Category: Senior LIving

The Winter Home Prep Checklist

winter home prep

More aging adults are opting to age in place, remaining in their own homes as they grow older. That means more seniors are handling their own home maintenance. For seniors who live in areas that experience all four seasons, preparing for the cold winter months by winterizing your home is a must. Home winterization makes… Read more »

4 Ways to Make Friends in a Senior Living Community

making friends in senior living communities

Unless you’re an extreme extrovert, moving from a well-loved neighborhood to a senior living community where you don’t know a soul can be anxiety-provoking. The good news is that you can develop meaningful relationships surprisingly quickly, especially if you move to a community of like-minded people. But, just in case you still have worries, we’ve… Read more »

Figuring Out the Cost Benefits of Senior Living Communities

“It is SO much more expensive to live in a community than here in my own home. My home is paid for and I do not really have many bills here. It does not make sense to pay those monthly fees.” This is the perception of most seniors as they begin looking at options for… Read more »

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

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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

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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 »

After the Move: Transitioning into a Senior Community

after the move transition

At some point in the last several months, you decided to move into a senior community. You signed the contract, put your home on the market, hired movers, and, possibly had a garage sale. You took advice on how to plan your move so as to have as little stress as possible. Now, you’re sitting in a… Read more »

Redefining the Senior Living Industry

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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 wellness senior adults

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 »