Autumn’s Promise – Older Adult Month – May 2017

Older Americans Month Shines Light on Aging Today

2017 “Aging Out Loud” theme recognizes what getting older looks like today

Getting older isn’t what it used to be. Many of today’s seniors are more active, health conscious and eager to grandfather and granddaughter playing cardstry new things. And while the face of aging is changing, it’s still important to honor their accomplishments and involvement in our lives.

Every May, the country celebrates seniors by declaring it Older Americans Month. We recognize those that have spent their lives contributing to their families and to the community.

The Administration on Aging announced this year’s theme is “Age Out Loud,” which is designed to give aging a new voice and pay tribute to what getting older looks like today. Now, more than ever before, seniors are striving for wellness, advocating for themselves and remaining involved in the activities that bring them joy.

In addition to supporting loved ones in their quest for happiness and improved quality of life, you can also spend time with seniors to strengthen your relationship. A few ideas include:

  • Telling stories. Seniors have had countless experiences. Take time to listen to some of their fondest memories. Ask about their childhood, a best friend, a first love. Reminisce about time spent together. Share some of your favorite experiences and compare how times have changed.
  • Teaching skills. You may be technically savvy, while they struggle to search the web. Patiently teach an older adult how to navigate our quickly-changing world. Then, take time to learn something from them. Maybe she can show you how to knit. Or, he can demonstrate how to play a new card game.
  • Developing a shared hobby. While it’s fun to hear about the past or demonstrate your talents, it’s also exciting to try something new together. Search out a hobby you’re both interested in. Perhaps you could learn to dance or cook a gourmet meal. Looking for a less active hobby? Read the same book and report back what you each thought of it.

Whatever activity you try, what matters most is the time spent together.

Autumn’s Promise, one of the leading assisted living communities in Green Bay, offers residents all the comforts of home and always welcome family and friends to visit loved ones. We provide a wide variety of activities to help residents enjoy life to the fullest and our professional, compassionate staff provides the specialized care they need. Visit our website to learn more and call 920-465-1181 to schedule a free tour.

Autumn’s Promise – CBRF Community – April 2017

Social interaction contributes to a healthier, happier life.

Living and being surrounded by others is linked to better health and long-term happiness.

When you think about what makes you happy, spending time with a spouse, child or dear friend likely comes to mind. Social interaction contributes to our health and happiness, especially as we grow older.

For seniors struggling to meet their care needs at home, research reveals assisted living is better than living alone. Assisted living facilities offer residents the opportunity to socialize throughout the day, which has a direct impact on their physical and mental well-being. Interacting with others also improves mood and one’s outlook on life.

Here are a few ways assisting living facilities can influence the health and quality of life of your loved one:

  • Comfort and peace of mind. By moving to an assisted living facility, the isolation once felt living alone at home is replaced by the companionship found being surrounded by a community of seniors. There is also comfort knowing individual care needs can be met by the facility’s highly-qualified staff.
  • Planned or spur-of-the-moment social activities. If mobility is an issue, seniors still living at home are alone all day. Assisted living facilities offer a variety of planned social activities every day. Want to play cards? Chances are there is someone right outside the door willing to challenge you to a game or two.
  • Fitness opportunities. People of all ages struggle to get to the gym or make it to a fitness class. Many assisted living facilities offer gym equipment and exercise classes to keep residents moving—and moving with others is more fun!
  • Community dining. No one enjoys eating alone. At a Community Based Residential Facility (CBRF), food is served in common areas so it’s guaranteed someone will be eager to share a meal with you.

Autumn’s Promise, one of the top CBRFs in Green Bay, offers a wide range of activities and social opportunities to help residents live life to the fullest. Residents receive personalized care and enjoy all the comforts of home. Visit our website to learn more and call 920-465-1181 to schedule a free tour.

Autumn’s Promise – Hobbies – March 2017

Hobbies help to live life to the fullest.

Finding and developing hobbies allow seniors to continue living their best life.

As we age, we often find ourselves with more time on our hands. Make the most of your free time by picking up a hobby or two.

There are an endless number of hobbies to choose from. Not only do they fill your days, but they also keep your brain engaged and give you a sense of accomplishment.

Live your best life. Try one or more of these hobby suggestions:woman listening to music with headphones


Play music.
Playing an instrument—the piano, flute or other instrument—is not only a great hobby to keep your mind sharp, it also improves hand-eye coordination. For many, music requires practice but effort is well worth it.

Get crafty. Painting, scrapbooking, knitting and sewing are a few crafty hobbies that allow you to create something while keeping your mind alert. There is great satisfaction in crafting, whether done alone or socially with friends or family. All forms of art stimulate the brain and improve quality of life.

