Based on data from the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services, nearly 43 percent of older American report feeling lonely on a regular basis. These statistics are further amplified when considering the COVID-19 pandemic and the winter season. There are many factors that contribute to loneliness, and although they may seem to be beyond your control to manage, it's important to identify what is causing your distress and take the necessary steps to reduce feelings of isolation. Seniors who live in the assisted living community at Hickory Villa in Omaha, NE, have access to common areas and activities to help them socialize with others. We also take a look at some problems of loneliness and isolation below and present some potential solutions you might consider in each case.
Loneliness is something almost everyone faces at some point in their lifetime. Sometimes, not having anyone around can make you feel lonely, but other times, a feeling of not being truly connected in your relationships causes isolation.Unfortunately, this can be a common situation for seniors due to issues such as reduced mobility or having family that has moved away. At Hickory Villa assisted living community, we want our residents to be as healthy as possible in every way, and that includes addressing feelings of isolation. Seniors who are struggling with feelings of isolation in their current home might consider a future move into an assisted living community. At Hickory Villa, you can often find other residents gathered in common spaces or around dining rooms, and you can take part in plenty of social activities to build community for yourself. Find out more about the burden or loneliness below and some ways you can deal with it.
Pinterest is technically a social media platform. But if you’ve tried Facebook or other sites during a curious moment in your assisted living apartment and found them too confusing or not what you want to spend your time on, don’t automatically discount Pinterest. This social media site is very different from the others and has some useful benefits for seniors who are interested in all types of topics. Check out our basic guide to Pinterest below and get some tips on how you can integrate this tool into your life within an assisted living community.
Arthritis is a common ailment, and more than 20% of Americans deal with it in some form. It’s much more common for older adults, though. Close to 50% of people over the age of 65 have been diagnosed by a doctor with arthritis, and some might have milder forms that have never been diagnosed.While the pain and mobility issues that come from arthritis can be debilitating, medication and other treatment options allow many people to live active lifestyles despite their arthritis.
Many people make it a point to commit to habits such as reading more or studying the Scripture more during winter months. After all, when the temperatures start to drop in Omaha, Nebraska, you definitely need to fill your days with indoor activities. And cozying up in a favorite chair somewhere in the Hickory Villa assisted living community and connecting with the good book can be a great indoor activity for many seniors of faith.But summer can also be a great time to invest in regular Bible stu...
Creativity isn’t something that’s beneficial only for your grandchildren. Whether you pick up a pencil to draw a sketch or simply engage in adding color to your assisted living apartment, flexing your creative muscles can have benefits for mental and physical health. Find out more about why creativity matters and get some tips for incorporating it into your life below.
Documenting historical events is a great way to keep track of everything that has happened in your lifetime. Whether you grew up in Omaha, Nebraska, and want to document how the city has grown or you're more interested in using news clippings to trace your family roots, you have plenty of options when it comes to documenting historical events for posterity. Follow these tips to create a journal or scrapbook that you'll be proud to share with your loved ones and assisted living community neighbors.
The rise of advanced digital technology has transformed life in the 21st century in too many ways to count. Seniors are one of the groups that have benefited most from this transformation: All kinds of life-enhancing benefits and conveniences are now within reach at the press of a button, and seniors are learning to adopt these technologies in ever-greater numbers to make life better. For seniors in assisted living communities, for example, here are five ways technology can enhance quality of life.
March 30 is National Virtual Vacation Day, which is an unofficial holiday founded by TerranceTalksTravel.com. The company that self-declared the day is a travel website that helps people plan traditional vacations, but the day is all about promoting the concept of rest and recharging where you are. Find out more about the benefits of vacations below and how even seniors in assisted living communities might benefit from brief staycations.
Pick up a package of food in the supermarket and you'll find the nutritional information. You can quickly see how much of your daily allotted intake of sodium a certain food is or whether an ingredient in your favorite recipe has a high percentage of a necessary vitamin. But those nutritional labels are general in nature. They're based on a 2,000-calorie diet for an average person.