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At Benchmark, friends and community are here for you. Between a lively dining room, endless activities and friendly staff and residents, we surpass other senior living communities when it comes to making you feel at home. We are dedicated to providing a beautiful place to live, as well as personalized care for those who need a little help now and then.

Staying Safe this Winter
Winter can be an especially dangerous time for those over 65. Here are some safety tips to keep you or your loved ones safe this winter. 
1. Avoid Slipping on Ice -With the colder weather comes snow and ice.  These conditions can lead to roads and sidewalks becoming slippery, and in turn cause hard falls.  These falls can be very dangerous to men and women over the age of 65, causing severe and long term injury.  Make sure to wear shoes or boots with good traction and non-skid soles, replace worn cane or walker tips, and stay inside until the roads and sidewalks are clear.

2. Fight the Winter Blues -Dangerous driving conditions means you or your loved ones may not be able to partake in all your usual activities or visit with friends and family. This can lead to feelings of loneliness and isolation. To fight these feelings family members can check in on seniors as often as possible.  A short phone call can make a big difference. You can also arrange a check-in system with neighbors, friends, or nearby relatives. 

3. Check the Car-Driving during the winter can be dangerous for everyone. Older people who may not drive as much as they used to are especially at risk. Please get your car serviced as soon as possible, or ask a family member to bring it to a garage for you. Have the technician check things like the oil, tires, battery, windshield wipers, and heating system.

Do you have any winter safety tips of your own? Include them in the comments below!

Make your new residence warm and inviting by bringing along the comforts of home! 

Click below for ideas!

1) Organization: Settle into your space by making full use of shelves, cabinets, and closets for your personal items.
2) Socialize: Connect with other residents with like interests. Ask the staff to introduce you to other residents with similar hobbies!
3) Memories: Bring photographs, personal furniture, and more familiar items.
4) Decorate: Don’t hold back on adding your own personal touch!
5) Positivity: Speak of your new residence as home! You’re sure to enjoy the safety, security, and kindness you will find.

Comment with your favorite comforts of home!

Companionship and Community in Senior Living
Mounting evidence shows that companionship and community are a key component to overall health. No longer are they seen as sitting a few rungs up Maslow’s hierarchy of needs; they are foundational to your well-being. This is true across all ages, including seniors. Feeling extreme loneliness, for example, has been shown to increase an older person’s chances of premature death by 14 percent.  

A myriad of factors are weighed when deciding to move into a senior living community. The opportunity for companionship and community should be one of them. When researching different senior living options, investigate the opportunities for social connections and interactions at each community. 

Music Therapy
Don’t forget to bring tunes to your next visit with an elderly relative in Senior Living

There is mounting buzz around music therapy as one of the most transformative treatments for seniors. “Music has more ability to activate more parts of the brain than any other stimulus,” says renowned neurologist Oliver Sacks in a recently released documentary about music and the elderly, Alive Inside.

The documentary follows social worker Dan Cohen as he demonstrates music’s ability to combat memory loss. Alive Inside won the Audience Award at the 2014 Sundance Film Festival. 

In a clip from the documentary, one aide describes a bed-bound woman she has worked with for two years that “barely opened her eyes, didn’t respond. Once we put the iPod on her she started shaking her feet, moving her head. It was amazing.” 

Across the country, senior living communities are incorporating music as a form of therapy to uplift and engage their residents. Studies have demonstrated its ability to improve memory, lower agitation, and improve cognitive skills.

To be most effective, music should be chosen based on whatever the person’s preference. So next time you’re planning a visit to your elderly relative, ask them about their favorite songs, bands or albums. Then bring them along to listen and groove to during your visit. 
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