Tag: senior living

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 »

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 »

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 »

Making the Decision to Move: My Mom’s Journey

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Several years ago, my mom made a decision that would change how she lived out the rest of her life. Following a lot of family discussions, research, and tears, she moved to an independent living community. My mom and dad raised my brothers and me in a small-ish (population: 29,000) southern town. Mom could drive… Read more »

8 Things Not to Say to Your Aging Parents

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I’m going to say something politically incorrect here: Sometimes our elderly parents make us a little nuts. (And sometimes they out-and-out drive us crazy.) We love you, Mom and Dad, but we’ve heard the story about Aunt Cissy pouring wine in the dog’s bowl so many times we can tell it ourselves — in our… Read more »

Our Culinary Services Team – Creating a Spirit of Belonging

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For 24 hours a day, seven days a week, Blakeford’s Culinary Services demonstrate consistency, integrity, and team work. More importantly, they provide a sense of community to our residents. The team graciously let us film them over the last couple of weeks. They are an active group of people on a mission and we value… Read more »

The Power of the Word Belong

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Just one word. That’s all. A two-syllable word that describes the spirit of an entire community. Belong. When our leadership team heard this word while in the midst of a re-branding meeting, they grabbed on to it. It wasn’t about marketing though. It was what we already knew about Blakeford. People feel they belong here…. Read more »

Creating a Spirit of Belonging: Our Nursing Team

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In a Continuing Care Retirement Community like Blakeford at Green Hills, we provide a variety of care and services to our residents from independent living to long-term care. As part of our continuum, we rely on the experience, knowledge, and compassion of the nursing team. They are a special group of people who understand the value… Read more »