Tips For Staying Positive and Young As You Age

How do you feel about the aging process? Do you see it as a positive rite of passage or a negative phenomenon that must be tolerated?

Experts and researchers on older adults agree that the following lifestyle factors can help improve your attitude toward aging and improve your quality of life. It’s never too late to start incorporating these habits into your daily routine.

Maintain physical activity – Physical activity and exercise are extremely beneficial to both our physical and emotional health. Daily moderate exercise is an excellent way to relieve stress, maintain a healthy weight, strengthen aging bones, and improve attitude. According to aging experts, a regular walking and strength training routine is an ideal way for many older Americans to maintain their fitness and sense of well-being. Consult your doctor before beginning an exercise program to determine the best plan for you.

Work on stress reduction – While it is nearly impossible to avoid stress and negative experiences as we age, there are a variety of useful ways to minimize and manage it. Different techniques work for different people, but many people have found that meditation, yoga, tai chi, walking, prayer, and deep breathing exercises are beneficial. Because stress can be harmful to both the mind and the body, it is critical to find a stress-reduction regimen that works for you.

Maintain brain activity – Maintaining a healthy, active brain is another important aspect of emotional health and well-being as we age, and it has also been linked to the prevention or delay of dementia. Crossword puzzles, board games, reading, learning a second language, painting, listening to classical music, and developing new skills are also thought to be beneficial to brain health. Many older Americans are now taking classes at a local college as well as online courses to keep their minds active.

You can reduce the stress of aging and improve your outlook on life by following these tips. When it comes to growing older, the phrase “attitude is everything” has proven to be true!

Memorial Day for Older Adults

Memorial Day is a special day in our country when we honor and remember those who have died while serving in the military. While many of us regard Memorial Day as the unofficial start of summer, it is critical that we assist our senior residents in honoring this day and remembering those who have died. Of course, you should still plan your Memorial Day cookout – who doesn’t want to have fun eating together? – but also consider including some of these more themed activities in your Memorial Day schedule.

Poppy Flowers: Since World War I, red poppies have been used as a way for people to mourn the loss of soldiers in the line of duty, and they have been known as the universal remembrance flower. Did you know that you can also contact your state’s Veterans of Foreign Wars headquarters to purchase artificial red poppies through the Buddy Poppy Program, which is run by disabled veterans in veteran hospitals.

National Moment of Remembrance: At 3 p.m. local time, all Americans are asked to observe a moment of silence in memory of those who died while serving. Consider planning a brief tribute that includes a moment of silence followed by the playing of the “Taps” bugle call during this time.

Flag Raising: The American flag is the most recognizable symbol of Memorial Day. On Memorial Day, consider holding a flag-raising ceremony. Please keep in mind that on Memorial Day, the flag should be flown at half-staff until noon, when it should be raised to full-staff until sunset.

These are just a few Memorial Day activities we love. We encourage you to come up with your own. And remember: however you spend the holiday, make the most of this opportunity to remember, give thanks, and spend time with those you care about.

Common Questions Terrace Place is Asked About Independent Living

Many older people reach a point in their lives when they no longer want to live in the big family house, but they also don’t require the assistance provided in an assisted living setting. Younger retirees frequently relocate to smaller condos. Those who are 55 and older, no longer want to cook, drive, or care for a home may prefer to live in an independent living community.

Choosing the right independent living community can be one of the most important decisions a aging adult will make. Location, amenities, dining, pricing, and visitor policies can all have an impact on your day-to-day quality of life. It is critical to conduct research when looking for an independent living community for yourself or when assisting an loved one in finding their ideal new home. Visit websites, request brochures, and, most importantly, schedule a tour of any senior community that interests you.

Why Terrace Place?

What is the Current Rent and Fee Schedule? 

Knowing the current rent and fee schedule is important and can help make your decision based on what you can afford each month.

Below is the current Terrace Place rent and fee schedule:

What is Included in the Rent? 

Asking what is included in the rent is always a great idea. You need to know the ins and outs of what you are paying for before you move in.

Here at Terrace Place, rent includes all utilities, high speed WiFi, maintenance to building and grounds, in-unit smart technology, parking, refuse collections, private on-site storage locker, transportation within a five-mile radius, programs and special events. Each resident is responsible for television and a landline phone package. Meal plans are available should you choose.

What Does Transportation Look Like? 

Whether you drive or don’t drive you need to know your transportation options. Is there a shuttle? What is parking like?

There is scheduled transportation available within a five-mile radius of Terrace Place at Vincentian. Outings and grocery store trips are also scheduled on a regular basis.

Terrace Place’s parking is all surface parking. There are plenty of parking spaces for all residents as well as guest/visitor parking. There will be no assigned parking spaces. The parking lot is designed to accommodate covered carports if there is a high demand from our residents; however, this was not originally planned.

Learn More About Terrace Place Independent Living.

These questions can assist you in selecting the best independent living community for your needs. We do recommend visiting our FAQs page on our website to answer any other questions you may have. However, if your question isn’t there, our staff at Terrace Place is eager to answer all of your questions so that you and your family can feel confident in this decision.

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!

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.

Benefits of Book Clubs for Independent Living

Book clubs are more than just a reading group; they’re a fantastic way for independent living individuals to interact, broaden their horizons, keep up with current events, and more. Learn more about the advantages of joining an independent living book club and make a commitment to do so this month!

