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5 Benefits Of Staying Active In Retirement

By | News, Senior Living

Staying active throughout life is crucial to maintaining health and well-being for people of all ages—but even more so for senior adults. The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) reports that, by age 75, about one in three men and one in two women engage in no physical activity.

Physical activity—so what are we talking about? A little more than that walk to the mailbox six days per week. We’re talking about movement, exercise, something physical that increases your heart rate and gets you breathing a little faster. Now, you might be saying to yourself:

“But I’m retired! Do you mean after all the years of working, running a household, raising children, and numerous weekends of endless sporting events for both children and grandchildren, that I can’t just sit in my Lazy Boy and watch T.V. all day?

Well, you can, but the experts say that regular exercise and an active lifestyle for seniors—who take longer to heal and recover from injuries—offer health benefits beyond the obvious. These benefits range from preventing physical injuries to increasing mental health and include improvements in blood pressure, diabetes, osteoarthritis, osteoporosis, and neurocognitive function.

Here we’d like to present 5 benefits of staying active as you age—with input from the experts—for you to think about.

1. Overall QUALITY OF HEALTH is higher when seniors participate in exercise or physical activity.
Physical activity need not be strenuous to be effective. Try walking—the most common form of exercise for seniors. A moderate amount of walking, preferably daily, has great benefits. Walking at a regular stride in longer sessions, or shorter sessions of fast walking or stair-walking, are great options. Consult your health care provider or physical therapist first, then start walking—varying duration, intensity, and frequency for the greatest results.

2. Management of BODY WEIGHT AND STRENGTH is easier with regular exercise.
Metabolism naturally slows with age and regular exercise helps keep body weight under control by burning more calories and developing muscle mass. Bones and joints benefit, too. Exercise also helps control joint swelling and pain associated with arthritis, and your bones respond by building more cells and increasing bone density. Increased bone and joint health help reduce the risk of falling and improves the ability to better perform the routine tasks of daily life.

3. Regular exercise promotes HEART AND CARDIOVASCULAR health.
The World Health Organization (WHO) names hypertension as one of the most prominent causes of premature death worldwide and reports that by 2025, an estimated 1.56 billion people will be living with it. If you have high blood pressure (above 130/80), you’re not alone. Just know that it is both preventable and treatable, and regular exercise and any type of consistent movement are medically proven to be one of the best ways to lower blood pressure. Most of the experts suggest just 30 minutes of moderate aerobic exercise, five times a week to reduce blood pressure, lower stress, and decrease your risks of cardiovascular problems, colon cancer, and diabetes.

4. A more active lifestyle will foster HEALTHIER SLEEP PATTERNS.
Sedentary seniors tend to have more trouble getting quality rest. If you fit into this category, inject a little more activity into your daily routine and see if it helps. It’s been proven that adding regular aerobic exercise during the day can promote deeper sleep. Raising your core body temperature encourages rest when you start to cool down. A pre-bedtime workout is best. Even that walk after dinner will help. Try a little more activity and see if you don’t fall asleep faster, sleep deeper, and wake up more refreshed.

5. An active lifestyle leads to a variety of MENTAL HEALTH BENEFITS.
Exercise has been linked to improved cognitive function and the ability to fight off depression. Exercise works the muscles that generate mood-boosters causing them to activate and reduce stress. Recent studies show that maintaining activity levels may even help slow the progression of brain disorders, such as Alzheimer’s disease, as well as lower the risk of vascular dementia in seniors. A regular fitness routine can help seniors stay focused and allow them to lead a higher-quality life with more energy and better motor skills.

The social aspects of group fitness activities can also have a positive impact on seniors who have trouble maintaining an active social life. Some aging adults today are increasing their social wellness by making exercise a fun group outing within their neighborhood or community. Senior walking groups and fitness classes are popping up everywhere, helping keep senior adults young at heart and mentally sharp.

In conclusion, as mentioned above, walking appears to be the most common form of physical activity for today’s adults aged 65 years and older, per the CDC. Other regularly mentioned activities that have great benefits are gardening and yard work. The next time you visit The Carrington at Lincolnwood, be sure you ask how the community promotes a culture of boundless engagement, well-being, and active independence through a variety of services, amenities, activities, and events that support a new level of vibrant retirement living.

Here are just a few wellness-oriented benefits of living at The Carrington:

  • Extra-spacious wellness gym with cardio and strength-training equipment and free weight, in addition to massage and full-service locker rooms for your cool-down.
  • Indoor swimming pool for aqua therapy, exercise classes, and water aerobics.
  • Programming designed to promote fitness, active living, and wellness for older adults.
  • Wellness professionals and healthcare providers who routinely encourage residents to incorporate physical activity into their lives.
  • Outdoor patios, courtyards, and walking paths that encourage activity and opportunities for social gathering.
  • Transportation to local attractions, parks, and shopping centers that promote opportunities for active socialization.

The residents of The Carrington at Lincolnwood truly value the community’s approach to ACTIVE senior living. We’d like to introduce you to them and show you around. Call us today at (847) 744-9469 or complete our online form to schedule a personal tour.

COVID-19 Preparedness at The Carrington

By | News, Senior Living

The Carrington at Lincolnwood is committed to protecting the health of all our residents. This includes taking preventative measures and precautions regarding coronavirus (COVID-19).

We meet or exceed the guidelines provided by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) and the Illinois Department of Public Health (IDPH) for coronavirus and flu prevention. In fact, the controlled environment of a senior living community like The Carrington is one of the safest places you can be when disease outbreaks threaten our population.

