Is It the Right Time To Move Into A Senior Living Community?

Is It the Right Time To Move Into A Senior Living Community?

February 25, 2019
By Alyse Wagner - American House

Contemplating a move to a senior living community can seem difficult or overwhelming. Despite the benefits and appealing lifestyle of senior living, you or your loved one might still be asking the question, “Am I ready?”

Find Your Happy This Holiday

Find Your Happy This Holiday

November 16, 2017
By Ayana King - American House

‘Tis the season for lots of cheer; but for many seniors, the holidays can be quite lonely. As the autumn décor comes down, making room for big red bows and yards of tinsel, here are a few things you can do to help spark the holiday spirit!

Give thanks: It’s more difficult to complain when you’re actively looking for opportunities to give thanks. Take a trip down memory lane and reminisce on the many blessings, big and small, you’ve experienced over the years.

5 Reasons Older Women ROCK!

5 Reasons Older Women ROCK!

October 19, 2017
By Ayana King - American House

Forget about what the trendiest mags say about aging. Here, five reasons older women ROCK!

1) Experience deems older women “experts”. Fine, we should definitely take the advice of professionals under consideration. But don’t sleep on grandma’s advice! If she’s “been there and done that”, chances are, she won’t steer you wrong.

Make the Most of Your Doctor's Visit

Make the Most of Your Doctor's Visit

September 19, 2017
By Ayana King - American House

Whether seeing a new physician or returning to your family practitioner, maintaining open communication with your doctor is important. Here are a few tips for making the most of your next doctor’s visit.

List your concerns: Write down a checklist of things you want to discuss with your doctor. Don’t leave until you’ve hit every point.

Keeping the Faith

Keeping the Faith

September 08, 2017
By Ayana King - American House

Moving to a new senior community can be stressful. It can be even more challenging for seniors who were active in their local church, but now find themselves unable to attend. One American House community has a unique approach to addressing this issue - engaging new residents and existing residents alike.

Precious Cargo

Precious Cargo

August 29, 2017
By Ayana King - American House

Only weeks after his wife Blanche passed away, and just shy of celebrating their sixtieth wedding anniversary, Jerry Rocheleau, 91, found himself sinking into a depression.

“I didn’t enjoy just sitting at home with the memories,” he said.

Time to Unwind

Time to Unwind

August 14, 2017
By Ayana King - American House

Deep breathing- Stress can cause shallow, rapid breathing, preventing a full supply of oxygen. Breathing at a slower, deeper pace can provide immediate relaxation.

Try this: Stand up and take a full breath through the nose, filling the belly. Then, exhale through the mouth. Repeat for 10-15 reps.

Listen to music- Soothing music can reduce stress while lowering blood pressure and heart rate.

Try this: Put on your favorite tunes and get lost in the music.

Moving to An Apartment? Don't Give Up On Gardening.

Moving to An Apartment? Don't Give Up On Gardening.

July 26, 2017
By Ayana King - American House

If you’ve transitioned from a home with a well-manicured lawn and sprawling garden to an apartment or condo, you may be suffering from a mild case of the green thumb blues. Relax. Downsizing doesn’t mean you have to give up growing your favorite veggies, herbs and flowers. In fact, indoor gardening allows horticulturalists to reap and sow all year round.

Vertical gardens, or “living walls”, are relatively inexpensive and a great alternative to traditional plots.

Serving Those in Need

Serving Those in Need

June 27, 2017
By Ayana King - American House

According to estimates from the National Alliance to End Homelessness, more than 1.5 million people in the U.S are homeless. This number includes nearly 48,000 veterans, many of whom suffer from serious mental illness and other chronic conditions.

Living Life Without Limits

Living Life Without Limits

May 20, 2017
By Ayana King - American House

Jesse Sparkman just celebrated one year of employment at American House Lakeside in Clinton Township, Michigan. An important milestone for anyone in today’s workforce, hitting the one year mark was especially sweet for Jesse and his mother, Karri Haugh-Sparkman.

“I was born with cerebral palsy”, Jessie explained. Doctors didn’t expect Jesse to survive. But at 23 years old, Jesse is living his life without limits and inspiring others to do the same.

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