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Assisted Living Facility Selection: 3 Mistakes to Avoid


August 13, 2018 in: assisted living facility montecito santa fe nm, 3 mistakes to avoid when choosing an assisted living facility,

When you start your search for assisted living facilities, you want to make sure that that the facility will meet the needs of the seniors that will be living there, whether it's your parents or another close relative.

It will be a decision that will change their lives and yours as well. It's therefore important that you go in with a fair idea what to expect. Here are some things that you should avoid doing when you search for an assisted living facility:

1.Not Focusing on Quality Care

This is not just about the perception of high price and great features, like grand furniture and pretty landscaping. It's about the quality of healthcare the facility can provide. It can be devastating if you have to move your seniors from one facility to the next because of indifferent care.

Compare different facilities before you transfer the seniors to the facility. Be realistic about who will provide them with better care. During visits to the assisted living facility, you should pay attention to how happy the staff and residents are. If you can talk to the residents in private during your visit, that will provide you the insight you need.

2.Choosing Proximity over Quality

Many families place a great deal of emphasis on and assisted living facility that is close to their house. This isn't always practical.

You might have the best intentions at heart, such as visiting your parents on a daily basis. But if you chose a place is not the ideal place for your parents because it is close, you are doing them a disservice..

3.Choosing for Old Parents Instead of New

The title of this section may sound insensitive, but it’s reality that behavior starts to change as we grow older. Why it may be tempting to stay in your comfort zone about this, reality may be different. You have to account for any behavior changes your parents maybe showing when you choose an assisted living facility.

Suppose, god-forbid, that your parents have dementia. They may have socialized a certain way before they had it, but now they may get frightened in social scenarios, and that's completely normal. You just need to make sure that your assisted living facility accounts for this change of behavior, and treats them with respect and dignity, by providing better care to them.

If you would like to know more, please visit us at Montecito, Santa Fe.

Brain-Friendly Foods to Keep Alzheimer’s and Dementia at Bay


August 06, 2018 in: alzheimer brain-friendly food, dementia brain-friendly food,

You are what you eat. The food that you consume plays a vital role in your health. Meanwhile, the number of people suffering from diseases such as Alzheimer’s and dementia has increased. You have to wonder – am I next?

These diseases can affect anyone, and you should take every precaution. Did you know that you can do that with food? Yes, there are some foods that can actually reduce the chances of you getting dementia or Alzheimer’s.

Here are some brain-healthy foods that will help you stay healthy and happy:

1.Milk

Milk can help make your bones stronger. But did you know that it is also brain-friendly? Consuming milk regularly can help raise glutathione – an antioxidant that naturally occurs in older healthy people. This antioxidant is known to prevent oxidative stress, which is responsible for causing damage to the brain.

2.Cherries and Berries

These fruits are not only delicious, but also brain-friendly. They are rich in vitamin C and E. Eating cherries and berries protects your brain from damaging free radicals as they are rich in anthocyanin. These berries also have anti-inflammatory properties, which are vital for brain health.

3.Leafy Greens

Uncle Vernon from Harry Potter may call it, “rabbit food”, but they are a perfect food for your brain health. No matter what age you are, finishing your greens is good for your health. Spinach, collards, kale, broccoli, and other green leafy veggies are rich in vitamin A as well as vitamin C.

4.Nuts

Do you like snacking on potato chips? Well, how about you snack on something that is equally delicious and also brain-friendly? Nuts are filled with antioxidants, fiber, and healthy fats that not only keep your brain healthy but also your heart.

5.Beans

Beans should be a regular part of your diet. This miraculous food is a perfect package when it comes to keeping Alzheimer’s and dementia at bay. They are low in fats and calories and high in protein and fiber.

6.Fish

Fish is not only delicious, but also healthy. Consuming fish protects the function of your brain and keeps it healthy. And when your brain is healthy, you are at less risk of getting dementia or Alzheimer’s.

7.Olive Oil

Instead of cooking your food in regular oil, cook it in olive oil people who eat olive oil are less likely to face cognitive decline.

How many of your favorites made the list? Even if they didn’t, you should eat these brain-friendly foods as they will lower the risks of you getting these awful diseases. Stay healthy!

