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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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Older Americans Month 2019: Connect, Create, Contribute

Older Americans Month 2019: Connect, Create, Contribute

Each year, more and more older adults are making a positive impact in and around our community. As volunteers, employees, employers, educators, mentors, advocates, family members and friends, they offer insight and experience that benefits the entire community. For this reason, Older Americans Month has been recognizing the contributions of senior adults across the nation for 43 years. Created by…

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3 Very Important Tips for When Aging Parents Won’t Take Your Advice

3 Very Important Tips for When Aging Parents Won’t Take Your Advice

According to a study conducted at Penn State University, nearly 80% of adult children feel their aging parents are too stubborn to take their advice, especially when it comes to getting help with activities of daily living or moving to an assisted living community. Mary Heitger-Marek, a program analyst from Maryland, found herself feeling similar to the study’s participants when…

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The Technology That Lessens Depression in Lonely Seniors

The Technology That Lessens Depression in Lonely Seniors

  A recent study published in the American Journal of Geriatric Psychiatry indicates that a specific form of technology can reduce depressive symptoms in lonely seniors by as much as 50 percent. Over 1,400 aging adults participated in the study, which was conducted at Oregon Health and Science University in Portland, Oregon. The researchers examined four different types of online…

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