Decreased mobility is among the most severe health issues that affects seniors. The causes are varied and so is the level of the limitation, stroke, arthritis, injuries suffered during previous falls can all cause pain while trying to move the affected limbs or joints, but even so, there are many great and not strenuous activities offered at retirement communities in Denver for seniors that can help them maintain their remaining mobility and that can also improve their quality in life in general.
Here are some:
- Gardening – while the gardening tasks that require strenuous physical movement, such as digging or manual weeding might no longer be recommended, taking care of potted plants kept in the house is a great way to enjoy the beauty of nature without getting exhausted;
- Chair exercises – there are lots of great exercises that can be done sitting in a chair and they are very efficient for improving mobility;
- Get some fresh air every day – taking a short walk around the block or just moving that pack of cards or that chessboard to the table on the porch and playing in fresh air is also great, especially in spring and fall, when the weather is not too hot and not too cold.
Mantra is based on personal experience and holds the power as an individual and unique expression of what you want most.
Mantra is an ancient meditation practice that helps to create a wonderful experience. Sakara, translated by the manifestation of thoughts into things, reflects the idea that we are the ones who can change our own lives; we have the ability to live the life we want.
It is important to remember that there are no right and wrong mantras. To find your own mantra to live by, start by spending half an hour a day with your diary and write about what you want in your life right now. Do not analyze too much and do not judge too intensely; simply allow your thoughts to flow freely. Writing down these thoughts will help you understand more clearly your purpose in life is.
Decide on what idea, goal, concept or emotion you want to focus first. Once you have made this decision in your mind, turn these thoughts into a statement for you. Do a 10 minute meditation each day (meditation can also be done during a walk in the park) and repeat your mantra.
At Rosemark, we hope all our residents and their families find peace, comfort, and happiness, along with good health. ‘This is your time. Live it to the fullest’.
Living in a hectic world, where we are constantly distracted by stimuli and technology, we are increasingly disconnected from nature. A deep connection with it can have profound, mental, spiritual and psychic beneficial effects, which many of us have forgotten. Here are a couple of simple ways to reconnect with nature every day.
Eat more fruits
What is the connection between eating fruits and connecting with nature? It`s simple. Usually, and for most of the people, fruit consumption is low. Fruits are avoided due to the high sugar content, but in fact they are some of the most beneficial foods. Fruits are loaded with sunlight, have incredible detoxification capabilities and a fruit diet helps you regain your joy, health and desire to spend more time in nature.
Let your feet feel the contact with the ground
The earth, this wonderful planet, is home to every form of life we know. Walk barefoot and feel the earth! This practice is called “grounding” and it has been proven that it improves the functions of the nervous system, the functions of the heart and muscles, helps you have a more restful sleep and prevents the apparition of many diseases.
Taking time to develop a deep connection with nature can be truly magical. As you spend time in nature and are permanently connected with the sounds, sensations and life flowing through you, you will no longer feel depressed nor experience the feeling that something is missing from your life.
It is just as important for our senior population to have access to fresh air, good nutrition, and outdoors. The benefits are clear. If you are searching for options for assisted living Denver facilities, make sure to consider the opportunities for outside activities. Ask to have lunch or dinner onsite to see what kind of meals are offered and the overall care given.
Although we live in a world that seems to be obsessed with the primacy of children, holidays are not just for them; they are for everyone, regardless the age, and we should acknowledge everyone`s right to celebrate in their own way. When it comes to Halloween, statistics show that adults spend 70% more money than kids for their own costumes and entertainment.
Senior living Denver activity coordinators will offer lots of fun for Halloween, with various games and costumes that keep their imagination growing and alive regardless their age.
Here are our costume ideas for them.
This brilliant actor and director of the early 20th century also makes a fantastic Halloween costume. His iconic outfit as lovable vagabond is easy to set up (baggy pants, dress shirt, tie, bowler hat and, if course, the mustache!) and the owner will surely get lots of attention.
