Learning to Be Mindful

We are all aware of the necessity for physical training of our bodies to keep them sound and strong as we age, but what about “brain training”? I recently had the pleasure of enrolling a new couple in our LiveWell program who practice centering prayer every day. I’ve also dabbled in some research around the… Read more »

How To Create Meaning in Dementia Care

One of the most important things to a caregiver of someone with Alzheimer’s is to know their loved one is happy. However, they are often so overwhelmed by the responsibility of caregiving, that the fun of being together is lost. All engagement tends to be for survival and not for enrichment. This often results in… Read more »

5 Secrets to Transform Your Experience of Aging: Shifting from a Sense of Loss to a Sense of Gain

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My 15-year-old son Evan walked off the tennis court triumphantly, as if he had just won the U.S. Open. Up to that point, our matches had always ended in a tie: I made sure of that or, rather, I could make sure of that. Now, toweling off while feeling an unfamiliar tug on my heart,… Read more »

Our Housekeeping Team – Creating a Spirit of Belonging

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The members of Blakeford’s housekeeping team are some of the kindest people to walk through our doors each day. When you ask them what they like most about their job, there is no hesitation. They love our residents. No doubt, our residents love them as well. Take a look at this group of kind, dedicated,… Read more »

Q & A – The Role of a Health Center Social Worker

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The presence of a social worker in health center is essential to the exemplary care of residents and patients. Lora Cochrane, MSW, is the social worker at Woodcrest at Blakeford. Lora took some time to respond to a few questions about her role and its importance to residents and their families. What is your role… Read more »

4 Things to Do When Your Parents are Resisting Help

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“Doctor, my mom needs help, but she won’t accept it and she won’t listen.” Sound familiar? It’s a complaint I hear all the time from families worried about older parents and aging relatives. And it’s a very real issue that we must address. For better health and wellbeing in older adults, it’s not enough to… Read more »

Are You on the “My Kids will Take Care of Me” Plan?

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An article published by Forbes addressed the topic of who will be there to take care of childless Boomers. Yes, it is a concern with that group, but it’s also something that couples with children should think about very carefully. Pew Research states that 47% of 49-59 year old adults are “sandwiched” between caring for… Read more »

Our Maintenance Team – Creating a Spirit of Belonging

Our maintenance team is four individuals who understand and embrace the power of exemplary service. Terry Duke and his crew work tirelessly to maintain a comfortable home for all our residents and a safe place to work for our team members. But, listen to how they respond to the question “Why do you like your job”… Read more »

Bringing Music & Memory to Blakeford

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In June 2014, I came across a trailer for the documentary film Alive Inside. I was immediately taken with the film’s subject – the ability of music to reawaken memories thought to be lost through a program called Music & Memory. Now, a little more than a year later, Blakeford is a certified Music &… Read more »