You don’t have to be Jack LaLanne to be in great shape. But just like the famous bodybuilder, you can transform your physique while reducing the symptoms and slowing the progress of several chronic diseases. In fact, focusing on fitness can be a simple matter of doing some things differently.

It does a body good to keep moving, whether it is in a gym, in a pool, at Hamilton Place Mall, in a garden, on a ballroom dance floor, or even in the hallways of Regency Senior Living. Fitness helps with arthritis, diabetes, osteoporosis, obesity, blood pressure, depression, and more!

Of course, you never want to start a workout without first consulting your doctor to make sure you won’t strain anything or otherwise injure yourself. 

Small changes in daily routine can make a big difference. For example, walking instead of riding in a car when going a short distance, walking while socializing rather than sitting with a friend to chat, using time in a swimming pool to tread water rather than merely floating restfully, stretching in your chair, squatting to pick something up, taking the stairs instead of the elevator, etc.

The stretching part is very important to avoid injury and improve your flexibility. Remember to drink plenty of fluids so you do not become dehydrated.

Talk to us at Regency Senior Living about initiatives to help keep seniors healthy and active. 

Even in a place like Tennessee where people seem to be a little nicer, seniors can easily fall prey to scam artists who might attempt to steal their retirement savings and can often do so without any face-to-face interaction and no paper trail, making them incredibly hard to trace.

The best defense against scams targeting Ooltewah seniors is information. These crimes happen because people have their kindness and lack of street/tech savvy exploited.

Some potential scams to watch for:

Cons Under Pressure: When faced with emergency situations, we seek to move with urgency to help loved ones, which can taint our critical thinking. And if a senior feels distraught over losing a spouse, he or she may be at particular risk. Watch out for unnecessary charges added to a funeral home bill and be skeptical of strangers who claim you are responsible for a nonexistent debt. In one particularly insidious scam, the con artist may claim to be or speak on behalf of a grandchild needing help with some unexpected financial problem such as overdue rent or payment for car repairs to be paid via Western Union or MoneyGram. The scam artist will beg the grandparent “please don’t tell my parents, they would kill me.”

Fake Products: This ranges from cheaper prescription medicines sold online to treatments promising to restore a youthful appearance. It could include financial scams such as pyramid schemes, unsecured reverse mortgages or makeshift clinics that exist only to get your private information to exploit by opening lines of credit in your name or fraudulently bill Medicare.

Computer Scams: Don’t click on pop-up browser windows that simulate virus-scanning software or unsolicited emails that seem to be from legitimate organizations you know and trust. Oftentimes, being too trusting can lead to downloading a virus giving control of your PC to a stranger.

These scams prey on our desire to save money, expand our retirement savings or protect a loved one in a time of need. Equipped with the knowledge they exist, Ooltewah seniors can better defend themselves against the lowest of the low. 

The Affordable Care Act has been the source of great controversy. You may know it as Obamacare, as some have called it. What does this program mean for seniors in the Ooltewah, Tennessee area?

Lawmakers created the ACA to increase affordable health care options by creating marketplaces for purchasing private insurance. They also sought, with this law, to reduce the growth rate of Medicare spending so the life of the program can be extended. This is accomplished by fighting fraud, waste and abuse in the system, reforming payments to reduce unnecessary hospital admissions that can lead to harmful acquired infections.

People who qualify for Medicare do not need insurance from the marketplace, but that doesn’t mean there’s no impact on seniors from Obamacare.

The program saves seniors money by reducing the coverage gap for Medicare Part D prescription drug coverage – the so-called “doughnut hole” – and completely eliminating it by 2020. Seniors also save money they had been spending on deductibles, copayments and other cost-sharing for preventive care by taking advantage of annual wellness checkups. 

In the first 11 months of 2013, 85,302 participated in annual wellness screenings and 72 percent of Original Medicare Part B enrollees in Tennessee received all free services.

Tennessee seniors benefit from incentives Obamacare creates to reward providers that meet quality goals or show significant progress in improving the outcome of patient care. Focusing on quality improvement moves the entire system toward one rewarding better care rather than simply more care.

Beneficiaries can make more informed choices when it comes to their health care. The ACA invests in developing quality of care measures across all providers.

The law also establishes criminal background checks for employees of nursing homes. Employees with direct access to patients in long-term care facilities

There are controversial aspects to the law, but these are just a few of the ways Ooltewah seniors benefit from the Affordable Care Act. 