This costume is for those who like to show their American spirit this Halloween. It is quite easy to turn into Uncle Sam if you rent pinstriped pants, a blue jacket, red bowtie and a top hat with a patriotic design.
Yeah, why not? Halloween is the best excuse to look like a professional wrestler, so Hulk it up! Put on some spandex pants, yellow boots, yellow wristbands, a cutoff t-shirt with fake muscles, a bandana, a horseshoe mustache and call people Hulkamaniacs, while advising them to take their vitamins and say their prayers.
Dressing up and celebrating for Halloween is not just for young people; those in senior living can also enjoy this time of the year because there are many ways festivities can be brought into activity focused assisted living facilities in Denver.
Here are our suggestions.
This is a very fun project that can be accomplished by a group of seniors. Actually, several groups can build several scarecrows, in a contest for the best scarecrow.
Use small pumpkins to knock down a stack of cups. Use big pumpkins and let everyone guess their weight. Seniors who must sit down will surely enjoy a pumpkin carving and decorating contest; their creations can be used as decorations around the community.
This is a little game that entertains everyone. Just print a bingo chart, decorate it in Halloween style and use seasonal treats as incentives for winning games.
What`s in the jar?
Fill some jars with things that are difficult to guess and weird to the touch (slimy food etc.). Blindfolded people who are brave enough to stick their hands into these jars will test their guessing skills about what`s inside.
Balloon volleyball game
Active seniors will surely enjoy this game. Use orange balloons, decorated as jack-o-lantern faces and the fun is guaranteed!
Senior housing can definitely change people as well as change the conditions in which they live and even the basic choices they make. If your parents were admitted to a senior living facility a while ago, visiting them might bring back a lot of memories and might be somewhat of an intense experience. But at the same time, you might be surprised as to how happy and healthy they will turn out to be.
Most skilled nursing facilities have a bad reputation because, simply put, they take seniors away from their loved ones. However, in most cases, those seniors can actually find a better life.
The first thing you can expect is that they will have clean breadspreads, good, healthy food and plenty of time spent outside. Also, you might find they are actually healthier and in better overall condition than when they left.
As for their emotional needs, most seniors have a hard time adjusting to life in a senior care center. However, with a supportive skilled nursing facility Denver community and friendly nurses and workers, you might even be surprised at the change they could display even after just a few weeks or a month. Assisted living centers in particular have a way of helping seniors adapt to a larger community of like minded people while also retaining as much freedom as their condition would allow.
Whether moving into senior living or into a new home that’s smaller than the one you’ve previously owned, downsizing your possessions generally means the same thing: you have to get rid of certain things, put them in storage, sell them or give them to family members – before you can move into your new place.
For moving into senior living, it can be even more of an issue. Depending on whether or not you can afford your own flat or a larger area in a senior living center, you might need to downsize quite a bit. So remember this advice, if that is the case:
- Keep your essential belongings. Most clothes and small trinkets and electronics will probably fit, but you will have to get rid of larger pieces of furniture and large appliances.
- Find out exactly how much space you’ll have available in advance. That way, you can decide how much storage you’ll need for items that you simply cannot part with, but that won’t fit in your senior living apartment. Many popular retirement communities in Denver offer a variety of floor plans. Look online to find pictures and measurements of floor plans to give yourself a good idea of the space provided.
- Get to know your future neighbors. Some of them might have enough space to store larger items, as long as you can befriend them and trust them to store some of your items for you.
Retirement communities such as assisted living centers can be considered a difficult place to form any kinds of new ties and bonds with people. Most people who agree to go to a retirement home are bitter and would prefer to live with their families, but circumstances will not allow them to do so, and as a result they often feel guarded about the idea of embracing any part of their new life. Fortunately, this doesn’t have to be the reality for everyone.
