Autumn’s Promise – Beating the Heat – June 2017

Beat the Heat!

6 Summer Health Tips for Seniors

While we all welcome the warmth of summer after a cold Wisconsin winter, the heat can be hard on seniors. According to the National Institute on Aging, older adults are more at risk for developing heat-related illness because our ability to respond to summer heat becomes less efficient with age.

Stay safe and keep cool with these 6 beat-the-heat tips.

  1. Stay hydrated. Drink plenty of water throughout the day—eight or more 8-ounce glasses arerecommended—to stay hydrated. Avoid caffeinate and alcohol because they’ll quickly cause dehydration.
  2. Dress for the weather. If it’s hot, wear loose-fitting clothing in natural fabrics, like cotton, because it’s more breathable and comfortable. Select clothes in light shades to attract less sunlight.
  3. Apply sunblock. Protect your skin from the sun’s damaging rays by applying sunblock. Remember to reapply every two hours. Stay in the shade whenever possible. A hat and sunglasses are also necessities when spending time outdoors.
  4. Cool off your home or search out air conditioning. If you do not have air conditioning, open windows to let in a breeze or turn on fans to cool your home on hot days. If temperatures inside are still too warm, go somewhere with air conditioning. Spend the day at the library, go see a movie or visit a friend or family member with air conditioning to escape the heat. Senior centers are a cool place to spend the day and often offer plenty of schedule activities.
  5. Stay indoors during extreme heat. Some days it’s just best to stay indoors. In extreme heat, the body must work extra hard to maintain a normal body temperature. It’s easy to become overheated, so avoid the risk of heat stroke or heat exhaustion by staying out of the sun.
  6. Know the symptoms for heat-related illness. Stay safe this summer by knowing the signs of heat stroke and other heat-related illnesses. Heat stroke can cause a high body temperature, headache, nausea, rapid pulse and dizziness. Other heat-illness symptoms include muscle spasms, extreme tiredness, hot, dry skin, confusion, seizures and hallucinations. Seek medical attention if experiencing any of the above symptoms.

Autumn’s Promise is one of the top assisted living communities in Green Bay. Residents appreciate the warmth and coziness of our northwoods, lodge-style facility—they’re able to see the seasons change in the woods surrounding our property.

Enjoy all the comforts of home while receiving the personalized care you need at Autumn’s Promise. We specialize in dignified dementia care and have a Certified Dementia Specialist on-site. Visit our website to learn more and call 920-465-1181 to schedule a free tour.

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.

May 2017 Newsletter, Autumn’s Promise Assisted Living Center

May 2017 at Autumn’s Promise!

Enjoying the outdoors at Autumn’s Promise…

We sure are looking forward to some May flowers! We have noticed that there are a greater variety of birds at our feeders and are anticipating the arrival of the Orioles soon. Plans are being made for new types of planters for our patio and hopefully we will be able to move the fairy garden outside soon too…look for new additions in June!

We have added “Patio Time” to our activity calendar so that we can all enjoy being outside throughout the spring, summer and fall. And, we have added an outside walking club for anyone who wishes to get outside and exercise with friends. Happy Spring!


What’s New?!

Happy Birthday!

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05/08 — Agnes Thomson

 

Milwaukee Brewers Trivia

  • What was the name of the Seattle franchise that moved to Milwaukee to become the Brewers?
  • Who was the first season Brewer MVP?
  • What Year did the team first play in Milwaukee?
  • What year did the Brewers go to their first World Series?
  • Who led the team in home runs in 2008?
  • Who was the Brewers 1st round draft pick in 1973?

ANSWERS: 1. Pilots 2. Rollie Fingers 3. 1970 4. 1982 5. Ryan Braun 6. Robin Yount

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.

March 2017 Newsletter, Autumn’s Promise Assisted Living Center

March 2017 at Autumn’s Promise!

Thank you to all who attended the Dessert Party in February. There was a wonderfully delicious selection of sweets! It was very nice to have some time to talk and to get to know some of our newer families.

This Month in Activities….

Residents will be exploring the country of Ireland through geography, slide shows of its attractions and beautiful country side and learning about traditions and history. On the lighter side, we will be doing many craft and cooking activities with an Irish or St. Patricks Day theme. If there is anyone that has been to Ireland that is interested in presenting some information or pictures to our Residents, please call Bethany and we will schedule your visit.

A study of Israel and the Holy Land is planned for the Month of April. Ginger will be presenting a slide show and other information during the month from a recent trip. If anyone else has made this same type of journey and would like to share their experience, you are welcome to attend. In addition, we are asking that if you or anyone you know would like to share about a trip or adventure you have experienced, that you contact Bethany and let her know your ideas and when you are available. We would love to have a different presenter every month and explore as many different countries and states as possible!


What’s New?!

Happy Birthday!

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03/13 — Jeff Goza

03/25 — Adeline Phillips

 

Saint Patrick’s Day Trivia

 

  •   St. Patrick was not born in Ireland, he was born in Great Britain.
  •   1st St. Patrick’s Day parade was not held in Ireland, it was held in Boston.
  •   Chicago dyes the main river green every year on March 17th.
  •   Leprechauns are actually fairies/shoe makers in Irish Folklore.
  •   There are more Americans of Irish origin than there are actual people in Ireland.
  •   For every one 4 leaf clover …. You will find 10,000 more 3 leaf clovers.

 

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

May 2016 Newsletter, Autumn’s Promise Assisted Living Center

May 2016

Come one, Come all….

…to the Autumn’s Promise Family Game Night on Thursday May 26th @ 6:30PM. There will be cards and board games available but all are welcome to bring the game of their choosing to add to the fun! We will begin the evening with a short presentation of the new computer activity program called: “Its Never Too Late” (IN2L). We are very excited to announce that we will be fully integrating this system into our large group activities through the entire month of May. In June, we will further explore the use of the many sensory and brain stimulating activities included with the system. These will be enjoyed in a one-on-one and small group setting. We haven’t even cracked the surface in how this can be used to reach all the areas of wellness and interests and already, we are seeing great interest from all Residents!

Our Activity Calendar is so full of new and exciting things to do and learn that we needed to present it in a new “week by week” format. Hopefully, it will be easy to follow. I will be more than interested to hear your
feedback and to find new ways to improve it in the future!


 

Happy Birthday!

Agnes Thomson — May 8

Grace Schott — May 26

Shirley Trich — May 26

 

 


This Months Silver Star: Caroline Mraz

Autumn’s Promise Resident Spotlight Interview

newsletter_caroline_web1. What is your Name? Caroline (Connie) Mraz
2. If you could have picked your own name what would it have been? Keep the Same
3. What is your favorite thing to cook? Pie
4. What did you want to be when you were growing up? A Teacher
5. What is/was your favorite superhero or cartoon character? I didn’t really like any
6. What is your fondest memory from your childhood? Playing outside with my Dad!
7. What was your favorite subject in school? English
8. What was your most exciting trip? Florida
9. Where is your family from? Green Bay, WI
10.Do you hold a special skill? Sewing

 

 

 

A FEW OF MY FAVORITE THINGS:
Place: Green Bay
Game: Cards
Candy: Chocolate
Time of the year: Summer
Animal: Dog
Plant: Roses
Quote: “Live today like its your last”