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Staying Connected and Making New Friends

Making New Friends

Staying Connected and Making New Friends

Having a close circle of trusted friends makes life more enjoyable at every age. As we age, those relationships impact our mental and physical well-being even more. “Being connected to others socially is widely considered a fundamental human need — crucial to both well-being and survival,” according to Julianne Holt-Lunstad, Ph.D., professor of psychology at Brigham Young University. Approximately 42.6 million adults over age 45 in the United States are estimated to be suffering from chronic loneliness, according to AARP’s Loneliness Study.

As we go through different seasons of life, our social networks change. Seniors frequently encounter relocation or the loss of close friends and longtime neighbors. It can all add up to a senior feeling lonely and isolated.

Here are a few ideas for expanding your social network during your senior years:

  • Volunteer: Signing up for a volunteer project allows you to connect with people of all ages. Intergenerational friendships can result from volunteering your time with a youth-related cause. 

  • Take a Class: Mastering a new hobby or skill helps protect your cognitive health. If you accomplish that by taking a class, you can also enjoy the added benefit of meeting new people. Think about those things you’ve always been interested in exploring but never had time to do when you were working or raising a family. Learning a musical instrument, taking a painting or drawing class, or studying a foreign language are a few examples.

  • Physical activity: Fitness clubs and senior centers often have activities and events designed exclusively for older members. For example, taking an aquatic class for seniors can help manage the pain of arthritis while allowing you to meet new people. Tai chi, chair yoga, and walking groups are others to explore.

  • Join a club: Connecting with other seniors who share your passion for a hobby can also lead to new friendships. Your local library or area agency on aging might be able to help you find a club or organization dedicated to your favorite pastime.

Discover a plethora of indoor and outdoor activities at The Village at Sugar Land. Our residents eagerly anticipate daily activities, enjoying the company of peers. With transportation for field trips, we invite you to explore our community. Contact us at [email protected] or call 281-729-8800 for a lunch tour and feel relaxed in an activity participation with your loved one.

Navigating the Digital Age: A Senior’s Guide to Embracing Technology

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Navigating the Digital Age: A Senior's Guide to Embracing Technology

In today’s fast-paced digital age, technology plays a significant role in our daily lives. From smartphones and tablets to computers and smart appliances, technology has revolutionized the way we communicate, access information, and perform everyday tasks. However, for many seniors, navigating the digital world can be intimidating and overwhelming. But fear not! Embracing technology is a journey that can lead to numerous benefits, including improved communication, access to a wealth of information, and increased independence.

Why Should Seniors Embrace Technology?

  1. Stay Connected: One of the most significant advantages of embracing technology is the ability to stay connected with loved ones, especially when physical distance separates you. Video calls, emails, and social media platforms allow seniors to bridge the gap and maintain strong relationships.

  2. Access to Information: The internet is a treasure trove of information. Seniors can use it to research health conditions, learn new hobbies, or explore the world through virtual tours. It’s like having a vast library at your fingertips.

  3. Convenience: Online shopping and banking can simplify daily tasks, making life more convenient. Seniors can have groceries delivered, pay bills online, and access entertainment without leaving the comfort of their homes.

  4. Mental Stimulation: Learning to use technology keeps the mind active and engaged. It’s an excellent way to combat cognitive decline and stay mentally sharp.

Tips for Seniors Embracing Technology

  1. Start Slow: Don’t rush. Begin with basic devices like smartphones or tablets, and gradually work your way up to more complex gadgets.

  2. Take Classes: Many community centers and libraries offer technology classes tailored for seniors. These classes can provide a supportive environment for learning.

  3. Ask for Help: Don’t be afraid to ask family members or friends for assistance. They can help set up devices, troubleshoot issues, and provide guidance.

  4. Explore Apps: There are countless apps designed specifically for seniors. These apps can help with everything from medication reminders to brain-training games.

  5. Stay Safe: Be cautious online. Learn about internet safety, avoid suspicious emails, and use strong, unique passwords for online accounts.

