Spring Activities for Independent Living

Spring has officially arrived, so say goodbye to the long, chilly winter evenings!

That means plenty of sunshine and a comfortable temperature for spending time outside with your loved ones. This is also a great opportunity for residents at Terrace Place to get out of their rooms and enjoy the fresh air.

After being cooped up indoors for months, you’ve definitely missed out on some outside pastimes or hobbies that you didn’t get to enjoy due of the weather. Now you can get back to it and enjoy other outside activities while the weather is nice.

Below are spring activities that you may enjoy!

Get outside and enjoy nature

After being cooped up indoors all winter, it will feel great to get some fresh air and sunshine. It is still a little chilly outside so make sure you have plenty of layers, a hat, or a light scarf, while you walk to the paths on our property.

Celebrate the arrival of spring with a family get-together.

Time spent with family and close friends is something that many people cherish. Have a picnic meal for spring or Easter where everyone brings a dish to share. Make it even more enjoyable by including your family in the planning and design of the get-together.

Make a spring cleaning list.

The spring is the ideal time to declutter your house. So open the windows, let the fresh air in, and get down to business! If you need some additional assistance, invite one of your children to come over and browse over your belongings with you; it may turn into an opportunity to share wonderful memories through the mementos and photographs you’ve discovered!

4 Ways to Reduce High Cholesterol

High cholesterol raises your chances of developing heart disease and having a heart attack.

Medications can assist you in lowering your cholesterol. If you’d prefer make lifestyle changes to lower your cholesterol first, consider these four suggestions.

  • Reduce your weight

Carrying even a few extra pounds raises cholesterol levels. Small adjustments add up. Switch to water if you consume sugary beverages. Snack on air-popped popcorn or pretzels, but monitor your calorie intake. If you’re craving something sweet, consider sherbet or low-fat sweets. Look for methods to add extra movement to your daily routine, such as taking the stairs instead of the elevator or parking further away from your workplace. During your morning, go for a stroll. Increasing standing activities, such as cooking or walking, is a good idea.

  • Begin to move.

Regular physical exercise not only helps you maintain a healthy weight, but it also helps you decrease cholesterol by activating the enzymes that transport “bad” cholesterol from your bloodstream to your liver.

  • Get adequate rest.

In the fight against excessive cholesterol, sleep is just as crucial as food. People who don’t get enough sleep have lower HDL levels than those who receive at least seven hours of sleep per night.

  • Give up smoking.

In terms of cholesterol, smoking has a double whammy effect, reducing HDL levels (“good” cholesterol) while also increasing LDL levels.

It’s Easier Than You Think to Lower Your Cholesterol

As you can see, decreasing your cholesterol does not have to be a tough task. Despite the fact that millions of Americans use statin medicines to decrease their cholesterol levels, you can have a greater impact by implementing a few simple lifestyle adjustments.

You’ll fight off “bad” cholesterol and better use “good” cholesterol as you create appropriate eating habits, exercise frequently, and get plenty of sleep each night, boosting your general health and lowering your risk of heart disease and stroke.

When is it Time for Independent Living?

The years you spend in retirement will be the best of your life. You have more time to accomplish the things you enjoy, spend quality time with your family, and pursue activities that you enjoyed as a child. As you get older, it’s possible that you’ll need to move from your house to an independent living facility. You may be searching for an Independent Living Facility in Pennsylvania, but how do you know when it’s time to relocate? When deciding to make that move, there are a few things to look for. This article will provide you with a few tips to make an informed decision on whether or not to move into independent living.

Household maintenance has been neglected.

The landscape may be out of control, the furnace filters may not be replaced, and your home is steadily deteriorating. You may be spending a lot of money on handymen to complete chores that you could have completed yourself ten years ago.


As we age, we notice that we don’t interact with people as much as we used to. Most of your days are filled with watching television. At an independent living facility, you will be surrounded by other individuals just like you and there are also events going on here at Terrace Place.

You no longer drive.

If you no longer drive, it might be time to transition to independent living. Independent living facilities, like Terrace Place, has shuttles to take you to nearby shopping locations. You won’t have to bug a family member to get you from point A to point B.

Now you know a few things to look for in order to determine whether you need to move from your house to an independent living facility. Keep a look out for the following warning signals and schedule a tour at Terrace Place today!

5 Tips for Starting Your Morning

There’s nothing like a productive, upbeat morning to get your day started and give you drive and excitement for the hours ahead. If you wake up yawning and wishing you could sleep again, you may need to change your bedtime and night routine in order to obtain better sleep. But, assuming you get adequate sleep each night, why not invest some time in creating good morning habits? As the sun rises, a few easy tips can help you fuel your body and mind.

  • Is it better to have breakfast or not?

This question, it turns out, isn’t as important as you may assume. It’s fine if you don’t have breakfast every day, contrary to common perception. It’s a frequent misconception that eating breakfast speeds up your metabolism and that it’s the “most essential meal of the day,” but this might be a marketing trick. According to new research, whether you eat breakfast or not may not make a major impact in your weight. If you do decide to make breakfast a part of your daily routine, consider superfood breakfasts filled with nutrients to get your day started right.

