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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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Easy Ways to Prevent Falls for Elderly Persons

Prevent Elderly Falls It’s estimated that over 250,000 Americans are hospitalized for hip fractures each year, according to the CDC.  More than 95% of these are as a result of a fall.  There are many risk factors that increase the chances that someone will fall, which include:  balance, poor vision, decreased muscle strength, taking more than four medications and more.  In this article, Baywoods of Annapolis shares some ways to prevent falls from happening in the first place. If you or a member of your family is still living at home, it’s important to create a safe living space.  Some items to consider: Cleaning up clutter and ensuring floors, hallways, and staircases have a clear, unobstructed path. Evaluate floors and remove or repair loose carpet and area rugs which can pose tripping hazards. Add grab bars and handrails, especially in bathroom areas where surfaces can be slippery. Ensure there is bright lighting in the home and night-lights in bedrooms and bathrooms. One level living is ideal. Move furniture and other daily living items to the first floor of the home so that stairways can be avoided. Of course, if you live in a retirement community like Baywoods of Annapolis, most

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4 Reasons Assisted Living Provides A Better Lifestyle Than Living Alone

Assisted Living Benefits Many seniors desire to live in their family home as long as possible.  Often, seniors are concerned that they will have to sacrifice a certain level of independence as time goes on.  At Baywoods of Annapolis, we have worked with seniors of all ages to provide them as much (or as little) support as they need.  In this article, we’ll discuss some of the common ways that an assisted living community can be a smart choice for you and your family!   Maintenance Free – No more cleaning the house, doing yard work, making repairs, or shoveling the driveway! Assisted Living enhances your retirement years and lets you focus on the tasks you enjoy. Easy Dining – Many Assisted Living facilities offer a choice of dining options. In most cases, these options can be customized to meet your nutritional needs or lifestyle preferences.  For example, at Baywoods of Annapolis, we offer: Restaurant style dining with table service, Bistro for casual dining, Carry-out service, Private dining room and catering for special occasions, Full-service cocktail lounge. Socialize & Live Longer – As we age, our social interests and options may change. Most assisted living facilities have activities that accommodate

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Tips for helping you select the right rehabilitation facility after a stroke

When a loved one suffers from a stroke, the family and caregivers are often thrown into a whirlwind of decisions that need to be made in a relatively short time-frame.  The care provided to stroke survivors is often critical to their recovery process.  But, it can also be stressful and cause a significant disruption to the everyday life of the caregiver or family.  So, in this checklist, we’ll help you evaluate what you need to consider when choosing stroke rehabilitation and recovery programs. Does the facility provide the specific services your doctor has identified the stroke survivor needs? What system does the facility use to monitor progress and outcomes? Does the facility have full-time professionals experienced in stroke and rehabilitation practices? How do professionals stay up-to-date on the latest technologies and practices for stroke rehab? Is emergency medical care available at the facility, if it’s needed? Does the facility work with home health care professionals for the transition back to daily life? How are stroke victims transitioned back to daily living? What are the expected treatment program, duration, and outcomes? Is the rehab facility conveniently located nearby? Stroke therapy sessions are often scheduled several times a week, so you’ll want

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3 Tips for Living in The Sandwich Generation

Sandwich Generation If you are between the ages of 40-59, you are likely feeling the push and pull of the so-called Sandwich Generation.  What is the Sandwich Generation?  It’s when you are caring for aging parents, trying to launch children, and potentially provide care for grandchildren; needless to say, it can be stressful.  Splitting your time and energy between the kids and the parents is no easy task but if you’re working full-time, it’s almost impossible without help.  Here are some tips to help you take control of the situation. Self-Care is Important Take a breather. Along with all the other priorities, you are balancing, take the time to do something that brings you joy and relaxation. Your health and nutrition should not suffer because of everyone else’s needs. Be sure to keep up with your own doctor’s appointments and eat well.  After all, who will be there to care for them if something happens to you? Get rid of the guilt! Anything and everything you are doing for both your parents and your kids can be a thankless job.  But, do the best you can and don’t feel guilty about what you can’t do. A home health care nurse

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Cooperative Senior Living: Part 3 – Virtual Dividends

Virtual Dividends In this series, we have discussed many benefits of living in a co-op community, with continuing care.  But, while writing this series, something amazing happened!  The residents of Baywoods of Annapolis received something that is literally unheard of in the industry – virtual dividends!  That’s right, for the month of December? the residents voted to give themselves a fee-free holiday!  Here’s how it happened! For-Profit Housing Cooperative As we have discussed, Baywoods of Annapolis is a Continuing Care Retirement Community that is structured as a for-profit housing cooperative (co-op) for seniors.  As such, residents are shareholders in the community and collectively make decisions on the activities, services, and food provided.  They have a direct hand in the future of the community.  Each of these decisions is influenced by the preferences of the community, but the group also make decisions that will be beneficially cost-effective. Exceeded Sales Goals So, in 2016, the sales for Baywoods Cooperative Housing Corporation (BCHC) were better than expected.  Actually, sales far exceeded goals and most expenses were well within budget!  So, the residents decided to take those profits and provide a ‘fee-free holiday’ for each resident, for one month.  This fee free holiday is like receiving a