  6. Stay Patient: Technology can be frustrating, but don’t give up. With patience and persistence, you can overcome challenges and become tech-savvy.

Embracing technology is a journey, and like any journey, it starts with a single step. Seniors who take the time to learn about technology and incorporate it into their lives can experience increased connectivity, convenience, and mental stimulation. So, don’t hesitate to embark on this exciting adventure into the digital world. Your newfound tech skills will open up a world of possibilities and enrich your life in ways you never imagined.


Keep Your Mind Sharp: Why Brain Games Matter for Older Adults

Brain Games

Seniors' Safety During Summer Heat Exhaustion!

Heat exhaustion can be particularly dangerous for seniors, as they are often more vulnerable to the effects of heat and may have underlying health conditions that make them more susceptible to heat-related illnesses. The ability to regulate body temperature tends to decrease with age, and seniors may have a harder time adapting to changes in temperature.

Heat exhaustion occurs when the body overheats due to prolonged exposure to high temperatures or strenuous physical activity in hot weather. It is characterized by symptoms such as heavy sweating, weakness, dizziness, headache, nausea, elevated body temperature, and rapid heartbeat. If left untreated, heat exhaustion can progress to heat stroke, a life-threatening condition.

Seniors may be at higher risk of heat exhaustion due to factors such as:

Reduced Ability to Sweat: Aging can decrease the body’s ability to sweat, which impairs its natural cooling mechanism.

Chronic Health Conditions: Seniors may have underlying medical conditions such as heart disease, diabetes, or respiratory problems that can increase their susceptibility to heat-related illnesses.

Medications: Certain medications, such as diuretics, beta-blockers, and antihistamines, can interfere with the body’s ability to cool itself or increase the risk of dehydration.

Limited Mobility: Seniors with limited mobility may have difficulty accessing cool environments or may be unable to move away from heat sources.

To help prevent heat exhaustion in seniors, consider the following measures:

  1. Stay hydrated: Encourage seniors to drink plenty of fluids, even if they don’t feel thirsty. Water is the best option, but they can also consume other hydrating beverages like sports drinks or coconut water.

  2. Dress Appropriately: Advise seniors to wear lightweight, loose-fitting clothing made of breathable fabrics, such as cotton, and opt for light colors that reflect sunlight.

  3. Seek Shade and Cool Environments: Suggest seniors to stay indoors or in shaded areas during the hottest parts of the day. Air-conditioned environments can provide relief from the heat.

  4. Limit Strenuous Outdoor Physical Activity: Avoid strenuous activities during peak heat hours and engage in lighter exercises during cooler times of the day.

  5. Use Cooling Measures: Incorporate the use of fans, air conditioners, or cool towels to help lower body temperature.

  6. Check on Seniors Regularly: Ensure that seniors have regular check-ins from family, friends, or caregivers to monitor their well-being during hot weather.

  7. Provide a List of Fun Activities: Add summer activities that seniors can enjoy during the summer, such as swimming, hiking, biking, gardening, and playing simple outdoor games.

  8. Keep them informed: Have live or virtual sessions and share information on resources and programs that are available at their current residing community.

  9. Share tips: Provide safe and healthy tips to avoid summer heat exhaustion. Some examples are staying hydrated, wearing sunscreen, and avoiding heat stroke.

If you suspect someone is experiencing heat exhaustion, it’s important to take immediate action. Move the person to a cool, shaded area, have them lie down, and provide fluids for rehydration. Applying cool water to their skin or using a fan can also aid in cooling. If symptoms worsen or do not improve after a short period, seek medical attention promptly.

Remember, heat-related illnesses can be serious for seniors, so it’s crucial to take preventive measures and be vigilant in monitoring their well-being during periods of high heat.

 The Village at Sugar Land is one such community with lots of amenities and a home like environment. It’s like having a home away from home. One can enjoy activities with other seniors of the same age or have their own solo time. We offer customized individualized programs to our residents which keep them busy and entertained.

Reach us to learn more about the different levels of care we offer for your loved one, and the convenience of living safely with peace of mind.

