Why Independent Living is Perfect for Gen X

By Senior Living

Gen Xers watched MTV for the 24-hour music videos, loved John Hughes movies, and listened to Hootie & The Blowfish cassettes on their Walkmans.

Now, MTV is home to shows like Jersey Shore, Molly Ringwald is old enough to be an AARP member, and Hootie’s a country singer, with songs that stream to Gen Xers’ smartphones on Spotify.

The world Gen X grew up in has certainly changed. And so have they, especially financially: Though they suffered losses during the Great Recession, Gen Xers are the only generation to recover the wealth they lost, with the median net worth of Gen X households rising 115%.

Though Gen Xers may still have less overall household wealth than baby boomers, many people in Generation X are still in some of their prime earning years. Gen X as a whole has also increased its home equity and doubled its assets. In fact, Gen Xers are set to overtake the boomers as the nation’s wealthiest generation.

Now, this group is starting to turn its collective attention to retirement and their retirement lifestyle — and what it could look like for America’s 65.2 million Gen Xers, who the Pew Research Center says will outnumber baby boomers by 2028.

To find out why independent living is perfect for Gen X, CLICK HERE.

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11 Myths About Alzheimer’s Disease

By Health & Wellness

Alzheimer’s disease is a leading cause of death in the United States, and millions of Americans are affected by the disease. It’s important to distinguish the facts from the myths about Alzheimer’s, especially when it comes to finding information online.

To learn about 11 common myths surrounding this disease from the National Institute on Aging, CLICK HERE.

Delta Variant Update

By Health & Wellness

Our community is carefully monitoring current Delta variant positivity rates in the area. Resident and employee safety is our top priority, and our policies are based on local, state and federal guidance. With questions on current policies related to resident safety, please contact our team directly.

How to Assess When an Older Adult Requires Caregiving Assistance

By Health & Wellness

Sometimes an older adult’s need for additional help is obvious. It could be that he or she is having a hard time getting to appointments, seems confused by instructions or perhaps isn’t paying bills on time. More often, though, the change happens gradually. That’s where a professional assessment comes in. This comprehensive review of all aspects of person’s mental, physical and environmental condition is one way to determine if your loved one needs assistance. This helps to evaluate his or her ability to remain safely independent and identify risks and ways to reduce them.

A family member or caregiver also has an opportunity to evaluate how a loved one is doing in terms of health, safety and quality of life. To learn about red flags suggested by AARP that you may want to look out for, CLICK HERE.

The Big Benefits of Meditation for Seniors

By Health & Wellness

If you’re looking for holistic methods to improve your overall health, you’ll likely explore what types of exercise are right for your body, what foods to incorporate into your diet to support your immune system, and how to build and maintain meaningful relationships. All these avenues can lead to improved health, but you may also want to establish a meditation practice. The benefits of meditation for seniors are multidimensional and widespread. A daily practice can improve important aspects of your health.

To learn more about meditation and its benefits, CLICK HERE.

Is Your Retirement Community Transgender-Friendly? Here are Some Questions to Ask

By Lifestyle

Although data varies, it’s estimated there are currently 3 million LGBT Americans ages 50+, a number projected to grow to 7 million by 2030. These adults face unique challenges as they age. A SAGE (Services and Advocacy for Gay, Lesbian, Bisexual, and Transgender Elders) fact sheet reports that LGBT seniors are twice as likely to be single and live alone, and four times less likely to have children. They’re also more likely than their straight peers to have been subjected to discrimination, social stigma and prejudice because of their sexual orientation.

If you’re a transgender or gender nonconforming adult, you’re probably no stranger to discrimination socially, at work or in a health care setting. Thankfully, public acceptance of transgender individuals is growing. And this extends to retirement communities too. Communities are evolving to better serve the increasing numbers of LGBT seniors and their diverse needs.

To learn about additional considerations to consider to ensure that a senior living community is equipped to support you, CLICK HERE.

The Big Benefits of Meditation for Seniors

By Health & Wellness

If you’re looking for holistic methods to improve your overall health, you’ll likely explore what types of exercise are right for your body, what foods to incorporate into your diet to support your immune system, and how to build and maintain meaningful relationships. All these avenues can lead to improved health, but you may also want to establish a meditation practice. The benefits of meditation for seniors are multidimensional and widespread. A daily practice can improve important aspects of your health.

To learn more about meditation and its benefits, CLICK HERE.

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5 Tips to Help You Prevent Vision Loss

By Health & Wellness

May is Healthy Vision Month and it’s an important reminder to take care of our eyes.

We use our eyes to complete daily tasks like preparing meals, engaging in physical activity, taking the correct medication and dosage, protect ourselves from falling, and so much more. That’s why it’s important to keep them healthy, so we’re seeing our best and maintaining our independence. If we don’t, the quality of our vision could decline—from a combination of age and lifestyle factors.

To learn about simple guidelines from the National Council on Aging (NCOA) that can help you maintain your vision health, CLICK HERE.

Update Regarding Mask Policies at The Bayshore on Hilton Head Island

By Health & Wellness

The CDC announced on May 13, 2021 that fully vaccinated people can resume activities without wearing a mask or physically distancing, except where required by federal, state, local, tribal, or territorial laws, rules, and regulations, including local business and workplace guidance. According to the CDC, people are considered fully vaccinated:

• 2 weeks after their second dose in a 2-dose series, such as the Pfizer or Moderna vaccines, or
• 2 weeks after a single-dose vaccine, such as Johnson & Johnson’s Janssen vaccine

We share your enthusiasm about the news and are hopeful COVID-19 rates continue to decline. Because our community follows guidance from health and regulatory agencies, our policies reflect the following:

• Residents in independent living are no longer required to wear a mask in the independent living areas of the community if they are fully vaccinated unless required by local and state regulations, as mentioned above.
• All residents, regardless of vaccination status, must wear masks on any form of community-based transportation.
• Family and friends visiting residents in independent living need to wear a mask when entering and exiting and while in common spaces within a community. Masks can be removed when visitors are in a resident’s apartment.
• All residents in assisted living or memory care must continue to wear masks as required by the CDC for assisted living.
• All independent living residents, family, and friends visiting residents in the assisted living, memory care, or skilled nursing areas in communities must continue to wear masks and adhere to the safety protocols in these settings.
• Individuals taking part in a tour experience or attending an event at the community must wear a mask to meet with our team and experience the various areas of our community.

There are no changes to our mask policy for employees at this time, regardless of their vaccination status. The CDC states it is still learning how effective the vaccines are against variants of the virus that causes COVID-19. For the protection of residents and fellow employees, all community employees must wear masks, regardless of where they work within our community.

The health and safety of residents and employees remains our highest priority. We’ll continue to monitor the situation and adjust our protocol to help ensure the health and safety of our residents and employees. With further questions related to our COVID-19 protocols, please contact us directly.

How Respite Care can be Used to Test Drive Assisted Living

By Uncategorized

Moving your parents or loved one to assisted living is a decision that requires a lot of thought and research. There are so many different aspects of an assisted living community to consider that without visiting communities, there’s no real way to know if it meets all your requirements, or if you, your parents or loved one will even like it. One of the ways to get a better picture of what assisted living is like in a given community is to take advantage of their respite care program. A short respite stay will give you and your loved ones an idea as to what the community is like, what services they offer, and if it’s the right choice for them.

To learn more about respite care, CLICK HERE.