Testimonial-Regency Huntsville

Tuesday, 28 January 2014 15:54

Here at Regency Retirement of Huntsville it touches us deeply when we receive kind words back to us from our residents and families! There is simply no greater honour for us. Especially in a World where it is so easy to voice our opinion when we are displeased, we are so grateful to receive these positive affirmations of our care that we wanted to share them:

Resident, Epsie Bird and Family

Epsie Bird “Before coming to Regency, I was so lonely I had lost my will to live.  I was very depressed.  Now I made some wonderful friends and I have people to help me.   I just love it!”

 

Faye Lohenitz,Epsie’s sister, “Epsie was so lonely.  She was depressed, wasn’t eating and was losing weight.  Our family was very concerned about her.  She mentioned looking into assisted living and we were happy to help her.  When we came and toured, we learned that Regency’s Independent Living was a good fit for Epsie and we were very impressed by the community.  Epsie agreed and moved to Regency.  She loves it!  The depression is gone; she is eating well and has even gained weight.  Epsie’s move to Regency has taken a load off of our family. ..the worrying is gone because we know she is happy.  For the first time in quite a while, she is truly enjoying life.”

Sherry Lohenitz, Epsie’s niece, “My number one concern for Aunt Epsie was her safety.  She was living all alone in an apartment complex with people coming and going at all hours.  Regency is secure and safe.  The staff is friendly and helpful, and I think the way the residents help each other out is wonderful.  It is such a warm place to live.  To Aunt Epsie, Regency means “happiness”.  Our family all highly recommends Regency.”

Residents, Marvin and Evelyn O’Donnell

Marvin O’Donnell,   “If you can’t live at home, Regency is the place to go. We’re better satisfied here than we ever thought we’d be.  They have bus service (limousine service I call it) that will take you anywhere in town that you need to go.  I highly recommend it!”

Evelyn O’Donnell , ”Marvin and I have found a home at Regency.  You meet people from all over the world here and they are just as nice as can be.   All of the help here really tries to make us happy…they cook good food… It’s just been fabulous!  We are happy here.”

Resident, Malcolm Reeves’ Daughter, Robin 

Robin Monroe,  daughter of Resident Malcolm Reeves and the late Wilma Reeves, “I visited several places and I knew when I walked in, that Regency was the place I wanted my parent  to live.  I can put down my head at night and know that my dad is safe. “

                                                                                Visit us at: www.regencyretirementvillage.com

Regency Senior Living, the corporate office for Riverwood Retirement, is proud to serve seniors and their families in 5 States caring for them through the seasons of life from Independant Living, Assisted Living, Memory Care, Skilled Nursing and even Rehab.

Testimonial-Riverwood Retirement

Tuesday, 28 January 2014 15:43

Northwest Georgia Medical Group, P.C.

Riverwood Retirement

Administrator, Regina Wright and Owners

My mother-in-law, Mary Nell Burch, had an emergency episode several weeks ago that lead her to the hospital by ambulance which subsequently lead her to admission. I would like to commend the staff of Riverwood Retirement Center, especially Lindsey and Dallene, whom I personally spoke with during the emergency, but not to exclude any other personnel working on that shift, who had a hand in saving my mother-in-law’s life. Even though my mother-in-law is on a “No Code” status, they still treated her with respect and dignity and quickly responded to a bad situation and got emergency medical care to her right away. They apprised us of the situation immediately, and we were able to get to the hospital in time to be with her. My grandmother, who has passed away, was at Riverwood for years and received such wonderful and excellent care that we wanted my mother-in-law to live at Riverwood. We are very glad that we made that decision. We could not ask for better care than she receives every day. When we visit her, the caregivers come in to just give her hugs and just say, ‘hello.” They make sure that at any time we call to check on her, they always know her whereabouts and exactly what has been going on with her. I am amazed at the kind of care that she gets at Riverwood, and I again want to commend the administration including Regina and Stephanie and all the staff for all that they do for the residents at Riverwood. It is truly a “home away from home” for many elderly people, and I cannot imagine my mother-in-law living anywhere else.

I just wanted to take this time to commend them for their great work. Every one of the caregivers is excellent including the kitchen staff and the chaplain. I do not want to leave anyone out and want to thank them all for the great work that they do and let them know how much we appreciate the kind and caring services that we receive every day consistently. This is a top notch group, and we want them to know how much we love them for loving my mother and mother-in-law.

