Author: Sherry Perry, M. Div.

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 »

What to Expect When Your Spouse Moves into Assisted Living

Senior couple on a couch

The marriage vows may read “in sickness and in health,” but when one spouse requires more care than the other, that’s not always possible. When you’re a caregiver to your spouse, you may feel obligated to be your spouse’s primary caregiver for life, but sometimes it’s in your spouse’s best interest to give them the… Read more »

Hobbies for Seniors in Assisted Living

grandfather playing chess

When a parent or older loved one enters Blakeford’s Assisted Living for the first time, they are often surprised by the amount of free time they now have in their schedule. We like to encourage residents to use this time to pursue interests and hobbies they didn’t have time to before, and for good reason–hobbies… Read more »

Glossary of Terms

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While researching the senior living industry, you’ll come across unfamiliar or confusing terminology. We hope you’ll find this Glossary of Terms helpful. Activities of Daily Living (ADL) – Physical functions that an individual performs each day, including bathing, dressing, eating, toileting, walking or wheeling, and transferring into and out of bed. Advanced Directives – A… Read more »

What Happens After Rehabilitation? Post-Rehab Tips for Seniors

Rehabilitation

When an older adult comes to our Rehab-to-Home Center for short term rehabilitation following a hospital stay for an illness, surgery or accident, at Blakeford we make it our duty to provide compassionate and personalized care to return the patient to their previous level of functioning and wellness as quickly as possible. While a lot… Read more »

Five Important Independent Living Skills for Aging in Place

senior driving independent

Ninety percent of seniors prefer to remain in their own homes during their golden years; however, the reality is that successful independent living requires certain skills. If just one of these vital skills is missing, self-care can be a serious problem, leading to safety, comfort and health issues. Like baking, these ingredients─these skills─combine to help… Read more »

A Checklist for Aging in Place

aging in place

If you or your loved one is considering aging in place, the best advice is this: Be honest and be prepared. A candid assessment of health (both physical and mental) and unique needs helps you determine if aging in place is truly the right choice. If it is, the next step is to prepare a… Read more »

Four Ways to Get Active After a Fall

older woman older man tai chi fall blakeford at green hills

Falls aren’t just painful; they’re scary, too. Then, before we know it, our shaken confidence and fear of falling starts to change our lifestyle. Less gardening, less shopping, less movement. Before we know it, that new “lifestyle of less” snowballs into decline. The reduced amount of activity and mobility leads to muscle weakness and more… Read more »