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Posted: Tuesday, December 18, 2018

Considering a Continuing Care Retirement Community? Here are Four Key Aspects of the Decision Process.

Continuing care retirement communities are a popular retirement living choice among older adults who live fully, or mostly, independently today but desire to live in a setting whereby long-term care services are available if needed in the future. Choosing the right community is an important often complex decision process. Here are four key aspects of the decision process: 

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Pamila Mills
Posted: Tuesday, December 4, 2018

What to Know: Caregiving for Those with Dementia-Related Cognitive Impairment - Part 2

Pamela Mills, Ingleside’s Director of Memory Programming addresses some common questions in a four-part series. 

Part 2

How do you help if you know someone going through this experience?

If you know someone who is living this experience, please get involved. Ask how you can help. Perhaps go to the Dementia Friendly America website and take the quick training on how to be dementia friendly. Encourage your neighbors and friends to do the same. 

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IKF Blog
Posted: Tuesday, November 20, 2018

How Do I Know If I’ll Be Happy Living in This CCRC?

When making a decision about moving to a continuing care retirement community (CCRC, also called a life plan community), there are a lot of different factors to consider. It's certainly vital to understand the financial implications and contract details, but there’s something else just as (or maybe even more) important to consider, and you won’t find all the answers in a brochure.

One of the most crucial factors to consider when selecting a CCRC is your happiness. Will you be happy living there on a day-to-day basis? Naturally, this applies to not only those considering a CCRC but also other types of retirement communities. However, choosing a CCRC is typically a bigger commitment—financially and otherwise—so it’s even more important to make sure your first choice is the right choice.

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IKF Blog
Posted: Monday, November 12, 2018

When to Get On the Wait List at a Retirement Community

If you or a loved one is considering senior living options, you likely have begun doing research on retirement communities. With all of the differing communities, it can be a lot to take in so the decision process can take some time. Once you home in on a few specific places that meet your criteria, you may want to consider getting your name on their waiting lists.

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Pamela Mills
Posted: Friday, November 2, 2018

What to Know: Caregiving for Those with Dementia-Related Cognitive Impairment

Pamela Mills, Ingleside’s Director of Memory Programming addresses some common questions in a four-part series.

Part 1
What challenges do people face when caring for a friend or family member with dementia-related cognitive impairment?

Assisting a person with a dementia-related cognitive disease can be an all-encompassing life experience that can be gratifying, but also extremely stressful. There is no easy method to being a caregiver, as this disease is filled with loss, change, emotional strain, physical tasks and often overwhelming choices. Caregivers of people with dementia often feel alone, overwhelmed and cut off from the world. For the person experiencing cognitive decline, he or she has their own grief, fears and frustrations, which is why it is equally important that both the caregiver and person with the diagnosis actively engage in support groups and other resource services.

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IKF Blog
Posted: Monday, October 29, 2018

Live to 100 With These Blue Zone Diet Tips

The average lifespan of an American is 78.8 years, with women typically living to around 81 and men making it to 76. It’s the highest this statistic has ever been in our country…a testament to modern medicine and our nation’s overall prosperity. While these numbers are probably considered a ripe old age to most people, it bears noting that women in Japan have the world’s longest average life expectancy at 87 years. The Japanese people doesn’t have better medical care or greater wealth than we do, so why are they outliving us?

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IKF Blog
Posted: Friday, October 12, 2018

Caregiver Assistance: Addressing Caregiver Stress

Caring for an aging family member is a labor of love. But study after study also shows the emotional, physical, and even financial stress that the caregiver incurs as a result.

Research conducted by MetLife Mature Market Institute* revealed that approximately 10 million adult children over the age of 50 (that's roughly a quarter of all Baby Boomers!) have taken on the role of caregiver for their aging parents, helping with a variety of tasks–everything from running errands and cooking to bathing and using the toilet. It's a lot to take on, especially for caregivers who may also be juggling a career and their own children, which is likely why caregivers over age 50 who work and provide care to a parent are more likely to have fair or poor health as compared to peers who do not provide elder care. 

