Author: Blakeford

Winter Activities Popular at Blakeford

senior woman in winter clothing in car

Winter is often a challenging time of year for people of all ages, but it can be particularly difficult for seniors. With limited daylight, colder temperatures and gray skies, winter is downright gloomy. Unfortunately, for people who suffer from depression, or those who are more susceptible to it – like seniors – this time of… Read more »

Functional Fitness: Keeping Independent as You Age

senior fitness

Although exercise is no panacea for some of the challenging conditions associated with aging, it’s far and away the best tool we have. Regular physical activity can slow down the loss of muscle mass, help you lose weight, manage your pain, reduce the risk of falls, and help stave off heart disease. Exercise can also… Read more »

The Joys Grandchildren Bring to Seniors

grandchild and grandfather holding hands

One of the great joys of a grandparent’s life is spending time with their grandchildren. As children get older and family schedules become more complicated to balance, it’s important to carve out time and include the younger generation in family visits, whether grandparents live at home or in a senior living community. You may be… Read more »

Did You Notice a Decline in Your Parents Over the Holidays?

Grandmother and grandchildren enjoying sparklers

During the holidays, many families may have visited their aging loved ones, seeing them in-person for the first time in months, possibly even since last year. These visits are important because they provide families with time to reconnect and share in the joys of the season, but they also provide adult children with a valuable… Read more »

Beating the Post-Holiday Blues

Now that the holidays are over, would you rather snuggle in bed under a warm comforter instead of getting up and facing yet another cold and dark day? If so, you may be one of the estimated 10 million Americans with Seasonal Affective Disorder (SAD), more commonly referred to as the winter blues. Signs you… Read more »

Holiday Gift Ideas for the Seniors in Your Life

children giving gifts to grandfather

Holiday shopping is tough enough, but when trying to pick out a gift for a senior in your life that is both practical and enjoyable, it can seem impossible! Seniors have received many holiday gifts over their lifetime, so how do you select a gift that stands out? From gifts for the home to health… Read more »

Holiday Light: The Beauty of Traditions

Holiday Lights blakeford at green hills

I love seeing all the holiday lights come out. I love the brightly lit trees, the candles, streetlights, storefronts….well, all of it! The lights are especially a welcome sight this time of year. In this part of the world the daytime is short and the nighttime is at its longest. Darkness seems to dominate the… Read more »

How to Shed Light on the Holiday Blues

closeup of a notebook with the text holiday blues written in it on a rustic wooden table with some christmas ornaments, a cup of coffee and a globe

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 »

There’s a Reason it’s Called “Independent Living”

With medical advances and a greater appreciation of the effect that diet and exercise have on health, many adults today are living considerably longer than their parents did. Given the sheer size of the baby boomer generation and the fact that an estimated 10,000 baby boomers will reach retirement age every day from now until… Read more »