You can live perfectly happily in today’s modern assisted living Denver retirement homes, many of which might even turn out to be friendlier and nicer than the atmosphere you left behind. Celebrating summer holidays with a simple barbecue can be a great way to get everyone together along with their visitors, friends and family for a great outdoor party. Serving food that is both delicious and healthy will also ensure that everyone can have a good time. If you’re more of a quiet type, you can also simply organize a meeting between you and the people who seem to have the most interests in common with you. Anything from organizing a small book club to games and trivia can get the ball rolling and perhaps even help you get to know some of them more closely as well.
Photography is considered a popular hobby among people of all ages, because it can be easily learned.
When you retire, you have more free time than you had before, and it is the right moment to (re)discover the satisfaction of having a creative hobby. If you are very passionate about venturing into the domain of photography, you might want to consider investing in a professional camera with a wider range of features and unmatched setting flexibility. However, a self-focusing device with the latest and most attractive specifications / features, or even a Smartphone with a good camera can also help you practice your hobby. Many high end senior living Denver retirement communities offer classes and/or get togethers to feature the hobbies and interests of their residents.
If you do not travel much, don`t worry. You can take photos right in your home or garden. Sometimes you can get fantastic shots in unplanned moments. Capturing the magic of a moment is one of the greatest things about this hobby, as well as the discovery of the everyday details through an original perspective.
Talented, courageous, visionary, the most famous photographers of the world have managed to take photography into the exclusive world of art. As a hobby, photography helps you develop your artistic eye, your creativity and motivation as long as you are willing to experience and learn new things. After all, taking photos is releasing something from your inner world: showing everyone how your eyes perceive reality and especially creating new stories in which others can find themselves.
Here at Rosemark at Mayfair Park, we make a habit of celebrating the grandparents in our assisted living community every day of the week. We celebrated National Assisted Living Week and Grandparents’ Day, and were thrilled to share a week full of celebrations with the community.
If you were here to celebrate you will have enjoyed a variety of great events, From a performance by the Ballet Melange Dance Troupe to pizza in the parking lot, our events had something for folks and families of all kinds. Learn more and check out our schedule of events that we did below:
Sunday, September 8 – Grandparents Day – 1 pm to 3 pm
Celebrate Grandparents Day with us and the Rocky Mountain Steel Bands. From Aurora, Colorado, RMSB is a group of community bands that love to share the amazing steel drum melodies from the islands of Trinidad and Tobago. Continue the celebration by taking a professional photo with your grandparents to cherish forever. We will also have an art banner for the kids to decorate.
Monday, September 9 – 5:30 pm to 7:30 pm
Join us for an art show opening with delicious wine and cheese! Dance along to El Javi, the Denver-based “king of “rock flamenco” who will be providing the lively tunes.
Tuesday, September 10 – 6 pm to 7 pm
The Alzheimer’s Association does amazing work to help with Alzheimer’s care, support, and research. They’re passionate about ending Alzheimer’s disease, and that’s why we’re holding an all-day bake sale to benefit their mission. Enjoy some treats for a good cause, and live music by Mile High Big Band.
Wednesday, September 11 – 5:30 pm to 7:30 pm
Who doesn’t love a good slice of pizza? Join us in the parking lot for some good food and good conversation!
Thursday, September 12 – 5:30 pm to 7 pm
Ballet Melange, a local troupe of emerging dancers, will perform. Ballet lovers and those who haven’t seen a single ballet alike are welcome to join us for dance and dessert!
Friday, September 13 – 5:30 pm to 7 pm
Let the good times roll, and join us for a banana split or ice cream sundae during our traditional ice cream social with all the fixings. As if it couldn’t get any better, we’ll also be serenaded by a barbershop quartet!
Rosemark at Mayfair Park takes pride in the exceptional care we bring to the residents of our Denver assisted living community and their families. Grandparent’s Day and National Assisted Living Week will be a celebration of our residents’ individuality and offer family bonding experiences to cherish for years to come. We hope to see you and your family there!