Category: Advice for Seniors and Caregivers

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”

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”

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!”

Health Fair Comes to The Saybrook at Haddam August 19

Health Fair Comes to The Saybrook at Haddam August 19

As families well know, we each need a team of professionals to help meet our basic healthcare needs. From doctors to dentists to therapist, pharmacists, audiologists, and other specialists, we regularly visit a variety of healthcare experts throughout every stage of our lives.  As we reach retirement age, we may see medical conditions and treatment become somewhat more complex, requiring even keener involvement. Keeping track of it all can be confusing.  Continue reading “Health Fair Comes to The Saybrook at Haddam August 19”

Food for Thought About Discussing Retirement Living

Food for Thought About Discussing Retirement Living

Oftentimes, Americans think of retirement as a financial (“savings”) issue – and it is.  However, as in any stage of life, the purpose of savings is to give you options – and for seniors, that means options in housing, lifestyle, healthcare, and overall quality of life.  Just like people benefit from saving for retirement early in life, people will benefit from thinking about where and how they would like to live during retirement as early as possible. Continue reading “Food for Thought About Discussing Retirement Living”