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Friday, 27 May 2016 18:16

Ways Aging Can Impact the Body

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It is difficult to prepare for all of the changes that impact your body as you age. Youth can give a false sense of confidence and lead to living life in a reckless way for some; others may live their entire life cautiously in order to avoid or prepare for the inevitable changes that will happen to the body later in life.

In a society that has seen a vast increase in obesity, more than a third of all adults are considered to be obese. Partially, this is due to an increase in sedentary lifestyles. The British Journal of Sports Medicine published a study in 2011 which found a link in decreased life expectancy in people over 25 years of age who sat and watched TV. For every hour spent in front of the television, there was a 22 minutes deduction in overall life expectancy among these adults.

Being aware of these factors and how they impact future health is a start. However, being and staying physically active, and taking charge of overall health are key to the management of future well-being, according to the National Institute on Aging.Nashville elderly care

Here are a few major age-related changes that a majority of older adults will face, and how to prepare for them:

  1. Brain Function
    Issue: Age-related memory loss is common among seniors, but it is important to distinguish between normal forgetfulness and signs of dementia, including Alzheimer’s.
    Solution: While there is no clear cause of Alzheimer’s that has been determined by scientists, they do believe that there are certain environmental and lifestyle factors, along with genetics and complex brain changes, that can affect people differently. For instance, the misuse of alcohol may increase brain damage risk, as well as negatively impact other parts of the body.
  2. Skin
    Issue: Overexposure to the sun throughout life can lead to many things, including age spots, wrinkles, and skin cancer. Also, people over age 50 who had chickenpox during their life may suffer from shingles. Other factors that impact the skin are toxins, stress, and dehydration.
    Solution: A good rule of thumb is to always protect the skin when it is exposed to sun, and be cognizant of dehydration. There is also a shingles vaccine available now to help boost the immune system against the virus.
  3. Bladder/Prostate
    Issue: Various forms of incontinence, the involuntary release of urine, are common in older people, particularly women. For men, the prostate gets larger with age, making it more difficult to release urine.
    Solution: While you should speak to your doctor about medicines available to help control incontinence, being proactive is also important. Drinking less caffeine and more water can help improve overall bladder health.
  4. Eyes/Ears
    Issue: Vision impairment issues and changes slowly begin to surface around the age of 40. You may notice that it is difficult or impossible to read small print without an aid such as reading glasses. Presbycusis is a hearing condition which causes a decline in ability to hear.
    Solution: While vision loss in seniors is inevitable, having annual eye exams can help detect early signs of eye disorders, such as glaucoma and cataracts. Quality of hearing can be improved with hearing aids, but being mindful of exposure to loud noises in younger years is also important.

Other age-related changes include: Balance issues, loss of teeth, bone and joint weakness, and digestive/metabolic system problems. These are just a few of the keys to help aging adults live a long, healthy life. Check with your doctor before making any changes that can affect your physical or mental health.

Donald A.B. Lindberg, M.D., the Former Director of the National Library of Medicine believes, “Good information is the best medicine for older adults. NIHSeniorHealth can help seniors find answers to their medical questions from the comfort of their own homes thanks to this new and innovative online resource and the Internet." 

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Maybelle Carter has a range of services, from Independent Living to Memory Care, in order to fit the needs of each individual resident. To learn more about Maybelle Carter, call us at (844) 602-2602. 

Written by Kristen Camden

Wednesday, 30 March 2016 16:58

Spring Activities for Seniors in Nashville

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Spring signals a time for growth renewal through warmer weather, trees and flowers blooming, and outdoor activities! Everyone enjoys the change in seasons for these reasons, and especially since spring provides a chance to get out of the winter slump and cold that many experience. 

Executive Director at Maybelle Carter, Jennifer Todd, agrees that, “Spring is here and we know our gardeners are just itching to get out to the garden and start digging in the soil and let the April showers bring the beautiful May flowers!”

While not every senior has the same level of mobility in order to get outside and fully enjoy the great outdoors, simply sitting in the garden and soaking up some Vitamin D can be equally as important. Research has shown that Vitamin D produced from sunlight can improve cognitive function. However, it is also very important to protect yourself from prolonged sun exposure, as it can cause harm to the skin, dehydration, and exhaustion. If you do plan to take advantage of the warmer weather and sunshine, take precautions: wear sunscreen and a hat, drink plenty of water, and take time to rest and cool down.

