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IKF Blog
Posted: Tuesday, December 29, 2015

Award recognizes Ingleside at King Farm’s community service

Volunteering is a way of life at Ingleside at King Farm, and the good work our residents do is recognized throughout the community.

In early December, residents Alan and Nancy accepted the Charlotte Zuckman Humanitarian Award on behalf of the community. The award is presented annually by the King Farm Citizens Assembly to an individual or group for outstanding and dedicated service to the greater King Farm community.

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IKF Blog
Posted: Tuesday, December 1, 2015

How the MIND diet can help protect your brain

Can your diet reduce your risk of developing memory problems later in life? Researchers at Rush University Medical Center found in a recent study that an eating regimen known as the MIND diet may help to slow cognitive decline. The more closely the subjects followed the diet, the better their cognitive abilities appeared to be.

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IKF Blog
Posted: Wednesday, November 25, 2015

5 benefits of cultivating an attitude of gratitude

At this time of year, we’re rushed with preparations for the holidays. We have one official day when we say thanks—on Thanksgiving. But how about the other 364 days a year? Do you ever think about all that you have to be grateful for? If you do, both your physical and mental health will benefit. Here are five ways in which you can benefit from gratitude.

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IKF Blog
Posted: Monday, November 9, 2015

Looking for something special? Find it at the King Farm Bazaar!

Members helping members: That’s an important part of the lifestyle at Ingleside at King Farm.

Every member is a valued part of the King Farm retirement community. Each member brings special backgrounds, talents and commitment that contribute to the caring and engaged spirit of the community.

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IKF Blog
Posted: Monday, November 2, 2015

6 Simple Steps to Prevent Falls

Did you know that falls are the No. 1 cause of injuries, hospital visits and deaths among people 65 and older? They account for almost 9 million emergency room visits each year, and older adults are at high risk. According to the National Council on Aging, 1 in 3 Americans 65 and older suffers a fall every year. Even if not fatal, a fall can result in disability or loss of independence. That’s unfortunate because falling is not an unavoidable part of aging. With a little attention to prevention, adjusting your lifestyle and awareness of fall hazards, most falls don’t have to happen.

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IKF Blog
Posted: Wednesday, October 21, 2015

Members get moving to support Parkinson’s Foundation

You’re invited to join the members of the Parkinson’s support group at Ingleside at King Farm for the annual Parkinson’s walk at 10 a.m. Oct. 22.

The walk around the pond raises money for the Parkinson’s Foundation of the National Capital Area and will be used to support programs that help make the lives of people with Parkinson’s richer while helping them deal with the disease.

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IKF Blog
Posted: Monday, October 12, 2015

How technology can help you stay fit

Do you think technology is just for younger people? Think you can’t master new electronic devices and systems? Well, think again.

There are several kinds of devices that can help you stay fit and active, and they’re very easy to use.

Video game consoles like the Nintendo Wii, Microsoft Xbox and Sony PlayStation aren’t just for kids who spend hours playing video games. You can get programs for these systems that will get you out of your chair and moving—virtual dance competitions, virtual sports like tennis, bowling and golf, and exercise programs from aerobics to yoga.

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IKF Blog
Posted: Monday, October 5, 2015

5-star rating distinguishes our Health Services Centers

Ingleside retirement communities strive for excellence in all of our endeavors on behalf of our wonderful residents. Most importantly, we are pledged to providing the highest quality of health services for our residents in our Health Services Centers.

The Health Services Centers at Ingleside at Rock Creek, Westminster at Lake Ridge and Ingleside at King Farm have all earned a five-star rating from Medicare—the highest possible ranking. Communities that are awarded a five-star rating are considered to be much above average in the quality of services they offer. A five-star rating also indicates that a community is in the top 10 percent of health care centers in the state in which it is located. On the other end of the scale, a one-star ranking indicates a community that is much below average.

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IKF Blog
Posted: Monday, September 28, 2015

10 Tips for Healthy Aging

It’s never too late to reinvent yourself.

