I come from a long line of “talkers.”
My mom is first-generation Irish-American, and her family nickname is Parrot, if that tells you anything. The gift of the gab is strong in us. But I didn’t always appreciate the jabber. Continue Reading
My husband and I are planning to move, and recently I found myself evaluating all of our stuff. I didn’t want to drag everything to a new home because the truth is, not everything we own is treasured or useful. So how should we decide what stays and what goes? To answer that question, I had to tackle our clutter. Continue Reading
Art O. didn’t discover his talent for painting until later in life, when he took a class at Atria on the Hudson. He had always assumed his wife and daughter were the only creative ones of the family. Today, the retired pharmacist now paints in the style of his favorite artist, Norman Rockwell, and several of Art’s acrylic paintings of birds and animals are prominently displayed in his community’s library. Continue Reading
There are few things in life more confusing than the tax code. The annual ritual of tracking down credits and deductions to minimize tax liability can be tedious, and the rules seem to change year over year.
The availability of senior living tax deductions comes down to whether or not the services provided meet a medical need. The reason this is important is because in order to deduct the costs from taxable income, the IRS requires they qualify as medical expenses. These deductions can offset a portion of the cost of senior living for residents and their families. Continue Reading
Lilian W. met her husband while working at her parents’ Chinese restaurant. Anthony was a young engineer from China, and a regular – drawn by the foods he missed from home and by Lillian. One day, he worked up the courage to ask her on a date and she said yes. Continue Reading
You want a heartfelt Valentine’s Day gift to be thoughtful – something to let that special someone know just how much you value their place in your life. But the stores are full of flowers, chocolates and other things they don’t really need and might not want. So after years of giving stuff, what else is there to offer? Continue Reading
As parents age, their needs grow while their ability to care for themselves declines. This is especially true when a parent lives alone. Unfortunately, many don’t think about how they will care for an aging parent until they’re forced to make a decision. Continue Reading
Being the primary caregiver for a person with Alzheimer’s or dementia can be especially tough during the busy, bright and noisy holidays.
Fortunately, there are steps you can take to keep your holidays happy, meaningful and stress-free – for everyone. Consider the following tips. Continue Reading
Have you ever needed a car repair and found yourself at the mercy of a friend, taxi or subway? The ability to drive means freedom, and without it you have to rely on other, less convenient means of transportation.
Even temporary inconveniences like these remind us that being our own driver is a privilege, and for older adults who can no longer drive safely, losing this privilege can be difficult for them and for you. Mom or Dad may be reluctant to hand over the car keys, and you might worry about how they’ll get around in the future.
Despite advances in health care, the aging process itself can limit an older adult’s ability to carry out basic daily living activities. Health problems aren’t always obvious, especially for older adults. Signs of declining health or abilities can be so subtle that neither the parent – nor their children or caregiver – may realize help is needed. Continue Reading
Nearly 70 years ago, Jean S. – a resident at Atria Evergreen Woods in Florida – returned home after serving as an Army nurse in the China-Burma-India Theater. For three years she cared for sick and injured soldiers in a bamboo ward stationed near an active combat zone. If you met Jean, you would understand what made her a wonderful nurse. Continue Reading
It would have been easy for her to quit. Numerous injuries kept Nicole Stevens off the balance beam for long periods of time as she pursued her gymnastic goals. But she was determined to succeed, putting in countless hours of physical therapy to build the strength that would carry her to the Junior Olympics National Championships and a top 30 finish. Continue Reading
In the 1940s, Sam A. purchased the Chestnut Beer Garden in Cuyahoga Falls, Ohio, and ran the small neighborhood bar for more than 30 years. It was a good life, and he and his wife, Fanny, spent every winter at their second home in Delray Beach, Florida, across the street from fellow snowbirds Alvin and Evelyn, who were from Buffalo, New York. Continue Reading
For older adults, staying hydrated can be a challenge. According to the United States Department of Agriculture’s Center for Nutrition Policy and Promotion, one in three older adults may not drink enough fluids each day due to physical and physiological changes common to aging, such as: diminished thirst sensation, side effects of medications and incontinence. The inability to walk, reach for a glass or feed oneself can further complicate the issue. A decline in cognitive function (confusion, poor memory, etc.) can also impact fluid intake. Continue Reading
Sending a child to college is bittersweet; pride swells alongside the pain of letting go. There’s so much to decide, plan, purchase and pack. Helping a son or daughter select the right school and prepare for the move is a milestone not to be missed.
