Tag: relationships

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 »

How Your Children Can Help You Make Your Decisions

Blakeford at Green Hills photo of senior woman and her adult child

In the many conversations I have with today’s seniors, there is a sense of role reversal when life begins to change. Adult children, however, can be one of the most significant resources in proactively planning for your future. They are the best “sounding board” you could have as you begin to explore the available options…. 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 site 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 »

Living with Dementia: A Husband’s Story

dementia, kevin jameson, blakeford at green hills, dementia society of america

When Kevin Jameson founded the Dementia Society of America he was on a journey of profound change with his wife, Ginny. For several years, Ginny had been living with dementia. As husband and caregiver, Kevin had become well-educated on the disease. Based on his experience with Ginny, he saw a need to create an organization… Read more »

Spirituality & Aging: Sharing Your Life Story

spirituality and aging

If you sat down to write your autobiography, what would fill the pages of your life story? Over the past few weeks we have defined spirituality. We have explored how our inner beliefs serve as the framework for our own life story by informing how we find and nurture a growing sense of purpose, and… Read more »

Spirituality & Aging: The Power of Decisions

power of decision

Have you ever stopped to reflect on how your spirituality influences the decisions you make on a daily basis or how you feel about the decisions of others? In our previous posts we discussed the difference between spirituality and religion. We then discussed how our spirituality affects how we find and nurture a growing sense… Read more »

Caregiving & Relationships: Coping with Guilt

As we move through our series on Caregiving & Relationships, we are learning ways to strengthen and maintain positive relationships. We’re exploring: The value of training for family caregivers How to set boundaries for yourself as a caregiver Learning to know when it’s time to hire a professional caregiver This week, social worker Robyn Arab… Read more »

Caregiving & Relationships: Setting Boundaries

Welcome back to our Caregiving & Relationship series. Last week, we looked at The Value of Training and its impact in a family caregiving setting. Gayle Alston, director of training at Rosalynn Carter Institute for Caregiving, Sherry P. White, a project manager at Schmiedling Home Caregiver Training, and Julie Cherry, Care Manager at Blakeford At… Read more »

Caregiving & Relationships: How to Be at Your Best

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As someone who spent time as a caregiver, I know how personal it is. I know how life-changing it can be for everyone involved. All you want is to make sure your family member or loved one is safe and cared for. Because at the heart of family caregiving are relationships. In a caregiving environment,… Read more »