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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: 

  1. A better, more positive mood
  2. Lower levels of depression and anxiety
  3. Recovered from illness or disease more quickly

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.

Nashville Alzheimer's careRegardless 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

Friday, 29 August 2014 13:19

Adventures Abound in Nashville Outings

Nashville retirement livingOur campus sits on 7 beautiful acres where we garden, play shuffleboard and horseshoes, walk on the walking track and enjoy grilling out. We have watercolor painting classes, wii bowling tournaments, musical entertainers, and card & board games. Indeed, there's no shortage of ways to enjoy life here among one another.

But Maybelle Carter is located in Madison. This means we are fortunate to be surrounded by the Nashville Metropolitan area, which provides us with many interesting adventures. Maybelle Carter bus outings take us to a variety of places.

"We're 5 minutes from the OpryLand Hotel, Grand Ole Opry House, General Jackson Show Boat and the Opry Mills shopping mall," explained Jennifer Todd of Maybelle Carter. "Just minutes away is Nashville proper, which includes attractions such as the Parthenon, the Country Music Hall of Fame, Ryman Auditorium, the Farmer's Marketing, the Nashville Symphony, Nashville Ballet, Frist Center for the Visual Arts, Cheekwood Botanical Gardens, the Nashville Zoo and Loveless Café."

Our bus outings take us to grocery stores, Wal-Mart, dollar stores, Opry Mills, The Mall at Green Hills and Rivergate Mall, as well as restaurants and Summer Crest Winery. Nashville is also home to Goo Goo Cluster candy and Moon Pies. "East Nashville offers one-of-a-kind shopping and restaurants like The Pharmacy and 5 Points Pizza – our residents dine there occasionally," she said.

Faith is also an important part of most seniors' lives. Our area is home to 75 churches of varied denominations.

"Pro sports are big here as well," she said. "Our teams include the Tennessee Titans (football), Nashville Predators (hockey), and Nashville Sounds (minor league baseball)."

Being in the South, antebellum mansions also provide fascinating destinations for residents to go sight-seeing on outings. "Southern mansions include Andrew Jackson's home, The Hermitage, as well as BelleMeade Plantation, Belmont Mansion and Two Rivers Mansion," Todd said.

Maybelle Carter provides all of the comfort and security of small town community with all of the great adventures offered by our proximity to a major American city.

Thursday, 31 July 2014 15:40

What Do I Do If I Have Alzheimer's?

cxnIf you have difficulty remembering words and names or recalling once familiar places or people, you might need to see your doctor.

It's a scary thought, and diagnosis is best left to medical professionals who conduct a physical examination, review family history and do a blood test to rule out other causes for common symptoms.

Alzheimer's is the sixth leading cause of death in the United States. Those with Alzheimer's live 8-20 years after their symptoms become noticeable to others, depending on age and other health conditions.

If you have it in the early stages, you'll find that memory loss is mild and you will have good days and bad days. One of the most important things you can do if diagnosed with early-stage Alzheimer's is to get legal, financial and care plans in place. Doing so allows you to share your wishes for future decisions, and also allows time to work through the complex issues that are involved in long-term care.

This is also the time to consider future safety topics, such as what to do when driving is no longer an option.
As Alzheimer's worsens, there's a danger of becoming confused and wandering off.

For this reason, you might want to accept the unpleasant reality that you need help.

That help is available at Maybelle Carter Retirement Life Community's Remembrance Village, where caregivers are specially trained to help seniors faced with dementia and Alzheimer's disease.

We have licensed nurses on staff 24/7 and 3 dietitian-approved meals, plus snacks, throughout the day. We help the senior manage their medication and assist with dressing, bathing and grooming. State-of-the-art security protects residents from wandering off, and our newly designed accommodations create a stress-free, comfortable environment with less confusion. Residents can enjoy our private outdoor secured courtyard. Weekly personal laundry and linen services are also included.

For more information about Maybelle Carter Senior Living's Remembrance Village, visit http://maybellecarter.com/nashville-retirement-living-amenities/memory-care-madison-tn or call (615) 868-2290.

The Alzheimer's Association is organizing the 2014 Walk to End Alzheimer's in Nashville on Oct. 11 at the Public Square Park. The event raises money to help advance Alzheimer's support, care and research. To donate and/or participate, visit http://act.alz.org/site/TR/Walk2014/TN-MidSouth?fr_id=5429&pg=entry or volunteer with Andrew Jackson at (615) 315-5880.

Further reading:

Alzheimer's Association: http://www.alz.org/

The Alzheimer's Disease Education and Referral Center: http://www.nia.nih.gov/alzheimers

Alzheimer's Reading Room: http://www.alzheimersreadingroom.com/

The New York Times "New Old Age" Blog: http://newoldage.blogs.nytimes.com/

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Published in Memory Care

We should not lose our sense of playfulness.Looking for a fun, free way to feel better? Then laugh!

Sounds simple, right?

