRC Blog
Posted: Wednesday, February 3, 2016

To be more active in 2016, think NEAT

How are you doing on your New Year’s resolutions? Did you promise yourself you’d exercise more in 2016? Millions of Americans started out great, but by the second week of January, many of them were not getting the recommended minimum of 30 minutes of activity per day. According to the American Institute for Cancer Research, less than half of those who made that New Year’s resolution are still going to be exercising regularly in June.

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IRC Blog
Posted: Wednesday, January 27, 2016

Retirement community resident puts her talents to use writing new newsletter

“I thought that when somebody retired, they sat and read,” says Ingleside at Rock Creek resident Louise. “That would not be a satisfactory life for me.”

Louise has taken on what could become a time-consuming job—writing the residents’ newsletter. For some time, the retirement community has had a small newsletter called The Twitter, which primarily conveyed news about meetings. But residents wanted more information about goings-on in the community and around town.

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IRC Blog
Posted: Thursday, January 14, 2016

Ingleside at Rock Creek earns CARF-CCAC certification

There are many factors to think about when you’re considering retirement options for yourself or your loved ones. One of the most important is the quality of services a retirement community provides, and one of the most important indicators of quality is accreditation by the Commission on Accreditation of Rehabilitation Facilities (CARF) and the Continuing Care Accreditation Commission (CCAC).

Only 300 of the 1,900 continuing care retirement communities in the United States have earned the CARF-CCAC Accreditation, and we are pleased to announce that Ingleside at Rock Creek has joined this elite group with the award of a Five-Year CARF-CCAC Accreditation.

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