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28 Wow-Worthy Must-Do’s for Lake Country Area Boomers – Autumn Edition

September 12, 2017

Plus a free printable list download - get out and make the most of autumn in Lake Country!

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You heard it here first: the Lake Country area is one of the best places to live, work, relax, and enjoy retirement. Okay – maybe we’re not the first to say it, because you’ve undoubtedly heard it before today from the hundreds of happy people who live in the area and can attest to it, but allow us to reiterate.

Dousman, Wisconsin, located in the southeastern corner of the state in Waukesha County, is home to the 60-acre Three Pillars Senior Living Communities campus, where more than 300 happy residents age 55 and better reside. The impressive variety of amenities offered on the property make it an attractive place to live, but the abundant offerings just a day trip away in the greater surrounding community add the icing on the cake.

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12 Questions to Ask When Researching a Senior Living Community - BONUS Checklist and Infographic!

June 28, 2017

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Back in 2014, we published a blog article about the top questions to ask when researching a senior living community. It was popular! The article was accessed often, we were invited as guest speakers on the topic, and our list was published externally to be used as a handout. Today, we're bringing it back from the archives with a fresh new style, including a catchy infographic to make the information easy to digest.

In addition, we're sharing this free downloadable version of the checklist to take with you and make notes on when you tour a senior community!

Each day, scores of people begin the search for a senior living community for themselves or a loved one, and for each of those people, questions are abundant. Here's our take on the dozen you can't forget to ask.
 

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5 Hidden Perks You Never Knew About Senior Living Communities

April 27, 2017

Why you wish you’d taken advantage of living at a senior community years ago

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Senior living communities are everywhere and, when evaluating whether to make a move or not, today’s generation of older adults want abundant benefits that outweigh their hesitations. Senior communities know that, so they’re answering by continually evolving to deliver high-quality amenities, top-notch services, and bundled inclusions.

They’re not what you may picture if you ever visited Grandma at a nursing home years ago. They could be communities that offer a full continuum of care, a standalone service such as independent senior apartments, or assisted living. They are innovative, comfortable facilities with state-of-the-art architectural details and smart features.

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Maria’s Story

April 10, 2017

Staff Member, Volunteer, and Community Participant

Maria Torres, Three Pillars' employee and volunteer













 

---- April marks the time to celebrate National Volunteer Month in the United States, and we’re so humbled to have over one hundred dedicated volunteers who give of their time and talents to enhance the lives of our residents. One of those selfless volunteers is Maria, who also happens to be a past employee. Enjoy Maria’s story for a glimpse at her heartfelt ties to the organization she truly loves. ----

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4 Ways Cold Weather Can Affect Our Bodies

February 28, 2017
 

Plus 35 meaningful cold weather activities
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We Wisconsinites are no strangers to cold weather, and we know it’s more than just a season. Winter, fall, and even spring can sometimes come with a chill in the air, which means extra layers of clothing, hot comfort food, and, surprisingly, even some curious effects on our health and wellbeing. 

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Meal Plans at Assisted Living

February 22, 2017


7 fundamentals you need to know

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A version of this article originally appeared on Angie's List.
 

In the world of senior living, where many processes can be new and unfamiliar, meals don’t have to be one of them. Dining options are one of many amenities offered in nearly every assisted living community across the country, and while each one likely runs thing a bit differently, you’ll find some common threads. Here’s the scoop on what’s worth inquiring about and what you can expect.

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7 Ways for Older Adults to Stay Active in Retirement

January 26, 2017

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This guest post was contributed by
Julie Morris*, life and career coach.
 

Most people dream of the freedom that comes with retirement - the time to explore the world, spend with grandchildren, and pursue hobbies and passions that they enjoy. Staying active throughout retirement is one of the best ways to ensure your well-being as you age. If you want to live a vibrant, fulfilling lifestyle, here are a few ways to remain active long into your golden years.

 

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One-Up Your New Year's Resolutions

December 29, 2016
 

Set golden year goals you can crush
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As New Year’s Eve approaches, many circle back to their customary tradition of making resolutions for the year ahead. Eat healthier, achieve something extraordinary at work, take up a new hobby, travel somewhere exciting; you know the usuals.


