Almost half of seniors over age 65 have been diagnosed with arthritis. Creative seniors might be afraid arthritis will keep them from their favorite activities, as writing, crafting, playing instruments and many other creative hobbies do involve using your hands. But this condition doesn’t have to keep seniors from doing what they love. Here are some tips and tricks to help seniors with arthritis continue to work on creative projects.
A nutritious diet helps keep you physically strong, and now, there's promising evidence that it keeps your mind sharp, too. Studies show that following the MIND diet — with its emphasis on leafy greens and berries — can boost brain health and slow cognitive decline.
According to consumer-spending data captured by the Bureau of Labor Statistics, as of 2020, individuals over the age of 65 were spending an average of more than $6,600 per year on healthcare. That does include insurance expenses, which many people cover as a way to help reduce their overall medical spending for the year. But are there ways that older adults on potentially limited incomes can get help covering medical expenses or otherwise reduce their healthcare costs?
Whether you’re a morning person or not, your morning routine is of vital importance and directly affects the way the rest of your day progresses. The habits you set for yourself each morning can make or break your productivity and state of mind all throughout the afternoon and evening. By establishing a morning routine that prioritizes your physical and mental well-being, you can make sure all your mornings start off the right way. Here’s a look at some good practices to implement into the beginning of each new day.
Cognitive decline is a concern for many seniors. And while some decline is a natural part of aging, there are things you can do that may help slow cognitive decline and keep your mind sharp as a tack. At the Gardens at Barry Road assisted living community, we want seniors to stay in the best possible health both physically and mentally, so we made a list of six brain training ideas you can try.
At The Gardens at Barry Road, we promote a lifestyle of comfort and convenience with restaurant-style dining, a robust activities calendar and spacious private and companion apartments with full-service solutions. For some residents, selling their homes and using the proceeds to cover their housing and care is a sensible option. However, if you want to maintain ownership of your home, you can still use the equity to cover residential care expenses. A reverse mortgage lets you tap into your home’s equity to supplement your retirement income.
If you watch television at all, you've probably seen commercials for life insurance for older adults. Whether you're enjoying a vibrant life in an assisted living community such as The Gardens at Barry Road already or you're considering such a move, you may wonder if life insurance is important for you and how it might impact your financial plans for long-term care.
As the years go by, people undergo various changes and transformations. From adolescence to adulthood, people's identities, perspectives and bodies adapt as they go through the stages of maturation. One of the major changes that occurs with age is a change in one's diet. Over time, flavor palates evolve — as do the body's nutritional needs. Here are five ways you can expect your diet to change and how to fill in the gaps of your nutrition.
Books captivate and suck you in, surrounding you with the world they’ve created. The actions, thoughts, feelings and emotions that play out on the pages are rewarding and fulfilling in a way that few things can be. And to top it all off, they’re good for your brain. Historical fiction especially is capable of really drawing you in and thrusting you into the story. All you have to do is open the book and instead of being at The Gardens at Barry Road, you’re in Henry VII’s court or the Roman Empire. While any book that covers a specific person or time period in history that you are particularly interested in is a good choice, these five books bring history alive and are a great place to start exploring history in a new way.
At the Gardens at Barry Road in Kansas City, Missouri, we encourage our residents to stay physically and mentally active. One of the best ways to stay engaged is to take online classes with your computer or tablet. You'll learn something new and have a chance to connect with other people, all from the comfort of your assisted living apartment. Before you enroll in your first course, follow these tips to make sure you have the right equipment and understand how to complete a class successfully.