Make new acquaintances

What better approach to get to know your independent living community neighbors than to share your thoughts with them once a week?

A book club allows you to share your take on a book in a casual, non-judgmental environment. There are no bad ideas, which offers participants a sense of freedom and inventiveness, which is ideal for making connections in a new place.

Improve and maintain communication skills

Book clubs are an excellent method for seniors to retain and enhance their communication skills as they age. Participants in a book club must learn to listen, discuss, and dispute without resorting to emotional arguments since books elicit personal ideas.

Participants are encouraged to be both honest and considerate during discussions. Because discussing novels requires speaking in front of a small group, expressing opinions, and summarizing concepts, book clubs can also help seniors overcome their phobia of public speaking.

Improves Mental Health

You’re well aware that as you become older, you’re more susceptible to emotions of extreme loneliness, isolation, and even dementia.

If you wish to work against these brain diseases, we recommend that you read as a method to improve your mental health.

People who read at least 20 pages a day have better mental health than those who do not, according to recent studies. Reading, in addition to improving mental flexibility, may also serve as a sort of meditation for your mind. It is known to relieve stress by soothing and relaxing the mind.

Book groups are just one of the numerous activities that take place in the Terrace Place community. By creating or joining a book club, you may optimize the health advantages of reading. Socializing with others can also help avoid the health hazards of isolation, such as high blood pressure and depression.

Terrace Place Favorite Things About Fall

While some individuals aren’t quite ready to say goodbye to summer, we adore autumn and greet it with open arms.

Our favorite things about fall

Clothing Styles – Fall provides us an excuse to dress up in luxurious textiles like cashmere, corduroy, and wool. And, when the weather becomes colder, we can layer up with hats, sweaters, scarves, and coats to keep warm while looking stylish!

The Scenery –  Fall demonstrates that diversity is the spice of life. Green is wonderful, but fall proves that variety is the spice of life. We see yellows, oranges, and reds as we walk along a tree-lined street or along our nature trails at Terrace Place.

Food – Fall is the season for eating! According to studies, we consume around 200 calories extra each day in the autumn. There’ll be candy for Halloween, turkey for Thanksgiving, and plenty of apple cider to wash it all down.

Football season – Sports fans throughout the country have much to rejoice about on Saturdays and Sundays when their favorite collegiate and professional teams hit the field. Here at Terrace place, we love watching our residents in the common room watching TV with each other.

Here at Terrace Place we hope everyone has a fantastic Fall season.

Autumn Wellness Tips to Keep You Healthy This Fall

The transition to the shorter and busier days of fall can be a challenge. Here are a few tips to stay happy and healthy this fall. 

Start taking a Vitamin D supplement. – Because we obtain the majority of our Vitamin D from the sun, our intake drops when the weather becomes cooler, as we spend more time indoors throughout the fall and winter seasons. If you don’t go out often, a Vitamin D pill might help you feel better and strengthen your immune system!

Take some time to yourself. – Autumn and winter are nature’s way of urging us to take it easy. Start a diary or keep note of your moods to better understand how you’re feeling.

Boost your immune system. – This may be accomplished by drinking enough water, cleaning your hands frequently to avoid illness and eating healthy meals.

Stay active! – It’s easy to just sit around all day, but it’s vital to get some exercise. Raking leaves or shoveling snow are both acceptable activities.

Keep a schedule. – The cold months can seem to drag on and push us into isolation. Stay on track by scheduling time in your day to do things you like to do.

Fall is the ideal time to take a step back and assess your health and well-being. These suggestions are intended to assist you in having a healthy fall overall. Best of all, you can start incorporating the following health recommendations into your life right now!

5 Great Things About Independent Senior Living

Every stage of life has its own set of circumstances, as well as a list of concerns and duties that come with it. Transitioning to independent living takes forethought and preparation. If you’ve been thinking about making the switch but aren’t sure if independent living is appropriate for you, these 5 great things about independent senior living may be helpful to you.

  • A soothing environment – Residents at Terrace Place must be 55 or older. This implies there will be no late-night college parties or children’s screams in your area. Our facilities offer a peaceful, judgement-free environment.
  • Human Connection – You’ll meet people your age at Terrace Place. There’s a whole socializing component to our community that may assist people migrating from a large-scale existence in a prior house or neighborhood to enhance quality of life. The neighbors you meet will become friends who you will see at events and activities on a regular basis.
  • Assistance, When You Need It – It’ll be there if and when you need it. Many adults look forward to the opportunity to downsize. Cleaning, maintaining, and managing a smaller place is easier. Our independent senior living includes transportation and meal services, as well as active programs, family services and support.
  • Freedom + Safety – Terrace Place is your own home in an independent living community. You are encouraged to come and go as you want & decorate and set up your own area to suit your preferences. You have the flexibility to choose the sort of assistance or engagement you want while still knowing that your independence is protected.

Our independent living campuses have security mechanisms in place to establish and encourage a secure community and place to live. This ensures your safety and privacy are never a worry.

  1. Peace of mind – Cleaning toilets, clearing gutters, and doing laundry is a lot of labor, and you might be ready for a break. As an independent living community, we provide a low-maintenance lifestyle, allowing you to focus on enjoying your retirement.

Have additional questions about what makes independent living so great? Contact Terrace Place today at  https://terraceplace.org/ we would love to assist you!