Author: The Saybrook at Haddam

No Holiday Blues Allowed!

No Holiday Blues Allowed!

During December, nearly every moment seems to be filled with holiday music, Christmas cards, festive decorations, wishes of glad tidings, and general efforts to “spread good cheer.”  It’s a warm and wonderful time that we embrace and share with family and friends.  Some people, however, find themselves suffering from the “holiday blues.”  Anyone – including senior citizens – can feel a little sad around this time of year as they may be facing loneliness, loss of loved ones, financial burdens or other concerns.  Caregivers and family members should be on the lookout for “holiday blues” and take proactive steps to help seniors have a more enjoyable time of year. Continue reading “No Holiday Blues Allowed!”

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Gifts for Seniors: Solving the Annual Dilemma

Gifts for Seniors: Solving the Annual Dilemma

The Saybrook at Haddam is making final preparations for our annual “Holiday Stroll” which we host the first week of each December to kick off the holiday season in style.  We transform our community into a winter wonderland of sorts with beautiful Christmas trees and decorations, plenty of poinsettias and wreaths, menorahs and mangers.  It is a wonderful time and sets the tone for a happy December. We welcome local artisans and vendors to sell their unique and hand-made items, and we bring in carolers and other performers to fill the halls with festive sounds. For many residents and families, this is the best time and place to start (or even finish) holiday shopping. Continue reading “Gifts for Seniors: Solving the Annual Dilemma”

Avoiding the Flu and Other Thoughts on Healthy Living

Avoiding the Flu and Other Thoughts on Healthy Living

To prepare residents for the upcoming “flu season,” The Saybrook at Haddam hosted a free flu shot clinic as well as an informational session (hosted with Encompass Home Health) earlier this month.  Here are some key pointers from these events that our wellness team would like to share to help seniors (and everyone, really!) avoid the flu and build a healthy immune system this winter: Continue reading “Avoiding the Flu and Other Thoughts on Healthy Living”

Thoughts from our Safe Harbor Memory Care Neighborhood

Thoughts from our Safe Harbor Memory Care Neighborhood

Living with Alzheimer’s, dementia or other memory-related illness means new and different struggles occur each day.  There is no standardized solution for treating or managing memory care, since these diseases affect each person so differently.  So, when The Saybrook at Haddam set out to create Safe Harbor, a unique and therapeutic memory care neighborhood, we knew customized, individualized care would be at the heart of all we do. Continue reading “Thoughts from our Safe Harbor Memory Care Neighborhood”

Free Educational “Solutions Series” on Alzheimer’s and Memory Care Begins

Free Educational “Solutions Series” on Alzheimer’s and Memory Care Begins

Living with Alzheimer’s, dementia or other memory-related illness means new and different struggles occur each and every day.  There is no standardized solution for treating or managing memory care, since these diseases affect each individual so differently. However, families and caregivers can benefit greatly from the growing amount of information and support services available.  That is why The Saybrook at Haddam is hosting a new, free “Senior Solutions” educational series, entirely dedicated to dementia. Continue reading “Free Educational “Solutions Series” on Alzheimer’s and Memory Care Begins”

Life Should be a Party for Seniors!

Life Should be a Party for Seniors!

Celebrations mark so many of the highlights of our lives, giving us fabulous memories to look back on and cherish.  From birthdays to graduations, weddings, anniversaries, religious events, holidays, and other important occasions, we love to gather together to enjoy good food, music, friendship, conversation and fun.  In our senior years, these celebrations become more important, more meaningful – and more anticipated. Continue reading “Life Should be a Party for Seniors!”

Seniors Enjoying the Benefits of Music!

Seniors Enjoying the Benefits of Music!

Leonardo Da Vinci once said, “Our soul is composed of harmony.” That could explain why people are so greatly affected by music at every stage of their lives.  At The Saybrook at Haddam, we agree entirely with Da Vinci and incorporate music into daily life and special events in our independent retirement and assisted living community as often as possible.  Residents enjoy listening to music, attending concerts, singing and even playing instruments – and reap all the related social and creative benefits.  Researchers are also learning music may provide some valuable benefits to our brains. Continue reading “Seniors Enjoying the Benefits of Music!”