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Posted: Friday, January 12, 2018

Benefits of Pet Therapy

According to the Mayo Clinic, animal-assisted therapy not only comforts people but has health benefits as well. It helps reduce stress and anxiety and can increase self-esteem and improve social skills. 

Pet therapy is used in many different ways and may be included in treatment programs for people with arthritis and cancer and those in rehabilitation programs for cardiac conditions and injuries. Pets can assist in improving motor skills and joint movement and help to motivate exercise programs.

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IKF Blog
Posted: Monday, November 27, 2017

The 5 most important questions to ask about a retirement community

Life Plan Communities (previously referred to as Continuing care retirement communities) offer a vibrant and secure lifestyle for people who want to pursue their interests without the hassles involved in owning a home. Communities like Ingleside at King Farm offer a wide range of services, support and amenities so residents can live their lives to the fullest with the added peace of mind of onsite health care as they grow older. 

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IKF Blog
Posted: Wednesday, November 15, 2017

Time to take charge of your well-being

Today’s vibrant, active older people are smashing the stereotypes of older people. They’re redefining retirement as a time of exploration, when they can follow the passions that perhaps they didn’t have time for while they were working. For some, that might even mean continuing to work, but in a different field. For others, it might lead to joining an art class and painting a landscape for the first time or taking piano lessons. 

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IKF Blog
Posted: Friday, September 29, 2017

Residents find creativity, connections and calm through music

Music is the only kind of sensory input that lights up all parts of the brain at the same time. 

“Because of that, when we’re involved in listening to or creating music, we’re able to access memories and our motor cortex, which controls our voluntary movements,” says Sara Miller, music therapist at Ingleside at King Farm. “It’s a unique way of approaching wellness.” 

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IKF Blog
Posted: Friday, September 1, 2017

Exercise tops in keeping brains healthy

Could you lower your risk for Alzheimer’s disease by exercising regularly? Recent research suggests it’s possible. 

Increasingly, lifestyle factors are being studied to see how lifestyle changes affect the brain and may contribute to preventing dementia. Many researchers think that regular exercise is the No. 1 factor in preserving brain function.

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IKF Blog
Posted: Thursday, June 22, 2017

Residents have a field day for brain health

The residents of Ingleside at King are celebrating Alzheimer’s and Brain Awareness Month by engaging in one of the best activities to keep a brain healthy—moving. 

Being active is associated with a lower risk of brain issues, and the retirement community is emphasizing that fact with the Longest Day, a walk on June 21 to support the Alzheimer’s Association  and bring awareness about Alzheimer’s disease. Participants are joining people across the country in The Longest Day event on the summer solstice to raise funds to fight the disease. 

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IKF Blog
Posted: Thursday, May 25, 2017

Older Americans Month celebrates living out loud

Happy Older Americans Month! We celebrate our older citizens every May, and there’s a lot to celebrate this year. 

For many older Americans, getting older means getting a new or second start on interests, goals and dreams. This year’s Older Americans Theme, “Age Out Loud”, speaks to the way older adults are living their lives with boldness, confidence and passion, while redefining perceptions about aging and serving as inspiration to people of all ages.

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IKF Blog
Posted: Tuesday, April 18, 2017

What is a continuing care retirement community?

Retirement today is a very different concept from what it was a generation or two ago. Retirement used to be thought of as a time to relax and take it easy, but now, it’s often viewed as a new beginning. Retirees are younger, healthier and sharper than ever, and retirement is about keeping busy, staying active and living life on your own terms. People are living longer than they did in your grandparents’ day—a fact that has driven huge changes in retirees’ expectations and needs. 

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IKF Blog
Posted: Thursday, April 6, 2017

IKF volunteer records textbooks so visually impaired students can learn

Once each week, Ingleside at King Farm member Ethel goes to a studio in The District, slips on a pair of headphones and sits behind a microphone. In her gentle alto, she reads and records textbooks for students who are visually impaired or have learning disabilities such as dyslexia. 

Ethel has been volunteering with Learning Ally, a nonprofit organization formerly called Recording for the Blind and Dyslexic, since 1978, when she retired as the head of the math department at a prep school.

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Posted: Wednesday, March 1, 2017

‘Young whippersnapper’ meets ‘old geezer’ in ping pong showdown

Ingleside at King Farm resident Sid and Fitness Manager Cody Christian faced off in a ping pong “Battle of the Ages” and proved that folks can enjoy an active lifestyle as they grow older. 

You might think that Sid, who is 93, would be overwhelmed by Christian, 24. But Christian says the “old geezer,” as publicity for the event termed him, was able to hold his own. 

“I had to move all over the place to keep up with his skills,” Christian says. “He’s smart. I can hit hard, but he knows where to hit and when to hit.” 

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