How to Stay Social

The benefits of staying social can significantly impact your quality of life. Staying social can also be a struggle for anyone, especially seniors with mobility or memory impairments and financial pressures. Fortunately, here at CaraVita Village, we have identified some ways to help you stay social. Senior living, here in Alabama, is an excellent platform for older adults to seek various areas of interaction. Learn about these activities to inspire socialization in your life!

Nurture Social Networks

The internet is here to stay. As more and more seniors embrace this fact, the more seniors there are entering the online social network scene. If you have not joined the revolution yet, you need to take advantage of the interconnectedness the world wide web can offer. Social media platforms such as Facebook and Twitter are an excellent resource to build and nurture your social networks. You can start by following your local Alabama senior living community or following personal interest groups. Social can also act as a platform for you to reunite with old friends or make new ones.

Online Gaming

Interaction from online games or gaming applications has proven to be very beneficial for seniors. Most games also pose mental health benefits keeping minds engaged and active. Team puzzle solving games support some of the most health benefits. However, there are endless game categories to suit whatever interests you may have. We suggest Words with Friends and FarmVille.

Join a Club

Club organizations are lovely ways for seniors to stay social and develop rewarding relationships. Some senior living communities in Alabama host clubs geared towards specific interests and past experiences such as military clubs. There may also be various organizations to interact with like-minded individuals in the community. Other great clubs to suggest include a book club, art club, and gardening club.

Spiritual Groups

Religious or spiritual events can bring people together in a profound way. Whether a service at a local church or a prayer group, these activities bring people together with the comfort of something bigger than themselves. If you are not religious, do not worry, there are plenty of other opportunities.

Volunteer

You can also follow the social avenues by offering family assistance or volunteering locally. One way to provide family assistance is to offer to watch the grandchildren or to take your sibling grocery shopping. Other ways to volunteer could be at a local library or hospital. There are also volunteer organizations such as the Senior Corps, a government-run organization for senior volunteering opportunities.

Plan to Get Involved

The first step to being social is to plan to be. Research online to find the right group or call a local senior community center. If you reside in a community for senior living in Alabama, reach out to the Activities Director in your community. Be sure to RSVP for social outings and events within the community. Once you start participating, you will make friends and staying social will be a way of life.

The benefits for seniors and socialization could be critical to a long healthy life.

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A CaraVita Village Move-In Guide

If you have made the decision to move into a community like CaraVita Village, then it is time to consider the factors involved with this big life transition to a senior living community. Leaving a home that has been lived in for many years may be a drastic change and downsizing is not always easy. Moving requires planning, preparation, and decision-making. That is why at CaraVita Village, we have compiled this guide for moving in!

1 – Know Your Options

If you want a sense of community while maintaining the ability to remain independent, an independent living community, like CaraVita Village, is the best option. There are also assisted living communities for those who may rely more heavily on medical care. There are options for memory impaired individuals such as memory care communities and nursing homes. Be sure to know exactly what you need and research your options.

2 – Set a Budget

There are various ways to ensure you have financial preparedness for the move. Knowing and setting a budget dependent on your income, savings, or financial aid is a crucial factor in this decision. At CaraVita Village, we have a payment plan for everyone, including cost-saving roommate options.

3 – Downsizing

Our CaraVita Village apartments will probably not be as big as your previous home so downsizing can be an important part of the process. It can be difficult to pick and choose items to keep in your possession, to store, to gift, to donate, to sell or to trash. Downsizing can be emotionally trying so it is also important to remind yourself that possessions are only that, they cannot surpass the connection between family and friends.

The household objects you will need to make a smooth transition into senior living are:

  • Comfort items – blankets, robe
  • Family photos, plants, books
  • Hobby Materials
  • Favorite sheets, towels
  • Any extra electronics -laptop
  • Kitchen and bathroom supplies
  • Wanted clothing and shoe ware

Here is a list of things for you to consider storing, gifting, donating or selling:

  • Extra towels, sheets, blankets, rugs
  • China, plates, glassware, silverware, kitchenware
  • Artwork, paintings, statues
  • Photo albums and books
  • Cleaning and beauty products
  • Extra clothing, coats, shoes
  • Items of value (jewelry, etc.)

4 – Preparing for the Move

The physical act of moving does not have to be a stressful one. At CaraVita Village, we are willing to extend an extra helping hand by recommending local, trusted moving companies and other local services. If you need to hire a moving company, be sure to schedule one with plenty of time to reserve the date. Moving day is (and should be!) an exciting time for you. You are starting on a brand-new adventure! Be sure to plan, prepare, and make the necessary decisions beforehand. Be sure to check everything off the following CaraVita Village Move-in Checklist as well!