  • Extend your body a little.

Get your blood pumping! You don’t need to go for a vigorous walk right after you get up; stretching can help you wake up, increase your flexibility, and feel more invigorated. Plus, it’s enjoyable! Reaching for your toes, lunging to each side, and stretching your arms to the sky are all good options. If you do decide to get up and take a morning walk, here at the Terrace place we have a beautiful walking paths for you to enjoy.

  • Make a list of your ideas.

Don’t think of yourself as a writer? You don’t have to be a novelist to get the benefits of journaling. Journaling offers a slew of potential advantages, including improving the immune system.

In the mornings, sitting down to write may help you plan your day, make intentions or goals, or simply create a record of your life narrative that you can share with family one day.

  • Every day, get up at the same time.

Consider this before hitting the snooze button again tomorrow: getting up at the same time every day can help you focus and remember things better, reduce irritation, and make waking up and falling asleep easier. Choose a wake-up time that is convenient for you on weekdays and weekends.

You might need to use an alarm clock at first, but your body will eventually acclimate to getting up on its own and on time. If you’re having trouble, try opening the blinds. The early light may aid in the body’s circadian rhythm regulation.

  • Connect with others. 

We don’t always have time to spend with our loved ones because life is so hectic. Make time in the morning to write a letter or schedule a phone conversation with someone you wish to reconnect with.

Winter Health & Safety Tips for Independent Living

The weather outside is frightful! Winter’s harsh chill and icy conditions can be particularly dangerous.

Here are some winter safety tips to prepare for a safer, healthier winter season.

Cold-weather protection – While it may seem obvious to dress warmly in the winter, this is especially crucial for the aging adults, who are more susceptible to hypothermia. To avoid lung injury, you should dress in layers, cover your head and hands, and breathe through a face covering when you walk outside in frigid conditions. Before you go for your morning walk on our walking trails please remember to bundle up.

Wear the Correct Footwear – Snow and cold weather create potentially slippery conditions that can result in an injury. Even if it’s merely to get on the shuttle bus, you should wear suitable non-slip footwear with lots of tread whenever you walk outside.

Eat a Well-Balanced Diet – Vitamin D insufficiency is one of the most common winter problems in the north east. To compensate for the loss of vitamin D we get from the sun, you should have a diversified diet high in vitamin D and calcium-rich foods such milk, eggs, and fish. If you aren’t taking a multivitamin should consider doing so now to ensure you are getting all of the vitamins and minerals needed for optimum health and a strong immune system.

Moisturize – Anyone’s skin can get painful and dry in the cold. Start moisturizing on a regular basis to minimize uncomfortable cracks and tears, especially after showering or washing your hands. Installing a humidifier in your bedroom and drinking enough water can also help. Even if you’re staying inside because it’s chilly outdoors, the dry air may have an impact on your home.

Here at Terrace Place we hope everyone has a healthy and safe winter!

New Years Eve Ideas for Your Independent Living Community

For some aging adults, ringing in the new year can be challenging, especially if they have recently lost a loved one, had a major accident, or been diagnosed with an age-related health issue. Terrace Place would like to ensure that our residents are happy and active. Instead of staying at home, encourage your loved one to celebrate with family and friends. Here are a few ideas for things to do on New Year’s Eve.

Dessert Party on New Year’s Eve – Everyone has a family recipe! Plan a dessert party after supper on New Year’s Eve with other residents to taste test a variety of traditional sweets you cook in your own kitchen.

Scavenger Hunt – Encourage your friends to come to Terrace Place and make a scavenger hunt. With our campus, event and dining room this would be fun!

Go Out For Brunch – Here at the Terrace Place we offer free transportation to our residents within 5 miles. Why not enjoy New Years Eve with brunch with your friends?

Throw a Party – The easy solution is to throw your own party in your room with your closest friends! Everyone can enjoy the countdown on the TV or dance to music.

Here at Terrace Place we hope everyone has a fantastic and healthy New Year!

Staying Active in Winter

You may either pull the covers over your head and go back to sleep when winter arrives, or you can dress up and embark on an outdoor winter adventure!

When the weather becomes colder, there’s no need to stop exercising. In fact, going out in the fall and winter offers some significant advantages versus working out in the summer.

Consider the following suggestions:

  • There’s no need to struggle with the heat and humidity. The coolness of winter may even help you feel more awake and energized.
  • In chilly weather, you may be able to exercise for longer periods of time, allowing you to burn even more calories.
  • It’s a fantastic way to soak up the sun (in small doses). Light not only improves many people’s emotions, but it also aids in the absorption of vitamin D.
  • During the cold and flu season, exercise strengthens your immunity. According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, only a few minutes a day can help avoid basic bacterial and viral diseases.

Try one of the following outdoor activities:

  • Hiking or brisk walking
  • Running or jogging
  • Snow shoveling

Keep warm and be safe.

It’s all about layers when it comes to staying warm and dry when exercising in the cold. Cold weather concerns such as hypothermia and frostbite can be avoided with intentional planning.