But what about Mom? While parents ready their college-bound child, who makes sure an aging family member eats right and takes their medications? Continue Reading
Nearly 42 years ago this year, I accepted a challenge to play in a tennis match known as “The Battle of the Sexes.” Ultimately I won the match, but many people may not remember that I was behind for the first set and things weren’t looking very good for me. However, I was determined to win given the importance of the match: to bring attention to equality. Continue Reading
Atria residents are gold mines of knowledge and wisdom, so who better to turn to for advice? We asked our employees to share the best life lesson an Atria resident has taught them. We received hundreds of witty one-liners and heartfelt statements, and we want to pass the wisdom on to you. Continue Reading
As a dancer, Atria West 86 resident Vance R. rubbed elbows (or was it feet?) with some of theater’s most elite performers. He also modeled for Revlon and the Art Students League of New York, and danced in off-Broadway shows and in the Catskills at the legendary Grossinger’s Resort. Continue Reading
Women are disproportionately affected by Alzheimer’s and the reasons remain unclear. According to the Alzheimer’s Association Alzheimer’s Disease Facts and Figures report:
Charlotte is a woman with passion to spare. A strong advocate for women’s rights, she established the New Rochelle, New York, chapter of the National Organization for Women (NOW) while in graduate school – and, at a time when most women didn’t work outside the home.
The recent New York Times article “Imprisoned by Independence” explores how older adults’ preference for “aging in place” may have inadvertently helped imprison them. According to the article, the desire for seniors to remain in familiar surroundings, and the fear of being placed in an institution, have millions fighting to remain in homes they can rarely leave due to physical limitations or health conditions. Continue Reading
Thanking Mom for all she does should happen every day, and this Mother’s Day we’re doing something extra special for her. We asked Atria’s Facebook fans and employees to submit songs that remind them of Mom and created a customized playlist, “One Day You’ll Thank Me.” This Mother’s Day, listen and celebrate Mom with music! Continue Reading
Greta R. would like you to know one thing: she put her husband through college by working at a job giving away coupons and food samples at grocery stores. While she never went to college herself, she raised four children who all went on to attend Ivy League universities. Continue Reading
The urge to teach is a hard one to shed. Josephine “Jo” W. taught elementary, junior high and college, and now the 86-year-old teaches a bridge class to fellow residents at Atria Bayside Landing. The most rewarding aspect of teaching, according to Jo, is the moment your student understands a new concept you’re trying to show them. Continue Reading
A mother-daughter duo recently embarked on a journey of storytelling together. The two teamed up to complete Atria Senior Living’s guided journal Field Notes from an Adventurous Life. In anticipation of Mother’s Day, we asked Atria Paradise resident Grace R. and her daughter Ginger to share their special experience. Continue Reading
Connecting with nature; it’s why we travel to reach a mountaintop, or go camping in the woods – or simply relax on our back porch. Being in nature is something we crave as humans, not only because of its beauty, but also its affect on our mood and well-being.
Atria Senior Living is home to hundreds of painters, sculptors, musicians, poets and writers. Some are lifelong artists while others discovered their talents later in life.
Atria Paradise resident Antoinette D. is known for her cooking skills – so much so she’s published a cookbook of her family’s favorite recipes titled, Mangia e Tuei! (Eat and Be Quiet!). Continue Reading
Most people would agree volunteering provides a wealth of benefits, often for the volunteers themselves. If you have ever worked in a soup kitchen or donated blood or spent a Saturday afternoon cleaning your local beach or park, you know exactly what I am talking about. Volunteering is good for you!