Exercise. Exercise has physical and mental benefits as we age. It helps to strengthen bones, improve balance and maintain independence. Choose to walk, swim or sign up for a yoga class.

Garden. Gardening has many health and therapeutic benefits—reducing stress, increasing mobility and serving as a form of exercise. The hobby is also beneficial because it gets seniors outdoors as they tend to the fruits, vegetables and flowers in the garden.


Put on your dancing shoes.
For many, dancing is not only fun, it’s a chance to socialize with fellow seniors
while getting exercise. Classes are available at many gyms. Grab a partner or embrace the opportunity to meet someone new.

Play cards or pick out a game. Pick a hobby that is mentally stimulating. Cards and games keep the mind sharp and can be one player or multiple. Try solitaire, bridge, cribbage or Scrabble. Call up a group of friends or head to an area community center and join a game.

Learn something new. You’re never too old to try something new. Community centers, health facilities, area gardens and more offer countless programs on everything from cooking and gardening techniques to learning French.

Hobbies and strong social connections contribute to living longer and prevent feelings of loneliness. Find a new passion and live your best life now.

Autumn’s Promise, one of the best assisted living communities in Green Bay, offers a wide range of activities and social opportunities to help residents live life to the fullest. We also offer all the comforts of home while providing the level of care residents need. Visit our website to learn more and call 920-465-1181 to schedule a free tour.

Autumn’s Promise – Senior Love – February 2017

Ageless love

Keeping love and romance alive as we age requires a little effort and creativity

February is the month of love. For centuries, couples have celebrated Valentine’s Day, giving gifts and expressing their devotion to loved ones. Love knows no age limits—it’s just as important to show your affection as you age.
Whether you’re in a long-term marriage or just starting to date, senior love is worth celebrating. Here are a few tips to keep you love and romance alive.

  1. Show your love. Kiss your partner. Hug them. It’s natural to be affectionate when you first fall in love, but over time many couples stop expressing their feelings through touch. Hugs, kisses, cuddling or a gentle hand squeeze is a simple, yet meaningful, demontration of how much someone means to you.
  2. Spend time together. Find common interests and cherish the time spent doing something together. Play cards or pull out a favorite board game. When the weather warms up, spend time in the garden together. Or, try something new. Maybe you’ve always wanted to take dance lessons or paint. Get creative and search out activities you’d both enjoy.
  3. Express your feelings. Remind your partner how much you love them—don’t assume they know how you feel. Write a sweet note. Never leave without a kiss goodbye. Say “I love you” every day.
  4. Laugh together. They say laughter is the best medicine—laughter allows you to connect with your loved one and keeps the playfulness in your relationship. Recall amusing memories from your younger days. Watch a funny movie and share a chuckle together.

Couples need to work at their relationship for it to stand the test of time. While keeping love strong requires effort, the investment pays off in a lifetime of happiness.

Autumn’s Promise, one of the leading assisted living communities in Green Bay, offers residents a wide variety of activities to help them enjoy life to the fullest, while our professional, compassionate staff provides them with the specialized care they need. Visit our website to learn more and call 920-465-1181 to schedule a free tour.

Autumn’s Promise – Assisted Living Facilities – January 2017

Assisted living facilities provide residents independence as well as personalized care, although services and amenities vary.


Assisted living facilities provide residents long-term care, offering housing, support services and health care, as needed. These communities are known for offering resident-centered care that meets an individual’s daily living needs.

 

Typical services include:

  • Assistance with everyday activities, including eating, bathing, dressing and toileting
  • Medication management
  • Housekeeping and laundry services
  • Access to health and medical services
  • Transportation
  • Social and recreational activities to enhance quality of life
  • 24-hour security

While most assisted living facilities promote independence and offer personalized care, no two assisted living facilities are alike.

Some assisted living communities have a registered nurse (RN) on staff to provide residents a more advanced level care. Others have staff with limited nursing training.

In some cases, an assisted living facility can accommodate a resident’s changing needs. Rather than requiring a senior to move to a new home when his or her care demands increase, the staff can adjust their support services so residents can age in place.

Alzheimer’s and memory care is often critical for seniors as they age. Assisted living facilities that specialize in Alzheimer’s and memory care—especially those that have designated areas within the community to meet the residents’ needs—provides peace of mind for families.

Concerned you won’t have enough space? Search for an assisted living community with suites—a separate kitchen area and/or a room in addition to a bedroom.

Or, can’t imagine saying goodbye to a beloved when moving into an assisted living facility? Some communities allow seniors to bring along a pet.

When evaluating senior living options, consider the services provided, level of care required and the type of environment that best fits your needs.

