Category: quality of life

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”

Pets and Seniors – What a Perfect Mix!

Pets and Seniors – What a Perfect Mix!

There are many things to smile about at The Saybrook at Haddam, but the biggest smiles always appear when a four-legged furry friend is around.  We have several pets who call The Saybrook at Haddam “home” and we have regular animal visitors who brighten our days on so many levels.  You may have taken a Tai Chi class with Shasta, the visiting German Shepard, or spent time with Higgins, the spotted terrier, when he stops by to say hello.  Or you may have seen several resident dog-owners such as Angelo walking his cocker spaniel, Abby, or Hans and Heidi with their hound mix, Annie, or Janet with her little black cutie, Callie.  You already may even have met Skippy, the golden retriever that belongs to Kay and Charlie, two new residents.  And over in the cat department, you perhaps have seen Phyllis’s cat, Francie, who was the star of a recent advertisement from The Saybrook at Haddam, or Harry’s cat, Missy, or Barbara’s biblical friends, Adam and Eve.  These adorable pets are an important part of our community and we love having them around. Continue reading “Pets and Seniors – What a Perfect Mix!”

Achieving Quality of Life for Seniors

Achieving Quality of Life for Seniors

Throughout our lives, we spend countless hours pursuing education, personal and professional development, physical fitness and wellness, and quality time with friends and family.  It makes sense, then, that we would want to continue those pursuits in our retirement years.  At The Saybrook at Haddam, we have structured a full range of opportunities that all point toward the highest quality of life for each resident in our independent and assisted living retirement community.  We wanted to share a few highlights: Continue reading “Achieving Quality of Life for Seniors”

Memory Care Includes Making New Memories!

Memory Care Includes Making New Memories!

A great quality of life includes spending time with family and friends – making memories, sharing experiences, and strengthening bonds.  However, making good memories with a family member or loved one suffering from a memory-related illness may seem impossible or even counter-productive.  Some may say, “Why bother? They don’t even recognize me anymore.” Our care team at The Saybrook at Haddam’s Safe Harbor Memory Care neighborhood wants everyone to know daily doses of happiness and feelings of worth are possible, and are important to the overall quality of life for residents here.  Continue reading “Memory Care Includes Making New Memories!”

One More Look at Heart Health!

One More Look at Heart Health!

Heart Health Month – February – came and went quicker than we would have ever imagined! We hope you saw the heart health tips and information that we placed throughout The Saybrook at Haddam during this past month. This information focused on ways to maintain healthy blood pressure, cholesterol, glucose, and weight levels, along with tips to improve physical activity and best manage medications.  Continue reading “One More Look at Heart Health!”