  • Gather all legal documents, i.e., a power of attorney
  • Visit a physician to be up-to-date on vaccines and medications
  • Create a transition plan
  • Consolidate all the household possessions
  • Coordinate the actual move, i.e., hire movers
  • Make sure your loved one is settled in, meets staff, neighbors, and receives the activities schedule

5 – Move-In Onboarding

CaraVita Village has Resident Ambassadors that are willing and excited to invite you into the community. During our onboarding process, we provide a meet and greet schedule to all of our new residents. Each resident has the opportunity to meet with the Executive Director, Chef, our Housekeeping Director, Activities Director, as well as additional staff members. During the meeting with our Activities Director, you will have the option to receive worksheets outlining likes and dislikes to ensure activities you participated in before living at CaraVita Village are included in the activities calendar!

Preparation is a key step to making a transition to a senior living community like CaraVita Village a smooth one. The CaraVita Village Move-In Guide is here to help ensure a seamless transition to our community, as this is a happy and exciting new adventure!

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How Socialization is Key to Longevity

If you are living independently at home, you may be unknowingly isolating yourself socially. Being separated from like-minded individuals can pose adverse health effects, especially when in conjunction with independent living care. Fortunately, there are ways to combat loneliness in seniors. Did you know staying socially interactive is the key to longevity? Staying socially engaged also encourages overall happiness and health. There are various ways in which social isolation can be unhealthy.

The Effects of Social Isolation

Seniors that live alone or are isolated from other seniors tend to withdraw from activities. This isolation leads to a rapid decline in one’s emotional and physical state. Without interactive conversation, you can start to evoke feelings as though you have no purpose or belonging. This can pull certain individuals into a deep depression affecting their mental health which can eventually evolve into physical sickness.

According to the the Proceedings of the National Academy of Science of the United States of America, loneliness and social isolation are directly linked to premature death. The study concluded that seniors who are not socially active had severe adverse effects on their health, including:

  • High blood pressure
  • Increased amounts of the stress hormone cortisol
  • Less restorative, restful sleep
  • Increased probability of developing a memory impairment

Not only can social isolation factor into an early death, but it can also cause unpleasant and unsafe experiences. Remaining engaged and happy is crucial to living a long, fulfilling life. A lot of factors can create social isolation, but that is why an independent living community, such as CaraVita Village, can help seniors overcome this challenge.

Staying Social

There are adverse effects of social isolation but remaining focused on the positive results of socialization is key. Independent living in a community offers an environment for seniors to make friends and interact with like-minded individuals. CaraVita Village is a safe space to have fun and enjoy adventure every day with everyone. From having a roommate to interacting in daily activities, and even to spending time with others! There are endless options for fellowship and social action. The benefits of which include:

  • A sense of belonging and purpose
  • Improved mental health
  • Improved physical fitness
  • Increased self-esteem
  • Increased confidence
  • Slow memory impairments and health decline

Maintaining an active, safe, and social lifestyle is easy with independent living care. You can discover yourself again! Find new friends or reconnect with old ones. Staying socially active can help you find a sense of purpose and belonging with others just like you.

What’s the Next Step?

Knowing the effects of isolation is essential for taking the next step in your journey. There are measures you can take to secure a safe, active lifestyle. Making the move from living alone at home to independent living in a community with others could be the right step for you. To learn all the various ways you can stay socially engaged click here.

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Be Active in the Fight Against Alzheimer’s

The number of people dealing with Alzheimer’s and dementia is rapidly increasing. According to Samuel Cohen, an Alzheimer’s research scientist, “more than 40 million people worldwide have Alzheimer’s disease, and that number is expected to increase drastically in the coming years.” With this statistic in mind, it may be easy to feel defeated. Fortunately, there are ways to fight against Alzheimer’s and dementia, some of which can be found with independent living solutions. Stand and help fight against Alzheimer’s disease and dementia with these tactics.

Stay Mentally Active

The most important way to prevent Alzheimer’s or to slow the progression is to stay mentally active. Every day, challenge yourself mentally by learning a new skill or trying a new hobby with formal education or games.

Learning new skills are great ways to help fight cognitive impairing diseases. Perhaps try practicing a new cooking technique, or a way of doing an everyday activity that challenges you. This can be something as simple as brushing your teeth with your non-dominant hand or spelling your name backwards.

Discovering a new hobby is great for anyone, at any age, and can create new levels of joy and excitement. If you have independent living solutions at your disposal, this may be as easy as signing up for a class to paint a vase, or to knit a sweater.

