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Posted: Wednesday, December 23, 2020

The benefits of exercise for seniors: aerobics, weight and flexibility training

We all know the benefits of exercise, especially as we grow older. It’s one action we can take that directly impacts our overall health and longevity. It can also play an influential role in helping us remain independent.

And the good news is that we can start at any age. Because it’s never too late.

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IRC Blog
Posted: Thursday, December 17, 2020

Challenge these 5 senior living cliches

Have you asked yourself if staying in your home is best for the lifestyle you desire? Or are you considering whether moving to a senior living community may be the answer? Either way, you’ll want to make sure you’re seeing a clear and accurate picture before you make your decision.

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IRC Blog
Posted: Wednesday, December 9, 2020

5 activities to connect with your loved one with dementia

Sharing activities can help you connect with someone with Alzheimer’s. As families navigate this journey and the illness progresses, you may be finding that the ways in which you once spent time together are no longer engaging.

The key is to continue to try, remembering that as your loved one’s abilities change, your approach will need to as well. Also, keep in mind that what didn’t work today, may in fact work tomorrow. One trait that caring for someone with Alzheimer’s demands is flexibility.

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IRC Blog
Posted: Wednesday, December 2, 2020

High tech: best apps for seniors to make life easier

It was once assumed that older adults didn’t use technology, which of course is inaccurate. In fact, the Pew Research Center has found that 67 percent of those 65 and older use the internet and over 40 percent own smartphones. And the numbers are growing.

If you’re already tech-savvy, you may be taking advantage of the latest developments that not only bring more joy into life but make it easier as well.

However, if you’re just getting started, there’s no reason to miss out. Join a local class to learn more or ask family or friends to help get you up to speed on the best apps for seniors. The good news is that as technology evolves, it’s also becoming much more user-friendly.

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IRC Blog
Posted: Wednesday, November 25, 2020

Grandparents with memory loss? Tips for visiting children

If your loved one is living with Alzheimer’s or another form of dementia, maintaining relationships with family and friends is critical to the quality of life. Even though it may be challenging, everyone should be encouraged to play an active role.

Children can bring a spark of joy to all of us, but especially to grandparents with Alzheimer’s. However, families may worry about how to help younger members understand the illness, adapt to the many changes or how they might respond to a visit. 

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IRC Blog
Posted: Wednesday, November 18, 2020

Holiday traditions: ideas to honor the old and introduce the new

The year 2020 has been like no other. The pandemic has put its mark on our daily lives and as the holiday season arrives, Thanksgiving and Covid will no doubt need to be reconciled as well.

As we live with uncertainty, however, there may never be a more important time to feel connected to those we love. 

The challenge? 

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IRC Blog
Posted: Tuesday, November 10, 2020

5 follow-up questions to ask memory care communities

If you’ve been caring for a loved one with Alzheimer’s at home, at some point the needs exceeding what you’re able to provide may become a reality. As dementia is a progressive illness, the necessity of 24/7 care will inevitably follow.

It may be time to consider what a memory care community could offer if you feel you can no longer preserve your loved one’s security and quality of life.

Although this can be a hard decision to make, you’ll want to find the place where your loved one - and your family - will feel well cared for and at home.

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IRC Blog
Posted: Thursday, November 5, 2020

Moving to Independent Living? Tips to make it home

If you’ve made the decision to move into an independent living community, you may be considering how to make this new space truly your own.

Where we live matters. In fact, we want to create the kind of surroundings that welcome us home as soon as we walk through the front door.

So, what steps can you take to create the right atmosphere for the exciting new lifestyle that awaits ahead?

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IRC Blog
Posted: Wednesday, October 28, 2020

Communicating with Alzheimer’s: 5 tips for having conversations when words no longer work

Communicating with each other brings meaning to our lives. It’s how we reach out and connect. But for those with Alzheimer’s, the ability to speak will eventually be lost as the disease progresses.

Yet what’s most important is to understand that we can still profoundly relate with our loved ones. Even if they struggle to talk or understand words, communication is still possible. We just need to search for different ways to engage.

