Nature can play a positive role in our lives at every age. For older adults or people with memory loss, the benefits can be even more pronounced. Interacting with nature can provide a sense of connectedness and peace. The Japanese call immersing in nature shinrin-yoku, which translates to forest bathing.
The holidays are a time when adult children often travel home to celebrate the season with aging parents. For some families, it’s the first time in months they have been together. If you’ve been wondering how well your loved one is managing their health and home, this visit can provide you with a low-key way to determine that firsthand.
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This month we feature a month-long celebration as well as two one-day celebrations that help us reflect on our world.
October brings fall colors with changing leaves, but you will also find pink ribbons prominent in this month to celebrate Breast Cancer Awareness month. One in 8 women in the United States will be diagnosed with breast cancer in her lifetime. In 2023, an estimated 297,790 women and 2,800 men will be diagnosed with invasive breast cancer. Chances are, you know at least one person who has been personally affected by breast cancer. I have experienced this personally as my mother was diagnosed in her 60’s, and I have a niece who was diagnosed in her 30’s.
Prioritizing mental health and well-being is necessary for seniors to maintain a fulfilling and happy life. In recognition of the recent World Mental Health Day on October 10, Nancy Pilkington, MSW, LSW, Presbyterian Senior Living Corporate Director of Resident Services, shares three keys to mental health and well-being for seniors:
The annual Medicare open enrollment period has arrived! This eight-week process begins on October 15th each year and runs through December 7th. During this time, Medicare recipients can make changes to their existing plan. If you are preparing to review your current Medicare coverage or help a parent with theirs, it’s common to feel confused and unsure about how to begin.