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5 Tips to Improve Senior Joint Health

One of the biggest health challenges facing seniors today is keeping bones and joints healthy and strong. Unfortunately, as we get older the cartilage that cushions your joints wear down, eventually leading to inflammation and pain. However, there are a few things you can do to help relieve this pain and protect your joints from more wear-and-tear. Our dedicated staff members at Lester Senior Living have put together their 5 best tips to improve senior joint health, as they care for and keep senior residents independent.

  1. Get off the couch: Exercise builds strong muscle tissue that helps provide protection for your joints. A good exercise routine includes walking or swimming, lifting light weights, gentle stretching and movement to strengthen balance. These help ensure you maintain a healthy weight, build bone and muscle tissue, improve range of motion and help prevent falls. However, in order to make sure that you are exercising safely and within your health guidelines be sure to consult a doctor before you start your fitness journey.
  2. Eat well: A healthy diet contains the vitamins and nutrients your body needs to keep muscles and joints in good repair. Foods like almonds, avocados and oily fish (like tuna, salmon and sardines) are rich in Omega-3 fatty acids that fight inflammation and keep nerve tissue healthy, while protein helps the body build muscle tissue. In addition, be sure to include vitamin D and calcium for their bone-strengthening properties.
  3. Lose excess weight: If you are above the healthy weight range recommended by medical practitioners, it’s a good idea to start a healthy weight loss regime to take the extra pressure off your joints. This will include diet and exercise appropriate to your current requirements.
  4. Get creative: If traditional exercise doesn’t sound appealing to you, then think outside the box! Gardening is a great way to give your body the exercise it needs, as are nature walks and dance lessons. Joining a few classes or clubs is also a great way to meet new friends and make getting fit a fun experience.
  5. Get the right shoes: There are lots of great looking shoes out there, but many don’t actually provide the orthopedic support your feet and joints require. Look for exercise and casual shoes that have good grip and properly support your feet and ankles, as these will help keep your joints healthy and prevent joint pain.

Healthy independent living for seniors in New Jersey

Lester Senior Living is a beautiful, comfortable and health-conscious independent living community serving seniors in Morris County, NJ. Our dedicated and compassionate staff members help residents through their tasks of daily living, such as cleaning, meal preparation and getting dressed. We also encourage all residents to get involved within our community as we offer many monthly activities and social clubs. Some of our favorite activities include fitness classes, like “Sit & Be Fit,” “Stretch & Flex,” and “Move to The Groove.” If you’re new to our fitness classes, our staff members would be happy to provide extra assistance and modify all exercises to your needs.

To find out more about our independent living services and offerings, please contact us today to schedule a tour or visit our website at: https://jchcorp.org

Core Strength Exercises for Seniors

Core strength exercises improve the fitness of the stomach, back, hips and pelvis. These muscles are important for improving balance and stability, as well as posture. For seniors, these exercises are a good way to help reduce risk of falls and make walking and other daily tasks much easier. Which, might we add, is key to retaining independence in your golden years. With that said, here are some easy core exercises for seniors from our independent living coordinators at JCHC.

Safety note: If you are unsure of how to do the exercises or require assistance in performing them correctly and safely, please speak to your doctor or physical therapist before attempting any new movements. 

  • The Bridge: This exercise focuses on the muscles in your buttocks, lower back and stomach. Start by lying flat on your back on a yoga mat with your knees bent and feet flat on the floor. Slowly lift your torso to create a straight line between your knees and your chest. Be careful not to arch your back. Hold for three seconds and slowly go back to the start position. Repeat five times.
  • Leg Lifts: In this exercise, your pelvic muscles and lower stomach muscles are strengthened. Start flat on your back on a yoga mat. Contract your stomach muscles as you lift one leg about five inches off the floor, without bending at the knee. Hold for three seconds and slowly go back to the start position. Then, do the same with your other leg. Repeat five times.
  • Seated Side Bends: This will focus on the muscles that run down your torso. Sit on a chair with your feet flat on the ground. Put one of your hands behind your head and stretch the other out parallel to the ground. Now bend down to the side as if using that hand to pick something up, hold for three seconds and return to your start position. Do the same with your other arm and repeat five times.
  • The Superman: Named because it resembles Superman flying through the air, this exercise strengthens your lower back. Lie face down on the floor on a yoga mat, keeping your arms stretched out in front of you. Now raise your head, right arm and left leg at the same time to about two inches off the ground. Hold this position for three seconds and return to the start position. Do the same thing with your left arm and right leg. Repeat five times.

Fitness programs for independent seniors in New Jersey

If your loved one in independent living would like to improve their quality of health and wellbeing through fitness, our dedicated team at Lester Senior Living is here to assist them. We have a community calendar filled each month with different fitness classes to satisfy every resident’s mobility, such as “Stretch & Flex,” “Sit and Be Fit” and “Cha Cha Chair Dancing” – just to name a few. Our trained instructors are ready to assist or modify each exercise for your loved one to ensure their safety is the top priority at all times. 