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IKF Blog
Posted: Friday, August 24, 2018

Ready to Sell? Tips for Preparing Your Home for the Real Estate Market

You might have begun discussing and considering a move to a continuing care retirement community in the near future. There’s no doubt that it’s a big decision to make, but many people feel a great sense of relief once the choice is made. When you live in a CCRC, all of your needs along the continuum of care will be provided in one location, and for most CCRC residents, there is comfort and security in knowing that.

Top 5 tips for prepping your home

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IKF Blog
Posted: Monday, July 30, 2018

Fitness trackers helping seniors become more active

Do you wear a fitness tracker? If so, you might be one of more than 2.7 million active older people who are achieving 7,500 steps or more. 

New findings from the Pew Research Center show that older people are more likely to use a wearable fitness monitor such as those made by Fitbit, Garmin, Motiv and other manufacturers. These bracelets and clip-on devices are increasingly popular with older folks.

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IKF Blog
Posted: Monday, July 2, 2018

We are excited to welcome the Gaithersburg High School students to our summer certified nursing assistant program!

Last month, eight students from Gaithersburg High School began the summer Certified Nursing Assistant (CNA) Program at Ingleside at King Farm. After three years of hosting the program in the fall, Ingleside at King Farm is excited to hold the CNA program in the summer. This program delivers an excellent opportunity for high school students looking to begin a career in health care and offering the program in the summer will give more students a chance to participate.   

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IKF Blog
Posted: Wednesday, May 16, 2018

Questions about life plan communities you never thought to ask

You’re ready to take the next step in your life and move from your house to a continuing care retirement community (also called life plan community). You’ve started investigating nearby communities that provide retirement living, and you’ve asked the obvious questions, but you wonder if there are other questions you should be asking. 

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IKF Blog
Posted: Thursday, May 10, 2018

Older Americans Month celebrates engaged living

Happy Older Americans Month! While we acknowledge the value of older Americans every day, the month of May is a special time to celebrate the fact that older Americans contribute in many ways that make a difference in their communities.

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IKF Blog
Posted: Wednesday, April 25, 2018

Artist helps residents to tap into their creativity

In Martina Sestakova’s art workshop, if you want to paint an apple green instead of red, you paint it green. 

Sestakova, a textile designer and painter, is leading a monthly watercolor workshop at Ingleside at King Farm. At the first session in mid-February, participants filled every available seat and painted a fruit bowl based on Sestakova’s sketch. 

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Posted: Tuesday, April 3, 2018

Research-based tips for staying well all year long

Forming good health habits in winter gives you a head start in staying healthy and well all year long. Incorporating a few good habits into your daily routine can help boost your immune system and help you fend off virus- and bacteria-borne illnesses and fight chronic diseases. 

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IKF Blog
Posted: Tuesday, February 27, 2018

Lifelong learning conveys physical, mental and social benefits

We’re often asked whether Ingleside at King Farm offers opportunities for lifelong learning. The answer is a resounding yes. 

Numerous scientific studies have shown that there are cognitive and physical benefits to continued learning. Nancy Merz Nordstrom, a lifelong learning specialist and author of “Learning Later, Living Greater: The Secret for Making the Most of Your After-50 Years,” says there are also less tangible benefits that can affect all areas of our lives. 

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IKF Blog
Posted: Wednesday, February 14, 2018

Research shows lighter exercise is beneficial if you do it longer

We all know it’s important to exercise to keep us fit and healthy as we grow older. But that doesn’t mean you have to knock yourself out to get the benefits of working out. 

A recent study by researchers at Oregon State University indicated that a total of 5 hours a week of easy walking, dancing, easy sports, and even working around the house can be almost as effective as moderate or vigorous exercise for older adults. 

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IKF Blog
Posted: Wednesday, January 31, 2018

The Ingleside Spirit Of Giving Continues To Shine

The lives of homeless individuals and families became a little brighter through the efforts of volunteers from Ingleside at King Farm who helped out at the annual Homeless Resource Day in Gaithersburg in November. Inglesiders sporting official navy-blue T-shirts staffed information booths, helped attendees fill out forms and steered them to the resources they needed. 

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IKF Blog
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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