And it’s particularly beneficial for older adults. Continue Reading
Brett Harper once worked as a home health aide, traveling to private residences to assist older adults. A few years ago, one of her favorite clients, Gwen, decided it was time to consider assisted living. Because the two had become close friends, Brett helped Gwen search for options. Continue Reading
To combat the lack of sunshine and general bleakness of one of New York’s coldest, snowiest winters, we at Atria on the Hudson discovered a creative, sense-ational way to beat the winter blues: aromatherapy. Continue Reading
“Age is an issue of mind over matter. If you don’t mind, it doesn’t matter.” – Mark Twain
What’s better on a hot Arizona day than an ice-cold bottle of beer? An ice-cold bottle of home-brewed beer!
This month marks two years since Atria Chandler Villas started its beer-brewing club, the Brew Crew. Working hand in hand with Jim Palmo, our Director of Culinary Service, our residents have brewed lagers, ales, pilsners and stouts. And their membership has grown steadily. Continue Reading
March is National Nutrition Month! That makes it a great time to try this recipe for Baby Spinach Salad with Citrus Vinaigrette. The salad features nutrient-packed baby spinach, as well as peppers, onions and fresh citrus, and can be prepared as a delicious side salad or hearty entrée salad with the addition of a protein. Continue Reading
In March 1912, a group of 18 girls gathered in Savannah, GA with the dream of bringing young girls out of their homes. They went hiking, camping, studied first aid and learned how to tell time by the stars. This group was the inception of what we know today as the Girl Scouts of America.
During the month of March, we celebrate the Girl Scouts in Atria communities across the country. Continue Reading
Baseball has always made an impact on Richard – once, quite literally.
As a boy, he cracked his head in the shower after baseball practice and was sent to his room to recuperate. Instead of staying in bed, he snuck out and hopped the train to a Yankees game. Continue Reading
Part 3: Staff Training & Education
If you’re considering care for a family member who is living with the challenges of Alzheimer’s or other forms of dementia, one of the most important factors to consider is the training and education provided to their caregivers. Continue Reading
“To dance is to be out of yourself. Larger, more beautiful, more powerful.. This is power, it is glory on earth and it is yours for the taking.” – Agnes DeMille, dancer and choreographer
For a hearty and warming dish, try Kale and White Bean Stew with Sausage. This recipe capitalizes on items we usually have in our pantries, is quick and easy, and – bonus – it’s nutritious as well! Continue Reading
Think about your favorite comfort foods – that homemade apple pie recipe your mother passed down, or the spaghetti and meatballs with the special sauce that has just the right amount of tang and spice.
Atria residents want to enjoy their favorite foods while also receiving a variety of choices. That’s why we create choice-focused programs for our residents. Continue Reading
Part Two: Engaging Activities
If you’re considering care for a family member who is living with the challenges of Alzheimer’s or another form of memory impairment, the items at the top of your checklist are likely related to finding a safe and healthy living arrangement where your family member will not just live, but live well. When you visit a senior living community, take every opportunity to ask questions about their memory care program.
Charlie Chaplin became a worldwide icon in the silent film era through his screen persona as the silent “Tramp” clown. Red Skelton, one of America’s most well-known clowns, starred in more than 20 movies and had his own radio and television show. And Patch Adams, a young doctor in the ‘70s, began clowning for hospital patients and was portrayed by late comedian Robin Williams in a Hollywood film.
What was it about these clowns that made them great? Was it their exaggerated facial expressions? Continue Reading
All varieties of root vegetables are in season right now, including parsnips, turnips, radishes, daikon, jicama, parsley root, celeriac, carrots, rutabaga, salsify and beets. Sweet potatoes and yams are also in season. Many root vegetables are low in fat and calories, a good source of fiber, high in Vitamin C and excellent sources of Vitamin A. This recipe for Roasted Root Vegetables with Horseradish Vinaigrette would make a tasty and healthy side for your next holiday dinner. Continue Reading
It’s that time of year! And if you are the type of person to make to-do lists, chances are you’ve already begun a few for upcoming celebrations. A typical holiday to-do list might include buying decorations, making a gift budget and sending out cards and invitations.