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IRC Blog
Posted: Tuesday, October 20, 2020

Embracing change: the perfect solution as we grow older

If ever there was a time to embrace our ability to adapt, it’s when we grow older. All of life includes a series of changes. But by the time we reach retirement, we undergo both physical and emotional transformations yet may find ourselves struggling to adjust.

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IRC Blog
Posted: Wednesday, October 14, 2020

5 types of Alzheimer’s behaviors and suggested positive responses

One of the most unsettling results of Alzheimer’s or other types of dementia is the erratic behavior that often occurs. Depending on a person’s unique response and the stage of the illness that they are in, their actions can range from mild to severe.

For the caregivers, these behaviors can leave them feeling frustrated, hurt or afraid. For the individuals, acting out is often all that is left for them to express their own frustration, pain or need. 

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IRC Blog
Posted: Wednesday, October 7, 2020

Considering a move to independent living? 7 questions to ask when you visit

If you’ve been entertaining the idea of independent living, starting your search online is a great start. But you won’t really get a clear picture of the lifestyle until you visit a few communities in person.

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IRC Blog
Posted: Tuesday, September 29, 2020

How a memory care community can improve your loved one’s quality of life

If the time has come when you believe your loved one needs more help than you can provide at home, you may be considering what a memory care community could offer.

But families often struggle with the idea that a move may cause a decline, once the comfort and care of home is no longer available. Yet in reality, the opposite is likely true.

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IRC Blog
Posted: Wednesday, September 23, 2020

5 ways to give back and enrich your retirement life

Retirement can be one of the happiest times of your life. After a successful career, raising a family and carrying the responsibilities that go along with both, it’s easy to see why people look forward to a refocused lifestyle.

But for most retirees, their choice is not to only pursue a life full of leisure, fun and grandchildren. In fact, their priority is often to discover what could bring meaning and fulfillment.

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IRC Blog
Posted: Wednesday, September 16, 2020

3 surprising benefits of memory care communities

If you are caring for a loved one with Alzheimer’s, you may be approaching the time when more help is needed than you can provide at home. If you’ve already been researching what memory care communities offer, you’ve likely learned a few of their benefits, including:

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IRC Blog
Posted: Wednesday, September 9, 2020

The connection between mind, body and spirit: Finding all 3 in independent living

Humans are complex beings. We are influenced by circumstances, others and ourselves. We are much more than the sum of our parts as we interact with the world around us.

Our biology impacts how we think, feel and believe and the opposite is also true. Diet, exercise routines and how much sleep we get every night can also have a significant effect on our mental responses and emotions.

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IRC Blog
Posted: Wednesday, September 2, 2020

The value of community life for those living with Alzheimer’s

For those diagnosed with Alzheimer’s, it’s common to begin the journey at home. During the early stages of the illness, it can be easier to adjust to the changes in a familiar and beloved place.

However, dementia is a progressive disease. The severity of symptoms will continue to increase as the ability to respond to the world declines. Eventually, families may find the needs of their loved one exceed what they can provide. Seeking out the right memory care community is usually the next logical step.

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IRC Blog
Posted: Wednesday, August 26, 2020

Are you psychologically ready to retire? 5 questions to ask

Are you ready to retire?

You may wonder how you’ll know. Will your decision be based on age, the number of years with a company or whether you feel financially set to leave the work world?

To make sure you’re on the right track, don’t overlook the importance of being psychologically ready as well. If you’re not, you may find yourself feeling a little lost and untethered.

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IRC Blog
Posted: Wednesday, August 19, 2020

Can diet and nutrition help prevent or delay Alzheimer’s?

The thought of developing Alzheimer’s is understandably frightening. Adding to the anxiety for many people is the feeling that there is nothing you can do to prevent it. But although today there is not a cure or a 100% pre-emptive course of action, there actually are steps you can take to lower your risk.

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IRC Blog
Posted: Thursday, August 13, 2020

Downsizing your possessions? Consider these ideas for your family heirlooms

Is downsizing part of your retirement plan?

