Category: quality of life

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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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”

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!”

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”

Taking a Closer Look at “Senior Solutions”

Taking a Closer Look at “Senior Solutions”

Many adult “children” find themselves involved in their parents’ retirement living planning.  Sometimes parents have saved money for retirement but haven’t given thought to where they want to live or how they will receive necessary support.  Other parents are a little behind with savings but have a solid idea of where they want to be and how they want to live.  Still others have done neither and suddenly are faced with an illness or other life change that is forcing them to think seriously about senior living options. Continue reading “Taking a Closer Look at “Senior Solutions””

Art as Part of Our Community

Art as Part of Our Community

When a person walks into The Saybrook at Haddam for the first time, he is often struck by the gracious beauty of the community.  The reception area and front parlor are dramatic with high ceilings, floor to ceiling windows, large oak staircase, and two beautiful fireplaces each featuring locally quarried stone handcrafted exclusively for the community.  The warmth and comfort of these areas are reflected in the rugs, draperies, furniture and, of course, the art.  Continue reading “Art as Part of Our Community”