Tag: support for seniors

A Day Just for Thinking About Retirement

A Day Just for Thinking About Retirement

Last weekend, The Saybrook at Haddam participated in a wonderful event: The Hartford Courant’s Transitions Living & Planning Expo for Active Adults and Seniors.  We had an informational booth to “introduce” visitors to our retirement, assisted living, and memory care community – and were happy to meet so many people who were researching options available to them and their family members. Continue reading “A Day Just for Thinking About Retirement”

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Shopping Day a Great Success!

Shopping Day a Great Success!

Shopping for things like food, clothing, gifts, household items is a pretty important part of everyday life.  However, for people with dementia the simple act of shopping may become a major point of stress or confusion.  Experts at the University of California in San Francisco say dementia patients “may want to buy things they do not need, spend more money than necessary, or shoplift.”   Continue reading “Shopping Day a Great Success!”

Simple Ways to Create Moments of Joy for People Suffering from Dementia or Memory-related Illnesses

Simple Ways to Create Moments of Joy for People Suffering from Dementia or Memory-related Illnesses

Dementia and other memory-related illnesses can take years away from a person’s memory, leaving them in a “new” world that is unknown to the rest of us. Caregivers often struggle with how to function in this reality, and sometimes unknowingly add to the anxiety that those in their care may be facing.  Continue reading “Simple Ways to Create Moments of Joy for People Suffering from Dementia or Memory-related Illnesses”

Tai Chi with Dogs? How we Spent a Great Winter at Safe Harbor Memory Care 

Tai Chi with Dogs? How we Spent a Great Winter at Safe Harbor Memory Care 

Bad weather can be a little tough for anyone; however, for senior citizens, cloudy, rainy weather and limited time outdoors can be even more challenging. In a memory care unit like Safe Harbor, it’s especially important to remain active and keep spirits up. Here are a few things we did this winter to make less-than-ideal days great ones:  Continue reading “Tai Chi with Dogs? How we Spent a Great Winter at Safe Harbor Memory Care “

The Joys and Benefits of Staying Social and Active in Your Senior Years

The Joys and Benefits of Staying Social and Active in Your Senior Years

We humans are social creatures. This means we have the natural desire to interact and be with other people during every stage of our lives – including our senior years. However, some seniors, through a variety of reasons, find themselves living alone with limited interaction or engagement with friends or family.  Continue reading “The Joys and Benefits of Staying Social and Active in Your Senior Years”

Saybrook at Haddam Among First to Hire On-Staff Social Worker

The Saybrook at Haddam has become one of the very first retirement and assisted living communities in the state to have a social worker on staff. Brooke Conley, licensed clinical social worker, will work with new residents as they adjust to life in the community, and will provide ongoing support to current residents as requested. She also will offer in-service training for staff and will host informational lectures for residents and their families on a wide range of social concerns.   Continue reading “Saybrook at Haddam Among First to Hire On-Staff Social Worker”