While New Year’s resolutions sometimes get a bad rap for being shallow aspirations that are deserted a few weeks in, there’s quite a bit of science that backs the benefits of a resolution’s charming and more detailed counterpart: a goal. Among the documented benefits of setting goals is that the practice can make us happier, more organized, and more focused. One study even uncovered that our brains use the neurotransmitter dopamine as an internal motivational system to continually guide us toward attaining goals. It’s been noted that the dopamine signal in the brain gets stronger as the goal becomes closer to achievement. How fascinating is that?
 

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Medicare at Independent or Assisted Living

December 9, 2016

Does it help cover the costs?

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A version of this article originally appeared on Angie's List.

Medicare can be a complex thing, particularly when trying to sort out what it will and will not cover. Will it pay for that? Will it partially cover that? What is it not applicable for? 

While the Center for Medicare and Medicaid does a great job of providing resources to explain coverage as well as communicating annual changes, there’s one question people seem to ask often: “Does my Medicare pay for assisted living or an independent senior apartment complex?” 

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Preparing Your Home For a Loved One with Alzheimer’s Disease

November 21, 2016

4 simple solutions to enhance comfort and wellbeing

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This guest post was contributed by Jim Vogel* of Elder Action

Alzheimer’s disease affects over 5 million Americans and their families, and for those loved ones, it can be difficult to figure out the best ways to be of help. Many families make the decision to take their loved one into their home to help them and make sure they’re well cared for, but this can be overwhelming for some. Difficulties and stressors can add up, and many soon realize they need to make repairs or renovations to their home to make it safe and comfortable for the individual.

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Everything You Need to Know About Senior Living Advisors

November 10, 2016

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A version of this article originally appeared on Angie's List.

A senior living advisor, also sometimes referred to as a senior care consultant, senior living care professional, or elder care advisor, is someone who guides individuals and their families through the process of finding the best housing option for their needs and budget when they’re looking towards the next step. These professionals work for an advisor company which has established ties and a network of communities in the area that they know inside and out, as well as a firm familiarity with the world of senior living and elder care. Since senior living advisors are paid by the senior communities when someone moves in, they work at no cost to the individual and their family.

 

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Buying a Walker or Rollator?

October 20, 2016

10 Points to consider prior to your purchase
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A version of this article originally appeared on Angie's List.

Making a big purchase is never a simple task, particularly when it applies to one’s wellbeing and the ability to maintain regular daily activities. The task of purchasing the right walker can seem daunting, as there is much to consider. Do you opt for the version with wheels or slides? What height is best? Is it worth it to pay for extra features?

We’ve compiled some of the best advice our therapy department has given regarding walkers over the many decades we’ve been providing service to seniors. Take it from them – they’ve seen a walker or two in their day!

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What is a Life Plan Community?

October 5, 2016

The new name for continuing care senior living communities

A version of this article originally appeared on Angie's List.

Senior communities across the country are beginning to increase their service offerings, providing more care and amenities than ever before. This trend has been driven largely by today’s generation of older adults, go-getters looking to make the most of retirement. Many link retirement with reinvention, looking forward to maximizing every moment, uncovering new possibilities for their future, and maintaining excellent health. They have high expectations and are not thinking the least bit about retreating during retirement. 

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School’s back in session; what are you learning?

September 30, 2016

Education is indispensable, no matter your age

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                Quote via the New York Times

With school back in session, the little ones up to college-agers are hitting the books again. They’re brushing off the cobwebs of the summer and opening up their brains to absorbing new information.

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Elder Abuse: Warning Signs, Reporting, and More

September 10, 2016 


From warning signs to reporting
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A version of this article originally appeared on Angie's List.

Older adults are the unfortunate victim of abuse more often than most people realize. Many individuals are in tune to some of the more well-known categories of abuse including physical, sexual, or emotional, and could likely associate the possibility of abuse with an unexplained bruise on an older adult or unusual withdrawal from their normal hobbies, for example.

With hundreds of thousands of occurrences of elder abuse annually, many of which are committed against victims who are older, frail, and depend on others to meet their most basic needs, it’s important to be their advocate and dig a bit deeper into understanding it. Elder abuse includes:

   1.   Physical abuse

   2.   Sexual abuse

   3.   Emotional or psychological abuse

   4.   Neglect (including self-neglect)

   5.   Exploitation (financial or material)

   6.   Abandonment

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Older Adults Who Rock

August 29, 2016

12 inspirational individuals highlighted in Three Pillars publications over the last 12 months

As we wrap up our fiscal year, it’s a time we often reflect on the accomplishments and happenings of our organization. This also gets us thinking about the many amazing older adults we’ve featured in various publications such as our blog, press releases in newspapers, newsletters, the Wisconsin Masonic Journal, and others. It’s clear that each of these unique stories have encompassed wonderful lives filled with remarkable experiences and incredible accomplishments. So, in case you missed any of these captivating stories, here’s an annual summary.
 