That’s the philosophy of Carolyn Worthington, editor of Healthy Aging® Magazine and the creator of September is Healthy Aging® Month. Now in its second decade, September is Healthy Aging® Month aims to focus on the positive aspects of growing older with inspiration and practical ideas to improve all aspects of our well-being.

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IKF Blog
Posted: Wednesday, September 23, 2015

We’re helping to train the next generation of health care professionals!

 There are some new, young faces around Ingleside at King Farm this month.

These young people, local high school students, will become well known to residents as they learn the skills and develop clinical experience to become certified nursing assistants (CNA).

The 16 students from Gaithersburg High School are receiving classroom training through Montgomery College after school hours. They will be working with patients at the retirement community’s Comprehensive Care Center on weekends under the supervision of their instructor and the Ingleside nursing staff.

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IKF Blog
Posted: Friday, September 18, 2015

Oscar-nominated filmmaker showcases his documentaries

You meet the most interesting people at Ingleside at King Farm!

Like Ingleside at King Farm resident Werner Schumann, an award winning documentary filmmaker, perhaps best known for his Oscar-nominated short titled “The Klan: A Legacy of Hate in America.” Furthermore, he recently published “From Brownshirt to Turtleneck: Memoir of a Documentary Filmmaker.” The book details Werner’s remarkable life growing up in Germany under the Nazi regime, his emigration to America and his transformation into an accomplished documentary filmmaker.

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IKF Blog
Posted: Saturday, September 12, 2015

8 ways to get happier right now

Happiness is a choice. You can’t always control what happens to you, but you can choose how you react to it. People who are optimistic and see the good in the world dwell in a happy place more than those who approach life with a negative attitude.

Here’s just one example. You’re driving on the freeway, and traffic is at a near standstill. What do you think as you stop and go or move along at 10 mph? Some people choose to fume and get worked up about it. Others might see this as an opportunity to listen to a book on CD. If you’re in this situation and you’re going to be late for an appointment, you could stress about it, or you could call the person you’re supposed to meet to explain that you’re stuck in traffic and then enjoy singing along with a favorite album.

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IKF Blog
Posted: Thursday, September 3, 2015

Cynthia’s comprehensive care suite looks and feels like home

If you knew Cynthia before she moved to a comprehensive care suite at Ingleside at King Farm, you’d know that she had a beautiful apartment in the retirement community’s independent living. Walk into her new residence, and you’d think she was still there.

Cynthia, who has lived at Ingleside at King Farm for six years, is a very active person who enjoys her social life and entertaining her friends, says her daughter Lisa. When she decided to move to comprehensive care in April because of a need for continuous oxygen, “she kept talking about getting back to her apartment,” Lisa says. “She missed seeing her things.”

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IKF Blog
Posted: Saturday, August 15, 2015

A new social day club serves members with early memory loss

For people who are diagnosed with early-stage memory loss, it’s important to maintain connections with other people. The new Kensington Club at Ingleside at King Farm is designed to do exactly that.

According to the Alzheimer’s Association, “research shows that people who are regularly engaged in social interaction maintain their brain vitality.” Combined with proper diet, exercise and cognitive activity, social activity can help early-diagnosis patients to continue to be engaged in life and prevent depression.

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Posted: Monday, August 10, 2015

Good news from new research: Light exercise benefits older people

You know you have to exercise to keep fit and healthy. But does that mean you have to do strenuous workouts? A new study from Oregon State University indicates that walking, dancing and household chores is nearly as effective as more vigorous exercise—if you do it long enough.

“You get a nice array of health benefits by doing five hours of light physical activity per week,” said Dr. Brad Cardinal, a professor in the College of Public Health and Human Sciences and co-author of the study.

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IKF Blog
Posted: Monday, August 3, 2015

Stay safe during the summer heat!

It’s hot! We all like to get outside during the summer months, but high temperatures can pose health risks for older people and those with chronic health conditions. You don’t have to become a victim if you know how to avoid the hazards of hot weather, and you can help others by knowing the risks and symptoms of heat-caused conditions and what to do if someone you know develops them.

