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IKF Blog
Posted: Thursday, December 29, 2016

Staying Active in the New Year: Fitness Tips for Seniors

As the New Year quickly approaches, many people are reflecting on goals for 2017. According to a Nielsen report, staying fit and healthy tops the list of peoples’ New Year’s resolutions. 

Sometimes the hardest part about beginning an exercise routine is just getting started. But keeping it simple can make it easier to incorporate exercises into a daily routine. Chris Goldman, fitness manager at Ingleside at Rock Creek and Cody Christian, fitness manager at Ingleside at King Farm, recommend exercises seniors can start with in the New Year.

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IKF Blog
Posted: Friday, December 23, 2016

Six Dimensions of Wellness: Emotional Wellness

No matter how much time we spend with others, we spend more time with ourselves. That is why awareness and acceptance of our own feelings is such an important part of emotional wellness. 

An emotionally well person is able to manage thoughts and feelings, and the behavior that stems from them. Emotional health determines to a large extent how successful we are with interpersonal relationships, how effectively we make personal choices and take responsibility for them, and how willing we are to take on challenges. 

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IKF Blog
Posted: Monday, December 12, 2016

Music Therapist puts the power of music to work for IKF residents

When was the last time you heard an old, familiar song and were transported back to a particular time in your life? Remember how it made you feel? 

The power of music has been recognized for centuries. We’ve learned that people respond to music emotionally; that familiar song can evoke memories and feelings of security. Music also is associated with positive changes in mood, emotional states and self-awareness.

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IKF Blog
Posted: Wednesday, December 7, 2016

Ingleside at King Farm offers day program for cognitively impaired individuals

Ingleside at King Farm offers person-centered Memory Care as part of its highly rated Comprehensive Care program. The Memory Care program meets the needs of each individual where they are, engaging them in programs based on their specific needs and interests. 

With the establishment of Ingleside Engaged, a social day club for people with dementia-related cognitive impairment, Ingleside at King Farm is sharing its expertise with people who live outside the retirement community. 

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IKF Blog
Posted: Tuesday, November 22, 2016

Ingleside at King Farm’s Skilled Nursing earns top rankings

Ingleside at King Farm’s Skilled Nursing program has been ranked by U.S. News & World Report as one of the best skilled nursing centers in the United States. 

Nursing Home Finder, which offers comprehensive information about facilities and allows users to compare them. The facilities that earned the Best Nursing Home designation represent about 13 percent of all U.S. facilities. 

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IKF Blog
Posted: Tuesday, November 15, 2016

Six Dimensions of Wellness: Vocational Wellness

Total wellness involves more than just physical health. It encompasses multiple dimensions that include lifestyle, mental and spiritual well-being and a self-directed and evolving process that enables one to achieve full potential. 

At the Ingleside communities, we promote the Six Dimensions of Wellness, a holistic model that includes Spiritual, Social, Emotional, Vocational and Intellectual as well as Physical Wellness. In this series of posts, we’re exploring each of those dimensions and how they are supported and practiced at each Ingleside retirement community. 

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IKF Blog
Posted: Wednesday, November 9, 2016

Local Seniors Give Back to Families in Need

Residents at Ingleside at King Farm (IKF) have been giving their time, resources, and a lot of heart by volunteering at the Interfaith Clothing Center (ICC), a program at Interfaith Works in Rockville, MD. ICC provides low-income families with free clothing and home goods, which allows them to use more of their resources on food, rent, utilities, and other basic needs. 

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IKF Blog
Posted: Monday, October 31, 2016

Ingleside at King Farm’s 4th Annual Bazaar

The residents at Ingleside at King Farm (IKF) have been working hard all year preparing for the community’s 4th Annual Bazaar on Saturday, Nov. 12. As the saying goes, “it takes a village” to successfully put on an event such as this. But Ingleside’s community is up to the task.

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IKF Blog
Posted: Monday, October 10, 2016

Exercise at the right time can boost your memory

We all know exercise is good for our bodies, and new research is showing that aerobic exercise—the kind that gets you breathing hard and your heart pumping—can reinforce learning and play a role in storing information in long-term memory. 

