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Montgomery Place Retirement Community talks about the benefits of assisted living
Jun 2, 2024 |
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Benefits of Assisted Living

The decision to transition to assisted living is a tough one. You or your loved one may want to maintain independence, but help is needed with daily tasks like preparing meals, shopping, and managing medication.

Montgomery Place: Senior Living Community in Chicago is here to go over how assisted living can help increase the quality of life for older adults who need some level of personal assistance. Let's explore the key benefits.

A Supportive and Caring Community Environment

The goal of assisted living is to nurture. Residents of Montgomery Place receive the support required to get on with the business of living while enjoying a caring environment. The community aspect can be compared to a warm embrace complete with friendly faces, conversation, and a helping hand that is always nearby when needed.

Montgomery Place is not just a home where residents are looked after; it's a community where older adults are treated with dignity and respect and encouraged to enjoy life.

Social Opportunities and Activities

It is essential to remain active beyond retirement. Loneliness and isolation can take a toll on physical, mental, and cognitive health, thus leading to early decline.

One of the best things about assisted living at Montgomery Place is the opportunity it offers to socialize and stay active. Residents can join clubs, take classes, hear concerts, and attend lectures all within the community. No more boredom or being overwhelmed by too much free time. Older adults get to pursue passions, pick up new hobbies, and make new friends.

Relief for Family Caregivers

Caring for an older family member is a huge responsibility that can be both physically and emotionally demanding. At some point, family caregivers may not be able to continue to provide the level of support needed. Assisted living at Montgomery Place offers relief for family caregivers while ensuring the loved one's safety and well-being. By taking on some of the responsibilities, stress is reduced so that caregivers can maintain healthy relationships with their loved ones.

Enhanced Quality of Life for Residents

Montgomery Place fosters independence, social connection, and well-being. This ultimately leads to a richer, more fulfilling life for older adults.

Quality of life enhancements for residents include:

Amenities

To keep residents engaged, amenities such as an indoor swimming pool, a fitness area, a library, and an art studio are located on the grounds of Montgomery Place. Seniors can stay fit, learn new things, and have fun without having to leave the property.

Reduced Stress and Burden

Montgomery Place offers different levels of care. Daily chores like cooking and cleaning are attended to, with additional services being provided as needed. This takes the stress off residents while easing the worry of being a burden to others.

Enhanced Safety and Security

Montgomery Place provides staff presence and emergency call systems 24/7. A well-maintained environment minimizes the risk of falls and accidents and makes it easier for residents to be mobile. This provides peace of mind for seniors and their families.

Assisted Living in Chicago, IL

Located in Chicago's Hyde Park neighborhood, Montgomery Place: Senior Living Community in Chicago is one of the city's preeminent assisted living communities. We offer several levels of care options tailored to the individual to provide the highest quality of life for our residents.

Take a drone-guided virtual tour to experience both the community and the surrounding neighborhood, or contact us for an in-person visit.


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May 31, 2024 |
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Tracking Fitness for Seniors

As we become older, staying active becomes even more important for maintaining independence and good health. A fitness tracker can help seniors stay motivated to keep moving in order to boost their well-being.

Montgomery Place: Senior Living Community in Chicago is here to help you look at the benefits related to seniors tracking their fitness, along with a few suggestions for exercise.

Why Fitness Tracking Matters

Physical activity and regular exercise offers:

  • Increased energy levels

  • Reduced joint pain

  • Better quality of sleep

  • Increased brain health and cognitive function

  • Stronger bones and muscles

  • Reduced risk of chronic disease

  • Improved mood, mental health, and quality of life

By tracking fitness daily, seniors can ensure that they are getting the correct amount of activity based on age, fitness level, and goals. A fitness tracker can be a powerful tool for helping seniors stay active and independent.

Fitness trackers not only measure exercise frequency and intensity, but they can also track steps, sleep, and heart rate. They play a substantial role in helping seniors age well by providing:

Personal Accountability

Personal fitness trackers monitor levels of progress based on preset goals or on what happened yesterday. Using notifications, they encourage users to move more than they did previously, walk another mile, or increase their calorie goals. Increasing fitness goals gradually can help seniors stay healthy and remain independent longer.