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Waiting Lists at Senior Living Communities

August 18, 2016

Understanding the ins and outs












A version of this article originally appeared on Angie's List.

You’ve made the decision to downsize. You find the perfect senior community with all the amenities you have your heart set on, in an idyllic location. You put your house on the market. You’re set full speed ahead for fabulous retirement living! You’re ready to move --- but when you call, your community of choice is at capacity and has a one-year waiting list. Well if that doesn’t put a wrench in your plans, we don’t know what does.

It’s a tough reality in the process of moving to a senior living community, but with adequate planning, it’s one you can use to your advantage. To better understand the ins and outs of the process at many senior communities, and to learn how it can apply to you, here’s a detailed look at some things to think about when considering retirement living waiting lists.

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How To Find an Eco-Friendly Senior Living Community

July 8, 2016

15 Earth-friendly steps in the right direction and 2 solid indicators to look for
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A version of this article originally appeared on Angie's List.


With our nation declaring a growing commitment to caring for our planet, organizations everywhere are opting for Earth-friendly decisions when it comes to designing, building, and operating on a daily basis. Senior living communities are no exception, with a growing number of “green” versions popping up across the country. (Not to be confused with communities who are part of the “Green House Project,” which is a different revolution entirely, addressing the de-institutionalization of long-term care environments through innovative redesigns.)

Today’s generation of older adults is paying more and more attention to green practices, and thus seeking those out during their search for a senior community. When it comes down to it, though, one challenge in identifying what qualifies a senior community as green is that the dictating standards are actually a bit gray. Terms like “eco-friendly,” for example, are becoming increasingly popular, often tossed around with little evidence to back them up. 

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Preparing to Downsize

June 27, 2016

5 Tips for a Smooth Transition


 










After spending years in your home, the mere thought of a move to a smaller place can be intimidating. The term “downsizing” is often tossed around casually, either with a sentiment of relief in not having to take care of so much house and yard, or with a more melancholy connotation, referring to a gloomy process of parting with precious mementos and spaces that have held years of happy memories.

Regardless of the reason provoking a mission to downsize, the end result certainly has its perks. Picture yourself juggling fewer physical possessions and becoming free of a large property to maintain – both realities that would allow you to focus more on yourself, your family, your relationships, and valuable life experiences.

If you’re one of many people each day who begin to venture down the path of downsizing, here are some tips that we think you’ll find useful along the way. After helping hundreds of people settle into their new home here at Three Pillars, we’ve been lucky enough to glean some wise nuggets of wisdom from their experiences, and they’d be pleased to know they may help someone else in the same boat.
 

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Is it Time for a Loved One to Move to a Senior Community?

June 17, 2016

4 indicators that are easy to overlook

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A version of this article originally appeared on Angie's List.

There’s no doubt about it: as we age, things change. Time can certainly bring wisdom, healing, and a sense of fulfillment; yet, at the same time, many older adults experience increasing difficulty in completing daily tasks, a gradual dwindling of friendships, and a fizzling zest for life. If you’re lucky enough to have a close relationship with an older adult, you may be familiar with these experiences, and may have even had opportunities to help them adapt and ease the transitions.

For many people, the choice to move to a senior living community provides an exciting new array of accessible recreational offerings, facilitates enhanced peer relationships, and brings a renewed sense of purpose. These offerings often fill in areas that were previously becoming bleak, empty holes in their lives, and may have otherwise taken several interventions to achieve.

So what if a loved one is no longer participating in their beloved monthly bridge group? What if they’ve neglected some housekeeping tasks that have become too strenuous lately? If you’re noticing any of the following seldom-talked-about, seemingly trivial experiences in the life of someone you love, it may be the right time to consider suggesting a move to a senior living community.
 


