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  • Not the Same Old Story

    We are not only living longer, we are living better. While much of the extension of life expectancy and improved quality of life are due to advances in medicine and increased safety, many Americans have changed their lifestyles in ways that have seemingly trimmed ten years off their chronological ages. Whether it’s exercising more, eating better or stressing less, there is a growing reservoir of knowledge contributing to the fountain of youth. The guiding purpose of this column in the months ahead is to provide information to caregivers and people of all ages that will lead to living longer, more fulfilling lives. Keeping abreast of new ideas and findings will dispel old myths and better prepare readers to meet the challenges ahead.

     

    At Woodbrook, our seniors are our #1 priority. Our caring staff promotes a sense of community and treats our residents like family members. We encourage them to enjoy new experiences and create new friendships. Call us today to arrange for an initial, confidential consultation for yourself or a loved one, or for a tour of our unique community many people call home.

  • Need a Boost(er)?

    While vaccinations are primarily given to children, seniors should know that vaccinations may lose their ability to fend off diseases against which they were vaccinated earlier. While some vaccines are boosters that help build immunity to these diseases, other vaccines protect against diseases that are more common in adulthood. The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention recommends that all adults get an annual flu shot, a Td booster (every ten years) to help protect against tetanus and diptheria, a zoster vaccine (at age 65) to guard against shingles, and a pneumococcal vaccine (at age 65) to protect against a type of pneumonia. Even if a vaccine is not completely successful in preventing a disease, a milder case can be expected.

     

    At Woodbrook, we understand that it is critical for seniors to take the proper precautions regarding their health. We make sure that our seniors receive the appropriate vaccinations and any other special medical attention that they may require. Contact us today with any questions you may have about what services we offer, or to tour our facility where we provide a comfortable blend of community and privacy.

  • The MIND Diet

    Anyone interested in eating healthy foods that may help preserve their cognitive ability may want to follow the MIND (“Mediterranean Intervention for Neurodegenerative Delay”) diet which includes foods that have been proven to be healthy for the brain. They include green, leafy vegetables, nuts, berries, beans, whole grains, fish, poultry, olive oil and wine. On the other hand, foods to be avoided include red meat, butter and margarine, cheese, pastries, sweets, fried and fast foods. One study shows that following the MIND diet cut study participants’ risk of Alzheimer’s disease by 54%. Even following the diet only part time reduced the risk by about 35%.

     

    At Woodbrook, we understand the impact that a proper diet has on the health and well-being of our seniors. We provide delicious meals and snacks that contain the vitamins and minerals necessary to help our seniors achieve and maintain their personal best. We invite you to tour our unique community and learn more about our offerings. We are the only licensed assisted living facility in the area.

  • Never Alone, Never Lonely

    When people recall their happiest memories, they usually think of times when they were surrounded by friends or family, or when they felt an intimate connection with another person. Unfortunately, as individuals get older, such moments may be increasingly hard to come by. Loneliness is a perceived deficit in either the quantity or quality of one’s social relationships. An assisted living environment can help one overcome loneliness by facilitating connections with others. Even though a person may have relatively few social contacts as they get older, the relationships fostered in an assisted living facility can be so rewarding, one never has to be alone or feel lonely.

     

    At Woodbrook, our compassionate staff understands that seniors can develop feelings of isolation, loneliness and depression. We engage our seniors by providing them with a host of enjoyable activities and events. We encourage their participation and foster a sense of family. For more information, contact us today to schedule a tour of our unique assisted living community.

  • Snoring Disturbs Sleep, Mind

    The common disorder known as “sleep apnea” is characterized by loud snoring and lapses in breathing that can last from a few seconds to minutes. These pauses in breathing may occur 30 or more times an hour. When normal breathing resumes, a loud snort or choking sound is often heard. As a result of these sleep and breathing disruptions, sleep apnea causes daytime sleepiness. In addition, the condition has been linked with an increased risk of heart attack, stroke, high blood pressure, obesity, and diabetes. Research also indicates that sleep apnea may be linked with declines in memory and thinking. Unfortunately, sleep apnea often goes undiagnosed since those who sleep alone are not aware of their breathing difficulties.