Goal Setting

No matter how basic or advanced personal fitness goals are, fitness trackers will meet seniors where they are. This aids in individually tailoring goals and monitoring success for the best results.

Sleep Monitoring

Adequate sleep is an important part of fitness, playing a crucial role in physical and mental health. Fitness trackers not only monitor when you fall asleep and when you wake up during the night, they let you know the amount of time spent in deep sleep. By gently reminding you to go to bed or waking you up, they give consistency to the sleep routine.

Encouragement

Most fitness trackers have a group dynamic where they let owners of the same brand of tracker compete against each other for the number of steps or time spent exercising. They help seniors stick to their fitness routines by letting them know someone is watching and encouraging competition.

Improved Heart Health

Fitness trackers provide information and give seniors an indication of their activity levels. Setting daily exercise levels is a great motivator to get out and move for better heart health.

Tips for Using Your Fitness Tracker

A quality fitness tracker doesn't have to cost much money. Once a good match is found, the following tips can aid in achieving health and wellness goals.

  1. Set realistic goals. While most trackers recommend 10,000 steps daily, that number is only ideal for some. Set your own goals based on where you are currently, and increase it as you can.

  2. Be consistent. For best results, a tracker should be worn every day. Set aside time when sedentary to charge it.

  3. Socialize with other trackers. When friends and family members who have trackers set goals together, it creates a healthy spirit of competition and makes getting enough exercise fun.

  4. Share successes. It's a good idea to check progress daily and share numbers with family members and health professionals. This serves as a visual reminder of how far you've come.

Your fitness tracker is an important part of your healthy lifestyle.

Ways to Stay Healthy

The best exercises for seniors promote specific aspects of well-being. Strength training, like bodyweight exercises and functional fitness routines such as calf raises, wall pushups, and small repetitive movements, help to improve balance.

Low-impact activities such as swimming, yoga, or cycling build the body and the bones without the risk of injury or joint pain. Water aerobics, swimming, and short walks are low-impact ways to improve cardiovascular health. Mobility exercises like neck stretches, shoulder rolls, knee extensions, and ankle rolls can help with retaining flexibility and agility to make everyday tasks more enjoyable and manageable.

Stay Healthy in Independent Living

To stay healthy in independent living in Chicago, Illinois, consider assisted living at Montgomery Place: Senior Living Community in Chicago. We offer several levels of care options to meet your or your loved one's needs.

Contact us today to schedule a tour.


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May 15, 2024 |
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The Best Kind of Dogs for Seniors

Older adults can get lonely. Family is far away, and you may be starting to outlive your friends. It can be tempting to stay in the house and hide. Acquiring a dog is one way to guarantee companionship and get you out and about. Dogs are one of the best pets for seniors because they encourage light exercise.

Not all dogs are good for seniors, though. We welcome dogs at Montgomery Place, and we are in the dog-friendly neighborhood of Hyde Park in Chicago - right on the lake and steps away from attractive parks. There are plenty of places for you and your dog to go, but what kind of dog should you get? Find out the best dog for seniors today.

The Best Dog Breeds for Seniors

You should choose a dog that is small and low maintenance. Larger dogs may be challenging for older adults to walk unless they are very well trained, which often requires an investment in both time and money.

Some of the best low-maintenance dogs for seniors include:

  • Bichon Frise - moderate energy and grooming needs, but doesn't shed much.

  • Boston Terrier - higher energy but very easy to groom...and love to cuddle.

  • Cavalier King Charles Spaniel - these little dogs were bred to sit on ladies' feet to keep them warm on long carriage rides. They're affectionate, easy to train, and happy to sit on your lap forever.

  • French Bulldog - quiet, doesn't need a lot of exercise, but is fashionable right now and can be expensive.

  • Pomeranian - don't need too much exercise because of their size, but they do need a fair bit of grooming and can be noisy.

  • Pug - affectionate, playful, and typically quiet, but can be stubborn.