 

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Top 5 Ways Older Adults Use a Tablet

May 25, 2016

“What would I even do with a tablet, anyways?”
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You want to learn about it, you can look it up. You want to share it, there’s a way. You want to locate someone or something, it’s possible. Technology makes many things possible, bringing information and resources to our fingertips in various ways. Today’s generation of tablets and iPads are no exception, and they actually do so in a quite literal sense, allowing us to simply tap our way to viewing a family photo, locating a phone number, or learning a new grilling recipe.
 

tablet, touchscreen, seniors, technologyWe recently held a “Technology Tips” learning session for residents, offering to answer questions and provide tips, tools, and resources for making the most of their technological devices. To our surprise, almost all who came to the program had an iPad or tablet in hand. The neat, compact package of a tablet is portable, efficient, and alluring to many, and it’s impressive to see so many older adults learning about and incorporating them into their daily life.
 

We answered a few questions, like how to decide which web browser to use, how to close running apps, and how to share something on Facebook. We also had an enlightening opportunity to learn more than a few things from them, one of which was how innovative our seniors are with using and adapting to the wonderful high-tech offerings at their disposal. Out of the many things we learned that they use their tablets for, we’re superfans of the following five, which pinpoint the very essence of maximizing technology for personal enjoyment, efficiency, and productivity. 
 

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What to Look for in Activities at Senior Living Communities

April 28, 2016

7 dimensions of wellness through recreational offerings

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A version of our article originally appeared on Angie's List.

Among the many perks of living at a senior community are the abundant opportunities for recreation and leisure endeavors. While age can sometimes alter a person’s physical abilities for recreational activities, the need for leisure and socialization does not waver. In fact, some would argue that these needs become more profound in the golden years, where isolation can be detrimental to physical and mental health.

If you took a peek into a senior living community today, chances are you’d find a packed calendar of recreational offerings for residents to choose from, and a warm neighborly attitude encouraging participation. While touring a community or seeking to learn more about it, be sure to take a look at their activity calendar and ask about opportunities of particular importance to you or your loved one. To verify a well-rounded slate of events, you should see offerings that fit into each of the following dimensions of wellness:

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Go Green Like Grandma

April 18, 2016

Earth-friendly habits to adopt

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With Earth Day prominently celebrated in the month of April, it’s a fitting time to remind ourselves the importance of taking care of Mother Earth. And what better way to focus on green practices than calling to mind what Grandma would’ve wanted us to do?

It’s no secret that previous generations seem to have taken better care of the planet than we maybe do today. Who among us hasn’t opened a container of Cool Whip in Grandma’s fridge, only to find that she’s re-using it for leftover pasta salad storage? Who’s inadvertently tossed a plastic spoon into the trash only to see her snatch it out to salvage and use it a second time around? She’s been on to something there, effortlessly doing her part to save the planet, one small action at a time. 

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6 Tips to Boost Your Energy Levels Today

March 31, 2016

Simple ways to restore vitality and motivation to power through your day
 



The winter months in Wisconsin can find many of us feeling tired of the chilly weather and sporadic remaining patches of snow, wishing winter would end, as sunshine and birdsongs seem so far away. All this can equate to a serious case of the “blahs,” zapping the energy we need to pertly get through the day.

To help preserve our sparkle and stay strong against the potential quicksand of energy drains, we’ve gathered a list of six simple methods we all can focus on to restore our liveliness, this month and always!

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Fashion Over 50 | 7 sensible ways to channel the trends from fashion weeks around the world

February 29, 2016
 

With February coming to a close, we’ve enjoyed the holiday of love and even some warmer to send the snow on its merry way. Did you also know that this month saw three very popular fashion weeks, too? That’s right – New York Women, London, and Milan all took to the runway in full force this month.

One of our most popular boards on Pinterest is our “Fifty and Better Style” board, which goes to show that a sense of style is important no matter someone’s age. So, maybe you’re thinking, “Of course I knew about the fashion weeks that took place this month,” because you were riveted to the runway and watched with bated breath to see each of this season’s fashions being unveiled. Or, maybe not?

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Boosting the Immune System in the Golden Years | 8 no-nonsense tips

February 1, 2016
 



Like it or not, cold, flu, and just-about-everything-else season is upon us. While we’d all like the sniffles (or worse) to leave us alone, we can’t just cross our fingers and hope for the best. Particularly so for older adults, when the immune system can begin to decline, taking extra steps to support your system takes effort. Luckily, there are several things we can do to give our bodies a healthy boost that aren’t difficult at all. In fact, we think you’ll like these 8 tips way better than you’d like sniffling and sneezing, so give them a try!

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15 Gift Ideas for a Loved One at a Senior Living Community

December 16, 2015



The season of giving is upon us, and while many of us find joy in giving gifts, sometimes the task of figuring out the perfect item can be a stressor. For that special loved one who lives in a senior living community, perhaps it seems that they already have everything they could possibly want, or maybe they’ve downsized and the last thing they need is more “stuff.” This can make the conundrum of what to give particularly puzzling.