Montecito Community Events August 2018


July 31, 2018 in: Montecity Community Events,

Wednesday, August 1st
9:00 News Room – LS
10:00 Sittercise – AR
11:00 Mexican Train Dominos – AR
11:30 Mahjong Club – S & OW
1:00 Life Journey Art Therapy
 Group – AR
2:30 Happy Hour: Jim Fox/ Piano – SL
3:30 Studio Hour – AR
5:30p Scrabble Club – S

Thursday, August 2nd
9:00 News Room – LS
10:00 Walk About – EC
11:00 Mandala Shading – AR
1:30 BINGO! – S
2:30 Charades – C
3:30 Nail Trim Hour (AL Only) – AR
6p-8p The UKE 101’s in the Starlight Lounge

Friday, August 3rd
 9:00 News Room – LS
10:00 Sittercise – AR
11:00 Puzzle Hour – AR
1:00 Mahjong – S
1:30 Clay Class: Greta – AR
3:30 UNO – AR
6p-8p Bohemiacs
 in Starlight Lounge

Saturday, August 4th
 10a-4p Art Studio is Open
10:00 Santa Fe Farmer’s Market
 50th Anniversary “Birthday
 Party”
 (Must RSVP w/ Activities)
- While Activities Assistant is on-site, please come to the Art Room for that day’s activity options

Sunday, August 5th
10a-4p Art Studio is Open
10:00 New Mexico Museum of
 Art Steam Sundays
(Must RSVP w/ Activities)
1:30 Mahjong Club – S
- While Activities Assistant is on-site, please come to the Art Room for that day’s activity options

Monday, August 6th
9:00 News Room – LS
10:00 Sittercise – AR
11:00 Brain Teasers – AR
1:30 Monday Movie Madness:
Prairie Home Companion – OW
3:30 Billiards – GR

Tuesday, August 7th
9:00 News Room – LS
10:00 Walk About – EC
11:00 Fire Dept/ EMT
 Emergency Info Lecture – C
1:30 Flower Arranging – AR
2:30 Jazz with Jeff & Jojo – SL
3:30 Book Discussion Group – C

Wednesday, August 8th
9:00 News Room – LS
10:00 Sittercise – AR
11:00 Mexican Train Dominos – AR
1:00 Life Journey Art Therapy
 Group – AR
2:30 Happy Hour: Ukulele
 Sing-O-Long – SL
3:30 Studio Hour – AR
5:30p Scrabble Club – S

Thursday, August 9th
9:30 Jewelry Junkies: hosted by
 fellow resident, Joan Montag – C
10:00 Walk About – EC
11:00 Mandala Shading – AR
1:30 BINGO! – S
2:30 Charades – C
3:30 Nail Trim Hour (AL Only) – AR
6p-8p Cord & Strings in
 Starlight Lounge

Friday, August 10th
9:00 News Room – LS
10:00 Sittercise – AR
11:00 Puzzle Hour – AR
1:00 Mahjong – S
1:00 Open Art Therapy Group – AR
1:30 Dancing in the Starlight – SL
3:30 UNO – AR
6p-8p The Jeff Sand Band in
 Starlight Lounge

Saturday, August 11th
 10a-4p Art Studio is Open
Matinee at Regal Cinema
(Must RSVP w/ Activities)
- While Activities Assistant is on-site, please come to the Art Room for that day’s activity options

Sunday, August 12th
10a-4p Art Studio is Open
11:00 Santa Maria De La Paz
 Church & Celebration Outing
 (Must RSVP w/ Activities)
1:30 Mahjong Club – S
- While Activities Assistant is on-site, please come to the Art Room for that day’s activity options

Monday, August 13th
9:00 News Room – LS
10:00 Sittercise – AR
11:00 Brain Teasers – AR
1:30 Monday Movie Madness:
 The Wizard of Oz – OW
3:30 Billiards – GR

Tuesday, August 14th
9:30 Docent Beezy Bing from the
 MIAC presents: Pueblo Feast
 Day & Rain – OW
11:00 Scrabble – AR
12:00 Birthday Lunch – C
 (Must RSVP)
1:30 Flower Arranging – AR
2:30 Pictionary – C
3:30 Book Discussion Group – C

Wednesday, August 15th
9:00 News Room – LS
10:00 Sittercise – AR
11:00 Mexican Train Dominos – AR
11:30 Mahjong Club – S & OW
1:00 Life Journey Art Therapy
 Group – AR
2:30 Happy Hour: Vernon/Guitar – SL
3:30 Studio Hour – AR
5:30p Scrabble Club – S 

Thursday, August 16th
9:00 News Room – LS
10:00 Walk About – EC
11:00 Mandala Shading – AR
1:30 BINGO! – S
2:30 Charades – C
3:30 Nail Trim Hour (AL Only) – AR
6p-8p Duo Rasmino
 in Starlight Lounge

Friday, August 17th
9:00 News Room – LS
10:00 Sittercise – AR
11:00 Puzzle Hour – AR
1:00 Mahjong – S
1:30 Dancing in the Starlight – SL
1:30 Clay Class: Greta – AR
3:30 UNO – AR
6p-8p Swing Set
 in Starlight Lounge

Saturday, August 18th
10a-4p Art Studio is Open
11:00 Cleopatra’s Lunch Outing
 (Must RSVP w/ Activities)
- While Activities Assistant is on-site, please come
to the Art Room for that day’s activity options