Your body heat is robbed by cold temperatures, strong winds, and moist situations (such as rain and snow). A 30-degree day with a 30-mile-per-hour wind, for example, feels like 15 degrees, according to the National Weather Service. And becoming wet (from rain, snow, or sweat) amplifies the impact. That is why it is critical to dress in layers. They aid in the trapping of heat and act as an insulator against the weather.

Resist the urge to begin layering with cotton. When cotton absorbs moisture from perspiration or snow, the moisture is retained, making you feel colder (and heavier). You want something that wicks moisture away from your skin as your first layer, such moisture wicking materials used in high-performance sportswear. Next, add a layer of fleece; finally, top with a thin waterproof layer.

How do you stay active in the winter? 

Comment below we would like to hear from you!

Why You Should Tour Independent Living Communities During the Holidays.

If your family is like many others, the holidays are one of the rare times of year when everyone gets together. If it’s been a year since you’ve seen one other, your loved one’s health and abilities may have changed dramatically from last year to this year.

For family members, this is frequently a source of anxiety. They recognize that their loved ones are becoming older, and it may be time to begin considering independent living communities.

Although visiting independent living communities around the holidays may be the last thing on your mind, it may be the greatest time to do so. Here are a few reasons why visiting independent living communities around the holidays is a good idea.

Festive Ambience

The holidays may bring a welcoming warmth to Vincentian Terrace Place. Our residents are in excellent spirits because of the festive decorations and glittering lights. This may help to alleviate some of the worry you or a loved one may be experiencing as everyone considers independent living.

Everyone Can be Involved in the Visit. 

The visit is open to everyone. During the Christmas season and throughout the year, the entire family may participate in seeing our beautiful living space. When considering new areas, it’s usually beneficial to have an extra pair of eyes, or three. Because the entire family will be there for the visit, everyone will feel more at ease with the final decision. By bringing the entire family together for the visit, everyone will feel more at ease about the selection, as they will have had the opportunity to see everything for themselves.

There’s always something fun going on during the holidays.

During the holidays, there is always something entertaining to do. As previously mentioned, independent living communities like Vincentian Terrace Place provide a variety of holiday-themed events, such as holiday concerts by local (or visiting) artists, hanging of the greens, decorating Christmas trees, holiday-themed games, parties, and so much more.

Ready to tour Vincentian Terrace Place during the holiday season? Contact Us today to schedule a tour.

Cooking for Yourself When Living Independently

You may fear the duty of cooking if you live by yourself. Preparing your own meals, on the other hand, saves money, develops healthy habits, and can be both simple and enjoyable!

Teaching oneself to cook might be scary if you have no prior culinary experience, but anybody can master the basics with the aid of cookbooks and easy tutorials. Read on for useful cooking techniques for single cooks to make dinner prep a snap.

Plan and prepare your meals ahead of time.

To stay organized and dedicated to eating healthy, meal planning is key.

It also helps you save a great deal of time and money. Make a two-week meal plan in advance. That way, you’ll be able to freeze part of the food you prepare this week and consume it the following week. This helps you avoid wasting food by preventing you from eating the same item every day.

Prep as much as you can over the weekend to help your week go more smoothly.

Make friends with your freezer.

Consider the future. If you know you won’t be able to eat leftover veggies or fruit before they go bad, freeze them. In the long term, this will save you a lot of money! Stack-able glass containers keep your freezer tidy so you always know what you have on hand.

Don’t be scared to adjust a recipe.

If a recipe calls for six servings and you only need two, reduce all of the ingredients in half. While this may not always work out, it is fantastic when it does. Snacks can be made from leftover ingredients. If a dish only asks for half a green bell pepper, slice the other half, toss it in a baggie, and pack a side of hummus for tomorrow’s snack.

What are some pointers and advice you’ve found useful while cooking for yourself? Have any recipes to share? Comment below. We would love to hear from you.

Tips for Being Socially Active in Your Independent Living Community

It’s no surprise that physical activity benefits our bodies.

Exercise raises your heart rate while also enhancing your balance, strength, and mobility. Did you realize, though, that social interaction is equally as crucial to your general health as you become older? Unfortunately, some aging adults may find it difficult to connect with others when friends and family move away, or as reduced mobility makes it difficult to get out and about.

This can lead to feelings of isolation and loneliness, which can be harmful to your physical, mental, and emotional well-being. In other words, social wellness, one of the eight dimensions of wellness, is key to healthy living.

Make mealtimes a social occasion.

Invite friends you meet during the day to join you in common areas for dinner. Make it a social event by setting a time and a meeting location. This is a fantastic method to get individuals from diverse hobbies together at the same time.

Become a member of a club (or two… or three!)

Joining a club or committee is a fantastic way to keep active while also meeting new people and doing something you enjoy. Residents of Terrace Place could be interested in joining Book Club, knitting group, the painting group or any of the other committees or organizations.


You can be restless in retirement after years of waking up early for work. However, this is an excellent moment to begin a new type of job: giving back to your community. Start your search by looking for volunteer groups that are in your area.

In senior living, how did you meet new friends? What advice would you provide to a newcomer to your independent living community? Please share them with us. We’d be delighted to hear from you.