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5 Things You Need to Know About Memory Care

November 29, 2015

If you’ve ever known someone with Alzheimer’s or dementia, you know that there is no cure or simple way to overcome it. Since the memory loss can alter personality and/or abilities to perform basic everyday tasks, a special kind of supportive care is often required. Loved ones must learn to adapt their interactions and expectations, which can be emotionally and physically draining.

Thankfully, there are specific types of communities that cater to people with memory loss, and they can be a life saver for the individual and their loved ones. Memory Care communities provide supportive care in a secure environment. Caregivers are present 24/7, and they are specifically trained not only in caregiving, but in working with people who experience memory loss.

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Fall Prevention | Tips from Three Pillars experts for keeping falls at bay

October 3, 2015



Each year, countless Americans go to the emergency room with fall-related injuries. Falls are not fun, and we could definitely do without any this fall.

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Questions About Short Term Rehab? We’ve got answers.

September 28, 2015

A version of this article originally appeared on Angie’s List.

Have you heard of short-term rehab, subacute rehab, or skilled nursing rehab, and wondered what that’s all about?
Read on for the answers to 4 of your biggest rehab conundrums!

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It’s Back to School Time (For You Too!)

September 10, 2015 

Summer has wrapped up and it’s time to hit the books again. Kids are in their first weeks back at school, and you could be too! Consider volunteering with children.

Why? Volunteering with children is an excellent intergenerational experience. You’ll be sure to learn a lot from them and they will undoubtedly learn a lot from you. Whether it’s a couple days or a couple hours, there are many ways you can contribute. No matter the age – daycare, preschool, elementary, middle, or high school aged – the benefits you’ll experience from volunteering with kids are boundless

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Not Your Grandmother’s Senior Living Community | 7 amenities that today’s communities boast

August 13, 2015

This article originally appeared on Angie’s List

Senior living communities are not nursing homes. They’re not places where older adults are sitting around in front of a TV all day. They’re not old buildings with tiny rooms and ancient furnishings. In short, they’re just not what you may remember if you are still carrying memories of visiting your grandmother back in the day.


 

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Frank Burany Turns 100 – “It’s just another day”

August 15, 2015

When your life experiences have included driving the Indianapolis 500 Speedway at 120 mph, flying a helicopter as one of your home town’s first traffic reporters, and munching on hot Hungarian peppers as a snack, few things will faze you. For Frank Burany, even his hundredth birthday was “just another day.”

Frank, who turned 100 on August 16th, is baffled that so many people “made such a big thing of it.” His son, Dick, put on a fantastic party at Three Pillars Senior Living Communities, Frank’s home since January of 2013. After enjoying a perfect afternoon with about 100 guests, he admitted with a grin, “I guess I kind of got warmed up about the whole turning 100 thing.”

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Dealing with the Dollars | 6 simple tips for navigating the cost of living at a senior community

June 4, 2015

This article originally appeared on Angie’s List


You’re familiar with a senior living community in your town, know people who currently reside there, and maybe have been onsite for a program or meal with a friend. Have you found yourself considering a move but wonder about the costs?

For most people, cost is one of the biggest uncertainties when making the decision. What does it cost? Will senior communities divulge that information or will I have to dig for it? Can I afford it?

 

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10 Reasons Why Wisconsin Is Best For An Active & Well-Rounded Retirement

July 12, 2015



If you’ve been to Wisconsin, you know it’s a grand place full of cheeseheads, beer, and cows. Guess what? There’s even more to it than that! We’ve compiled a list of 10 reasons that make it not only a fantastic state in general, but a perfect one for retired adults who want to remain active and engaged in their community.

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Senior Scams | 6 ways to ensure you’re not the next target

June 20, 2015

Scams are slimy no matter what, but they’re even worse when they specifically target seniors. According to the FBI, older adults tend to be an “easy target” for scammers for a number of reasons, including, but not limited to:

  1. They’re likely to have great credit and be in a good financial position
  2. They were likely raised to be polite and trusting
  3. They’re least likely to report a fraud or feel confident in reporting what happened

So consider yourself informed! Here are 6 ways to protect yourself and loved ones from being a victim of a scam.