Sunday, August 19th
10a-4p Art Studio is Open
10:00 Scenic Drive
 (Must RSVP w/ Activities)
1:30 Mahjong Club – S
- While Activities Assistant is on-site, please come to the Art Room for that day’s activity options

Monday, August 20th
9:00 News Room – LS
10:00 Sittercise – AR
11:00 Brain Teasers – AR
1:30 Monday Movie Madness:
 The Second Best: Exotic
 Marigold Hotel – OW
3:30 Billiards – GR

Tuesday, August 21st
9:00 News Room – LS
10:00 Walk About – EC
11:00 Scrabble – AR
1:30 Flower Arranging – AR
2:30 Pictionary – C
3:30 Book Discussion Group – C

Wednesday, August 22nd
9:00 News Room – LS
10:00 Sittercise – AR
11:00 Mexican Train Dominos – AR
1:30 Black Jack – AR
2:30 Happy Hour: Kevin/Guitar – SL
3:30 Studio Hour – AR
5:30p Scrabble Club – S 

Thursday, August 23rd
9:00 News Room – LS
10:00 Walk About – EC
11:00 Mandala Shading – AR
1:30 BINGO! – S
2:30 Charades – C
3:30 Nail Trim Hour (AL Only) – AR
6p-8p Mathew & Danny
 in Starlight Lounge

Friday, August 24th
9:00 News Room – LS
10:00 Sittercise – AR
11:00 Puzzle Hour – AR
1:00 Mahjong – S
1:00 Open Art Therapy Group – AR
1:30 Dancing in the Starlight – SL
3:30 UNO – AR
6p-8p Fool’s Play
 in Starlight Lounge

Saturday, August 25th
10a-4p Art Studio is Open
10:00 Annual Amigos Yard Sale
 at Cerillos Hills Park
 (Must RSVP w/ Activities)
- While Activities Assistant is on-site, please come
to the Art Room for that day’s activity options

Sunday, August 26th
10a-4p Art Studio is Open
11:00 Santa Maria De La Paz
 Church Outing
 (Must RSVP w/ Activities)
1:30 Mahjong Club – S
- While Activities Assistant is on-site, please come to the Art Room for that day’s activity options

Sunday, August 26th
10a-4p Art Studio is Open
11:00 Santa Maria De La Paz
 Church Outing
 (Must RSVP w/ Activities)
1:30 Mahjong Club – S
- While Activities Assistant is on-site, please come to the Art Room for that day’s activity options

Monday, August 27th
9:00 News Room – LS
10:00 Sittercise – AR
11:00 Brain Teasers – AR
1:30 Monday Movie Madness:
 Funny Face – OW
3:30 Billiards – GR

Tuesday, August 28th
9:00 News Room – LS
10:00 Walk About – EC
11:00 Scrabble – AR
1:30 Flower Arranging – AR
2:30 Grief & Loss Group hosted
 by Legacy Home Health – C
3:30 Book Discussion Group – C

Wednesday, August 29th
9:00 News Room – LS
10:00 Sittercise – AR
11:00 Mexican Train Dominos – AR
1:30 Black Jack – AR
2:30 Happy Hour: Michael/Guitar –SL
3:30 Studio Hour – AR
5:30p Scrabble Club – S 

Thursday, August 30th
9:00 News Room – LS
10:00 Walk About – EC
11:00 Mandala Shading – AR
1:30 BINGO! – S
2:30 Charades – C
3:15 Fiesta Court Celebration
 on Garbo’s Back Patio
6p-8p The Minoans
 in Starlight Lounge

Friday, August 31st 9:00 News Room – LS
10:00 Sittercise – AR
11:00 Puzzle Hour – AR
1:00 Mahjong – S
1:00 Open Art Therapy Group – AR
1:30 Dancing in the Starlight – SL
2:30 Mass w/ Father Duncan - OW
6p-8p 4Swing
 in Starlight Lounge

August’s Birthdays
Eleanor M. Atkinson 8/3 Stella Spray 8/19
Jane MacNeil 8/6 Audrey Maehl 8/20
Ruth Lenwell 8/7 Sheri Spaar 8/24
Wirt Squires 8/14 Kathy Olson 8/26
Barry Baltzley 8/19 Jane Harvey 8/26
- If you would like your Birthday to be posted please contact the Activities Department

Dates, Times, and Locations are subject to change.
Please contact the Life Enrichment Department at 505-428-7792 if you have any questions or would like to RSVP.

Life Enrichment Department News & Reminders
- All activities in the calendar are for everyone in the neighborhood to participate in. - If you want to sign up for an activities outing, please do so with the Activities Department, not the Concierge. RSVPs are mandatory for the weekend outings. - If you would like to be invited for the Birthday Lunch during the month of your birthday, please ensure that Life Enrichment has your birthday on file. Thank you! 

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