Retirement

Beating the Retirement Blues

Most people have their own visions of life after retirement. Some plan on taking trips, taking up an old hobby or spending more time with family and friends. However, things don’t always turn out as expected.

Retirees often find themselves feeling like they’re losing their sense of purpose and end up experiencing feelings of depression and anxiety. Also known as the retirement blues, these feelings can be pretty difficult to cope with and their management requires a considerable amount of time and energy.

Here are some tips that can help you deal with post-retirement blues.

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4 Ways Socializing Benefits Older Adults

Humans, regardless of their age, have an innate need to socialize. Having a strong network of friends and family is essential for the emotional well-being of every individual, regardless of their age. However, keeping up with loved ones can sometimes be a challenge for older adults a.k.a seniors.

Health issues, mobility limitations, and decline of energy are some factors associated with old age that tend to leave a strong impact on the social life of elders. Absence of consistent social interactions can lead to deterioration of the cognitive health of seniors and may even result in reduced self-esteem. On the other hand, maintaining an active social life can decrease stress, lower anxiety levels and increase lifespan in seniors.

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Reducing Joint Pain in the Winters - Senior Care

According to studies by the Centers of Disease Control and Prevention, an estimated 15 million U.S. citizens reported arthritis related severe joint pain in 2015. Decreasing temperatures can be devastating for individuals suffering from joint pain, as persistent pain tends to worsen in low temperatures.

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Muscle Building After 60: Paving The Path For Healthy Aging

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As we age, our body’s functions deteriorate at several levels. We may be faced with changes in our musculoskeletal or cardiovascular health, we may experience restricted mobility. While these are all experiences that we can try to prepare for mentally and with our habits, what most seniors do not prepare for is age-related muscle loss, also known as sacropenia.

Sacropenia can start as early as 30 years in some cases and can cause a decrease of up to 5% muscle mass each decade.

Symptoms and Causes

Sacropenia may result in a reduction of the body’s ability to convert protein into energy. This may also lead to a decrease in muscle size and a loss of muscle fibers. The loss in energy may induce weakness, a decreased in stamina and may lead to a reduction in physical activity. Those suffering from sacropenia may also experience low levels of hormones, difficulty in maintaining balance and climbing stairs.

Sacropenia has the potential to greatly impact and impair a person’s functionality. Hence, it is crucial that a regular fitness regimen be in place to help you recover from the loss of muscle mass. Here are a few recommendations.

Ensuring Proper Nutritional Intake

As we age, our body’s daily calorie requirement lowers but we still need several other nutritional needs to account for. A balanced diet that includes lean protein, nuts, greens such as broccoli and spinach as well as food that is plentiful in calcium is a pre-requisite of a healthy diet for seniors. It is also crucial to take multivitamins daily and ensure that you are hydrated sufficiently.

Increase Reps, Not Weights

Increasing weights may lead to overexertion. Rely instead, on increasing the number of reps per exercise so that each muscle group is worked sufficiently to retain its mass. Break away from the typical pattern of 10 reps per set and work each muscle until you begin to feel fatigue.man exercising in gym

 

Recovery Time Is Important!

According to research, it is more difficult for us to recover our muscles after a workout when we are older, as opposed to when we are younger. This means that older adults may subject themselves to the risks of overtraining, increasing their chances of overexertion and injury. It is therefore recommended that the workouts be spaced with rest days in between. Another way to ensure that you give yourself enough time to recover is by alternating between strength training and cardio workouts.

Looking for a senior living facility that helps seniors age healthily? Reach out to AvantGarde.

AvantGarde is a senior living facility and retirement community in Tarzana, CA that provides services in assisted living, elder care and memory care for Alzheimer’s and dementia patients.

Book a tour at the AvantGarde facility, by calling (818) 881-0055 or visit their website for an online tour!

 


Risks of Caring for Someone with Alzheimer’s Disease

Alzheimer’s Disease is a challenging condition for the individual dealing with it and their loved ones and caretaker(s). Caring for someone with this debilitating condition requires precise care, and if handled incorrectly, can be risky for both the patient and the caregiver.Read more


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How to Choose the Right Senior Living Community for a Loved One

Choosing a senior care facility for your loved is one of the most difficult decisions you’ll ever make. But, it’s also one of the most important ones!

It’s understandable that you’re not sure where to begin and are struggling with so many options to choose from. Choosing the right facility isn’t easy but it’s not impossible either!

There are probably hundreds of assisted-living facilities nearby but only one of them will be the right choice. Here’s what you should take into consideration when making a decision:

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Assisted Living

3 Simple Tips to Help A Loved One Adjust to Assisted Living

Moving to an assisted facility can be a life-changing event for seniors. It can have a significant impact on them as well as their families.

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It is, therefore, crucial to make the transition as smooth as possible. Below are some simple tips to help your loved one adapt to assisted living:

House reminders

Once your loved one moves into an assisted living facility, you can help them adjust to their new lifestyle by offering subtle hints of home.

For example, you can bring them their favorite book, cushion or a family photo album. This will make them feel more comfortable and relaxed.

Ask your loved one what they are missing from their home and bring it to them. At the same time, you can decorate your loved one’s new room to make them feel at home. Ask the facility members about the options you and your loved one have for decorating the room.

Stay in touch

It goes without that you must make an effort to visit your loved at least once every week. Visit and call them regularly.

Your loved one will be glad to see familiar faces in their new home. More importantly, visiting frequently will give you peace of mind that your loved one is receiving the care they need.

Before visiting your loved one, plan some fun activities for them. Give them presents, a card or anything that will make them feel loved.

Socializing

Many seniors struggle to adjust to a new environment. They often respond by cutting themselves off from others. Isolation can take a toll on a senior’s mental and physical health and well-being.

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Encourage your loved one to socialize with other people in assisted living facility. Participating in group classes, games and other events will enhance their social skills and mental stimulation.

Getting used to a new environment can be daunting and overwhelming. With love, encouragement and support, your loved one’s transition to assisted living becomes easier and pain-free.

If you are searching for a reputable assisted living community near you, let AvantGarde Senior Living & Memory Care take care of your loved one’s needs. We provide comprehensive assisted living services for seniors in Tarzana, Los Angeles. We understand that each senior has a unique set of interests and needs. That is why we offer living arrangements that suit their lifestyle with personalized care and personal assistance.

Find out more information about our assisted living program online.

 


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Healthy Aging: Keeping Your Senior’s Mind Active

We often remind ourselves to exercise physically but we seldom remind ourselves to train our brains. It is important to encourage your seniors to stay fit both physically and mentally. When they participate in activities that challenge their brains, not only will they maintain good health, it will also greatly boost their mood.

It is important that seniors consistently participate in activities that help them keep mentally fit. Engaging the brain in creative ways will promote emotional and physical rejuvenation. It will also help them ward off degenerative mental illnesses such as Alzheimer’s or Dementia.Read more


The Seniors Guide to Maintaining Independence In Assisted Living Facilities

A lot of seniors would prefer living in their own homes because it provides them a sense of security, and most importantly, a sense of independence. Everyone likes to have a degree of control in their lives, but as people age, not everything remains under their control.Read more


Moving Into an Assisted Living Facility – 5 Things to Keep In Mind

Moving can be overwhelming for anyone, more so for an older family member who may have spent decades in the place, creating memories. Leaving a familiar surrounding to move to a new home such as an assisted living facility can be tough.Read more