A recent study at Radboud University in The Netherlands and the University of Edinburgh found that exercise performed four hours after a learning task boosted the subjects’ ability to remember the learned material. 

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IKF Blog
Posted: Wednesday, October 5, 2016

Retirement community residents walk to end Alzheimer’s

With every step they take on Oct. 7, 2016, staff and members of Ingleside at King Farm, along with friends and families, will be supporting the fight against Alzheimer’s disease. 

Residents, staff members and guests will be participating in the retirement community’s Walk to End Alzheimer’s, the nation’s largest event to raise awareness and funds. Money raised during this annual fall event supports research and provides programs to improve the lives of families affected by Alzheimer’s and dementia. 

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IKF Blog
Posted: Tuesday, October 4, 2016

Six Dimensions of Wellness: Social Wellness

Total wellness involves more than just physical health. A state of well-being involves multiple factors that take into account our lifestyle and interaction with the environment that surrounds us. Achieving total wellness is an ongoing process that enables us to achieve our full potential and highest quality of life. 

At the Ingleside, we promote the Six Dimensions of Wellness. This holistic model, developed by Dr. Bill Hettler, a cofounder of the National Wellness Institute, includes Spiritual, Social, Emotional, Vocational, Intellectual and Physical Wellness. In this series of posts, we’re exploring each of those dimensions and how they are supported and practiced at Ingleside at King Farm. 

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IKF Blog
Posted: Friday, September 30, 2016

It’s a good time to reach across generations

We hear a lot these days about conflicts between generations. But we all have much in common, and young and old alike can benefit from knowing people of different ages. 

That’s why some forward-looking folks designated September as Intergeneration Month, a worldwide celebration that encourages people to connect across generations. It’s a time to get together, learn from one another and share the wisdom of age and the enthusiasm of youth. 

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IKF Blog
Posted: Wednesday, September 28, 2016

Ingleside Board Member Robyn Stone To Receive Prestigious Honor from the Gerontological Society of America

One of the things that makes our Ingleside family of communities so special is the incredible quality and dedication of the members of our Boards of Directors. A case in point: Dr. Robyn Stone, who is vice president of research at LeadingAge and will be honored this fall with a prestigious honor from the Gerontological Society of America (GSA).

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IKF Blog
Posted: Monday, September 19, 2016

Six Dimensions of Wellness: Intellectual Wellness

Wellness is more than just going to the gym. It encompasses lifestyle, mental and spiritual well-being and is an evolving process whereby we achieve a vital, fulfilling and balanced life. 

At the Ingleside communities, we promote the Six Dimensions of Wellness, a holistic model that includes Spiritual, Social, Emotional, Vocational and Intellectual as well as Physical Wellness. In this series of posts, we’re delving into each of those dimensions and how they are supported and practiced at each Ingleside retirement community. 

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IKF Blog
Posted: Monday, September 12, 2016

‘I Read It in the Paper’ engages residents

When Mark Barnett retired from the Federal government a few years ago, he knew he wanted to continue to use his skill as a communicator. 

“I had years of experience talking to groups of people, large and small, and I loved every minute of it. The problem was to find a volunteer setting that would allow me to do that.” 

And that’s where Ingleside at King Farm came in. Mark answered an ad for volunteers placed by Debbie Loube, the community’s Volunteer Coordinator, and he found a perfect fit. 

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IKF Blog
Posted: Friday, September 9, 2016

Talking with your doctor for better health care

Doctors and other health care professionals are so busy that it can feel like they don’t have much time to listen to you. 

Communication with your doctor is a vital part of getting good health care. But communication is a two-way street, and it’s important for both you and your doctor to make an effort. 

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IKF Blog
Posted: Friday, August 5, 2016

Turn back the pages of time with fun Facebook sites


Our memories of growing up fade, but thanks to the Internet, they can be brought back to life. 

A number of sites on Facebook feature mini-visits to the past, and the folks who have liked these pages obviously have a lot of fun on the trips. Besides posts ranging from funny to serious, the best thing about these posts are the stories people share in response to them. Little communities form around, for example, reminiscences about a favorite doll. 

