Pastor Harry Emerson Fosdick once said, “Don’t simply retire from something; have something to retire to.”It’s sound advice—all too often, we can lose our sense of purpose when we leave jobs behind and families grow up. We spend so much time looking forward to retirement we forget what exactly what we want to fill that time newly found free time with. Fortunately, a city seeing a comeback, like Nashville, is the perfect place to stage your own renaissance. Let the city be your guide for how you can make retirement everything you dreamed it can be, and more.
These Boots Are Made for Walking
Nashville is a wonderful place to stay active. Try a tour like Walk Eat Nashville and not only get some exercise, but try some exciting new foods. Or you can explore Riverfront Park and the surrounding area around the Parthenon. The Nashville government also offers Senior Dance Clubs through community centers and some even perform throughout the city! You can take the grandkids to see the famous dragon sculpture at Fannie Mae Dees Park, or to the shops around Jenni’s Ice Cream in East Nashville. Studies show that as little as 15 minutes of exercise a day can improve cognitive and cardiovascular health, improve balance, and reduce the risk of chronic diseases. By turning exercise into social time, you can greatly multiply the benefits.
Try Something New
Take advantage of being off the 9-5 and schoolyard schedule and do something fun in the middle of the day— after all, your time belongs to you and no one else! Take a break from your routine and do something unexpected. Walking up and down Broadway is a great way to hear some music you might not have heard before, too. The honky-tonks often have live music playing day and night. There’s also so many great up and coming bands that cover popular favorites, such as The WannaBeatles, the Sinatra Tribute Show staring Matt Snow, or ForeverPatsyCline. You could try an unexpected flavor at one of Nashville’s many amazing restaurants, like Wild Cow in East Nashville or brunch at the Frothy Monkey. Studies show that a wide variety of cultural experiences make for lower stress levels and greater feelings of happiness. Who knows, you just might find something you’ve been missing out on this whole time!
Never Stop Learning
If you could study anything just for your own enjoyment, what would it be? You spent years cultivating many useful skills, but it’s never too late to learn knew ones. Perhaps there was a subject you wanted to study in school, but didn’t see a vocational benefit. Or a craft you always felt drawn to, but couldn’t squeeze in the time with a busy life of pay checks, report cards, or soccer games. Now is your time! You can take courses in anything from art, foreign language, literature, or psychology at Nashville’s many higher education institutions. Finish that degree you started or simply sit in and audit a class on a new subject that interests you! It’s easy to take learning into your own hands with video tutorials online, audio books, e-books, or print text on everything from leather working to landscape design to history. You’d be surprised how much learning something new can lead you to new connections, inspirations, and motivations.
Look to Tradition
Nashville might be a modern city, but it’s one with deep Southern roots. You're no different. Even in a new era of your life, you are still deeply connected to your history. Memory is a powerful thing, and you can travel in and out of time, simply by reminiscing about your experiences and sharing those narratives with friends, neighbors, and family. Get in touch with your roots, whether it’s revisiting a favorite food from your childhood, an old fishing spot, or books you loved in school. If you're looking to retire to something, your past can hold major clues as to what that something might be. Look at what was meaningful to you in the past and you might just find what you want to dedicate your time and energy towards in the present and future, much as Nashville has built an exciting new era on the foundation of its heritage. Loved ones might enjoy hearing about your experiences and perspectives, and that might in turn, guide them towards their own passions and values in life.
Above all, Nashville is a city that believes in community. It’s as close knit, as it is country. That sense of community is often just what seniors need to feel the same sense of connectedness they did when they were plugged in to workplaces, schools, neighborhoods, and more. Isolation and boredom can leave you feeling adrift and depressed. Meeting you goals and cultivating a new sense of purpose can be jumpstarted just by spending time with others and defining a new era of life at our senior living community. If you’d like to learn more about how Maybelle Carter Senior Living can be a part of your journey, call today at (844) 602-2602.
Written by: Meghan O'Dea
Did you realize that religious participation can offer higher levels of physical and mental prosperity in seniors, as opposed to non-religious seniors? Medical benefits have been linked to regular religious practices. Participation was correlated with:
Studies report that:
Religious seniors that attend religious services on a weekly basis, were described “very happy” at 45%, as compared to those who never attend at 28%.
Non-religious seniors reported to be “very unhappy” ranked at 4%, as compared to religious seniors at 2%.
Offering the feeling of self and social identity, 67% of seniors said that having religion in their lives offers more social fulfillment.
Out of the majority of seniors studied, statistics revealed that religion is the means of navigating through life’s difficulties, for example, the loss of a spouse or mobility.
The takeaway? These statistics that tie happiness and health to religion holds true. The correlation is clear, but the explanation of “why” for this relationship is less clear.
Regardless of the reason one thing is clear, we welcome all religious practice for the overall health of our community. This may incorporate nearby church organizations, neighborhood Catholic officials administering fellowship to parishioners, and honoring holy days, for example, Hanukkah for our Jewish occupants.
For many people, religion is not just a matter of spirituality but also a means of social connection. Many residents still attend church services or their pastor will make home-bound visits at communities to let seniors know they are still important to a church family, even if they are no longer able to make the service each week because of poor health or mobility issues.
