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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…

When it’s Time for a Change—and Assisted Living

Many older adults wish to maintain their independence for as long as possible, remaining in their home. However, as we age, this often becomes potentially dangerous for many seniors without taking certain precautions or without help (as well as increasingly challenging). For older adults who need help in the house, companion services or home health Read More…

Eat Your Peas & Carrots! The Importance of Good Nutrition at Every Age

Even the most active of older adults may find it difficult to keep up with creating and eating nutritious meals. There are many reasons, such as trouble chewing, decreased sense of taste or smell, dietary restrictions due to physical conditions, medication side effects, mobility issues (hard to shop or cook), or feeling isolated or lonely. Read More…

A Chance to Plant the Seeds for Future Generations of Our Seniors

With the calendar year ending and tax planning on many people’s minds, it’s a good time to remind our residents, their families and our supporters about JCHC’s Circle of Life legacy giving program. This philanthropic opportunity enables anyone to make an after-lifetime gift to the JCHC that will support our future residents’ needs and enrich Read More…

Winter Wellness & Safety Tips for Older Adults

The winter months are here—with cold temperatures, dry air, and snow and ice. Here are some tips to help seniors stay safe and well this season. Home safety. Smoke and CO2 detectors are essential when windows are shut tight. If you use a space heater, turn it off when you leave. Protect against indoor trip Read More…

How Person-Centered Care can Alleviate Sundowning in People with Dementia

If you have a loved one with dementia, you may have seen or dealt with the issue of sundowning—problems sleeping or increases in behavioral problems that start at dusk (sundown) and can last into the night. Sundowning usually peaks in the middle stages of Alzheimer’s and other dementias and eventually diminishes as the disease progresses. Read More…

When it’s Time for a Change—and Assisted Living

Many older adults wish to maintain their independence for as long as possible, remaining in their home. However, as we age, this often becomes potentially dangerous for many seniors without taking certain precautions or without help (as well as increasingly challenging). For older adults who need help in the house, companion services or home health Read More…

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