Autumn’s Promise is one of Green Bay’s finest assisted living communities. We offer residents all the comforts of home and our professional, compassionate staff can deliver the specialized care they need. Visit our website to learn more and call 920-465-1181 to schedule a free tour.

Autumn’s Promise – New Equipment – May 2016

New equipment enhances resident lifestyle and promotes independence.

 

Autumn’s Promise, a top assisted living facility in Green Bay, invests in a computer system able to adapt to each resident’s unique needs and interests!

in2l_computerAutumn’s Promise recently purchased It’s Never 2 Late (iN2L), a computer system that offers seniors the opportunity to interact with activities adapted to their abilities and needs. The system promotes dignity through cutting-edge technology. Autumn’s Promise residents are able to work on occupational, physical and speech enhancement, improving balance, memory, coordination, strength and more. The software is easy-to-use, with a picture-based interface.

In a world where technology plays a role in nearly every aspect of daily life, Autumn’s Promise believes it is important to keep residents connected—to offer a tool for seniors to communicate and socialize with family and friends. Our seniors are able to use this system to stay in touch with others through video chat and user-friendly email. Socialization is especially important as we age, so this is another opportunity to engage our residents as they benefit from the system’s many programs and activities.

 

Benefits to the residents include:

  • Activities customized for each resident
  • Improves socialization
  • Enhances independence
  • Stimulates cognitive function
  • Provides safe and easy Internet access
  • Increases range of motion
  • And much more!

As we age, it’s common to want to remain as independent as possible. While health conditions may demand the need for assisted living care, it doesn’t mean seniors can’t continue living a rewarding life with dignity and respect. At Autumn’s Promise, we offer the personalized care our residents need while making sure they have every opportunity to enjoy life to the fullest.

Meeting seniors’ wishes, including the desire to remain independent, are our top priority. The new computer equipment is one of the many wonderful amenities available at Autumn’s Promise. Learn more! Call us today at 920-465-1181 to schedule a free tour. You can also visit the It’s Never 2 Late website here: iN2L

Seniors and Easter Blog, March 2016

This Easter season, celebrate traditions and new life with seniors

CIMG1380As one of the leading assisted living facilities in Green Bay, Autumn’s Promise ensures residents have every opportunity to enjoy life to the fullest

Regardless of religious beliefs, the Easter season is a great time to embrace the new life and rebirth that comes this time of year. It’s also the perfect opportunity to reconnect with family and friends and to observe Easter traditions. At Autumn’s Promise, we know how important it is for our residents to continue living the life they loved before requiring professional care, so we do everything possible to assist.

Autumn’s Promise always has a variety of on-site activities planned, from games and dance lessons to painting classes. Spring and Easter-themed crafts are always a hit with residents.

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As you prepare to celebrate Easter, there are many ways to incorporate a senior loved one in the festivities, including:

  • Color or decorate eggs. Seniors can participate in Easter egg decorating by coloring designs on hardboiled eggs or adding stickers to plastic eggs.
  • Make crafts or bake. Online resources like Pinterest are bursting with ideas on easy spring-inspired projects to make. Pick up the supplies and spend time crafting together. Or, celebrate the season by baking and decorating Easter cookies.
  • Pick up or plant flowers. Buy an Easter lily for a senior to put on display or plant flowers together to mark the beginning of spring.
  • Host a gathering. Keep with traditions and host a holiday brunch. Surprise your loved one with his or her favorite dish.
  • Listen to stories of the past. Invite an aging adult to reminisce about past Easters and welcome the new season together.

With Easter comes the promise of warmer temperatures. After months inside, seniors are just as anxious to get outdoors. Autumn’s Promise is set in a tranquil neighborhood, so as the weather warms residents are welcome to take a walk outside or to enjoy the lovely view from the patio.

Come check out our beautiful surroundings and meet our Autumn’s Promise team who are committed to quality care and to make sure every resident feels at home. Call us today at 920-465-1181 to schedule a schedule a free tour.

Memory books celebrate life and preserve the past

Autumn’s Promise, one of Green Bay’s top assisted living facilities, helps residents create books to record memories and leave a legacy

Memory books are an excellent way for seniors to document their memories and for families to get a window into their loved one’s lifetime of experiences.

Memory books are typically constructed in nice, quality notebooks. The books are filled with written recollections and printed photographs, from early childhood to the present day. Many people like to include memories of historic events, traditions and favorite hobbies as well as perspectives on life.

At Autumn’s Promise, we work with residents on special books called Memories for My Grandchild. This 90-page book allows residents to showcase their family tree, memories from their childhood and teenage years and much more. We find when residents recall their life stories, communication improves and they become engaged. As an assisted living facility, we’re able to honor a resident’s life and provide a positive diversion.

