May

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Resident´s Birthdays

Allison Suarez 17th
William Mc Donald 17th
Alvin Keeton 19th
Carlos Bazan 23rd
Matilde Scarangella 29th
Teresa Walker 30th

Month's Celebrations

Cinco De Mayo 5th
Mother’s Day 12th
Memorial Day 27th

Events Spotlights

Mother’s Day Brunch 10th

Mother’s Day Brunch 10th

Importance of Celebrating Birthdays

Importance of Celebrating Birthdays

Birthdays Encourage Reflection
A birthday is a celebration of life. When a senior’s birthday is recognized, they are encouraged to reflect on their past as they recognize their place in the present. Although many older adults feel a sense of melancholy when they are reminded of their age during a birthday celebration, birthday celebrations for seniors can be approached in a way that celebrates their cherished memories and accomplishments, and not just their age.
Many seniors, especially those with memory loss conditions, feel a sense of distance between their past and present. When a senior is encouraged to think about their past when celebrating their birthday, they are better able to assign meaning to their life experience and revisit their place in the world to create a more meaningful present in retirement. This offers a holistic sense of identity for a senior that is vital to one’s dignity and well-being.

Celebration Makes Seniors Feel Loved
In addition to encouraging seniors to recognize their own memories and accomplishments, a birthday allows seniors to better recognize and appreciate the circle of love and support that surrounds them as friends and family gather to celebrate. Loneliness plagues our senior population, so being able to gather with loved ones can help reaffirm a senior’s feelings of safety, love, and support from those around them.

Even receiving a birthday card in the mail or a congratulatory phone call from an old friend can serve as a gentle reminder that t

Arches

There are 2,000 natural sandstone arches, hundreds of soaring pinnacles, massive rock fins, and giant balanced rocks

Trends in Senior Living

Trends in Senior Living

1. Aging in Place with Technology
One of the most notable trends in senior living is the increasing emphasis on enabling older adults to age in place, even beyond 2024. Technology will continue to play a pivotal role in achieving this goal. Innovations such as smart homes, wearable health devices, and telehealth services are empowering seniors to maintain their independence while receiving necessary care and support.

2. Wellness
Senior living communities are shifting their focus from mere caregiving to promoting overall well-being, a trend expected to gain momentum in 2024 and beyond. Wellness-oriented communities provide residents with access to fitness centers, nutrition programs, mental health services, and a range of social activities. These holistic approaches to senior living are expected to improve the quality of life for older adults. .

3. Sustainable and Eco-Friendly Design
Environmental sustainability will continue to be a significant trend in senior living as we look beyond 2024. Communities will increasingly adopt eco-friendly building designs and practices, including energy-efficient buildings, green spaces, and initiatives to reduce waste. Sustainable senior living not only benefits the environment but also enhances the health and comfort of residents.

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National Park

Arches National Park comprises 76,519 acres, more than 1.46 million people visited the park in 2022

Healthy Meals for Seniors

Healthy Meals for Seniors

10 Heart-Healthy Diet Recipes for Seniors
Here are some quick recipes that can help seniors eat better.

1. 5 A Day Salad
This nutrient-rich salad has 10 vegetables, including heart-friendly spinach, broccoli and carrots. Each serving is equivalent to five cups of vegetables.

Recipe at MyPlate

2. American Goulash
This is a pasta and beef dish from the Old Country. It cooks in one pot, making it economical as well as healthy.

Recipe at Eating Well

3. Banana Split Oatmeal
Frozen yogurt and bananas combine for a healthy breakfast, dessert or snack later in the day.

Recipe at MyPlate

4. Black Bean and Sweet Potato Quesadillas
This quesadilla gets its flavor from heart-friendly black beans and sweet potatoes instead of loads of cheese. Use wheat tortillas for extra nutrition.

Recipe at MyPlate

5. Butternut Squash Soup
This is a smooth and tasty comfort soup. Butternut squash is often sold peeled and cubed in grocery stores, making preparation easier.

Recipe at American Heart Association

6. Farmers Market Omelets
This becomes a healthier alternative with the addition of seasonal vegetables. Add cheese or garden-fresh salsa for a tasty breakfast or light lunch.

Recipe at American Heart Association

7. Fusilli with Broccoli Pesto
Broccoli is used in this pasta sauce instead of the usual pesto herbs. Paired with fusilli pasta and sprinkled with almonds, it’s a flavorful, healthy option.