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Cooperative Senior Living: Part 2 – More than just Smart Finances

COOPERATIVE SENIOR LIVING In Part 1 of this series, we discussed the significant financial benefits that cooperative living can provide retirees.  In Part 2, we review additional benefits that Co-Op Living can offer you in a retirement community setting. Community and collaboration are important benefits of cooperative living.  Since residents jointly own shares in the community, their desire to be involved is natural.  Involvement and engagement in the community is a key benefit for seniors. Co-ops like Baywoods of Annapolis offer residents a true sense of community by offering the services and activities that are of greatest interest to the members of the community.  The residents have a voice in the community through their own elected board of Directors whom represent the Community. The Community is NOT owned by an outside corporation instead it’s owned collectively by the resident shareholders. Continuing Care Retirement Communities, (CCRC’s), co-ops are designed to help members age-in-place.  Aging in place means that the co-op has designed the Campus to accommodate it’s residents as they grow older.  A Variety of amenities that make your day to day life easier and stress free for instance Wellness Checks by an RN, Daily health monitoring, Home Care services available.

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Cooperative Senior Living: Part 1 – A Smart Financial Decision

Cooperative Senior Living When you are touring communities for a place to retire, there are a variety of lifestyles and options available.  In this article, we provide you with five reasons you should consider a cooperative community (co-op) like Baywoods of Annapolis for your retirement! Cooperative communities, also referred to as ‘co-ops,’ are a great consideration when looking at Retirement communities. Include them as part of your search.  First, you should understand that a typical co-op is often structured so that all of the residents own the cooperative together, which allows them to share in the tax and financial benefits of ownership.  So, residents reap many of the same benefits as owning a home. Most co-ops have monthly dues that cover the costs of routine maintenance, landscaping, cleaning, and in some cases, on-site dining and various supportive services. By pooling together the needs of the entire community, and eliminating the middle-man, you have the ability to control costs, without the burden of sole ownership. Co-ops have the potential to build equity, just like real estate. For example, the Baywoods of Annapolis co-op offers a unique lifestyle, with a prime waterfront location.  A waterfront community is a sought-after feature not available

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When Should I Consider Making the Move to a Senior Living Community?

There are a variety of factors that must be evaluated when considering the right time to move to a senior living community.  Not the least of which are overall health, mobility, age, and ongoing home maintenance.  In this article, we will outline five questions you and your family should ask to determine the right timing for you and your situation.  The experienced team at Baywoods of Annapolis is always available to answer your questions or assist you with this process. Are you able to perform routine Activities of Daily Living (ADLS)? This would include mobility and independently being able to take care of one’s physical needs such as dressing, bathing, eating, etc.  Another related question is whether or not you can perform routine activities such as driving, cooking, shopping, house cleaning. Are there concerns or have issues arisen with regards to your safety? Older citizens are commonly preyed upon for scams.  Have you been the victim of such an incident?  Have you had issues with forgetfulness or remembering where you are?  Forgetting that the stove or other appliances are left on can pose serious dangers to you and your home. Has your health taken a turn? It is often difficult

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From Farm to Table: Nutrition Tips for Retirees

Nutrition Tips For Retirees Good nutrition is essential in our seniors to maintain an active, healthy fulfilling lifestyle. Our nutrition needs change as we age – and we often need less food overall, so making our choices nutrient-dense is vital to achieving a well-balanced diet. Follow these tips to maximize your nutrition. Why Is Good Nutrition Important? In our retirement years, our most important job is safeguarding our health. Calcium keeps our bones strong, while Omega 3s protect brain and cardiovascular health. To maintain a well-balanced diet, try following the Mediterranean Diet: Eat plenty of fruits and vegetables, focusing on leafy greens; get protein from fish, legumes, and lean sources of meat like chicken; eat whole grains like wheat, spelt, and brown rice; make fats healthy, like those found in avocado, olive oil, and salmon. Enjoy treats in moderation. Following this diet is good for your heart, brain, and bones. Specialized Meal Preparation Our diet needs evolve as our health changes, requiring specialized diets. If you have special dietary needs, from low sodium to diabetic friendly, talk to a member of our kitchen staff. BayWoods of Annapolis has experience in following special dietary requirements for our residents. Watch Your Sodium

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Two Things to Consider for Your Parents Continuing Care Retirement Community Move

Continuing Care Retirement Community We all want what’s best for our loved ones. At some point, we realize that our parents or loved ones cannot live as well or as safely independently like they used to. When everyday activities become difficult, a move to a continuing care retirement community will help a retiree thrive. Here are some helpful suggestions to consider before you tour a senior community. Is this a Financially Feasible Option? The first thing to consider is whether moving to a senior living community makes financial sense for your loved one. Is their current living situation safe for them, then consider is the house upkeep draining their finances. Many seniors have to get help or contract with services outside of the home to keep their property up.  Sit down with your parents and determine what they are spending on a monthly basis to keep their home going. Real Estate taxes, school taxes etc. Ask them to calculate the amount they receive from all retirement accounts and Social Security payments. Once you have an idea about what they currently spend on a monthly basis, then look at what they can afford. At this point the process becomes easier. A

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