Rick Wigginton and I recently sat down for a chat about the idea of how great food experiences help restore a sense of normalcy and balance for older people. Rick has been helping families find the right place for their aging family member for years and has a unique perspective on this topic. Continue Reading
My mom made these cookies and she could compete with any of today’s gourmet cooks. She had a pastry shop in Corona, Queens, New York and would stay up all night baking. She drove to deliver her baked goods the next day all by herself. Her baking was passed on to me, and it has been subsequently passed down to my daughters and granddaughters.
– Jeannette Weledniger, Atria on Roslyn Harbor resident (Pictured here with her granddaughters, Lara and Allie)
Pears are in season. In addition to being cost effective, a medium pear averages just around 100 calories and offers 5.5 gm of fiber per serving, as well as 10% of an adult’s daily Vitamin C requirement. Continue Reading
I was drafted into the U.S. military on June 3, 1942, at the age of 21, beginning a tour of 39 months in the Air Force that took me to South America, Africa, England and into combat in Italy, France and Holland. Continue Reading
Atria Springdale resident Jo P. was kind enough to open up to me about her life. I can easily describe Jo as “determined.” She has been through a lot in her 81 years and although she’s lost two children and two husbands, she’s steadfast in her goal to be positive and optimistic. I have come to understand that Jo is the kind of person who is determined to push through the storm and come out stronger on the other side.
“You’re too old.”
“You’ll get hurt.”
“Your body can’t do what it used to.”
“Don’t risk it.”
These are just a few myths about aging that society supports – the notion that as we age, we weaken. We decline. That somehow we are less of a person, with limited value.
Part 1: Living Environment
If you’re considering care for your family member who suffers from a memory illness, the items at the top of your checklist are likely related to finding a safe and healthy living arrangement in which your family member will not just live, but live well. When you’re making a personal visit to an assisted living community, take every opportunity you have to ask questions about Alzheimer’s and memory care.
At Atria Senior Living, everything we do is driven by quality. Our number one goal is to make the best possible life for our residents. To deliver on that promise, we created the Quality Enhancement program to ensure every aspect of life at our communities meets the highest standards in the industry. Sheela Stevens, EVP Quality Officer, has long been a pioneer in our unique, industry-leading approach to quality. We sat down with her to learn more about Atria’s Quality Enhancement program and the role it plays in our communities.
Technology empowers us all to connect to the people and things that matter most – and seniors are no exception. Here are five reasons older adults may want to charge up their cell phone, tablet or laptop more often.
The residents of our community absolutely love young people. Sometimes I joke that they only like young people, puppies, and babies. Of course, that’s an exaggeration but there is an element of truth there. Whenever I bring young people into the community, even the most introverted residents come out of their shells and light up with joy. Continue Reading
“I received this recipe from a friend when I first moved to Rhode Island. It immediately became a family and party favorite. I started at Atria Harborhill as a volunteer and went on to become an Engage Life Assistant at the community. Continue Reading
As we age, our bodies change. We need fewer calories to maintain a healthy weight, while certain nutrients become more vital to our well being – and longevity. If you’re an adult over 50, start making a significant impact on your health with these suggestions from Atria Senior Living’s national dietician.
Being underwater in the ocean is like entering a new world – just you and the creatures of the deep blue. Some people are drawn by adventure and discovery. After all, who knows what can be found beneath the waves? To see a coral reef for the first time, to share crystal clear waters with a slow-moving sea turtle, to look out into the open sea and gain a fresh perspective on how vast this planet truly is – these experiences have no age limit. You’re never too old to explore!
Fashion fades, style is eternal. – Yves St. Laurent
At age 88, Mary Poirier has eternal style.
“I have liked clothes and fabric ever since I was a little girl,” says the former New York fashion designer and Atria Merrimack Place resident. Continue Reading
September is Active Aging Month, and as senior living communities are busy preparing special events and celebrations, it’s important to focus on encouraging residents to regularly participate in health and fitness programs. Continue Reading
In 1999, I found myself in a dire situation. Self-preservation caused me to file for divorce. “What am I going to do?” I asked myself in fear. I had been a stay-at-home mom. My last job was in Silicon Valley 20 years ago. My son was away at college and all of my family lived overseas. It was a scary and uncertain time in my life. Within walking distance of my house, I watched as Atria Grapevine was being built. Continue Reading
“Movement is a medicine for creating change in a person’s physical, emotional and mental states.”
