Tag: senior wellness

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”

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New Leadership, New Ideas for the Wellness Team

New Leadership, New Ideas for the Wellness Team

The wellness team at The Saybrook at Haddam includes nearly 30 professional caregivers who work daily with residents to develop and manage very personalized care plans.  The team is the backbone of the most basic philosophy at the community:  to create and maintain a high quality of life for each resident.  Continue reading “New Leadership, New Ideas for the Wellness Team”

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”

Drums are for Seniors!

Drums are for Seniors!

Recently, percussionist Tracey Kroll visited The Saybrook at Haddam to host our first drum circle.  His energizing program, “Drumming for Health,” allowed residents the chance to find their own inner rhythm by playing hand drums.  It was a unique and fun evening (one we will definitely host again) – and got us to thinking a little more about the connection between music and health. Continue reading “Drums are for Seniors!”

The Importance of Being Curious

The Importance of Being Curious

An interesting person is a curious one who never stops asking questions and never stops learning.  For senior citizens who have spent a lifetime discovering new things, exploring the world around us, debating ideas, forming opinions, and experiencing much of what life has to offer – it is natural that learning should continue for as long as possible. Continue reading “The Importance of Being Curious”

A Change of Leadership at The Saybrook at Haddam: Kathy Ryan Retires and Jeff Williams Takes Helm

A Change of Leadership at The Saybrook at Haddam: Kathy Ryan Retires and Jeff Williams Takes Helm

When Kathy Ryan first walked through the front doors of The Saybrook at Haddam independent residence and assisted living community, she immediately knew she had entered a special place.

“The front lobby was an open, bright, cheerful place, and everyone was genuinely happy,” she remembers.  “Right away, I could envision myself coming to work here each day.” Continue reading “A Change of Leadership at The Saybrook at Haddam: Kathy Ryan Retires and Jeff Williams Takes Helm”

It Takes a (Little) Village!

It Takes a (Little) Village!

Each month during the school year, The Saybrook at Haddam’s Safe Harbor Memory Care community opens its doors to an energetic band of happy, smiling faces belonging to children from the Little Village Preschool in nearby Moodus, Conn.  These children eagerly rush off their bus and come into our “neighborhood” to listen to stories, sing songs and help us with craft projects.  It is a true joy to hear their little voices and watch their little hands hard at work. Last month, we had the added treat of watching the children practice their “graduation” ceremony and tell us their hopes for the future. Continue reading “It Takes a (Little) Village!”