A variety of studies suggest there are health benefits to adopting a sense of humor and working on improving our daily mood. If nothing else, it makes us more attractive to other people, which leads to bonding with others.

Laughter causes our blood vessels to function more efficiently, increasing blood flow and fighting the build-up of cholesterol plaque in arteries that leads to heart attacks. 

Other research suggests watching a comedy on TV or at the movies can reduce blood sugar levels for those with diabetes and decrease the intensity of pain as muscles relax tension following a good belly laugh.

Most people do not laugh enough, but just 15 minutes a day can produce positive results. This can be generated by seeking out fun people and sharing jokes or funny stories, perhaps hosting a game night or making time for bowling or miniature golf.

Sometimes it's as easy as asking someone what's the funniest thing that's ever happened to them. Keep framed photos or a scrapbook of good memories handy. Looking at snapshots can trigger laughs, just like watching a funny TV show or movie.

Worrying over things that probably won't happen causes stress, but laughter lightens our load and gives us perspective that's blinded when we feel as if the weight of the world is on our shoulders. Finding humor relaxes our muscles, allowing better sleep so the body can heal and recharge.

While laughing alone may not cure disease, it does seem to be strong medicine for the mind and body.

At Maybelle Carter, we work to create an environment where residents can make new friends and participate in fun activities that add joy and friendship to everyday life.

 

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Nashville assisted livingDid you know that the more doctors you have managing your care, the more you can find yourself at risk? Multiple prescriptions can mean a larger possibility for drug errors, including drug-to-drug interactions; under- or over-utilization of a drug; duplication of therapies; and incorrect dosages.
You are your own best advocate when it comes to your health care. Communicating clearly and effectively about your medical history with your doctors is imperative. Your ongoing health depends on it.
There are some easy ways to make sure you have made the most of your time with your physician and leave your visit knowing that you have asked all of the right questions and are aware of next steps regarding your follow up treatment.
Keeping your health information all together, perhaps in a notebook or binder, to bring to your next doctor's visit is a must. All doctors' names, phone numbers, copies of insurance cards, a list of current medications, etc. should be included.
Ask someone to come with you at your next appointment. A friend or relative can ensure that you know when your appointments are and keep notes regarding doctor's instructions. They can also help you keep your medications in order.
Be sure to ask your doctor whether any of the medications that they have prescribed will interact in any way with medications that you've previously been prescribed.
Lastly, if have questions about anything you discussed during your appointment, don't be afraid to ask if your doctor will explain it to you again.

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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. 

Published in Active Senior Living
Tuesday, 01 April 2014 12:26

Nashville Seniors Guard Against Scams

You don’t have to be particularly gullible to become the victim of a scam artist these days. Indeed, people of all ages in Tennessee suffer financial losses due to identity theft and exploitation – sometimes being abused by their own adult children or other family members.

Nashville retirement livingWith this in mind, we thought it prudent to equip seniors with some knowledge about some of the more common scams perpetrated against them as a group with retirement savings in the bank and/or eligibility for Medicare.

The National Council on Aging (NCOA) identified the top 10 scams against seniors:

  • Health Care/Medicare/Health Insurance Fraud
  • Counterfeit Prescription Drugs
  • Funeral & Cemetery Scams
  • Fraudulent Anti-Aging Products
  • Telemarketing
  • Internet Fraud
  • Investment Schemes
  • Homeowner/Reverse Mortgage Scams
  • Sweepstakes & Lottery Scams
  • The Grandparent Scam

These scams exploit a senior’s good heart, redirecting money that is intended for a good cause to a criminal’s own bank account.

For example, after natural disasters, scam artists typically set up fake charities to funnel funds their way. Some are even so low as to impersonate trusted organizations or the senior’s own family members to get access to personal information that is used to verify identity. Once the bad guys have a few bits of info like social security number, date of birth, etc., they can open a line of credit or empty a bank account.

Others will sell fake products like bogus prescription medicines that do not work and may actually endanger the senior’s health.

Seniors need to be skeptical of anything that sounds too good to be true or is too complicated to understand when making financial decisions or allowing access to their personal information.

With an awareness of the often sophisticated ploys used to separate Nashville seniors from their money, they can begin to protect their precious information and avoid being duped. 

Nashville assisted livingBankrate.com recently rated Tennessee as one of the best states in the country to retire to. “Nashville is shaping up to be the country’s newest boomtown,” Megan Durisin wrote for Business Insider, and she points out that Bankrate “found Tennessee’s cost of living to be the second lowest in the country, just behind Oklahoma.” That makes it easier to stretch your retirement dollars, and avoid outliving your savings.

In addition to a low cost of living and Nashville’s ever-increasing wealth of cultural opportunities, hip eateries, and fun shops, Tennessee also has some serious tax breaks that make it even more affordable. As Durisin explains, “Tennessee carries the third-lowest tax burden out of all 50 states and Washington D.C.”

