The holidays have come and gone for the year. Even the New Year is not so new anymore. It's begun to pick up a bit of the dirt and dust that comes with living life, and much of the shine of celebration may have waned. That's true for seniors in an assisted living community as it is for people of all ages around the nation (and even the globe).You might have heard of the holiday blues. It's not uncommon for people to experience stress or depression during the holiday season. Anxiety about gifting or getting together with others, or loneliness if you don't feel really connected to anyone at that time of year, can lead to feeling sad.
Did you ever dream about learning or doing something, but simply run out of time every week due to the hectic pace life can take? Retirement can be an ideal time to spend effort on some of the things you always wanted to learn or hone secret talents for your own enjoyment. And despite what you might believe, it's never too late to enjoy bettering yourself, and engaging in this type of activity can actually keep you mobile or help protect your cognitive health.Here are just a few talents you're never too late to train for and can start enjoying right from your assisted living apartment at Bethesda Gardens in Frisco or in the community.
Ending a relationship is rarely an easy task, especially if it is a family member or someone you've known for a long time. While God sends people into your life to help build you up and encourage you, some people enter your life as a lesson. Amos 3:3 states, "Can two walk together, except they be agreed?"If you know someone who constantly fills your life with stress or leaves you feeling guilty and unhappy each time you speak to them, it may be time to cut ties. November 17th is National Unfriend Day, which is the perfect time to celebrate healthy relationships and let go of ones that seek to cause you emotional pain.
Unlike an autobiography that often spans the entirety of a person's life, a memoir is a snapshot focused on one part. It can be about a certain theme, such as when you learned to forgive an abusive loved one, or about a specific time period when you took a trip or made a life-changing decision.Because a memoir lets you target one topic, it can simplify the process of writing your life's story and make it easier to not become overwhelmed in an attempt to tell everything at once.A collection of memoirs allows you to bundle stories together like photographs in a scrapbook, creating one piece at a time until you have a whole.
Two are better than one, because they have a good return for their labor: If either of them falls down, one can help the other up. Ecclesiastes 4: 9-10Loneliness is the sensation that we have lost connection with others. We can experience it when we are by ourselves and when we are in a group. There are many things that can cause us to pull back in our relationships or feel this way, including chronic fatigue and pain, a sudden medical diagnosis, financial stress or the loss of a friend or family member.
Learning new skills and studying a new hobby or interest helps keep the mind active and potentially keep Alzheimer's and other memory issues at bay. Whether you want to learn how to speak a new language or learn how to code a website, you're never too old. Consider some of the reasons it's possible to learn new skills when you're older, right from the comfort of your assisted living apartment.
According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, staying socially active throughout your life can have significant benefits. As a senior, when you stay socially active, you tend to remain physically active, which can keep you healthy and reduce the likelihood of a variety of illnesses. Staying socially active can also make you feel like your life has more meaning, which can reduce the chances of anxiety and depression as you age. Consider the following ways you can stay socially active while living in an assisted living community.
Getting older is inevitable but getting less healthy at the same time doesn't have to be. There's a general misconception that once people reach a certain age, they start losing their mental faculties, becoming less active and generally less healthy. But that's simply not true anymore, especially since better health care options are more widely available and more information is known about nutrition. Find out about these four senior health myths and exactly what makes them lore instead of fact.
We are blessed to have many veterans among our residents here at Bethesda Gardens Frisco. As Americans prepare to honor the lives of the amazing men and women who have fallen in service to our country, we ask our residents and their loved ones to join us in prayer for the families, friends and comrades they left behind.The Bible promises we are never alone, even in our attempts to pray. When we struggle to find the words to convey our hearts, the Spirit steps in and carries our burdens for us:
The act of serving others is the heart of Bethesda Gardens' mission. It gives us the chance to follow in our Lord's footsteps and share with others the love that God first showed us.Believers who worry they aren't able to serve adequately due to age or health can find encouragement in 1 Peter 4:10-11, which assures us that God gives us the strength and abilities we need to help others.Each of you should use whatever gift you have received to serve others, as faithful stewards of God's grace in its various forms. If anyone speaks, they should do so as one who speaks the very words of God. If anyone serves, they should do so with the strength God provides, so that in all things God may be praised through Jesus Christ. To him be the glory and the power for ever and ever.