Having worked for 32 years as a physical education teacher for people with disabilities, I connect with this statement by health coach Carol Welch. During my career I’ve taught individuals with a variety of special physical, emotional and cognitive needs, and I’ve witnessed firsthand how exercise improves not only their health and well-being Continue Reading
Since the most recent market reports indicate that carrots are still at a great quality and price, we wanted to feature a simple and delicious recipe for spicy carrot salad. Just one serving contains 380% of the adult daily requirement for vitamin A. If you don’t like things spicy, you can decrease or eliminate the chili paste. This recipe would be great served alongside grilled chicken or fish.
Most comedians perform their stand-up acts on stage. For Don W., Atria Regency resident and all-around jokester, the front porch is his stage.
“We call him our porch patrol. He likes to relax there and make funny comments about everything,” said Lakisha Hopkins, Resident Services Director. Continue Reading
I stay busy as Atria’s Chairman of the Board and CEO, and finding time to visit our communities is sometimes harder to do than I’d like. So I really cherish the times when I do get to visit, because there’s no substitute for seeing a community in person and having face-to-face conversations with our customers and dedicated managers and staff. Continue Reading
I’d like to tickle your curiosity about playfulness, but first I’d like to share a true story about a caregiver. [The names and identifying references have been changed to protect confidentiality.]
One day I received a phone call from a woman inquiring about therapy services. Continue Reading
In the animal kingdom, birds rank near the top when it comes to smarts. Their capacity for learning and inquisitive nature makes them a fascinating, captivating pet. Birds that are bonded with their owners constantly learn from the person’s behavior, and often delight them with surprisingly human-like antics. Think about it: When is the last time a dog looked up at you and said “Hello”?
According to Atria Carmichael Oaks resident Doris G., there’s nothing like coming home to Gypsy, an African Grey Parrot, who has been greeting her with a big “Hello” or “How are you?” for the past 23 years. Continue Reading
Technology has revolutionized the way we experience the world. Thanks to the internet, we enjoy instant access to an unlimited amount of information, and the rise of social networking has helped us to be more connected than ever before. Smartphones, laptops and tablets have all helped make our world larger and smaller at the same time. But how do we open up this world for older adults who may not be tech-savvy? How do we bridge the gap between those who live on the grid – and those who’ve never been part of it? Continue Reading
In the month of August, Atria’s Active Aging Ambassador, Billie Jean King invites us all to “play every day!” I bet you haven’t received an invitation to come out and play since you were a child, but making time to play is something we should continue to do throughout our lives. Continue Reading
We would like to express our sincere gratitude to the courageous service members who have earned the Purple Heart Medal in combat.
What does it mean to play every day? This is a concept that children have an excellent grasp of and unfortunately, adults often do not. As we age, our lives get in the way of truly living. We get wrapped up in the fleeting trivialities of this life and lose our focus on what is really important – enjoying each day as it comes and loving the friends and family we are fortunate enough to have around us. Continue Reading
Culturally speaking, we place a great deal of emphasis on physical health and the actions we take to keep our bodies healthy. But what about our brains? As some of us age, we experience a decline in cognitive ability, memory loss and a general lag in mental processing. So, it is important to focus on not only how we keep our bodies healthy, but also our brains.
A simple place to start is with your diet. Continue Reading
Make Time to Play! During the month of August, Billie Jean King, Atria’s Active Aging Ambassador encourages each person to channel their inner child by making more time for fun and laughter each day.
When I was a child my mother would tuck me into bed every night. She always sprayed rose water on her face before bed and, to this day, whenever I smell roses, I remember my mother and how safe I felt. Continue Reading
While this dish is not recommended or practical for meal preparation, this story had too much flavor to omit. Master Sergeant Charles Ohler was captured and held in a Japanese prison camp from July 4, 1944 to September 20, 1945. Atria is proud to have this veteran in our community. Continue Reading
Nothing makes people happier than good food served with a scenic view, right?
