Articles on "Activities for Seniors"

Boost Your Brain Health
September 1, 2011 5:27 pm

Boost Your Brain Health

Surveys of adult “baby boomers” consistently find that memory loss is a top concern, and Alzheimer’s disease is their most feared disabling disease. Alzheimer’s disease, the most common form of dementia, is a progressive and fatal disease of the brain in which brain cells fail. The disease seriously impairs a person’s ability to carry out daily activities. Adopting a brain-healthy lifestyle can not only help keep your brain healthier as you age but also protect you from chronic illnesses. A […]

August 8, 2011 7:06 pm

Diana Nyad – Inspiration to Older Athletes

At 61 years old Diana Nyad is attempting a record-setting 103 mile swim from Florida to Cuba.  She is clearly viewing this as an opportunity to encourage others to not let age get in front of their dreams, she is quoted on CNN, “When I walk up on those shores of Florida, I want to prove to the AARP crowd that it’s not too late to go back and write that book or adopt that child.” She shares her wisdom […]

Drum Circles in Retirement Communities
March 4, 2011 5:39 pm

Drum Circles in Retirement Communities

If you thought activities in senior living communities are limited to Bingo and Bridge, then you have not met Alan Yellowitz. Alan facilitates drum circles in a rapidly growing number of retirement, assisted and nursing centers in the Washington, D.C. Metro region. Alan’s story is all too common; in 2009 he was downsized from his job in the information technology field. After spending considerable time and energy looking for similar work, he started to think about changing his career path […]

Continuing to Challenge Themselves in Independent Living
January 8, 2011 1:52 pm

Continuing to Challenge Themselves in Independent Living

There is no question that Tricia and Russell Marks, married for 55 years, are world-rounded individuals constantly seeking ways to stay active and challenge themselves. Tricia, who served on the faculty of Princeton University, edited the prestigious Princeton University Library Chronicle. Her book, Deconstructing Legitimacy: Viceroys, Merchants, and the Military in Late Colonial Peru, was received in academic circles as a landmark study. As the couple lived in Latin America for 15 years, Russell’s business career included managing a sugar […]

August 9, 2010 11:39 pm

Having a Purpose is Ageless

The folks at MetLife really churn out some great research! The other day I learned that they recently released a study “How Purpose is Recession-Proof and Age-Proof” which is a follow up to last years research “Discovering What Matters” which I mentioned back in March 09 during my first move to a senior living community. You can read the details of both of these research projects at their website. For me this report is simply a reminder that above all else […]

A great example of generations coming together for “purpose”
November 18, 2009 6:16 pm

A great example of generations coming together for “purpose”

I had a brief business meeting that I needed to attend this morning and then I was able to head back to the auditorium to catch the tail end of a fantastic program that links the residents to University of Pennsylvania students. Approximately 25 students from the University of Pennsylvania for whom English is their second language come to The Watermark on a monthly basis. Residents pair off with 1-3 students and they engage in conversation. The intention of the program […]

This is the way to valet!
May 27, 2009 12:35 pm

This is the way to valet!

I have referenced the Draisin bikes several times on this blog. However until last week I had never actually ridden the bikes. At last weeks ProAging meeting I had the opportunity to help valet many senior-serving professionals from the parking lot to the event thanks to John Bruno at Bikes at Vienna. It was fantastic experience! We were able to provide rides and demos to professionals and residents and everyone loved the bikes. It was great to see all the […]

I HOPE this is the future of senior living communities!
May 14, 2009 9:41 am

I HOPE this is the future of senior living communities!

If you have been following my blog you should know that my feeling on what really needs to be changed in senior living is to have younger people living (not working or visiting) alongside the elders. Less segregation by age and ability. Take a look at this story about a minor league baseball player who got “placed” in an assisted living community instead of the more typical host family scenario. This story illustrate the importance of purpose in all of […]

Coming back “home”
May 5, 2009 5:16 pm

Coming back “home”

One of the appealing elements of living at Paul Spring was that the location was far enough away from my “home” that I wouldn’t run into my neighbors, family and friends. This detachment really helped me  immerse myself during my time there. Now that I am not a “resident”, I really wish that I had chosen a more convenient location to my home/office so I could “pop in” more frequently. This is very important element for families to consider when reviewing options, if a location […]

Homecoming!
February 20, 2009 9:27 pm

Homecoming!

This afternoon was my first return trip back to Paul Spring for the weekly Friday afternoon happy hour. I was really looking forward to seeing my new friends, but what really had me charged up was that I was bringing my kids with me to meet everyone and they could see where daddy lived! My kids were talking about it this all week, my wife had shown them the videos I made during my stay, so they were pretty curious. The […]