If it is, you’re no doubt catching up on all the latest tips and suggestions for how best to successfully navigate the process. But you may find yourself coming face-to-face with a relatively new challenge. And one that is becoming more common.

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IRC Blog
Posted: Wednesday, August 5, 2020

Telling the truth to a loved one with Alzheimer’s. Are there exceptions to the rule?

When caring for a loved one with Alzheimer’s, the challenges often increase with the progressiveness of the illness. But for some, there is one form of interaction they may struggle with - and that is accepting that honesty isn’t always the best policy.

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IRC Blog
Posted: Wednesday, July 29, 2020

Too young or too old? What’s the right age to move into Independent Living

Have you ever found yourself thinking that an Independent Living community could offer the perfect retirement, but then stopped because you believe you’re too young?

If you’re age 60+, you may want to pause and reconsider. Many mistakenly believe only those older would enjoy living there. But once you begin to discover all the advantages that a community can offer, you might want to ask yourself this question:

Is it really too soon to start a life filled with meaning, activities and friendship?

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IRC Blog
Posted: Wednesday, July 22, 2020

What steps to take when you notice memory loss in your loved one

Have you noticed any behavioral changes in your spouse or a parent but haven’t known how best to bring up the subject? Chances are, your loved one may also be worried about what is happening but is struggling with how to approach this or what to say.

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IRC Blog
Posted: Wednesday, July 15, 2020

An Independent Life: Why moving to be near the children isn’t always a good idea

When making plans for the future, many retirees consider selling the family home and relocating. Those with children may think about moving closer to them. There are so many wonderful reasons to live near family. But it’s also a decision that shouldn’t be made lightly.

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IRC Blog
Posted: Wednesday, July 8, 2020

7 steps to make life easier when caring for a loved one with Alzheimer’s

Caring for someone with Alzheimer’s or another form of dementia can be one of the biggest challenges you’ll ever face. Those with a cognitive disease are living with a progressive loss of mental and physical functions. This is not only difficult for them but is hard for loved ones to witness.

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IRC Blog
Posted: Tuesday, June 30, 2020

Why diversity is important no matter our age and how to find it in Senior Living

Diversity plays an amazing role in life. It can expand our own small corner of the planet beyond what we could personally experience. Take a moment to consider all the unique people who have crossed your path and you might see how your world view changed.

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IRC Blog
Posted: Wednesday, June 24, 2020

Why those with dementia may wander and how to keep them home

It’s not uncommon for those living with dementia to wander. The Alzheimer’s Association estimates that 6 out of 10 people will wander and it can happen at any stage of the illness.

The biggest fear for caregivers is that their loved one may leave unnoticed and not be able to find their way back home. Although this behavior is a challenge, understanding why it may occur might provide clues to prevent it from happening. There are also steps families can take to increase safety.

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IRC Blog
Posted: Wednesday, June 17, 2020

The role Independent Living can play in our happiness

If you’re searching for how to be happy in retirement, the answer may be simpler than you think.

A study last year found that people who live in retirement communities are happier and sometimes healthier. Of those surveyed, over 50% of the residents said their quality of life was higher than a year ago. Of the nonresidents, only 19% said the same and more than one-third disagreed when asked if their quality of life had improved.

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IRC Blog
Posted: Wednesday, June 10, 2020

Can you decrease the risk of developing Alzheimer’s? Here are 5 steps that might help

If you’re a caregiver, family member or friend of someone with Alzheimer’s or another form of dementia, you’re likely very familiar with the toll that the cognitive illness can take. It’s also not uncommon if you find yourself considering whether you too might develop this disease or if there is anything you can do to decrease your risk.

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IRC Blog
Posted: Wednesday, June 3, 2020

Spring cleaning for the body and mind: a healthy self-assessment

As spring arrives, you may find yourself inspired to clean out closets and rethink everything you’ve been hanging onto. But it can also be a great time to take a second look at where you are physically and emotionally.