Recently, residents at Atria on the Hudson had vowed to visit all three restaurants at the Culinary Institute of America in Hyde Park, New York. In true Hudson fashion, they not only enjoyed their meals, but also critiqued each restaurant and compared their culinary experiences. Continue Reading
Nothing feels quite like riding a motorcycle. Robert Pirsig, author of Zen and the Art of Motorcycle Maintenance: An Inquiry into Values, describes it best when he writes, “You’re completely in contact with it all. You’re in the scene, not just watching it anymore, and the sense of presence is overwhelming.” Continue Reading
Since the days of Herodotus (1 B.C.), tales of a mythical Fountain of Youth have captivated us, so much so that modern doctors and scientists have spent billions of dollars on the quest to develop solutions for reversing the traces of aging.
So, what if feeling younger was simpler than the tricks medical science has offered in the past 50 years?
What if it was as simple as caring for a pet? Continue Reading
Society keeps giving us messages that when we get older, we’re finished. We’re not finished. Every day is a new start.
– Billie Jean King, Atria Senior Living’s Active Aging Ambassador
Today is Baby Boomer’s Recognition Day!
Baby Boomers are people born between 1946 and 1964, after soldiers returned home from World War II and began to raise families. Now aged 50 to 68, many of them are the sons and daughters of our residents – so we know just how extraordinary they are!
Here are just a few of the world-changing, life-saving inventions
we enjoy courtesy of the mighty Baby Boomers. Thank you! Continue Reading
This impressive recipe for Flourless Chocolate Lava Cake is sure to excite guests at your next gathering. Continue Reading
It’s impossible to imagine a world without music. It’s all around us, and for most people, music holds a special emotional value. Music has been shown to evoke strong responses. For instance, when hearing a song from your past, you often experience the same feelings originally associated with that memory. Continue Reading
Our dads worked hard and sacrificed a lot to provide our families with a good life.
But dads are more than just the men who raised us. They’re individuals with dreams, goals, likes and dislikes that extend beyond the scope of their dad-ness.
So as we celebrate fathers far and wide, we’d like to recognize the dads who call Atria home – and share some fun facts from the less dad-centric parts of their lives. Continue Reading
In front of fellow residents and guests, nearly 20 U.S. veterans who live at Atria Kew Gardens in New York were honored during a series of programs.
A special highlight was a memorable and moving first-person account of the D-Day invasion of Europe Continue Reading
I have a confession to make. I’m an introvert. As an Engage Life Director, whose job entails creating, designing and implementing dynamic social calendars for the residents of Atria at St. Joseph’s, that makes me sort of an anomaly. However, being surrounded by such a vibrant, spirited group of older adults every day has begun to have an impact on me. Continue Reading
Research shows that staying socially engaged with friends can offer real benefits, like bolstering our immune system and contributing to overall health and happiness. Spending time with friends improves our mood. And having the emotional support of close friends helps us reach goals and get through challenging times in our lives. Continue Reading
This Coffee-Rubbed Pork Tenderloin has an exotic, aromatic spice profile. Better yet, only 27% of its calories come from fat.
I had four memorable assignments during my 21 years of service in the United States Army as a dental officer:
My second assignment was my first memorable experience. Both my wife and I are immigrants from the Republic of Panama so when we received news that I would be assigned to the Canal Zone, we were overwhelmed with joy. Continue Reading
Billie Jean King, champion athlete and Atria’s Active Aging Ambassador, is the newest face on the cover of the International Council on Active Aging’s (ICAA) The Journal on Active Aging®. Billie Jean continues to break down societal barriers in her new role, influencing a shift in perceptions of aging. Continue Reading
At Atria Draper Place, the job title “receptionist” hardly captures the role Elaine Malloy plays with the residents, staff and visitors. Yes, she’s the first of many bright lights you experience at the community, greeting every guest with a warm smile and welcoming gesture. But, that’s just the tip of the iceberg. Continue Reading
Navigating the landscape of choice for your family member’s care can be confusing and frustrating. As a caregiver, your mind is full of worry, guilt and even agitation.
