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!

Eat Healthier This Summer

Summer foods, while delicious and potentially healthy, are often high in unhealthful amounts of salt, sugar, fats, and even potentially harmful ingredients, which you should try to avoid as much as possible. While you should not put away your picnic clothes just yet, here are some pointers on what you should try this summer to stay healthy.

Healthy Substitutions:

A few healthy substitutions can go a long way toward improving your nutrition when it comes to all your favorite summer staples:

  • – Ice cream is a summertime must-have. Substitute low-fat yogurt for ice cream cones and sandwiches in your favorite shakes and smoothies. You can also add spoonfuls of nuts for that extra protein boost.
  • – Swap refined white sugar for natural alternatives like honey or maple syrup in your baked goods.

Eat Fresh over Frozen:

Take advantage of the fresh fruits and vegetables available at local farmers’ markets, grocers, and roadside stands this summer. It’s your chance to splurge on farm-fresh produce like summer squash, heirloom tomatoes, cherries, apricots, bell peppers, corn, arugula, beets, radishes, cucumbers, and strawberries. These much better for you compared to frozen meals or canned goods.

Eat healthy fats:

Eat less butter, dairy and fried foods. Try adding olive oil, raw nuts, natural peanut butter and avocados into your diet.

Ready to eat healthy this Summer in a great independent living community for adults 55+? Contact Terrace Place today at 412.548.4100!

3 Tips for Summer Safety

Summer has arrived, bringing with it family vacations, outdoor barbecues, pool days, and a lot of time spent in the sun. Summer is a time to enjoy time with friends and family, but it’s also important to remember that aging adults face unique challenges and dangers. Summer dangers range from extreme heat to sun overexposure and dehydration, so be aware of them so you can make the most of the season! These three practical tips can help you and your family have a fun and safe summer!

Tip 1 – Keep Hydrated.

You can’t conserve as much water as you did when you were younger and your sense of thirst becomes less acute. This leaves you more prone to dehydration. You should drink at least 8 glasses of water per day and avoid dehydrating beverages such as alcohol and caffeinated beverages.

Tip 2 – Check the side effects of your prescriptions.

Some medications cause people to be more sun-sensitive. Check to see if your prescriptions require you to take extra precautions. It’s unlikely that you’ll have to give up outdoor activities, but you’ll need to pay extra attention to some of the other tips on this list to avoid problems.

Tip 3 – Understand the symptoms of heatstroke.

Hyperthermia is a condition caused by abnormally high body temperatures, which is common in the summer. Heatstroke is a severe form of hyperthermia that can be life-threatening. Knowing the symptoms of hyperthermia can help you avoid a heat stroke. If you or a loved one are experiencing any of the following symptoms, seek medical help right away:

  • – Fainting
  • – Not sweating
  • – Heavy breathing
  • – Rapid pulse
  • – Headache
  • – Nausea and vomiting
  • – Dry, flushed skin
  • – A sudden change in behavior (confusion, agitation)
  • – Body temperature higher than 104 degrees

Ready to stay safe this Summer in a great independent living community for adults 55+? Contact Terrace Place today at 412.548.4100

The surprising benefits of being creative

Life gets busy. We sometimes forget why we create or what value it provides in our lives. Whether you’re a first-time artist or an expert, there are endless benefits to continue pursuing your inner artist. Here are 4 benefits of being creative – along with some tips on how you can achieve that. 

1. Improve mental healthEngaging in creative activities helps with focus and concentration. It is a great way to exercise the brain and stimulate it by pursuing new activities. Arts and crafts like painting, knitting, pottery making, etc. can also slow the deterioration of cognitive function in aging adults.

2. Therapeutic outlets – As people age, they sometimes lose the ability to communicate effectively or engage in activities that they once enjoyed. This can be frustrating and overwhelming and can contribute to poor quality of life or other issues. By giving yourself another way to express yourself, the creative arts can serve a cathartic purpose and allow elderly persons a way of communicating with others.

3. Form new friendships – A common hobby is one of the easiest ways to cultivate friendships at any age. When just moving into a new community like Terrace Place it is important to attend our events. Attending our events, will aloud you to meet others on campus and make long-lasting friendships.

4. Increased physical health – Surprisingly, regular participation in the creative arts yields a significant increase in physical health. You usually stand when you paint or you can take Yoga, which is a great physical art that benefits aging adults as well.

Ready to get creative in a great independent living community for adults 55+? Contact Terrace Place today at 412.548.4100