Here are four of the best. If you’re on Facebook, just enter the titles in your search bar. Check out these pages and jump back in time.

 

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IKF Blog
Posted: Sunday, July 10, 2016

Fight the bite! 8 ways to repel mosquitoes

Are you a mosquito magnet? Some people are, and research has now determined why.

Dr. James Logan of the London School of Hygiene and Tropical Medicine says that some people naturally produce fragrances that attract mosquitoes, while others emit chemical smells that repel the insects.

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IKF Blog
Posted: Wednesday, June 29, 2016

Coloring can make you feel like a kid again!

Remember how much fun you had as a child with your coloring books? Recapture that feeling—and draw some health benefits as well—with adult coloring books! 

Researchers have been studying the benefits of coloring for more than a decade, and they’ve found that short coloring sessions can help focus and stimulate creativity. That’s why you might see a high-powered executive spend a few minutes coloring before tackling a thorny problem he or she needs to solve.

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IKF Blog
Posted: Saturday, June 11, 2016

Six Dimensions of Wellness: Spiritual Wellness

All of us search for meaning and purpose. Spirituality takes many forms, whether it means participating in an organized religious group, finding solace in nature or exploring spiritual concepts in discussions with others. Spiritual wellness is embracing core values that guide you, examining your beliefs and actively practicing those values and beliefs. Spiritual wellness brings peace and harmony to our lives. 

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IKF Blog
Posted: Tuesday, May 31, 2016

Work longer, live longer, a new study shows

More and more people 65 and better are delaying retirement. According to the U.S. Census Bureau, more than 30 percent of people 65 to 69 were still working in 2010. That same year, people 65 and older comprised 16 percent of the workforce. Those numbers are expected to grow in the coming years. 

There are several reasons why older people are continuing to work. For some, it’s necessary for financial reasons. Others want to keep working because they like it. Many people find it satisfying and fulfilling to continue contributing, either with a paying job or volunteer work. Some are starting new businesses and exploring new careers.

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IKF Blog
Posted: Friday, May 20, 2016

10 ways to love your brain

You can reduce your risk of declining memory and thinking skills by making some key changes in your lifestyle.

Alzheimer’s is one of a group of conditions that causes cognitive decline, especially in older people. More than 5 million Americans today are living with Alzheimer’s disease, and developing dementia is one of the greatest fears many people have as they grow older.

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IKF Blog
Posted: Monday, May 2, 2016

9 ways to make your home safer this spring

According to AARP, about 18,000 Americans die from accidental injuries in their homes each year. While you’re doing your spring cleaning, take a look at your home or apartment for hazards that can cause injury or illness. 

The April issue of the AARP Bulletin contains 99 tips to keep you safer at home. Here are some ideas that anyone can accomplish easily and inexpensively:

Clear your path. Remove or anchor throw rugs. Repair loose carpeting. Make sure low furniture, such as footstools, aren’t in the middle of traffic patterns. Clear electrical cords or clutter that could cause you to fall. 

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IKF Blog
Posted: Monday, April 11, 2016

Pioneer residents celebrate Ingleside at King Farm’s 7th anniversary

Seven years ago this spring, a small group of pioneer residents began moving into the brand-new Ingleside at King Farm. 

“Spirits were high; the residents were so excited,” says Elaine Koubek, who was move-in coordinator and now is the community’s assistant director. “This was a new adventure for them. The camaraderie was great, and the residents got to know each other in a fun way.” 

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IKF Blog
Posted: Friday, March 25, 2016

Ambassador Pickering Visits Ingleside at King Farm

It’s not every day that Ingleside at King Farm hosts a former U.S. Ambassador to the United Nations, but recently, residents were all ears as they welcomed Thomas Pickering, and had the chance to hear his insights on the topic of Middle Eastern Relations.

Pickering, born in Orange, New Jersey in 1931, served more than 40 years as a U.S. diplomat. He last served as undersecretary of state for political affairs, the third highest post in the U.S. State Department. Pickering also served as ambassador to the United Nations, the Russian Federation, India, Israel, and Jordan, and holds the personal rank of Career Ambassador.

