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!
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.
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.
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!
Rosemark At Mayfair Park, the best in assisted living Denver, has a host of events leading up to Grandparents Day on September 8th. We will spend the week prior offering great events to engage in National Assisted Living Week! Check out our great lineup below:
Rosemark At Mayfair Park
833 Jersey St
Denver, CO 80220
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.
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.
- 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.
- 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.
Having a balanced diet can be a real challenge for seniors. After reaching a certain age, the body is less effective when it comes to assimilation of essential nutrients. In addition, the gustatory perception is no longer as developed as it used to, affecting appetite, not to mention that some foods can become hard to chew and digest.
A delicious smoothie, which is so easy to prepare, can solve all these problems. Here are some nutritious smoothie recipes from skilled nursing facility Denver dietitians that seniors will love.
Banana smoothie with cocoa – one serving of energy
Mix banana pieces (one or two bananas can be used, depending on the consistency you prefer) in the blender, with the following ingredients, until everything becomes homogeneous and creamy:
- 1/2 cup of coconut milk
- 1 tablespoon of cocoa powder
- 1 tablespoon of crumbled coconut
- 1 tablespoon of coconut oil
- 1 teaspoon of maca powder
- 1 teaspoon of vanilla essence
- 1 teaspoon of cinnamon
- 1 teaspoon of chia seeds
- 2 dates.
Berries smoothie – a cocktail of antioxidants for your well-being, as well as a healthy source of nutrients and vitamins.
Ingredients to be mixed in the blender:
- 50 g of blueberries
- 3-5 fresh strawberries
- 1 cup of coconut milk
- 1/2 avocado
- 1 tablespoon of goji fruits
- 2 teaspoons of ground nut seeds
- 1 teaspoon of chia seeds
Staying an optimist is often difficult in the active, humdrum daily lives most of us lead. However, you’ll find that it’s not just possible but can also be quite easy, as long as you invest some time and energy into it. Far from being a problem, old age can actually become a fun and exciting time in your life, as long as you follow these tips to stay optimistic:
Think for yourself, and don’t let others influence the way you see the world. There are so many stereotypes these days relating to old age and disease or weakness. If you buy into all of them, and you keep worrying about your body deteriorating over time, you simply won’t have any more time to really live your life to the fullest.
- Find new things to do every day. Whether you’re picking up a new habit or considering a spontaneous trip to the countryside, being active and taking life by the horns is one of the major keys to living a happy and optimistic life during old age. Many of the best retirement communities in Denver offer lots of opportunities to pursue hobbies, exercise, take classes, or visit local museums, theater, and concerts.
- As you age, learn to see the cup as half full. Even though your body might not be as vigorous and strong as it used to be, you can still have a fun time with your grandchildren, help your kids learn about old family recipes, take up gardening or enjoy a good book from time to time.