According to a new study released by the American Academy of Neurology, Alzheimer’s disease is actually the third leading cause of death in the United States, ranking behind only heart disease and cancer. Continue Reading
Making the decision to move your family member into an assisted living community isn’t easy in any sense of the word. Older adults and their families face many doubts as they determine when the time is right to get extra help. Continue Reading
As a member of the waitstaff at Atria Chandler Villas in Arizona, Robert Leyvas enjoys serving meals to residents. But what he really loves is hosting Fight Nights at the community each week, where he and the residents watch Mixed Martial Arts fights on TV. Continue Reading
Wilma and Maurice “Morey” Staudinger were on their way to pick out carpet for their new house. On the way, they stopped for lunch on Balboa Island in Newport Beach, California. Little did they know, this particular lunch date wasn’t ordinary. Continue Reading
Linda Metz is a receptionist at Atria Northgate Park in Ohio, but to residents and fellow employees at the community, she’s much more than that. Linda has been known to come in on her days off to take residents to doctor’s appointments, fill-in for coworkers when needed and help shovel snow so residents can attend church. Continue Reading
On Wednesday, March 19th the residents of Atria El Camino Gardens set out to perform random acts of kindness in the Carmichael area, with the help of the Atria Engage Life Team. The group shared stories with unsuspecting families, workers at local businesses, and people on the street. Continue Reading
Older adults with memory impairments such as Alzheimer’s or other form of dementia frequently get confused about where they are, what day it is and what time it is. This can often cause them to wander from their home and quickly fall into a dangerous situation. Continue Reading
I am a resident at Atria Hillcrest. I am a World War II veteran.
I was in the 13th Armored Division (Army). While in the 13th, I had two 13-day furloughs. We left the U.S. on Friday the 13th in a Liberty Ship. It took us 13 days to get to England. I was in the first squad of the third platoon. Continue Reading
This award-winning recipe for Chocolate Raspberry Truffles comes from Mary Short, Director of Culinary Service at Atria Grass Valley in California. Mary’s recipe won a “People’s Choice Best Pairing Award” a few years ago in a local competition in the “Best Chocolate and Wine” pairing category. Continue Reading
There are many reasons that lead older adults to consider independent living options. Keeping up with the daily chores of running a household can become overwhelming and expensive. As grown children move out, a large house with multiple levels presents challenges for a long-term living environment. Everyday tasks that used to take no time at all now suddenly take half the day.
When you’re making a decision to move your mom or dad into a senior living community, the challenges in front of you can seem insurmountable. There is certainly no shortage of questions and confusion; this, in conjunction with the emotional factors that weigh on your mind, make the ideal path unclear.
When I was a child, Monday was wash day and the laundry was done in our back yard. The laundry equipment consisted of a large black pot over a bed of fire to heat the water, a broomstick to stir the dirty clothes, lye soap and two galvanized washtubs filled with water for rinsing the clothes. It was a sunup-to-sundown chore, leaving no time to make a complicated dessert. This recipe is quick and easy. The fragrance of it baking lingers in my memory. Continue Reading
After nearly 72 years of marriage, Lyle and Gail Isaacs finally got the wedding celebration they never had! Not only did Atria Rancho Park in San Dimas, California host a vow renewal for the couple with family and friends, but they even arranged for the nuptials to take place on one of the most romantic days of the year: Valentine’s Day! Continue Reading
Like most other industries, the trends among senior living communities are rapidly evolving. The future is bright for prospective retirees. Senior living communities will continue to fully embrace holistic wellness, eco-friendly solutions, technology and independence. As baby boomers slide into retirement age, the senior housing industry must accommodate a generation of retirees who are active and tech-savvy in an unprecedented way. In addition, people are living longer and want to approach the work and play of retirement in a whole new way. Continue Reading
“We couldn’t afford a telephone when we first got married.”
Here at Atria, we talk frequently about the importance of social living and of being surrounded by friends with common interests.
This doesn’t mean all of those friends are necessarily people.
Kerry Sheron has served as a chef at Atria Encinitas in California for the past 27 years, and he loves all of the residents for whom he has the privilege to cook. His dedication extends far beyond Atria Encinitas – he’s filled in for kitchen duty in 18 different Atria communities when they needed help. Thanks for sharing your story with us, and thank you for sharing your delicious spaghetti bolognese recipe below! Continue Reading
No matter how old we grow, we never lose our desire for a thrill: the feeling of exhilaration, a mixture of excitement and fear. It’s the kind that makes adrenaline rush through our bodies on a rollercoaster ride. The kind that lets us escape from our ordinary lives, even just for a moment.