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IRC Blog
Posted: Tuesday, May 26, 2020

Choosing a Memory Care community: stand-alone vs assisted living

If you’re caring for someone with Alzheimer’s, you most likely have experienced the progressiveness of the disease. While everyone with a cognitive illness may respond differently, one constant is that the needed level of care will continue to increase.

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Posted: Wednesday, May 20, 2020

Creating your own container garden: tips and tricks

If you are considering locating to an Independent Living community, you may already have learned the advantages, such as all the social programs offered, amenities and the maintenance-free lifestyle.

But if you thought moving would require trading in your garden and green thumb…then you may be in for a nice surprise.

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IRC Blog
Posted: Wednesday, May 13, 2020

How a Memory Care community can help your loved one stay engaged

One commonality that all of us share, no matter our age, is the desire and need to have meaning in our lives. There are many advantages, including improving our health, mood and outlook. But the fundamental changes it can bring to those with a cognitive illness can be crucial.

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IRC Blog
Posted: Wednesday, May 6, 2020

Independent Living downtime: 5 activities when you’re in the mood for a quiet day

As you may have discovered, Independent Living provides a full calendar of programming for its residents. It’s actually one of the biggest advantages of senior living because not only is there something of interest for practically everyone, they can all be enjoyed within the community.

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IRC Blog
Posted: Thursday, April 30, 2020

Taking care of your brain health: 10 fun and functional ideas to practice while at home

As we remain at home during COVID-19, this could be the perfect time to concentrate on your brain health. Habits formed now will help integrate these exercises into your future daily routine.

Review this list and choose a few to start with. Schedule at least 30 minutes a day for activities and incorporate the other ideas to help increase your mind’s capacity and health.

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Posted: Tuesday, April 21, 2020

The role Independent Living can play in our happiness

What makes people happy? That’s not always an easy question to answer. It can be something as simple as the first warm day of spring. It can arrive with more fanfare, such as a substantial promotion at work. And when our children and grandchildren are born? It can be life-changing.

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IRC Blog
Posted: Thursday, April 16, 2020

Learn these cognitive therapy techniques to promote memory or compensate for early memory loss

If you’re worried about memory loss for you or a loved one, you aren’t alone. Memory loss ranks at the top of concerns adults have about growing older. But for those diagnosed in the early stages of dementia, the research for delaying or compensating for a loss of memory is promising.

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IRC Blog
Posted: Friday, April 10, 2020

How to Support Senior Loved Ones during COVID-19

While most everyone is washing their hands, keeping their distance and only going out when necessary, those considered high-risk of more severe illness such as seniors and/or those with chronic health conditions are advised not just to social distance, but to stay away from others entirely. It’s hard to fathom that keeping our senior loved ones safe means being apart from them, but that’s our new reality. However, there are still plenty of ways you can support them at a distance.

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IRC Blog
Posted: Wednesday, March 25, 2020

5 tips for long-distance caregiving for a memory care resident

Helping parents as they grow older was easier when families remained in the same geographic location. And if there’s been an Alzheimer’s diagnosis, the challenge increases. Today, it’s much more common to find siblings spread across the country. Some families may help their parents move closer but it’s always hard if the caregiving and decisions fall to one sibling. 

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IRC Blog
Posted: Friday, March 20, 2020

How older adults can navigate Coronavirus

As COVID-19 (the Coronavirus) continues to expand its reach, it’s important we become knowledgeable about what we can do as individuals– both to limit its spread and to take care of ourselves and loved ones.

As public areas close to minimize the impact, staying at home is not always easy. But as much as possible, we should try to live as normal of a life as we can.

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IRC Blog
Posted: Thursday, March 12, 2020

Is Independent Living right for me?

Whether you’re retired or it’s now closing in on the horizon, the life you’ve dreamed of is finally within reach. You’ve worked hard and enjoyed a successful career. You may have raised children. And you gladly took on the responsibility for your family and your home. But retirement is time for you. And you’ve made plans to enjoy every minute.