     

    At WOODBROOK, we understand that seniors’ needs can change – even overnight. We are here to assure that our senior residents receive the utmost in care, and that their services are adjusted according to their changing needs. To learn more, contact us today at (607) 734-7741 or visit us at woodbrookhome.com.

  • Young at Heart

    Many seniors simply don’t feel as old as the age on their birth certificates says they are. For them, age is really only a number. It is important to make the distinction between “chronological age” and “biological age” because having a youthful spirit and healthy body pay big dividends. The fact is that feeling young promotes longevity. It may be that those who feel younger than their years are simply experiencing a “symptom” of being physically healthy. That is, they feel better and younger, which leads them to live longer. This is something of a self-fulfilling prophecy as the young at heart may possess greater resiliency, have a greater sense of mastery, and display a greater will to live.

     

    At WOODBROOK, our caring and experienced staff knows that active bodies and minds help our senior residents to maintain their youthful spirits. We treat our seniors like family members and provide them with a wide variety of appealing activity and event options. To hear more about what we can offer you or a loved one, contact us today at (607) 734-7741or visit us at woodbrookhome.com.

  • Social Networking

    One of the best ways for seniors to maintain their vitality is for them to remain socially engaged. Those who keep in close touch with family, friends, neighbors, and other important people in their lives stay younger in attitude and spirit. These days, it is easier than ever to maintain close personal relationships even if the important people in seniors’ lives are busy or live some distance away. With the touch of a keyboard, seniors can readily make contact via e-mail, Facebook, or other social networking sites. In fact, people above the age of 75 are the fastest-growing group of web-based social network users. It only takes a short tweet on Twitter to alert followers of a senior’s continued interest.

     

    Social networking is an excellent way for seniors to keep in touch with their family and friends. At WOODBROOK, we provide a wide variety of options for our seniors to stay connected, including WIFI throughout the facility. We welcome visitors, and provide a true sense of community. Contact us today at (607) 734-7741 to arrange a tour of our unique senior community, or visit us at woodbrookhome.com.

  • Not a Normal Part of Aging

    While approximately seven million American adults aged 65 and older experience some form of depression, it is not a normal part of aging. Yet, a Mental Health America survey of American adults aged 65 and older found that only 38% of seniors believe depression is a health problem, while 58% believe it is normal to become depressed in old age. Of the many myths that people have about old age, this is one misconception that seniors seem likely to share with others about themselves. To prevent this misunderstanding from become a self-fulfilling prophecy, it is important for seniors to recognize that depression in the face of health problems and loss of a loved one is understandable but not inevitable.

     

    At WOODBROOK, we know that recognizing and addressing depression is important. We monitor the well-being of our senior residents and make sure they receive the care that they need. To learn more, please contact us today at (607) 734-7741 or visit us at woodbrookhome.com.

  • Some Things To Remember

    While occasionally forgetting a name or where you put your car keys is to be expected, forgetting the way home or how to do other familiar tasks may be early symptoms of “dementia,” which is an umbrella term for cognitive impairments. Mild cognitive impairment (MCI) is the intermediate stage between the expected cognitive decline of normal aging and the more serious decline of dementia. MCI affects 10% to 15% of adults over the age of 65, and only about 10% of those with MCI will develop dementia. Age is the only known risk factor. If you suspect that you have MCI or dementia, visit a doctor for a confirmed diagnosis. Eating healthy, exercising, and socializing all help to slow dementia’s progression.

     

    Age brings with it numerous issues that may include cognitive impairment challenges. At WOODBROOK, we appropriately address our senior residents’ individual needs. To hear more about what we can offer you or a loved one, contact us today at (607) 734-7741 to arrange a tour of our senior community, or visit us at woodbrookhome.com.

  • Muscling In

    If you’ve heard of “body mass index” (BMI), you know it is a measure of body fat based on an adult man or woman’s height and weight. While this measurement is widely used, it does not provide an accurate measure of body composition and should not be a sole indicator of such. With this in mind, health experts are simply telling seniors to increase their muscle mass as much as possible. The more muscle an older person has, the less likely it is that he or she will develop “metabolic disease” (increased blood pressure, high blood sugar levels, excess abdominal fat, and abnormal cholesterol levels, all of which occur together and increase the risk of heart disease, stroke, and diabetes).

