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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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Checklist for Amenities at Retirement Communities

Retirement Communities Checklist Each of us has personal preferences for the types of activities and amenities we prefer.  Use this handy checklist to compare and evaluate the retirement communities you visit and to assist you with the decision-making process or contact Baywoods of Annapolis for more information! Location: Community is in an area near family/friends Community is convenient to shopping, dining, and entertainment Community provides easy access to hospital, physicians, and other medical care Campus: Well Lit (Walkways, Parking Lots, Entrances) Handicap Accessible Parking for personal vehicles and guests Landscaping and community areas are well maintained Fitness center on-site Swimming pool Community hall for larger gatherings Services: Independent living through long-term care Skilled nursing/rehab services on-site Transportation available to local areas Nutritionist/Chef on-site Dining menus varied Dining accommodates special dietary needs Care: Skilled On-site 24 hour nursing care Short-term rehabilitation on-site Assisted Living Wellness Services Financial: Monthly Fees or Dues? Buy-in Fees? Care Fees? Are Tax and Interest Deductible? Can you build equity? Are there estate advantages? To schedule a personal tour of Baywoods of Annapolis, contact us today! For easier use, please download and print the Checklist here!

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Brainteasers: 4 Ways to Exercise Your Brain

Brain Health Just like the muscles in your body, your brain needs stimulation and activity to prevent atrophy and maintain mental health.  In this article, we’ll highlight five ways you can exercise your brain for optimal results! Exercise. There are many studies that show that exercising actually promotes brain health.  One study published in the journal Neurology, showed that physical activity could slow brain aging by as much as 10 years!  This doesn’t mean that you need to be an athlete but activities such as walking, gardening, yoga, or simply being active during the day can also have major benefits to your cognitive abilities, so get that body moving! Diet. Eating foods that are rich in anti-oxidants help neutralize free radicals.  Nutrition is good for the mind and body.  Following the guidelines from the American Diabetes Association (diabetes.org) will help ensure you’re eating balanced. Brain Exercises. There are a variety of brain fitness programs that help your brain process language, hearing, speed, and accuracy.  Some of these programs are games while others are more instructional.   You can also exercise your brain with puzzles, learning a new card game, or other activity that challenges you. Sleep On It. There is no

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What’s for Dinner? 5 Things Your Retirement Community Should Offer.

Retirement Community Menu Diet and food choices are obviously critical to a long life with good health, so it’s important to know that your retirement community is offering food choices that you’ll be eager to consume. We’ll outline the top five things you should consider about potential retirement communities when it comes to dining. Preparing food for a large group of seniors can present some interesting challenges.  Factors such as medication side effects, special dietary requirements, decreased ability to taste, and providing obese or underweight residents viable meals are all considerations.  Even with these challenges, it is possible to ensure your retirement community offers the selections you are seeking.  Here’s how: Does your retirement community involve residents in menu planning? Is a nutritionist involved in meal planning?  Many communities have food committees where residents assist chefs with meal suggestions or recipes.  These suggestions are then often reviewed by a nutritionist to ensure the meals meet certain vitamins, minerals, and caloric requirements. Flexible Dining Schedule or Multiple Dining Rooms? Flexibility is important so that residents can adopt a schedule that is conducive to their preferences.  Some communities, like Baywoods of Annapolis, offer several dining venues to accommodate a variety of preferences.

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Farm To Table: More Than Just Good Nutrition

Healthy Retirement Living The movement to acquire fresh, local, organic foods is a part of a growing trend called Farm-to-Table.  We will review the nutritional and socioeconomic impacts that are driving this trend. Organic Foods Are In! You don’t have to go far to realize that processed foods are out and natural, organic foods are in!  With so much increased awareness about food safety, food freshness, and even the growing controversial use of Genetically Modified Organisms (GMOs), it seems everyone is ready to start eating more healthy. Sourcing & Local Food The farm to table initiative promotes sourcing and serving local food, preferably by acquiring it directly from the producer (farmer, winery, fishery, etc.).  This growing trend not only helps to support local businesses, but it eliminates the need for the products to be filled with preservatives to extend shelf life or shipped nationally or globally which helps to reduce costs and carbon footprint. Socioeconomic Impact The socioeconomic impact of Farm to Table goes one step further.  Farmer’s markets have made a dramatic comeback, helping many farms to survive and even expand.   America’s growing immigrant population flock to the markets to buy food the way they were accustomed to buying

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Waterfront Retirement Living Provides Unique Lifestyle Opportunities

Waterfront Retirement Living While retiring to a golf course community may intrigue some, others prefer the views and activities associated with waterfront living.  In this article, we’ll highlight some of the popular activities available to those who choose waterfront retirement living. Whether you’ve lived in Maryland all of your life, or are venturing into new territories, Annapolis has consistently been ranked, year after year, as one of the nation’s “most charming small towns.”  Baywoods of Annapolis is a unique retirement community that provides easy access to Annapolis and all of its charms, along with a waterfront community that captures the beauty of the Chesapeake Bay. Baywoods of Annapolis offers a truly unique retirement living experience.  On Wednesday evenings, you can take a leisurely walk out to the boardwalk and pier and catch a glimpse of the infamous Wednesday night sailboat races, hosted by the Annapolis Yacht Club.  Up to 150 crews typically compete in the races and they mean business!  It’s fun to watch and a great way to spend Wednesday’s during the summer! Other waterfront activities include: Visit and tour the historic Naval Academy. Take a cruise out of the Annapolis Harbor to visit another local waterfront favorite, the