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IRC Blog
Posted: Wednesday, March 4, 2020

5 ways to downsize your space and upsize to Independent Living

There’s no shortage of books and on-line articles about downsizing at any age. But retirees moving to an Independent Living community will be sifting through a lifetime of memories and accumulations. This alone can cause two of the most common obstacles – getting started and getting stuck.

The idea of downsizing a lifetime can be overwhelming. As such, it is easy to put off or not know where to start. But the good news is that if you have a plan and stick to a schedule, it’s very doable.

The second challenge is getting stuck. You may find yourself lost looking through the old photos. Not to mention the boxes of baby clothes and your children’s school projects. But there’s a solution for that too.

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IRC Blog
Posted: Wednesday, February 26, 2020

10 ways to help someone with Alzheimer’s or dementia remember

Memory loss is one of the primary characteristics - and challenges - for those living with Alzheimer’s or dementia. Caused by the progressive damage to brain cells, as yet there is no cure and the memory loss cannot be stopped. But families can find ways to support the memories their loved one does have or help minimize the negative consequences affecting their quality of life.

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IRC Blog
Posted: Tuesday, February 18, 2020

What is independent living?

Are you beginning to explore all the different senior living options there may be? If so, you might not realize how many possibilities there are to choose from. Each type is based on the needs and services required. But if you’re looking for a place to live that supports your independent lifestyle, while having the convenience of everything you want right outside your door, Independent Living may be a perfect fit.

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IRC Blog
Posted: Wednesday, February 12, 2020

Activities to share when visiting someone with Alzheimer’s or dementia

People often hesitate to visit someone with a cognitive illness. They can be unsure of what to expect, how to respond or whether they might unintentionally make the person feel bad. Unfortunately, those feelings can lead to avoidance or fewer visits. But it doesn’t have to be that way.

The key is to be prepared so you can approach the visit with confidence. If you don’t know much about Alzheimer’s or dementia, start by learning the basics. Think through how the visit may go and plan ahead for any activities that might be shared.

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IRC Blog
Posted: Wednesday, January 29, 2020

Helping children understand dementia

If someone in your family is living with Alzheimer’s or dementia, you know it can affect everyone differently. But when children are involved, it’s important to tailor your expectations and support to be age appropriate. You may wonder how to explain the diagnosis or help children visiting a grandparent with dementia. You’ll need to navigate these challenges so that both sides can benefit and the relationship remains.

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IRC Blog
Posted: Wednesday, January 29, 2020

Reducing your own risk of cognitive decline

As we grow older, not only do our priorities change but so do our thoughts and worries. Each forgotten name or mid-sentence pause can cause many to question what may be happening. Many studies have shown that fear of receiving a diagnosis of Alzheimer’s or dementia ranks second, only behind hearing the news that you have cancer.

But if someone in your family or a close friend is living with a cognitive disease, it’s no doubt that this concern has likely been in the forefront of your mind. Could this happen to you?

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IRC Blog
Posted: Thursday, January 23, 2020

Conversing with a loved one living with dementia

Conversations can be a struggle when you’re not sure what to say or how to engage someone living with a cognitive illness. People can become so worried about making the individual feel bad or themselves uncomfortable that they often tend to avoid visiting the person altogether. But there is good news. By remembering that the most important action is not to isolate someone with cognitive disease, your determination to make this experience a positive one can make all the difference.

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IRC Blog
Posted: Thursday, January 2, 2020

What is Memory Support Assisted Living?

If you’ve been caring for someone with Alzheimer’s or dementia, you may reach a point when more help is needed than you can continue to supply. Even those who have brought in additional home services may find it necessary to move their loved one to a community. As this is a progressive disease, it should not be seen as a reflection of the level of care you were able to provide.

You may have heard the terms assisted living, memory support assisted living and stand-alone memory care. If you’re unclear which might be best, we’ve outlined a summary of each below to help you become familiar with these choices. It’s important that you have an understanding of each when making your decision about which type of residential community will be the best match for your loved one.

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