Recipe at Delish

8. Green Veggie Bowl With Chicken
This 30-minute meal combines lean protein from chicken with a variety of green vegetables for a nutritious and satisfying dish.

Recipe at Eating Well

9. Mediterranean Salmon Salad
Salmon, known for its heart-healthy omega-3 fatty acids, is paired with fresh vegetables and a flavorful Mediterranean-inspired dressing in this refreshing salad.

Recipe at MyPlate

10. Quinoa Stuffed Bell Peppers
Quinoa, a protein-rich grain, is combined with colorful bell peppers and other vegetables, creating a delicious and heart-healthy vegetarian meal.

Recipe at American Heart Association

 

Healthy Meals for Seniors

Wellness Fitness Tips

Benefits of an active lifestyle
Engaging in social and productive activities you enjoy, such as taking an art class, joining a hiking club, or becoming a volunteer in your community, may help to maintain your well-being and independence as you age. An active lifestyle is more than just getting your daily steps in. It includes doing activities that are meaningful to you and benefit your mind, spirit, and body.
Research has shown that older adults with an active lifestyle:

Are less likely to develop certain diseases. Participating in hobbies and other social activities may lower risk for developing some health problems, including dementia, heart disease, stroke, and some types of cancer.

Have a longer lifespan. Studies looking at people’s outlooks and how long they live show that happiness, life satisfaction, and a sense of purpose are all linked to living longer. Doing things that you enjoy may help cultivate those positive feelings.
Are happier and less depressed. Studies suggest that older adults who participate in activities they find meaningful, such as volunteering in their communities or being physically active, say they feel happier and healthier.

Are better prepared to cope. When people feel happier and healthier, they are more likely to be resilient, which is our ability to bounce back and recover from difficult situations. Positive emotions, optimism, physical and mental health, and a sense of purpose are all associated with resilience.

Arches

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Recipe Spotlight:

Layered Fruit & Shrimp Salad

Ingredients:
2 cups watermelon balls
2 cups cantaloupe balls
2 cups honeydew balls
2 cups sliced peaches
2 cups sliced pears
2 cups quartered orange sections
2 cups sliced plums
1 cup fresh blueberries
1 cup fresh strawberries
1 cup cubed pineapple
2 dozen (21-25) count boiled shrimp
2 cups crawfish tails
1 recipe fruity yogurt dressing
1/2 cup chopped pecans

Directions:

In a large glass serving bowl, layer fruit by alternating stratas of color. Once all the fruit has been layered, line shrimp and crawfish in a decorative pattern around the edge of the bowl. Top with fruity yogurt dressing and toss the mixture to blend the dressing into the fruit. Sprinkle with pecans and serve immediately.

Fruit is not just for dessert anymore! With its wide range of colors and textures, nothing makes a more beautiful entree salad than layers of fresh or canned fruit. Why not create an interesting and unique summer salad by combining colorful, healthful fruit with fresh shrimp or other seafood?

Associate of the Month

Tonya Frederick

Tonya Frederick Associate of the Month

Tonya is our amazing Med tech she exemplifies a true leader. She’s been with us for three years and enjoys working as a team with her coworkers. She’s always willing to go above and beyond to provide exceptional care for our residents. Tonya has been with us for three years. She was born in Decatur, Georgia and has two children and one grandchild. Tonya enjoys eating out and going to the movies. She has a kind heart and sweet smile that we all love. Thank you, Tonya, for all you do.

Resident of the Month

Shay Crawford

Shay Crawford Resident of the Month

Our resident of the month is Shay. Shay was born in Brooklyn New York. She attended Stanford High Merrills High School after graduating she attended Merrills Business School. Shay was a paralegal for many years. Shay has four children, two boys and two girls, along with six grandchildren. Shay enjoys spending time with her family and friends. She also loves putting puzzles together and helping others. Shay has the sweetest personality and makes friends with anyone she meets. Shay is our shining light.

Arches

National Park

This region has the highest concentration of stone arches anywhere in the world

Collaborators

Stephen Miller Executive Director Legacy Ridge At Alpharetta
Stephen L. Miller
Bow Price Lifestyle Director Legacy Ridge At Alpharetta
Bow Price

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