  • Yorkshire Terrier - tiny, barely shed, doesn't need much exercise or grooming.

There are lots of other breeds to consider, and, of course, you can also carefully select a mixed breed. Overall, you want low-maintenance pets that like to cuddle.

Factors to Consider When Choosing a Dog Breed for Seniors

One factor is size. For the most part, seniors should choose a small dog breed that is not going to be capable of dragging them around on the leash.

If you are still fit and healthy, by all means, choose a dog that has energy and needs exercise, such as a Boston Terrier or a small poodle. If you are starting to have mobility issues, pick a dog that doesn't need a lot of exercise, such as a Yorkshire terrier or pug.

Grooming can also start to get difficult. For some seniors, it's best to pick a dog with a short or otherwise easily-maintained coat. Poodles require regular trimming, which costs money unless you can do it yourself or get help from a family member.

Lastly, consider the cost. French Bulldogs can be ridiculously expensive right now. You may pay less for a purebred puppy of a less fashionable breed. You can also adopt. If adopting a mutt, look for the same traits in the individual animal...check energy levels, coat type, size, etc.

One great option for seniors is to adopt an older dog mellowing and losing energy levels with age. As small dogs can live over a decade, it's also worth considering an older dog to reduce the chances of the dog outliving you. Breeders sometimes have adult dogs retiring from showing or breeding available, and this can be a fantastic way to get an older dog with a known personality who is already fully trained.

Worst Dog Breeds For Seniors

There's no such thing as a bad dog, but there are some breeds seniors are best off avoiding. These include:

  • Labrador Retriever. Everyone loves a lab. But they are a large, high-energy breed that needs a lot of exercise.

  • Border Collie. Border collies are dogs that need a job and often require expert training, or they will become destructive.

  • Pitbull. Avoid any of the bully breeds. Many are very nice dogs, but they are hard to insure and often not accepted in complexes.

  • Australian Shepherd. Similar to border collies. In general, avoid herding breeds, as they are smart, high energy, and get bored easily.

  • Cocker Spaniel. Lots of energy, lots of training, and lots of grooming. They're also very prone to ear infections.

  • Rottweiler. Another large dog, and often over-protective.

  • Dalmatian. They shed all year and are generally high maintenance. Also, all AKC-registered Dalmatians have a genetic flaw that makes them prone to kidney stones.

Avoid large, high-energy breeds that are "smarter than you."

Interested in Montgomery Place?

Montgomery Place offers fabulous senior living that is also completely pet-friendly throughout the community. We provide long-term independent living for you and your dog and other pets for the elderly. Contact us today to schedule a tour of our community.

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Seniors gardening in Chicago
May 14, 2024 |
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Gardening for Seniors

Gardening is fun and has many health benefits, including for older adults. Gardening can alleviate stress, improve mood, and even help reduce blood pressure.

At our Chicago retirement community at Montgomery Place, we provide plenty of opportunities for older adults to "putter around in the garden" and enjoy the numerous benefits of gardening for seniors.

Seniors Gardening Helps Keep Them Active

As we get older, it becomes even more important to stay active. When seniors garden, it encourages them to get outside and do something physical without putting excessive strain on them. Even people with significant mobility issues can still garden with the right tools. Gardening for seniors helps preserve physical activity and, thus, overall health.

Gardening sessions should be kept short; seniors should stretch before gardening and stretch their backs and arms while working. But overall, gardening is a great way to maintain low, steady physical activity that supports health without straining an older adult's joints. It's a great way to work towards the recommended 30 minutes of exercise daily, reducing the risk of heart attack and stroke and rebuilding strength and mobility.

It also "tricks" you into getting more exercise because you are focused on looking after the plants instead of "working out." This can help those who aren't particularly motivated to exercise.

Benefits of Gardening for Seniors

In addition to encouraging physical activity, gardening has several benefits for the elderly. Seniors gardening experience a variety of physical and mental health benefits, which include:

  • Reduced stress. Gardening lowers levels of cortisol, which also affects blood pressure. Gardening is even better for reducing stress than curling up with a good book!