There is no income tax except a 6% tax on interest & dividends. For many years the state has offered tax-free inheritance transfers to a spouse, however in 2012 Tennessee decided to do even more and determined that the inheritance tax would be phased out by 2016. The admittedly high sales tax burden is eased with an exemption on prescription drugs and a 2% tax decrease on food and food ingredients.

 

All of this adds up to a low cost of living made even lower for anyone over 65 in one of the most happening and exciting cities in the state. Anyone considering a fun and affordable retirement should seriously consider Nashville, Tennessee for its rare combination of growth and financial ease. Especially when you consolidate your expenses and simplify your life by moving to a retirement community, you just might be pleasantly surprised by everything retirement can be. 

One of the most important decisions you can make for yourself is whether or not you are ready for senior care. However, that also makes it one of the most empowering—deciding how you are going to spend your money, plan for your future, and ensure your needs are met, all while enjoying this time in your life. There are many reason to choose the retirement home lifestyle. It’s not always easy to see which might be true for you, but when you recognize that you’re ready, it can be a very exciting change.

One sign you might be ready for senior housing is if you are asking yourself if you’re ready. That suggests you’ve picked up on some signs that you need a little extra assistance day to day. Perhaps you’ve been forgetting to pay the utilities bill or take your pills in the morning. Maybe you’ve had a fall that left you nervous about trying to get around by yourself. Perhaps your spouse has passed away, leaving you feeling lonely and struggling to run things as they were before. You might not notice these things individually at first, but if over time they add up in the back of your mind, you might find yourself questioning whether a retirement home is the solution.

You can also talk to your doctor, who might know from experience how other patients with similar conditions or medical history approached the question of moving to senior housing. He or she might be able to offer some advice about how retirement home living could positively impact life with oxygen, for example. If you were, say, on blood thinners and needed to avoid Vitamin K, your doctor might be able to advise you on how regular prepared meals in a dining hall could help you eat right. If you’re considering moving to assisted living after a prolonged hospital stay, your doctors might also be able to recommend what level of care you’ll need when you are discharged.

Another person you can talk to about whether or not you’re ready is your financial planner or accountant. You may have had conversations with them before retirement to determine when you could comfortable stop working and how to manage your money over time. Now is a great time to check back in, see where you are at financially, and how moving to a senior living facility would change your plan. Especially as the economy recovers, your investments may be doing better than planned or your home may have gone up in value. Moving to a retirement home can simplify some of your expenses, too. Like your doctor, your financial adviser may have some insight into what other clients have done in similar positions to yours, as well as their reasons.

Last but not least, of course, talk to friends and family if possible. Friends your age may be asking themselves the same questions and may be able to provide insight from another perspective. Family may have some ideas about what would be best, whether it means moving closer to them or how a big change would affect their work and daily lives. If they are currently caring for you, there may be significant logistics and emotions to consider. Though this may not be possible or comfortable for everyone, those closest to you may offer some of the best perspective on when it’s time to start a new phase of retirement.

Thursday, 28 March 2013 14:36

Life as a Caregiver

Caring for someone you love isn’t always as easy as Johnny Cash and June Carter made it seem. It’s not easy to see a loved one’s health failing or to watch as the struggle to accomplish tasks that were once easy.  It can be just as difficult logistically as emotionally as well, when you consider that many people who find themselves in the caregiver position are also juggling careers, marriages, and even their own children. That’s why it’s so important to find ways to streamline and simplify caregiving. Like learning the guitar, the chords might be tough at first but with a few tips you’ll soon have the melody down:

Just like anything else, caregiving will be easier if you learn as much about it as possible. Talk to your loved one’s physicians and therapists, and do as much research on their conditions and needs as possible. Seek out others in the caregiving community, whether professionals or fellow family members with aging loved ones. Make others’ experience part of your experience. Like the old saying goes, knowledge is power. It will help you make informed decisions and to full discuss options with your loved one to find the best possible solutions for their needs.

Balance the emotional experience of caregiving with objectivity whenever possible. Use all that research and learning as a counterweight to the highs and lows you will go through in your new role. For example, it’s not always easy to admit that perhaps professional care or a retirement community would be the best solution if you have your heart set on at-home care. Many caregivers are afraid they will seem dismissive or unloving if they choose a retirement community or assisted living over at-home care, though it may be a better solution in practice. Others are unsure how to weight financial factors over quality of care. Use your head and your heart together to make the best choices.

Take care of yourself! Often being a great caretaker is just as much about self-care as caregiving. Make sure you get enough sleep, eat right, and save time to exercise. Carve out some time for your hobbies, and don’t feel like you can’t take a trip or even a weekend staycation. Even if it means finding a temporary professional to step in for you, it’s important for you to maintain your ability to give without over extending yourself. Especially when you also have the demands of a career, your children, and a marriage to nurture, it’s important to put in a little work to keep your whole life in balance. It will be better for everyone involved in the long run.

Simply by approaching caregiving thoughtfully and compassionately you can make it a simpler, more rewarding experience with greater benefits for you and your loved one. Pretty soon you’ll be singing a happy tune as you balance caregiving with the other areas of your life.

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