     

    At WOODBROOK, our experienced staff understands that physical activity will promote the well-being of our seniors, and we provide a wide variety of activity options to accommodate all levels of strength. To learn more about what we can offer you or a loved one, contact us today at (607) 734-7741 to arrange a tour of our unique senior community, or visit us at woodbrookhome.com.

  • Mineral Key To Health

    Magnesium is a key mineral in human metabolism that plays a role in more than 300 biochemical reactions in the body, including nerve, muscle, and bone function; protein synthesis; and energy production. This mineral helps keep blood pressure normal and heart rhythm steady. To reap the full benefit of this nutrient after age 50, women need about 320 milligrams (mg.) and men require 420 mg. daily. Unfortunately, however, our ability to fully absorb dietary magnesium decreases as we age. In addition, medications such as diuretics, antibiotics, proton pump inhibitors, and osteoporosis drugs can interfere with magnesium absorption. Because magnesium deficiency can result in stroke, heart attacks, and kidney disease, it is important to get adequate amounts of this important mineral.

     

    Thanks to advances in modern science, we know which vitamins and minerals are most critical to our health. At WOODBROOK we provide nutritious and delicious meals and snacks packed with the nutrients that are recommended for our senior residents. Call us at (607) 734-7741 to learn more and to schedule a tour of our senior community, or visit us at woodbrookhome.com.

  • Are You Eating Enough?

    It is reported that half of seniors aren’t getting the recommended nutrients from their diets. While many people over age 65 consume needed nutrients from a healthy and varied diet, the amount of food they eat declines as they age. In fact, older adults consume about 1,200 calories per day, compared to the 2,000 calories recommended to help them meet the minimum daily allowance for vitamins and minerals. The decrease in food intake may result from ill-fitting dentures and other oral health problems, physical disability that prevents seniors from shopping and cooking, or cognitive decline that leads seniors to simply forget to eat. Whatever the cause, it must be rectified so that seniors can get the nutrition they need.

     

    At WOODBROOK, our menu includes a wide assortment of healthy meal and snack options for our senior residents. To learn more about what we can offer you or a loved one, contact us today at (607) 734-7741 to arrange a tour of our unique senior community, or visit us at woodbrookhome.com.

  • A Real Game Changer

    The next time you see your grandchildren playing video games, you might want to take a seat next to them on the couch. It turns out that playing 3-D video games, in particular, stimulates the brain in ways that improve memory and thinking ability. In fact, recent research shows that playing video games for 30 minutes daily for two weeks improved the memory performance of senior players by 12 percent. It was found that the three-dimensional games were particularly helpful in activating seniors’ visual, spatial, attentional, motivational, and emotional processes. Playing video games also helped them with critical thinking, problem solving, and working memory. It also proved to be a priceless way to bond with youngsters.

     

    Video games and other interactive activities are great ways to engage seniors. At WOODBROOK, we provide a wide variety of activity options, events and WIFI throughout the facility to keep our seniors occupied and happy. Call (607) 734-7741 to schedule a tour of our unique senior community at 1250 Maple Avenue, Elmira, or visit us at www.woodbrookhome.com.

  • Won't You Please Join In?

    Even if you only sing in the shower, you know that singing provides a real emotional lift. This effect has actually been observed and measured by researchers who found that singing reduces levels of the stress hormone “cortisol” and reduces tension. It has also been found that people who sing in choirs and other singing groups report feelings of increased social support and social confidence. Whether a person belongs to a formal singing group or just breaks into song in a car with fellow passengers, singing together creates a sense of belonging. And aside from improving mood and thinking ability, singing also enhances breathing ability, which especially benefits those suffering from chronic obstructive pulmonary disease or asthma.

     

    At WOODBROOK, our experienced and caring staff understands the importance of engaging our seniors in social activities. Our calendar of events encourages our senior residents to achieve and maintain their personal best. Learn more by contacting us today at (607) 734-7741 and visiting us 1250 Maple Avenue, Elmira, and at www.woodbrookhome.com.

  • Remaining Active, Social

    Seniors value their independence and ability to remain active. When it comes time to rid themselves of the responsibilities of homeownership, downsizing is often seen as a valuable opportunity to pursue long-delayed interests and activities. One of the best ways to take advantage of the benefit of downsizing is to move to an assisted living facility, which offers the chance to remain active in a safe setting that provides access to assisted living services and social activities. Aside from directly catering to seniors’ needs, an assisted living facility affords the chance to live among people who share similar interests and perspectives in a home-like setting. This safe environment is designed to encourage independence and social interaction.

