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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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Fun Crafts to Get You in the Fall Spirit

Fun Crafts to Get You in the Fall Spirit

  Fall is a great time of year for crafting! Try these DIY craft ideas to add some festive fall fun to your home, or give them away as gifts. Pumpkin Vase Dress up your front porch, mantle, or dining room table with this fun, seasonal flower vase. Simply carve out the inside of your pumpkin, then use a multi-surface…

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Get Creative for National Assisted Living Week

Get Creative for National Assisted Living Week

  This September, make plans to spend National Assisted Living Week (NALW) with residents of senior living communities like Grand Oaks of Okeechobee—and be prepared to get creative! Founded in 1995 by the National Center for Assisted Living (NCAL), National Assisted Living Week promotes awareness about assisted living facilities and their residents, and the important ways they benefit our local…

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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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Fun Activities to Do With Your Aging Loved One

Fun Activities to Do With Your Aging Loved One

  It’s not always easy to find fun activities to do with your aging loved one, particularly if they have limited mobility. However, there are still plenty of ways you can enjoy the time you spend together, even if you have different interests or different physical capabilities. The following is a list of fun activities that will inspire you to…

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