  • Reduced depression. Gardening also increases levels of serotonin, a mood-improving chemical in the brain. Gardening is being used as therapy for people with mental illness.

  • Increased levels of vitamin D. Spending time outside increases vitamin D levels. However, you should wear sunscreen to protect your skin. Increased vitamin D reduces the risk of heart disease, improves mood, and lowers the risk of calcium deficiency, which can cause depleted bone strength and increase the danger of a fall.

  • Reduction in the risk of dementia. Studies have found regular gardening can reduce the risk of dementia by as much as 36%. Gardening can also help seniors with dementia experience an improved quality of life. We don't know why gardening reduces the risk of dementia, but it seems to work, and it probably has to do with improving dexterity, problem-solving, and sensory awareness.

  • Potentially reduces isolation. In our community, seniors can work in community gardens, encouraging them to spend time with others.

  • Improved bond with nature. Caring for plants helps people stay in touch with nature and the physical world. It also gives a sense of responsibility that can improve the mental health of older adults who may feel they have outlived their sense of purpose.

On top of these, there's also the benefit of getting out in the fresh air in general, which always improves mood and reduces agitation. Seniors in our community get access to private gardens and our greenhouses (allowing gardening even in Chicago's harsh winters).

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Our community has beautiful grounds, including our private gardens and greenhouses, where seniors can benefit from gardening. If you are looking for a long-term home (we provide levels of care from independent living through skilled nursing and memory care), contact us today to schedule a tour of our community and amenities.

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Signs it Might Be Time for Assisted Living

Deciding if it's time to move into an assisted living community can be challenging. It's important to consider their overall health, safety, and ability to care for themselves. Start noticing signs that indicate you may benefit from the additional support and services provided in assisted living. It might be time to talk with your family and friends about this transition. While resistance is common, addressing these signs early on can help ensure their well-being and quality of life moving forward.

There are several red flags to watch out for when determining if it's time for assisted living. Signs such as forgetfulness, changes in hygiene habits, difficulty managing medications, unexplained injuries, social isolation, neglecting household upkeep, and weight loss are indicators that your current living situation may no longer be suitable. Notice any of these signs occurring with more frequency or severity. It may be time to consider discussing the option of moving into an assisted living community where you can receive the care and assistance you need.

Is Your Home Becoming More Than You Can Handle?

Being unable to care for your home properly can be incredibly concerning. It creates an unsafe and unsanitary living environment and can also become at risk of burglary or other dangers. An unkempt lawn or cluttered home can make it difficult for emergency responders to access the home in an emergency, further endangering your loved one. Additionally, hazards such as rodents, insects, mold, and peeling paint can impede the ability of caregivers to provide necessary support and care.

Addressing these issues is crucial to ensuring safety and well-being. It may be necessary to enlist the help of professional cleaners or organizers to address the clutter and unsanitary conditions in the home. Making sure that the home is clean, organized, and free of hazards will improve your quality of life and ensure that you can receive proper care from home care services without impediment. Ultimately, addressing these issues is essential in providing a safe and comfortable living environment for your loved one.

Concerns For Your Safety

It is important to address safety concerns as we age. If you have difficulty navigating the stairs in your home or if there has been forgetfulness and wandering, it may be time to consider alternative living arrangements or additional assistance. The National Council On Aging's statistic that an older adult is treated for a fall in an emergency room every 11 seconds is alarming and highlights the seriousness of this issue. Falls are not only a leading cause of injury deaths and brain injuries in America, but they can also result in severe physical and emotional consequences for our aging relatives.

In addition to the risk of falls, impaired memory can be a significant safety concern for older adults. Forgetfulness could be a sign of cognitive decline or even dementia, both of which require medical attention and monitoring. It is crucial to address any signs of memory impairment early to ensure you receive the appropriate care and support. By staying vigilant and proactive about potential safety concerns related to navigation difficulties and memory issues, we can help protect the well-being and quality of life while getting older.

