Pet Therapy Gaining Increased Interest

It’s no surprise that pets offer a type of comfort and love you can’t find anywhere else. As more senior homes begin to offer pets to live with their residents, there is a new type of therapy that is evolving beyond what a typical caregiver can offer. Pet Therapy has been shown to provide immense value both emotionally and physically for some seniors.

Home Care Daily reports: “Pet therapy can assist people in reducing anxiety, bolstering memory for those who may be struggling with certain diseases like Alzheimer’s, and provide comfort for the lonely. Some research has also indicated a possible drop in blood pressure for those who simply stroke a pet sitting next to them.

There are different types of pet therapy available and as in-home care agencies and providers recognize the value this may offer, it may simultaneously inspire other seniors and disabled adults to begin looking into home care, perhaps for the first time.”

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How To Downsize Successfully

Downsizing is one of the hardest things you will have to do. What should stay and what should go? Then when you finally narrow it down, you find you need to narrow it down even more. In addition to the larger items like furniture, there is all the memorbilia, clothes, heirlooms, dishes… The list goes on!

In a recent Wall Street Journal article they intereviewed, Deborah Miller Lakoff who was a top Hollywood talent agent for over 40 years. She represented big names like William Devane, Ned Beatty, Bob Uecker and Julio Iglesias. For proof, one could just look in her garage.

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Pets are Critical for Senior Adults

Whether it be a cat or a dog, the answer is clear… Pets make a huge difference in the lives of seniors. Increased activity is one obvious benefit, but the companionship that a pet offers is slim to none. The “unconditional love” a pet can give you, regardless if you live alone or not, is the number one benefit that owning a pet can offer you.

A recent article from Forbes reported that “When it comes to deciding where to live in retirement, 70% of respondents said their pet is a factor in making the decision, and 82% said they would not consider moving to a senior living community without their pet. When asked if they would feel lonelier without their pet, most (86%) said they definitely would.  They also indicated that they wouldn’t be as healthy without their pet.”

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How to Downsize

One of the hardest challenges many seniors face is downsizing. However, it can be something to look forward to. Some seniors enjoy the idea of moving to a smaller place with less maintenance and upkeep. If you are looking to downsize, or if it’s time to have a conversation with your loved one about downsizing, timing is everything.

The decision to downsize is only one part of the equation. Once you’ve made the decision or have had the talk with your loved one about moving to a smaller home, there are an abundance of decisions that need to be made. Here are a few steps to help guide you through this difficult process.

Step #1: Choosing a New Place to Call Home

SeniorLiving.org writes “For a number of reasons, the most important thing to address first when downsizing is to determine where the senior’s next home will be. Considerations must be addressed such as whether or not the senior has memory issues, mobility concerns, their level of caregiving needs, budget constraints, the location of their loved ones and the preference of the senior. Deciding where they will move allows them to figure out just how much downsizing will be necessary. Furthermore, it may help the senior begin to feel more comfortable about the move and be far less reluctant and remorseful about the situation.

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The 10 Benefits of Walking

The 10 Benefits of Walking

Adding daily walks to your routine adds numerous health benefits. In addition to potentially prolonging your life, it can help prevent certain diseases. Another great benefit about walking, is that it is 100% free. No gym membership required! All you need to start walking is a good pair of shoes.

Here are 10 benefits that daily walks can give you according to Healthline:

1. Burn calories 

Walking can help you burn calories. Burning calories can help you maintain or lose weight

Your actual calorie burn will depend on several factors, including: 

  • walking speed
  • distance covered
  • terrain (you’ll burn more calories walking uphill than you’ll burn on a flat surface)
  • your weight

You can determine your actual calorie burn through a calorie calculator. For a general estimate, you can also refer to this chart.”

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Yes, Cooking Can Boost Your Mood

Just in time for the holidays, scientists have discovered that, yes, cooking and baking can boost your mood. A little creativity in the kitchen every day can go a long way towards happiness and satisfaction in the bustle of daily life.

“The study, published in the Journal of Positive Psychology, suggests that people who frequently take a turn at small, creative projects report feeling more relaxed and happier in their everyday lives. The researchers followed 658 people for about two weeks and found that doing small, everyday things like cooking and baking made the group feel more enthusiastic about their pursuits the next day.”

“Baking can help boost one’s mood by providing small tasks to focus on in a manner similar to meditating. In order to put together a good meal, cooks have to be constantly in the moment, adding ingredients, adjusting the heat of the stove and tasting their food to make sure everything will come out alright—all of which can be helpful techniques in treating some forms of mental illness”, wrote Huma Qureshi for The Guardian in 2013.

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Proving Care For a Caregiver

To have a loved one require care is a life-changing event for everyone. The person requiring care, as well as their loved ones, especially if they are going to be the ones providing the care. With longer life expectancies, the need for caregiving in later life is increasing. What happens to your life if you are suddenly thrown in to the role of caregiver?

While the nearly one in five Americans who care for dependent adults provide medical and nursing tasks for a loved one and they may have little or no training. It can be difficult to navigate the best routes to take with this new role, and know what are the correct questions to ask.

A recent editorial from the New York Times gives a very personal look into caregiving for a loved one. In this article, the author’s aunt was 32 years old when she suffered a stroke and required round-the-clock care.

The arthor writes: “Because we do not prioritize psychological well-being, we don’t ask how keeping the elderly and disabled in good spirits could make us a stronger, better, happier country. Instead, we ask home care workers to provide, often for little more than minimum wage, very subtle, tailored companionship — call it care or friendship or even love.”

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The proposed West Davis Active Adult Community was unanimously approved by the City Council on Tuesday (6/12/18) to be place on the November ballot for a vote under Measure R.

A West Davis development project aimed at increasing the supply of housing for Davis seniors — including low-income seniors — is headed to the November ballot.

The City Council voted unanimously on Tuesday to place the West Davis Active Adult Community on the ballot for a vote under Measure R. The vote came exactly one week after Davis voters approved a Measure R project — the Nishi student housing development — for the first time.

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The Keys to Super Longevity

Psychologist Susan Pinker presents fascinating evidence on the keys to living a long, healthy life. Researching the Italian island of Sardinia, home to more than six times as many centenarians as the mainland and ten times as many as North America give insight to what it takes to live to 100 and beyond. Here’s the TED Talk:

 

Davis Enterprise: West Davis Active Adult Community in 2018

The Davis Planning Commission will conduct public hearings on proposed projects in Davis, including the West Davis Active Adult Community. The Davis Enterprise recently published this article outlining the details of the community and information every Davis resident should know.

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