Some exciting FREE activities planned in Nashville for spring are:

  • Edgehill Rocks – April 2nd (10am-6pm):
    This exciting outdoor music, art, and food celebration takes place throughout Edgehill Village on Villa Place.
  • Art Goes Alternative April 3rd (11am-6pm):
    For art lovers, this pop-up art exhibit will take place at The Rosewall. The pet-friendly event will feature live music and artwork from over 30 artists.
  • Nashville Cherry Blossom Festival – April 9th (9am-5pm):
    The 8th annual Cherry Blossom Festival is a Japanese cultural event that should not be missed by nature lovers, and will take place in Public Square Park.
  • Earth Day Festival – April 23rd (11am-6pm):
    The Nashville Earth Day Festival will take place at Centennial Park this year, and will feature educational booths, speakers, and workshops. It will also feature environmentally friendly vendors and live entertainment!
  • Crafty Nashville – May 7th (10am-4pm):
    This arts and crafts fair will be held at Track One and will feature over 70 artisans and crafters, with live music and food trucks!
  • Sevier Park Fest – May 6th & 7th (10am-6pm):
    This is the 4th annual Sevier Park Fest, which will be located in Sevier Park and the 12 South neighborhood. There will be art, food, music, fashion, and more!

Additionally, there are plenty of activities that you can plan and take part in on your own, depending on your hobbies, interests, and mobility. Some of these can be enjoyed outdoors or indoors, in case the heat is too intense to be outside.

Here are just a few examples:Nashville senior housing

  • Work on a garden
  • Go fishing
  • Take walks
  • Visit a local Farmer’s Market
  • Take up bird watching
  • Spring clean, and discard old items
  • Take the grandchildren to a park or baseball game

Don’t forget to take all the precautions necessary to prevent heat stroke and exhaustion, as you make the most of the warmer weather! Wear light clothing, avoid being outside at the peak heat hours, stay hydrated, and listen to your body. If you need to take a break and seek air-conditioning, do so. You can always get back out and enjoy the weather once you feel more energized.

These are just a few tips to enhance your enjoyment of springtime as the weather transitions to the humid summer in the Deep South.

To learn more about Maybelle Carter, call us at (844) 602-2602. 

Written by Kristen Camden

There are many reasons that Nashville, TN is a popular city to visit, and also to live in. Labeled as the Music City, Nashville has always been a popular tourist destination, known for its country music and active night life. 

What makes Nashville so appealing to retiring seniors who want to find new and interesting ways to spend their hard-earned time though? A few options to entertain and help fulfill any retiree’s day are:

  • Enjoy the beautiful 55 acre scenery at the Cheekwood Botanical Garden & Museum of Art
  • Take a trip to the Nashville Zoo at Grassmere and visit with owls, giraffes, kangaroos, and more.  This is a great outing to invite grandchildren along as well!
  • Learn while having fun, at the Adventure Science Center, or the First Center for the Visual Arts
  • Visit the Nashville Public Library to catch up on some reading
  • See the replica of the Athenian Parthenon

Retirement home Nashville TNFor music lovers, there are a multitude of options as well, including:

  • The Grand Ole Opry
  • Ryman Auditorium
  • Opryland
  • Country Music Hall of Fame and Museum
  • Schermerhorn Symphony Center

Every month, there are also many opportunities to stay active and involved, right at Maybelle Carter. This month alone, the Adventure Club plans to “visit” Ireland and The Holy Land; there will be a St. Patrick’s Day Shindig; there will be an evening of music and singing with Kathy Johnson, and also a lunch outing to a local eatery!

According to, many seniors are choosing to retire in Nashville for a multitude of reasons. The region has low taxes, a mild climate, and an abundance of health care services, which is paramount for any senior making a decision on where to retire. In addition to the multitude of entertainment options, many are free, low cost, and even offer senior discounts so be sure to ask about them!

Maybelle Carter’s dedication to its residents’ wellbeing and happiness is the perfect complement to an already amazing city’s vast array of activities and fun.  To learn more about what Maybelle Carter Senior Living and Retirement Community, call (844) 602-2602, or visit our community 208 West Due West Avenue, Madison, TN.

Written by Kristen Camden

Sunday, 31 January 2016 21:59

Making New Friends Easy at Maybelle Carter

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Senior living Nashville TNMaintaining an active social life is an important consideration when looking at a move to a retirement life community like Maybelle Carter. Indeed, friendships are part of the safety net of independent living.

Our Activity Director is dedicated to orchestrating events designed to bring people together for fun and opportunities for fellowship. These gatherings can range from games to wellness programs to entertainers like the Elvis impersonator who performed in January.