Professionally yours,

Cay Burch, FNP-C

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Visit us at: www.riverwoodretirement.com

Regency Senior Living, the corporate office for Riverwood Retirement, is proud to serve seniors and their families in 5 States caring for them through the seasons of life from Independant Living, Assisted Living, Memory Care, Skilled Nursing and even Rehab.

blog1You might have, like many people, started planning for retirement a long time before you actually got to the finish line. There were accounts to open, financial planners to chat with, paperwork to navigate, and dreams to dream about hitting the golf course, traveling, and spoiling the grand kids. Just as you began planning retirement well in advance, you should also get a head start on the conversation with both yourself and loved ones about when you will be ready for a retirement community.

Many hear the words “retirement community” and assume they might be like the nursing homes from decades ago. It’s important, first, to recognize that retirement communities today are for all ages of retirees and many offer different levels of care tailored to your needs. Planning for when you might want to join a senior home isn’t a depressing bet on when you will fall ill or become frail, but instead a proactive process to decide when you will be ready to join a caring community of new friends, more opportunities to explore and enjoy yourself, and receive a little extra assistance as needed.

Just as you planned the first phase of your retirement and when you could stop working, go ahead and consider when in the future you might be ready for the retirement community phase. If you are already asking yourself if you’re ready for senior housing, that could be a sign you’re almost ready. Perhaps you’ve realized a big house is harder to maintain as an empty nest, and that you don’t need all the extra bedrooms. Perhaps you are wondering if you’d prefer to live in another city not that you aren’t tied there by your career. Perhaps you simply like the idea of being surrounded by peers who are in a similar place and enjoy similar pastimes, much as you might have in college.

Starting the conversation now can also make the emotional side of this decision easier. Both you and your friends and family might have feelings to take into account and navigate. It will be easier to do this slowly over time when everyone can be more objective and logical than in the emotionally heightened rush after a crisis like hospitalization. Especially if you are currently living with family, the emotions surrounding caretaking can be complicated for everyone involved. Time and open dialogue can make the transition easier.

Even if you don’t intend to move into a retirement community for some time, go ahead and talk to your family, loved ones, doctor, and financial planners now so you can strategize the best possible way to make your move when you are ready. Just as you learned with the first phase of retirement, it’s always best to plan ahead!

Written by Meghan O'Dea

How Social Media Is Empowering Seniors

Friday, 29 November 2013 09:12

According to a 2011 article published in The Atlantic, a study by Dr. Shelia Cotten, a sociologist and Associate Professor at the University of Alabama, Birmingham, shows that “Internet use was associated with a 30% decrease in depressive symptoms among older adults who used it regularly.” That’s despite many studies questioning whether social media has made people of all ages lonelier, more narcissistic, or more disconnecting from meaningful social connection.

Instead, Cotten’s study shows that “engagement with their social networks and sense of renewed relevance was the most significant gain for older users. ‘It's this kind of bigger sense of mattering, in the social world, if you will,’ Cotten explains. ‘You're not just something that's been pushed off to the wayside anymore. You still have consequence.’"

Indeed, it’s not hard to understand why seniors are signing up for social media sites at an increasingly rapid rate when the world increasingly takes place online. Books, magazine articles, TV shows, movies, and more can all be found online faster than they can on cable or in print. With family far away and the pace of life moving faster than ever, it’s empowering for seniors to be able to take part in the digital landscape where their children and grandchildren spend so much time. When you consider what a huge place the internet has in our daily lives, it’s no wonder that seniors who aren’t on the web feel left out of even the most banal conversations about, say, paying bills online or shopping for a new dress through a website.

Taking on tech skills can open up social circles, too. Even for seniors who are heavily involved in their communities and with their neighbors and friends at their senior living facility, it’s always pleasant to make new connections and rekindle old friendships. Simply being able to catch up on shows, the latest news, and online tools like document storage can be immensely empowering for seniors who want to keep up with everything while traveling or making other transitions.

Talk to a senior loved one today about how you can help them get online and open up their life through web connections. It’ll be another way for you to stay in touch day to day and to check in on your loved one even if you are far away. Plus you can both have some peace of mind knowing that your senior has the whole world at his or her fingertips, and will be able to easily manage everyday tasks, get in touch with friends, and more thanks to the web.

Written by Meghan O'Dea

It’s never too early to plan holiday celebrations that take the needs of your senior loved ones into consideration. The holidays can be a tough time for many seniors as they may feel lonely, isolated, or extra aware of health issues that they didn’t have in years past. With a little preparedness, you can help them beat the winter blues and create a wonderful holiday season.