Illness prevention and control protocols that encourage and facilitate senior health year-round at The Carrington include vaccination requirements, best practice checklists for flu or other outbreaks, monthly illness reports, and regular tracking procedures with infectious disease control like the CDC. Nutrition and safety programs, medication management, and fitness and exercise opportunities also play an important role in prevention and precaution— helping to keep our seniors healthier and less susceptible to illness.

The safety of The Carrington’s residents is our top priority. Here are some of the important procedures we have instituted and monitor closely—especially during this sensitive time.

Our Community PREVENTATIVE MEASURES Include:

  • Requiring all visitors to use hand sanitizer upon entering The Carrington.
  • Disinfecting common areas multiple times each day. (Dining room furniture, elevators, fitness areas, entrance door handles, hydration stations).
  • Providing additional sanitizing materials at entrances and in common areas; stressing handwashing and hand-sanitizing.
  • Stockpiling supplies for residents and staff in anticipation of supply chain constraints

 The Following PRECAUTIONS Are Now in Place:

  • Visitors who have recently returned from out of the country, are experiencing symptoms of a respiratory infection (fever, coughing, sore throat), or have been in contact with anyone who has traveled or is sick are kindly asked to postpone their visit.
  • The Carrington staff receives regular orientation on how to properly communicate reports of suspected or diagnosed cases at a school, other employment locations, or places recently visited.
  • Residents and staff are asked to limit travel outside of the community to any areas where cases have been reported.
  • Contingency plans are in place in the event a case of COVID-19 is reported within The Carrington or by staff or visitors.

FOR THE SAFETY OF OUR RESIDENTS

Please postpone your visit to The Carrington if you have recently traveled to high-risk areas or been in contact with someone who has. We are only allowing “essential” visitors including hospice care workers, doctors and private duty health care workers on the premises. We are asking that all “social” visits to the community be postponed until more information is available. Per the Illinois Department of Health, we are asking any visitors to fill out a questionnaire and are screening for temperatures.

 

grandparent walking outside and holding hand with young child

Bridging the Gap: Make the Most of Intergenerational Relationships

By | News, Senior Living

According to the U.S. Census Bureau, by 2040, the estimated number of adults over the age of 65 in the United States will grow to more than 60% from 2016—just four years ago! More than 80 million seniors will account for nearly a quarter of the country’s total population. By 2035, older adults will outnumber children under the age of 18 across the country. Now more than ever, it’s important to foster communication and interaction between the generations, especially adult children with their parents, and children with elders.

Each generational group can learn so much from the other, but they often don’t see eye to eye. Children often feel that older people don’t like them. Adult children often steer the grandchildren away from grandma or grandpa fearing they’ll be too loud or upset them. Sometimes the older person doesn’t respond to the child’s comments. (Maybe it’s a hearing or attention span problem). And for adolescents, relating to older adults can be particularly challenging. According to research conducted at the University of Florida, teens tend to be more focused on the present and themselves, so they are generally less interested in learning about older adults. The elderly often feel that children don’t like them because they’re slow or don’t have anything interesting to talk about. Can you relate to any of these scenarios?

Fostering communication, understanding—AND learning—between the generations is becoming increasingly important—AND it takes thought and work. It’s definitely a two-way street, as well. Each generational group has worthwhile lessons to share with the others. Here we hope to give you some thoughts, ideas and practical applications that may help members of your family bridge the generational gaps you encounter in your daily lives and relationships. The benefits are widespread, especially when nurturing the grandparent-grandchild relationship.

All Generations Can Benefit

Consider the following ways that children of all ages, adult parents and the elderly can enrich their lives and relationships with each other by bonding:

  • Opportunity to learn new skills and ways of doing things.
  • Acceptance of people of all ages, capabilities and limitations.
  • Respect and emotional bonds are strengthened.
  • Loneliness and isolation are diminished or eliminated.
  • Increased knowledge and respect for family heritage, culture and history (thanks to grandparents’ stories of the “good old days”).

Let the Bonding Begin

What are some good ways to get started in bringing your personal generations together? Here’s where thought and creativity come into play. The following activities have proven successful in initiating, building and strengthening relationships between all generations:

  • Storytelling. Swapping stories helps build a connection.
  • Learning Skills. Both adults and children have skills they can share. Adults might teach weaving or needlework, fishing, or how to cook a delicious family favorite. Tech-savvy children may share computer tips and tricks with the elderly.
  • Discussing Ethnic Heritage by sharing customs or relating special stories passed down about family culture.
  • Planting Seeds or Gardening. A container garden can be a solution if bending or space are issues.
  • Discussing Hobbies and sharing examples.

Life Lessons to Be Learned

Youth and old age are categories grounded in biology but defined by culture and the way we live our lives. All generations have life lessons to share. Here we identify the most obvious lessons that can be learned by developing intergenerational relationships.

What children can learn from older adults

  • Life has a rhythm and nothing ever stays all-bad or all-good.
  • Family is important. Life stretches in two directions: toward our ancestors and toward our descendants.
  • What love truly means and how best to give and receive it.
  • How little you actually know.
  • How to stop caring about what people think.
  • Dealing with loss and avoiding regrets.
  • How to make time for what matters most.

What older adults can learn from children

  • Keeping effective communication flowing by staying up-to-date with modern technology.
  • It’s O.K. to relax and play every now and then.
  • Keeping an open mind and getting excited about learning new skills.
  • Appreciate and share the moments, thoughts, or ideas with friends and family.
  • There are fun ways to stay active that don’t involve a gym routine.

IN CLOSING—Generational Lessons in Curiosity and Growth

No matter how old you are, you can still set goals and live new dreams. This is the mantra of so many residents of The Carrington at Lincolnwood who cherish the community’s next-generational approach to senior living. It’s a community focused on curiosity, growth, choice and new opportunities.

We’d like to show you around. Call us today at 847.744.9469 to schedule a personal tour.