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4 Aging Myths Debunked by Senior Living

Posted on: July 10th, 2018 by hhmin

Myths Debunked About Senior LivingGrowing older comes with many myths and beliefs about senior living and seniors in general that simply aren’t true. Yes, certain aspects of your or your loved one’s life may change, but being concerned with myths heard from incorrect sources is something to be ignored.

By taking a look at what senior living and assisted living care have to offer community members, it is clear that many of these myths are easily busted with activities and care levels provided to all involved.

1. Your Wit Dulls When You Age

When most people think of seniors and aging, one of the first things that come to mind is losing your mental capacities. Yes, people higher up in age may need some help remembering which medications to take or when bills need to be paid, but mental strength is something that is never completely lost.

Like a muscle, your brain needs to be worked-out regularly. By promoting mind-stimulating activities with your loved one in senior living, you can ensure that their mental wit is something that will stick with them in a senior living community. Fortunately, for the community members at Holly Hall, we provide these types of mind-stimulating activities to every resident we care for.

2. Aging Means Loneliness

Senior living definitely does not equate to being lonely. Not only does a senior living community encourage families to visit loved ones, but we have many activities and opportunities for social interaction. Living in a retirement home serves as a wonderful opportunity for your loved one to make friends with similar interests or who can teach them something new. Social interaction is extremely important in a community and is a huge role in the success of Holly Hall.

3. You Become Unproductive

Much like social interaction, staying active is a must when it comes to successful aging. With senior living and assisted living communities as an option, being unproductive is taken off of the table. With a community like Holly Hall, your loved one has the chance to get involved with group activities, gatherings, and access to grounds that allow them to safely enjoy any outdoor activities that they may have loved in the past. At Holly Hall, we have several different types of exercise classes that keep residents active. One of our most popular selections is Tai Chi!

4. Senior Living is Unaffordable

One of the biggest myths about seniors and senior living Is that a retirement community is unaffordable. When it comes time for you or a loved one to start considering living at a senior living home, you can ensure that there are options when it comes to handling payment for this living opportunity.

There are several steps that you can take to help mitigate the costs of senior living. Some of them include:

  • Performing specific research,
  • Understand what a la carte is and what is inclusive in the community,
  • And look into long-term care insurance.

Holly Hall Retirement Home Helps Your Loved One Enjoy Senior Living

If you have a loved one that is in need of benefiting from a senior living community, Holly Hall is here to help. Our senior living, independent, and assisted living options have helped to create environments that allow our community members to enjoy their time spent at Holly Hall. Contact us today to find out more about our services and how to schedule a visit for your family.

Valentine’s Day Activities to Enjoy At Your Senior Living Residence

Posted on: February 10th, 2017 by hhmin

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Valentine’s Day is a favorite holiday for many people, senior living residents included. It’s a holiday all about love and it helps break up the monotony of the long winter. For some residents, they’ll spend the day with their loved one, but for others, it’s the perfect opportunity to spend time with their friends and enjoy each other’s company. If you’re looking for fun activities to do, we have some ideas for you!

Senior Community Movie Night

If your senior community enjoys getting together for movie nights, then they’ll love a Valentine’s movie night featuring classic romantic movies from yesteryear. Include yummy Valentine-themed snacks and a tasty punch to gather residents together. Select films that they’ll remember from their youth that they may not have seen in a while. A few memorable, classic romantic films your residents may love are:

  • Casablanca
  • Singin’ In the Rain
  • Breakfast at Tiffany’s
  • His Girl Friday
  • Sleepless in Seattle
  • How to Marry a Millionaire

Decorate Sugar Cookies

Who says sugar cookies are just for Christmas? Buy some pre-baked sugar cookies in the shapes of hearts and gather your independent living seniors together to ice and decorate the sweet treats. Stock up on pink, red, and white icing along with icing tubes for easy use. Add some fun sprinkles and little Valentine’s candies like conversation hearts for an even better outcome. Activities like these are fun to host and residents love them!

Play Valentine’s Bingo

Senior citizens always enjoy a good game of bingo. Create a Valentine’s themed bingo game complete with fun prizes to win. A few prizes could include gift cards to local restaurants, a single cup coffee maker, retro memorabilia, or even a new laptop as a high ticket item. These games will be full of laughs and great competitive spirit for everyone involved.

Valentine’s Tea With The Independent Living

Invite your health care living residents to come together for a special Valentine’s Day tea. Play romantic songs and classic swing music during the event. Create a “tea bar” with several kinds of teas, sugars, and milk for residents to choose from. Have a variety of tea sandwiches and cookies for residents to munch on during the event. Consider inviting local high school theater groups to perform during the tea for your residents. Students would appreciate the chance to get more experience acting and senior living adults will love having young people breathe new life into the community!

Let Holly Hall Assisted Living Be a Resource

If you’re planning events for your senior community or are looking for a place to call home, look no further than Holly Hall. Our staff are experts in retirement living and want the best for our residents and yours as well. Contact us for more information!