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IKF Blog
Posted: Monday, July 27, 2015

New ratings help you evaluate hospital care

You probably check restaurant ratings when you’re going out to eat. It’s easy to find out on your smartphone, tablet or computer what other people think about their dining experiences—there are sites like Yelp that let diners post reviews online. 

Shouldn’t it be just as easy to find out what people think about the quality of medical care they receive? Well, now it is. A new feature implemented earlier this year on Medicare’s Hospital Compare Web site provides star ratings that indicate the quality of care people received at hospitals near you.

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IKF Blog
Posted: Wednesday, July 22, 2015

You’re invited to enjoy an outdoor jazz concert!

The swinging sounds of the 1920s, 1930s and 1940s will waft through the grounds of Ingleside at King Farm when the Greg Harrison Jazz Band performs an outdoor concert in the gazebo at 7:30 p.m. July 30. 

The band specializes in recognizable tunes from the Great American Songbook based on the small bands that were popular during the Jazz era. 

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IKF Blog
Posted: Sunday, July 12, 2015

Retirement community residents thank EMTs with sweet treats

The emergency personnel who serve Ingleside at King Farm are getting a delicious surprise this week—baked goods and other sweet treats prepared by the retirement community’s residents.

“We are going to two firehouses that serve our community,” says Debbie Loube, IKF’s Volunteer Coordinator. “The residents bake cookies and buy candy and nuts, and put them together on platters wrapped up with ribbons.” Another group of volunteers delivers the goodies to the firehouses. In the past, Loube says, the EMTs and fire personnel, who pull long shifts at the firehouses, have really enjoyed their treats.

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IKF Blog
Posted: Friday, July 10, 2015

What is Engaged Living?

It is connecting, touching each other’s lives, learning and teaching, giving and growing, sharing interests and passions, exchanging ideas and feelings, and contributing to our communities. It is living with joy, strength, vibrancy and creativity. It is the lifestyle our residents have pursued all their lives, and which they continue to pursue.

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IKF Blog
Posted: Tuesday, June 23, 2015

91-year-old’s retirement dream comes true

It’s never too late to dream, or for dreams to come true.

Just look at Barbara Beskind. At age 91, she’s finally landed her dream job.

Barbara wanted to be an inventor when she was a girl. Growing up during the Great Depression, she had to be resourceful. She wanted a hobby horse, so she created one out of old tires. It turned out that she loved making new things.

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IKF Blog
Posted: Tuesday, June 16, 2015

Pedal power: Hop on a bike for fun and fitness

Remember how great it felt to ride a bike when you were a kid? Likely you had one with no gears, a bell to ring when you wanted to signal someone to get out of the way, and a basket to carry your gear.

If you haven’t jumped on a bike since your grammar school days, maybe it’s time to try it again. There are good reasons to do that: Riding a bike can burn up to 500 calories an hour. It’s easy on your joints and helps to develop the muscles that stabilize your hips.

 

 

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IKF Blog
Posted: Saturday, May 23, 2015

Ingleside retirement communities join health care technology revolution

blog-techmed-ikf.jpgIt used to be that when you visited the doctor, he or she wrote everything down on your chart by hand. If you were a long-time patient, your chart could run to many pages. On your next visit, the doctor would have to flip through all of those pages to find information that was recorded on your previous visits.

If your doctor needed to find out about your treatment by another physician, such as a specialist, he or she would have to contact the specialist, and someone at that office would have to flip through your chart to find the answer to your doctor’s questions. And you know what they say about doctors’ handwriting—sometimes they can’t even read their own!

 

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IKF Blog
Posted: Tuesday, May 19, 2015

Share a succulent, Chef-prepared luncheon at IKF

blog-chefdemo-ikf.jpgResidents of Ingleside at King Farm enjoy succulent meals every day prepared by Executive Chef Pierre Matsangakis and his professional kitchen staff.

Now you can sample the cuisine residents rave about at a Chef Demonstration hosted by Chef Pierre and Registered Dietitian Gloria Murray. You’re invited to share a special dine-and-learn luncheon at 1 p.m. May 20 at Ingleside at King Farm.