Contact us at [email protected] or call 281-729-8800

5 Reasons How Gardening and Outdoor Activities Help in Boosting Well-Being in Seniors!!

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5 Reasons How Gardening and Outdoor Activities Help in Boosting Well-Being in Seniors!!

Gardening can be a wonderful activity for seniors and the elderly, offering physical, mental, and social benefits. It can improve mobility, strength, and flexibility, provide a sense of purpose and accomplishment, reduce stress and anxiety, and provide opportunities for socialization and connection with others. Here are 5 tips that will show how gardening can help elderly seniors: 

  1. Improve Cognitive Function: Outdoor activities like walking, gardening, and birdwatching can help improve cognitive function in seniors. Being in nature and engaging in physical activity can stimulate the brain, improve memory, and enhance mental clarity.
  2. Boost Mood: Spending time outdoors can also improve mood and reduce symptoms of depression and anxiety. Exposure to natural light and fresh air can help increase levels of serotonin and endorphins, which are neurotransmitters that promote feelings of happiness and well-being.
  3. Provide Social Interaction: Outdoor activities can provide opportunities for seniors to socialize and connect with others. Walking groups, gardening clubs, and other outdoor activities can help seniors meet new people, form friendships, and combat feelings of isolation and loneliness.
  4. Promote Physical Health: Outdoor activities can also help seniors stay physically active and healthy. Walking, hiking, and gardening can improve cardiovascular health, increase muscle strength and flexibility, and reduce the risk of chronic conditions like diabetes and heart disease.
  5. Increase Independence: Engaging in outdoor activities can help seniors maintain their independence and sense of self-sufficiency. It can also help them feel more confident and capable, which can lead to a greater sense of self-esteem and overall well-being.

Learn more about how our residents enjoy outdoor activities and live a fulfilled life at The Village at Sugar Land. Contact us [email protected] or call 281-729-8800 

30 Fun Activities to do with Grandparents!!

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30 Fun Activities To Do With Grandparents In The Vilage At Sugar Land.

Grandparents day is around the corner.This Grandparents Day, make sure to spend some time with your grandparents if you’re still lucky enough to have them in your life. Chances are, they love and think about you more than you know. Life is short; appreciate them while you can.

1.Play cards.

Who doesn’t like a good game of cards? Card games like UNO, Old Maid or Go Fish are great for any age!

2.Solve crosswords, puzzles or riddles.

Puzzles are great because they challenge the mind and involve teamwork from both parties.

3.Interview each other! Take notes or record it with your smartphone.

Give your child something to look back on by having them interview Grandma or Grandpa! Who knows, you may find out something new yourself.

4.Draw a family tree, and discuss its branches.

Most families are a lot bigger than we tend to perceive. Have your child sit with their grandparents and go over a little family history.

5.Share old photos and talk about the stories behind them.

Each photo is worth a thousand words, but oftentimes we don’t know the real story behind the photos we see.

6.Go on a walk.

Depending on the location and their health condition, you may be able to send your child on a quick walk with Grandma or Grandpa to do a little sightseeing.

7.Have a tea party.

Putting on a big fancy hat and doing a little acting is a great way to escape reality and have a little fun.

8.Take turns reading a book.

Whether it’s a bedtime story or a chapter of a favorite book, reading is a great way to instill the importance of reading.

9.Draw pictures of one another.

Who knew Grandma or Grandpa was an artist? Drawings are a great keepsake for both the grandchild and grandparent.

10.Watch a movie together.

Movies are a great way to pass time and relax! Pick a favorite movie to share and enjoy a healthy snack.

11.Have breakfast or dinner together.

Getting out of the house and going to dinner is a great way for any grandparent to show off their most prized possession.

12.Bake cookies.

Sharing the secret cookie recipe is a great way to bond and have a little fun in the kitchen.

13.Sing karaoke and dance!

Want to see Grandma and Grandpa dance? Ask them their favorite song growing up and throw it on for a little dance party.

14.Color or paint picture frames.

