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Trends and Benefits of Technology for Seniors

Seniors—a generation that’s seen telephones become palm-sized devices and computers go from filling a room to fitting in a pouch—are using today’s technology in many ways, from staying in touch with loved ones to managing their health. Smartphone ownership has risen among older adults ages 65 and up; today, about half who own cellphones have Read More…

Winter Exercise Tips for Seniors

We all need exercise at any age, and the National Institute of Aging recommends at least 30 minutes of vigorous activity in your routine every day. Physical activity helps older adults improve and maintain balance, flexibility, muscle strength, and endurance. But when the winter comes, it’s not easy to get outside for those brisk walks Read More…

Making the Transition to a Retirement Community

Moving from your long-time home to a retirement community brings about a lot of change which can be difficult for many people. Leaving the place where many memories were created can bring up strong emotions, moving away from old friends or the thought of going to a new place may trigger feelings of uncertainty. However, Read More…

National Assisted Living Week: Assisted Living with Creative Flair

National Assisted Living Week (NALW) takes place every September and at Lester Senior Living, our residents embrace it with great enthusiasm. We celebrated every day in our Weston Assisted Living Residence from Sunday, September 8 through Friday, September 13. Thanks to our community life coordinator, Keisha McDonald, the week is always filled with great programs Read More…

Pet Therapy Brings Comfort and Joy to Seniors

There are many benefits of canine therapy in for seniors. While people often think of the furry therapists as visiting hospitals, rehab centers and nursing homes, many do not realize that older adults in senior living communities also benefit from these visits. Science has proven that interaction with gentle, friendly pets: Lowers blood pressure Reduces Read More…

Tips for Seniors to Maintain a Healthy Blood Pressure

High blood pressure (also called hypertension) is a common issue—and major health problem—among many older adults. High blood pressure can lead to other dangerous conditions in the kidney, the eye, and heart. It can be controlled with medication and by adopting a healthier lifestyle. But what exactly constitutes and causes high blood pressure in seniors? Read More…

The Benefits of Lifelong Learning for Seniors

In the 1990s, brain research showed that a stimulated mind promotes a healthy brain and helps us retain mental alertness as we age. In fact, scientists discovered that even an aging brain can grow new connections and pathways when challenged and stimulated. It appears that learning new skills or taking up new hobbies can help Read More…

The Importance of Advance Directives for Older Adults

If even you or a loved one is not suffering from a chronic or life-limiting illness, no one can ever know when he or she might be in severe pain or too ill to express their wishes about the kind of medical care they want to receive. To avoid confusion or conflict among family, friends Read More…

Music is Good for the Soul—and Health—at Any Age

As babies, we fell asleep to lullabies. As young children, many of us enjoyed banging on drums and participating in singalongs. When we got older, we danced to popular tunes and turned up the volume in the car radio when a favorite song came on. During one’s retirement years, there are many reasons to continue Read More…

Mindfulness and meditation for older adults

Mindfulness, coupled with meditation (also referred to as mindfulness meditation) is gaining popularity among people of all ages and walks of life. Mindfulness is all about truly being in the moment, maintaining a full awareness and non-judgmental acceptance of one’s thoughts, feelings, bodily sensations, and surrounding environment, often accessed through the practice of meditation. When Read More…

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