Something thrilling. Continue Reading
The term “retirement” will certainly take on a new meaning over the next couple of decades. Active aging is fast becoming the norm among baby boomers as they seek to continue living engaged and fulfilling lives, even as they age. Whereas past generations wanted to transition from a life of work to a life of leisure, today’s older adults look for a good balance of activity and rest. And they want to try new things, just as they have their whole lives. In short, they want retirement to be as active, engaging and enthralling as their pre-retirement lives. Continue Reading
Doris Blackwell knows a thing or two about exceeding expectations. After all, she is a 2014 winner of Atria’s Exceptional Service Awards (ESA).
As we grow older, forgetting a few things here and there is to be expected; in fact, absent-mindedness is fairly common. When memory loss becomes more than just a little absent-mindedness, it might be a sign of a degenerative illness such as Alzheimer’s or dementia. Although memory processing may slow with age, forgetting details like your home address or the current year are signs of a considerably different issue. Continue Reading
At Atria, we pride ourselves in providing high-quality service and ingredients in every dining experience at our communities. In fact, we serve locally sourced ingredients and prepare many of our dishes from scratch.
We’d like to share some of our freshest recipes that you can make right at home! Try this delicious pear and avocado salad from Atria Grass Valley – only 240 calories!
From the moment your dad entered the hospital, a hospital employee (typically called a discharge planner or case manager) started working on a discharge plan. It’s likely that the case manager will eventually make their way to you, the adult child, and ask you what you plan to do with your dad now that he can’t really manage all alone.
November marked National Alzheimer’s Disease Awareness Month, and education and fundraising are thriving to help those facing the demands of Alzheimer’s disease and other dementias. But, if you and your family are directly affected, you know that what you are experiencing isn’t contained to one designated month of the year. Regular, routine activities can feel like chores, communication can be difficult and family dynamics can get lost in a sea of tasks. Continue Reading
A frequently asked question to staff members at assisted living communities is what the difference is between Alzheimer’s and dementia?
When an individual begins to display signs of memory loss and confusion, the most common fear is that the symptoms are related to Alzheimer’s disease, or AD. However, these symptoms can have a variety of causes that may or may not be the result of AD. Continue Reading
Making the decision to move oneself or a loved one to an assisted living community is difficult. It is not a decision to be made lightly. For those who need just a little assistance with day-to-day activities, moving to assisted living may be the best option. Continue Reading
Today’s seniors are in the driver seat, steering innovative trends in assisted living and memory care in the senior living industry.
Choosing a senior living community to call home can be a complicated choice. Everyone wants to choose a residence that offers senior living quality and peace of mind. Continue Reading
We’re committed to helping our residents stay active as they age, and today, we’d like to introduce you to some of our most inspiring residents. These amazing men and women are all over 100 years old, and they’ve shared their secrets for living a long, healthy life. Continue Reading
At Atria, we strive to enhance lives and exceed expectations every day. In fact, that very commitment is woven so deeply into our fabric, it’s part of our mission statement.
Yum! Our experienced chefs offer fresh, made-from-scratch selections that reflect traditional and local tastes, promising culinary excellence. We change our featured dishes with the seasons to ensure the freshest ingredients. Special dietary needs – including no-added-sodium or no-concentrated-sweets options – are easily accommodated. Continue Reading
Each quarter, hourly community employees across the country are nominated for the Exceptional Service Award (ESA), and 25 national winners receive $500 as a special thank you for their hard work. This award is just one of the many ways we recognize our employees for their dedicated service. Continue Reading
In 1989, Bruce Brown suffered a massive stroke that paralyzed the right side of his body. Although he lost his ability to walk and speak, he was able to teach himself how to paint with his left hand. A true model of determination and endurance, Bruce Brown proved that being a stroke victim would not define him. Instead, he became an artist and a survivor. Continue Reading