Tag: assisted living

Can Independent Living Really Take Place in a Retirement Community?

Can Independent Living Really Take Place in a Retirement Community?

Most senior citizens enjoy living independently – and nearly 90 percent prefer to live in their own homes for as long as they possibly can, according to a study by AARP. It makes sense since home is familiar and filled with memories, is where seniors are in charge, and is near friends and family.  However, as time goes by, living alone carries downsides that become harder to ignore: maintaining the home becomes difficult if not impossible, a greater sense of isolation or loneliness can occur (especially after a spouse dies), nutrition may begin to suffer, and the home itself may become unsafe where falls, burns or other injuries may take place. In recognition of all of this, The Saybrook at Haddam has developed a community that puts independence at the center of everything we do – providing an active, involved and, yet, private and respectful environment for retired seniors, those needing assisted living services and those facing memory-related illnesses. Continue reading “Can Independent Living Really Take Place in a Retirement Community?”

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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”

Turning a Worrisome Visit into Positive Change

Turning a Worrisome Visit into Positive Change

Holidays bring families together, giving them an opportunity to share time baking, making, eating, drinking, reminiscing, laughing, and taking part in those wonderful traditions each family has. For relatives who live far away, the holidays are the best opportunity to really check in on the health and well-being of older family members.  In many cases, it is an eye-opener when people truly see how their elderly parents are really doing day-to-day.  At The Saybrook at Haddam, we receive an increase in requests for information during November, December and January from families who realize they need to address their parents’ changing care needs. Continue reading “Turning a Worrisome Visit into Positive Change”

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”

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”

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”