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IKF Blog
Posted: Monday, March 21, 2016

Spring is a great time to declutter

Have you ever had that moment when you’re overwhelmed by the amount of stuff you have? You know it’s time to declutter, but where do you start? You have a home full of things you’ve collected over a lifetime, and it can be difficult to part with your favorite items. The reality is, though, that some of those items may not serve you well any more.

Decluttering is a great first step in downsizing, or “right-sizing,” as some prefer to call it. It’s what you’ll do when you move from your large family home into a more appropriately sized residence, such as a retirement community.

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IKF Blog
Posted: Sunday, March 13, 2016

Dancing proves to be good for your heart

Which do you think is better for you: fast walking or dancing?

Though fast walking is certainly good exercise, you might be surprised to learn that dancing may have even greater health benefits for your heart than a brisk stroll. Researchers at Western Sydney University in Australia followed more than 48,000 older people over a 10-year period and found that those who danced were 49 percent less likely to die of heart disease than those who rarely or never danced. The study found that the dancers’ risk from heart disease was 21 percent less than those who regularly walked.

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IKF Blog
Posted: Tuesday, March 8, 2016

Poor hearing can affect your mental and physical health

Impaired hearing is more than just an inconvenience.

Researchers like Dr. Frank Lin at Johns Hopkins University have linked hearing loss with cognitive decline, physical and emotional problems. In a recent study, Dr. Lin and his associates found that people with hearing deficiencies lost cognitive abilities including memory and concentration at a rate 30 to 40 percent faster than people with normal hearing.

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IKF Blog
Posted: Monday, February 29, 2016

Resident art history professor eagerly shares her knowledge

Inabelle fell in love with art when she was 6 years old.

When she was growing up in Baltimore, “my Mom really wanted to introduce her children to the wonderful possibilities life has to offer and to enrich their lives. She took us to museums. It was very exciting to me.”

Inabelle still gets excited about art, and shares her passion with her neighbors at Ingleside at King Farm.

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IKF Blog
Posted: Friday, February 19, 2016

Meditation has benefits for minds and bodies

People have meditated for thousands of years. Regular meditators say it’s a pleasurable experience that reduces stress, frees up creativity and helps them make decisions and reach goals. We’re now finding that meditation not only leads to a better mental state but can also produce measurable improvements in health.

There are many forms of meditation. Two of the most well-known and popular are Transcendental Meditation® and mindfulness meditation. Transcendental Meditation® helps you achieve a relaxed state through silently repeating a mantra—a simple sound, word or phrase. Mindfulness meditation focuses your awareness on your breathing as you tune in to what’s going on in your body, mind and surroundings without judging or reacting to them. What they have in common is a focus on the present, letting go of the past and thoughts of the future. The result is stillness and calmness of body and mind. That frame of mind can be carried into daily life, helping you to better handle stressful situations.

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IKF Blog
Posted: Tuesday, February 9, 2016

Book dramatist brings Old San Francisco to life

If you’ve ever left your heart in San Francisco, or you’ve always wanted to know more about its history, you’ll fall in love with the City by the Bay all over again when you hear Ingleside at King Farm resident and book dramatist Ann Marshall tell stories about the city’s golden age.

Ann Marshall developed her skills as a book dramatist over nearly 20 years of giving book presentations to civic groups, retirement communities, book clubs, women’s groups and churches in the San Francisco area. Her method was to craft an hour-long presentation using the author’s exact words, so that audiences experienced the book almost as if they had read it. During her career, Ann Marshall developed and presented dramatizations of about 40 books spanning fiction, nonfiction and biography.

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IKF Blog
Posted: Wednesday, January 27, 2016

We’re getting healthier in 2016 with new fitness manager

Cody Christian has been Ingleside at King Farm’s new fitness manager for a little more than a month, but he’s already performed more than 100 fitness assessments for residents and developed individual programs to set them on a path to better health and wellness.

“I’m challenging everyone to make progress,” Cody says. “I’m developing classes for all fitness levels that people enjoy and are motivating.”

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