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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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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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IKF Blog
Posted: Sunday, January 22, 2017

Residents give back through work with homeless

For a dozen residents and staff at Ingleside at King Farm, homelessness isn’t just a faceless issue. These folks are getting to know homeless people as individuals and devoting their time and talents to assisting them. 

The volunteers boarded the Ingleside at King Farm van early on Nov. 17 and were transported to the Activity Center at Bohrer Park in Gaithersburg. They spent most of the day helping the 457 folks who came to Homeless Resource Day at the center. It’s a cause that’s close to their hearts. 

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IKF Blog
Posted: Saturday, January 14, 2017

Six Dimensions of Wellness: Physical Wellness

Over the past several months, we have been exploring the Six Dimensions of Wellness, a model of total wellness that we embrace at Ingleside at King Farm. The Six Dimensions of Wellness is a concept first developed by Dr. Bill Hettler, co-founder of the National Wellness Institute. In Dr. Hettler’s view, total wellness is more than just physical health; it also includes components including social, intellectual, vocational, spiritual and emotional wellness.

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IKF Blog
Posted: Friday, January 6, 2017

Tai Chi offers benefits from preventing falls to peace of mind

Modern medicine has given us many gifts that help us stay healthy and active as we grow older. In the last couple of decades, however, some medical researchers have been examining older approaches and therapies that have stood the test of time. One of them is Tai Chi. Dr. Peter Wayne, an assistant professor of medicine and research director of the Osher Center for Integrative Medicine at Harvard Medical School, has extensively investigated Tai Chi’s benefits. 

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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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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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