Make sure that you senior loved one has plenty to look forward to, even when you’re busy handling other aspects of holiday planning. Perhaps they can be in charge of special outings or activities with the grandkids, or can handle some meal prep or shopping. Elderly people, especially those with memory care issues, need to have plenty to anticipate and focus on. You may not be able to share quality time constantly during the hectic holidays, by try to schedule a little something as often as possible. One on one conversation might be less stressful, and there’s no better gift than your undivided attention.

You can also use this time together to ensure your loved one is doing well and that his or her needs are being met. Just as the comparing this holiday to previous years’ might be a point of sadness for seniors, it can also be a point of comparison for you to see how their health and mental wellness really are. If you see your loved one struggling with mobility or find you are having to make adjustments for him or her so they can get around, manage basic tasks, or remember things, you might want to consider a retirement community.

Senior housing and assisted living are great options for seniors who need a little extra help but don’t want to lose their independence. They can also help seniors avoid stress and depression by providing plenty to see, do and look forward to and plenty of social interaction. Retirement facilities also help residents stay healthy by providing well prepared, nutritious meals, exercise classes, and opportunities to garden, walk, and more.

This holiday season, celebrate the seniors in your life, and check in to ensure their quality of life is the best it can be as we say farewell to 2013 and begin a new year. By planning ahead for the holidays, you’ll better be able to anticipate your loved one’s needs both at family celebrations and in the months to come.

Written by Meghan O'Dea

Stay Forever Young With Active Aging

Wednesday, 25 September 2013 09:19

At all our Regency Retirement Centers we have been celebrating Active Aging Week this week. This has featured programming that focuses on intellectual, emotional, spiritual, occupational, and social wellness, and how older people can achieve that wellness through community involvement.

 There are so many ways that Regency offers to get residents involved and helps them pursue various kinds of wellness each day. Swim classes, trivia, boxing classes, bible studies, painting classes, outing to the mall, restaurants, or horse races, and many other excursions and regular events give our seniors a myriad of ways to lead rich lives.

Active Aging is about staying, as the famous pop song by Alphaville put it, “Forever young.” Youth isn’t your medical records or your physical capabilities or even your capacity for memory, but the sense of fun and wonder and possibility we all had in our youths. Remember how eager you were to be a part of whatever was going on when you were a kid? How excited you were to be included? At Regency retirement communities it’s easy to rekindle that youthful spark.

It’s easy to give in to stereotypes about aging—that it means infirmity or being grumpy or being tired all the time. But today’s retirees are more active than ever, and see themselves as decades younger than the number of their IDs. Regency is ideal for these older people who want to maintain the best parts of their younger years, who want to be involved in their community and not miss a beat. The great thing about senior living facilities like Regencys’ are that you won’t ever have to miss out—you’ll be in the perfect place to take advantage of the fun all around you.

Written by Meghan O'Dea

blog5As wonderful as it is to be happily settled in a home you love, part of what makes your golden years so golden is the chance to see and do new things and get together with friends and family you care for. You’ll appreciate the convenience and community of your retirement facility even more after breaking your routine and cutting loose on a cruise, a train trip to a niece’s graduation, or simply visiting a new state for a change of scenery.  We have some travel planning pointers that will help you have the best time possible:

· The older we get, the more easily our immune systems are stressed. If you are flying, be sure to stay hydrated to help avoid a travel cold. You can also take a decongestant or chew gum to keep your ears from hurting as the altitude changes. Before travel, take vitamins and eat extra vegetables and fruits to help your immune system amp up for the extra stress.

· Call your bank ahead of time to be sure they know where you are traveling. It would be very frustrating to arrive only to have your credit and debit cards shut down for suspicious activity!

· Plan around your limits. Just because you have health or mobility issues, or simply don’t have as much energy as you did in your 20s, doesn’t mean you can’t travel and have a great time. Plan your itinerary around when you have the most energy, or if you know one day will be strenuous, try to make the next luxurious and relaxing.

· Make special arrangements as far ahead of time as possible. The more information you have on travel days the better. For example, it would be nice to know in advance how the stewardesses on your airline will store your cane or walker. Some medical items like oxygen need to be approved or verified with official notice from your physician. Best to not let these details wait until the last minute.

· Purchase luggage of a size and design you are comfortable handling. There have been many new styles in the past several years, including some with multiple wheels on the bottom than can roll from any direction at the touch of a finger. Nothing simplifies travel like luggage you can handle yourself without strain.

Don’t forget one of the very best parts of travel—getting to come home! When you’ve had a wonderful time with friends and family, or even on your own, it can be lovely to come back to a place equally as welcoming, with many friendly faces. It’s not discussed as often, but homecoming is a great perk of the retirement community life.

Written by Meghan O'Dea

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