     

    WOODBROOK provides a safe, comfortable and social environment for our senior residents. Our seniors are served nutritious meals and encouraged to engage in a variety of enjoyable activities and events. To learn more about what we can offer you or a loved one, contact us today at (607) 734-7741 to arrange a tour of our unique senior community, or visit us at woodbrookhome.com.

  • Be Calm, Consistent and Concise

    If you know someone with Alzheimer’s disease, it can be upsetting to realize that he or she is subjected to memory loss. The best way to deal with an Alzheimer’s patient who forgets your name is simply to clarify the forgotten name and avoid lengthy explanations. No one whose name is forgotten should take the memory loss personally. On the other hand, if the patient begins to talk about events that happened many years ago, it is important to bear in mind that this is his or her reality at the moment, when he or she is speaking. Instead of pointing out that the event is long past, it helps to encourage the memory and the feelings it engenders.

     

    At WOODBROOK, our staff treats senior residents facing cognitive challenges with special care and attention. We provide them with a safe living environment, and we encourage them to remain active. To learn more about what we can offer you or a loved one, contact us today at (607) 734-7741 to arrange a tour of our unique senior community, or visit us at woodbrookhome.com.

  • Banking On Keeping a Keen Mind

    While the “use it or lose it” dictum is often applied to muscles and strength, the phrase may also apply to the brain and mental ability. A study of almost 2,000 men in their 70s and 80s shows that engaging in mentally stimulating activity in effect amounts to making deposits in one’s mental bank account. As a result of these deposits, beefed up brain banks are better able to stave off cognitive decline, which includes memory loss, lessened concentrating ability, and decline in other basic mental skills. It seems that the more men intellectually enriched their lives at home or at work by reading, playing games, socializing, writing, painting, etc., the later they experienced any decline in mental skills.

     

    At WOODBROOK we have a calendar of events and activities geared towards encouraging our seniors to remain active, and to achieve and maintain their personal best. Discover more by contacting us today at (607) 734-7741 to arrange a tour of our unique senior community, or visit us at woodbrookhome.com.

  • Getting Some Shut Eye

    While it is generally recognized that getting a good night’s sleep is vital for the health of the brain, heart, metabolism, and many aspects of mental and physical well-being, only 40 percent of U.S. adults are happy with the quality of sleep that they get on a regular basis. This is very unfortunate because poor sleep leads to elevated levels of “cortisol,” which is the “stress hormone” that (in high levels) can induce mental illness, bone and muscle problems, weakened immunity, and many other problems. In addition, poor sleep can lead to curtailed “human growth hormone” (HGH) production, which is needed to strengthen bones and muscles and promote healthy skin. So, there is more to poor sleep than feeling tired.

     

    WOODBROOK is pleased to bring you interesting and informative topics regarding seniors. Our senior community provides individualized routines at bedtime that help our seniors to feel relaxed, calm, and ready for a good night’s sleep. To learn more about what we can offer you or a loved one, contact us today at (607) 734-7741 to arrange a tour of our unique senior community, or visit us at woodbrookhome.com.

  • Painful, Aching Joints

    Because it occurs as a result of long-term degenerative changes in joints, wear-and-tear “osteoarthritis” is quite prevalent among seniors. This most common form of arthritis is also the leading cause of disability in the United States, limiting the ability of millions of adults to walk, climb stairs, bend, kneel, or participate in regular social activities. About 50 million adults have been diagnosed with some form of arthritis, and about half of Americans over the age of 65 have been told by their health care providers that they have arthritis. While most take pain medication and anti-inflammatory drugs to help them cope with their conditions, it must also be pointed out that exercise (including strength training) also helps combat arthritis.

     

    WOODBROOK is pleased to present you with interesting and informative topics. We understand how critical it is to stay active when it comes to the health and well-being of seniors. We provide a wide range of activity options to engage our senior residents. Discover more by contacting us today at (607) 734-7741 to arrange a tour of our unique senior community, or visit us at woodbrookhome.com.

  • Can You Recall?

