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How to Stay Active During the Winter in Your Retirement Community

Posted on: January 16th, 2017 by hhmin

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During the winter months, most people prefer to stay in their homes and keep warm as opposed to going outdoors and battling the chilly wind. For senior citizens living in retirement communities, getting out seems like even more of a chore. Part of living an active lifestyle is making sure you get out amongst friends to socialize. It’s easy to become complacent and stay in most days, but it isn’t good for you. Here are a few things you can do to maintain an active lifestyle this winter.

Plan a Weekly Bible Study Within The Senior Living Community

Starting up a weekly Bible study is a great way to get friends together while learning something in the process. There are many different types of studies to choose from that focus on various topics that will interest the whole group. Plan to meet up in someone’s apartment or in a common area at your senior living community. Fellowship like this can really boost everyone’s spirits and make the winter seem less daunting.

Take a Walk

While not easily done for some people, those who enjoy independent living should make time everyday to go outside and take a walk for some fresh air. Bring someone with you to chat with and share the experience. Bundle up with a cozy jacket and brew a warm cup of coffee to sip while on your walk. Fresh air is so important for your mental and physical health. If going outdoors doesn’t seem like something you’d enjoy, walk the halls with a friend everyday to get some exercise!

Find a Hobby to Share with Senior Living Residents

Some people have life-long hobbies, while others find them later in life. If you don’t have a hobby, consider finding something new to enjoy with other people. For some people, scrapbooking is a great creative outlet that’s fun to do with others. Get a group together and share memories, ideas, and fellowship while making something you and your family will cherish for years to come.

If crafting isn’t your thing, try something that will give you a mental challenge like chess. As people grow older, it’s important that they keep learning new things and developing their minds. Chess or other games of strategy, are a great way to do this!

Get Involved with the Assisted Living Community

Depending on your ability to do so, consider volunteering in the local community. Whether it’s simply sitting at a desk greeting visitors at a museum or something more active, get involved with a non-profit and stay busy! Keeping your mind and body active can significantly improve your health.

Find New Friends and Community at Holly Hall

Growing older doesn’t have to be boring. Join our independent living community in Houston, Texas! Our residents mean the world to us and we’d love the opportunity to show you around our community. Get in touch with us to learn more or schedule a tour!

New Years Resolutions for Caring for Your Senior Living Loved One

Posted on: January 9th, 2017 by hhmin

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Since the holidays are over and all the sugar cookies have been eaten and the decorations taken down, you’re probably making your New Year’s resolutions. While most people vow to eat healthy and go to the gym, there are other less generic resolutions you can make. One of them should be spending time with and caring for your senior loved one. At Holly Hall, we know how important it is for our residents to keep close connections with their families. Here are a few things you can do to take better care of your older family members this year.

Spend Time With Them in Their Senior Living Home

You would think this would be obvious to most people, but sometimes it isn’t. Or, more often than not, people simply get busy and their priorities shift to other things. This year, make a promise to yourself that you’ll visit your loved one several times a month, providing that you’re local to the Houston area. If you aren’t, make it a priority to call him or her a few times a week. Whether your loved one is part of an independent living community or simply lives on his or her own, make communication an important part of your life.

Keep Up With Their Medical Issues

For some seniors, a yearly checkup is all they need, but for others, the medical problems span much wider than just a doctor’s visit. It’s easy to get lost in all the medical terms and not understand what’s going on with your loved one. However, it’s important that you try to keep yourself abreast of any medical issues he or she is having, who his or her doctors are and in which areas t they specialize. This matters not only because your family member needs you to know what’s going on, but also because you want to make sure he or she is getting the best care possible. At Holly Hall, we strive to provide our health care living residents with the care they deserve.

Send Fun Surprises To Assisted Living Residents

Everyone loves to get mail, particularly those who didn’t grow up in the social-media era. Older adults will love having a surprise waiting for them in their mailbox every once in a while. Sometimes, things like a book to read or children’s artwork can really brighten the day of an adult living in an independent living community. Make an effort to simply send a letter or something of the sort every so often.

Let Holly Hall Senior Community Help

We understand that you have a busy life and might not always have time to care for an aging adult in your family. That’s where we come in. Our staff at Holly Hall makes your loved one a priority every day. Their happiness is vital to the health of our community and we want your family member to feel loved and cared for here. To learn more about us, give us a call!