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Fun Crafts to Get You in the Fall Spirit

Fun Crafts to Get You in the Fall Spirit

  Fall is a great time of year for crafting! Try these DIY craft ideas to add some festive fall fun to your home, or give them away as gifts. Pumpkin Vase Dress up your front porch, mantle, or dining room table with this fun, seasonal flower vase. Simply carve out the inside of your pumpkin, then use a multi-surface…

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Get Creative for National Assisted Living Week

Get Creative for National Assisted Living Week

  This September, make plans to spend National Assisted Living Week (NALW) with residents of senior living communities like Grand Oaks of Okeechobee—and be prepared to get creative! Founded in 1995 by the National Center for Assisted Living (NCAL), National Assisted Living Week promotes awareness about assisted living facilities and their residents, and the important ways they benefit our local…

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Hurricane Preparedness at Grand Oaks of Okeechobee

Hurricane Preparedness at Grand Oaks of Okeechobee

  In March, 2018, while serving as Florida’s governor, Rick Scott implemented new regulations regarding hurricane preparedness for assisted living facilities and nursing homes in Florida. Scott put the new rules in place after 12 residents at the Hollywood Hills Rehabilitation Center in Broward County perished from heat exposure following Hurricane Irma in 2017. The residents’ deaths raised serious questions…

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Fun Activities to Do With Your Aging Loved One

Fun Activities to Do With Your Aging Loved One

  It’s not always easy to find fun activities to do with your aging loved one, particularly if they have limited mobility. However, there are still plenty of ways you can enjoy the time you spend together, even if you have different interests or different physical capabilities. The following is a list of fun activities that will inspire you to…

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Senior Care: 5 Benefits of Staying Hydrated This Summer

Senior Care: 5 Benefits of Staying Hydrated This Summer

  During the hot summer months, one of the simplest yet most overlooked necessities is proper hydration. This is especially true when it comes to senior care. The elderly or those experiencing certain health conditions are particularly susceptible to dehydration. While it’s no surprise that drinking plenty of fresh water can help keep dehydration at bay, drinking more water also…

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Older Americans Month 2019: Connect, Create, Contribute

Older Americans Month 2019: Connect, Create, Contribute

Each year, more and more older adults are making a positive impact in and around our community. As volunteers, employees, employers, educators, mentors, advocates, family members and friends, they offer insight and experience that benefits the entire community. For this reason, Older Americans Month has been recognizing the contributions of senior adults across the nation for 43 years. Created by…

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3 Very Important Tips for When Aging Parents Won’t Take Your Advice

3 Very Important Tips for When Aging Parents Won’t Take Your Advice

According to a study conducted at Penn State University, nearly 80% of adult children feel their aging parents are too stubborn to take their advice, especially when it comes to getting help with activities of daily living or moving to an assisted living community. Mary Heitger-Marek, a program analyst from Maryland, found herself feeling similar to the study’s participants when…

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Country Living for Seniors:

Country Living for Seniors:

Is Aging in the Country Better than Aging in a City? Country living for seniors may not be the kind of challenge that everyone feels up to tackling. After all, there are plenty of potential drawbacks to living in a small country town, including less job opportunities, a need for more health care options, and a lack of adequate social…

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Gone Fishin’! The Heart Healthy Benefits of Fishing for Seniors

Gone Fishin’! The Heart Healthy Benefits of Fishing for Seniors

  If you’re an avid fan of fishing, you probably already know that February is the perfect time in South Florida to enjoy some bass or crappie fishing. But you may not know that February is also National American Heart Month, and there are a lot of heart healthy benefits to going fishing, especially for seniors. Heart Healthy Benefit: Stress…

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