Fall Activities That Bring Retirement Communities Together

Posted on: October 12th, 2016 by hhmin

After a long, hot summer, everyone looks forward to the cooler temperatures that fall brings every year. Although Texas may not enjoy these temperatures until much later on in the season, we certainly embrace the fun fall-themed activities that come around every season here at Holly Hall Retirement Community in Houston. Our adult senior independent living community loves to get together for events and to celebrate each season. We think retirement should be fun and exciting, and we want our residents to feel the same way. Here are a few fun fall activities that residents always enjoy.

Oktoberfest For Independent Living Residents

Since Texas has many German influences intermixed with it’s western identity, many Texans enjoy celebrating the sights, sounds, and tastes of Oktoberfest. Our seniors sample many different German beers in traditional “beer tents” and get their fill of delicious German food like bratwurst or schnitzel. Many also sport laederhosen for fun! Holly Hall hosts an Oktoberfest event for our senior living residents that always brings a crowd. Social drinking events are an easy way to get people together for some laid back, relaxing fun.

Cooking Demonstrations

Events like these are fun to do throughout the year, but our favorite time to do them is during the fall. Making traditional fall dishes like apple pie, sweet potato casserole, and even pressing apple cider will always be a big hit for residents. Our October cooking demo is focused on creating pumpkin creme brûlée. This dish, although normally served at fancier restaurants, is the perfect thing to make that will have any senior living community in awe. Better yet, Holly Hall has it on their dining menu every month!

Holly Hall Senior Living Indoor Football Tailgate

Here in Houston, Texas, football is king! Your residents will love getting together to watch a good football game with all of the classic tailgating food. Gather everyone together and enjoy loading up your plates with things like chili, chips and dip, and a veggie tray. If you have residents that love to cook, consider doing a chili cook off. Nothing gets people excited like a little friendly competition! Holly Hall is conveniently located across the street from NRG Stadium, where the Texans play. When the Texans make the playoffs, we host many football themed events that our community looks forward to!

Trick-or-Treating

Your seniors in independent living aren’t going to want to go door-to-door in costumes, but they probably miss having trick-or-treaters coming to their homes. Have staff bring their children for an evening of trick-or-treating in the retirement community. Residents will love passing out candy to the kids and seeing their cute costumes. Your staff will also enjoy being able to incorporate their families into their daily work life. It’s a win for everyone!

Contact Holly Hall’s Senior Facility

We strive to be an important part of the retirement community in Houston. Our fall activities are geared toward bringing our residents together and making sure they feel like they’re vital members of Holly Hall. If you or your loved one might be interested in joining our thriving community, then get in touch with us! We’d love to show you around.

Long Distance Tips: How to Watch Over Your Aging Parent

Posted on: July 15th, 2016 by hhmin

Long Distance Tips How to Watch Over Your Aging ParentPlacing your parents into a retirement home can be a tough decision, especially if you live out of town or a long distance from them. For many children with retirement-aged parents, they are faced with the feeling or thought that they will lose the ability to oversee their parent’s care and daily happenings. However, that does not have to be the case. There are several ways that you can handle your responsibilities of caring for your parents while also giving them the ability to live in a place like a retirement or assisted living home.

4 Helpful Tips To Keep An Eye On Your Loved One

If you live a long distance from your parents, don’t worry. You can still be a devoted daughter or son. Here are four helpful tips that can help you watch over your parents even from afar.

Communicate and Listen

It’s always been said that communication is key in any relationship. The same goes for your aging parents, except now you also need to listen more than ever.

Communicating and listening to your parents can make a world of difference in determining what your parents actually need. From financial support to emotional help, whatever it may be, allowing your parents to stay involved in the decision and effectively communicate will only make the process easier for both them and yourself.

Set Up Regular Video Chats

Obviously, if you live out of town or out of the state,  you will have to speak with your parents to efficiently communicate and listen. While conversations on the phone might suffice, video chats can be much more informative. Think about it. When talking on the phone, it is a lot easier to mask things, whether it be emotionally or physically. That is why it is a good idea to give your parents a smartphone or tablet that is equipped with an easy-to-use video chat app like Facetime or Skype. Also, regular video chats between you and your parents can even help with senior isolation.  Holly Hall regularly helps residents Skype with family members around the world.

Build a Relationship with the Staff

Since you won’t be around daily, building relationships with the staff at your parents’ new independent living home is vital. This requires you to go far beyond the initial meeting you had with the staff during your tour. Ideally, these people will be your contact when you need to address any concerns involving your parents. Therefore, it is best to communicate with them on a regular basis as well. This opens up the lines of communication and makes it a bit easier for them to reach out to you when needed.

Be Organized

Organizing your household and your parents’ things may be tedious, but it is a must and can make caring for your parents from afar a bit easier. From their birth certificates to their social security cards to their living wills and beyond, is imperative that you find a safe place for these important documents. Plus, instead of your parents worrying about these documents, they can focus more on their new carefree lifestyle in their new residence.

Holly Hall Retirement Community in Houston

Located in Houston, Texas, Holly Hall Retirement Community is committed to providing your retirement aged loved one with the lifestyle they deserve.  From amazing amenities to living care options, Holly Hall Retirement Community is the ideal community for seniors of all walks of life.

Are you interested in finding out what Holly Hall retirement Community can do for you and your family? Contact us today to learn more or to schedule a tour.