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There Are Many Health Benefits to Crafting, Experts Say

There Are Many Health Benefits to Crafting, Experts Say

  According to experts in neuroscience, there are many potential health benefits associated with crafting. Participating in your favorite craft can improve anxiety, depression, and chronic pain, and it may also protect the brain from damage caused by aging. While additional research needs to be completed, past studies suggest the health benefits of crafting are comparable to those seen in…

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Fun Holiday Crafts for Seniors

Fun Holiday Crafts for Seniors

  If you follow us on Facebook, you know that Grand Oaks of Okeechobee residents love to craft! Did you know that crafting has a myriad of health benefits, like reducing stress and improving cognitive function? And when your crafts become holiday gifts or decor, that’s an even bigger benefit! Here are three holiday crafts for seniors that are fun…

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Assisted Living Checklist: Helping You Prepare for the Move

Assisted Living Checklist: Helping You Prepare for the Move

  After your senior loved one has made the decision to move to an assisted living community like Grand Oaks of Okeechobee, you may find that you are both a bit overwhelmed by the moving process. You may be thinking, “Where should we begin? What should we pack? How do we know what not to take?” These are all common…

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September Brings National Assisted Living Week

September Brings National Assisted Living Week

  Established in 1995 by the National Center for Assisted Living (NCAL), National Assisted Living Week (which begins on Grandparents Day each year) helps promote awareness about assisted living facilities and the important way they benefit local communities, residents, and their families. This year’s National Assisted Living Week is September 13th —19th. The theme is “Caring is Essential,” which highlights…

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Hurricane Preparedness at Grand Oaks of Okeechobee

Hurricane Preparedness at Grand Oaks of Okeechobee

  In March, 2018, while serving as Florida’s governor, Rick Scott implemented new regulations regarding hurricane preparedness for assisted living facilities and nursing homes in Florida. Scott put the new rules in place after 12 residents at the Hollywood Hills Rehabilitation Center in Broward County perished from heat exposure following Hurricane Irma in 2017. The residents’ deaths raised serious questions…

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Senior Care: 5 Benefits of Staying Hydrated This Summer

Senior Care: 5 Benefits of Staying Hydrated This Summer

  During the hot summer months, one of the simplest yet most overlooked necessities is proper hydration. This is especially true when it comes to senior care. The elderly or those experiencing certain health conditions are particularly susceptible to dehydration. While it’s no surprise that drinking plenty of fresh water can help keep dehydration at bay, drinking more water also…

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Gone Fishin’! The Heart Healthy Benefits of Fishing for Seniors

Gone Fishin’! The Heart Healthy Benefits of Fishing for Seniors

  If you’re an avid fan of fishing, you probably already know that February is the perfect time in South Florida to enjoy some bass or crappie fishing. But you may not know that February is also National American Heart Month, and there are a lot of heart healthy benefits to going fishing, especially for seniors. Heart Healthy Benefit: Stress…

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2019, a Year in Review: Grand Oaks of Okeechobee

2019, a Year in Review: Grand Oaks of Okeechobee

  Wow, what a year 2019 was! We are blessed to have another year pass that was filled with lots of good times and great memories. We’ve grown closer to one another, shared laughs together, and been there for each other during tough times. While we were sad to see our beloved Activities Manager Kim take on a whole new…

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Caregiver Tips to Ease Holiday Loneliness in Seniors

Caregiver Tips to Ease Holiday Loneliness in Seniors

  According to the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services, over 40 percent of senior citizens report feeling lonely during the holiday season. Understanding how to care for and support your aging loved one when the “holiday blues” set in can help reduce their feelings of loneliness and depression. Easing holiday loneliness in seniors can also help deepen the…

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Thankful for Grandparents: Being Thankful for Seniors in Your Life

Thankful for Grandparents: Being Thankful for Seniors in Your Life

  This time of year, the air is full of excitement as we focus our attention on the upcoming holiday season. In November, we find ourselves being thankful for the cooler weather, our family and friends, pumpkin pie, and, of course, football. But what about being thankful for grandparents or other senior citizens in our lives? Thanksgiving gatherings provide the…

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