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ATTENTIVE GIFTS FOR THE OLDER ADULT

Thursday, November 17, 2016

As I prepare to purchase gifts for the older members of my family, I am again in a quandary as to what to give them.They never mention things they might want, and I have observed gifts from previous years still sitting around in the original gift box. Not only do I want my presents to be useful, I want them to indicate the thought I put into selecting them as a symbol of my love and respect. I am guessing I am not alone in this search for the illusive, thoughtful gift. ...Read the rest...


PREPARATION FOR THE HOLIDAYS

Thursday, November 10, 2016

Cooler temperatures and the changing colors of leaves in the fall kindle my thoughts about the holidays. Both Thanksgiving and Christmas are times when many families gather or reconnect with each other to celebrate.For an older adult, however, the holidays may be a time that is emotionally difficult, even a bit depressing. Sometimes, the holidays trigger thoughts and memories of happier days when the house was full of spouses and children. The traditions, meals and celebrations of yesteryear may no longer be a part of today’s experience and ruminating on those losses may create a sense of sadness or even depression in older adults. ...Read the rest...


THE VALUE OF WELLNESS TO STAFF MEMBERS

Tuesday, November 08, 2016

When utilized wisely a robust whole-person wellness program benefits the entire community - residents and staff alike.It all boils down to philosophy and the policies supporting that philosophy. If fitness creates wellbeing among residents, it also fosters wellbeing among staff – and happy staff members often are our best employees, resulting in happy residents and family members. Therefore, consider encouraging staff to be active participants in the wellness program by uplifting wellness as a value of the organization with policies that allow staff to participate. ...Read the rest...


BABY BOOMERS AND WELLNESS

Wednesday, October 26, 2016

BABY BOOMERS,unlike the generation preceding it, the Baby Boomer generation IS NOT silent. Born between 1946 and 1964, Boomers comprise approximately 25% of the population, but control 70% of the nation’s discretionary income (US Census)! They tend to be self-centered and individualistic in nature, are more tech savvy than their predecessors, and prefer quick fixes that do not require a lot of change. Health, energy and wellness are of utmost importance to Boomers, who do not like to admit they are aging and fight its progression through skin and hair products, anti-aging pills and lotions, weight-loss diets and techniques, and the use of medications such as Viagra. With these characteristics in mind, an engaging wellness program is important to this coming generation of senior living residents. The program must appeal to a progressive, tech savvy, individualistic resident. ...Read the rest...


Leading Age EXPO in Indianapolis

Sunday, October 23, 2016

Retirement Dynamics will be part of two presentations during the Leading Age Annual Meeting and EXPO in Indianapolis from October 30 - November 2. The theme of this year's gathering is "Be The Difference". The Annual Meeting & EXPO is not just any aging services meeting.  It’s a chance to connect with thousands who share your passion and commitment to improving the lives of those we serve. It’s a time to learn new strategies or find new suppliers to help you achieve better outcomes with fewer resources. Retirement Dynamics is proud to be part of two presentations during the conference. We hope you'll join us.
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MULTI GENERATIONAL WELLNESS MARKETING

Thursday, October 20, 2016

The distinct lifetime experiences of the Silent Generation and Baby Boomers have influenced their respective lifestyles, what they value, and their buying behaviors. When developing programming, amenities and services, their differing perspectives should be taken into consideration. Both generations honor and desire wellness; however, each group may use a different approach to achieving it. ...Read the rest...


SEVEN DIMENSIONS OF WELLNESS

Thursday, October 13, 2016

For many years, wellness meant the treatment of disability or illness in order to restore a level of health. Over the last few decades, the definition has expanded past a reactive perception to the insight that wellness can be proactive – a process that keeps one healthy and active, preventing or slowing decline. Among others, the International Council on Active Aging has identified seven dimensions of wellness: physical, social, emotional, intellectual, spiritual, vocational, and environmental. The concept advances the belief that someone who is fulfilled in each of these dimensions will experience a sense of wellbeing and, perhaps, lead a healthier life.  ...Read the rest...


EXPLORATION OF WELLNESS IN SENIOR LIVING COMMUNITIES

Thursday, October 06, 2016

During the month of October, the Retirement DYNAMICS blog will examine the followings aspects of fitness and wellness: ...Read the rest...


DOES ENHANCED INDEPENDENCE THROUGH TECHNOLOGY THREATEN SENIOR LIVING?

Thursday, September 29, 2016

Tremendous innovations in technology allow those who sacrificed independence to reclaim it once more.Advancements in smart phones, applications, smart houses, tele-monitoring, and easily accessible services create an opportunity for many people to remain in their homes for longer periods of time. Will senior living providers suffer occupancy decline due to these new capabilities? I venture “no,” on two counts, as we can respond by both embracing the changes and adapting to them. ...Read the rest...


ENHANCING INDEPENDENCE AT HOME THROUGH TECHNOLOGY

Thursday, September 22, 2016

Ninety-five percent of seniors state they wish to remain at home, and innovations in technology have assisted them in making that wish come true.Universal design, smart housing technology, remote safety with health monitoring, and community-based services for seniors are just a few of the initiatives extending their ability to remain at home.  ...Read the rest...


 

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