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Senior Living Lifestyles

Senior Living Lifestyles   Having the amenities you enjoy and the social environment that fosters engagement are key factors to making the most of your senior living lifestyle.  In this article, we explore tips to help you transition and make the most of your new life! Do you remember the first day of school?  You were probably anxious, unsure of what was to come and perhaps wondering how you would fit in and how you would get to know your way around your new school.  Many of us face the same challenges when moving to a new way of life in retirement.  So the first step is to acknowledge those fears and begin to take small steps to put them behind you. Establish a new routine or hobby. Whether you read the newspaper first thing every day, take a morning stroll, or just relax and perhaps meditate by the water, find something that can help you create a new routine that you enjoy. Try something new!  Most senior living communities have plenty of activities and events scheduled throughout the day.  Why not try something new?  This will keep you busy, meeting new people, and may even provide some daily exercise.

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7 Questions to Ask Before Selecting a Short Term Rehab Facility

Short Term Rehab Questions In this article, you’ll learn about the key offerings your facility should have and do.  And, we’ll show you what you can do to make the recovery process faster. Selecting a short-term rehabilitation facility to care for you after a surgery, fall, or other illness is an important process.  A good rehabilitation program can put you back on your feet and even increase life span.  However, the opposite can also be true, so be sure to do the homework and make sure the facility you select has the right programs and staff to meet your needs. Here are some basic questions you should ask: What will be the goal of rehabilitation and are your expectations for recovery reasonable, from a time and effort perspective? How many patients have been successfully treated for the same type of care you require? What are the outcomes of similar patients? How many therapy hours are typically required? How many hours per day? Who will be working with you day to day on your rehabilitation plan? How often does the doctor visit with the patient? Who will decide when it’s time to go home? It is also helpful to discuss any

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Getting the Most Out of Short-Term Rehab

Short Term Rehabilitation When you or a loved one needs short-term rehab, your mental state can be extremely helpful or hurtful.    In this article, we will discuss ways to recover quickly by keeping your outlook up. Mental Preparation  Short-term rehabilitation can provide much-needed care after an illness such as a stroke, surgery, or an unexpected fall.  But, the physical side of the therapy is only half the battle.  Experts agree that the mind plays a big role in the recovery effort and length of time needed in a short-term rehab facility. The August issue of the Canadian Medical Association Journal published a review of 16 studies, spanning 30 years, looking at patients’ attitudes and the effect on recovery and health after surgery.  There was a direct correlation to the influence of positive attitudes on health and healing. Benefits of a Positive Attitude Many studies also show that when doctors and families address fears before a loved one enters a rehabilitation facility, the outcomes tend to be better.  Not to mention, that a positive attitude can help reduce stress.  The key here is to help manage expectations and good, thorough communication. Speaking of communication – this is an important component of

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Checklist for Choosing a Retirement Community

Retirement Community Checklist   Each of us has different lifestyles and priorities so, when it comes to choosing a retirement community, you want to be sure you’ve weighed all the pros and cons.  Baywoods of Annapolis is pleased to provide you with this checklist to use as you search for the right retirement community for you! Overall Community Considerations ✔Is the community located near friends or family who may visit? ✔Does the community offer different levels of care to accommodate changing health needs? ✔How has the community performed in recent state inspections? ✔Does the community allow pets? ✔Does the community provide transportation to doctors, shopping or other local activities? ✔What are the costs and fees? ✔Does the community offer a co-op program to provide additional financial benefits? ✔What types of culture, cuisine, and events are offered in the local community? Staff ✔Do they have time to speak with you or does it feel rushed? ✔Are staff members warm and pleasant when communicating with residents? Or do they seem stressed or overwhelmed? ✔Does the staff look happy? Do they seem to enjoy interacting with one another? Quality & Care-Taking ✔Do residents look well cared for? Clean clothes, shaven, hair clean and

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Preparing for Assisted Living

Assisted Living Tips   When the decision is made to move from independent to assisted living, emotions can play havoc on you and your family members.  In this guide, we offer assisted living tips to help make the transition as smooth as possible. Meet with the Director The Director and the staff of Baywoods of Annapolis have welcomed many new folks into their community and are very familiar with the common questions new residents ask.  Be sure to get all of your questions answered before you move so that you will feel better on move-in day.  Ask for a list of suggested items to bring and/or not to bring.  Ask for an activities calendar, so you can choose several programs to attend early on. Measure You will want to visit the actual unit that you will move into and take measurements or ask for a floor plan.  Your new home is likely to be much smaller than your existing home, so you will want to bring the furnishings that make you feel most at home, but that won’t make you feel crowded.  Now is also a great time to offer items that you can’t use, to family members who will

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