New Year, Healthy Start

Did you know that when you make a New Year’s resolution, such as eating fewer sweets or losing weight, you’re participating in a tradition that stretches back thousands of years? More than 4000 years ago, the Babylonians celebrated their New Year in March when the spring harvest came in. They made promises to the gods during an 11-day festival in order to earn good favor in the coming year, often resolving to get out of debt. Human nature being what it is, we have to wonder if the Babylonians had as much difficulty sticking with their resolutions as we seem … Continue reading

Seniors and Summer Adventures

Stay Healthy By Traveling By definition an adventure is “an unusual and exciting experience or activity.” Who wouldn’t want to go on an adventure, especially if you found out you could stay healthy by traveling.  That’s right, some researchers argue traveling can be good for senior health. According to getting outside of your home and normal routine promotes additional physical activity. As we age, we need more mental and physical stimulation.  So a trip to the park, the local winery, the zoo or sightseeing in a new city means you are walking more than normal. That extra exercise strengthens … Continue reading

Spring Adds New Life and New Beauty to Arbor Acres

A New Fitzgerald Building is Emerging “Spring adds new life and new beauty to all that is.” Simple words from author Jessica Harrelson about this time of year, words we can also use to characterize what we now see in Fitzgerald, the facility that houses Arbor Acres’ skilled nursing and memory care areas. As spring blossoms outside, inside a building that’s been filled with temporary walls and closed off hallways, wrapped in dust and construction debris, the cocoon of transformation is finally opening. New life is emerging in the beautiful new space. Finally, the fruits of many years of planning are being … Continue reading

Promise You Will Never Put Me In A Nursing Home

Making A Tough Decision The words “nursing home” can conjure up some rather intense feelings and emotions; loneliness, despair, sadness, and much more. Generations gone by think of a “nursing home” as a cold, sterile, institutional place where people are often left to die. But as the number of senior adults rapidly grows, the idea of placing a loved one in some type of retirement facility is something children, spouses, and family members of all types are being forced to consider now more than ever. A recent article in the Washington Post challenges the idea of making the promise, “I’ll … Continue reading

A New Year, New Energy at Arbor Acres

2016 Promises Change, Surprises, and Hope 2016 stretches before us, a canvas with colorful strokes and bold contours already present, the products of earlier creative effort and, I trust, of the Master Artist’s design. We will spend the year completing the patterns, rounding out the shapes, adding depth, and trusting always that the ultimate composition of 2016 will be pleasing to the Master. Look! Already you can see the promise of the renovation of Fitzgerald appearing. With 5 wings renovated and occupied the shape of the whole is increasingly discernible. By year end the skilled nursing portion of Fitzgerald, Strickland Place … Continue reading

The Changing Seasons Highlight Remembrance, Honor, and Gratitude

Let’s Give Thanks! This time of year is full of emotion. We become reminded of all we have, all we should be thankful for. We honor our families and the memories of loved ones lost. We remember the good times and recall lessons learned during the tough times. We look at changes brought about over the past year and this year we remember more than ever less challenging times. The conflicts in countries abroad, the fear of terrorism here at home, it’s all shining light on the importance of our freedom and the sacrifices of those who’ve already fought to … Continue reading

Feeding Our Cultural, Educational, Artistic, and Culinary Appetites

Spoiled Rotten in the Big Apple Written By Guest Writer & Resident, Winborne Chandler  New York, New York is wonderful and so was the first theater trip to the city sponsored by Arbor Acres. Several residents, accompanied by staff, had a blast during the fun-filled 4 days and 3 nights in the Big Apple. One participant summed up the trip in a single word by calling it “rotten” – because we were all “spoiled rotten” the entire trip. Our “chaperones” were tireless in leading us from place to place and activity to activity.  In our short time there, we managed … Continue reading

Places Everyone! It’s Time for the Show

Does Acting Have Some Memorable Side Effects for Senior Adults? Bonjour! The casting call has happened, the rehearsals have begun, we are saying hello to yet another year of our annual benefit shows for Meals-on-Wheels!   CARte Blanche in Gay Pa’ree is the latest addition to a decade of original shows benefiting Senior Services. In that time, Arbor Acres has contributed over $365,000 to help bring healthy meals to those less fortunate.  It’s a good time and perhaps, according to some research, our efforts to help benefit others though acting may actually have some “memorable” side effects for our senior adults. … Continue reading

Why Do People Give?

Now That is An Interesting Question It really isn’t critical that I know why people give – I just find it curious and thought-provoking. Why do people give? In my journey to uphold the mission of Arbor Acres, I find it rewarding to learn more about the donors here and what makes the mission so vibrant and real.  For me the experience of hearing someone’s story and connection to this community is the beauty of my role.  It feels small to reach out my hand and take a check without looking into the eyes of the beholder and understanding how this money … Continue reading