To get started, collect background information—name, date and place of birth, schools attended, wedding date and birth dates of children. Then, begin asking questions. These could include:

  • What was your favorite childhood memory?
  • What do you remember most about your hometown?
  • Did you enjoy school?
  • What was your first job?
  • When and where did you meet your spouse?
  • Do you remember buying your first home?
  • How did you feel when you held your first child? Grandchild?
  • What was the most significant historical event in your lifetime?
  • What do you see as your best qualities?
  • What has been your greatest accomplishment?
  • Describe any special family traditions.
  • What advice do you have for future generations?

Jot down the responses in the first person point of view. Take time and care in creating the memory book, after all, the contents come from decades of experiences.

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The finished memory books are sure to be a cherished keepsake for residents and their families.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Autumn’s Promise, a luxurious assisted living facilities in Northeast Wisconsin, provides residents with every opportunity to enjoy life to the fullest. The staff offers the support and assistance each resident needs while allowing them to remain as independent as possible. Call Autumn’s Promise today at 920-465-1181 to find out more or to schedule a free tour.

 

 

Spread holiday cheer: Celebrate with seniors

At Autumn’s Promise, one of the top assisted living facilities in Green Bay, we host a variety of festivities to get residents in the holiday spirit

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The holidays are a magical time—loved ones gather to celebrate the season and reminisce of years past. But, for some seniors, the holidays bring a feeling of isolation and loneliness. Christmas often stirs up memories of friends or cozy fireplace with holiday decorations in assisted livingfamily lost. It’s also more difficult for them to attend or host parties as they had years ago. At Autumn’s Promise, we bring the holiday fun to our residents with socials, carolers, crafts, movies and more.

In December, Autumn’s Promise likes to hold holiday-themed happy hours with specialty drinks, including RumChata hot chocolate, as well as offer hot chocolate and apple cider socials. Music helps get residents in a seasonal mood so carolers will stop by to sing Christmas favorites. Crafts keep hands busy and offer a perfect opportunity for residents to share cherished memories.

 

Christmas wreath and piano music for seniorsAs you plan out your holidays this year, there are plenty of ways for you to include and inspire elders, including:

  • Decorate their home or room. Pull out treasured ornaments and set up a small tree—watch as their eyes light up.
  • Bring baked goods to savor and share. Baking can be difficult for seniors, so deliver traditional Christmas treats for them to enjoy or share with friends and visitors.
  • Create a CD of holiday music. Ask your loved one his or her favorite tunes and put together a custom CD.
  • Spend time together. Sometimes all seniors are looking for this time of year is companionship. Listen to their stories. Include them in your festivities—attending a children’s holiday program, driving around to admire Christmas lights or eating Christmas Eve dinner.
  • Bring out photos. Look at old photos and walk down memory lane with them. Display favorites for seniors to admire when they are alone.

We understand there are times when you can’t be with an aging loved one but you want to be sure they are happy. Autumn’s Promise not only meets residents’ care needs, but also offers a fun-loving, comfortable environment to help them catch the holiday spirit. Call us today at 920-465-1181 to find out more or to schedule a free tour.

Improve memory function and find inspiration with music

At Autumn’s Promise, a family-owned and operated assisted living facility in Green Bay, we believe playing music provides many benefits to residents

woman listening to music with headphonesMusic is powerful—it has the ability to take the listener back in time and stir up memories and feelings of the past. At Autumn’s Promise, we play music to stimulate the brain and help improve memory, as well as to provide comfort to our residents.

Our seniors enjoy the many benefits of listening to music while participating in various activities. Music encourages movement—from dancing or walking to toe tapping. And, the part of the brain that processes what’s being heard also controls motor function. By playing music while exercising, the muscles and brain are both getting a workout.

Music also stirs up deep feelings. Our team of caregivers utilize music to make memories come alive. Songs are stored in the part of the brain that is last to be touched by Alzheimer’s, so even residents far on their journey with dementia can recall a melody. We find seniors like to remember experiences from their youth so we select popular performers from their generation and play music from when residents were in their teens, 20s and 30s.

Finally, we turn music on for residents when they feel anxious or agitated. We know the sounds and rhythm of music are calming, especially as seniors approach the end of life.

The staff at Autumn’s Promise work around the clock to help residents live a meaningful, fulfilling life. We are happy to help evoke positive memories and touch the hearts of our residents through thoughtful music selection.

Autumn’s Promise, one of the top assisted living facilities in Northeast Wisconsin, provides the comforts of home with the level of care residents need. The staff is known for having compassion for people and a love of fun. Call Autumn’s Promise today at 920-465-1181 to find out more or to schedule a free tour.