Among the activities planned for this month are our virtual Adventure Travel Tour to Paris, our anniversary luncheon, a Mardi Gras celebration, and Super Bowl kick off. Each month there are birthdays to celebrate and fun get-togethers. In March, the Adventure Travel Club will explore Ireland. These festivities are detailed in our monthly calendars and newsletters.

Even with so many fun things scheduled, moving from the solitude of a home to a community of people you don’t know yet can be intimidating for some, thrilling for others. The mind races with questions about being accepted and the quality of life that lies ahead.

Here are a few thoughts that might offer reassurance to those feeling anxiety:

Your introduction to Maybelle Carter includes a Tour

Our Community Consultants are here to listen to any concerns and answer questions. When visiting our building, a senior can have an opportunity to interact with other residents, our staff and the management team, getting a sense of how warm and inviting our community is toward them. That first encounter may be all it takes to meet a new friend who will make living here more special.

Making New Friends, Adopting New Hobbies

At Maybelle Carter, a senior has many opportunities as a springboard for meeting new people. It can be scary to step outside of our comfort zone, but there are so many perks to having a social life, including a higher quality of life, as well as health benefits such as lowered blood pressure, reduced risk of dementia and remaining mentally and physically active. Our staff and other residents want our community to be a place where seniors can enjoy life, feel safe and secure, remain active, and make new friends.

Convince a friend to follow you to Maybelle Carter

Not only will you enjoy spending more time with them, but you can also receive a $1,000 referral fee if they move into our community based on your recommendation. Lucy in our office can further explain this program and is glad to talk with you.

Change isn’t easy, but that doesn’t mean it is bad. Our goal is to make a senior’s transition to retirement living go smoothly so adding new people becomes a big part of life’s exciting next stage.

To learn more about joining our community at Maybelle Carter, visit (844) 602-2602.

Written by Steven Stiefel

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School is letting out for the summer and that’s a great opportunity to spend more time with the grandkids, nieces, nephews, or other special young people in your life. Luckily, there’s no shortage of fun things to do in Nashville with little ones, meaning you can give mom and dad a break and make some special memories. Here are four great outings you can enjoy together:

Berry Picking at Bottom View Farm

Nashville retirement livingJust thirty miles north of Nashville in Portland, Tennessee is Bottom View Farm. They offer a wide range of family-friendly activities. Until May 17th their Spring Spectacular event features inflatable slides and trampoline, as well as pedal tractors, hayrides, a gold mine, live animals, and refreshments. You can call 615-633-2853 for more information. All summer and into autumn Bottom View Farm’s main attraction is in full swing, however, with berry picking. Kids are sure to love getting to learn about where their food comes from and will be proud of showing off what they picked themselves. With strawberries through June, blueberries and blackberries in July, apples in late summer through autumn, there’s many opportunities to enjoy life on the farm.

Explore the World of Science

The Adventure Science Center lives up to its name with almost 200 hands-on exhibits to teach children about biology, physics, the five senses, the atmosphere, space, energy, and earth sciences. In addition to the regular exhibits there are also regular workshops, lectures, and summer camps. The Sudekum Planetarium has shows Tuesday through Friday and almost hourly on weekends showing 6.5 million stars, both as they appear over Nashville (without the light pollution) and even in the time of the Pharaohs!

Share Your Favorite Tunes at the Country Music Hall of Fame

Older kids and teenagers especially might enjoy the treasure trove of artifacts at the Hall of Fame. Through 2016 they have a special show on Dylan, Cash, ad the Nashville Cats, showcasing artists from Nashville who played with these legendary icons. This could be a great way to teach a special young person in your life about the way music has evolved and enduring artists who are popular once more with the next generation. What better way to share some of your unique memories, too, of favorite musicians, dances and concerts you’ve attended, and records you listened to than by getting the conversation started at the Hall of Fame!

Take a Walk on the Wild Side at the Nashville Zoo

Not only are there amazing animals to meet at the zoo, including elephants, giraffes, meerkats, kangaroos, and flamingos, but you can meet certain animals up close and personal through the Animal Encounters that take place at scheduled times on certain days in pre-determined sections of the park. Kids of all ages will love the chance to learn more about nature and animals in other countries, and there’s always something new to see at the zoo. You can also take the wee ones to Zoovie Nights when the Zoo plays movies like “Toy Story” and “Ice Age” on an inflatable screen. If they still have energy to burn, the kids will love the games, inflatables, music, crafts and after-hour access to the carousel that go on as well.

The weather is gorgeous, the kids are ready for summer adventures, and now is the time to explore Nashville together! This is just the tip of the iceberg, however. There’s so much more to do afar these outings get you started!

