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Turning Back The Clock: It’s Not Too Late to Adopt a Healthier Lifestyle

Senior Health Tips According to the American Journal of Medicine, “Researchers from the Medical University of South Carolina, Charleston found that people 45 to 64 years of age who added healthy lifestyle behaviors could substantially reduce their risk for cardiovascular disease (CVD) and reduce their death rate.”  So, it goes without saying that as we grow older, living a heart-healthy lifestyle is smart.  But, here are the 4 things you

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Your Brain Activity: How to Stay Mentally Sharp in Retirement

Stay Mentally Sharp in Retirement The role of mental health and longevity is well documented. Just as we need to exercise our bodies to protect cardiovascular and bone health, working out our brains is essential to preserving our mental, social, and emotional health. Mental Stimulation and Combating Alzheimer’s Alzheimer’s disease is very common today. It’s characterized by mild memory loss in the early stages and can progress to include a decreased ability to make decisions or participate in activities of daily living. Starting at age 65, your risk of developing Alzheimer’s doubles every five years. To minimize your risk, experts in the field suggest that following a healthy diet rich in fruit and vegetables and exercising your brain with activities can be beneficial. BayWoods of Annapolis residents enjoy a well rounded daily schedule of activities offering both mental and physical stimulation. contact us for more information. Staving Off Dementia Dementia is an umbrella term for all forms of cognitive impairment. Dementia is most commonly associated with memory loss, but it can also manifest as a loss of language skills, motor activity, or ability to plan and make decisions. Vascular dementia, for example, can be the result of a stroke. There’s

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Is Your Retirement Community Pet-Friendly?

Pet Friendly Retirement Community Pets can bring so much joy and help relieve anxiety and stress.  In this article, we’ll review how to make sure your retirement community is well-aligned with the needs of you and your pet. It doesn’t take a rocket scientist to realize that pets can be comforting companions, particularly as we grow older.   Walking a dog can provide great exercise, loving companionship, and help provide purpose.  So, you may wonder why a retirement community would have policies against pets?  As it turns out, there are some very valid things to consider, on both sides of the proverbial fence. One of the top priorities with a senior bringing a beloved pet to any community is to ensure that both the senior and their pets’ well-being is taken into consideration.  While pets can provide an array of benefits to their human parents, unfortunately, they can also present some challenges.  Seniors may not be able to continue to remember to properly medicate or feed their pets.  As the animal gets older, the pet may require special care or costly medications.  Getting them to a veterinarian for routine care may also be a challenge.  Furthermore, if you begin to experience

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Is Waterfront Retirement Living Right for Me?

Waterfront Retirement Living Choosing the right retirement community for yourself or a loved one can be a challenging undertaking. With so many options available, we often feel overwhelmed. Waterfront retirement living has its advantages – could it be the perfect option for you? Check out these benefits of choosing to live retired life next to the water. Location, Location, Location, the waterfront atmosphere Water is known for its ability to create a serene atmosphere. After the hustle and bustle of our working years, a little tranquility could be just what the doctor ordered. BayWoods of Annapolis residents enjoy their own amazing water view of the Chesapeake Bay. The campus has a private pier, complete with benches and immaculate landscaping. A putting green directly overlooking the Chesapeake Bay. The waterfront views provide the perfect place to relax and reflect. For more information on our cooperative living environment on the Chesapeake Bay, please contact us. Waterfront views and Events Everyday should be filled with fantastic scenery. On those special occasions to celebrate what better way than with a waterfront view? Take advantage of the water’s tranquility by using it as a backdrop. BayWoods of Annapolis welcomes the use of the wooded boardwalk

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5 Tips for Dementia Caregivers

Dementia Caregivers With over 5 million people in the US with Alzheimer’s and/or dementia, more and more families are tasked with caring for a loved one who suffers from these tragic diseases.  A long-term continuing care retirement community (CCRC) can be of great assistance, but it’s also important to educate and empower the family and loved ones.  This article will provide insight on how to care for and communicate with a loved one with Alzheimer’s and/or dementia. ADAPTING THE HOME When an Alzheimer’s or dementia patient still lives at home, there are many concerns that must be addressed regarding safety.  While we always want to treat these patients with love and dignity, we must remember that they often have poor memory, difficulty following instructions, and periods of agitation or irritability.  So, like young children, we must adapt their living environment to accommodate for these shortcomings.  Cooking appliances must be adapted with safety mechanisms to avoid something being left on and the risk of fire.  Door and window alarms may need to be installed.  Hazardous materials may need to be stored in a locked cabinet. HELP IS EVERYWHERE YOU LOOK Caregivers are often overwhelmed, uncertain, or scared.  However, there are a

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How to Care for Parents & Children At the Same Time

If you are part of the ‘sandwich generation’ you may be providing care for multiple generations including parents, children, grandchildren.  You are also still likely working and managing your own day-to-day household.  This can be a stressful and challenging lifestyle, so here are 4 tips for balancing your life while living in the sandwich generation. Get Help. No matter how many hours are in the day, you should try to arrange for help with some of the more routine tasks – like cleaning, shopping, and cooking.  Whether you hire the help or accept help from friends, neighbors or your local church, take some of these tasks off your to-do list so that you can focus on the higher priority items.  If you’re taking care of grandchildren, you may need to arrange for a playdate or sitter now and then.  Care.com is a great resource for finding short-term resources. Get Organized. When you’re being pulled in a lot of directions, it’s more important than ever to get organized.  A professional organizer can be a tremendous help for creating ways to make things more convenient and making sure everything has a place.  This will help you keep track of things, and plan

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Why Annapolis is such a great place to retire.