Formal education can spark neurons and create new connections in the brain to fight against Alzheimer’s and dementia. Teach yourself a few phrases in a foreign language or study a new scientific theory.

Mentally stimulating games are an effective, and fun way to protect yourself from cognitive degeneration. There are plenty of games online, along with crosswords, sudokus, word crosses, and other games for your brain.

Stay Physically Active

It is important to understand how impactful daily exercise can be for your health. However, while it is excellent for your physical health, did you know it is good for your mental health as well? Exercising for 30 – 60 minutes several times a week can drastically decrease your chances of developing dementia.

Exercising often can:

  • Improve reasoning, thinking, and learning skills
  • Keep blood pumping to the brain
  • Delay start or slow the progression of cognitive impairments

As long as your health allows, it is important to ensure you are exercising daily. If you have to fight yourself to be active, there are independent living solutions that can help, such as group exercise or outings.

Eat More Healthy

Overall, healthy habits are essential for maintaining an active fight against Alzheimer’s and dementia. The Mediterranean diet has been given a lot of credit towards lowering the threat of Alzheimer’s disease. This diet is primarily composed of plant-based foods, such as fruits, vegetables, and legumes. The diet also limits red meat, utilizes herbs, and keeps sodium minimized. Other healthy eating habits to have are to limit your sugar intake, alcohol consumption, and try to make sure you stay on a regular eating schedule.

The threat of Alzheimer’s disease and dementia is very real, but there are ways that you can help fight it. Help fight against Alzheimer’s and dementia by making sure you stay mentally stimulated, physically active, and eat healthily. It is never too early to start cognitive impairment prevention!

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Why Move into Senior Living Sooner than Later?

Many seniors may say that they would rather stay at home than move into a senior living community. In reality, the quality of life living in a lifelong home may be unhealthy. Without a community of seniors living together, an individual may also face dangerous levels of social isolation and extreme costs of care. It is also essential to make important decisions about your life while you still have complete ability to do so. Here are the 5 benefits of moving into a senior living community sooner than later:

1. Improved Nutrition

For a lot of Americans, dining is a social experience. Getting older should not limit us from experiencing new things. Being isolated at home can also lead to poor nutrition in food choices, eating frequency, and food quality. Living in a senior community provides opportunities for social interactions while eating. At CaraVita Village, the exceptional dining experience guarantees nutritious food with the choice of set meal times or the option to come and go as you please, just like you did while living in your own home.

2. Find Your Friends

Not only will moving into a senior living community offer interaction with dining, but with a multitude of options. At CaraVita Village, you can socialize at the various luxurious amenities such as the pool. Simply taking a walk around the community poses an opportunity to interact with friends and like-minded individuals. CaraVita Village also offers rooming options for living with a roommate in the spacious apartments. Living with a roommate will provide for a more affordable living while also providing a companion to socialize with daily. You never have to feel lonely again!

3. Access to Care

When living in a senior community, you have better care options and more accessibility to care. Most offer 24/7 nursing options in case of emergencies or medication administration. Various communities provide nursing staff, visiting physicians, medical technicians, and a physical therapist. At CaraVita Village, not only are individuals there for your health care needs, but those individuals genuinely care about our residents. Employees specialize in senior care and have their own connection or reason for caring so deeply.

4. Safety and Savings

According to the National Council of Aging, “Every 11 seconds, an older adult is treated in the emergency room for a fall; every 19 minutes, an older adult dies from a fall.” The number of senior slip and falls in America is scary enough when loved ones are providing care, residing alone an accident can be fatal. A senior living community has close friends and neighbors to ensure no residents are in danger. There is also attentive and competent staff to protect residents and ensure they are remaining active daily. With a home, there has to be constant maintenance provided that can be dangerous for older adults. Let us ensure that the living space is safe. CaraVita Village takes safety as seriously as we take providing affordability to seniors and their families. With all-inclusive amenities, on-site activities, and various living options, seniors can enjoy their time while saving money at CaraVita Village.

5. Have A Say

Remaining in control of your future is what everyone wants! Have a plan that takes into consideration various courses of action to prepare you for whatever life may throw your way. If you decide to move into senior living sooner rather than later, you can choose what type of living arrangement you want and not what you need. Moving into a senior living community early will provide you with more of a say in the amenities and aspects of the community you want.

Live your best life and live it with companions who care at CaraVita Village! Live a life of full health and nutrition. Live a life surrounded by friends. Live a safe experience. Live a life where you get to call the shots. For more information on moving into CaraVita Village, contact us.

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