In addition to our fitness programs, our communities also offer more advanced senior care services like assisted living and memory support for those with Alzheimer’s and dementia. To learn more about our senior health and wellness programs in New Jersey, contact JCHC today or visit our website at: https://jchcorp.org

 

5 Benefits of Independent Living Communities for Aging Seniors

If you are concerned with the safety and security of your elderly loved one, you might want to consider independent living. Independent living is ideal for individuals who can still live without assistance, but enjoy the peace of mind of having access to help with daily tasks when needed. In this article, the team at JCHC will discuss five key benefits of independent living for our senior residents at Lester Senior Living and Village Apartments

Independent Living Benefits at JCHC Communities

  1. Senior-friendly housing – With high-quality, apartment living, seniors are able to downscale from costly, high-maintenance houses with ease. Accommodations at JCHC’s Lester Senior Living and Village Apartments are designed for easy navigation (whether a resident is mobile, using a walker or in a wheelchair), compact and free of potential hazards.
  2. Social Interaction – Independent living encourages residents to participate in the community at a level where they are comfortable. With year-round events, movie nights, clubs, fitness centers, and more on-site, you can easily reach out and connect with the rest of the community and your fellow residents.
  3. Safety and Security –In the basic sense, this means protecting access to the JCHC community in question. It also means ensuring that our residents’ needs are met and emergencies are discovered and responded to in a timely fashion. At Lester and Village, we solve this by taking care of all maintenance, offering residents 24-hour safety pendants and security personnel on-site.
  4. Free Time – The most common reason that seniors transition from their own homes to JCHC independent living is the freedom gained. Downsizing from a large home minimizes personal chores, errands and time spent on home maintenance. Residents find that independent living gives them the time to pursue other long-delayed interests, like mahjong, gardening and yoga – just to name a few!
  5. Independence – Lester Senior Living and Village Apartments have the same goals as their residents – to keep them as independent as possible without infringing on dignity or privacy. This means we only provide the support as you need it, within the community. Additional amenities include social programs, university-level classes, laundry services, housekeeping services, scheduled transportation, and more.

At JCHC, our aim is to ensure that each of our independent living residents at Lester and Village maintain their dignity, quality of life and independence. Our programs ensure residents are encouraged to get involved with the communities at a level they are comfortable with and we tailor our services to ensure that each resident gets the support they require to live a full and happy life. 

For more information about independent living in Morris County, visit our website at: https://jchcorp.org/

 

Understanding the Difference Between Assisted Living and Independent Living

Ultimately the choice between assisted living and independent living should be determined by the needs of your elderly loved one. If an aging adult has difficulties with daily activities or anticipates their needs changing in the near future, he or she may want to consider moving to an assisted or independent living community. To make the best decision, it is helpful to fully understand the differences between these lifestyle options at Lester Senior Living in NJ

What is Independent Living? 

Independent living is ideal for individuals who can still live without assistance but enjoy the peace of mind of having access to assistance when needed. An independent lifestyle minimizes personal chores and errands along with the costs and stress of homeownership.

Independent living services include:

  • Housekeeping.
  • Handyman/maintenance services.
  • Meal options.
  • 24-hour security and wearable alert pendants
  • Utilities cost (excluding cable television and telephone).
  • Transport services.
  • Social activities within the community.
  • Scalable services to increase support as and when it is required.

What is Assisted Living? 

Assisted living is designed for seniors who can no longer live safely on their own but don’t require advanced medical care like that provided by a nursing home. As part of an assisted living program, a resident would move into a private apartment in the community that offers an ideal living space – compact, easy to navigate and fitted with grab bars and a walk-in shower with seating.

Assisted living will ensure you stay as independent as possible with access to support services, including:

  • Housekeeping.
  • Handyman/maintenance services.
  • Health monitoring.
  • Three meals daily and snacks
  • Reminders for daily activities/medication reminders.
  • Personal care and hygiene assistance.
  • Transport services.
  • 24-hour security and wearable alert pendants.
  • Social activities within the community.

When considering independent senior living options, it is usually a good idea to plan with the future in mind. For more information about JCHC communities, please visit our website at: https://jchcorp.org/

4 Reasons Seniors Choose an Independent Living Lifestyle

There are many reasons behind the choice to move to an independent living community. Most of them depend on mom or dad’s current health status and lifestyle requirements. This type of lifestyle is typically desired by aging adults who are relatively healthy and need minimal to no support in order to complete daily activities. What makes this option so attractive? Here are the reasons we most often hear at Lester Independent Living in Whippany, NJ:

  • Maintaining independence – Independent living communities are designed to keep seniors as independent as possible for as long as possible, allowing your loved one to maintain the lifestyle they prefer. In these communities, most of the support is aimed at reducing stress (maintenance, housekeeping and meals, among others) in order to give mom or dad more time to spend on the pursuits they love.

  • Staying active – Most seniors really value having a physically active life and would like to stay mobile for as long as possible. Independent living offers the ideal support for this, firstly through housing which minimizes the risk of falls and injury and secondly, through amenities such as clubs, social gatherings, and fitness centers which allow seniors to get active within their community and with peers their own age.

  • Safety – For many seniors, personal and medical security is understandably important. An independent living community offers both in a way that is highly efficient and unobtrusive. From easy-to-navigate apartments, with smoke detectors and medical alert systems to 24-hour security and on-site home health services, seniors can relax knowing that support is right there when they need it.

  • Scalable services – Moving can be difficult. This is why leading independent living communities offer scalable services which change to accommodate your needs, as required. In some cases, this allows seniors to stay independent and in the comfort of their own apartment throughout their stay in the community. If higher levels of care are required, they can be accessed under the same roof.

How to Find High-Quality Independent Living for Seniors 

At the Jewish Community Housing Corporation, our aim is to ensure each of our residents maintain their quality of life and independence. Our programs encourage residents to get involved with the community at a level they are comfortable with. We tailor our services to make sure each resident gets the help and support they require to live a full and happy life as they age. 

For more information about our independent living apartments in Essex or Morris County, please contact the JCHC today or visit our website at: https://jchcorp.org/