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Creative Ways to Celebrate Halloween in Senior Living Centers

Happy Halloween from Rosemark!

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.

Scarecrow building

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.

Pumpkin games

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.

Halloween bingo

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!

What Should You Expect When Visiting Your Parents in Senior Housing?

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.

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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.

 

Downsizing Before Moving into Senior Living – What You Need to Know

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.retirement communities Denver floorplan

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.

Can Celebrating Summer Holidays in a Retirement Community Be Fun?

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. assisted living Denver

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.

Why Photography is a Great Retirement Hobby

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.

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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.

Rosemark Celebrated National Assisted Living Week and Grandparent’s Day!

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!

Why it’s Important to be Social as You Age

For seniors, isolation, loneliness, loss of self-esteem and self-confidence on the background of physical and mental decline represent common traits.

Community life in nursing homes in Denver is important for socialization, and seniors need different types of activities that bring them together and allow them to interact in different ways. These activities contribute to maintaining the memory alive, develop creative and polite dialogue and improve self-confidence.nursing homes in Denver

Religious holidays, birthdays or anniversaries – all these events should not be neglected at senior age, on the contrary: they should be used as the main pretext for socializing and sharing joy, thoughts, etc. Organizing evenings with music, dance, reading or theater helps brain activity, not to mention that they can be a lot of fun.

Internet and phone services ensure socialization in the virtual environment. And let us not forget the evenings spent watching a movie with friends or family, or walking outdoors: they create and consolidate human relationships, promoting a relaxing environment for body and mind.

Games are also important for socialization. Seniors love table games (chess, rummy, playing cards, , domino etc.), and the best part is that these games stimulate the brain and the competition spirit.

Last but not least, group trips to nice and quiet places are also an excellent way to socialize and keep away monotony.

What Is the True History Behind Labor Day and When It Was Founded?

Depending on where you are, Labor Day is celebrated differently and on a different date of the year. But there is almost no country in the world that doesn’t have a special day of the year set aside to celebrate the laborers who give their time and energy to the service of society.

While most European countries still celebrate the old European May Day – meaning May the 1st – as Labor Day, the USA and Canada have a different date set aside, and it’s different each year: the first Monday of September.

This year, Labor Day is celebrated on September the 2nd, however, the holiday had a long and interesting history. It started in the 1800s, when the labor movements in the United States started growing, and they decided along with various trade unions that a special day be chosen to celebrate good ol’ fashioned hard work.

Labor Day was decided upon by the Knights of Labor and the Central Labor Union, and the first Labor Day Parade was organized in New York City. Oregon was the first state to make Labor Day an official holiday as early as 1887, and by 1894, up to 30 states were celebrating the first Monday of September as Labor Day. By that time, it had already become an official federal holiday.

However you chose to spend the labor day weekend, the caring professionals at Rosemark At Mayfair Park hope you had a wonderful time!

Tips for Staying in Touch with Old Friends

With an old friend you will always have a lot of common memories related to things you have lived and together, things about happy or sad times that you will treasure more and more, as the time passes by. Sometimes friends take different paths and lose their connection; other times, they remain in touch for a lifetime.

A true friendship does not necessarily take into account how often you see each other or how often you speak. It rather needs a special connection, a vibration of the spirit, of the heart.

Besides, today it is not that difficult to keep in touch if you really want to, no matter where you are.

  1. Phone

Even if your old friend lives now in another corner of the world and obviously on another time zone, your phone is your biggest ally, meant to strengthen your bond.

assisted living facilities in Denver offer technology support to residents

  1. The computer maintains the connection

Maybe you do not write letters anymore, but you can definitely write emails or communicate by messenger. The internet and the computer help you keep your friendship alive, by sharing thoughts and photos in real time, as if you were face to face. Personalized care assisted living facilities in Denver offer technical support to seniors to ensure they have the resources and skills to reach out and stay connected to friends and family.

  1. Plan a holiday together

At your place or t your friend`s place, a holiday spent together will surely revive the old activities you used to do together and all the memories.