Written by Meghan O'Dea

Nashville senior livingAs Virgil Kraft once said, “Spring shows what God can do with a drab and dirty world.” Spring cleaning applies just as much to nature’s blossoms and fresh breezes as it does to how you tackle your home after winter. One of the perks of retirement living is that so many of the daily chores are taken care of, and cleaning takes place on the regular. Still, it can feel nice to refresh your life in a few simple ways to stay in tune with the spirit of the season. Here are our five times for senior spring cleaning:

  1. Cut out the clutter! It’s easy to let odds and ends accumulate, from old batteries to schwa like koozies and pens from your bank or events around town. Receipts, paperback books you’ve finished with, old toiletries, back-dated magazines, completed crossword puzzles, the list goes on and on. Take back your space from the clutter. If there’s a junk drawer or basket that’s been filling up, a pile of papers you need to file or recycle, or a medicine cabinet overflowing, now is the time to sort through everything and decide what to keep and what needs to go. You might find along the way that there are several categories of items you could group together in the future to stay organized and keep the clutter at by all year long.
  2. Speaking of your medicine cabinet, you might want to check the expiration dates on your prescription and over the counter pill bottles. Most medications, first aid supplies, toiletries, and makeup items expire eventually, making their ingredients less effective. To ensure everything you take is doing its job, dispose of anything past its expiration date through a drug take-back program nearby. Any Nashville police department accepts expired prescriptions and over the counter drugs, and will ensure they are disposed of properly, without the environmental impact of disposing of them at home.
  3. Refresh yourself! Spring is a great time to try a new hairstyle, pick out some new summer clothes, or simply practice self-care by getting a massage, facial, or body scrub to exfoliate. Men and women alike can benefit from spa treatments, which are not only relaxing but can help with circulation or correct sun damage. Anything you can do to help your body feel its best is a great way to celebrate spring!
  4. Update your paperwork. Whether it’s double checking that your address book is up to date, organizing your email inbox, erasing old voice mail messages, filing away last year’s tax forms, spring cleaning is the perfect time to make sure your affairs are in order and your life is up to date. It’s so crucial during retirement to stay in touch with loved ones— and by keeping your communications in order you’ll have an easier time connecting with those very important people in your life. When you make sure all your paperwork is organized, too, you’ll know those same very important people will have an easier time finding what they need in an emergency.
  5. Organize your activities. Spring is a great time for new seasonal hobbies, whether it’s gardening, taking in a baseball game, fishing, crafting, or picking up an instrument. However you like to spend your time, you might find that you’re hobbies could use reorganization after a winter of mixed up yarns and knitting needles, lost guitar picks, or needing to refresh your potted plants. Whatever you need to do to get set up for your warm-weather activities, now is a great time to buy new supplies, throw out what’s used up or expired, and make sure everything is right where you need it. After all, your golden years are about enjoying yourself, not spending all your time looking for a specific thing you know you misplaced. Make the most out of hobby time and get set up to do it right while you spring clean!
Monday, 29 December 2014 10:43

5 Hobbies in Nashville Retirement Living

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Nashville retirement livingWant to make the most of the next year? We put together an excellent list of suggestions for how you can spend your time, get fit, and take on new projects that will make retirement even more rewarding. Excited? So are we!

Here are five ways to kickstart your year:

1) Coworking spaces aren't only for freelancers or independent contractors. They're also a great place to put your knowledge to work for others. The Skillery in Nashville offers classes and workshops on everything from pie making to indigo dying and beyond. If you have an area of expertise you'd like to share, they're often open to suggestions. If you want to learn something new, you only need to look at the calendar and see what strikes you!

2) Painting is creatively fulfilling and therapeutic— great for maintaining dexterity and keeping your mind sharp. Basic supplies are inexpensive and available at any craft store or art supply shop. If you're in need of inspiration, gather some friends to check out East Nashville's galleries and shops, especially during Tomato Festival time. You'll see some great examples of everything from folk art to fine art that might give you an idea of what you'd like to put on the canvas!

3) Start a new fitness habit like a daily walk or regular group aerobics class. Bike riding is also easy on Nashville's gentle terrain. Whether you choose to workout alone or with a buddy, you'll quickly feel the positive benefits to your balance, strength, and endurance, making it easier to get even more out of life.

4) Try a new board game. They're back in a big way and there are more options than ever beyond the classics like Life, Monopoly, and backgammon. Try something like Settlers of Catan, Othello, Cranium, Apples to Apples.