Retire In Annapolis Are you ready to enjoy retirement?  Are you thinking about moving to an active adult community?  Would you love to include a waterfront lifestyle into your retirement living options?  When it’s time to retire, there are a variety of factors that can influence the decision on where to do so.  In this article, we’ll discuss a hidden gem in Annapolis, Maryland that offers the best of everything for your retirement living options. Waterfront Lifestyle Although many people think of ‘going south’ when it comes to retirement, you may not have to go any further south than the Mason-Dixon line!  As a matter of fact, there are some really great reasons to retire in Maryland!  In Annapolis, Maryland, Baywoods of Annapolis offers one of the few retirement communities overlooking the magnificent Chesapeake Bay.  The Baywoods dock provides a bird’s eye view to watch the famous Wednesday night sailboat races and enjoy warm Bay breezes.   Hop into the downtown area to enjoy world-famous seafood, including famous Maryland crab cakes, at one of the many waterfront restaurants. Arts & Culture Annapolis has a love of the arts!  The Maryland Hall for the Creative Arts features events throughout the year while

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5 Ways to Transition Your Aging Parents to Assisted Living

Transitioning Aging Parents Caring for a parent can be an emotionally and sometimes financially draining process.  When it becomes apparent that your loved one should no longer be living on their own, or needs more help than you can provide, the process can be challenging.  In this article, we’ll cover some basic ways to transition your aging parents into assisted living. Where? The Big Decision – Most seniors do not look forward to any change or move.  Leaving their home may cause further distress since they may feel like they are giving up their freedom.  Research and visit facilities ahead of time.  Give them as much flexibility as possible and even consider taking them to visit your final two choices.  This way, they will feel as though they still have choices in the matter.  Perhaps they can even visit the community, meet staff, or take part in one of the events. Lay It Out. Often, this move will be downsizing.  So, make sure to get a floor plan of the new residence and lay out the furniture that will fit nicely in the new space.  Discuss the personal items that they would like to take with them and try to

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Best Ways to Protect Seniors From Fraud & Identity Theft

Senior Risks Identify theft is one of the fast-growing crimes in the United States.  Although anyone can be a target, many seniors are at a higher risk for fraud schemes and identity theft.  While technology and social factors contribute to the reasons for this trend, it’s also important to realize that many seniors have accumulated a certain amount of wealth, making them a primary target for criminals.  For this reason, Baywoods of Annapolis has compiled a list of 4 ways you can lower your risk for identity theft and fraud schemes. Identity Protection Services – This is one of the easiest ways to protect yourself or your loved ones from identity theft. These services monitor credit bureaus, personal information, the internet, and a variety of other platforms to help ensure your identity is protected.  According to NextAdvisor, the top 3 are: IdentityGuard Experian Lifelock Phone & Door-to-Door Scams – Two of the most common scams targeting seniors are from unwanted callers or salespeople going door-to-door. There are two quick and easy ways to avoid these scams: Never provide someone who called you with your personal information. If they represent they are with the bank of credit card company, hang up

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The Social Benefits of Community Living

At BayWoods of Annapolis, you can enjoy an independent lifestyle during your retirement while being able to enjoy the physical and emotional benefits of a continuing care retirement community. When one reaches retirement age, it’s vital to remain engaged in life and connected to others. Isolation is a concern for several reasons. Your physical, mental, and emotional wellbeing are intricately linked and a failing of one can impact the health of another area. Being in a continuum care Community doesn’t just help to protect these aspects senior living and wellbeing – it also increases life expectancy by doing so. A physical impairment can cause emotional stress from facing new limitations. Mental disruptions may hamper physical mobility, and emotional distress can make it difficult to find enjoyment in daily living activities.  At BayWoods of Annapolis, our staff is committed to ensuring you have peace of mind knowing that we have a campus offering you continuum of care. This encompasses all aspects of life, so get in touch with us if you have any questions about community living. By being part of a continuing care community, you have the ability to balance the aspects of your health, and you’ll have a reliable

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When Should I Consider a Move to a Retirement Community?

Why should I consider a Continuing Care Community We all wonder when are we ready to consider a Continuing Care Retirement Community? Many of us have considered a move to a retirement community, but many people are not sure when we should make the transition. If you are able to maintain your independence while still living in your own home and do not feel that your home and its upkeep is overwhelming for you this is a great time to start the search. Yes, start thinking about the retirement lifestyle, and just how that will simplify your life. If you are requiring assistance for your activities of daily living, a move to a cooperative living environment will be the best option for you before it’s too late to enjoy all of the amenities and various activities that take place in an active community. For more information about our active Community and many related services, talk to us. Use this as a guide to make your move. Eliminate Retirement Stereotypes Some people think of retirement communities as the option to turn to when outside services coming into the home for become too much to manage. While retirement living communities often offer

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