The Right Community For You

At Montgomery Place, we understand the importance of finding the right senior living community for yourself or a loved one. We take a compassionate and understanding approach to help families transition to assisted living. Our team is dedicated to easing any tension and providing guidance as we share our senior lifestyle options and determine what would be the best fit for each individual. Visiting our communities is a crucial step in making an informed decision, so we encourage families to come and explore our amenities and care programs firsthand.

During a visit to Montgomery Place, guests can meet our team members, ask questions about our services and programs, and get a feel for what life is like in one of our communities. Our staff is welcoming, knowledgeable, and eager to provide information to help make decision-making easier. Whether you are looking for independent living, assisted living, or memory care options, scheduling a tour at a community near you today can give you peace of mind, knowing that you are making an informed choice about yourself or your loved one's future living arrangements.

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Water Aerobics for Seniors

Water aerobics is a fantastic way to stay active and healthy without putting excessive strain on your joints. It provides a low-impact workout that can help improve cardiovascular health, muscle strength, flexibility, and overall well-being. You can benefit greatly from water aerobics as it allows you to move freely and comfortably in the water while enjoying the many benefits of exercise. As people become seniors, water aerobics becomes even more useful and essential to having an active lifestyle.

Here are a few simple and fun water aerobics exercises that can be incorporated into a fitness routine: water walking, leg lifts, and arm curls. These exercises are easy to perform in the water and can be modified based on individual fitness levels. By engaging in regular water aerobics sessions, seniors can improve physical fitness while reducing pain and discomfort associated with arthritis. It is important to find enjoyable ways to stay active as anyone ages, and water aerobics provides a refreshing and fun option for maintaining health and wellness.

Simple Water Aerobic Exercises for Seniors

Arm curls are a great water exercise for seniors as they help strengthen the arms and shoulders muscles without putting too much stress on the joints. Water weights create resistance, which is essential for building muscle strength. This exercise can be easily modified to suit each individual's fitness level by changing the weight of the water weights or the number of repetitions.

To perform arm curls, seniors should stand in shoulder-height water with their water weights held down at their sides, palms facing up, and elbows close to their bodies. By keeping a slow and controlled motion while lifting and lowering the arms, seniors will feel the burn as they work their biceps and forearms. Consistently incorporating arm curls into a water exercise routine can help seniors improve their upper body strength and maintain muscle mass as they age.

Leg lifts are a great water exercise that can help strengthen the muscles in the legs while also improving balance and core strength. By utilizing the resistance of the water, leg lifts provide a challenging workout for all leg muscles. To perform leg lifts in the pool, stand with one leg out to the side and slowly lower it before crossing your other foot over it. Repeat this motion ten times on each leg to fully engage and work those muscles.

Water (aqua) walking or jogging is a fantastic way to improve cardiovascular health and circulation while being gentle on joints. Walking in water provides resistance, making it a great workout for strengthening muscles without stressing the knees, hips, and ankles. It's a perfect exercise for individuals with arthritis or joint pain who still want to stay active. Starting off slow by walking back and forth in the pool's shallow end can help build up stamina and gradually increase endurance.

Benefits of Water Aerobics

Water aerobics is a recommended exercise for seniors because of its low-impact nature and numerous benefits. One of the main advantages is that it offers a cardiovascular workout without stressing the joints, making it suitable for those with arthritis or other joint problems. Water's resistance also allows for a comprehensive workout to enhance muscle strength, endurance, flexibility, and range of motion.

Water aerobics offers both physical and mental health benefits for seniors. Exercising in water can be calming and reduce stress and anxiety. Participating in classes can create a sense of community and belonging. It is a fun and effective way for seniors to stay active and improve their fitness levels.

See The Amenities We Have to Offer at Montgomery Place

Montgomery Place offers an array of amenities to enhance residents' lifestyles, including a 24-hour fitness center and heated indoor pool, various spaces for intellectual and spiritual activities, a library, an art studio, and private gardens. The community is pet-friendly and equipped with Wi-Fi. Dining options feature chef-prepared meals with flexible dining points. Transportation services, like a daily shuttle and private car service, ensure convenience. Comprehensive services include 24/7 security, maintenance, housekeeping, and all utilities, with options for additional personalized services.

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