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Foods that help you sleep - what foods to eat and to avoid before bedtime.
As we age sleep patterns can change. If you ever have a hard time falling asleep consider what food you are eating in the latter part of the day. Here are a few foods with nutrients and vitamins to help you get a full nights rest. 
Fruits – Replace high sugar desserts with a small amount of naturally sweet fruit. Try a spoonful of peanut butter on a Banana, mangoes or kiwis if you have a sweet tooth. 
Complex Carbohydrates – Magnesium rich whole grains like oatmeal, cereal, popcorn, jasmine rice, whole-grain crackers and sweet potato.
Lean Protein – An egg on whole-grain toast, beans, greens, lean turkey or fish (especially salmon, halibut and tuna) are satisfying and will help you sleep.  
Healthy Fats – Avocados, peanut butter and other nuts such as walnuts, almonds, cashews and pistachios.
Drinks – Stay away from caffeinated beverages in the evenings and stay hydrated with water throughout the day. Before bed relax with a cup of warm milk or decaffeinated herbal teas like chamomile or peppermint with optional valerian root. 

If you have had success with something different please share it with us! 
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Summer Heat Safety Tips
As we head into #summer, make sure to get out and soak up some sun! Be cautious and follow these helpful summer heat safety tips to have a safe and enjoyable season:

1) Stay hydrated! Drink a lot of non-alcoholic and non-caffeinated liquid.
2) Spend the day in air-conditioned buildings.
3) Arrange for transportation to your city or county’s cooling center if necessary.
4) Dress in loose-fitting clothing made of light fabrics such as cotton.
5) If you must be outdoors, stay in shaded areas near trees and/or water.
6) Keep an eye out for any symptoms of dehydration or heat stroke.

Dehydration can cause a broad range of symptoms, including:
- fever 
- disorientation 
- increased heart rate 
- loosening of skin 
- decreased kidney function and urination
- nausea and vomiting

Symptoms of heat stroke include:
- An extremely high body temperature (>103°F)
- Rapid, strong pulse
- Throbbing headache
- Confusion
- Nausea
- Red, hot, and dry skin
- Loss of consciousness 

We’d love to hear your favorite summer activities - share in a comment below! 

Keep safe and enjoy the warmer months ahead!
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Looking for the benefits of living in a #seniorliving community?

There are many advantages of making the move into a #seniorliving community. Consider the following: 

* Friends and social interactions are important for everyone and are fostered in a community.  
* Help with chores and housekeeping can be a huge relief from the required maintenance owning or renting a own home requires.  
* You can take the opportunity to downsize and keep what is truly important.
* You can have fun with planned and spontaneous recreational activities and classes.
* You’ll enjoy having to spend less time in the kitchen cooking with nutritional prepared meals. 
* Transportation services provide convenient trips to the store and more.
* Senior living options also offer the comfort and security of having help nearby if needed. 

Contact us for more information on the benefits our senior living community will provide you!
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Make the transition to senior living smooth and enjoyable by bringing along the comforts of home! Small touches and personal items can bring warmth and personality to any room. Click below for ideas on how you can create an at-home feel for your residence!

- Bring memorable objects: Photographs, personal furniture, and more familiar items.
- Enhance the look of your new home: Don’t hold back on adding your own decorations!
- Have a place and space for everything: Settle into your space by making full use of shelves, cabinets, and closets for your personal items.
- Make social connections: Connect with other residents with like interests. Ask the staff to introduce you to other residents with similar hobbies and likes!
- Remain positive: Speak of your new residence as home! You are sure to enjoy the safety, security, and kindness you will find.
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Settle into Spring at our senior living community this year! Warmer days and sunshine help remind us how nice it is to keep a happy and social life. There are many activities and groups senior citizens can join; what better time to start than at the beginning of a new season! Here are just a few ideas for fun activities you can look for, or even organize yourself!

- Book clubs
- Gardening groups
- Walking groups
- Shopping trips
- Music or art classes
- Dinner groups
- Game nights
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Moving a loved one into a senior living community can be a big transition. Visiting your family or friend and letting them know you care is an important part of fostering a continued relationship. Consider sending cards, family photos or favorite treats when you cannot visit in person. Contact our office for detailed visitor information and ideas on the best ways to keep in touch! 
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There is never a better time to focus on your health than at the beginning of a new year! Start 2014 on the right foot by forming healthy habits to live stronger and thrive. Click below for 10 easy tips:

1) Quit smoking and lower your risk of cancer, stroke, and heart failure. 
2) Keep active. Do something to keep fit each day!
3) Eat well; Many diseases can be prevented  or controlled with a healthy diet.
4) Maintain a healthy weight and lower your risk of many diseases.
5) Prevent falls by keeping paths clear, using night-lights, and wearing shoes for stability.
6) Stay up-to-date on immunizations and other health screenings. 
7) Prevent skin cancer - stay in the shade or wear protective clothing; skin becomes thinner and more sensitive as we age.
8) Get regular dental, vision and hearing checkups. 
9) Manage stress. Make time for friends and fun, and learn the powerful role of positive thinking.
10) Try a senior yoga, pilates, or other fitness class!

Comment with your favorite healthy habit!
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Our community truly cares about your well being, especially during this holiday season. The team at our senior living home is compassionate and ready to help make your days full of #holiday cheer, joy and happiness. Visit us today to see why so many people love calling our community home. 
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Stay comfortable indoors this time of year by enjoying all of our amenities. Schedule a visit or head to our website for more information about our floor plan options, amenities and location. We have a wide range of options to meet the needs of your lifestyle, space, and budget. Come spend the #holidayseason with us!
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