    It is only natural that we become more concerned with lapses in memory  as we get older. Most of us want to know if we have stepped over the line from short-term memory loss into dementia, but do not know whether our “symptoms” warrant further investigation. While the easiest way to get authoritative answers to our questions may rest with simply asking our doctors, many of us do not. In fact, research shows that three-quarters of individuals aged 45 years and older do not discuss memory issues with their doctors during routine health checkups. Even when memory issues are serious enough to impact their daily lives, only half of those affected speak up. The lines of communication must be opened.

     

    WOODBROOK understands that many seniors experience cognitive declines that can range from mild to severe. We are here to provide security and the necessary assistance to those seniors who face cognitive challenges. Learn more by contacting us today at (607) 734-7741 to arrange a tour of our unique senior community, or visit us at woodbrookhome.com.

  • Fall Prevention

    According to the World Health Organization (WHO), about one-third of people aged 65 years and older fall each year. In this country, falls are the leading cause of accidents in the home and are also a primary reason why seniors make the decision to enter a nursing home or assisted-living facility. It has been documented that “those who exercise don’t fall and those who do not exercise fall.” Maintaining health and wellness with daily exercise programs and activities will help seniors stay safe with good strength, steady balance and positive endurance.

     

    At WOODBROOK, we offer exercise programs and walking trails to keep our residents strong. Our environment is clutter-free, allowing our seniors to move about safely. We are alerted immediately should a fall occur, and our well trained staff responds quickly. Learn more by contacting us today at (607) 734-7741 to arrange a tour of our unique senior community, or visit us at woodbrookhome.com.

  • Living Even Longer

    By now, everyone knows that daily exercise helps promote good health and longevity. What seniors may not know is that exercise gives the biggest bump in longevity to those over the age of 75 who are not presently physically active. The less active that seniors are now, the more benefit they get from adding even a small amount of exercise to their lives. With this in mind, it has been found that previously sedentary seniors aged 75 years and older lived an average of 5.4 years longer than their less active peers by simply engaging in a little daily exercise (walking). Even those aged 85 years and older lived an extra four years by embracing a more active lifestyle.

     

    At WOODBROOK, we offer exercise programs and walking trails to keep our residents strong. Our environment is clutter-free, allowing our seniors to move about safely. We are alerted immediately should a fall occur, and our well trained staff responds quickly. Learn more by contacting us today at (607) 734-7741 to arrange a tour of our unique senior community, or visit us at woodbrookhome.com.

  • Fitting Into Your Parents’ Genes

    Aside from eating well, exercising regularly, and not smoking, another factor that determines whether we will age well is the influence of our parents’ lifespans. Recent research shows that those whose parents live longer are more likely to avoid certain heart problems and cancers when they reach their 60s and 70s. Children of long-lived parents are more likely to inherit genes that provide protection against high blood pressure, high body mass index (BMI), type-1 diabetes, and other health conditions. In fact, research shows that for every decade that at least one parent lived beyond the age of 70, their offspring’s risk of death from heart disease was reduced by 20 percent and risk of developing cancer was seven percent lower.

     

    The amount of care and attention that seniors require can differ greatly. At WOODBROOK, our caring staff understands that seniors’ needs can change – even overnight. We provide care to help them maintain the best quality of life. Learn more by contacting us today at (607) 734-7741 to arrange a tour of our unique senior community, or visit us at woodbrookhome.com.

  • Do You Have A Healthcare Proxy?

    It is important to carefully consider what would happen if you were to become unable to make important decisions regarding your health care. With this in mind, it is a good idea to arrange to have an honest discussion with your family members about your wishes and preferences. While these are not easy issues to discuss, the failure to draw up a “healthcare proxy” needlessly complicates matters when decisions must be made without one. Also known as a “durable power of attorney for medicine” or a “healthcare directive,”  this legal document allows you to designate a person to make healthcare decisions on your behalf when you cannot speak for yourself.

     

    Having a healthcare proxy is critical, and WOODBROOK maintains records of that pertinent information for each of our senior residents. Learn more by contacting us today at (607) 734-7741 to arrange a tour of our unique senior community, or visit us at woodbrookhome.com.

