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What Does It Mean To Offer Care “In The Jewish Tradition?”

While JCHC is an organization founded to help Jewish seniors in the North Jersey area, that doesn’t mean we don’t want to help everyone. It turns out that living in a residence operating in a Jewish tradition is actually a philosophy that benefits everyone, and restricts no one regardless of religion, race, creed, age, or social status.

At JCHC We believe that nurturing mind, body, and soul is what keeps our independent and assisted living residents happy and healthy. Our goal is to empower our seniors while allowing them to live fully and safely. Care in the Jewish tradition is based on these values, Chesed (kindness/love), Kavod (respect), Tikkun Olam (repairing the world), and Tzedakah (charity). Regardless of who you worship, we feel these values can relate to anyone and everyone.

Senior Activities at JCHC

We do this by keeping a busy daily activity calendar as well as opportunities to enjoy the quiet on our patio or lovely nature walks. It’s your choice how to spend your time. At JCHC, delicious food is a priority in nourishing the body and soul, as well as the company we enjoy that food with. Monday through Friday consists of restaurant-style meals in our elegant, community dining room. Our chefs are happy to cater to any dietary restrictions, kosher or vegetarian for example.

Senior Amenities at JCHC

Some of the amenities you will enjoy at JCHC include a beauty/barbershop, a convenience store with pantry items and fresh produce, private dining rooms for when you’re entertaining family and friends, in addition to a card room, computer center, art studio, movie theater, fitness center, and lending library.

At JCHC our services range from senior housing, independent living, and assisted living to memory care and respite care. At all of our locations, we provide a culture based on our core values. Providing our residents with opportunities for fulfilling intellectual, physical, social, and spiritual activities. We maintain supportive, joyful communities where residents can engage in sharing life’s experiences. Our goal is to nurture a sense of pride and common purpose among staff, board members, and volunteers. If you or a loved one is looking for independent senior living, please contact our experts at JCHC Senior housing Community at https://jchcorp.org/

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

Senior Health: How to Reduce Stress

Someone once said, “The greatest weapon against stress is our ability to choose one thought over another,” – which couldn’t be more true. We have the power to take control of our stress and redirect the energy into something more positive. Stress that goes unmanaged has a detrimental effect on our well-being. Especially for older adults, it significantly increases the risk of anxiety, depression, digestive issues, sleep problems, heart disease, and even memory impairments. That’s why it’s so important to face stress head-on with methods that are proven to ease tension and promote good mental health. In this article, our independent living team at JCHC will go over the signs of stress and what seniors can do to successfully manage it.

Signs of stress in seniors

Indications that your senior loved one could be suffering from stress include:

  • Changes in eating habits, including overeating or loss of appetite.
  • An onset of memory problems, including forgetfulness, lack of concentration or poor judgment.
  • Body aches, increased pain or increased frequency of illness.
  • Mood swings, depression or increased irritability.
  • Sudden isolation and refusal to socialize.

Tips for reducing stress in seniors

  • Practice meditation: Meditation is a powerful calming technique that helps focus on breathing and relaxation. However, if it isn’t right for your loved one, choose another calming activity like painting, going for a walk, swimming or reading in a quiet room.
  • Make healthy diet choices: Stress and tiredness can lead to making poor dietary decisions, which lead to yet more stress and fatigue. Help dad resist the urge to reach for a candy bar and choose whole grains, fruits, vegetables, fish and lean meats instead. Holding him accountable on a daily basis can help effectively break this cycle.
  • Listen to music: Listening to music is a well-known relaxation technique, reducing cortisol (the stress hormone) as well as blood pressure. Gentle, calming classical music or even the sound of the ocean will help invoke feelings of calmness. While more fast-paced, upbeat music can increase levels of dopamine (the feel-good hormone).
  • Join a club: Studies have shown that participants in social clubs and activities are far less likely to suffer from loneliness, stress, and depression. Find an activity or hobby mom enjoys, like gardening or reading, and see if there are local senior clubs in the area for her to join. Or if mom resides in a senior living community, get in touch with their activity coordinators to see what kinds of activities/social clubs they are offering on a regular basis.
  • Get active: Regular exercise directly reduces stress and boosts both mental and physical health. What’s more, you don’t have to do a lot of it — just 20 minutes a day is needed to get most of the benefits of exercise. Activities like walking, dancing and yoga are all great options for seniors. However, it’s essential to consult your loved one’s physician first in order to ensure the new exercise will not put them at risk of injury or overexertion.

Assisted Living Services for Independent Seniors in Whippany NJ

At Lester Senior Living, we prioritize a stress-free environment — allowing residents to enjoy their senior living community, friends, and social activities while we manage the nuances of day-to-day living. With comfortable, open-plan apartments, a lively community spirit and an events calendar filled with activities, we offer a welcoming and easy-going atmosphere for all of our senior residents.

In addition to assisted living, Lester also offers independent living, comprehensive memory care, and short-term respite stays. For more information about our assisted living facility in Whippany NJ, please contact us to schedule a tour or 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/