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6 Anti-Aging Foods That Make a Perfect Snack

May 28, 2015

We’ll give it to you straight: there’s not a magical food that will instantly extend your lifespan and make you look 10 years younger. This Older Americans Month, we’re all about embracing age and all the beauty that comes with it, but there are some aspects of aging that we could do without, like diseases or pain. Combating those ailments entails taking care of your body in many ways, so forget the fancy creams, supplements, procedures, or fad diets.  Sara Zimmerman, Registered Dietitian for our campus since 1992, encourages adopting a number of healthy habits to nourish your body, but she also suggests regularly snacking on these six foods to contribute to a healthier – and younger-feeling – you.


Sara Zimmerman, Three Pillars’ Campus Dietitian

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3 Tips for Making the Most of Family Dynamics during a Move to a Senior Living Community

May 3, 2015

This article originally appeared on Angie’s List



Every family has their quirks – good and bad. There’s the one family member who never ceases to voice their opinion. There’s the one who keeps quiet and lets the others dominate decisions. There’s one who just doesn’t seem to understand where you’re coming from. And then there’s you, feeling completely overwhelmed by it all.
 

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Spotless AND Safe

April 22, 2015

7 spring cleaning tips for seniors

Dare we say it out loud? Spring has sprung!



So are you ready to clean that house? If you’re like us, a good spring cleaning brings about that renewed sense of accomplishment and puts a little spring in your step (pun intended!). For the 55 and better crowd, a clean living space can not only instill a spring-like fresh feeling, but it can also bolster optimal health and safety.
 

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8 Crucial Mistakes to Avoid During Your Search for a Senior Community

April 11, 2015

This article originally appeared on Angie’s List.



So you’re shopping for a senior living community. Hats off to you for beginning your research! Maybe you’ve narrowed down which communities you want to consider and read up on questions to ask, but there may be some things that aren’t on your radar. Here are eight common mistakes to avoid as you continue your search:

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How Coffee Hour Makes a Happy Senior Citizen

March 22, 2015

10 easy ways to combat senior isolation



Depending where you live, the late winter months can be frigid, dreary, and seemingly endless. The snow is not quite as white and sparkling as when it was freshly fallen in December. It’s rare to see the sun peeking out through the gray abyss of a sky. The sound of birds singing and children running around outside seem like distant memories – it’s just quiet, frozen, and gray.

For many senior citizens, inability or uneasiness about going outdoors in the cold and snow constricts them to their home, magnifying the lackluster feel of the season. Additionally, at this stage of life, they are likely living alone or with just one other person, often lacking the simplest day-to-day chatter.

Socialization is an impactful factor that can turn that desolation into delight.

 

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Happy Pi Day!

March 12, 2015

5 facts you never knew and 3 outside-the-box recipes



Does the term “pi” ring any bells from high school geometry? Let us review: Pi represents the ratio of a circle’s circumference to its diameter.

Each year, Pi Day is celebrated on March 14 (3/14) by science and math lovers everywhere. This year’s Pi Day is a super-extra-special big deal, and here’s why: Not only is it 3/14, but it’s 3/14/15, which perfectly continues the decimals of that beloved irrational number. To boot, if you take a moment to revel at 9:26:53 AM, you’ll be celebrating the first 10 digits!

We’re all for lifelong learning, so get ready to dig into a few facts about pi to broaden your horizons (read: impress your friends). Then, continue on to find three unique pie recipes to satisfy your hankerings.

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Make Your Heart Happy This Month

February 12, 2015

1 Easy Meal, 5 Heart-Healthy Superfoods


photo credit: healthworksfitness.com

Your heart. Your ticker. The hub of your cardiovascular system. It’s pretty important, right? So important, in fact, that it has its own month. ‘American Heart Month’ is sponsored by the American Heart Association and observed annually in the United States during the month of February. You need to take care of that precious organ, and here’s why: The CDC reports that heart disease is the #1 cause of death for both men and women. Approximately 600,000 people die of heart disease in the US every year, which comes out to 1 in every 4 deaths.

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A Chat with a Centenarian

February 20, 2015

Margaret Balkman on living through 100 years

If you want to know the keys to a healthy, happy, long life, Margaret Balkman can tell you in three words: faith, family, and humor. She also notes that her zest for life has always been fueled by fostering creativity, doing good for others, loving children, and being physically active, as well. Looking upon her 100th birthday, she declares that she has absolutely nothing to complain about. “Well, unless you want me to start, I could think of a few things…” she chuckles. She feels honored to have experienced all these years.