  • Positive Influences

    There is little doubt that maintaining a positive attitude provides significant physical and mental health benefits. Not only does a glass-half-full attitude lower blood pressure, reduce heart disease, and lead to better control of blood sugar levels, it also generates good will that facilitates friendship and leads to greater social interaction. In your efforts to maintain a positive outlook, it helps to cultivate a reassuring inner voice that replaces self-criticism with supportive thoughts. While it is human nature to be ready for negative outcomes, things do go right more often than not. It also helps to be appreciative for the blessings around you and to communicate that appreciation to others, particularly to family members.

     

    At WOODBROOK, we provide a positive environment for our senior residents. We foster a sense of community and treat our seniors like family members. Learn more by contacting us today at (607) 734-7741 to arrange a tour of our unique senior community, or visit us at woodbrookhome.com.

  • Shingles Vaccine’s Added Benefit

    Approximately one-third of people develop shingles at some point in their lives. This condition produces a very painful, blistering rash that is caused by the same herpes virus that causes chickenpox. Once a person contracts the childhood disease, the virus remains dormant in the body until it re-emerges to cause shingles. To reduce the risk of developing shingles by as much as two-thirds, adults over the age of 60 are strongly urged to get the shingles vaccine, which also reduces the severity of an outbreak should one occur. Moreover, it has recently been found that the shingles vaccine provides the added benefit of reducing the risk of “postherpetic neuralgia,” which is a debilitating complication of shingles.

     

    At WOODBROOK, the health and well-being of our senior residents is our number one priority. We provide the utmost in services, recommending that our seniors receive the best preventative care available. Learn more by contacting us today at (607) 734-7741 to arrange a tour of our unique senior community, or visit us at woodbrookhome.com.

  • Back to College

    If you are a senior with a specific academic interest, you may want to seriously consider taking college courses on the subject. Whether you decide to attain a degree in your pursuit of knowledge is entirely optional. It might not even cost a cent if you decide to simply monitor a course. You may be interested in studying history, psychology, philosophy, or fine arts. Regardless of your area of interest, you may find that your social interaction with young adults in a campus environment will prove to be revitalizing. Even if you choose to take courses online in the comfort of your own home, pursuing college studies is proven to keep aging brains sharp and engaged.

     

    Staying “sharp” requires engagement of the brain. At WOODBROOK, we provide a wide variety of activity options that encourage engagement among our seniors. To discover more about our offerings, call us today at (607) 734-7741. You are invited to tour our conveniently located senior community at 1250 Maple Avenue, Elmira. Visit us at woodbrookhome.com. Learn how we earned our superior reputation.

  • More Americans Living to 100

    It is sure to gladden the hearts of people of all ages to know that the number of Americans living to the ripe old age of 100 has increased by 44 percent since 2000. Not only that, but 100 does not seem to be the limit for centenarians, whose lifespans are also growing longer. Chief among the many reasons that increasing numbers of people are living to see the century mark of their lives is the fact that, due to more widespread use of vaccines,  seniors are better able to survive influenza and pneumonia. Heart disease and stroke are also posing less of a threat, although heart disease remains the leading cause of mortality for centenarians.

     

    Life expectancy has increased dramatically. At some point, the aging will require assistance with tasks of everyday living. WOODBROOK is here for our senior residents, and our dedicated staff is here to assure that our seniors receive the utmost in care.Learn more by contacting us today at (607) 734-7741 to arrange a tour of our unique senior community, or visit us at woodbrookhome.com.

  • Scottish Aerobics

    You know that you should be getting more exercise. So, what do you do to get your body moving and your heart beating a bit faster? You might want to do what nearly two-thirds of adults in Scotland are doing. They are getting at least half of the recommended 150 minutes of weekly activity by gardening, doing exercises and walking. Much of this is accomplished without picking up a golf club or a ball. In fact, only 15 percent of men and less than 4 percent of women engaged in any team or individual sport to meet their weekly quota of exercise. Many even surpassed their exercise goals.

     

    A simple walk outside or doing a bit of gardening in our raised beds may be just as beneficial as a more structured exercise regimen. At WOODBROOK, we offer a variety of activity options to encourage our seniors to remain physically active. Learn more by contacting us today at (607) 734-7741 to arrange a tour of our unique senior community, or visit us at woodbrookhome.com.

