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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. 

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Moving to Senior Living

Senior Living Transition Once you decide to move to a senior living community, there is a long list of to-do’s that must be done.  Here are some tips to keep you on track, help you minimize, and reduce stress along the way. Preparing for The Move Once you make the decision to move to a retirement community, you may be emotional, excited, or just ready to get it all done.  One of the first steps is to begin downsizing and decluttering your home and preparing it for sale.  You’ll want to contact family members and begin sorting through items.  Organize your belongings into four categories: Take With Me Give to Family Donate Trash or Recycle A professional organizer can be a big help with this process. Selling Your Home After you’ve begun the decluttering/downsizing process, you will need to get your home ready to sell.  A senior real estate specialist is a great place to start since they focus on your exact needs and can guide you through the process.  Make sure you understand their level of experience and be sure to ask: How many homes have they sold in your neighborhood? How many homes have they sold in the

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Downsizing & Decluttering for Retirement

Downsizing for Retirement Downsizing from the 4000 square foot home where you raised a family and accumulated years of “stuff” is not always an easy task.  Memorabilia, collectibles, and other nostalgia are likely found in almost every corner of your home.  Baywoods of Annapolis is pleased to share these tips to help you minimize without stress. Come and Get It! More often than not, your kids have an idea of the things that are important to them.   Give them sufficient time to sort through and pack up those items to take back to their home.  Try not to be too sentimental about keeping too much.  They will likely enjoy many of your treasures for years to come and likely will have more room too! Sort, Donate, Pack As you begin to sort through your belongings, you’re going to want to pack items you’re keeping and designate items that should be donated.  Here are a few quick and easy rules: If you haven’t used the item in the last two years, it goes in the Donate pile. If you have more than one of an item, it goes in the Donate pile. If you need help lifting it, Donate it! Most

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Physical Activity May Be the Fountain of Youth

Senior Citizen Exercises With as little as 30 minutes per day, you can stay fit and feel younger too!  A variety of low-impact physical activity can be incorporated into anyone’s daily routine.  In this article, Baywoods of Annapolis takes a look at some of the most common and innovative ways seniors can stay fit! According to the National Institute on Aging, “exercise and physical activity… can help prevent diabetes, heart disease, and other chronic conditions affecting older adults.”  Below we’ve listed the four main types of exercise and physical activity that are recommended for seniors.  Many of these can be done from the comfort of your own living room!   As always, check with your physician before starting any exercise program.  Ok, here we go! Endurance exercise is aimed at increasing your endurance through low impact activities that make you breathe faster, speed up your heart rate, and burn off calories. These kinds of activities may include brisk walking or jogging, dancing, tennis, and more! Strength training is vital to preserving muscle mass, controlling weight, reduces the risk of osteoporosis, and decreases injury risk. You can begin strength training right at home with light weights, resistance bands, or by using your

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Does Your Retirement Community Provide On-Site Health Care?

On-Site Care When you enter a retirement community, you may be fit and healthy, but as you age, there may come a time when you require additional health services.  On-site health care is an important benefit providing convenience and peace of mind to you and your family.  Here are the top 3 reasons why it’s important to choose a retirement community that provides on site care. Providing a continuum of care is the foundation of a Continuing Care Retirement Community (CCRC) like Baywoods of Annapolis.  CCRC means that the community provides services for: Independent Living Assisted Living Skilled Nursing Care Why is this important? Limits your need to travel. For you, the retiree, it means that you will likely have most of your health care needs handled in the community in which you live.  This eliminates most the need for most residents to travel for: Doctor’s Appointments Wellness Visits Pharmacies Coordination of Services Comfort, Convenience, Friends. Imagine being transported to another facility where your spouse and friends cannot readily visit you during your treatment.  When you enter our short-term rehabilitation facility or assisted living facility, you’ll be within the same community, with the same friends, getting the care and support

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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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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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Does Your Retirement Community Provide On-Site Health Care?

On-Site Care When you enter a retirement community, you may be fit and healthy, but as you age, there may come a time when you require additional health services.  On-site health care is an important benefit providing convenience and peace of mind to you and your family.  Here are the top 3 reasons why it’s important to choose a retirement community that provides on site care. Providing a continuum of care is the foundation of a Continuing Care Retirement Community (CCRC) like Baywoods of Annapolis.  CCRC means that the community provides services for: Independent Living Assisted Living Skilled Nursing Care Why is this important? Limits your need to travel. For you, the retiree, it means that you will likely have most of your health care needs handled in the community in which you live.  This eliminates most the need for most residents to travel for: Doctor’s Appointments Wellness Visits Pharmacies Coordination of Services Comfort, Convenience, Friends. Imagine being transported to another facility where your spouse and friends cannot readily visit you during your treatment.  When you enter our short-term rehabilitation facility or assisted living facility, you’ll be within the same community, with the same friends, getting the care and support

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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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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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