Chef Pierre and Gloria will demonstrate preparation of several dishes with fresh, seasonal components and will talk about the health benefits of each ingredient.

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IKF Blog
Posted: Wednesday, May 6, 2015

Special interfaith service will offer healing prayers

blog-prayer-IKF.jpgYou are invited to a special interfaith service on Thursday, May 7, the National Day of Prayer, at 1 p.m. in the Ingleside at King Farm Multipurpose Room.

The National Day of Prayer is held annually to join people of all faiths in prayer. Ingleside at King Farm has been participating for a couple of years.

“This year, our Spiritual Life Council proposed the theme of healing, so the prayers will be healing prayers from across cultures and religious traditions,” says IKF’s Chaplain, Rev. Richard Thayer. “The prayers will represent the variety of our international and interfaith community.”

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IKF Blog
Posted: Monday, April 27, 2015

These playful people are models of positive aging!

blog-posi-aging.jpgLloyd Kahn, 79, jumps on a skateboard. Watching him in motion, you see balance and grace. Kahn took up skateboarding when he was 65.

Paul Fegen, once a millionaire, lost everything he had right at retirement age. Now, at age 80, he earns a modest income—doing magic card tricks.

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IKF Blog
Posted: Tuesday, April 21, 2015

IKF member is the spark behind Parkinson’s support group

blog-parkinsons-ikf.jpgAt Ingleside at King Farm, you’ll find a community of people who are determined to get the most out of their retirement life. These are folks who are active and engaged with their community and the wider world, and they love learning from one another.

You’ll see evidence of that in the many groups, programs and classes that are initiated by IKF members.

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IKF Blog
Posted: Thursday, April 16, 2015

Have you made these important retirement health care decisions?

blog-decision.jpgSome of the most important decisions you’ll ever make concern the future of your health care.

Once you make the decision to join a Continuing Care Retirement Community, you and your family can enjoy peace of mind when it comes to your future health care needs. If you require health care support in the future, you’ll have access to it right on your campus. Compassionate, highly skilled health care professionals at quality communities like Ingleside at King Farm, Ingleside at Rock Creek and Westminster at Lake Ridge administer the programs that enable you to achieve maximum wellness of body, mind and spirit. That means you’re free to enjoy the active, engaged retirement lifestyle you want.

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IKF Blog
Posted: Tuesday, April 7, 2015

Do you have a story to tell?

blog-stories.jpgIt’s amazing how many people think their lives aren’t very interesting. You never know, though—your story just might be the one that really touches someone.

A group of teen journalists from Montgomery County Media wanted to hear what the residents of Ingleside at King Farm, a Continuing Care Retirement Community, had to say.

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IKF Blog
Posted: Tuesday, March 17, 2015

Learning to play music is a great brain workout

blog-pianoplayer.jpgYou may never be able to play the piano like Van Cliburn, but you can learn to play your favorite songs. You may never reach Eric Clapton’s level of proficiency on the guitar, but you can learn to strum well enough to accompany yourself and others in a sing-along.

As with so many things in life, it’s the journey that counts. Many people pick up a musical instrument to express themselves or just have fun. But you might be surprised to find that learning to play a musical instrument can help defend against memory loss and declines in brain function.

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IKF Blog
Posted: Tuesday, March 10, 2015

Downsizing doesn’t have to be the worst part of retirement living

blog-movecouple.jpgYou’ve lived in your beloved home for 30 years. It’s filled with stuff that you’ve collected over time—the huge sofa, the dining room table with room enough for the whole family.

Now you’re thinking of moving into a two-bedroom apartment in a retirement community, and just the thought of what you’re going to do with all that stuff makes you nervous.

 

 

 

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IKF Blog
Posted: Monday, March 9, 2015

Learn about wellness services at Health and Wellness Fair

blog-wellnessfair.jpgIngleside at King Farm is pleased to present a Health and Wellness Fair from 10 a.m. to 1 p.m. Wednesday, March 11, in the Multipurpose Room.

To help you learn about the wellness resources that are available within the community and in the King Farm area, we’ve invited a number of vendors who provide wellness services to conduct demonstrations and provide you with healthy living tips.