  • Making the Connection

    The degree to which people build social connections at the beginning of their lives strongly influences how healthy they will be. In fact, being socially active can be as important to good health and longevity as having low blood pressure and normal body weight. It has also been found that being socially isolated increases adolescents’ risk of inflammation (which leads to heart disease and other unhealthy conditions) about as much as physical inactivity, while on the other hand, maintaining a healthy social life has been shown to reduce the risk of obesity. At the other end of the age spectrum, it has been found that the more social connections seniors have, the longer they can expect to live.

     

    Staying “connected” helps people avoid feelings of isolation and ward off depression. At WOODBROOK, we treat our seniors like family members and encourage a sense of community. Learn more by contacting us today at (607) 734-7741 to arrange a tour of our unique senior community, or visit us at woodbrookhome.com.

  • Taking The Other Side

    Not only are people predominantly either right-handed or left-handed (unless they are ambidextrous), but we also have a dominant eye, foot and ear. With this in mind, seniors may want to improve their “body balance” by strengthening the non-dominant side of their bodies. This means performing everyday tasks such as brushing one’s teeth or combing one’s hair with the opposite hand. Seniors may also want to try standing on one leg as they talk on the phone or wash dishes. With practice, these simple exercises can boost core strength, balance and coordination to the point where the non-dominant hand or leg can perform better and react more quickly. These are important qualities to have when faced with challenging physical situations.

     

    WOODBROOK is pleased to present you with interesting and informative topics regarding seniors. The importance of proper balance cannot be emphasized enough. We offer a variety of activities and exercise options that target core strength and balance, helping seniors to avoid falls. To discover more, call us today at (607) 734-7741. You are invited to tour our senior community at 1250 Maple Avenue, Elmira. Visit us at woodbrookhome.com.

  • The Berry Benefit

    Feel free to sprinkle a healthy serving of blueberries, strawberries, or any other kind of berry on your cereal, yogurt, or fruit salad. Berries are one fruit that have been proven to benefit the brain. In fact, it has been found that by eating blueberries once a week or strawberries twice a week, women aged 70 years and older displayed brain power that was 2.5 years younger than those who ate berries less than once a month. This “berry benefit” comes from the antioxidant compounds found in the fruit, which perform the “housekeeping” mechanism of scavenging “free radical” molecules that damage healthy cells. Frozen berries, which cost nearly half as much as fresh, are just as nutritious as fresh.

     

    Knowledge of what foods provide important nutrients helps keep our seniors as healthy as possible. At WOODBROOK, we provide delicious and nutritious meals and snacks for our senior residents. Learn more about what we can offer you or a loved one by reaching us at (607) 734-7741 today. You are invited to tour our unique senior community at and visit us at 1250 Maple Avenue, Elmira, and visit our website at woodbrookhome.com.

  • Meet-And-Greet Therapy

    The degree to which people build social connections at the beginning of their lives strongly influences how healthy they will be. In fact, being socially active can be as important to good health and longevity as having low blood pressure and normal body weight. It has also been found that being socially isolated increases adolescents’ risk of inflammation (which leads to heart disease and other unhealthy conditions) about as much as physical inactivity. On the other hand, maintaining a healthy social life has been shown to reduce the risk of obesity. At the other end of the age spectrum, it has been found that the more social connections seniors have, the longer they can expect to live.

     

    Staying “connected” helps people avoid feelings of isolation and ward off depression. At WOODBROOK, we treat our seniors like family members and encourage a sense of community. Learn more by contacting us today at (607) 734-7741 to arrange a tour of our unique senior community, or visit us at woodbrookhome.com.

  • The Art of Crafts

    Crafting, knitting, playing music and gardening not only provide hobbyists with a sense of accomplishment, but these creative pursuits also place hobbyists in a better frame of mind as well as improve their health. Repetitive, rhythmic movements requiring the focused attention of the hobbyist create a calming effect that is very similar to the one produced by meditation. Knitting, in particular, creates a soothing, restful, Zen-like effect that helps knitters reduce stress and escape everyday pressures. From a physical standpoint, knitting helps those suffering from chronic pain to distract themselves from their discomfort and attain some sense of control over their lives.

     

    Performing familiar tasks can have a calming effect on seniors. At WOODBROOK, we encourage our residents to indulge in their favorite hobbies and to try new ones. Learn more about what we have to offer by calling us at (607) 734-7741 today. You are invited to visit us and tour our unique senior community at 1250 Maple Avenue, Elmira, and visit our website at woodbrookhome.com.

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