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Woodworking for Seniors: A Unique Retirement Hobby

Retirement is the perfect time to explore new hobbies and interests. Some seniors golf, some take up knitting, some pursue a dream they had in their younger years. For those who enjoy working with their hands, there are few better or more beneficial hobbies than woodworking for seniors. Brain Building Woodworking, along with other hands-on …

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The Benefits of Taking a Virtual Tour of a Health Center

The best senior living communities adapt to their residents’ needs and those of their loved ones. For that reason, several communities are now offering recorded or  live virtual tours of their health centers and community. For family members and loved ones with increasingly busy lives, there are numerous benefits to a virtual tour. What are …

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What’s the difference between independent living and assisted living?

Older adults move into independent living for reasons that often have nothing to do with health care: Seniors want the option of no longer being responsible for the cooking or cleaning, they no longer want to maintain a home, or they want easier access to wellness and socialization opportunities. Knowing when it’s time for assisted …

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The Benefits of a Life Care Community

With all the various contract options available at senior living communities today, it’s easy to get confused about Life Care. What are the benefits of a Life Care community over a rental community? Does Life Care protect my health and finances both? Do services and amenities come standard? Perhaps the biggest benefit of a Life …

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How to Know When It’s Time for Memory Care

Almost all of us have experienced a normal lapse in memory, especially as we get older: forgetting the name of someone we’ve known a long time, having trouble remembering the right word, or wondering why we came into a room the moment we entered it. But when is this normal – and when is it …

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Advantages of Downsizing to a One-Bedroom Apartment

For more American seniors, downsizing is increasingly becoming a trend among the Baby Boomer and Silent Generation sets. Companies that specialize in downsizing help for seniors are popping up across the country. Google “downsizing for seniors” and you’ll find hundreds of results, tips, tricks – and lots of questions. Questions like, if I’m a senior, …

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Oak Trace Is Proving These Common COVID-19 Senior Living Myths Are Wrong

Senior living myths have proliferated since COVID-19 began to hit the headlines in mid-February of 2020. Among them: Senior living communities aren’t safe places for older adults during the coronavirus; residents have been locked down to prevent the virus’ spread and are unable to leave the community or socialize with others; because of the virus, …

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Helping Hands Pause to Help PAWS

The loud sounds of saws and sanders could be heard outside the wood shop at Oak Trace earlier this year. Inside, resident Richard Haffner was constructing a doghouse that would soon become a site to bring residents and team members together to help local pets in need. Haffner put finishing touches on the large contraption …

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New Initiative Brought Goats to Oak Trace

For five days in August, residents and guests noticed some unusual landscapers at the community. To help control invasive buckthorn shrub that had sprouted around the community, 40 goats provided a natural alternative to chemicals and other unsustainable methods of vegetation management. Buckthorn is known as the invasion weed and is considered so dangerous in disrupting ecosystems, …

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