 

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Seniors Who Google

January 31, 2015

5 Ways Technology Can Enhance the Lives of Seniors


Seniors can utilize technology to enhance their lives.


There’s no avoiding it; technology is everywhere. Many golden agers steer clear of it, but we would argue that there are several applications of technology that they should not only stop avoiding, but embrace. Sure, the boom in technology may have people these days more likely to type an email than send a heartfelt handwritten note, but it’s not all bad. Take a look at these five ways in which seniors can utilize technology to enhance their life:
 

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The Scoop on Healthcare Advance Directives

June 25, 2014

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What exactly are Healthcare Advance Directives and what is their importance? If we consult Merriam-Webster, they’re defined as: “legal document(s) signed by a competent person to provide guidance for medical and healthcare decisions in the event the person becomes incompetent to make such decisions.”

Our campus social workers are regarded as experts on the topic of advance directives, and they point out that the law does not require you to complete advance directives. The law also does not require you to have an attorney to complete an advance directive. It’s your choice, and it’s a choice that we highly encourage.  

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10 Questions to Ask When Selecting a Short-Term Rehab Center

May 24, 2014

Every day, people are entering skilled nursing | subacute rehabilitation facilities where they can carefully build up their strength after a surgery, illness, or medical episode. They work with physical, occupational, and | or speech therapies until they’re ready to return home and resume normal life. Perhaps you’ve heard about a friend or neighbor going for a short rehab stay, or maybe you have a personal experience with it.

 

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Eight Tips for Healthy Eyes

May 2, 2014

May is Healthy Vision Month, so what better time to brush up on a few easy things you can do to protect your vision this month and year-round. As we start to enjoy the colorful full bloom of our gardens and the sights of friends and family enjoying time outdoors, remember how precious your vision is. These sights remind us how worthwhile it is to incorporate these tips into your daily life so you can keep enjoying them for years to come.

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12 Questions to Ask When Researching a Senior Living Community

April 29, 2014



Each day, scores of people begin the search for a senior living community for themselves or a loved one. For each of those people, questions are abundant. They may talk to friends and family for advice or suggestions on where to look and what to look for. Even then, there are so many things to ask and it can be hard to know if you’ve covered all the important bases.
While we probably can’t easily sum up every single question that will be important for you personally to ask, here are a dozen that we think are the biggies not to be forgotten:

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Becoming a Registered Nurse at Three Pillars

February 28, 2014

We love to hear heart-warming stories of people achieving their goals. We especially love it when those people achieving their goals are a mother-daughter team at Three Pillars.

Barb Carstens of Fort Atkinson and Jes Lindemann of Waukesha, both Registered Nurses, are a mother and daughter who work at our Masonic Center for Health and Rehab. Jes, our Restorative Coordinator, started working at Three Pillars in 2005 as an LPN fresh out of college while Barb, our MDS Coordinator, started shortly after as an LPN in 2006. Both worked full time while in school at MATC and now both have proudly achieved that marvelous credential after their name – RN. Want to know the really cool part? They became RNs this month within a day of each other. In fact, they’ve had a bet going for many years about who would achieve their RN credentials first. Jes beat her mom to the punch with graduating from nursing school, but Barb passed her boards and clinched the RN title a mere day before Jes. We say they can call it even.

Barb and Jes were two of four LPNs who passed their state boards and became RNs in one week, and those were four of seven who became RNs in the past year. Later this year, at least two more are on track to do the same. According to Kitty Koloske, RN, Director of Nursing, the support from Three Pillars plays a large part in this.

Koloske commented, “These are staff members who have come up through the ranks here, from CNA to LPN to RN. Our four newest RNs bring a combined total of 25 years of service in the Three Pillars’ nursing department. They are a testament to Three Pillars’ commitment to nursing education.”

Above all, we are honored and humbled that these nurses choose to work here. How are we so fortunate to attract and retain these stellar nurses? We think it is because of our commitment to education, staff enrichment, and quality nursing care.

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Am I Ready For a Senior Living Community?

February 14, 2014

5 points to ponder

When is the right time? Am I ready for a move to a senior living community? How will I know? It’s one of those big questions that only you know the answer to. Yes, there are many aspects to consider, and you bet – we’re here to help point those out. Take it from us, we’ve seen a few – er, a few thousand – people move into our community over the past 100 years.


Senior living communities offer more than just a place to live; they offer a whole lifestyle.

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