5) Find a new way to explore the great outdoors. One of the best things about Nashville is its mild climate. That makes it easy to appreciate all sort of natural wonders, from canoeing and fishing to a gentle nature walk or even something more adventurous like trail biking. Beaman Park, Bell's Bend, Bicentennial Capital Mall State Park, Bowie Nature Park, and Cumberland Park are all great options close to downtown and with short, accessible trails.

Thursday, 01 May 2014 10:41

Tennessee Seniors Keep Moving to Stay Fit

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At Maybelle Carter Retirement Life Community, our activity room is typically busy with morning exercise groups, Wii bowling and golf and other programs. Staying in motion has health benefits for people of all ages, including Madison seniors.

Exercise can be fun, especially when done as a group activity.

You can get more benefits by talking with friends while walking rather than sitting. If you are physically able, take stairs instead of elevators or escalators when out and about in Nashville on a shopping trip.

Even a little bit of exercise can help improve the way we feel and how our bodies react to chronic conditions, even if you aren’t lifting anything particularly heavy or walking great distances.

Seniors should check with their physician before beginning any new exercise regimen. Flexibility exercises stretch your muscles and can help your body stay limber, but you don’t want to overdo it. Seniors concerned about balance can sit or use a rail in many cases. Start with a routine that’s comfortable and simple to keep your heart and muscles active.

Beyond the obvious physical benefits, getting some exercise improves mood and contributes to greater happiness. Working out with others provides support and motivation while combating loneliness.

Ask us at Maybelle Carter Retirement Life Community about ways we help keep Nashville seniors healthy and active. 

Monday, 03 March 2014 14:28

Health Care Law Having Impact on Seniors

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The Affordable Care Act may be controversial, but it is resulting in savings and better care for Tennessee seniors.

assisted living NashvilleThe law, which some call Obamacare, gives seniors greater control over their own health care while giving doctors and hospitals incentive to promote more efficient and effective health care services that focus on preventive care and controlling chronic disease.

The intent of the law was to fight fraud, abuse and waste in Medicare spending to extend the life of the program by nine years. Subsidies to insurance companies are reduced while seniors face lowered out-of-pocket costs on prescription drug coverage and no deductibles or copayments on annual preventive health screenings.

In the first 11 months of 2013, 72 percent of Original Medicare Part B enrollees in Tennessee received all free services, while 85,302 participated in annual wellness screenings.

By finding and treating disease earlier, doctors can save more lives and Medicare can save money on expensive hospitalizations that can result in acquired infections.

Aside from the health issues seniors face, the law passed new protections for seniors facing abuse and neglect. Obamacare established a nationwide program for national and state background checks for employees that have direct access to patients in long-term care facilities. The law also provides incentives for good people to seek employment there.

Care providers are also given incentives to meet quality goals and show significant progress in improving patient outcomes. Obamacare may not be perfect, but strategies for improving care will no doubt evolve as results are studied while the program continues.


These are just a few of the ways Tennessee seniors are reaping rewards from the Affordable Care Act. 

Monday, 31 December 2012 14:43

Exercise Is Crucial To Independent Living!

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It has been mistakenly thought that the physical decline associated with aging is inevitable, but it can actually be slowed and health problems reduced simply by being more active. Dr. Vonda Wright was quoted in the New York Times Well Blog explaining that the changes that we have assumed were due to aging and therefore were unstoppable seem actually to be caused by inactivity. And that can be changed. As we age, activity only gets more and more important, not less.

Studies have shown that bones are strengthened and the risk of osteoporosis is reduced when it comes to weight-bearing exercise, from low-impact aerobics to strength training. Exercise can also reduce the risk of falls. This may seem counter to our assumptions that someone who has difficulty walking or has suffered from falls should be more active, rather than sitting safely on the couch. But by practicing balance and increasing muscle strength, one improves the physical skills necessary for getting about, rather than letting them further decline.

Studies have also shown a positive impact on patients with memory challenges who exercise, as opposed to those who do not. Those who remain active or begin exercising often see a slower rate of memory impairment. In fact, it is hard to find a condition associated with old age that regular physical activity does not positively affect. Exercise is the key to staying active and independent, and can be a major deciding factor in when you begin looking at retirement homes, assisted living, or senior services. Even if you are already a member of a life care community, exercise can help you feel more comfortable and get the most out of your experience.

From walking pets to taking the stairs to joining a regular workout group or participating physical therapy session to simply stretching while you watch TV, there are endless ways to get moving more. At Maybelle Carter, we offer endless opportunities for residents to stay active, from Wii Bowling tournaments to space to garden to organized outings and wellness programs. Rather than letting your body limit what you can do, instead take control of the aging process! You will find you have greater physical comfort and more independence than if you stayed settled.

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