Create something that will always have a special place in your child’s heart by having them decorate a picture frame with Grandma and Grandpa.

15.Play a game on a smartphone or tablet.

Having your child show Grandma or Grandpa how to play their favorite game on their smartphone or tablet will be right up your child’s alley.

16.Make a holiday decoration

With a holiday in every season, kids and grandparents can get crafty making a holiday decoration. Carve pumpkins, make ornaments, or paint something patriotic for the summertime.

17 Make ice cream sundaes

Ice cream sundaes are even more delicious when mom and dad aren’t around. Grandparents and kids can choose their favorite flavors and toppings and have a sweet blast. For an extra treat, use ice cream you make together or create an ice cream sundae dessert board.

18. Play board games

Board games are a fun and easy way to pass the time, especially on a cold or rainy day. The best part is you likely already have a few on hand; but if you need some new games, we’ve got suggestions for the best board games for all ages.

19. Color together

There’s something timeless and soothing about sitting down to color. With a new pack of crayons and coloring books (or printed out coloring pages), kids and grandparents can spend some restful and creative time together

20.Gift Making

This a great opportunity to make something special for their parents—perhaps a birthday gift or something for a holiday.

21. Do a puzzle

Puzzles are great for kids and grandparents alike. They get the mind moving and can be done regardless of age or physical activity level. 

22.Teach each other a hobby 

Grandparents likely have hobbies that their grandkids have never even heard of—but kids also have hobbies that are a mystery to their grandparents! Have kids give knitting a try and maybe grandpa gets in on a game of Mario Kart. Someone may pick up a new and unexpected hobby.

23. Build with Legos

Legos are an awesome way to spend some quality time together. They encourage problem-solving, reading, and teamwork. The whole family will be proud of creations built together. 

24. Plant flowers

Gardening is a fun and low-impact activity for grandchildren and grandparents to do outside. Whether planting flowers in a garden or in pots, this is a great one-off or regular activity they can enjoy together.

25. Play hide-and-seek

Hide-and-seek is an awesome game to play both indoors and outdoors. Get the grandparents in on the fun and there’s sure to be a lot of giggles.

26. Paint rocks

Painting rocks is a fun way to get creative with nature. Grandparents and kids go on the hunt for the perfect rocks and paint them for the garden or front yard. These are adorable mementos of time spent together.

27. Make a birdhouse

Birdhouse kits or even a do-it-yourself birdhouse are pretty easy to make. With a few simple pieces of wood, wood glue, and birdseed, grandkids can make an awesome birdhouse to hang in the tree at their house or at grandma and grandpa’s house.

28. Play with bubbles

Who doesn’t love good old-fashioned bubbles? Set up the grandparents and kids with fresh bubbles and they’ll enjoy some great outdoor time trying to catch or pop them all. Try this in the winter months, too—frozen bubbles are amazing!

29. Take a class together

Taking a class with grandma or grandpa is a really special experience. They can try painting, cooking, pottery, art, music, or a movement class.

30. Go out to eat

A meal out is an even more special occasion when it’s with grandparents. Whether it’s a quick bite or a dressed-up occasion, everyone will love the memories made while dining out together.

Memories are created every hour of every day! If your grandparents need a little help and may benefit from Assisted living, contact The Village at Sugar Land today and find out why we’re more than just a living facility, we’re a community of friends!

Reach us at 832-944-8111 or [email protected]

Get a Move On – Simple Ways to Incorporate Exercise for Seniors

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Get a Move On – Simple Ways to Incorporate Exercise for Seniors

One of the most repeated advice by any health professional is to stay active and exercise consistently.  Exercise for seniors can be a challenge due to their unique health considerations. However, physical activity can provide a wide array of benefits and longevity.

Consider Edna in Arizona. In 2014, she took the internet by storm when her trainer shared her workouts on his Instagram. Edna, 97 at the time, had been working out with her trainer once a week for over 10 years. Her best advice for staying young? “Never let yourself get weak.” We couldn’t agree more, Edna!

