Category: lifelong learners

Seniors and Happiness

Seniors and Happiness

The dictionary tells us that “happiness” is a state of well-being and contentment, and the Declaration of Independence tells us that the “pursuit of happiness” is one of our basic rights.  But, what is happiness exactly?  How do people – including senior citizens – achieve a life of happiness?  It is interesting that the concept means so many different things to different people at various stages of their lives. At The Saybrook at Haddam, we spend a great deal of time thinking about residents’ happiness because, more than anything, families want to know that their mom or dad, grandparent or other relative will be happy living here. Continue reading “Seniors and Happiness”

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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!”

Why Seniors Need to Think About Legal and Financial Planning

Why Seniors Need to Think About Legal and Financial Planning

Seniors may no longer be dealing with the stresses of raising a family, or working in a challenging job, or meeting other obligations they had when they were younger.  However, they still have to handle important day-to-day and long-term financial issues and should stay on top of their legal documents.  Tax and inheritance laws sometimes change, Medicaid and Social Security benefits are often revised, and a senior’s health or personal life may change – all of which could affect their legal and financial situation. Continue reading “Why Seniors Need to Think About Legal and Financial Planning”

Hitting the Road with Seniors

Hitting the Road with Seniors

The Saybrook at Haddam’s weekly activity calendar is full of daily social, physical and cultural events that take place throughout our retirement community.   We are so fortunate to have a wide range of exceptional instructors and performers visit us regularly.  However, we are also fortunate to be located in a very beautiful and culturally rich part of the state – one that offers fabulous theaters, museums, libraries, restaurants, galleries, public parks, and more – so we like to plan trips and adventures away from home, too. Continue reading “Hitting the Road with Seniors”

Gardeners Making the Most of Winter

Gardeners Making the Most of Winter

Many residents and visitors are drawn to the natural setting of The Saybrook at Haddam – nestled within the rural town of Haddam, surrounded by wonderful trees, riverside parks, and forests. Our beautifully landscaped grounds – including courtyard gardens, walking paths with flowering borders, and countless planters and container gardens – engulf us in the wonder of nature, adding to the daily pleasures of life in our independent, assisted living and memory care community.  We just don’t know what we would do without all this natural beauty! Continue reading “Gardeners Making the Most of Winter”

A Brief Tribute to the Love of the Book!

A Brief Tribute to the Love of the Book!

Many seniors enjoy their retirement years pursuing the hobbies and interests they have loved throughout their lives.  For some people, retirement finally provides time to finish that long list of books they have been meaning to get to.

Beyond the simple act of enjoying a wonderful story or gaining insight through non-fiction, reading has many upsides for older adults.  Continue reading “A Brief Tribute to the Love of the Book!”

The Amazing Health Benefits of Creative Seniors

The Amazing Health Benefits of Creative Seniors

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During retirement years, seniors are given the gift of time to fulfill longstanding (or new) goals and ambitions.  For many seniors, this means finally having the time to engage in the arts.

It turns out, this could be one of the healthiest decisions a senior can make. Continue reading “The Amazing Health Benefits of Creative Seniors”