In senior care facilities, meeting the needs of seniors comes with the job. However, at Maybelle Carter, we like to go above and beyond for our senior residents and staff, providing more than assisted or memory care. We can also guarantee the best religious and spiritual care through congregational services, worship, learning, and prayer. Living in senior retirement with neighbors that share the same or a similar religious belief can furthermore excel happiness, growth, and health. That is what we're about at Regency – giving the best opportunities and care to our senior community.
At Maybelle Carter, faith is commonly known as our cornerstone. Being a Christian organization, we urge the practice of religion, regardless of belief or culture. If you’re looking for a senior living community to meet your religious needs, take a visit through our facility and spend the day to get to know our staff and residents. Better yet get the full experience, and join in the fun at one of our activities or events. Call us to schedule your next visit us today. We are happy to welcome you and your family to our Maybelle Carter family!
Written by: Katie Hanley
The holiday season is upon us! Time to break out the Christmas decorations, string lights, eggnog, and cozy winter sweaters. ‘Tis the season to be merry! Christmas is a wonderful opportunity to spend time with family. However, for many seniors, the holidays are often thought of as confusing, stressful, and in some cases saddening, especially in those suffering from seasonal depression or the loss of a loved one. Make this Christmas season special for the entire family by contributing these 5 tips to happier holiday and add more joy for the senior in your life:
1. Take a trip down memory lane. Stories are a great way to engage with seniors, as they have quite a few. As you spend time with your senior loved ones, ask them questions like, what were your family traditions when you were younger? Comparing differences and similarities is a great way to bond over Christmas dinner. Seniors love to share memories of happy times. Likewise, it can be great for the youngsters to hear about what it was like when the seniors were their age.
2. Cherish your time. Always cherish the seniors in your life and make quality time for them, especially during the holidays. At Regency, we encourage families and friends to spend time together. Whether that be a Christmas dinner, a drive out to see the magical winter lights, nativity scenes, or a candlelight church service. Just remember to have fun, chances are they will, too! Just a few minutes of uninterrupted, quality time is a lifetime of appreciation and happiness for seniors.
3. Recognize Depression. Experiencing some degree of depression around the holidays is extremely common in aging seniors. If you believe that the senior in your life might be experiencing seasonal depression this Christmas, we encourage you to make time for them. Don’t ignore the warning signs – let us know how your Regency family can help in any way!
4. Be mindful. For many seniors suffering from memory loss, the holidays can be confusing time. Be mindful that they may not remember certain past events or sometimes even names or how they are related. Use caution to not make them feel anxious or elevate confusion when they are experiencing a memory lapse. If it appears they do not remember, simply share the memory with everyone. Chances are they may not be the only one to have forgotten.
5. Ask them to help out in some small way. Our senior residents love getting the chance to help, even if their contribution is small. Include them so they feel needed by asking for a helpful hand or words of wisdom this holiday season. Give them the task of setting the dinner table, stirring the gravy, or if your senior is in a wheelchair, they can help out by peeling the potatoes. You can also include them in the traditional lighting of the Christmas tree. Gather the family around to watch the illumination kick off the holiday season. While many seniors are unable due to physical limitations, there are still many ways even older folks can help with.
Whatever the season holds for you, Regency Senior Living is honored to celebrate these special times with you and your family.
Written by: Katie Hanley
Not only does intergenerational activity pass along knowledge and wisdom, it can lead to longer, healthier lives. While finding common ground may be a bit of a challenge, it can be rewarding for all ages. Studies have proven this interaction reduces isolation and poverty among seniors while enabling them to serve as mentors for younger adults.
As Margaret Mead states, “Somehow we have to get older people back close to growing children if we are to restore a sense of community, a knowledge of the past, and a sense of the future.”
Here are a few tips for intergenerational activity:
Keep an Open Mind
Seniors and grandchildren alike can learn a lot from each other if both parties keep an open mind and appreciate the unique opportunities and challenges that can accompany the interactions.
Differences in generations can also bring a collision of values. It is important to respect the variances in lifestyle and belief. When individuals come together, inaccurate and negative stereotypes are broken. As organizational development scholar Dr. Morris Massey said, “We don’t have to agree with the values of different generations, but we can strive to understand the mind-sets of different generations and how each group sees the world based on their experiences.”
Find Common Ground
Both seniors and those from Generation X can relate to the impact a downturned economy played on their lives. Baby Boomers were most likely influenced by parents who grew up during the Great Depression. That provides common ground for younger generations who struggled with a double digit inflation and a challenging job market.
Bridging the differences of age and beliefs requires flexibility in actions and thinking. The Charmm’d Foundation offers more tips in staying flexible and communicating with other generations at http://www.charmmdfoundation.org/resource-library/effective-communication/checklist-communicating-different-generations.
Differing generations can become advocates for one another to provide solutions for illiteracy, crime prevention, health and environmental issues. Generations United provides that intergenerational activities allow seniors to remain active and engaged. This interaction results in longer life spans with better mental and physical health while keeping them engaged in their communities.
Research from the organization also stated, “Older adults who regularly volunteer with children burn 20% more calories per week, experience fewer falls, are less reliant on canes and perform better on a memory test than their peers. Older adults with dementia experience more positive effect during interactions with children.”