How Exercise Positively Impacts Seniors

Regular exercise can benefit for any age both physically and mentally. For seniors, regular physical activity and aerobic exercise results in a reduced risk of chronic diseases like diabetes, heart disease, and some cancers. Additionally, a consistent exercise routine can help seniors build muscle and stability. With falls being the most impactful  injury among seniors, balance is incredibly important. Studies have proven that those who are physically active were 50% less likely to have cognitive impairment.

There are several key areas seniors should focus on:

  • Strength: For those who are frail, strength training is a great place to begin with. The machines provide balance and a suitable weight can be chosen to practice.
  • Cardiovascular: A sedentary lifestyle will cause the heart to pump less blood with each beat as it weakens. To avoid or reverse this, it is recommended of 30 minutes daily moderate cardio conditioning which is broken into 10 min sessions.
  • Flexibility: Flexibility can greatly affect quality of life – from bending down to put on shoes to reversing into a parking spot. To improve the flexibility, add 15 minutes of stretching to the end of a workout, after muscles are warm.
  • Balance: Feeling confident moving around is half the battle. For those who have taken recent falls or are just getting started, balance exercises in low-heeled shoes are a great place to start.

Exercise is an important aspect of overall wellbeing. The most important thing to do is to just get started.

  • Water Aerobics: For seniors suffering from joint pain and arthritis, water workouts are ideal. The water’s buoyancy takes stress off the joints while its resistance allows for some strength training. Overall, it can provide strength, balance, and flexibility workouts all in one. Consider adding flutter kicks, aqua jogging, leg lifts, and arm curls to your aqua aerobics routine.
  • Bodyweight exercises: Bodyweight moves make strength training accessible and can be done anywhere with no equipment. Lying hip bridges, curl ups or sit ups, lying or standing leg raises, and chair squats are very effective options.
  • Balance work: Although the motions are small, balance work makes a huge difference in overall mobility. Seniors can try a toe stand, using a chair for balance as they lift their heels off the floor and stand on their toes before lowering down again. A heel-toe walk and practicing shifting weight from one leg to the other are also great for balance.
  • Chair yoga: Chair yoga takes the strain off the lower body and allows seniors to work their upper body. It is also linked to better sleep and lower depression rates for older adults. A chair yoga practice might include seated twists, overhead stretches, and seated mountain pose.
  • Walking: Walking is a great, low stress form of exercise. For seniors, walking can be easily incorporated by walking the perimeter of a building, finding an easy to moderate trail, and even joining a race that is walk-friendly.

How Recreation Can Help Residents?

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How Recreation Can Help Residents?

As we age, physical fitness can become more challenging. The very physical challenges that make staying fit difficult are exactly the reason why it is more important. This is why it is important to consider physical recreation for residents because it can have a major impact on their life.

Depression and loneliness can also become a problem for residents since they are more likely to be isolated and stationary. These things can lead to physical ailments, which then will cause them to become more isolated than ever before. For most residents, they believe these things are simply related to aging.

Thankfully, there are exercises that can help them through the aging process. One of the most helpful exercises is stretching. Stretching for residents can help prevent shortening of muscle tissue and spasms. Regular exercise can help with balance, coordination, and will help strengthen bones. Exercise will also help reduce or prevent cardiovascular issues.

How Assisted Living Can Help With Recreational Activities

Assisted living facilities have activities in place to help keep their guests active. These activities and programs are there to help fight against memory lapses, depression, and many other ailments.

There are many things that exercise and physical activity can help prevent. Some of these things are arthritis, heart disease, hypertension, and diabetes, just to name a few. As your loved one gets older, practicing exercise will help them to cope better with these obstacles than their peers.

It is easy to decrease physical activity and social interaction as we get older. However, assisted living facilities can help them keep an active and social lifestyle. It will provide opportunities to get outside and meet new people, which are two things that could be challenging to do at home.

Contact The Village At Sugar Land TX

Give The Village at Sugar Land TX a call at  281-729-8800.  Allow us to help you and your loved one improve their life with quality care and activity. The Village at Sugar Land can help your loved one become active again.