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IKF Blog
Posted: Thursday, February 19, 2015

Retirement community’s Chaplain says his job is about ‘love’

thayer2.jpgRichard Thayer, Chaplain at Ingleside at King Farm, helps residents focus on spirituality across a variety of religions.

He works with Diana Cirone, Director of Life Enrichment, to include spiritual events in the extensive monthly calendar listings that help make this retirement community a happening place.

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IKF Blog
Posted: Thursday, February 12, 2015

Filmmaker follows seniors looking for love

blog-ageoflove.jpgIs it ever too late to date?

Thirty seniors 70 to 90 years old who signed up for a speed-dating event in Rochester, N.Y., put their hearts on the line to find the companionship and affection they were missing in their lives. Filmmaker Steven Loring followed their funny and poignant adventures as they prepared for the event, mingled and found that, yes, it’s still possible to feel that spark, no matter how old you are.

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IKF Blog
Posted: Monday, February 9, 2015

Selling your home before moving to a retirement community

blog-moving.jpgMost homeowners know that they need to make improvements to their homes to get them ready to sell as they prepare to move to a retirement community. Fresh paint and completing any unfinished projects are high on the list.

But the No. 1 improvement you can make to your home when you’re getting ready to sell is decluttering, says Eric Stewart, a Real Estate industry leader. Stewart will provide advice on how to sell your home for an optimal price during a talk at 1 p.m. Feb. 10 at Ingleside at King Farm. His talk is part of the LiveWell Forum: Conversations on a Balanced Life. Complimentary valet parking will be provided for this event.

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IKF Blog
Posted: Tuesday, February 3, 2015

Words and walnuts may protect seniors against Alzheimer’s

blog-walnut.jpgCould staving off Alzheimer’s disease be as easy as learning a new word and eating a handful of walnuts every day?

Of course, Alzheimer’s is a complex condition, and your doctor is your best source of information for staying healthy. But researchers are finding more and more evidence that a healthy diet that includes walnuts and keeping your brain active can help protect you from mental decline.

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IKF Blog
Posted: Thursday, January 29, 2015

Retirement is a time to pursue new and old interests

blog-BarbMurry.jpgAn old song by Jim Croce has a line that goes, “There never seems to be enough time to do the things you want to do once you find them.”
 
That song was so meaningful to one Ingleside at King Farm resident that she picked it as the music for an ice-skating routine. It also resonates with the reasons why Barbara and her husband, Bill, picked Ingleside at King Farm for retirement living.

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IKF Blog
Posted: Wednesday, January 21, 2015

Seniors who volunteer are happier and healthier

blog-vol.jpgYou know that volunteering is fun and fulfilling and makes you feel happier. Now there’s evidence that volunteering might help you live longer. Having a heart, studies have found, is good for your heart.

Several studies reported in a review of recent research on volunteering by the Corporation for National & Community Service suggest that older volunteers enjoy positive health benefits, are better able to function as they grow older and are better able to cope with and surmount health problems.

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IKF Blog
Posted: Friday, January 16, 2015

Meet a staff member: Arts director enriches residents’ lives

blog-Cirone.jpgHave you met Diana Cirone, the dynamo behind the team that develops the arts, cultural and recreational programs you enjoy at Ingleside at King Farm?

Diana and her team create an amazing roster of more than 450 programs a month. But she modestly says it wouldn’t be possible to do that without support from the residents of the retirement community.

“It’s not just staff putting programs on a calendar,” she says. “We’re really creating programs in partnership with the residents. That partnership is the spirit of Ingleside at King Farm.”

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IKF Blog
Posted: Tuesday, January 6, 2015

Seniors who use social media feel more youthful, study finds

blog-social.jpgAre you on Facebook? Do you Skype? If you’re a savvy Silver Surfer, then you know how easy it is to keep in touch with friends and family through social media. Bet you didn’t know, though, that learning to use social media could benefit your overall mental health and well-being.

A two-year study by researchers at the University of Exeter in the United Kingdom found that older people who received training in use of social media were happier and—get this—felt younger than those in a control group.

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