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Complementary & Integrative Therapies: A Brief Introduction

When a group of us at Blakeford started talking about discussion topics for an upcoming series of events, the first topic we all agreed on was complementary and integrative therapies. Each of us know the value of these therapies. We also know that older adults are benefiting from them. But what are they? First, of …READ MORE

Caregiving & Relationships: The Value of Training

“Caregiving often calls us to lean into love we didn’t know possible.” (Tia Walker) For those who provide care to loved ones, this is certainly a true statement. But caregiving also calls on us to be more than we expected of ourselves. Daily responsibilities and the confidence to perform them may weigh heavy on our …READ MORE

How to Shed Light on the Holiday Blues

The holidays are a time of joy, bright lights, and celebrations. Family and friends gather for meals, shopping, religious observations and other meaningful traditions. Yet, for many, these same activities can be painful reminders of grief and loss or illicit feelings of what is often referred to as the holiday blues. Good news! There are …READ MORE

Decluttering 101: Tips to Make it Easier

Have you ever made plans to clean out the garage or set aside a weekend for Spring cleaning? Then, you became overwhelmed by the amount of stuff you’ve collected over the years and just gave up? Decluttering can be quite a chore. Debbie Keller, founder and president of Home and Office Transitions, answers common questions about …READ MORE

How to Create a Wellness Philosophy for Your Community

Most of us have heard these terms thrown around in the aging services field when it comes to wellness – “whole person”, “holistic lifestyle”, and “person-centered care”. It is easy to use these terms in glossy marketing brochures or on a website, but how much of this are we really accomplishing within our communities? DISCOVERY …READ MORE

Remembering 9/11 Fifteen Years Later

Fifteen years ago this September 11, many of us sat transfixed by the events unfolding on our televisions. Emotions ran the gamut – shock, disbelief, anger, horror, sadness, confusion, and grief. And like many events that have shaped our world, it’s easy to remember where you were on 9/11. Here are just a few memories …READ MORE

Redefining the Senior Living Industry

Van Cluck, president and CEO of Blakeford, takes a look at the changes he’s witnessed in our industry over the years. Twenty years ago when Blakeford was opening its doors for its first residents, I was just getting my feet wet in the senior living industry. It was 1996, and for about a year I had …READ MORE

Getting the Most Out of the Summer While Staying Safe

Summer is on its way and with the temperatures getting warmer, people enjoy getting outdoors. As a nurse, I am frequently asked how to stay safe while participating in outdoor summer activities. This question is especially important for the aging population because they are more susceptible to heat related illnesses. As we age, the ability …READ MORE

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